The Aesthetic Value of Furniture in Hospitality

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Updating your outdoor furniture is extremely important, especially when running a business within the hospitality industry. A strong economy, rising global consumer purchase power and digital innovation have all contributed towards the hospitality industry’s record growth in the last few years.

What is the servicescape?

The servicescape is the environment in which a service is provided and there is customer interaction. Servicescape furniture should be designed to appeal to customers pleasure and arousal states as well as facilitate operational ease and efficiency. There are four roles in the servicescape that we’ll be examining offering strategic reasons as to why you should update your outdoor furniture. These include:

  1. Package
  2. Differentiator
  3. Facilitator
  4. Socialiser

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In order to shape the success of your own business in the future, you should be updating your servicescape furniture sooner rather than later. Why?

  • Firstly, remaining relevant and fiercely competitive in the marketplace will keep your business top-of-mind and successful (Package).
  • Secondly, the hospitality industry has potential in social media allowing greater awareness for ‘trendy’ businesses to be shared (Differentiator).
  • Thirdly, physical settings influence the customer’s ultimate satisfaction with the service flow, design and functionality (Facilitator).
  • Lastly, furnishing and updating your service area will help facilitate whether customers feel comfortable in socialising and staying longer (Socialiser).

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  1. PACKAGE || Updating furniture in hospitality creates an impressionable package

The first role in the servicescape is the package. This is when outdoor furniture settings and the overall layout of a business creates a split-second impression to outward-looking customers. For example, this could be potential or new customers walking past a café whose first impression of your business is the look and design. First impressions are mostly created by the furniture layout, design, lighting, music and mood.

Take a look at how the Cantilever Umbrella is styled at the Providore on Hastings café in Noosa. It’s a practical, yet aesthetic that creates ambience customers love! View it here

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  1. DIFFERENTIATOR || Updating furniture in hospitality will help differentiate your business from competitors

The second role in the servicescape is the differentiator. This is often where a business can separate themselves from the market using unique furniture to offer a competitive advantage. That’s right! Outdoor furniture has the power to build your brand in the minds of customers, as well as establish your market position. Colours, design and feel will determine the value imposed on the customer whilst dining at your business.

Take a look at how the Cave Bianche Hotel have styled all white Nardi chairs by their poolside bar here

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  1. FACILITATOR || Updating furniture in hospitality will facilitate service flow and movement within your business

The third role in the servicescape is the facilitator. With over 20 years of industry experience, you can trust the team at Daydream Leisure Furniture to recommend a design that enhances the flow of activity in your business. We know that a well-designed, practical service area will make the experience for the customer a pleasant one. Say goodbye to cramped dining and hello to comfortable, functional settings.

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  1. SOCIALISOR || Updating furniture in hospitality will increase your customers need to socialise

The last role in the servicescape is the socialiser. A business that oozes comfort will keep your customers staying longer as well as coming back. The range of outdoor settings that we stock at Daydream Leisure Furniture is not only stylish but extremely comfortable. If customers are encouraged to interact and stay longer, your business will continuously look busy and attract more people. Furthermore, this also increases the opportunity to upsell your products (e.g. more coffee, dessert, drinks, snacks bought).

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 There is no better time than now to update your outdoor furniture, especially if you’re running a business in the hospitality industry. Staying top-of-mind and competitive, as well as increasing the perceived comfort, value and satisfaction of your business will help you reach further success.

 If you would like any styling tips or advice on new furniture fit-outs, feel free to contact the professional team at Daydream Leisure Furniture today. We are the outdoor living specialists who can help bring life back to your hospitality business.

 

Bring spring back into your outdoor living spaces

With spring not far away in Australia, it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor living areas and how you can make them feel more like an extension of your home. Most Aussies spend plenty of time on the patio and in the garden, so it makes sense to make these areas as comfortable and as inviting to everyone as the inside of your home.

Let’s look at five different ways you can style your outdoor spaces to make the most out of the outdoors at home!

