How to Prepare for a House Party with These Nifty Items

There’s so much to think about and organise when you’re planning the perfect big house party. First, there’s the food and drink, if you’re providing it. You also need to suss out the guest list and how to appropriately decorate the space. With all of this on your mind, it helps if you’re prepared with the best party equipment so you can relax and enjoy the party when it finally rolls around. Just get equipped with these few items, and you’ll be all set…

Portable Fridge

If your everyday household fridge isn’t suitable for storing drinks for guests – perhaps there’s not enough space or it’s chockers full of your groceries or other party catering supplies – you might want to have some backup options. Having a spare fridge at a party saves a lot of hassle and ensures all your guests can keep their drinks cool, and keeps the good times rolling.

Portable Ice Maker

Having ice for drinks at a party is a bit of a luxurious touch, and is especially fab if you’re hosting a cocktail party. Instead of using your typical run-of-the-mill ice cube trays (which take forever to create a decent volume of ice cubes for a party), opt for a portable ice machine this time round. You’ll never be left high and dry when it comes to ice for a party ever again!

Go for the Gazebo

A gazebo is the perfect choice for an outdoors shindig, and can provide shelter from the wet weather. Rig it up and install some fairy lights and add some solar lights scattered around the garden for the perfect atmosphere.

A Touch of Decoration

If you’re looking to jazz up your space, add in some artificial plants for that added ambiance.

For the Clean Up…

If you’ve been left a bit sore after the festivities, there are a few items that may help with the clean up the day after. Why not set up an automatic robotic vacuum cleaner to take a bit of the effort out of what otherwise can be a painful process.

Real Smart have you covered when it comes to everything home, garden, automobile and house party. Browse our vast online department store to find everything you need for your next big bash, with all items in the one convenient place, at the most affordable prices.

How to Make the Most of Your Indoors Space

With apartments seemingly getting smaller and smaller as crowds flock to live in the cities and surrounding suburbs, people are finding the need to get creative with their space. There are a few life hacks, tips and tricks that you can try to make the most of what you have, if you live in a shoebox or have something a bit more substantial. All you have to do is think outside the box…

Room Dividers

This is a great trick, especially if you live in a studio apartment. A room divider breaks up a room, offers a chic and elegant old-world feel, and offers a little nook for various purposes. Perhaps you want somewhere to get changed, or maybe you could use the area as storage. You can hang some macramé or decorative wall hangings to brighten them up. The possibilities are endless!

Use a Couch to Split up an Open-Plan Room

If you have an open-plan living and kitchen area, there are a couple of ways to divvy up the space and create a definite partition between the two areas. One way is to use the aforementioned room dividers; otherwise, you can use your couch as that border between kitchen and lounge, so you don’t have to add any additional furniture in to clutter up the area.

Use an as Ottoman Storage

If your cupboards and full to bursting, you need that extra space but you don’t want those unsightly plastic tubs stacked up in your bedroom or living area, there are other options available! Why not double up and use a stylish ottoman that also serves as storage? That way you benefit from extra seating, with somewhere to easily hide away any untidy bits and pieces.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

It’s no secret that a room will make a room appear larger, so if you have a cosy apartment, why not decorate with a few mirrors? You can do this by using a large statement piece mirror, or have a mirror feature wall, and cover a wall in a bunch of eclectic mirrors in different frames, shapes and sizes for an interesting look.

At Real Smart, we have everything you need when it comes to the home and garden. Give your apartment a refurbishment and make the most of your indoors space with items from our convenient online department store, one of the fastest growing in Australia!

Why You Should Be Using Mannequins in Your Retail Store

With so much competition in the retail industry these days, it can be hard for new retailers to stand out from the pack, often finding themselves struggling to compete with bigger brands. Tried and tested means of advertising often go overlooked as people sway towards digital marketing. However, the good news is that mannequins still boast selling power in the retail industry, helping businesses stand out in a natural way. Investing in a mannequin can help your retail store stand out from the crowd, help boost sales and give you a competing edge against big brands, without breaking the bank.

Offer Your Customers a Better Shopping Experience

In retail, there’s often an endless range of styles, colours and brands to choose from, and to the keen shopper it can be overwhelming and difficult to know what these styles look like being worn, without trying them on. Some shoppers don’t have time to try on every style, while others are more visual and would prefer to see clothing on a mannequin prior to trying it on. Visual aesthetics are a major key as to why mannequins can help businesses. They offer a more visually appealing option than say a static rack on a shop floor.

An Inexpensive Way to Advertise

Mannequins offer businesses an inexpensive way to advertise their products, with good quality mannequins starting in price from $70. When well presented by a talented visual merchandiser, mannequins can often turn an avid window shopper into a loyal customer and soon pay for themselves.

