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Behind the Brand Aquamarine Home

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This week we catch up with Alison Rentoul, creator and curator of ethical coastal homewares brand Aquamarine Home. Alison is an inspiration, her brands are all ethically sourced and created so you can buy her beautiful range knowing that both the planet and the artists involved have been respected in the production of this stunning collection of homewares. I hope you enjoy getting to know Alison!

 

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in Melbourne but went travelling soon after I finished Uni and ended up living overseas for 24 years! In that time I lived in London and then spent 18 years living in the South of France where I worked on luxury superyachts and in billionaires’ villas and then created my own business there. I definitely developed my passion and a keen eye for interior design while working for some of the world’s richest people – it was amazing being allowed to purchase incredible décor for them with an unlimited budget! I moved back to Australia in January 2017 and after selling my previous business I founded Aquamarine Home in December last year. These days I am more focused on sourcing incredible décor that is rich in heritage and has a beautiful story to tell about its origins and contribution to society and our planet.

2. Why did you start your business?

To change the world! I believe that business can be a force for good and I really wanted to create a beautiful homewares store where people could truly feel great about their purchases, knowing that they were helping to make the world a better place.

3. Where do you get your inspiration?

As I live in a seaside location I am lucky enough to walk along the beach every day. This is my constant source of inspiration. I can never get enough of the gorgeous blues of the sky and the sea, and that fresh coastal air. It reminds me why I am fighting so hard to help save our planet at the same time as helping people replicate the peace, tranquillity and restorative nurturing of a beautiful beach scene.

4. Do you have a favourite item in your collection?

It’s so hard to answer that, like picking a favourite child!! I hand select every item in our collections so I love all of them, but I have to say I do have a soft spot for our handmade ceramics, and the driftwood spoons!

Blue Dot Dish $69

 

5. What does an average day look like for you?

If I’m not out and about meeting interior designers or other industry contacts, I’ll be at my desk madly driving the machine behind the scenes!

6. Are there any current trends you are inspired by at the moment?

I absolutely love the fact that more and more people are becoming more conscious about the things they buy, and the trend towards more ethical and sustainable goods is extremely heartwarming and inspiring.

7. Where is your favourite beach?

It would have to be Safety Beach, where I live – although I did spend a lot of time in the Caribbean when I was working on yachts and it’s pretty hard to beat any of those beaches too!

Safety Beach in Victoria. Image from Australian Traveller

8. Do you have an item you can’t live without for a day at the beach? (your own product or otherwise!)

It would have to be one of our beautiful hand-loomed Turkish Pashtemals, they are amazing to use as a sarong, towel or blanket and they dry so quickly, the sand just falls off them.

Organic Turkish Peshtemal $55

 

 

9. If you could holiday anywhere in the world where would you go?

That’s a really tough question as I love travelling and would happily go just about anywhere but it would definitely have to be somewhere with a beach. Bali is a favourite, and I loved surfing in Costa Rica when I was younger. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Hawaii so I might have to go there one day!

10. What’s next for your business, anything exciting on the horizon you can share with us?

We are in the process of creating our own Aquamarine branded product range – it’s going to be a while in the pipeline but I’m excited to be working directly with artisans and helping them create a viable and profitable trade partnership with products that will be just perfect for beach house lovers around the world.

 

Please view the gorgeous range of Aquamarine ethical coastal homewares here. We will keep you up to date when Alison’s branded Aquamarine range launches. Sign up for our newsletter below to receive our updates.

How to create a coastal space in your home

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It’s so easy to create a beach inspired home – coastal living is simple and clean, and if you create a basic palette and bring in textures and greenery, the end result can be stunning.

So why create a coastal haven at home?
1. to create a calming space that captures the carefree seaside and holiday atmosphere
2. comfort – think cozy knitted throws, boho cushions with tassels
3. To get closer to nature – tropical vines and plants to bring a sense of freshness and relaxation

How to spoil the Mum in your life this Mother’s Day

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There can be a lot of pressure on Mother’s Day to go a bit overboard with gifts and expensive lunches. However, there are plenty of simple ways you can make Mum feel special. Whether it be treating her with a special outing or making her a thoughtful gift, we have pulled together our top ideas for how you can spoil the Mum in your life this Mother’s Day, with a little coastal inspiration.

