The Teenager's Retreat

Fussing on the kid's bedrooms starts with the nursery .... goes on through the pre-school & primary school years and then takes an ugly turn for the teenage years! This does not have to happen if you are a constant rearranger/decorator {I am} therefore boy wonder is not surprised to come home to a clean, rearranged room with a different colour scheme/wallpaper or mountain peaks painted on the walls.

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Blue Rooms

Although not a big fan of blue there are a few shades that just make my heart skip a beat.  Summer is the perfect backdrop for blue rooms both inside and outside the home.  My favourite shades of duck egg blue compliment coastal living better than any other colour I know.  It's a relaxing, calm, light, airy and happy colour.  Although blue is considered a cool colour in many instances, the right shade can be warm and welcoming.  Use it on walls or try it on cabinetry, furniture and accessories.  I'll let the images below do the talking and you'll see what I mean.  Have a happy holiday from us both at Dwell.

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image via adoreyourplace.com

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image via betterhomesandgardens.com

Built in the 1700's

Image via A Corner of Eden

Image via A Corner of Eden

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

'A Corner of Eden' is to be found in Cumbria in the North West of England. Within this county are 6 districts and Eden is one. 

I was lucky enough to visit 'A Corner of Eden' in September of 2013 and would say 'stay here' !  There are 3 types of accommodation and we filled them all. There was 16 of us in total and we all had a bed ... if you've ever had to book for this many people you will know how tricky it can be. And what a success 'A Corner of Eden' was for us!

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

The owners concentrated on being as environmentally friendly as possible during the renovation work over the years; local suppliers, naturally occurring materials, low emissions, up-cycling, re-utilising, recycling, natural products, good insulation, draught exclusion to mention but a few.

Sustainable heat in the barn and electricity throughout, sheep's wool insulation, private water supply and drainage, composting, grow your own, local produce....

It's not possible to be perfect but it is possible to try your hardest which is exactly what they do.

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Image via A Corner of Eden

Every room was special .. the attention to detail, the effort to modernise but be creative and sympathetic to the era is evident everywhere. I gave it 10 out of 10 .... so did the other 15 !

Image via A Corner of Eden

Image via A Corner of Eden

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image via A Corner of Eden

Image via A Corner of Eden

Image via A Corner of Eden

Image via A Corner of Eden

Image via A Corner of Eden

Image via A Corner of Eden

Please contact Debbie and Richard Greaves enquiries@acornerofeden.co.uk if you are visiting this part of the world.

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Image by Dwell South Coast

Cabana Jo's in Berry, NSW South Coast

The yellow shop called 'Cabana Jo's' is found off the main street of Berry very near The Tea Shop and Art House Berry - Shop 1, 68 Albert Street. There seems to be a common theme of our favourite shops being layered with finds!

Jo has had her business for over 10 years and has a good eye for trends and the unusual in homewares, decorator items, lighting, candles and jewellery. The range is diverse with locally made & hand-poured soy candles from Mason & Soy to Ahoy Trader, Ourlieu, Noosa Amsterdam chunks, Bam Bam bowls, Cultiver Linen ... and so much more.    

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

The pineapple light with the pussy cat print are beautifully kitsch in a modern kinda way :)

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

Cockatoos, pineapples, crosses & vases - we love them all - can't help it!

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image shot by Dwell South Coast 

Then throw in shells, palm tree cushions + some Ahoy Trader plaques .... and you've got yourself an interesting, welcoming space 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

image shot by Dwell South Coast 

I love the diverse range at Cabana Jo's ... Jo's number is 4464 3490 if you'd like to know how to get your hands on some of these trinkets and treasures.

I'm wall over it - Dark and Brooding Walls

I couldn't help falling in love with the dark walls in the images below, a simple way to add drama, depth and interest to a room.  I could get a lot of sleep (and dreaming) done in the 2 gorgeous bedrooms below...

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It's trending right now and it's very cool no matter if your style is eclectic and rustic, earthy and nature inspired or cool, clean and contemporary.  There appears to me a method to getting it just right, see if you can pick it...

