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








Monday, 15 July 2013

The Block Sky High - Final Room Revealed


Last night was the final room reveal for The Block Sky High and what an amazing reveal it was. 

The exterior went from one that was old, shabby and depleted to one that is now striking, stands out from the crowd and not to mention eco-friendly! 

Do you agree that this season of the block was a success? To help sway your opinion, below are some pictures taken from The Block Gallery of the finished product!


THE EXTERIOR




THE FOYER








THE ROOF & THE VIEW










"Would you happily live here?" I know I would in a heartbeat! 

The views are breathtaking and the layout WOW! You can have a bbq with friends,  chill out on the comfy bean bags or just watch the world go by with those magnificent views! They have thought of everything. 

Let me know what you think, I would love to hear your comments. 


antoinette xo




Sunday, 7 July 2013

Garlic, Basil & Cheese Gozleme



A few weeks ago I made "Ten Minute Haloumi and Spinach Gozleme" by Gourmet Girlfriend and it was delicious. So, I thought it would be the perfect accompaniment to our spaghetti marinara we cooked last night. 

This recipe can be made with any topping and as we were having a flavoursome dinner I wanted something basic and it worked just as well second time round. 

Here's how to make it:

INGREDIENTS


Olive oil
125g plain flour and extra flour for dusting the bench
A pinch of salt
100ml of natural greek yoghurt
2 heaped tbsp minced garlic or 4-5 crushed garlic cloves
2 hand fulls of mozzarella and parmesan cheese combined (You can use any cheese)
Sesame seeds
1 x 120g Gourmet Garden basil, this can be found in the fruit and veggie aisle at the supermarket. Fresh herbs can also be used, use approximately 2 tbsp. 

METHOD

Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl. Add in yoghurt and mix with a fork until it all combines and resembles the look of dough. 






















Dust your bench with a little flour so the dough doesn't stick and turn the dough out onto your work surface. Gently kneed to combine, this should take about 2 minutes. 






Once the dough has combined, roll the dough out with a rolling pin. I like it paper thin. 




Add your topping onto half of the dough and fold over the remaining dough and seal the edges. Press a few sesame seeds on top. 

The below pictures are of the toppings I have created. The left is garlic, basil and cheese and the right is haloumi, baby spinach and sesame seeds. 





Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and gently transfer the gozleme for cooking. Once it has become golden brown turn over to cook the other side. 





Once golden brown, transfer to some paper to blot off the excess oil and cut into bite sized pieces. This a fabulous with your favourite pasta or even some dips as a starter. 




And viola your done! This recipe feeds 2 adults comfortable but if your after a little extra just double the recipe. 

Give it try and I would love to hear what flavours you come up with! 



antoinette xo


Sunday, 30 June 2013

How to inject colour using 'Rugs'

Rugs can be many things, a grand feature in a room, they can compliment other pieces of furniture or even section off a space.

The below rug is of neutral tones and geometric shapes providing a focal point to this bedroom whilst also complimenting the stool and headboard. This room oozes sophistication and calmness, essential for any bedroom.




This rug has been placed strategically between the charcoal couch and the mustard colour arm chair to provide a sense of purpose and a marriage between the two chairs. I think a white back drop is needed with these 2 strong colours.  




Layering of rugs is a big trend at the moment, go on I dare you to try it out :)

These next rugs are not intended to bring any colour into the room unlike the 2 above, however they do bring in an element of texture by layering the cow hide on top of the rectangular rug. They also balance the colours in the room. It's such a pretty space, that I would happily live in.  




This last picture demonstrates that rugs don't always have to be located on the floor. This rug has been hung on a wall to differentiate the soft tones and bring the whole room together. Do you notice the rug to the right and the frilly wool cushion?




All pictures are from my Pinterest boards. 

I would love to hear would to hear your comments and see pictures of rugs you have at your place!

antoinette xo



Sunday, 23 June 2013

What's Your Wake Up Call?














It's Winter in Melbourne at the moment and I am finding it mighty hard to wake up on these chilly mornings. So, I thought I would put together a list of all the things that help me wake up each morning and hope your get a little inspiration from them!

1. STRETCHING

I know this is something we all know but how many of us actually do it? Whilst we were at Eden Health Retreat earlier in the year (You might remember my post on it, if not click here) we did a stretching class at 6am every morning. And yes, whilst it was very hard to wake up, the stretching helped bring my body to life while my brain was still asleep (he he) and also prepared me for the full day ahead.

