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Apartment Styles From Around the World

06/04/2017
by Apartment Lifestyle

Apartments around the world boast many different styles of décor and furniture. They can be designed and built with a specific style in mind, or have changes made afterwards by owners and occupiers. The apartment décor and apartment furniture can also accommodate the architectural style or reflect the specific tastes and preferences of the occupants.


Either way, one apartment can look radically different from another even if they share similar layouts. There is no shortage of styles available for designers and builders to bring to life, which can be a little overwhelming for those who are looking for a style that they like. Fortunately, Apartment Lifestyle has compiled this blog post to provide you with some apartment style inspiration from around the world.

Japan – Love of Nature

In Japan, space is a luxury that is becoming increasingly limited. As a result, urban residences are getting smaller, meaning more people have to sacrifice gardens and backyards. To compensate, the interior spaces of apartments in Japan are carefully decorated with flowers, succulents, foliage plants and more. These blend in with the apartment furniture and allow occupants to enjoy a touch of nature.

Russia – A Mix of Old and New

In Russia, apartment dwellers embrace modern styles and technologies but remain sentimental about the past. This means that their apartments tend to feature modern architectural designs coupled with vintage decorations. Artwork, fabrics and antique apartment furniture can be used to add a strong historical element and complement the existing apartment style.

Germany – Elegance

The German culture is known for its efficiency, but it also boasts a significant amount of elegance when it comes to interior design for apartments. Recently, German apartments have embraced an Art-Deco trend where lavish materials such as brass, gold and velvet adorn living spaces. German apartment furniture also often includes daybeds and cocktail chairs in gemstone colours as well as folding screens and dressing tables.

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The Latest Trends in Apartment Furniture

06/03/2017
by Apartment Lifestyle

Trends go in and out of fashion all the time, and the same is true for apartment furniture. Trend forecasters and designers are already anticipating the next furniture trends that will emerge in 2017 as people renovate and build new apartments. At Apartment Lifestyle, we've put together a quick summary of some of the top apartment furniture trends to keep your eye on in 2017.

Put a Cork on It

It may be a hallmark of 1970s interior design, but it looks like cork is set for a bit of a revival when it comes to apartment furniture. Known for the warmth and comfort it can add to a room, cork also has fantastic sound-absorbing qualities that insulate apartments from unnecessary noise. Furthermore, use of this homey material need not be limited to just flooring. It can also make a great base for a table and even as a wall material. This has the added benefit of allowing you to pin notes, photos, and calendars directly to your walls.

Upholstered Bedheads

Upholstered bedheads have been a popular choice for luxury hotel bedrooms and celebrity mansions for years, but trend forecasters are expecting them to dominate the apartment furniture market in 2017. These incredibly stylish bedheads are available in a variety of models and colours, including classic models in neutral colours with buttons. They are a simple way of updating and adding instant glamour to any bedroom, making them a top pick to replace the timber bed frames that are currently so common right now.

Dark Green

Dark green has often been seen as a harsh colour that's unsuitable for creating a warm and inviting living space. However, dark shades of green are expected to replace the navy and midnight blues that are currently prevalent in apartments. When used for apartment furniture such as armchairs, dark green can add depth and inject a sense of the outdoors into your interior space.

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At Apartment Lifestyle, we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with the latest trends in Australian apartment furniture. You're sure to find the right solution for your living room, bedroom or dining area within our range. Contact us today to learn more or discuss your requirements.

How to Pick the Perfect Entertainment Unit

14/02/2017
by Apartment Lifestyle

The perfect TV unit will effortlessly blend form with function in order to showcase certain elements of your entertainment setup while discreetly storing away the messier parts. But beyond this, how do you pick the perfect one for you? Here are a few pro tips from the apartment furniture experts at Apartment Lifestyle.

Think About the Aesthetic of Your Room

It doesn't matter how cool the entertainment unit is – if it's the wrong fit for the room, it just won't look good. Taking into account the aesthetic of your space is a golden rule of choosing any new piece of apartment furniture, but it's particularly important when choosing a centrepiece like a TV unit. Being mindful of your colour scheme will also help you decide whether you want something that blends seamlessly in with your existing pieces, or whether you want to do some bold contrasting.

Think About Your Use of Space

The TV unit presents a golden opportunity to maximise storage space of your living area. Choose wisely and you get discreet, easy storage of everything from your sound system to your DVD collection and general bric-a-brac. It's all about picking something that will add to, rather than take up, the available space in your home. And while we're on the topic of small spaces, it's often a good idea to choose apartment furniture in lighter colours, as these are better at opening up a room and making it feel more spacious.

