Why getting a picnic table for your workplace can improve your bottom line

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What do we want? Picnic tables in the workplace!  When do we want them? Now!

This chant might be a little excessive, and your employees may not be in the corridor reciting their demands. Still, we aren’t lying when we say that a picnic table could dramatically improve your workplace productivity and the overall well-being of your employees. Not convinced? Let me explain…

More and more companies are realising the benefits that a strong workplace culture can have to both productivity, standard or work and the attendance or health of their employees. While it’s understandable that when buying furniture for your office, an outdoor picnic table wasn’t on the list, we’re about to give you a few good reasons why it’s time to invest! 

Fresh air promotes productivity and creativity. 

It’s no secret that fresh air does wonders for the mind and body, and after long periods in an air-conditioned office – it’s something we all need. Occupational therapists and doctors agree; spending time outdoors during the workday improves productivity. Why mess with science?

Give your employees the perfect spot, where they can step outside, get some fresh and enjoy the sun while they have their lunch. Better yet, a quick coffee catchup with a client, or a morning meeting. This change of scenery and fresh air will have your employees moods up and creative juices flowing well into the morning. 

Best part? Picnic tables (we love this one) are comfortable to work at, and seat up to 6 people comfortably; so nobody needs to miss out! 

They bring the team together

Having a communal outdoor area promotes socialisation between teammates and colleagues, leading to improved working environments and confidence. Workplaces, especially in the corporate world, can come with added stress and competitiveness between workers. Allowing them to form relationships in a more social or relaxed environment will improve communication and teamwork in the boardroom, too!

Furthermore, an important aspect is the socialising between employees and management. Research has shown that if able to connect in a relaxing atmosphere, employees and their superior counterparts are more likely to adopt friendly relations that transfer to the workplace and reduce tensions from day to day. 

Employees and management are more apt to adopt friendly relations when they relax together, out-of-doors during break and mealtimes, reducing the potential for workplace tension and dramas when they go back inside to the daily grind.

Much like the traditional picnic table, the Kwila ‘Picnic Bench’ setting exudes calm, happy vibes no matter where it sits; so we think it would do wonders for your work environment! 

It’s an excellent recruitment perk.

Recruiting good staff is a tough job. These days, it can take more than a salary and position to impress a potential candidate. Corporate culture is high on the priority list, along with free parking, team lunches and more. Creating a fun and positive working environment promises happy staff and lower employee turnover. Win, win! A strong corporate culture, which obviously includes a lunch table in the fresh air, can give a position description a valuable point of difference. 

They are easy to look after

The last thing you want in the corporate world is to think about looking after furniture – we do enough of that at home. Fear not, however, as picnic tables are sturdy, low cost, and low maintenance—all of which saves on cleaning expenses and janitorial work. 

However you look at it, there’s so many reasons to invest in a sturdy, functional, and stylish picnic table for your employees to take a break from the grind and get a breath of fresh air.

 

Are you convinced? We sure are! And we have plenty of tables at our workplace! So, if you’re looking for a high-quality, affordable table to improve your workplace culture, productivity and aesthetics, come and see our team. We have expansive showrooms in both Noosa and Warana as well as a huge range of stock and information available through our website.

3 Cocktails for a Summer of Poolside Entertaining!

It’s time to get into the summer mode! Pool, beach, or even your backyard; there’s always time to sit back in the sun and relax with your favourite cocktail. Whether you have friends over for a backyard pool party, heading out to the local beach spot, or just relaxing in your outdoor oasis; here’s our take on the best poolside cocktails for this summer of entertaining, as well as a few key pieces to help set the scene!

A Refreshing and Easy White Wine Spritzer! 

With 3 simple (and cheap) ingredients, you can create the ultimate crisp, easy-drinking summer cocktail.  Nothing beats the first cold sip of a white wine spritzer. Cold, crisp, refreshing, and you won’t have a headache the next day. 

What you need: 

  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • Lemon rind for garnish
  • Ice

How to make it:

  1. Simply add wine to a tall wine glass semi-filled with ice (to your liking) and top with club soda. Twist lemon rind over glass and add. 