Outdoor living rooms

If you want to create a wonderful outdoor living area, your choices are endless! A ‘must-have’ for your outdoor lounge is a comfortable sofa with plenty of cushions and a coffee table. Your best choices are between aluminium, timber and wicker frames, but be sure to select the design and style that complements your home’s interior décor.

The best type of outdoor sofas are modular and those that you can mix and match, because you can change the configuration to suit your needs, but also look for quality fabrics that don’t fade easily in the sun. As an added touch for the cool spring evenings, consider adding a fire pit or an overhead heater for a lovely cosy feeling.

Outdoor dining spaces

Dining alfresco outdoors is a fabulous idea as we start to enjoy the warmer evenings, but lunch outdoors with friends is also a great option and what about Sunday morning breakfasts out on the patio?

There is a wide variety of table settings for your outdoor patio, but timber is always a great choice, as is wicker, aluminium and even concrete (for people who want to try something different!). Don’t forget that you can select chairs that match your dining table or opt for a trendier ‘mismatched’ style by selecting a different design or material than your table. The Nardi Outdoor ‘Net’ Dining range comes in a huge variety of colours which can be styled together.

Tranquil and peaceful spots

For small patios or larger gardens where you want to create a number of different outdoor rooms, a tranquil and peaceful spot where you can read a book or listen to your favourite music in the shade is a great idea.

You won’t need much furniture for a quiet reading spot, maybe just one single comfortable chair and coffee table if you want the area to be just for yourself! You can even add a floor rug, vase of flowers and a small water feature to really treat yourself to a few hours of relaxation.

Morning coffee anyone?

When friends come over for morning coffee, it’s great if you can have a lovely outdoor setting where everyone can relax and chat outdoors on the patio. You can opt for a small modular setting and coffee table or a few matching chairs and coffee table, but whichever option you select make sure that comfort is your first priority.

Relaxing afternoon sanctuaries

There is nothing quite like putting your feet up in the late afternoon and just chilling on your own or with family and friends. Creating a relaxing sanctuary is very easy with just a daybed, an umbrella for extra shade and maybe a coffee table to hold your drink and magazines. Don’t forget to include a few stylish cushions for extra comfort and home décor items, such as lanterns, placemats and even outdoor lighting to add a personal touch.

Timber daybeds are very popular as are wicker daybeds, and since they are designed for the outdoors, they are very easy to keep clean. You can match your daybeds to your coffee setting or your outdoor alfresco dining setting and create a lovely, stylish outdoor entertainment area with plenty of options for everyone.

Check out our product catalogue and start designing your outdoor living spaces for spring today!

 

The importance of accessorising your outdoor entertaining area

Living on the Sunshine Coast, we appreciate the weather more than most. Because we love being outside, we are constantly entertaining outdoors, no matter the season! When you entertain outside a lot, your space can start feeling a little drab and dated, which is where the power of accessories for not only your space and furniture, but your tableware for the ultimate (and effective) update to your outdoor entertaining. From napkins and serving platters to lighting and cushions, let’s take a look at just some of the outdoor accessories available at Daydream Leisure Furniture…

 

Plate it up!

Outdoor entertaining is the perfect time to add a little pizazz to your plates, bowls or serving dishes. Whether you are going for a certain style or theme, or you just want to add colour, serving ware is simple and easily mixed and matched option for you.

Our range of ‘Congo’ mango wood serving ware is perfect for that pop of both pattern and colour, and the solid Mango wood is both beautiful and stylish.

 

 

 

Utensils, utensils, utensils!

People often underestimate the effect that utensils can have on your guests. Poorly cleaned or old cutlery can be a big turnoff when entertaining. Make sure you keep your utensils clean and perhaps give them a clean shine with a mix of water with a little vinegar before putting them on the table. While you may not want to update your entire collection of utensils, updating a few key pieces, such as this stylish two-tone rose gold cheese server set, can have a huge impact on your guests.

