COLORBOND® Surfmist® and Monument®

Two all time favourites are black and white. Together they are classic, bold and striking. You cannot go wrong with b&w shoes, bags, jackets or houses. The two beautiful colours below have been created by Colorbond® and, I think,  are better than black and white!

Read More

What do you love?

What’s your style? Lots of people say they don’t know …. that’s ok! Most peeps know what they don’t like so that’s a good starting point. From stating what you can’t stand you often are able to figure out what you do like even if it doesn’t get a specific style name! Who wants to live in a categorised box anyway!

Read More

Saffron Inspired

Sometimes a colour stays with me for days. Saffron is one of them. What a fabulous colour ..... pairs beautifully with shades of browns and dark greys. This week is dedicated to Saffron thanks to a Client who saw the colour in  previous blog. It's not everywhere which makes it even more desirable.

Palm Leaf Wallpaper

Palm leaf wallpaper is going up on walls all over the country it's a trend we love and hope never fades (along with the wallpaper)!   It is bold, brave and beautiful giving a home that wonderful tropical breezy feel, a bit like being on holiday every day.  It suits many different properties from coastal to country, traditional to modern.  It can be a bold addition to the entry of a home giving a taste of what's to come.  Try it in small rooms for maximum impact or larger rooms with panelled half walls to to tone it down a little.  Here's a few of our favourites...

Palm Leaf wallpaper by Graham & Brown

Palm Leaf wallpaper by Graham & Brown

image via House Beautiful

image via House Beautiful

Pacifica Santa Barbara

Pacifica Santa Barbara

Great Shalimar by Bethany Linz

Great Shalimar by Bethany Linz

Wallpaper by Dorothy Draper

Wallpaper by Dorothy Draper

Bright Coloured Dining Rooms

If you are going to add colour to any room then the Dining Room would be a great place to go wild!  What a great room to enjoy a meal, chat and have a good laugh with friends and family over dinner and make memories.  So why not create a great atmosphere and stimulate conversation (and the appetite) with a beautiful bright coloured dining room?

Room by Anna Spiro

Room by Anna Spiro

Photo credit Donna Griffith

Photo credit Donna Griffith

You could add colour to the walls with paint or wallpaper.  A rug is a subtle (or bold) way to add colour and the starting point of a fantastic colour scheme.

image via Progression by Design

image via Progression by Design

Maybe it's artwork that sets the theme, or your table settings with flowers to compliment your colour palette.  

image via Arent & Pike

image via Arent & Pike

image via bhg.com

image via bhg.com

image via Anthology magazine

image via Anthology magazine

You are only in the dining room to each for a short time each day so go ahead and make it memorable!

image via sfgirlbybay

image via sfgirlbybay

Photo credit Rachel Whiting

Photo credit Rachel Whiting

Bright Coloured Table Settings - Tables with WOW

Ever feel like wowing your guests with a bold and bright coloured table setting?  Getting together with family and friends is a celebration in it's own right.  Laughter, fun, food and drink, gathering around the table together just because!  Usually you have come together around the table for a special reason.  A birthday, wedding, engagement, baby shower, retirement - all good reasons to celebrate aren't they?  At Dwell we love setting tables with WOW factor, set the mood and make that celebration extra special.  Here are some bright and inspiring ideas for your next get together...

image via ruffledblog.com

image via ruffledblog.com

image found on Pinterest - no source

image found on Pinterest - no source

image via weddingchicks.com

image via weddingchicks.com

image via Hey Gorgeous Events, photo by Bradley James

image via Hey Gorgeous Events, photo by Bradley James

image via projectnursery.com

image via projectnursery.com

image via camillestyles.com

image via camillestyles.com

image via heyweddinglady.com

image via heyweddinglady.com

image via greylikesweddings.com

image via greylikesweddings.com

image via Accumulator and Co. on Pinterest

image via Accumulator and Co. on Pinterest

Bold Exterior Colour

Most of us wouldn't dare to be so bold with our exterior colour choices but when done right a home painted in bright colours looks amazing!  Of course you need to consider the style of architecture of your home.  Bright and bold exterior colour looks stunning on ultra modern homes or very traditional houses with lots of trim detail - usually painted white for contrast.