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Creating a beautiful brunch for Mum is a great start to any Mother’s Day. Plan your menu around seasonal produce, do a fruit platter with fresh yogurt, cook up whatever your Mum loves. Also, think about presentation, get out the ‘good’ tea cups and crockery and set a lovely table with a tablecloth and fresh flowers. Mum will feel special if you have made an effort and have prepared a beautiful meal at home and it will cost you a fraction of going out for an expensive brunch with just a bit of effort required.

Gorgeous plates and tablecloth by Aquamarine Home

 
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Tantrum Avoiding Tips when travelling with Kids

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I recently wrote some tips for Mamamia about my best suggestions for avoiding those dreaded tantrums when travelling with small children.

Whether you are going on a road trip or jumping on a plane,  there are a lot of strategies you can implement in order to make your trip run smoothly. From forward planning, to tips and tricks around how you get to your destination and where you stay, we have you covered!

Check out the full article here.

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Hawaii Tips for Aussie Families

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Today we welcome Belinda Eather from Hawaii Tips for Aussie Families –  a great resource for those planning a holiday to the gorgeous Hawaiian Islands (my favourite place in the world!!).

Belinda shares her inspiration for starting her page, and also throws a few great travel tips our way.

Why did you start Handy Hawaii Tips for Aussie Families?

I started the page because I’ve become the ‘go to’ person amongst family, friends and work colleagues for Hawaii recommendations – they call me their travel agent haha. And questions on Facebook are always being asked about Hawaii, so just thought it’s time to share those recommendations in one spot. It’s also not just about Hawaii, it will be about other destinations I am familiar with like Fiji, Canada, America as I have travelled quite a lot and spent many hours researching anywhere I go.

I have been numerous times to Hawaii over the past few years, 4 times with small children. Travelling with kids is a different ball game and I have found some great accommodations, beaches, activities that the whole family will love and on a budget. I also hate seeing people waste money on things that aren’t necessary when there are good deals around, you just need to find them.

In particular, the accommodation side of things in Oahu is overwhelming, there is so much choice and varying prices, it can be very confusing. We are all so time poor these days, especially as parents, so if I can help out in any way it makes me happy.

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The friendly Hawaiian spirit

What is it you love about Hawaii and why do you recommend it to families?

I always say a trip to Hawaii is more for the parent than the kids, although kids do enjoy it. I love the weather, the gorgeous beaches, beautiful Hawaiian people, but the shopping and eating is a big drawcard too. It just has a great atmosphere and I love walking around at night in nice balmy weather soaking it all in.

If you want a really relaxing family holiday, where there is kids club and you can have some free adult time, go to Fiji instead. Hawaii is more get up and go, sightseeing, shopping, eating, drinking – yes you relax but there is so much to do there.

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Boxing Day Beach Deal Edit

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It’s that time of year when there are plenty of deals to be had due to the Boxing Day sales and many businesses clearing stock for the new year.  Here is a quick summary of what’s on offer from some of the amazing brands on Beachside Collective.

Vienna Woods

There are some great deals to be had on cushions, beach umbrellas and deck chairs from Vienna Woods. Check out their sale here and grab yourself a bargain.

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Sun Umbrella in Tier reduced to $129
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Kakteen & Bermuda cushions each reduced to $59.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pippah Beach Bath Home

Enjoy 20% off store wide with Pippah’s gorgeous range of eco friendly and ethically sourced turkish towels, throws and ponchos. Use the code ‘HappyDay’ at checkout. Click here to shop, offer ends January 1st.

Pippah Sale use code HappyDay

 

Designstuff

In their Summer Sale DesignStuff has up to 70% off a stunning range of scandi inspired homewares. Check out the link here.

 

Aquazip

The Boxing Day sale at Aquazip has 20% off all swimsuits. You can check out the gorgeous range here and use code ‘Boxing20’ to get the discount. Ends January 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honeybell Waterwear

There is a huge sale on current stock at Honeybell Waterwear with up to 60% off and free shipping site wide! No code required, just check out the link here.

