Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

 

Happy New Year 2019!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holidays, got to go somewhere and had lots of laughter.

This summer, Te Papa museum has an very interesting exhibition:

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

Here’s brief info about it:

This landmark exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimetres tall, and two full-size horses from the famous terracotta army – as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots.

Also on display are more than 160 exquisite works of ancient Chinese art made from gold, jade, and bronze. The works date from the Western Zhou to the Han dynasties (1046 BCE – 220 CE), and were found in imperial tombs in and around China’s ancient capital, Xi’an.

While you might be familiar of what terracotta is but you would have NO IDEA on what it is like when they happen to be in your room and even became part of your bedroom furniture!

There was a hotel review being posted online recently where a traveler went to Xi’an China and happened to stayed in terracotta themed hotel.

HAHAHAHA! Seriously?! You won’t believe this and I hope you don’t laugh too hard about his experience:


The moment you turn on the light, this is what you see, they all stares at you….to welcome you….

to……welcome you….

Enter the bedroom….to find four warriors staring at you right next to your bed.  Now you may never feel such wide awake before…..

“How was your sleep dude.”

The other room had five of terracotta warriors right above your head, yea…you kinda have them as your headboard.

“Go head and sleep tight, we will be guarding you!”

Or even better – your bed could be sitting on top of tens of these little terracotta…..and they don’t seem to have hands…

“Sweet dreams!”

Would you be happy to take the flower?

Or you may not mind how they just show up like this…

Look around you and find yourself in need of turning the bedside lamp on, only to discover woah! A terracotta warrior on its knee and the lamp….seemed to be its helmet.

So here’s the question, exactly how many of them are there in the room?!

Take the full view in the living room won’t you?

After the tour so far you might just want to chill in the bathroom and splash some fresh cold water on your face, only to discover…..

The great wall art right in your sight……you surely won’t feel alone in the shower!

Best of all, you get these two staring right at you when you are doing your business…..look at it as per part of….cheer leading?

If you really can’t sleep, just get up and go around in the room, you will find terracotta in various sizes at different places just like hide-and-seek game.

If you sleep with the lights on, you get to see lots of them standing right next to you…

If you sleep with lights off, then you get to feel them looking at you and guarding you in the dark…

If you sleep facing towards them, it might creeps you out but it feels even creepier by knowing they are at the back…

The owner of the hotel says the whole idea is to create an unique theme where customers could find themselves back to dynasty Qin again.

Okay, no joke, ever since this review being posted online, the hotel became famous and hotel manager happily mentioned they got fully booked almost at all times.

I think it is quite interesting to see them outside a museum for sure while we should always respect the actual terracotta and get to know the history behind it. It would be great to visit Te Papa if you have the chance to stop by Wellington this summer.

Will you stay in this hotel on your next visit in China?

 

Dog Crate Buying Guide – What Dog Crate Size Do I Need?

Dog Crate Buying Guide – What Dog Crate Size Do I Need?

Dog Crate Size Choosing Guide

While there are so many good reasons to have a dog crate but often, we are stucked on the question of “which size of the dog crates should I get for my dog?”

I’ve had this question when I bought one of our dog crates and we’ve had so many similar questions over the years. Since I am very confident with our crates and since we’ve had BINGO Dog Crates for so many years now with all common sizes available, it is a great chance to talk about what size of these BINGO Dog Crates you should be getting for your beloved dog?

Before we go into the topic, let’s make sure we understand below points as an introduction:

  1.  Always choose a dog crate size according to your dog’s fully grown adult body size – not puppy size even when you are getting a crate while he’s still a puppy.
  2. Don’t force your dog to get into a crate especially when it is just freshly introduced.
  3. No crate would be suitable for any dog (especially larger breeds) that is prone to escape or just gets too anxious in one.
  4. Always make sure your dog is allowed to sit in the crate comfortably without his or her head bumping to the crate and they should never have to ‘try to fit into a crate’.
  5. Make sure they are able to turn around in a crate easily and they are able to lay down and stretch their legs freely – you could definitely tell if they are not comfortable!

how to measure your dog

There are 2 main ways to measure your dog, the official way:

While this is more official and it is recommended by airlines, I do prefer the easier way – since we are not choosing a dog crate to go on a plane right?