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image via domino.com

The homes above add lots of white as a fresh and clean contrast to the darkness of the charcoal grey and the addition of timber whether it be floors or furniture soften the harshness of the colour contrast.  But what do you notice about the rooms below, how is the darkness of the room balanced to make it appear full of life and movement?

 

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You got it - COLOUR!  The walls form a backdrop to the colours added to the room which really make them 'pop'.  And it appears any colour goes great with dark grey, black or navy - as if we didn't already know that.  I even love how great it looks in a laundry, especially with green accents...

 

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image via lizmarieblog.com

For my next reno, which hopefully won't be too far away, I'm using these images as inspiration and you can bet there'll be a dark wall or room added!

A Sneak Peek at Our Day Out ~ Life Instyle

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Oh how Dwell LOVE a day trip!  Off we went to Life Instyle and this is what we saw .....

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Above is the ever so cool Pony Rider which is stocked locally on the south coast at Roots and Wings 

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Dwell chatted to Dharma Door with their Fair Trade artisan products from Bangladesh + beyond. These are sold at Art House Berry - and have many uses such as plant containers, vegetable baskets, toy hiders ... the list goes on - just ask Katrina at Art House ... she'll tell you 

 

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We then sneaked over to the Ahoy Trader stand, featured above, who are based in another favourite coastal/country town, Byron Bay. They have many funky accessories to decorate the beach /country house - perfect for NSW south coast living - just ask us!

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Above is a touch of styling by Mr Jason Grant ... we missed this but I do spy Samantha Robinson ceramics on the table ... they can be found at The Tea Shop Berry 

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Light up your life with Gia Collectione - ask us how

 
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We also chatted to Retro Print Revival - you choose one of their lamps + then from their very cool selection of fabrics - and there you go  -  we promise you that your neighbours will not have the same!

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Above is one of our favourites ... could have taken a nap here :)

Sheets on the Line are 100% certified organic cotton with each quilt cover featuring their patented Quick Clip System - this prevents the doona inside slipping - oh and less arguments when making the bed with loved ones!

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And the finale ..... slightly obsessed with these ... cow hides from Brazil & South Africa with silver blotches from Mooi 

We hope you have enjoyed a sneak peak into our day out x

Bright Nights and Colourful Bed Linen

A bedroom doesn't ALWAYS have to be peaceful and relaxing… If it's somewhere you spend time, reading, chatting on the phone or perhaps it doubles as a workspace, you may like to jazz it up a little.  I have found some inspiring bedlinen that may do the trick!  

I have to start with this fabulous Crosses quilt from Aura by Tracee Ellis, the cross motif is lovely and the colour divine.  This quilt could suit so many rooms from ultra modern to eclectic rustic as pictured below.

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The quilt below is called Delphi and is by Kas (you can order Kas at Furniture One in Kiama), it's pretty bold and maybe you think it's a bit too girly for those of you who happen to share your room with a bloke however check out the lining… it's multicoloured triangles sooooo, when he's home flip it to the underside, when he's not looking flip it back to the flowery side - you'll both be happy!

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Ok I'm going out on a limb with this one!!! How funky cool is this quilt?  The addition of a chevron feature wall and some quirky accessories give added oomph!  Eat your heart out Carmen Miranda!  This beauty is from the Linen House Lifestyle range and is called Brasilia (of course)...

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I couldn't resist another Linen House design - very cool for the younger set and I think teenagers will LOVE it. Also very current considering how 'mexican fiesta' is a big trend right now.  Add a few masculine touches and it would be great for the fellas.  This one is called Tulum and is also in the Lifestyle range.

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You may like a bit more pattern and the Malika quilt from Morgan & Finch more than delivers.  You could interpret this quilt in a number of ways, I like the eclectic look of this room but you could also head down the 'Bollywood' road and add lots more colour such as orange and turquoise which you can see in the design.  Perhaps you could make it more Moroccan or even go retro.

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The bold block colour of the Brunkrissla quilt from Ikea works well with lots of white.  The feature wall in this room below is inspired by the colours in the quilt and green is added as a bright contrast.

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