image source bensimon via apartmentdiet.com

image source bensimon via apartmentdiet.com

image via Potted Plant Society on Pinterest

image via Potted Plant Society on Pinterest

The location of your home is also another important consideration, if you live in a very conservative neighbourhood a bright turquoise or orange house may not 'fit in' so well yet in an upcoming, trend-setting bohemian neighbourhood it can look lovely and at ease with it's surroundings.  If you like the idea of bold colour maybe try it in patio walls which can easily be repainted if you don't like it or if you tire of it eventually.  Or plant your garden in colour instead.

image via InsideOut Magazine styled by Heather Nette King photography by Alicia Taylor

image via InsideOut Magazine styled by Heather Nette King photography by Alicia Taylor

image via lonelyplanet.com

image via lonelyplanet.com

image via elho.com

image via elho.com

Which brings us to the neighbours - probably best to take them into consideration too!  While you don't necessarily need to blend in and be boring you can add interesting colour to your letterbox, fence or garden plantings without going overboard and being the sore toe on the block.  Painting your home in an outrageous colour while your neighbours are in shades of grey's, white and charcoal can devalue not only their homes but yours as well, especially in an upmarket suburb.

San Francisco's 'Painted Ladies'

San Francisco's 'Painted Ladies'

image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

Mediterranean countries are well known for their use of bright colour as accents (think Grecian blue and white) and in Europe whole towns have been painting the outside of their homes for centuries in the bold pigments found locally (I'm talking about the Islands of Murano and Burano in Venice).  The light, seasons and lifestyle compliment these multicoloured dwellings.

image via Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

image via Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

image via victorianhouses.tumblr.com

image via victorianhouses.tumblr.com

We at Dwell love bright coloured homes and can only imagine the personalities that live within the walls, what a wonderful colourful life they must live!

Colourful Rooms

It's exciting to see homeowners becoming braver about using colour indoors - whether it's a whole colourful room painted in a bold hue, an eye-catching feature wall or just pops of colour to add some fun to a space. 

peartreegreeting.com

peartreegreeting.com

There are so many ways to add colour to a room.  Wallpaper, curtains or blinds, rugs, art, lampshades, feature chairs, cushions and carpet all are great ways to add a little oomph to your rooms.  

stylebyemilyhenderson.com

stylebyemilyhenderson.com

image via stylegrace.com

image via stylegrace.com

Have you ever thought about painting your ceiling?  If you are lucky enough to have high ceilings then colour can work really well to draw the eye up to a fabulous light fitting.

image via Alicia Weaver Design

image via Alicia Weaver Design

Colour can have an impact on the way you use a room and how you feel in it.  Choose colours that work for you and compliment your lifestyle and home.  If you have a young family you may stay away from dark oppressive colours and opt for vibrant brights instead.  For a beach house you may go more neutral with brighter accents in the kitchen where all the action happens yet the rest of the home remains calm and relaxing.

image via The Paint Studio at Ace

image via The Paint Studio at Ace

image via amsterdam-to-marrakesh.com

image via amsterdam-to-marrakesh.com

image via brit.co

image via brit.co

image via Camilla Lundsten

image via Camilla Lundsten

White is a perfect contrast when creating colourful rooms.  It makes colour stand out but also provides a place for your eye to rest so that the room doesn't overwhelm.  Start small and work your way up, perhaps a couple of cushions until you feel confident enough to start adding rugs and art, use the colours in the cushion as a starting point and you'll have a colourful room in no time!

Monday Mood Board - Bold & Bright Interior Colour

With the arrival of colourful spring blooms our spirits start to lift as we start dreaming of the long warm days of summer to come.  We start to think about freshening up our homes and perhaps adding some bold and bright colour to our interiors to match our mood.  