Ink Swimwear

Our friends at Ink Swimwear currently have 30% off storewide using the code BOXING30. Check out the range here, offer ends Saturday December 30th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Tribe

Sea Tribe has discounts across their gorgeous range of bags, cushions and throws until Monday 1st January. Check out the range here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tribal Beach

Huge deals on beach bundles and individual items until December 31st. Click here to buy now.

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We hope this sale edit gives you some inspiration. You can always keep up to date with what is happening on Beachside Collective and future sales, new products by subscribing to our newsletter below.

 

 

 

The Beach Inspired Christmas Gift Guide – Part 2

In today’s second instalment of our Beach Inspired Christmas Gift Guide we have your Secret Santa gifts covered, as well as the best gifts for kids and families. It can be tricky to find quality gifts that are a bit outside of the box, but still awesome value. We hope we can help you with this collection of ideas.

Secret Santa / Kris Kringle Gifts Under $50

Sometimes it’s those stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts that can mean a lot of running around, trying to find a gift for someone you hardly know. We have attempted to take some of the pain out of that process with these ideas all under $50

For the Food Lover or Entertainer

Palm leaf coasters $9.95 for a set of 4 or Palm Leaf Placemats $9.95 each from Island Collective

These beautiful palm leaf items are perfect for an island style table setting, they look amazing with neutral toned crockery, or blues and greens to bring a calming tropical vibe to meal times! Perfect for that Christmas table style with a coastal edge.

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Table styling with the Palm Leaf Placemats from Island Collective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Beach Inspired Christmas Gift Guide – Part 1

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At Beachside Collective we love gift giving, and to save you some time we have compiled a Christmas Gift Guide in the hope of taking a little pressure off your Christmas planning!  We have covered a range of budgets, age groups and interests so we have something for everyone. We hope you find this guide helpful, please let us know if you have any feedback! Here is the first instalment.

Gifts for Her

Beach Towels

Round Beach Towels from Dock & Bay – $69

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Dock and Bay Beach Towels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These great towels are microfibre, drying 3 times quicker than a cotton towel – they come in a range of colours and come with their own carry bag! Perfect for anyone who loves a quick dip. They also have a great smaller range of rectangle towels perfect for the yoga or gym goer.  Buy Here

Brazilian Beach Wrap Towels from Canga Comfy Beach – $39.90 in a range of prints

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Maresias Lightweight Beach Towel
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Posto-9 Lightweight Beach Towel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These towels are a perfect mix between a sarong and a towel, 100% handmade and only weighting 250 grams they are perfect to throw in the beach bag or wear as a wrap to the pool or beach. Canga has an amazing range of prints to choose from. Buy here. 

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Behind the Brand – Jack + Jules

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This week we catch up with lovely Jackie and Julie from Jack+Jules! These ladies create gorgeous yet functional lifestyle bags, with all of their designs inspired by the colours of the Australian landscape. Their Coastal Beach Bag has an in built sand release zip where you can shake out the sand without the bags contents - it is genius! Who doesn't love stylish and smart design! We hope you enjoy this edition of Behind the Brand.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

We’re two American women who met at our children’s primary school in Melbourne. We had both immigrated to Australia with Australia partners and, learning we had so much in common, developed a friendship from there.

2. Why did you start your business?

Julie- I was a practicing attorney in the US and I jumped at the opportunity to create something from scratch here that would allow me greater flexibility with my family.

Jackie- Prior to Jack+Jules, I worked for somebody else’s small business and it inspired me to start something that I could call my own. When we realised we had similar visions of our future, it made sense to collaborate.

3. Where do you get your inspiration?

Our first product was a line of reusable market bags- very practical and very convenient and on target in regard to our concerns about the environment. They are still one of our favourite products, but the process inspired us to continue with other functional bags that were also fun and vibrant, and all in tones of the Australian landscape.

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How to splash some coastal colour into your Spring Racing look

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It’s that time of year where everyone pulls out that dusty fascinator and little black dress to try to achieve a chic look for the Races. But Spring Racing Style doesn’t have to be too serious. Here are some fun ideas to embrace your love of coastal style & incorporate them into your Spring Racing wardrobe.

Seaside Inspired Headwear

Go for a natural yet elegant mermaid inspired crown for a different take on Headwear.

Mermaid crown – image via @birdcagemillenery

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