2. GET A JOB YOU LOVE

When work becomes drab and you're just not enjoying it anymore it makes waking up in the morning so much more harder. Find a job that you love and you will find that waking up in the morning does get 'easier'.

3. LAY YOUR WORK CLOTHES OUT THE NIGHT BEFORE

This is a great thing to do on a regular basis so that you are 1. Organised and 2. So that in the morning you don't stand in front of your wardrobe pondering what to wear.

4. LOOK FORWARD TO A YUMMY BREAKFAST

Breakfast is fuel for your body and I find that if I don't eat breakfast I get headaches and cannot concentrate. Mix up your breakfasts so that you are not having the same thing every day and get bored of it. Switch it up and rotate between a few of your fav's, mine are eggs, porridge and toast.

5. HAVE A COLD SHOWER

Now this is one that I don't lean towards as I love my hot showers however on the other hand my husband switches the water to cold for the last 30 seconds of his shower and it does reinvigorate the body. There are enormous health benefits in having a cold shower such as it improves blood circulation and speeds up your metabolism.

6. TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS

Your body can live without food and water for many days however how long can you live without oxygen? Not long at all. Take a moment to sit in your favourite chair or lie in bed and breath deeply for a few minutes and float away. This will do you wonders!

7. DRINK A GLASS OF WATER

Water is revitalising and adding some lemon to your water will kick start your metabolism in the morning. And we all know that the faster your metabolism is the faster we burn fat. A big tick for me!

8. WAKE UP WITH A PURPOSE

Whether it be to take your dog for a walk or hitting the gym or just to watch the morning news, it makes waking up a hell of a lot easier and you will feel refreshed and not flustered.

9. "JUST DO IT"

I know at the time when the alarm is beeping in your ear and you're hitting the snooze button, a few extra minutes is bliss! But when you wake up don't you say to yourself "Why didn't I get up earlier?"


What's your wake up call?

Pic via www.newmediaandmarketing.com


antoinette xo





Sunday, 16 June 2013

How to inject colour into your home using 'Cushions'

Cushions are a big luuurrrvvvee of mine at the moment hint, hint to the hubby!

Unlike other accessories for the home, cushions are an affordable alternative that can transform a dull space into one with colour and purpose without putting a huge dent in the hip pocket.

Below are a few of my favourite brands that produce high quality, funky and affordable cushions which hopefully will appeal to everyone.

BELLADONNA DIGITAL IMAGING


I met Suzi, one of the owners of Belladonna Digital Imaging at a luncheon last year and she bought along a few of her cushions to drool over whist feeding our tummy's. They are heavenly and so lovely to touch :)

Their latest 'Bespoke Living' collection below has a variety of geometric patterns and sophisticated styles in colours to suit all tastes and match any decor.

These designs have can be printed on either Belgian Linen or Upholstery Vinyl and are plumped up to the max so these cushions do support your back. Tell me, how many times do you buy a cushion and it ends up being just for show as when you rest up against it the insert is flat?

You can find out more information on Belladonna Digital Imaging's services on their website www.belladonnadi.com.au or click here.








FUNKY WOMBAT TEXTILES

This beautiful cushion collection below is designed and created by Tamara from Funky Wombat Textiles, their name gets me every time, I love it!

Tamara is based in Melbourne and a designer at heart, drawing her inspirations from everyday life and nature.

I have a soft spot for the Geometric Triangle and King Parrot Cushions below and these are also printed on natural Belgian Linen.

For more information Funky Wombat Textile check out their website www.funkywombattextiles.com or click here
  












AQUA DOOR DESIGNS

When I began searching for a cushion collection to sell on our website I wanted to sell and showcase cushions that were unique and not like 'every other cushion' out there. That is why labels such as Belladonna Digital Imaging and Funky Wombat Textiles appealed to me as I would be supporting local Aussie's just trying to do something different and make it for themselves.

Another label that I am smitten with is Aqua Door Designs as their cushion range is all hand made in Queensland. (Including hand drawn, hand screen printed and hand sewn)

Below are a range of Aqua Door Designs cushions that we now stock at Super King Australia. As they're all handmade, if you would like pom poms or piping along the edge or prefer a different fabric these can be custom made to your requirements. So matching them to your decor is made simple.

To have a sneak peak at our cushions as they are drool worthy, click here.






I would love to hear what colour and style cushions appeal to you?


antoinette xo