Beach Abode Living Joins TOFS

Exciting news for all you Spring loving, outdoor entertainers!

Beach Abode Living has now joined TOFS (The Outdoor Furniture Specialists), nationwide as one of their preferred outdoor cushion suppliers.

We’re even featured in this season’s new in-store magazine! Check out their beautiful new outdoor furniture pieces (they’re seriously to die for).

This is enjoying outdoor living at its best.

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 1.54.03 pmThe front cover above features our most popular Mykonos Blue and Yellow collection including Yellow Palmapple, Mykonos Blue Fishscale, Mykonos Blue / Yellow Chevron, Mykonos Blue Yellow Stripe and Yellow Fishscale.

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 1.53.40 pmNEW Turquoise Palmapple, Trio Stripe, Turq Stripe and Bright Aqua Palmapple.

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 1.53.21 pmMykonos Blue Fishscale, Yellow Fishscale, Mykonos Blule Stripe, Yellow Palmapple, Mykonos Blue ‘ Yellow Chevron

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 1.53.01 pmOrange Palmapple, Trio Turq, Orange Fishscale

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Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 1.52.40 pmYellow Fishscale, Mykonos Blue Fishscale, Yellow / Mykonos Blue Stripe, Mykonos Blue / Yellow Chevron, Yellow Palmapple

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The Outdoor Furniture Specialists – Find a TOFS store near you : www.TOFS.com.au
Checkout our full range of outdoor cushions online : www.beachabodeliving.com.au

Stress Free Outdoor Living!

 

Meet The Man Behind The Orange Hibiscus

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 3.01.10 PMMeet Matt Jeanes, (self portrait above)
UK Professional Artist and creator of the Orange Hibiscus
This beautiful water colour painting (below) is the inspiration for our new print ‘Hibiscus’ print.Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 11.56.56 AMMatt knew he wanted to be an artist from an early age and started his career working on children’s product illustration most well known titles including My Little Pony, Care Bears, Postman Pat, Roland Rat, Thomas the Tank Engine.

Later, he became the lead artist and brand champion for Hallmark (Forever Friends) worked as a Disney artist drawing Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and developed the style for the popular ‘Eeyore’s Little Scribbles’.

We are thrilled with our new limited Edition “Hibiscus” Design Cushions. They are sure to be a real sensation this season. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Matt’s work in our future collections.

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 11.35.07 AM ‘Hibiscus Mint’ (above with ‘Groove’)
‘Hibiscus White’ (below with ‘Trio Yellow’ and ‘Beach’)
Trio Yellow, Hibiscus and BeachDiptic Star Yellow Hibiscus Mint

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Available from 10th July 2015 – Shop NEW products now >

 

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“House Rules” Features Beach Abode Living Outdoor Cushions

ANY new deck comes alive with BRIGHT, OUTDOOR CUSHIONS

On House Rules Channel Seven June 7, 2015 Whole House reveal, Ryan & Marlee decorated their custom built timber seating with Beach Abode Living outdoor CHEVRONS and FISHSCALES.

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What properties does an OUTDOOR CUSHION have?

Ask anyone, they’ll say an outdoor cushion can be left outdoors and it will survive….

Hmmm, are we talking Bear Grylls type survival skills of a simple home decor item?

Apparently yes.

(Not to mention they should be good looking as well!)

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Most of us want any item we buy to do what it says on the packet, but many so called ‘outdoor cushions’ are either WATER RESISTANT or UV RESISTANT. The majority are not both.

But a 3rd property that is essential to any good quality outdoor cushion is MILDEW RESISTANCE.

Otherwise, they may actually start to develop black spots and stains after a few weeks exposed to heavy overnight condensation.

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I’m not saying an outdoor cushion should deflect bullets, but it should give the user suitable value for money considering the weather conditions the items will be exposed to.

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Insist on an outdoor cushion that suits your lifestyle and the environment in which you live.

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Buy outdoor cushions with at least these 3 properties:

  • UV Treated
  • Water Repellent
  • Mildew Resistant

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Even though Bear Grills is an “Outdoors Man”, he does venture indoors from time to time too, I’ve heard. “Outdoor Cushions” are no different. If you’re not using them for long periods, bring them in. They’ll last even longer.

Looking for outdoor cushions with all 3 properties?

View our range online now: www.beachabodeliving.com.au

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Giving Mum A Gift She’ll Remember

Family sitting in hammockMother’s Day is on the 10th of May. (Yep, 10 days from now!) It creeps up so fast! and you want to give Mum something she’ll love but the joy of giving can sometime be preceded temporarily by feelings of anxiety and confusion – What should I get her?