 

Dine in Comfort (and style)

Love the classic white tableware but still need that injection of style and colour? Our made-to-order cushion range comes in a huge range of prints and colours to suit every style. Find the print you like and you can order everything from cushions to table runners and placemats. View the entire range here and complete your outdoor look today.

 

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Add a centrepiece

Everyone knows that no dinner table is complete without a centrepiece. So, whether you like flowers and greenery, lighting, or some kind of elaborate décor item, finish off your table in style.  Going for the natural look, try a nice native bouquet. Looking for something more romantic? Stick with a few scented candles.

 

No matter what style or theme you prefer as an entertainer and host, there will be something you for you Daydream Leisure Furniture.  We offer a huge range of outdoor dining and pool furniture, accessories and décor items to turn your outdoor area into your dream space. View our range online or come into one of our showrooms in either Warana or Noosa today.

Daydream Leisure Furniture: The Story Behind the Furniture

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It recently came to our attention that our customers aren’t completely aware of what goes on behind the scenes at Daydream Leisure Furniture. So, we wanted to take a little time to shed some light on how we source and create the wide range of products available on our website and in our two large showrooms.

Consumers and clients often think that the products on our showroom floor are simply picked and ordered from a catalogue or a showroom somewhere; when in reality this couldn’t be further from the truth.  We have spent 18 years in the furniture business, forming relationships with Chinese manufacturers and European suppliers, ensuring the high-quality or design flexibility are what both we and our customers expect.

Jason and I take such pride in the development and creation of our products, really taking the time to focus on the trends, high-quality materials and designs that our customers appreciate and want.  Throughout the year we are constantly assessing our ranges and asking ourselves; What’s selling? What’s not? Can the less popular items be improved by design, colour or style? We are also always on the lookout for colour ranges and trends that are happening here and overseas so that we can find new and exciting products to offer our customers.

It’s important to remember that some trends or fads are not necessarily what sell; they can be impractical and not built for longevity, especially when dealing with outdoor elements.  This is especially true for our customers living on or near the coast. Anything we develop or decide to introduce to our range requires a lot of research and development to ensure that it will withstand our harsh weather conditions whilst still produced in a quality that meets our standards and delivers value for money for our customers.

We always put our customers first, focusing on quality products that will last a lifetime not just structurally, but because they offer longevity of style with classic, simple and high-quality designs. We also focus on having a strong line of products that can be mixed and match to suit our customers’ sense of style and colour choices. This includes our range of table bases and tops, tables and chairs and more; we believe the customisation and flexibility are what makes creating your space and furniture pieces extra special.

Jason spends countless nights with graph paper designing furniture. I often wonder when we will reach a point that there will be nothing new to design, but, after 18 years, it hasn’t happened yet.  When we decide on a design we like, we send the drawings to our factory and when we arrive to discuss our designs and choose our materials, a sample will be waiting for us. As well as full furniture samples, our relationship with the factory allows us to explore new colour ranges. We often post a Pantene colour or a laminate sample we would like to include in our range to the factory, and shortly after we will receive a sample of powder coated piece of aluminium with a complimenting fabric for us to view. It’s these relationships that allow us to pass such quality and customisation on to our customers.

During our annual visits to our China factory every January, we walk through the factory where the furniture is welded, powder coated, and assembled by hand.  We also watch the wicker weavers hand weaving our furniture, and watch the furniture go through quality control and be boxed up and ready to load on our containers.  We spend time in the sewing section, where the sewers work systematically sewing our cushion covers and slings in our very own exclusive fabric colours and qualities.  It is this hands-on experience that allows us to be involved in the production of our furniture range, that makes us even more passionate about the products we produce and supply for our customers.  It is also very interesting visiting the granite factory where the granite tables are made and also visiting where the granite is sourced.  This is a mind-blowing experience; being surrounded by miles and miles of street lined granite suppliers.   We enjoy every year each new experience that our visit to China provides.