Something that Online Stores Can’t Produce

When someone is shopping online, they can’t interact with the product. With mannequins, customers can easily view the product from a different perspective and test and feel the fabric before heading to the changing room.

A Simple Way to Guide Your Shoppers

When a shopper notices a mannequin wearing a particular product, they will naturally begin to search for that product in the surrounding areas. Using mannequins as a guide throughout your shop is a clever way of helping your customers find products, without having to overcompensate with excessive customer service which can be off-putting to the customer. Using mannequins as guides through your retail space also helps fill empty voids and negative spaces, giving your shoppers a visually stimulating and exciting experience.

At Real Smart, we’re passionate about helping customers from around Australia find solutions for their home or business. Browse our range of mannequins online today to start the transformation of your new and exciting retail project.

Essentials to Make Your Camping Trip a Success

In Australia, we’re extremely lucky enough to have a big, beautiful backyard readily available to us and perfect for camping trips. Whether you prefer a getaway along the east coast, or are feeling like driving off on an adventure in the outback, this great country was made for camping. Packing for these camping trips can be stressful and finding the right camping gear can be difficult. Who hasn’t arrived at a destination and the realised they’ve forgotten an important piece of equipment OR the esky with all the food?
That’s why we’ve put together a short list that will cover the base essentials you need to ensure your next camping trip is a success.

Sleep in Maximum Comfort

Finding the right tent can be difficult. There are so many options to choose from these days – whether you’d like a one-person tent or a huge 12-person tent perfect for that family or group camping trip! Choosing a tent that’s big enough for your group, offers plenty of space for belongings, and so you can comfortably spread out is essential. Don’t forget to pack that inflatable mattress to ensure maximum levels of comfort – unless you like sleeping on the ground for a real camping experience. With the range of tents and mattresses available at Real Smart, you’ll be sleeping in comfort for sure.

An Esky or a Portable Fridge?

If you’re heading out on an overnight camping trip, a good quality esky should be all you need. If you’re going on a longer trip, a portable camping fridge is a worthwhile investment. Portable camping fridges come in sizes ranging from 15L to over 105L – perfect for a long-haul trip, and can fit everything you could possibly need.

Lighting and Torches

It can get very dark out in the bush very quickly, and making sure you pack a good quality light is vital. Stand-alone lights are an excellent way to ensure a long range of light set in one place, while a head lamp is an innovative way to achieve a bright area everywhere you go, while maintaining the use of your hands.

Now that you have the base essentials sorted, the rest is up to you! There’s nothing quite like planning an exciting camping trip in your country’s backyard.
At Real Smart, we’re passionate about finding the right camping and outdoor gear for people across Australia, all at affordable prices. Check out our wide range of camping gear online today.

Kids Toys for Future Revheads

As your kids start growing up, you’ll notice that their interests will develop naturally, and they’ll begin to cultivate their hobbies. These may be lifelong, a passing fad, or it could be an indication of a future career path. You’ll start to see this in the toys they choose to play with. Maybe if they’re a budding naturalist, they might ask for a butterfly net for Christmas. Perhaps they want to be a doctor or nurse, so they gravitate more to the toy medical kit area. Whatever it is your child enjoys, there’s a toy out there to facilitate playtime around it. If your child is a race car or motor enthusiast, there are a bunch of things out there that might tickle their fancy.

Get them on the Move with a Swing Car

A swing car is the perfect way to get them started in their enthusiasm for driving and cars, if they are so inclined. They are a wonderful and safe way to teach them hand eye coordination, in the backyard or on the footpath. It’s also a fantastic way to get them active.

Go Go Go with a Go Kart!

Almost everyone has fond memories of playing with a go kart from their childhood. Whether it was your very own or one of the kids on your street who let you have a go, it was always such a thrill. Now you can let your own child experience that adrenaline rush, with a pedal-powered go kart. Help create those fond childhood memories for your little one, let them zip down the hill with a smile on their dial.

Get Out and About with a Kids Ride on Remote Control Car

This is one that you can enjoy along with them. A kid’s ride on remote control car will create the perfect bonding atmosphere, where you can maneuverer where they go and watch as they gleefully zoom around in their very own little vehicle. This wonderful contraption will provide hours of entertainment, and encourages both you and your child to get outdoors. It can be taken to the park easily for a change of scenery, too.

Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re still at a loss for what to get your child for Christmas, Real Smart have so many solutions when it comes to kids toys and everything else. Browse our range for stocking fillers or bigger presents, and put a smile on their dial today. For the young and young at heart, check out Real Smart, Australia’s largest online department store.