The easier way to measure you dog is to still find out 2 figures, both A and B:

Dog Crate Buying Guide

A being the measurement between nose and the base of your dog’s tail; B being measurement of their height when they sit down in an upright position.

So the minimum length and height of the crate you required would be

A + 5 to 10cm and B + 5 to 10cm

Dog Crate Buying Guide

 

Here is the list of common breeds versus recommended dog crate size from smallest 24″ dog crate to largest 42″ dog crate.

dog crate size vs dog weight

Although it would still be the best to refer to dog size measurement to find out the best suitable crate size for your dog, we may sometimes be able to recommend crate size according to their approximate weight:

Approximate Dog Weight Recommended Crate Size
Under 11kg (~25lbs) 18” – 22” (~ 45cm – 56cm)
Under 14kg (~30lbs) 24” (~61cm)
Under 18kg (~40lbs) 30” (~76cm)
Under 31kg (~70lbs) 36” (~91cm)
Under 40kg (~90lbs) 42” (~107cm)
Under 50kg (~110lbs) 48” (~122cm)


24″ Dog crate-suitable for smaller breeds

Often being referred as size small, dimensions being 60 x 46 x 53cm, and it is recommended crate size for:

  • Affenpinscher
  • Australian Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Border Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Fox Terrier Terrier
  • Havanese
  • Jack Russel
  • Miniature Dachshund
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Maltese
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Silky Terrier
  • Toy Poodle
  • Pug
  • Shih Tzu
  • Yorkie Poo

30″ Dog crate – suitable for medium breeds

Often being referred as size medium, dimensions being 76 x 53 x 61cm, and it is recommended crate size for:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Basenji
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Cockapoo
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Dachshund
  • French Bulldog
  • Irish Terrier
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland Terrier

36″ Dog crate – suitable for Medium-Large breeds

Often being referred as size large, dimensions being  91 x 61 x 71cm, and it is recommended crate size for:

  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • American Eskimo
  • Beagle
  • Basset Hound
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Bulldog
  • Brittany Spaniel
  • Bull Terrier
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • English Setter
  • Finnish Spitz
  • Harrier
  • Keeshond
  • Norwegian Elk hound
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Welsh Corgi
  • Whippet

42″ Dog crate – suitable for Larger breeds

Often being referred as size extra large XL dog crate, dimensions being  107 x 71 x 81cm, and it is recommended crate size for:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Aussiedoodle
  • Bearded Collie
  • Belgain Malinois
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Border Collie
  • Bernedoodle
  • Boxer
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Chow-Chow
  • Dalmatian
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Goldendoodle
  • Golden Retriever
  • Irish Setter
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Siberian Husky
  • Schnoodle
  • Standard Poodle
  • Sheepadoodle

48″ Dog crate – suitable for giant breeds

Often being referred as size extra extra large XXL dog crate, dimensions being  122 x 78 x 88cm, and it is recommended crate size for:

  • Afghan
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Bloodhound
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Briard
  • Bull mastiff
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Collie
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Gordon Setter
  • German Shepherd
  • Greyhound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Kuvasz
  • Komondor
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Otter hound
  • Pointer
  • Rottweiler
  • St. Bernard
  • Samoyed
  • Siberian Husky
  • Weimaraner

 

Dog Crate Buying Guide

Well, yeah…I am sure you could easily tell I bought a dog crate at a much bigger size than what my dog needs. I have a Maltese and this is a 42″ XL BINGO Dog Crate for him. Hmmm…I had a good reason though as I wanted something to fit this large plush dog bed, his toys and his water bowl on the side, so I needed a dog crate with much greater length than measurement A we talked about above.

He really liked it as you could see I normally just left latched door open and he wouldn’t wanna get out at all. He was a such a good boy and just simply enjoyed his own space without me experiencing any harsh moment with introducing something new.

 

10 Coolest Bunk Beds Ever Kids Bedroom Ideas

10 Coolest Bunk Beds Ever Kids Bedroom Ideas

From the post about bedroom storage, we talked about the ideas of having bunk beds combining bedroom furniture and from doing all the searching, I’ve found quite a few interesting bunk bed designs that I thought it would be fun to share.

