Sunday, 25 August 2013

Photo Frame Grid Wall


You may remember my post last week Fabulous and Easy DIY Ideas well following on from this post I came across this DIY Photo Frame Grid Wall.

I'm not too sure that there is anyone else out there that has a bigger obsession with photo frames than I do and when I saw this fantastic wall I said to myself "I've got to have it"!!

This DIY wall would be easy to replicate as you will notice that all the frames are exactly the same shape and size (they were all bought at Ikea). They need to be hung flush next to each other which would take a bit of measuring and of course patience.  




You might also notice that not all the frames have photos in them. Put a white blank card into some of the frames to purposely create an almost invisible illusion that there are no frames.  

This picture is via houzz.com.  If you are interested in interiors and haven't heard of Houzz jump on over to their website to find thousands of interior design ideas.

Do you also have a love of photos and frames? I would love to see your home entries, email them to enquiries@superkingaustralia.com and I will share them in an upcoming post.


antoinette xo



Friday, 16 August 2013

Fabulous and Easy DIY Ideas


I'm always on the lookout for fabulous and easy DIY projects, as let's face it if they're not easy 9 times out of 10 we won't try them!

The below pic comes from a fantastic website called Apartment Therapy. Apartment Therapy showcase a lot of home interiors, decorating ideas and also DIY projects that their readers send in.

I love these DIY stairs, as the owner has re-used the top of the stairs (that you walk on) and given them a light sand and varnish and then painted the face of each stair in this amazing Teal blue. So now when you view the staircase as a whole, you will walk into an 'ocean' inspired work of art!




Another one of my ALLTIME favourite DIYers is Sarah Dorsey from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. Sarah is an interior designer, a graphic designer and a budding DIYer all in one! She has sooo many tutorials on her blog that all transform a drab piece of furniture into one that's rad!

The below DIY is simple and easy and peps up a plain white Ikea rug into an indigo blue Moroccan haven. Check out the full post here.

    


My last DIY is from a blog called Oh Happy Day now doesn't the name just make you smile!! I found this picture on Pinterest and traced it back to this blog and it's a must read as it's SO easy peasy.
 
Again, a beige Target table cloth can be made over into one of pink delight! It also opens your mind up to many other different colourways and patterns that can be painted on a simple table cloth. Go on check them out!! 




So, if you're an avid DIYer I would love to see what you have created yourself. Email your pics to enquiries@superkingaustralia.com and I will share these in an upcoming post.

Happy DIYing for the weekend!

antoinette xo




Monday, 5 August 2013

10 Tips for a Great Nights Sleep


You might remember my recent post Whats your wake up Call where i listed 9 tips to help you wake up in the morning. Well, since this post I have had a few readers ask me for tips to aid in a great nights sleep. 

Here are 10 tips to get you going:

1. TECHNOLOGY BEFORE BED IS A BIG NO NO

Playing games or browsing through your emails before bed is a big no for me as it over stimulates your brain and falling asleep will be that much harder. Implement a cut off time of 7pm to switch the computer or the ipad off and this will encourage you to relax and fall asleep much quicker. Another good idea is not to bring your mobile into the bedroom at all. I used to use my mobile as an alarm but have since brought a good old fashioned alarm clock, there are some funky cool alarm clocks out there.

2. DO NOT EAT BEFORE BED 

Try not to eat any food right before your bed time as the food will sit in your stomach and struggle to  digest properly. This can make your sleep very restless and uncomfortable.

3. GET YOUR BED RIGHT

Mattresses only have a life span of 7-10 years so, if your mattress is older than this it may be time to invest in a new mattress. If your unsure how long you have had your mattress the signs to look out for are: You or your partner have started to get back pain, the mattress is piling or wearing out, you roll in towards your partner or you can feel the springs through the mattress.

4. STICK TO A REGULAR 'BED TIME'

Sticking to a regular bed time will keep your body clock in check and this will make falling asleep much easier as you will be tired once this time approaches.

5. EXERCISE

Exercising in the afternoon or after work gets those endorphins going but will also make you tired towards the end of the night. Try to avoid exercise at least 2 hours before you go to bed as this may keep you awake. 

6. YOUR SHEETS
This one might seem straight forward but its really important to get your sheets right as during Winter we are obviously colder and in Summer vice versa. If you are a cold person flannel sheets will keep you warm at night and if you are a hot person cotton sheets might be the better option for you as they are more breathable. If you are like me and are a cold person but your husband is always hot, bamboo sheets should be just right as they are a combination of the both. 

7. YOUR QUILT

The quilt you use is also important as quilts all have different fillings and are of different lofts. Quilt fillings vary from wool to duck down to cotton so depending on whether you like a flat quilt as opposed to fluffy or whether you're a hot person as opposed to a cold one these factors all come into play when choosing a quilt. At the end of the day it's important to be comfortable in bed to minimise the tossing and turning we go through if we are too hot or too cold. 