Make a Statement

While it is mostly a functional piece, there's no reason a TV stand can't add its own bit of personality to a room. If it works in harmony with the rest of your apartment furniture, a stand-out piece can act as a wonderful centrepiece that draws the eye and creates some visual interest. If you're worried about tying a statement piece in with the rest of the room, this is often easier than it looks. Sometimes all it takes is a single piece – a throw, a rug or a cushion – to blend your new unit in with the existing aesthetic.


So what are you waiting for? Get creative and get decorating!

Apartment Furniture Buying Guide

07/12/2016
by Apartment Lifestyle

Living in a smaller home doesn't necessarily have to mean living with less, but it does mean you have to be extra choosy when you're picking your furnishings. Here are a few tips from Apartment Lifestyle to help you choose the best pieces to suit apartment living.

Maximise Space with Minimalist Furnishings

It's common knowledge that simple furniture with clean lines will make a space look much bigger than busier, more ornate pieces. But of course, this doesn't mean you have to avoid more elaborate furnishings altogether – it just means you need to think about how you display them. For example, they can often form a striking centrepiece against a largely sleek and modern aesthetic. Otherwise, the general rule is that less is more when it comes to furnishing apartments.

Be Smart About Storage

Anyone who's lived in a smaller space knows how quickly surfaces can become covered in the detritus of the day-to-day – from yesterday's newspaper to this morning's shopping bags. In some tiny bedrooms, it can seem like you put two things down and the room becomes a mess.


That's why storage is so important. The right storage areas can make a world of difference to the look and feel of your home. Streamlined shelving will be your hero in tight places – perfect for displaying your special items and getting rid of any last-minute mess from the floor!


The best pieces will combine discreet storage compartments in a multi-purpose design. For example, a coffee table that doubles as a cabinet, or a footstool that opens up to reveal storage compartments within.


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Choose Flexible Furnishings

In line with the above, it's ideal to find furniture that can do two things for you at once. For example, a table with inbuilt bookshelves, or a fold-out couch that doubles as a spare bed for your guests.


Sideboards are a classic when it comes to versatility, as they are effectively a display surface, side table, buffet table and storage cabinet all in one.


A deceptively simple space-saver is the extendable dining table, which lets you accommodate extra guests at a moment's notice without taking up too much precious space.


Furnishing a small house or apartment is simply a matter of choosing furniture that helps you maximise the use of every hidden space – whether it's under the bed, on the wall, or behind the couch. As long as you can think outside the box, you won't feel like you're living in one!


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Phone Service Problems (Fixed)

03/12/2016
by Apartment Lifestyle

We just wanted to send out a quick apology to anyone who has called our phoneline recently and reached our voicemail service.


It has come to our attention that our voicemail provider has had some issues and people reaching our voicemail service since September have not heard the proper greeting.


We've since fixed the problem :)


How To Fit More in a Compact Space

27/10/2016
by Apartment Lifestyle

Living the 'apartment lifestyle' generally means you have less space to keep all the precious items you have stored over the years. That's why you should consider usage frequency when cleaning and tidying your home, efficient storing means efficient living.


MyDeal.com.au recently mentioned us in their lastest blog, '6 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips From Our Aussie Experts.'


Anything used frequently should take up the most easily accessible places in the home (e.g. a reasonable amount of spoons, forks and knives in the kitchen) while the items you use less frequently (for example suitcases) can be stowed away at the back of closets or laundries. You can even fill suitcases before stowing them away!


Need some advice on how to make the most out of your furniture?


1. A dining table is an important feature in anyone's home, and living in an apartment shouldn't mean you have to sacrifice. Our Maestro Dining Table in white seats 4 comfortably and adds an element of spatial luxury to any room.This simple but elegant dining solution is perfect for when your guests come to tea, but it can also double up as your work desk during the day.

2. The perfect place to store your TV is on a cabinet that can be tucked away against the wall, but why not invest in one that will offer you more than just a wooden ledge. Our Ivelo Lowline TV Unit in Ash can be used as a multi-purpose storage space. With two large draws and a cabinet, plus room for your TV and Foxtel sets, you can use the extra space to store any books, DVDs or speakers. This cabinet is the perfect piece of fashionable furniture to add to any lounge.