Give Your Bathroom a Spring Overhaul

We’re into spring and well on the way to summer, but there’s still time to give your bathroom a springtime makeover. There are several products and items out there that can increase the functionality of your bathroom, while making it stylish at the same time. With just a few adjustments, you could be on the way to the bathroom of your dreams.

Bluetooth Speakers for Tunes While You Shower

The bathroom is the best place to have a listen to your favourite songs, whether it be some pump-up tunes in the shower getting ready for the day, or relaxing music to help you wind down in the bath at the end of a long one. Getting a set of Betluooth speakers and keeping them in the bathroom is the best way to make all your playlists accessible while you’re going about your routine.

Nifty Storage for Your Beauty Products

It’s too easy to let your bathroom get cluttered with too many beauty products and fall into embarrassing disarray…but never fear! There are so many storage options out there for keeping the chaos at bay. All you need is one super nifty beauty storage crate and voila! All sorted!

An Efficient Shower Grate

A shower grate is an efficient addition to any bathroom, which makes water and bathroom products wash away easier, leaving the shower base much drier. They also look modern and fantastically stylish, with a wide range of easy to install options available.

A Sleek Vanity Unit

One of the most important items in the bathroom is the vanity unit. You want to make sure that it’s sleek and fits your décor, with excellent storage and a beautiful basin. If you’re after a contemporary design, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Real Smart’s selection.

A Stool for Sitting Pretty

Whether you’re doing your hair or makeup in front of the mirror and need somewhere to have a seat during the process or you just need something to rest those bathroom magazines on, a small stool is a handy addition to any bathroom. Choose something in fresh white to give the room a pristine feel such as this set of four steel stools.

At Real Smart, we have all the innovative bathroom solutions you could ask for. Have a look at our range and spruce up your bathroom with us.

Essential Items to Make Your Caravan Camping Trip Easier

Going on a camping trip away offers boundless potential for adventure and excitement, constantly moving from place to place getting in as much as possible. Perhaps you like to set up at a riverside campsite and just take it easy for a bit of rest and relaxation. Whatever your travel style and preference, you want to make sure that you’re adequately equipped for the trip, with all you could ever need in tow.

Portable Fridge or Freezer

If you’re taking along anything that needs to be kept cool, you’re going to want to make sure that you have a portable fridge or freezer for in the caravan and to take along on any outings. Whether you want to store the ham for the sandwiches, or beer for the evenings sitting outside the caravan in deck chairs watching the sunsets, keep it cool with a portable fridge/freezer.

Camping Solar Panels

If you’re headed out into the wilderness where there is little to no electricity (or you just don’t want to pay for a powered site at the caravan park!), you’re going to need to think up a plan B. Having some quality solar panels to power all your gadgets on the go is the perfect solution, making sure you’ll never be caught out.

Hanging Chair

Chill out in style with a comfortable hammock chair that is the perfect seat for relaxing with a book or just sitting and enjoying the serenity. Easy to set up and dismantle.

Portable Caravan Washing Machine

No one wants to do washing while on holiday, however sometimes it can’t be avoided. In this case, a portable, energy and water efficient washing machine will get your clothes clean in no time, so you can get back to enjoying the fun!

Coffee Makers

You don’t have to miss out on your morning steaming hot cup of Joe while you’re on the go, with this nifty little coffee maker.

Keep it Covered with a Caravan Cover

When you finally get home and you’re packing away all the bits and pieces from the trip, you want to make sure the caravan is protected from the elements. Use a nifty, heavy duty caravan cover until the next trip away.

Everything goes so much more smoothly when you’re prepared. Have a look at the range of camping and caravan items from Real Smart and get ready to hit the road today.

5 Creative Ways to Display Photos in Your Home

Photos are a wonderful way to capture a moment and look back on time and time again, reminiscing with nostalgia. It’s a shame that so many people keep their photos on their computer or in dusty photo albums on shelves, left to be forgotten, when they could be displayed in countless interesting and creative ways. There are so many fantastic ideas out there for showing off your happy snaps, and here are just a few to inspire that spark of creativity.

Centred around a Clock
If you have a stunning clock that you want to highlight, you can pop some treasured photos in frames and arrange them around the clock in a starburst-shaped formation. This way, whenever you look at the time, you’ll be greeted with happy memories.

Hanging on a String
String up some twine running horizontally across a wall in your living room or hall, and attach polaroids or other photos along the length. You can jazz up the look with cute and colourful clips. Your friends will admire your creativity!

Heart Formation
Similar to the clock idea, put a few of your favourite snaps in frames and place them in a love heart formation on your wall. Creatively positioning photos is a much nicer way of displaying your pictures than the stock-standard, uniform and boring method.