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The appreciation our customers have for the insight, tips and support we provide makes our love for the furniture industry grow each and every year. We are proud of our ever growing range of products for both commercial and residential customers, including tables, chairs, benches, umbrellas, daybeds, outdoor sofas, pool sun lounges, homewares and everything in between.

You can browse our range online, drop by one of our showrooms in Warana and Noosa, or give us a call today to discuss your needs with our experienced team.

 

 

 

The Ultimate Summer BBQ: Entertaining Tips

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Summer is well and truly here, and I have to say, we are loving the warm sunshine! Where there is sunshine and good company, there is the perfect excuse for a weekend BBQ with friends. So dust off the grill and get your backyard or patio space ready for the ultimate summer entertaining experience in your very own garden.

Having a BBQ is all about simplicity and ease. To help make things easier for you we’ve put together these entertaining tips as a guide.

Enough Food To Feed Your Tribe

Preparing a meal for a large number of people doesn’t need to be stressful. The beautiful thing about a BBQ is that it’s a very informal and light-hearted event. Why not turn your BBQ into a pot-luck? You’ll provide the grilled meats, and your guests can bring along cheese platters, bread, salads, and even dessert. Classic favourites like sausages, kebabs, steaks, and rissoles are always a hit at our family BBQ. What will you be serving up?

BBQ’s are fantastic when it comes to recipe planning too. They offer so much versatility with the kinds of meals you can prepare. Jamie Oliver and Webber offer some scrumptious recipes online, to spark your tastebuds with inspiration.

Get Creative With Your Seating Options

Make sure you have enough outdoor furniture to accommodate all of your guests. From classic outdoor settings to picnic rugs on the grass, you can never have enough options for accommodating your mingling guests.

Entertaining ranges like the Nardi and Kwila suites are fantastic! They’re durable, stylish, and comfortable all year round. Plus, they offer incredibly versatile arrangements, so that you can find the perfect chairs to match your table and home decor. Bench seats and bar stools are also a great option when entertaining a big group of people. Visit Daydream Furniture before hosting your next BBQ and make sure your entertaining space is a hit this summer!

Keep The Kids Corner Busy

While you’re entertaining your guests at the ultimate summer BBQ, remember to keep the kids’ corner occupied too. There’s nothing worse than when all of the adults are having a great time and suddenly the kids start complaining that they’re bored. Perhaps plan a few fun activities for the littlies, or if you have a pool, you can encourage them to bring along their swimmers and floaties to take a dip?

There you have it. Use some of these tips and create the perfect entertaining space, no matter your budget. And when you’re ready to furnish your area with the latest in outdoor living and dining settings, look no further than Daydream Leisure Furniture. Our showrooms in Noosa and Warana are stocked with beautiful and stylish pieces to suit all tastes and budget. Shop our range online here or find us on Facebook.

 

Creating the Ultimate Backyard Entertaining Area

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Outdoor entertaining is a luxury that many of us would love to do more of, especially here on the Sunshine Coast. Having a well-designed space for hosting guests and preparing food can take the stress out of dinner parties and leave nothing but a relaxing time with friends, especially when it comes to the clean-up. Here’s our tips on creating the ultimate outdoor entertaining area in your own backyard.

 

Start with the layout

When planning a layout for your outdoor area, it pays to consider exactly how you’re going to use the space.  This is especially true if you have a smaller area to work with, as you’ll want to work with the space to create an inviting and open area to entertain guests in.  Have a bigger yard? It’s recommended that you create different zones within your yard, such as an eating area, a sitting area and a grass/shrubbery zone for children and pets, or perhaps a quick game of bocce!

 

Consider your flooring

The two most popular options for outdoor entertaining areas are timber decking or pavers, depending on your situation. Choosing dark coloured pavers and applying a coat of sealer, creates an effective and very low maintenance outdoor area that’s easy to clean and repels stains. Just a simple wash down after a big night and you’re done!