Most of them are kids room design ideas while using bunk bed as the main character of the room and wow! Kids these days do get a lot of cool stuff that we could not have imagined when we were little!

This bunk bed features a beach watch station and it is my personal favourite as it includes my most favoured elements navy stripes, anchor, rustic white and WHALES!!

I believe there are so many boys obsessed about planes and this bunk bed with slide would be one of the best place to have a daydream. Climb up and slide down, feel the wind and imagine being on an aeroplane.

Oooooooo this is a rather ‘crazy’ one – yeah…crazy for adults to look at shockingly and crazy for kids to wanting to sleep in one. I can’t even figure how many kids could fit in this room but by looking at how these beds are all connected together, slide and ball pit, I could see a sleep-over heaven!

The loft style is stunning and I reckon the highlight in this bedroom is the baby cot at the bottom of the bunks. Would totally work for families with 2 kids one being still a baby. Only downside is the bars around top bunks doesn’t look so safe to me though.

This bedroom is definitely going on the top 10 list and I am sure you would agree too. Pendant light on bedroom ceiling, pink single couch, the castle, princessy stairs, bows and ribbons…..everything you need to make a little girl cry out of joy!

Solution for getting two kids insist on having their own ‘territory’ to share one bedroom – awesome tree house bunk beds, one each!! They all get to decide what to put underneath bunk beds. How wonderful!

This bedroom would be one of my favourite too and would be a dreamy bedroom for a lot of kiwi kids I believe. A great theme to bring out our amazing New Zealand beaches for kids have passions towards surfing. Would be awesome to accompany with a star light projector at night with the open bed, urrhh I am jealous of this bed owner already!

Another awesome top sleep-over heaven! Kids always love tree houses because how private it is and they seemed to like having a daydream at higher altitudes haha. Slide looks fun again but just not the stairs though…..I am scared to climb up a rope ladder being an adult so definitely not safe for kids.

I like this bedroom idea because of how much it brought out a wooden tree theme, it makes me feel like I am sleeping inside a tree trunk in a forest. So mysterious, and I am definitely bringing over my best buddy this weekend to share this secret spot – as a child of course  XD.

I saw this one and immediately thought about ALL BOYS hahaha! I put this one at last because from what I could see, super heroes are eternal favoured and it is the most realistic amongst all. All you need is to use your creativity on decorating the bed. Even it may not be as many features as shown on the ones above, but kids would still looooove it! I would!! Toy storage or a private (but open) play room underneath the bunk bed is such a brilliant idea.

10 Bedroom Relaxing Tips to Improve Your Sleep

10 Bedroom Relaxing Tips to Improve Your Sleep

I don’t know what you would be picturing of when we talk about bedrooms of your dream.  But for mine, it would definitely be close by sunny windows, it would be in a neutral bright colour with lots of natural light and not too spacey.

When you look up ‘cozy bedrooms’ it would give you a lot of neutral colours and I found them tend to be quite pastel too. And when I pay attentions to the ones I find calming and relaxing, it is for sure that none of them consist dark coloured wall, and I found too much modern elements could sometimes ruin the coziness.

I’ve met a lot of people in my life who have trouble sleeping, so although I am not one of them but I do know how painful it is to not being able to get a good night sleep. “It is such as mental torture and I would do anything to improve sleep quality” – this is what they all told me that shared in common at different times.

So here are some tips to create a relaxing and cozy bedroom to improve sleep quality which hopefully you could find them working for you.

use of cushions

Cushions could be in any size and it could be used to lean onto for a bedtime read and most of the time it can be one of the best decorations in a bedroom.  It can be any pattern and colours really, anything you like, but try to avoid using something like animal faces or human faces and sharp colours like neons. Generally speaking, just like pastel walls, neutral and calming colours would be the best.

bedside table lamps

I personally think bed lamps are just as important bedroom furniture as bedside tables.  Just like getting kids to be ready for bedtime, our mind needs to be prepared for sleep mode for a period of time before actually turning lights off. Because we are not a machine that gets switched off, our mind need to take time and gradually reach that state, this period could take longer for people who have trouble sleeping or light sleepers.