3. Keep your clutter tucked away this summer and invest in our Molti Display Shelf in Wenge. With it's four large shelf spaces it's the perfect combination of user friendly meets style. You can store your books, ornaments, even shoes and best part of all it takes up minimal space on your apartment floor with its tall frame.

We feel our customers shouldn't have to choose between fashionable furniture and user friendly storage spaces, that's why our product range aims to give you the best of both worlds.


With affordable prices and quality products you will never have to worry about storing your less frequently used items away again. Give your apartment a spacious feel and choose from our wide range of options today.

DIY Fragrance Hacks for the Home

07/09/2016
by Apartment Lifestyle

We all love our very own signature scent. The perfect parfum fragrance that epitomises our personality and tells so much about who we are. If asked "what's your home signature scent?"; what would it would be?


Would it be just-baked choc chip cookies? Soft lavender & white tea? The smooth scent of freshly roasted coffee?


Or would you squirm inside from the embarrassment that your real answer would be Kitty Litter? Possibly dirty laundry? Or even last night's curry dinner?


Well do not despair! We've pulled together some of our very best hacks to deodorise and then fragrance your home to make it a welcoming sanctuary for all who enter.


LIFE HACK 1: DIY DEODORISE

Just as with personal hygiene, there is no point covering up a bad smell without getting to the bottom of the problem first.

You could move straight to harsh chemicals which are terrible for the environment and weaken our immune systems or go down the DIY route which is cheaper, healthier and better for everyone. Here is our favourite DIY all-purpose spray cleaner. Once you try this you will never go back to the conventional all-purpose spray.


You will need:

- Spray bottle
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 10 drops of tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil (both work magic!)
- Water to fill the rest of the bottle
- Juice of 1 lemon (optional)


* Eucalyptus Oil and Tea Tree Oil are naturally antibacterial and insect repelling
* White vinegar cuts straight through grease and grime, dissolving mineral deposits, lifting stains, and breaking down odours
* Baking Soda is a powerful deodorizer and stain remover with anti-bacterial properties.


LIFE HACK 2: DIY FRAGRANCE

Now that your home is thoroughly cleansed of all the odour causing bacteria, you can have some fun with adding the fragrance. These are our three favourite, super easy DIY projects to make your home smell incredible!


A) THE SCENT SIMMER POT

You know that smell the day after you've cooked a gourmet dinner that comes from the kitchen and lingers throughout the whole home, making everything smell like garlic and onion breath? Unfortunately, that smell is almost inevitable as it comes from the steam of your cooking which touches everything in the room and deposits it's scent. Well the good news is we can replicate that process by cooking down our favourite fresh citruses and herbs. This works especially well while cleaning the home as you usually have some time to potter around the stove.


Adding just a few sprigs of rosemary, a teaspoon of vanilla and a couple of citrus slices to a pot of water allows you to simmer a wonderful smelling concoction that will leave your entire home smelling great. Just remember to check the pot periodically to ensure that there is enough liquid to keep it from burning. A few recipe ideas are below.


Recipe #1: Cinnamon sticks, Apple peels, Orange rinds, Whole cloves
Recipe #2: 1 Tsp. Vanilla, Orange peels, Poppy seeds
Recipe #4: ½ cup dried lavender, 1 Tbsp. nutmeg, 1 Tbsp. whole cloves, 1 Cinnamon stick



B) LAVENDER ROOM SPRAY

We love to use lavender because it's so calming, but keep in mind that you can use any essential oil scent for this. Some honourable mentions are: Jasmine, Rose Geranium and Peppermint.


You will need:
- Water
- Vodka
- 12 drops Lavender Essential Oil


*Fill the spray bottle with a 50/50 ratio of water to vodka

*Shake the bottle first, then spray. If the scent isn't strong enough, simply add a few more drops of the essential oil. Then spritz away!


C) SPOT JARS

The fantastic thing about this hack is that it does it all in the one go; using Baking Soda to deodorise the air and then Essential Oils to fragrance the room. These are so fast and easy to make and because you are creating the smell yourself, you can choose how each room in your home smells. Mix a few essential oils together to create a unique scent or just go with your favourites.


You will need:
- A Small Mason Jar
- Baking soda
- A few drops of your favourite essential oil or combination of oils


Let us know if you have any of your own fragrance tips in the comments below!

Hosting a Party in an Apartment

20/07/2016
by Apartment Lifestyle

Having a small apartment doesn't mean you have to give up entertaining, instead, think smart and use what space you do have to it's best and you and your guests will soon be having a wonderful time


1) Rearrange Your Furniture

Make space for your guests to mingle, but also leave some seating for those who wish to sit down.