 

Fancy a feature?

Including a focal point in your outdoor area can give it the extra oomph it needs to draw guests outside. Whether it’s a colourful wall, vertical garden, some garden lighting or a standout outdoor dining setting, a feature can really transform a space and create conversation. A water feature can not only look beautiful but provides a relaxing atmosphere through its calming white noise.

A functional entertaining kitchen

An outdoor kitchen space can really transform your entertainment area. It allows you to prepare and serve food without retreating inside and also give you a space to clean up afterward.  Additions such as a small bar fridge enable you to keep food and drinks outside, which is not only convenient for entertaining, but also frees up valuable space in your family fridge.

 

Extend your living space

Bi-fold doors are the perfect addition to any entertainer house. Not only do they look amazing and let more light into your home, but they also allow you to join your internal and external areas to create a larger space which can be utilised no matter the season or weather; perfect!

 

There you have it. Use some of these tips and create the perfect entertaining space, no matter your budget. And when you’re ready to furnish your area with the latest in outdoor living and dining settings, look no further than Daydream Leisure Furniture. Our showrooms in Noosa and Warana are stocked with beautiful and stylish pieces to suit all tastes and budget. Shop our range online here or find us on Facebook.

 

5 Reasons to Buy Aluminium Furniture for Your Outdoor Area

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Spending time outdoors is one of the favourite pastimes for Australians. From having family and friends over, to just relaxing with a good book and soaking up the sunshine, nothing beats the good old outdoors. When it comes to furnishing your outdoor area, however, aluminium is one of the most popular choices of material, and for good reason. Curious as to why? Let us fill you in with our top 5 reasons.

 

  1. No rust, no worries!

Unlike its metal counterpart, aluminium won’t rust over time or due to being left outside exposed to the weather. Although wooden furniture is beautiful and strong, it still needs basic maintenance to prevent wear, tear, and fading due to use and exposure to the sun and rain. As aluminium isn’t affected by these conditions, it’s the perfect choice for being in coastal areas or places with high humidity. Actually, it’s perfect for everyone!

 

  1. It’s easy to care for

Exactly how low maintenance aluminium furniture really is, deserves to be a point in itself. It can stand up to wind, dirt, rain, food, really anything you throw at it, as it just needs a simple hose down or spot clean to look as new! How many pieces of furniture can claim that?

 

  1. It’s light as a feather!

If you’re moving your furniture around the backyard or putting it away in the off-season (not that you need to, it doesn’t rust!), having furniture that’s light makes like so much easier. Just pick up the sun lounge and move it as the sun crosses the sky, it’s that easy.

 

  1. Aluminium’s tough

As well as being light-weight, the durability of aluminum furniture is what makes it so popular around the world. Aluminium is a solid and reliable piece of furniture, it will last you and your family for years.

 

  1. There are so many options

Aluminium Furniture comes in a wide range of designs to suit everyone tastes. From traditional to trendy to coastal chic, it can be styled to suit any backyard or design trend and is available in an array of colour including subtle earth tones to bright statement pieces. Aluminium furniture is as versatile as you need it to be!

Not only does aluminium furniture have so many benefits, it’s also really affordable, offering great value for money. Make the most out of your outdoor area for less, with a long-lasting, lightweight and ever-so-stylish aluminum furniture setting from Daydream Leisure Furniture. We stock outdoor dining tables, picnic settings, chairs, sun lounges and sofa settings; everything you need to create your dream outdoor oasis! Come see the range at one of our showrooms in either Noosa or Warana today.

The Advantages of Purchasing Furniture in a Bricks and Mortar Store

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While the lure of the internet can make shopping for clothes, furniture and well, almost anything, appealing, nothing quite beats the look and feel of the real thing.  Studies have actually shown that the effect of touching items that we love prior to purchase invokes a euphoric feeling, which is why we often refer to shopping as a feel-good experience or ‘retail therapy’.  Similar to purchasing clothing online, you simply can’t know for sure that your piece of furniture is the right fit until you are able to try it and see it in the space. Considering the cost of buying furniture can often be substantial, it’s worth weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing your furniture at a bricks and mortar store, rather than online.