Since a good bedtime read may help for some people like myself, you need light that is bright enough for readings but at the same time, to be able to dim down for sleep mode. So a dimming light or touch lamp would be the best. I found warmer light tend to work the best so salt lamp with dimmer switch for example would be a great idea.

home fragrance candles

Well, what kind of light could be more calming than nature flame? It makes the most of it when combining with fragrance. Happily sigh in bed and read on your unfinished book is just as easy. Although lavender fragrance tends to link the most to quality sleep, but I do think fragrance is something super personal, and as long as you like it and it is not an over-powering scent then it is great to have in a bedroom.

The golden hue, flickering flame and your favourite scent….hmmmmm! I had my eyes closed already!

room divider to de-clutter

            

I went like: “What do I do with room dividers being placed in a bedroom as per part of bedroom furniture?”  when I first got introduced.

Room divider is something smart to use in a room and with different designs and textures used, it could give your room a different look straight away.

It could be a great de-clutter helper because it can be a blockage tool, to keep away something you don’t want to be seen, to section up your room depending on your needs and I happen to see people use a room divider to keep away from direct sunlight too.

indoor plants decorations

Indoor plant or house plant pots are the answer to a lot of indoor decoration questions. But if you are not a green thumb like myself, then overdo it would only make you more anxious. I used to ask myself way too many questions when using greens to decorate living spaces including “what are the best indoor plants to put in the house / living room / bedroom?” “what are the most easy indoor plants and where do you get them?” Then I start to worry about all sorts of stuff about planting and it just all turned into a frustrating mess. So if you are worrying about putting natural indoor house plants into your room, then the fakes ones would work. You don’t need a lot of them to do the charm, simple floor-standing pot and a couple of smaller pots with variations of indoor house plants would do. I recently got my hands onto the baby succulents which could be another story to tell laters 🙂

decorating posters & paintings

Apart from the indoor greens, the decorating wall hanging arts are probably the next thing you see in almost all bedrooms in magazines and display units. The large area of your great white wall is your art space so use it to display something about you and what you like. I am sure every time when you walk into your room and it would be pleasant to see your favourite masterpiece dominating your bedroom wall.

use of wall decorating components

Wall decoration is quite personal too so do be creative.  I would prefer make it stay simple though. Although anything might do the art job, but I would still hope to suggest on avoiding anything that shows faces, like animal or human figures, cartoon figures; avoid anything that is ‘too much’ such as taking too much of spaces, or using too many colours or too dense; avoid a clock that keeps reminding you on what time it is and to avoid using anything reflective like a mirror.

It would be wonderful to combine decors and green indoor plants together!

AROMATHERAPY diffusers

There are like millions of aroma diffusers to choose from in NZ market, honestly it doesn’t really matter which ones to buy. But when it comes to decorating point of view, I would say again, try to keep it simple so it blends into your bedroom but not going to attract attention. Pure white ones or the ones with wood grains would be my personal preference. It works as humidifiers to help on keeping bedroom air moist too and sleep in the calming fragrance really helps!

extra blankets and throws

An extra blanket and throw on bed could be for decor purpose and most of all, it serves its main purpose on an unexpected cold night or when your child had a bad dream and wanting to snug into your bed with ya. A nice soft double-sided fleece blanket would be lovely and this one with pompom edge is quite special too.

bedroom curtain and blinds

This last suggestion might surprise you but I do think curtains play a key role on bedroom overall atmosphere. If you walk into a room that has a bright true red curtains, you might experience that sudden struck of distress and that is how colours could affect a person’s mood especially being used in large areas. My personal favourite when it comes to calmness is these linen curtains in single neutral colour, it allows the sunlight to shine through at certain degree but not too much and it would be nice to wake up in some natural light. But this wouldn’t suitable for people that are extremely sensitive to light though – in this case, choose curtain over blind, choose light colours over dark, choose thick or double-sided curtains, choose neutral to be safe and definitely a colour that matches your bedroom wall.

After all, I do hope we all get wonderful good night sleep. Sweet dreams! xx

5 Smart Bedroom Storage Ideas

5 Smart Bedroom Storage Ideas

For those of you who owns small rental house like apartments or townhouses or just a small single room, you might face common problem of not having a walk-in wardrobe and proper storage room.