Put away anything that might get broken, and push your TV back and move your rugs for dancing. Making more space will allow your guests to fell less on top of each other and let them move about easily.


2) The size of the finger food should reflect your space - think small

Don't choose foods that are hard to handle for your guests. Remember they are standing and don't want to be juggling plates and glasses and food. Instead serve food that can be used with a napkin and doesn't leave remnants such as chicken bones or olive pips lying around. Also spread little snacks around the apartment. A cheese platter, or some fruit and nuts for people to graze on, when chatting to each other is always welcome.


3) Be Mindful of Temperature

It gets hot when you have a lots of people in a small apartment. The best way to cool things down is to turn on the AC and turn off the oven about one hour before your party is supposed to start. Also ask your guests if they are comfortable with the temperature.


4) Designate a Spot for Your Guests' Stuff

This might seem like an obvious rule for any party, but I think it's crucial if you're entertaining in a small space. Keep all bags and coats in one spot. Your bed is usually a good place, so make sure you room is clean and all precious things put away just to be safe.


5) Get in the zone

Think like a kindergarten does, and zone your apartment. A drink area, a food area, coats and bags in another space, music and dancing in one spot, and a quiet corner for serious conversations amongst your guests.


Do you have any other tips for hosting parties in small spaces?


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Styling the Perfect Functional Home Office

06/07/2016
by Apartment Lifestyle

It's the start of the new financial year and with that many small businesses are looking to hit the ground running.


Working from home can be a dream, provided you have the perfect home office. There are a few things you need, and some extras that will make work feel like it's a breeze.


Find your perfect desk

What do you need for your desk? Do you need drawers? Do you want wood or glass? How big is the space for it to fit into? Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start to look for you perfect desk.


Sitting at a good desk can make you feel secure and safe, as though your work is being supported. So invest wisely.


Light up the space

Choose a great desk lamp that isn't overbearing. The lamp should illuminate your work, not be a glaring reminder.


There are all sorts of lamps to choose from now, including reading lamps, and more classic lamps and shades, to give your home office a more relaxed feel.


Shelves and Storage

The good thing about an actual office is there is often a lot of space. It can be harder to recreate this in a home.


Using bookshelves and side boards can not only bring storage into your space, but can also work as just another piece of furniture when the home office is closed for the day.


Desk Chair

There are so many desk chairs to choose from now. Of course there are expensive items, and middle of the road options, and some people even use a dining chair, but ask yourself how long are you sitting at your desk for and does the chair you have support you? Once you know this, your chair choice will be make much easier.



Do you have any tips for a great home office? Leave them in the comments below!

Creating the Perfect Guest Room

29/06/2016
by Apartment Lifestyle

Having guests to stay doesn't have to be an inconvenience. There are ways to make your guest room so perfect, they will want to visit you again and again. The important thing is to think like your guest and what they would need.


1) Share the wi-fi password

More than likely the first thing your guest will do is check their phones or laptops. Instead of making them feel uncomfortable by having to ask, make it readily available. You can print it out and put it in a cute frame on the bedside table, or text it to them as soon as they arrive at your home.


2) Give them a restful sleep

Good linens, great bedding, and a quilt at the end of the bed in case it is a cool night will add a sense of being looked after. A selection of pillows is also thoughtful. A firm, a soft and a European gives your guest a choice for their personal taste.


3) Make room for their things

Living out of a suitcase isn't fun or good for your clothes. Clear out a closet, or a few drawers for your guests to store their items and to hang up their clothing. Add in a little lavender sachet for a thoughtful touch and make sure there are plenty of hangers.


4) Bathroom Love

If your bathroom is shared, clear space in it for your guests' toiletries. Stock it with new toothbrushes and toothpaste, and a supply of clean cotton towels and a washcloth for each guest. A few luxuries such as a beautiful soap, hand cream, a special shampoo, or a small bottle of perfume or cologne can make a guest feel very loved. Save samples to put in a jar for your guests to use what they need or like.


5) Bedside comforts

Your guest shouldn't need to ask for anything, especially when they are in bed. Make sure there is a carafe of water and a glass by the side of the bed. Add a new book, and a magazine you know they will love. Perhaps a guidebook of your city and places to visit and experience. Some painkillers and tissues will also add to the comforts of your guest.



And there you have it -- 5 simple ways to make any guest feel at home!