Relax and go with your heart. You know she loved that clay ash tray you made her in grade 3 and she doesn’t even smoke, so you can’t fail!

Checkout a couple of our top picks for this Mother’s Day.

We’ll even throw in a 10% discount if you choose these suggestions (No pressure) :)

1. The All encompassing, Extra Large Tote:

from $44.99 (10% off – now $40)

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2. Does she love pink? This is a no brainer. This is what my Mum’s getting :) Pink Flamingo cushion. from $39.99 (10% off – now just $36)

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3. Out of ideas – The Ultimate Gift Card (10% off to a max of $100)

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Simply enter the code: JUST4MUM at the checkout to receive your discount.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mum’s, Grand Mum’s and Great Grand Mums. Mum’s to be and Mum’s of fury kids. You do a great job. Thanks so much. We love you. xx

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The Versatile Choice – Indoor / Outdoor Cushions

Let me tell you a story.

It was the first day of my holidays (back a few years ago when I was single and free) and my friend had offered me their holiday house down the coast for 2 whole weeks where I could come and go as I please, relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.

I was so excited to just spend some time out by the pool on the sun lounge, reading my new book and catching up on some gossip from some trashy magazines when I decided to increase my comfort level and take a few cushions outside too.

I had a lovely day and as I mixed a few cocktails, then that afternoon it suddenly started pouring with rain! Oh no! I’d left the cushions outside! Oh well. I’ll just hang them out to dry tomorrow, no problem…

Tomorrow it rained. The next day it rained. The day after that it also rained. Great Holiday! I hadn’t bothered to get the cushions in for a few days. What am I supposed to do with wet cushions anyway…. Put them on the line… Yep, so I did that. ‘Round the back in the sun. They’ll dry in no time, if the sun ever comes out again!

So almost 2 weeks went by. I forgot about the cushions on the line. it rained nearly every night, but the sun did come out every day of my last week at the holiday house. On the last day, as I packed up ready to leave, I remembered the cushions I had left out on the line out the back.

Good, they were dry, lucky hey! But as I un-pegged the first one, I could see fade marks from underneath the peg. Oh dear – Major fading had occurred!

I took the second one down, I noticed mildew starting to spot in the corners – GROSS! They were ruined. My friend is going to kill me!

What should I do now? There were only 2 options – Buy her some beautiful new cushions that she’ll love! or go into witness protection.

I chose to buy her some new indoor/outdoor cushions. Soft enough to use indoors but triple treated to resist sun, rain and mildew.

Problem solved and friendship saved.

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When trying to teach me value for money, my Dad always said:

“If you pay a little more now, you may lose a little, but pay too little now and you may lose the lot”

This can be said for spending a bit more money on buying good quality outdoor cushions now, so you don’t risk losing the lot by having to throw out ruined indoor cushions that have gone mildewy and faded in 2 weeks time.

It just makes good sense.

Thanks Dad xx

Swatch This Space…

Ever bought an item online only to be disappointed when it arrives on your doorstep because the colour is wrong?

Problem:
COLOUR-MORPH-ONLINE-A-PHOBIA – The fear of buying something online in case the colour of the actual item is different to what it appears on your computer screen.

Solution:
We now offer free SWATCHES!
(no, not the watches!) … FABRIC COLOUR SWATCHES, so you can see the colour of the fabric for yourself before you buy. Eliminating the disappointment if it’s not quite right.

Problem solved!

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Colours1. Choose a colour.

2. Ask us for a fabric colour swatch – info@beachabodeliving.com.au
    (Include your name, colour choice and address.)

3. Be 100% confident in your online purchase.

Just another reason to shop with Beach Abode Living.

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Trending Colours For Spring Outdoor Homewares

THE IN COLOURS FOR SPRING!

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THE TREND IN HOME WARES THIS SPRING 2014 / SUMMER 2015

  • Brightly coloured cushions and accessories
  • Block colours – Yellows, Oranges and Lime Green predominantly
  • Geometric, simple, uncomplicated patterns
  • A two-colour palette and reversible designs
  • Tropical prints such as Flamingos and Pineapples are also popular

Limited Edition Designer Pineapple Cushions will be available early December 2014…Facebook icon

Like us on Facebook to be the first to know!

New Palmapple design

‘Palmapple’ (Palm trees on the front / Pineapples on the back) 45x45cm and 60x60cm look great in a range of colours – Orange and yellow are our HOT PICK

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Pink Flamingo – 45x45cm & 60x60cm are ALL THE RAGE

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(As seen in Lilyonlinemagazine – Christmas issue Gift Guide).