If you are just renting a single room, this would’ve been a much greater issue for you.

Although I would love to tell you to go with minimalism but I know it is really hard for most of people including myself.

So how do you make the most out of a limited spaced bedroom? How do we choose bedroom furniture wisely to fit into smaller spaces?

storage bed with drawers

 It would be great if it is in-built like this. Although this is not very common renovation style in New Zealand but it always makes me wonder why not go elevated when you have small bedroom? It would give you much more spaces.

 

 

 

Very contemporary and practical option with under bed storage drawers. Choosing a wooden bed would usually lead matching bedroom furniture much easier to hunt.

 

 

 

bunk bed with desk and storage

 Although the idea of bunk bed with desk and storage is most commonly being applied to kids room, but I do find them more than fascinating! Another great idea make you go WHY NOT?!

Wisely use vertical spaces instead of horizontal spaces.

 

Not to mention you get cool adult ones like this. Workstation at the bottom and sleep on upper bed.

 

 

 

tallboys lowboys dressers

     

Tallboys, lowboys, it doesn’t matter – depending on floor area you have, just choose ones you like the most. Just one thing though, try your best to match them in the same style or colour to main the consistency.

Bedside Storage area

 Bedside area would be the most interesting topic, and you could see quite a few different creative renovation ideas that works around bedside area.

I am guessing this is because we spend so much time in our lives in bed haha.

This one combines floating shelves and bedside table and it is absolutely stunning.

 

multifunctional headboards

 This combines a bookshelf and headboard as a new bedroom furniture- awesome aye! Especially when you have it on the side so you don’t draw too much attention.

If you are the lucky ones who gets to decide on bedroom renovations , then worth to think about the idea of extending your headboard zone horizontally so you would have more shelving spaces for storage or decorations.

By stretching headboard zones vertically, you get much more possibilities.

This would be one of my favourite ideas – a double-sided headboard!

Yeah! Why didn’t we think about to make the room useful behind a headboard? Study desk with bookshelf if a brilliant design.  Not only this could sort your storage needs but also to offer working zones.

5 Great Living Room Furniture for Rental Houses

5 Great Living Room Furniture for Rental Houses

If you happen to live in populated Auckland city like our TreasureBox team for example, you may experience the living spaces could get smaller and smaller.

Students who rent your own living space like city apartments might experience frequent house moving, this is when you want to consider furniture that is affordable, compact, simple and modern to fit to all living spaces.

In this post, I am going to recommend a few living room furniture that I adore the most and found them most useful and definitely student-friendly!

3-Seater Lounge Suite Sofa with Chaise

If you really have to consider a couch then this would be one of the best, and as always, black, white and grey are the colours that fits into all living spaces. L-shape allows not just you but your friends or flat mates to spend times together.

3-Seater Fold Out Sofabed with Cup Holders

Otherwise, a couch that converts to sofa bed would be best recommended. This 3 seater couch is one of the most versatile model, comes with cup holders just perfect for renting couples. Enjoy a great movie night easy and transform it into a fold down bed if you have sleep overs.

Rattan Room Divider Screen

You might have seen some property with rather odd layouts, sometimes it could be a super narrow spaces or random shaped corners. This is when a foldable room divider is going to show you its charm. It provides instant separation of one space and helps you to ‘hide’ those odd corner or your storage boxes that you got no where to put away but stored in the living room.

LAGUNA 1.2M Entertainment Media TV Unit

Two main reasons that Laguna is my favourite entertainment unit amongst all – for the scandi design & colour and also for its size. I am a big fan of scandi furnishing and oak + white is the top combination that never goes wrong. 1.2m is just right for all apartments even better for people who is only renting a single room, 1.2m should always fit.You might want to consider matching coffee table and shoe storage cabinet too!

1 Drawer Wooden Coffee Table
TAHOE Shoe Rack Storage Shelf Cabinet Organiser

MALIGNE Storage Shelf Cabinet on Wheels

Something that is multipurpose or all-purpose is soooo handy! Have one in your own room, or extra dining storage, maybe around the entrance to be your show rack, under your study desk for the storage of your study material, in the living room as your side table…I could go on and on. Best of all, the feature of how it is on wheels allows mobility in the house, move it to wherever you need it. So this would be the furniture that I would regret on not sharing.