Our tip: Make it as cold as possible by putting your wine and soda in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving. Perfect!

Pair it with: Lay back on the luxurious Nardi ‘Alfa’ Sunlounge with this drink in hand, and keep cold refills close by with our stylish wine cooler, which has room for a few of your favourite wine bottles! If you’re socialising on the beach or out on the water, these wine glass stabilisers and an absolute lifesaver, too! 

 

Tequila Sunrise

Now, this is a fun and colourful cocktail that screams summer! Don’t let the word tequila scare you off, this treat is bold and sweet, yet refreshing and will keep you happy all afternoon! It’s also another simple one, with a few staple ingredients which are layered to create a stunning ‘sunset’ visual cocktail.

What you need:

  • 45 ml tequila
  • 90 ml orange juice
  • 15 ml grenadine
  • Ice
  • Optional: Orange slices or maraschino cherry to garnish

How to make it:

  1. Pour tequila and orange juice into a tall glass filled a quarter of the way with ice.
  2. Stir these two ingredients (only) to mix the tequila
  3. Slowly pour in grenadine. It will sink to the bottom, so do not stir the drink; otherwise your ‘sunrise’ will become a pink juice! 

Pair it with: You can’t have a tequila sunrise without a full beach theme (in our opinion). So, grab your turkish beach towel, one of these adorable beach umbrellas, and a few ‘Tropicana’ napkins; you’ll be the most vibrant person around (and with good reason). 

 

Mojito 

You really can’t go past the classic mojito during cocktail hour(s). With the delightful taste of mint, lime and sugar; it’s the perfect blend of sweet and sour. We envision all your close girlfriends, sitting by the pool or in the back garden, pretending its 1970 in sophisticated hats and striped bikinis.. (or is that just me?). 

 

What you need:

  • 90ml Bacardi or white rum
  • ½ a fresh lime
  • A handful of mint leaves (about 12) + a sprig for garnishing
  • A teaspoon of caster sugar
  • Soda water
  • Cubed or crushed ice (crushed really makes this cocktail)

How to make it: 

  1. Put the lime wedges and sugar into a tall glass. 
  2. Use a muddler (or the end of a rolling pin) to squish the ingredients together and release the juice of the lime. 
  3. Put the mint leaves on one hand and clap to release their aroma. Then use a spoon to push the mint down into the lime juice. 
  4. Half fill the glass with ice, pour in the white rum and stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Top up with crushed ice, a splash of soda water and garnish it with a sprig of mint

Our tip: Add some cold fresh blueberries into the glass before muddling for a fruity mojito twist! 

Pair it with: Create the ultimate garden party with this hyacinth white tray table, festive garden party jug, your favourite rug and a bunch of these NF Yellow Stripe Outdoor Cushions. Alternatively, you can opt for a full Nardi sofa setting and be ready to host your backyard cocktail-hour all year round.

Need help creating your ultimate backyard oasis? At Daydream Leisure Furniture, we know just what your space needs to become the ultimate spot for summer entertaining and poolside cocktails. You can shop the range online or visit us at our Warana or Noosa stores to see our outdoor dining, seating, poolside furniture and accessories, including our huge range of Italian Nardi Outdoor furniture.

 

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How the Nardi furniture range is a game-changer in outdoor furnishing

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The Nardi outdoor name is growing in popularity across Australia and the world. Why? Because it’s affordable, long-lasting, and oozes Italian style. The Nardi brand started in 1990 in Vicenza Italy, and after 29 years, the company is still distinguishing itself with high-quality materials and innovative designs that complement any space. 

The Nardi product range centred around high-quality polypropylene, a thermoplastic resin, due to its functionality, flexural strength and aesthetic. The product range covers a wide range of residential and commercial furniture needs, including dining furniture, garden settings, poolside lounges and a vast range of outdoor tables and chairs.