Hanging from a Ribbon
Get some colourful ribbon from a craft store and hang vertically on a wall. Use decorative pins, tape or glue to attach your Kodak moments along the length for an elegant and dreamy look.

Dripping from a Stick
Find a small tree branch or stick that is fit for displaying horizontally on a wall, and tie pieces of string of varying lengths to hang your favourite photos off.

Have a Photo Feature Wall
Simple yet extremely effective, a photo feature wall can be a beautiful and striking way to present your treasured memories in your home. Choose an eclectic array of picture frames, big and small, of different colours and designs and position them as you’d like on the wall. It’s especially effective to set this up behind the couch in your living room, where you, your family and guests can enjoy the aesthetic.

If you’ve been seeking the perfect place to buy your new photo frames, Real Smart has a huge selection to choose from in our online store.

Five Products to Improve the Comfort of Your Bedroom

You spend so much time in your bedroom, and in your bed, that it should be the most comfortable room of your house. So many people overlook the value of quality bedding, however the right sheets and covers and pillows can provide a huge range of benefits, from a great night’s rest to a healthy and ache-free body. Here are a couple of product ideas to enhance your bedroom.

Memory Foam Pillow
Do away with that lumpy, musty old pillow you’ve had for yonks, and get something new, fresh and comfortable. Memory foam pillows are all the rage these days, and it’s no surprise. These won’t merely be just a fad, because the benefits are significant. Memory foam moulds to the shape of your body, which is great for those with neck problems. You’ll wake up feeling fresh as a daisy.

Quality Bedsheets
Inferior bedsheets can leave you feeling too hot or too cold and result in a restless night’s sleep. On the other side of the coin, quality sheets can feel amazing, and you’ll relish jumping into bed and lying cocooned in their cosy embrace.

Aromatherapy Air Diffuser or Humidifier
An air diffuser is great for those with allergies or asthma, humidifying the air and dispelling any nasties like pollens or dust that may be floating around plotting to make you sniffle and sneeze. You can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil into the mix to create a pleasant scent all day and all night.

Hypoallergenic Quilt
If you have allergies and wake up feeling stuffy and puffy, you may want to take a look at your bedding. Allergies to down, merino and even alpaca fibres can exacerbate allergies and leave you feeling drained. Try going for a microfibre quilt to have a peaceful night’s rest.

Memory Foam Mattress Topper
If you don’t want to replace your mattress or can’t afford a full memory foam mattress, a memory foam mattress topper is the perfect option for you. You can just place it on top of your existing mattress to get the benefits for a fraction of the price and hassle of getting an entirely new mattress. They come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and are easy to replace as well.

At Real Smart, we know how to create comfortable living. Browse our range of bedroom products and reap the benefits today!

A FEW IDEAS TO LIVEN UP YOUR GARDEN FOR SPRING AND SUMMER

Spring and summer are just around the corner. With the warmer weather comes the garden parties, barbeques, hang outs with friends and backyard bliss. As the days get longer, you have more opportunities to enjoy yourself around your home and garden, so why not give your outdoor space a makeover so you can make the most of the warmer months.

AN OUTDOOR SETTING FOR ENTERTAINING
Having a comfortable and chic outdoor setting is something every garden needs, especially when you want to enjoy a meal on a warm summers eve. Set it up out on the deck for entertaining, and host a few soirees or cocktail parties when the weather warms up.

A SHADE SAIL FOR A COOL ATMOSPHERE
Hanging a shade sail is the best way to make an outdoor area safer and more comfortable. Protect your family from the sun’s harmful UV rays while optimising your space. If you don’t want something as permanent as a shade sail, you can always opt for a garden marquee.

SOLAR GARDEN LIGHTS
To add that little bit of ambiance in your garden at night time, why not install a few solar garden lights? They can light up a pathway or rose garden, and some even have in-built bug zappers to get rid of those unwanted creepy crawlies.

A HAMMOCK CHAIR FOR LAZY AFTERNOONS
There’s nothing better than curling up in a hammock chair with your favourite book in the morning or afternoon, underneath a shady tree. Here, you can relax and really appreciate your garden.

A GRILL OR BARBEQUE FOR DINNER PARTIES
This is another one for the person who likes to entertain. Make yourself popular with the neighbours by firing up the barbeque and inviting them all around for drinks and a feed – a great opportunity for bonding!

A BIRD BATH FOUNTAIN TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL BIRDLIFE
When it comes to hot Australian summers, birds are always looking for water sources. Placing a bird bath fountain in your yard offers more than just an aesthetically pleasing result. Not only will you get the joy of bringing wildlife to your yard, but you can also feel happy knowing that you’re providing local birds with that much-needed water in the heat.

We have everything you need when it comes to overhauling your garden for spring and summer. Check out our Home and Garden range for inspiration.