Of course they are so many more to choose from so visit our TreasureBox homepage and click on Furniture category and be ready to shop!

2019 Most Trendy Furniture Colours

2019 Most Trendy Furniture Colours Spring/ Summer

We finally got to embrace wonderful summer and it is a sign that a new year is about to begin soon.

Not long ago, New York Fashion Week just revealed Spring / Summer 2019 colour palette, and it’s not hard to find they share the common of being bold, passionated, energetic and very characteristic. If it can be wisely and creatively applied to internal furniture design, it could give the invigorative vibe on the first glance and it could be easy to say goodbye to boring ordinary living spaces.

PANTONE 17-1564 – Fiesta

Fiesta Red is a colour of enthusiasm and joy, it is also a colour that gives the mindset of attractive and enchantment, definitely an irresistible colour. It is in fact an orangy red colour but much more lively and modern than orange.

            

Either rendering it in large area or simply use this colour as decoration of centre piece would give you an exciting result.

              

PANTONE 19-1862 – JESTER RED

Jester Red tend to dim down quite a bit, but it is much more elegant and prudent. It is beautiful but not garish at all and is a great colour for contemporary living spaces.

               

It is one of the top decorative colour for furniture, it instantly shows the charm when being combined with neutral background.

PANTONE 15-1264  – Turmeric

Surely a colour full of strong character, instantly perks up a living space. It is created to be naturally energetic, ‘spicy’ but can be a modern choice when used as living room furniture.

             

Its warm tone allows it to be a brilliant choice of a decor or a part of background. Best application would be to use it on the leading piece of furniture in a certain room, it would give you a bright mood just like its colour.

                

PANTONE 16-1546 – Living Coral

Living Coral is a soothing gentle colour while enabling the space to be young and lively.  Great to use in girls room for its warm and dreamy characteristics.

              

It would 100% perfectly matches to white or cream colour – lovable and comfortable combination.

                   

Add a hint of blue and it would turn out to be fun and playful! One of my favourite combination!

PANTONE 18-2045 – Pink Peacock

Pink Peacock is similar to the common rose pink but it is more showy and eye-catching. A bit flaunty and full of glamour when fusing it with white, gold or navy.

                       

                     

PANTONE 17-0542 – PEPPER STEM

Refreshing colour of nature, Pepper Stem combines both green and yellow characters to result in vigorous vibe. Suitable to render in large area as a colour of wallpaper, curtains, bedding and sofa to create your own country style.

                    

             

What Can We Do To Save New Zealand Shores

Saving New Zealand Shores – YES WE CAN!

Image result for save the ocean nz

A lot of you may have seen the most heartbreaking news on Monday 26/11 where whales stranding happened in Stewart Island. 145 whales died from this! At the same day, more stranded on Northland too.

More than ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY FIVE! I felt drowned and speechless for the rest of the day, whales are probably the living unicorns on earth and it is surely my favourite mammal after dogs.

Luckily, we live in a country full of ‘humanity power’ and love, so we get to see news like volunteers and organisations were called and gathered to help.

 

I have been an enthusiast on ocean life saving and de-plastic in particular myself that I have been trying to search information from time to time, to see what ‘I’ can do. The fact is, WE can all contribute to our beautiful NZ environment, not talking about big things like doing lab tests and saving whales maybe, but we can definitely start small like using less plastic whenever possible.

So I am going to share some goodies that I use to make my contribution on de-plastic.

 Reusable Grocery Shopping Trolley Bag

These Trolley Bags are AWESOME! I actually brought 2 sets so I could keep one extra set in the car. They could be stored into a roll and simply bring it along when you head out to your local supermarket, chuck these into shopping trolley to help you categorise your groceries. It comes in 4 different sizes and colour as a set to fit most shopping trolleys.