At Daydream Leisure Furniture, we stock an enormous range of outdoor furniture and accessories, including a high-quality range designed by us (you can read more about that here). And while the Nardi range is just one of our brands on offer, we think it deserves a shout-out as it’s the perfect blend of European style, functionality, and price. 

There are many reasons why Nardi Outdoor is growing in popularity and changing the game in the outdoor (and indoor) furniture industry, and here’s just a few of them..

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Collections to suit any taste or style

From bright blues and reds to subtle tan and blacks, you will find a colour that suits your area perfectly. Better still? The resin colours last forever, meaning after a summer of sun and a winter of rain and wind, your chairs will be vibrant and ready to handle the next entertainment season. One of our favourite things about Nardi? That you can mix and match the colours and make your setting pop. 

Nardi products are easy to clean & store

Thanks to its waterproof make, you can simply hose off the furniture and wipe them dry. Especially important for commercial areas, you need furniture that’s really easy to maintain and sturdy enough to handle both light and thorough cleaning. The functional design also makes stacking the Nardi chair range a breeze. Need to clear a space between seasons, or the daily pack-up of a cafe? Nardi is the perfect solution. Everything comes partly assembled and/or is stackable, making it both easy to transport and put together. 

It’s cost-effective

Considering the sturdy, long-lasting materials and smart designs, you would expect Nardi to have an expensive price tag attached; but it’s not the case. Nardi is affordable and comes in a mix and match format, so you can get precisely what you need for your space. Extendable tables? Check. Adjustable heights? Check. 

It’s tough and mould resistant

Although the Nardi range is both lightweight and flexible, the resin material is very tough, unlikely to shatter and will take significant damage before breaking. Nardi furniture withstands sun rays, humidity and saline environments; it’s extremely long-lasting. You can leave your furniture exposed to sunlight and water: Nardi’s resin loves them! Nardi’s top-quality resin is batch-dyed and anti-UV treated, meaning the product colours will remain perfectly bright and full, even if they are exposed to outdoor and saline environments for long periods.

Nardi’s material doesn’t absorb water like other plastics and materials, making it perfect for an outside year season after season. Thanks to its water resistance, it won’t mould or otherwise deteriorate in the presence of bacteria, mould or other elements.

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It comes with a 2-year warranty

You can rest assured that all Nardi products have a 2 Year Manufacturing Warranty for defects in materials made during production. This Manufacturing Warranty covers the replacement or repair of any product that has a defect caused by the manufacturing process, that is not the result of normal wear and tear, or a natural characteristic of the material used. 

Last but not least, (and a huge game changer in our opinion)..

Nardi products are 100% RECYCLABLE

Nardi ‘greenly’ manufacturers in the small town of Chiampo, Italy. Nardi uses advanced air injection moulding, which is a clean technology and produces zero emissions into the environment. This method consists of an injection of inert gas together with the plastic mass into the mould, creating a vacuum inside the plastic section. This tactic allows for less material use, making the product lighter while avoiding the formation of sink marks on the surface. 100% recyclable and ecologic, resin furniture can have a second life and become something totally different.

Ready to update your outdoor area? Make sure you consider Nardi. Perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining, as well as a relaxing poolside retreat; you can’t go past the cost-effective, long-lasting, and stylish range they offer. Come into Noosa or Warana Daydream Leisure Furniture store and see the range for yourself or shop it online today

Twenty Years of Daydreaming About Leisure Furniture

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For well over 30 years now, Daydream Leisure Furniture has been operating on the Sunshine Coast. But for the last 20 years, we have been at the helm of this successful outdoor furniture business, building a retail presence and brand that we are thrilled to call our own. Looking back, we have many fond memories to reminisce on, including the many challenges we have faced from the outset to turn Daydream Leisure Furniture into our ‘dream come true’. In 2017 we are proud to celebrate our 20th anniversary at Daydream Leisure Furniture!

Here is our story…

What would the 40 something Jason and Alana, tell the 20 something Jason and Alana? That is what we are asking ourselves as we celebrate and reflect this year on our 20 years in business at the wheel of our successful outdoor furniture business – Daydream Leisure Furniture. The answer? Whatever wisdoms of caution and calculation we could impart to ourselves 20 years ago wasn’t and shouldn’t have been heeded by a young couple full of ambition.

