Articles tagged with: kids decor

11 December 2020

Getting your home ready for the Australia summer entertaining season

Summer in Australia is the entertainment season

Outdoor Decorating Ideas for Summer

Once the hustle bustle and frivolity of the Christmas season is over here in Australia we move into ‘holiday mode’.  Think long summer days, barbeques, family visits, relaxing afternoons in the garden…

Take the time to prepare your outdoor areas for the entertaining and relaxation season (aka summer!).  Having a restful and enjoyable outdoor space doesn’t just make entertaining easier, it also gives us a much-needed energy boost and restoration to our senses.

So, right now you’re thinking “I need to know how to create a summer haven, I need one in my life!”!  Here are our six tips for creating a summer home entertaining area that you will not want to leave!

Lots of places to sit

You’ll need to make sure you’ve got adequate seating for your guests and keeping a store of folding chairs in the shed is a great idea for this. 

You also want to make sure you’ve got choices of outdoor seating for your family.  Table seating for dining (or working!), a couple of timber or iron benches through the garden for moments you just want to sit and contemplate, and comfortable outdoor chairs for reading or simply resting.

Quiet places for reading

It’s not all about entertaining during the summer, we also need time-out to relax, enjoy a ‘nanna-nap’, read that novel we got for Christmas, or to simply daydream.

Create a quiet corner in the garden with screening plants (planted or in pots), timber or metal privacy screens, or even a gazebo to give shelter as well as privacy.

Bring in some colour and décor

Bright outdoor cushions give an instant “voomph” to your plain outdoor furniture.  Make sure you choose outdoor fabrics as they’re treated to resist fading and moisture.

Rugs are a simple way to define a space, and outdoor rugs are no exception.  A rug under your outdoor table and chairs marks that area for eating, a different rug for your casual chairs and couches marks that area for relaxing and chatting. 

Crockery, jugs, and drinking glasses in bright, fun colours are a must to have on hand for summer entertaining.  If you’ve got a suitable undercover area why not pickup a dresser that can take pride of place on your deck to hold your new entertaining pieces!

Fun and funky plant pots add a touch of whimsy and personality!  Look for different sizes and shapes – mix your new pots with plainer pots for extra impact.

Painting your fence, verandah posts, or furniture is an instant freshen up for your outdoor and garden.  It also adds value to your property!

Bring your garden to life

Longer sunny days mean more time to spend in the garden.  Weeding, pruning, and adding mulch makes any garden look fresh and alive.  After you’ve done a tidy up do a quick assessment of spaces that need to be filled and take a trip to the local garden centre to pickup a few new plantings.

Lighting

One of the fun things about summer entertaining being able to comfortably spend long evenings outside enjoying great company and creating memories.  But good lighting is important!  A floodlight might be essential for security and safety in some areas, but softer lighting creates ambience and a party atmosphere.

Fairy lights and string lights are perfect for lighting up the garden.  Fairy lights drapes through an ornamental tree or shrub can look stunning and dramatic.  String lights are available in all sorts of light style and shape – string them along a verandah or wall to define a space.

Fire pit

A summer night without a fire pit?  We think not!  A fire pit can be used for cooking on, toasting marshmallows, keeping warm on a cooler evening, or year ‘round to extend your outdoor entertaining area’s season!

Some of our faves for your outdoor entertaining

Hand-thrown Boulder Pot Large Teal Green Spots from Angus and Celeste

Lebello Club 6 chair from Design Nation

Outdoor cushions by Great Outdoor Cushions

Laguna Teak Outdoor Table from Outdoor Elegance

Delta Outdoor III Circle Sofa from King Living

Art Deco 110 Cast Iron Fire Pit by Fire Pits Direct

 

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25 November 2020

The trick to selecting the perfect gift

No-one is really ‘difficult to buy for’ if you take a little time to work it through!

The trick to selecting the perfect gift

No-one is really ‘difficult to buy for’ if you take a little time to work it through!

Whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or any other occasion that ‘requires’ a gift, there are always people on your list who are ‘difficult to buy for’. But are they really? We say not!

So, what’s the trick you may well be wondering! We’ve put together a list of ideas for unique gifts and tips for finding out what that difficult person would love to receive.

Make the gift itself an experience!

If you’re gifting a voucher or gift card wrap it in many boxes hiding a sweet treat, jokes, or funny tasks (like hop on one leg while drinking a glass of water) between random layers. Guaranteed by the time they get to the end everyone will be in fits of laughter! Or hide a smaller gift inside a stuffed toy … where ‘surgery’ is the only way to extract it!

When selecting a voucher or gift card … think small. Small businesses that is! Supporting a small business over a larger chain is a great way to share the Christmas love even further that the gift!