Foldable Reusable Bags Eco Grocery Shopping Bags

I do feel this extra purchase on top of the trolley bags are necessary, mostly because trolley bags are quite big for me, they show their magic the best when doing supermarket shopping. Other times (which are a lot of times) when shopping for clothes or even a quick stop-by at your local dairy, you need these Reusable Shopping Bags with handles. The whole set comes with 5 bags in different patterns, so I would normally keep 1 or 2 in my purse while keep the rest in my car. They are so handy that you could fold them after each use into a palm size, I would totally rate 5/5 for the practicality.

Fabric Pot Planter Grow Bags

Choose Fabric Grow Bags instead of plastic pots would be a great idea. These grow bags not only give your garden and indoor a fresh new look and also it provides better water drainage, allowing enhanced root development of your plants.

Luggage Organiser Travel Pouches

I never stop buying them after getting my very first set of these Travel Organisers because they are soooo handy!  Full set comes in 6 pouches varies in sizes to store away different things. I found myself needed 2 sets worth for bringing something like worn shoes, one extra large pouch for laundry and one pouch for toiletries.

Foldable Solar Panel Charger

Try to choose Solar Charger instead of regular portable chargers, much more energy saving and also consumes nothing on your electric bill, so why not? At least bring it along with you on your next camp or to somewhere in nature where you don’t get electricity and discover its beauty!

ToughOut Greenhouse

Okay…I didn’t own this but my friend’s parents do. That’s right, grow your own veggies! If you can of course… people who have time and space for these Greenhouses can start growing your own greens. Too many advantages to talk about on how safe and healthy on home grown veges and so on, but one thing for sure, it helps on reducing soft plastic packaging that you get from supermarket vegetables.

 

I could really go on and on, but do you see the tricks now? Replace single-use plastics as much as you can. Say no to soft plastic packaging whenever it is possible. Choose solar powered items instead of electricity-consuming gadgets.

Nothing you do is considered too small and it is okay to buy plastic products or to use regular plastic bags, just always try to reduce the chances of using them, that’s what I always encourage people to do as starter.

Last but not least, if you think this is the right thing to do, then mask all the noises that tells you to go the other way, smile to people who gave you the weird look and stay determined!    ❤❤❤

Gazebo NZ Buying Guide – FAQs on ToughOut Gazebos

FAQs on ToughOut Gazebos

ToughOut Gazebos

Get ready for 2018 summer – the most exiting season of the year. It may not be the most beautiful season for New Zealand, but I am sure this is the best season to go out there!

Catch the last bit of summer heat but without getting burnt and you need one of these best friends in summer. Get out there, be fearless – you’ve got ToughOut with a best price you cannot find elsewhere!

This is the 5th year we brought in these awesome ToughOut gazebos NZ and we tend to have something new every year, with past years we’ve got more and more fantastic feedback and our team got to know them more, so here we are, summarised on the most frequently asked questions for you.

Q: WHEN do I need a gazebo?

A: When you know there is an expecting event coming up! Whether it is outdoor barbecues, a game on the field, merchandising on markets or even beside your camping.

2016 Xmas BBQ Event
Food Market Merchant
Meat Stock Competition
Merchant @ Sylvia Park
Staff Xmas Event 2017

I have soooo many more pictures to show you but this post wouldn’t fit!

Team TreasureBox has been using these awesome gazebos lots of times now and we brought it to our staff event all the time.

Q: WHY ToughOut Gazebo?

A: For its easy set up pop up design, absolutely no installation on frame structure needed. Simply expand and erect when you need it. No tools required.

Q: What is the difference between Breeze and Thunderstorm models?

A: We’d like to look at Thunderstorm model as the upgraded version of Breeze model in general – it is made to be tougher by thicker and heavier materials.

Q: Which ToughOut gazebo model series shall I go with?

A: We would first suggest you to think about purpose – what are you going to do with a gazebo?

Breeze is designed for short term use in general, as it is cheaper than renting a gazebo just for a weekend. It would be the best choice if you have a function or outdoor event coming up that is not ongoing regularly.

The thin material used is not necessarily a bad thing, as it becomes the most cost-effective choice. Light weight would make it much easier when it comes to transport and of course cut on transport cost.

Thunderstorm on the other hand allows for more regular and longer use.