The hurdles and amount of blood, sweat, and tears which lay ahead of us then, have been navigated and replaced by new ones current and yet to be revealed. Together we agree, that the challenges we have faced and overcome, were the real reason for going into business 20 years ago. We wanted to challenge ourselves; it seems we must like the wind in our face.

Let’s précis the last 20 years – It was 1997 and Daydream Leisure Furniture had already been operating 12 years. While friends were packing their backpacks and travelling, we had other ideas. We found this small, tired, on the way out, outdoor furniture business. A remnant of the glory days of PVC tubular furniture. In real estate terms it would be euphemised as a RENOVATORS DREAM.

Up for the challenge, we were going to save this tired old business. The journey began with just the two of us, a little old showroom of 212 square meters, an old Subaru wagon with a rusty old trailer, and a mezzanine floor above the showroom where we had our very own ‘sweat shop’ that manufactured the PVC tubular furniture (and a fresh box of tissues each day for Alana, as she cried a lot).

Now 20 years later the PVC ovens and generic wholesale sourced product offering has been replaced with approximately 830 square meters of showroom, large warehouses to store in house designed and directly imported products. We now boast two showrooms – Warana and Noosa and a staff of 13. Our tired 1990 Subaru wagon has long since been retired and replaced with a fleet of three commercial vehicles; all kept busy delivering and servicing the Gold Coast to Hervey Bay and beyond. We are happy to say, Alana only cries every second day now.

There is no doubt that we have fostered a strong and loyal retail clientele.  But our commercial/resort focus is what sets us apart. There aren’t many resorts on the Sunshine Coast that don’t feature Daydream Leisure furniture.   In fact, along the East Coast of Australia right up to Port Douglas and down into central New South Wales you can lay by many a resort pool that Daydream Leisure Furniture has furnished. We have also supplied outdoor furniture overseas to establishments in Vanuatu, Bordeaux, Fiji, and beyond.

Being an independent, family owned business has given us the autonomy to make our own decisions and set upon exciting and fruitful new paths. As we reflect, we agree that possibly the biggest directional change was the decision in 2000 to leave the relative safety of a large wholesale sourced brand name and venture into importing our very own style, range, and branded product.

We are incredibly proud of the direction this decision has taken us. Now we confidently import directly from manufacturers around the globe. Although not without its challenges. Becoming direct importers has been the most rewarding step for us. Not only in the personal satisfaction of having our own product, but also in terms of the skills we have had to acquire to achieve this level of business.

Hard work and dedication are the backbone of any successful business. We can and do laugh about the tribulations of having a seven-day business for 20 years. Many late revelous Saturday nights have been spent with the knowledge that tomorrow was a work day. Many public holidays spent at the wheel. Our two teenage boys spent their infant years tucked under a counter in our showroom, but now enjoy the benefits of after school and weekend employment in the family business.

What has made it all worthwhile, is we have met and worked with many wonderful people, had the opportunity to travel, and have engaged in new skills and experiences as well as being able to give back to the community from which we take. We are happy to say that we still wake up everyday keen to get in and work on the next project. Who knows, maybe we have another 20 years in us.

Most people assume that the aim or function of our business is to make money, and indeed this is a necessary facet of it. But what has unfolded for us and is clear after all this time, is that it is the satisfaction, achievements, and challenges that has kept us going.

The advice we would like to give to the 20 something versions of ourselves going into business is; apart from the obvious advice of work hard, offer a good value for money product and/or excellent service. Our strongest message; make the focus on building something you are proud of, because it has your name on it. Daydream Leisure Furniture is our legacy, one we are proud to have our name on!

Fall in love with being outside again – fall in love with the legacy of Daydream Leisure Furniture, because we certainly have and hope to continue for many years to come. Contact our friendly team today and watch your outdoor dreams come to life.

 

Jason & Alana Condon

Proud Owners of Daydream Leisure Furniture.