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.

 

Bleeding and oiling your Kwila outdoor furniture

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Your Kwila furniture is ideal for withstanding the rigours of the Australian climate. This timber is more durable than many other timbers used in outdoor furniture and has minimal shrinkage, resistance to splitting and withstands harsh salt water environments.  To keep your Kwila furniture looking its best, here are a few easy to follow tips.

Oiling your Kwila outdoor furniture

Kwila furniture doesn’t require oiling for durability purposes, but if you want to permanently leave your furniture outdoors, it will weather if it is not oiled, turning a silvery grey colour over time. All of our Kwila furniture has already been oiled prior to packaging and you can continue with regular oiling or allow the timber to naturally weather and age.

Unoiled Kwila furniture, might experience minor splitting over time, but this adds rather than detracts from its beauty. If you decide to oil your furniture regularly to maintain its original colour, then use a light decking oil.  An oil with a UV stabiliser and an anti-fungal additive is recommended.   Avoid any products that contain bleach or solvents.

It is important to remember that your Kwila furniture will still maintain its integrity if you decide not to oil your furniture. This timber is very tough and durable and this toughness and durability is not influenced by whether or not you oil your furniture.

Bleeding the tannin from Kwila furniture

As Kwila contains a large amount of tannin (resin or sap), when the timber becomes wet it will bleed the tannin onto the surface it is sitting on. If not cleaned up immediately, the tannin can stain porous ground surfaces, so it is advisable to accelerate this process to attempt to remove the surface tannin from the furniture.

All you need to do in order to bleed-out the Kwila timber is hose the timber down with clean water until the tannin has stopped bleeding out of the wood and then allow to dry. Depending on the amount of tannin in the product, the process may need to be repeated several times. It should be noted that as timber is a natural product, the amount of tannin is not measurable, therefore even by following bleeding instructions, it is still possible to end up with a small amount of residual tannin which could stain a surface.  So be as diligent as you can with this process.

Don’t stop hosing until the runoff water is clear and then use an old rag or towel to sop up any standing water on the timber, roughly going all over all of the furniture with the rag. It will take many hours for the timber to completely dry (depending on the weather), however using the rag helps to prevent water spots marking the timber while it dries.

Once your Kwila furniture is totally dry, and if you want to maintain the rich colour of your furniture, at this point it is recommended that you oil the furniture using a light decking oil, as outlined above.

It is important to note that you are not removing all of the tannin from the wood, just the surface tannin. This is important, because it is the tannin and the moisture within the timber that retains the tannin that helps to preserve your furniture, making it resistant to the elements.

Daydream Leisure Furniture offers customers an in-house bleeding service for a small additional charge. Using our service means that you don’t have to spend your valuable time bleeding the surface tannin out of your Kwila furniture, instead you can start enjoying it as soon as it is delivered.

For more information on any of our outdoor furniture and accessories, visit one of our furniture showrooms, call us on 07 5449 9336 (Noosa) 07 5493 4277 (Warana) or complete our online enquiry form.

 

Daydream Leisure Furniture Shares the Community Spirit with Ma & Pa Bendall

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What are you doing this Easter long weekend? For many Sunshine Coast locals, Easter is a time for family, chocolate, and the infamous, long-running Ma & Pa Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest. Held this coming week, Friday 14th to Sunday 16th April; Moffat Beach, Caloundra will play host to the 43rd Annual surfing contest. This event is one of the longest running surfing contests in Australia with a total of $15,000 prize money. The Open Divisions’ winner will take home $2,000 thanks to event organisers, sponsors and local Surf Club, Windansea.

As the old story goes… “in 1974 the inaugural ‘Pa’ Bendall Memorial Contest was organised as a mark of respect for Charles Ben (Pa) Bendall. ‘Pa’ is the grandad of surfing in Queensland. He and his wife Marjory (Ma) settled in Caloundra in the 1950’s. There were only a handful of other surfers living locally at the time, and Ma & Pa became the mother and father of surfing on the Sunshine Coast” (Windansea, 2017).

At Daydream Leisure Furniture, we have been involved with the Ma & Pa Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest for the last five years. We love to get involved with Ma & Pa as it is a fabulous local event, organised by selfless locals who put a lot of time and effort into making sure this event is phenomenal, year-on-year. We have such a great local community here on the Sunshine Coast and this event is a prime example of our community’s spirit. Not to mention it is a great surf carnival in honour of Ma & Pa Bendall!

We do our bit by providing furniture for the sponsor’s marquee, and this year we will have our own marquee filled with the popular timber life buoy decor range. We originally started with only a select few life buoy’s that featured the names of local beaches. Now our list of beaches has grown to 26, including:

  • Mooloolaba
  • Dicky Beach
  • Shelly Beach
  • Alexandra Headland
  • Peregian Beach
  • Sunrise Beach
  • Mudjimba
  • Twin Waters
  • Marcus Beach
  • Kings Beach
  • Warana
  • Golden Beach
  • Kawana Island
  • Cotton Tree
  • Coolum
  • Currimundi
  • Maroochydore
  • Pelican Waters
  • Marcoola
  • Wurtulla
  • Moffat Beach
  • Noosa
  • Noosa River
  • Noosa Waters

 

This year, with the approval of the Ma & Pa Bendall committee, we will have special edition Ma & Pa Bendall life buoys. For every special edition life buoy sold, $10 will be donated back to the contest. Keep an eye out for more beaches being added to the collection soon.

The contest is a memorial to Pa’s enthusiasm for surfing and his efforts in promoting surfing and encouraging the young surfers of Caloundra and surfers worldwide.

Fall in love with being outside again – fall in love with the legacy of Ma & Pa Bendall with Daydream Leisure Furniture. To find out more about the event, Daydream Leisure Furniture’s involvement, and the special edition Ma & Pa Bendall collection, stop by and visit the team at Moffat Beach this Easter long weekend.

 

2017 Pa & Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest
Fri 14th April 2017 – Sun 16th April 2017
Moffat Beach, Caloundra QLD