8. TRY NOT TO DRINK TOO MUCH WATER

Drinking water is fabulous for you as it is hydrating not to mention it flushes out unwanted toxins from the body. Therefore it's important to drink lots of water during the day. You should try to minimise the water intake towards the end of the night so that you don't have a broken nights sleep due to having to get up to go to the toilet.

9. AVOID NAPS DURING THE DAY

They might feel great at the time and give you more energy for a few hours but a nap during the day does make going to sleep at night just that little bit harder as your body thinks you have slept already. 

10. DRINK A CUP OF CHAMOMILE TEA

Herbal teas, such as chamomile are fantastic to drink after a meal as they do not contain caffeine (so they won't keep you awake at night), they aid in digestion and they are a relaxant so will help you sleep at night. 

So that's my list, I would love to here your tips for a great nights sleep and might even add them to my list!


antoinette xo



Sunday, 28 July 2013

Cotton | Polyester | Bamboo.....What's the difference?


Cotton, Polyester, Bamboo what are they and what's the difference I hear you say? Well, until I started in this industry I didn't have a clue either! Today I will explain to you the difference and their pros and cons. 


Cotton





Cotton is made from the cotton plant 'gossypium' and grows around the seed pod of the plant. Once the plant has been harvested it is then spun into thread or yarn. 








pros v cons

It is a natural light fabric 

Is a very breathable, lightweight fabric and a good choice during hot weather
It absorbs body moisture allowing the body to cool
It is hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin, babies and children
Can be laundered in high temperatures killing bugs and germs
Cotton is soft on the skin however can fade if not looked after properly


Polyester




Polyester fibres are formed from a chemical reaction between an acid and alcohol and are more susceptible to heat and flames. 








pros v cons 

It has a silky texture and is soft on the skin 
It washes well and resistance to shrinkage
It is not a very breathable fabric and tends to stick to the skin once perspiration begins
It is usually made for clothing
A cheaper option when compared to cotton and bamboo
It retains heat in cold weather which can make it harbour germs, bacteria and odours



Bamboo




Bamboo is a natural fibre and is grown typically in the forests of China. When harvested it is crushed and submerged into a solution of sodium hydroxide which dissolves the bamboo cellulose, cleaning the bamboo fibres. It is then spun into thread or yarn.






pros v cons


Is a resilient and durable fibre which is fully sustainable making it environmentally friendly
It absorbs moisture and wicks perspiration away from the skin
It has wonderful thermal properties so its warm in Winter and cool in Summer
It is non allergic and has great anti bacterial properties for minimising body odours
It doesn't shrink however; has a longer drying time 



When sourcing and selecting our products to sell to our customers, quality and purpose remain high on our list of criteria to meet. Quality in terms of fabric and thread count and purpose being a great night's sleep (as that's what we're all about). 

Cotton and bamboo are fantastic fabrics for bedding as they absorb moisture and are both non allergic making them safe for the whole family therefore we select these fabrics for all of our and quilt covers.  

Sources ehow | wikipedia | ecosleep australia | madehow | wiki answers | bambootextiles

I would love to hear what bedding fabrics you use and your opinion of them. 



antoinette xo





Sunday, 21 July 2013

Decorating with Neon's


Neon's are still ever present even though we are in Winter, here in Australia.

When decorating with neon's you do not need to paint a whole wall or a door (although some people might), you can just add tiny pieces or tinges of the colour which will help transform your room.

Here are some examples of subtle changes to the exterior of the house. By painting the front door, this draws all your attention to this item leaving you wondering what is inside :)






Subtle changes also transcend to the interior of the house. Take this chandelier for example the rest of the room is white leaving the chandelier the hero o the room. And being such a dramatic piece you would not want to add any further colour as the room would look too 'busy'. 




Rugs are also an easy way to spruce up a room as they can be moved around the house depending on what look you are wanting to achieve. 

This picture below is from one of the issue's of Inside Out magazine and the rug is from Fenton & Fenton. Fenton & Fenton make some pretty funky rug designs and note that neon is not present everywhere just throughout the rug and a few splashes on the painting and accessories. 




For some more subtle changes, paint an architrave, add some neon cushions or a stool. The list is endless when it comes to neon accessories at the moment. Have courage and be creative! 












If you are really adventurous how about transforming a whole wall in the house with a 'pop' of neon. In a girl's bedroom this looks marvellous and it is easy to tie it in with accessories in similar shades of pink. You can see that they have not painted the whole room in this colour just a wall as a feature. You want to leave some white and neutral tones in the room to help blend and balance the colours. 




I'm in love this neon orange wall and whilst I understand that it would not work in everyones house it's a winner in this bathroom. The basin is futuristic like adding to the theme. 




Last but not least is this exterior and doesn't it make a statement! The panels have an ombre affect and with the touch of black it just separates the colours making it 'not too much'.  




{Images via Inside Out and Houzz, to read the full article in Houzz click here }

I would love to hear how you have added pops of neon to your home. 


antoinette xo