Posts made in October, 2015

5 reasons a wool quilt will help you sleep easy this winter

As the seasons change and the weather heats up many Australians are switching between their winter weight quilts and summer weight quilts. If you are looking to upgrade your summer bedding, here are some reasons to consider switching to a wool quilt from a company like Luxor Linen

Moisture control

If you tend to be a sweaty sleeper, particularly in the warmer months, wool can be a great option. By naturally absorbing moisture, it creates a more comfortable sleeping environment, especially on warm nights. Sleeping in a moist environment can aggravate excema and other skin conditions, so sleeping in a wool quilt can be more comfortable, especially those with sensitive skin.

Natural temperature control

While wool is often associated with warmth, it is naturally cooler in summer and warmer in winter. While you might opt for a heavier weight wool quilt in winter, this does make wool an ideal option for summer and transitional months, providing a much more even body temperature for the sleeper. If you share a bed with someone who favours a different temperature this can be a great benefit as the wool can adjust to both of your natural body temperatures.

Naturally hypoallerginic

As the weather gets warmer, another natural change is an uptick in pollen as the native flowers start blooming. This can set allergies to run high, so having bedding that is naturally hypoallerginic is a great way to lower the overall allergen load for people who suffer from hayfever or other seasonal allergies. Not having an itchy face or runny nose can obviously help to make you sleep easier at night!

Flame retardant

Many house fires start and spread while the occupants are asleep, particularly from sparking electrical equipment or smouldering candles or cigarettes. While it’s best to avoid these sources of ignition obviously, wool is naturally flame retardant and indeed wool was traditionally used in fire blankets. This can help anxious folks to sleep more easily knowing they are a little more safe under wool.

Even appearance

While wool is not as fluffy as down quilts, it has a much smoother and more elegant profile. This is an ideal appearance for people with modern bedrooms, with sleek lines and smooth surfaces. 

With all of these reasons to switch to wool there is no excuse to wait any longer. Why not upgrade your summer quilt today to a brand new wool quilt and reap the benefit of an easy night’s sleep?

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Private Patios | 4 Creative Ways To Add Decorative Privacy To Your Patio Space

With houses being constructed closer together, it’s natural to feel like your patios and backyards no longer have the same level of privacy you desire. Luckily, some creative ideas will help you create the private patios you desire without having to make a monumental effort. Depending on your patio space, you can use these innovative ways to turn patios into private havens without compromising on their decorative appeal. 

Add Hanging Pots Tiers 

You can add both shade and privacy to your patio by adding tiers of hanging pots with overflowing plants fastened to multi-layered hanging potholders. When looking for hanging plants to add privacy, look for fuller plants that cover the border of the pots. Fuller plants will cover more of your patio space to give you the solace you need. You can place these hanging pot tier holders along corners of your patio to control your privacy. When shopping at a nursery, look for full-bodied flowering plants like begonias, camellias and azaleas to add secluded privacy and vibrant colour. 

Install Privacy Screens 

The biggest advantage of privacy screens is their flexibility of movement. They can be moved around different parts of the patio to control the privacy desired. Privacy screens are available in different colours, materials and sizes, so decide what you want before purchasing one. Since you are using the privacy screen for your outdoor patios, be sure to use weatherproof materials like bamboo, wood and PVC materials. Installing privacy screens is an excellent way to add decorative appeal, while creating a private little retreat.  

Add Trellises with Growing Vines 

Trellises provide another excellent opportunity to uplift the appearance of a patio with their visual impact. This decorative structure is usually made from interwoven pieces of wood, metal or bamboo. Further privacy can be added to patios by growing vines on the trellises that cover them. Vines like morning glory, clematis, golden hops, climbing hydrangea, jasmine and bougainvillea grow beautifully on supportive trellises to add both visual appeal and practical privacy to patios. Check what vines are available at your local nursery before settling on your final choice. 

Place Plants in Elevated Garden Pots 

Another simple but effective way to add privacy is to place your plants in elevated garden pots around the edges of your patio space. These elevated garden pots will add height to most of your plants, flowers and shrubs, while giving your patio space a delightful tropical feel. Placing your elevated garden pots close together will create a private wall covering to give you the seclusion you desire in your patio. Your local nursery is likely to have different pots of varying heights, so be sure to check out some options for your patio. 

Use these creative privacy ideas to turn patios into secluded havens for you and your family to enjoy. 

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