 

Comfort & Quality

The convenience and almost infinite range of furniture available online can increase the temptation to purchase without actually testing or seeing the product in person. But most shoppers know that you need to sit down and feel a piece of furniture before you know it’s the one. Unfortunately, along with the benefits of having so much choice online thanks to overseas and online retailers, one of the biggest risks buying furniture online is that you can’t test or know the quality or comfort of a piece of furniture prior to purchase. From the seat material and zips to the structure and bolts, you need to be sure you are buying furniture that’s going to last. In a store, you have the ability to test and feel the quality of a piece, and a representative will be able to talk you through anything else you need to know regarding the upkeep and maintenance of your new purchase.  Alternatives which are significantly cheaper online can skimp on the quality of the parts or materials used in order to make a profit. This reduction in quality parts and materials means not only will the furniture have a shorter lifespan, but the comfort and colouring will be lacking from the beginning.

 

Colouring & Size

Behind the overwhelming amount of product choice online, there is also the risk of not getting exactly what you want. It’s no secret that products on the internet are often enhanced to look more appealing, colours are brighter and backgrounds are whiter, altering the overall appearance of the product. It’s not uncommon for someone to have purchased a stunning white couch online, to have it delivered and once it arrives you find it’s a cream colour.  When you are spending your hard-earned money on something you will be looking at every single day, it can be devastating to find it’s not what you thought it would be. The size of the furniture can be a similar scenario. While the product descriptions online should always have exact measurements included, sometimes customers can be fooled by an image that looks much larger than life.  Customers need to make sure they check the measurements and map out exactly where they will be in the space so that there are no surprises when the product is delivered. That beautiful teak outdoor setting might have 8 seats on the internet, but you need to read the fine print to know for sure that’s what you’re getting.

 

Price & Security

Many people shop online to find the best bargains and the cheapest price they can. It’s a tactic that will work for some, but if you want your furniture to last more than a few years it’s probably not the best approach. Quality furniture is not necessarily cheaper when bought online. In fact, prices are often on par, when you consider the shipping costs involved with buying from online retailers.  Another risk that’s associated with purchasing anything, including furniture online, is the security of your banking information and accounts. Consumers need to be increasingly aware of the sites they pass their personal information to. If a company’s website isn’t properly secure for online transactions, your information could be privy to hackers.

Bricks and mortar stores not only offer customers a beautiful showroom to look and feel around for the perfect item, they often also provide delivery for a small fee. Second to this, there is the added benefit of warranties available with the product. When purchasing furniture online, you may have a warranty in place but you will need to pay for the cost of sending the piece to the company, which can be a significant amount. Retail stores give you the peace of mind that there will be a real person you can go and speak to about any issues and a product warranty that you can rely on.

 

Customer Service

Perhaps one of the most underrated benefits of purchasing furniture in a physical store is the face-to-face communications with staff. In fact, a report by Retail Touchpoints highlighted that 90% of consumers say they are somewhat or extremely likely to make a purchase when they receive assistance from a helpful salesperson. It’s been shown that retailers that create high-value, personalised interactions provide a more satisfying experience for customers. Retail assistants not only provide customers with product information, they are also a great avenue for customers who want interior or styling advice for their interiors and exteriors.

We understand that being able to thoroughly check and sit on furniture, being able to see it in a space and having the help of a salesperson for advice and any questions has a huge impact on a customers’ furniture shopping experience. At Daydream Leisure Furniture, we wholeheartedly believe in customer experience and aim to provide the highest level of service in both our Warana and Noosa showrooms. View our range of high-quality outdoor leisure furniture and accessories online or visit one of our showrooms today and create your dream outdoor space.