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