For a FRESH LOOK: Orange and Limegreen orange

For a COASTAL LOOK: Mykonos Blue and Yellowblue yellowFor a SOPHISTICATED LOOK: Pink and Aquapink aquaFor a CLASSIC LOOK: Red & Blue

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Checkout the range of ‘Yellow’ products available online now

Checkout the range of ‘Orange’ products available online now

The 10 Commandments…

Sorry to mislead you. This segment is NOT about God, Jesus or biblical times, It is however about being RELIGIOUS… in taking care of your outdoor cushions.

OUTDOOR FABRIC TREATMENTS are designed to protect the material against the elements eg UV, water/rain or mildew, which makes them more durable when exposed to these elements than other fabrics, but this does not mean that they will never fade, never get wet or never have mildew.

OUR TRIPLE TREATED FABRICS have undergone Accelerated Weathering Tests to determine their durability and as a result, have been given a rating of 200hrs+ and an SPF rating of 50+

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 5.58.11 PM Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 5.58.17 PMAll textiles, no matter how good their treatments, will eventually deteriorate, so it is important if want your outdoor cushions to last for as long as possible, then you give them a bit of a helping hand.

Juli Case explains this process very well in her article. She says,

“Assessing how a fabric is going to perform outdoors is a tricky business. Not only is there sunlight damage to consider, but also potential damage from rain, atmospheric pollutants and other environmental factors.”

There are two basic ways to test the weatherability of fabric—direct weathering and accelerated weathering. Direct weathering is real time testing. As the name implies, a fabric is placed outside under very specific conditions, and its performance is measured. This type of testing uses real world conditions, but it also takes time. Years, even.

Accelerated weathering takes place in equipment that has been designed to simulate outdoor conditions, but at a much faster pace. Accelerated weathering is much faster than direct weathering, but the conditions are simulated, rather than real. To make the matter more complicated, different types of equipment use different light sources—carbon arc, xenon arc and fluorescent UV—and have different ways of simulating rain.”
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So, here are the 10 Commandments:

1. Thou Shall Store Outdoor Cushions In A Box or Shed When Not In Use

2. Thou Shall Remove Surface Dirt With Brush or Damp Cloth

3. Thou Shall Give an Occasional Wash To Keep Clean & Fresh

4. Thou Shall Remove Cushion Insert From Cover For Washing

5. Thou Shall Use Cold Hand Wash Separately

6. Thou Shall Use Detergent Sparingly

7. Thou Shall Rinse Well

8. Thou Shall Avoid Rubbing, Scrubbing, Bleaching or Soaking

9. Thou Shall Line Dry, Inside Out (Do Not Dry Clean or Tumble Dry)

10. Thou Shall Not Store Cushions or Cushion Covers Wet

At Beach Abode Living, we continually test and work to improve the performance of our outdoor fabrics. Just another reason to buy Beach Abode Living Products.

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Top 5 Questions People Ask About Home Styling

Yvonne[5]In an interview with expert Stylist and owner of Cre8tiv Home Styling, Yvonne Thomas shares her interesting and valuable insight into the industry of home styling.

Q - Yvonne, firstly I have to ask, what actually is home styling (or home staging) and how is it different from interior decorating?

A – Great question! It’s one I get quite often.

Home styling (or home staging) is used when you are about to offer your home for sale. The goal of staging is to make the home appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers in the marketplace as we can. We do this by using furniture and accessories to improve a properties appeal and transform it into a home and lifestyle that anyone would love to see themselves living in. If you can do this well, then you have a greater chance of selling your property quicker and you will get higher offers for it. It’s part decorating, part marketing, and part psychology.

An interior designer, on the other hand, works closely with the client and takes into consideration their personal preferences. The client generally has strong specific tastes on what they like and it’s the designer’s job to pull all this together to make sure the theme they want works in their home.

The main difference between the two is that property stylist’s focus is on the potential buyer and the interior designer focus is on the home owners personal taste.

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In the photo above I turned this child’s bedroom into a functional room for either young children, teenage kids, or even use as a guest bedroom, which both appeals to the market and helps the buyer picture the potential the space has to offer.

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Above is a room that has been purposely designed as a child’s bedroom. From a home staging perspective, this limits the potential of the room and locks the buyer into a ‘one purpose’ room. This may be ok for a home that is marketed towards young families, but the use of giraffe’s and monkey murals on the wall limits the age group to the very young.

Q – Why is home styling so important when people are trying to sell a property? (if you have any statistics also:)

A – Styling a home for sale is more important than most people realise. It’s like when you go to sell your car. You wouldn’t really just advertise it before giving it a wash and detailing inside, or fixing minor things so its was all working in order. You can sell it without doing all that but your not going to get top price for it and it won’t appeal to many people. Buyers would look at those imperfections and would offer you a lower price for it, mainly because of the perception it hasn’t been looked after and all the work they have to do to fix it.