Literally give an experience!

You could choose a Red Balloon or CherryGift voucher where small businesses benefit, or you could be more select and gift a voucher to a special destination or activity. Fancy an afternoon with the alpacas at Quentin Park Alpaca Farm or maybe hang out with superheroes and sporting legends at Madame Tussauds?! A voucher or membership to a small local cinema also ticks just about every box.

If the venue you’re gifting an experience to doesn’t offer vouchers, ask if you can purchase undated tickets or create your own voucher with a note that you’ll purchase tickets online for the date they choose.

What are their interests?

Ok, so you may think you don’t know this person well enough to find something they’ll love, but take two minutes and make a list of everything that you do know about them … what colours do they wear, do they wear funky jewellery, where do they go on holiday, do they play or watch sport, have you seen them reading? If you’re still stuck … stalk them on the socials and see what you can find out about them!

After making a list you’ll likely find the gift ideas were right in front of you all the time.

Let them live in the past!

Have they recently lost a loved one (person or pet)? A portrait or special framed photo is a thoughtful gift. Let them relive their childhood … quirky 90s snacks and a Pokémon might be just what your 30s aged person will love! Or, for a person in their 70s or 80s rock n’ roll hits of the 50s could hit the mark!

Make them something!

Whether it’s a random piece of art, a knitted scarf, a potted plant, or a box of baked treats, if you’ve taken the time to make something special that speaks volumes! Put some thought into it though don’t just whack a pile of dried pasta on a paper plate and call it art!

Something for their home.

Whether it’s something small like a fun decal for their laptop or light switch, or a Theia table lamp by Mathias Hahn for Marset everyone appreciates something special that shows you put some thought into their gift. Do they cook? One of our kitchen themed wall decals could be top of their wish list but they didn’t even realise it! Do they love to read? Crashmat make fun beanbags that are designed for comfort! Have they just renovated or moved home? House name tiles by Little House in the Valley make a beautiful and thoughtful gift!

Be charitable in their name!

Think of something your person is passionate about, and then make a donation in their name. Are they a dog lover? Donate to an animal rescue. Are they passionate about children’s welfare, indigenous cultural survival, defeating poverty, social justice issues, heritage preservation … and the list goes on. If you don’t already have a charity in mind, The Good Cause Co. are an independent ‘for-purpose’ company that evaluate and list high quality Australian charities

We hope that you’ve found inspiration and ideas for the perfect gift for that person you thought was ‘difficult to buy for’. We’re sure that you’ve at least found one or two ideas for gifts for yourself as well!

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25 August 2020

Introducing our new fabric wall decals!

The latest in wall décor is now instore and we know you’re going to be inspired

Our new fabric wall decals are here and they are so beautiful … have you checked them out yet? Fabric wall decals are one of the latest and increasingly popular ways to create an interiors space that you’ll be so excited to share on your Instagram! We know that you’ll have so much fun creating a magical kids interior space using our new fabric wall decals for inspiration.

First up, a bit of info about our new fabric wall decals because we know that you’ll need the low-down so you can start to plan your own interior decorating project! They are made high quality adhesive polyester fabric and they can be installed on virtually any flat surface (indoor and out) and then removed and reused many times over leaving no adhesive residue. Which means that you can create an amazing interior wall space even if you’re renting or you need to make your decorating less permanent!

Our fabric wall decal range has launched with five designs: summer watermelons, planes, rainbows, ballerinas, and dinosaurs.

What space would you create? We’re thinking a reading corner is the ideal stay at home space where kids can escape to dream and explore the world beyond the front gate in a stay at home kind of way!

Every reading corner needs: a place to sit and dream, a place to store toys to join your little one on their literary journeys, and of course a bookshelf for hours upon hours of bookish pleasure!

For our rainbows reading corner we found these awesome Belle & Co. storage case sets available from Hip Kids! They come in pink or white and are perfect for storage blankets, out of season clothing, or toys. And … they are such a great size that they make great side or bedside tables too!

 

 

12 April 2019

Do you decorate your home for Easter?

Our top picks for Easter decorating!

Decorating our homes for Easter is a pretty new ‘thing’ here in Australia, but it’s definitely a styling period that we are in love with!

There are SO many stores and small businesses (including us!) with amazing Easter decorations and tableware … we’ve been browsing and have collated some of our favourites:

Oxfam

All of Oxfam’s profits go to helping communities worldwide and the products that Oxfam sell are ethically sourced and produced as well. We particularly love the Painted Wooden Eggs in Oxfam’s Easter collection – each design has a story behind it. These would make such a lovely gift for all ages, but especially for children they would learn about other cultures and families at the same time!