This summer, we brought in new model of Zephyr – which it is specifically designed for people who intent to set up a gazebo on their own! Best example would be for those of you who are the stall merchants in farmers market in the weekends and work on your own without any help. This is when you want to choose Zephyr model where it is light, it is much easier to pop up for single person set up and it comes with a carry bag!

Q: What does a ToughOut Gazebo comes with?

A: All ToughOut Gazebos comes with a pop-up metal steel frame, a gazebo canopy and a 3-sided wall that is one single piece wraps around the frame.

Q: How about gazebo accessories?

A: Yes we have now got most of everything you need to set up a gazebo, check out for our range of gazebo accessories.

Q: Do ToughOut Gazebos come with warranty?

A: Yes for sure! Breeze and Zephyr gazebo models carry 6 months warranty while Thunderstorm gazebo models carry 12 months warranty.

But do note though, wind damage is unfortunately not covered under warranty.

Q: How could wind damage to gazebos happen?

A: We’d like to call it a ‘parachute effect” as the gazebo canopy does not have a vent, therefore when gusts strikes, the force would naturally push gazebo upwards and even a pegged gazebo could be pulled straight out.

So by considering your safety and others, anything loose or could potentially be loose should be removed on a windy day, even it started light and seems harmless.

The next best option would be to always put as much weight onto your gazebo as possible, and this should be evenly distributed especially on four corners.

Q: How do I make sure my gazebo setup is just right?

A: Always! ALWAYS remember not to leave your gazebo outdoor unattended or even overnight, especially when it is without any anchoring.

Secure your gazebo and canopy with weights – as strong gusts can come up without warning anywhere at anytime.

Oh and how important it is to set up your gazebo properly? Well…this one tells you all about it….

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Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide – Pros and Cons on Steel

BetaLife Outdoor Furniture – Pros and Cons on Steel

Although I should probably be posting on the 2018 summer new styles that we got in just last week on these awesome BetaLife Outdoor Furniture, but I got countless times on the question asked by our Customer Service ladies:

“Why does our outdoor furniture framing needs to be steel? Why don’t we use other material like aluminium or plastic even?”

I am always aware these questions don’t just came from nowhere (although it could be random sometimes XD) but mostly would be voices from our customers, so I decided to share a little info on these steel framing first.

Because synthetic rattan furniture don’t really come with plastic or wood material – and you probably don’t want to see these combinations anyway, so I am going to rule these out and to focus on steel and aluminium for example.

PROS

  • Using steel is strong and sturdy, and it can withhold higher temperature.
  • Less likely to change in shape with force and less bendy when comparing to aluminium
  • Being heavy – this could really be both pros and cons, good thing about being heavier would help on weighing itself into the spot with a degree of wind.
  • Most affordable – steel outdoor furniture can be much more cost effective than aluminium which this is the main reason we brought in BetaLife Outdoor Furniture, we want to make it possible for everyone to own a beautiful set of these at your yard.

CONS

  • Prone to rust – This would probably be the only cons in my mind and could be an issue to people especially around coastal area.

At the end, being an outdoor furniture does not 100% means you could just leave them out there and expect it to last for decades. Whichever the outdoor furniture material you have, you need to take some time to know what it really is and how it is going to cope with your living environment. ie: If you live in a coastal zone, you would want to consider a more costy aluminium outdoor furniture set.

Natural material such as wood and wicker would be even harder to maintain even though they are made to be placed outdoors.

Just keep in mind always that everything will need a certain degree on maintenance, even for rust-free aluminium frames, you still would have to wax them annually, dust them or clean them from time to time. For steel framed outdoor furniture like the ones from BetaLife would need more attention yes, but think about the affordability then everything would still be worth it.

I always like to mention that nothing would really last, especially in NZ weather – very moist and lots of rain during winter and sizzling hot summer sun. Even when people tell you it is okay because it is UV treated and all sorts, but still we would always recommend to cover it up with outdoor furniture cover whenever something is not in use. Your BBQ stove, your empty pet cage, outdoor fire pit and definitely your wonderful set of outdoor furniture.

Don’t be surprise to see our display unit BetaLife Rattan Outdoor Sofa 4PCS Set (#21409) being covered up when you visit us, simply ask our receptionist to reveal it for you.