It’s the same with a house! To give yourself the best possible chance of selling it, you would clean it, de-clutter, and present it in the best possible light. And by arranging furniture and accessories in a much more appealing way so it flows seamlessly throughout the house, you have the best possible chance of a quick sale and for a higher price.

To show you the difference it can make, let me give you some statistics that one of my colleagues put together from a survey of 150 homes.

Non-Staged Homes Staged Homes
Average days to sell 22 days 9 days
Sales At auction 84% 97%
Average % above asking Price 0.4% 7.8%

As you can see, staging really works! These statistics are pretty consistent no matter where you go in Australia or the USA, where this concept was first established over 20 years ago

When a property is not staged, it allows the buyers the opportunity to focus on all the house’s little details, like the walls, the floors, and all the little imperfections of the house. A stylist’s job is to sell the potential the property has to offer the new buyer … not all the work they have to do to it!

Before (below)

CHS - Before Mbed1[5]Working with my client’s pieces & simply re-arranging. I brought in a few pieces to complete the look for this master bedroom.

After (Below)

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Before (below)

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After (below)

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Q – You’re an expert stylist so you’ve transformed many homes. How do you decide what look you’re going to try to achieve for a project?

A – Deciding what look to go for is pretty easy. It’s a matter of first looking at the area the property is in and the style of the home. Then it’s a matter of working out what type of buyer is typically in the market for this type of home (your real estate agent will have a good idea of this), and then working within the sellers budget to achieve the look potential buyers would love to see in a home. I work with my client’s pieces and then we work on what else is needed to complete the look.

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(Above) This after photo I used the developer’s own pieces and then added more within their budget to get this look for a young single person, as it’s a great location and vibe.

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(Above) This was for a client’s family home with a spare room which I turned into a guest room using the client’s furniture & art. Then I added in accessories – lamps, cushions & a throw.

Q - Do I dare to ask, what do you think of these reality TV shows where different teams of people are competing against each other while renovating and decorating different rooms within the same house?

A – I love those shows! They have definitely helped homeowners to become more aware of how furniture and accessories (including cushions!) can totally transform the look of a room and sell a house. I must admit I’m a little addicted to these shows although I can sometimes go a little nuts with why they do some things at times!

One of the things some teams do wrong is they add too much of their own personal taste into a room, which can often be quirky and left of field. Sometimes this works but at other times it over powers a room and throws off the whole feel of the space.

Still, I love all the before and after’s of the rooms.

Q - And finally, do you think the knack of home styling is just something you either have or you don’t? or is it a skill you can learn?

A – Styling, just like interior decorating, is very much a personal taste. With styling a home for sale there are certain rules you should follow, but it’s still a skill anyone can learn. Practice and keeping in mind you are styling for an entire market segment and not one individual is key. There’s really no right or wrong when it comes to styling; its just experience and knowing what works.

I do believe there are naturals and they find it easy to see a room without anything in it and know what would work. It definitely can be learnt and the skills refined with experience.

I’m going to sneak in another quick question Yvonne, what would be your 3 hot tips for anyone who wants to give home styling in their own home a go (or is currently competing on The Block)?

Last season I was so addicted to The Block! I loved the transformation of that amazing building. I wonder how this season will go?

My top 3 tips on styling your place for sale would be -

  1. De-clutter – get rid of all personal items, papers, excess family photo’s off walls, toys, junk mail etc. Throw away, give away, store away, or sell this clutter. You really want to open up the house as much as you can. Buyers intuitively look for space when buying a home, so freeing up walls and corners of clutter can really open up a room.
  2. Once you’ve de-cluttered, walk through your home with a fresh eyes. Try to see it as what a buyer would see. Start at the front door and walk through the house and ask yourself- What is the flow like? Is it easy to walk through without being blocked? When you walk into a room, where are you eye’s naturally drawn to? This is the focal point of the room and if it’s not where you want people to naturally be drawn to, then it’s time to re-arrange.
  3. Accessorize! Accessories are what make any the space ‘pop’ and gives that “wow” factor. Cushions are a MUST for lounges and bedrooms, as well as artwork, lamps (not little ones), vases, plants, and books to name a few. But don’t over do it and clutter the home up either. Balance your space!

Good to know!

Well thank you so much Yvonne for sharing your wisdom and I know I’ll definitely be taking the advice from you to get top dollar for my home.

For more info about Cre8tiv Home Styling or to contact Yvonne for a consultation, visit her website:

http://cre8tivhomestyling.com.au/

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