Vinyl Design :)
We have lots of Bunny themed wall decals, from a Set of 21 mini bunnies to a Chalkboard Bunny to put on your wall or your fridge and a super cute Bunny wall sticker for power outlets

Pottery Barn
Ok, hands up who else has an ongoing crush on Pottery Barn! Pottery Barn have everything you need to set a beautiful table for Easter lunch. We reckon their Easter tableware is so beautiful that it would be such a shame to only use it once a year! At the moment you can save a beautiful 20% off all of the Pottery Barn Easter range and if you sign up to their newsletter you might be lucky enough to save a little bit more before Easter too!

Nordic Fusion
Do you prefer to give a gift at Easter instead of chocolate? Nordic Fusion has the most beautiful range of bunny dolls that can be dressed up or cuddled just as they are. They make the most adorable gifts, and not just for Easter!

Bed Bath ‘N’ Table
One of our favourite stores for bedding and napery is Bed Bath ‘N’ Table, and oh my gosh … they have over 300 pieces in their Easter range! You’ll be absolutely certain to find at least 5 pieces here that you must have! And even better than just finding beautiful decorating items at great prices, if you’re quick you’ll catch save an extra 25%!

The Cheeky Project Perth

If you’ve got people with allergies or other dietary preferences it can be really hard to find Easter Eggs for them! We’ve discovered The Cheeky Project Perth makes the most delicious chocolate including those really hard to find Easter Eggs! Even their images and descriptions will have your mouth watering!

 

Have you been inspired to decorate your home for Easter?

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23 January 2019

Décor that’s purrrfect for every cat lover … we’re not kitten you!

Cat-themed homewares and styling accessories that cat lovers will love.

Cats-1

We loooove cats here at Vinyl Living and Vinyl Design! Cats bring joy and charm us … even when they’re being obnoxious. Cats aren’t just pets … they are also good for us! A cat’s purring sound is a precious feeling that can put us into such a relaxed and peaceful state. Research has found that cat owners are more socially sensitive, trusting, and like other people more … cats help us to be likeable (as if you weren’t likeable enough already!)!

Decorating with our loved moggies is so much fun! We’ve created a range of cat-loving décor and practical items for Vinyl Design and Vinyl Living - check ‘em meowt:

  • Our cat makeup bag is as practical as it is good-looking! Don’t let the word ‘makeup’ confuse you … it’s just as practical as a pencil case, to hold bits and pieces in your handbag, or even as a carry pouch (phone, keys, cash) when your out and about but don’t need a big bulky bag.
  • Our ‘cat with yarn’ design is available printed on a handy canvas tote or a cushion cover … if you’re a knitter (or know one) this is a lovely gift! We use top quality cotton canvas and all of our printing and stitching is done right here in Australia.
  • Have you got a blank wall that’s meowing for some kitty cat love?! We’ve got cat wall decals in two styles:
  • Cats Pattern – scatter these playful kittens across your wall!
  • Le Chat Noir – two real sized cats and a butterfly … look pretty quirky ‘playing’ on a couch or shelf!
  • This cat sticker for powerpoints and sockets is one of our most popular wall decals – a touch of unexpected whimsy!
  • The outside casing of our laptops are pretty boring … show the world your love of cats by decorating your laptop with our Cat Laptop Decals (available in black or white)!

Remember nearly all of our wall decals can be made in your choice from our range of colours … go fancy with metallic gold or silver, magenta, or even green cats across your wall! Our vinyl wall decals are removable and won’t damage your walls or other surfaces.

18 December 2018

Where in the world?!

Are you a travel lover, do you feel the lust for travel?

World-Map-Wall-Decal

There’s not one amongst us who hasn’t the desire to see “somewhere else” … whether that’s another country, or just another town. The grass isn’t always greener, but it is often a different shade ;-)

Are you a traveller? Have you travelled the world? Or, are you just getting started on your dreams of where you would love to go first?

In the Vinyl Designs collection you’ll find our super popular World Map with Animals wall decal.

Now, this wall decal was created for children’s wall décor but because the animals and the map are separate you could get two different wall decal décor items from the one product ;-)

Here are some ideas using one of our most popular wall decals in your home …

  • The perfect addition to any child’s playroom! Use the different animals that are included in the World Map with Animals set to educate … where does each animal come from?
  • Again in a child’s room … use the map and sticky dots (not included) to mark off countries visited ad countries they’d like to visit. The animals would look fantastic on the wall near the map as an extra decoration. Our World Map with Animals looks amazing, builds imagination, and inspires travelling dreams!
  • Use the animals to decorate your child’s room (they’d look awesome on a bathroom wall!), and use the world map in your family room or personal space … sort of like a travel vision board!