However you add bright colour to your homes, whether it be paint, wallpaper, rugs, art, cushions or even flowers you've got to admit it gets the pulse racing and puts a smile on your face :-)

Interior Colour - Bright Bold and Beautiful

The thought of painting your interior a bright bold colour may scare you silly.  It's a lot safer to paint your walls white and add colour through furniture and accessories but taking the plunge and painting walls in a bright hue can add some major wow factor to your home.

image via decoist.com

image via decoist.com

Colour has both symbolic and cultural meaning.  For example, blue can make us feel sad or calm depending on the shade.  Yellow in the animal kingdom represents danger.  White in China is the colour of death and mourning whereas in western culture it is the colour of purity, peace and cleanliness.  

Contrasting fresh white with a bright colour can help to 'calm it down' a little and provide a place for the eye to rest.  Rustic touches also help to tone down the colour and provides a bit of texture to contrast with the sharpness of the hue.

image via apartmenttherapy.com

image via apartmenttherapy.com

Go tone on tone or use a complimentary colour to give your walls the WOW factor!

Here are 5 bold colours you might like to take a gamble on, and remember - it's only paint... you can go over the top with another colour when you tire of it!

Black Paint, Tape & A Bit of Nerve

Black is very Black - that's just how it is!

So here we go ..... this is a lesson in how to combat your fear of black paint & unleash that creative side - all in school hours ;) but I do admit that my project was during the school hols.

 

Step 1 

Get a wall. A kid's bedroom wall is perfect because they will love it (and you for painting it black - not that your'e buying their love!) and then you can shut the door on it - BINGO - everyone's a winner ;) To make your scene 'pop' it's best if you paint the wall first, in this case I painted the whole room Dulux Lexicon 1/2 strength the week prior.

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 2

You can paint a mural, stripes or mountain peaks. The reason I chose peaks is because I felt there was less chance of an error. So grab your tape (I like tape that gives you a few days before you need to remove it) & map out your scene. Yes you can pencil it roughly on the walls and then tape it  - this way you have a good idea of the proportions & heights of the peaks. I  did not use a pencil & played with the tape ... removing it if not happy so it took a bit longer. Now you will achieve a lovely point at the top of your peak but the tricky bit is getting a lovely point at both joins of tape. Use a sharp knife & a steady eye. Check out the tape in the picture below .....

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 3 

Using the same colour paint as the walls - in this case Dulux Lexicon 1/2 strength - Paint on the tape & under .... weird?? Noo - this forms a 'skin' over the tape so your next colour does not seep under the tape (CRITICAL + CLEVER!). Then let it dry (IMPORTANT).

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 4 

Get your colour ready. I used black paint so I was pretty tense! Best if no one is home to ask "What can i eat?" 'When are we going?"

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 5 

Get to it. Now hopefully you've got a painting technique as your a brave DIY-er & this is not your first painting project.  I used a small brush to edge & a roller - I worked quickly as I was panicked by the black paint. The 1st coat looked awful (streaky & sludgy-green) but the 2nd coat was great .... it really needed 3 coats but the ceiling light in this room shines directly down so I got away with 2 coats. 

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 6 

Remove the tape while your 2nd coat is still wet. This is where you are grateful to have bought good quality painter's tape. The result .... sharp lines!

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 7

Style your (their) space - have your moment of glory 

Then they will change it x

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

More on black paint to come ....

Someone Else's Garden

Pop these dates in your diary  

Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th September

Image Courtesy of  Hurly Burly 

Image Courtesy of Hurly Burly 

Then pop on your comfy shoes to scamper around 8 glorious gardens of Berry. If you like to see what other people do with their green space then all it will cost is a red-back and you have 4 days in which to complete the course!         

Below are the addresses of 8 generous garden lovers who are opening their gardens to you all

21 King Street, Berry   http://bit.ly/1kL2csN

1 Gwenda Avenue, Berry  http://bit.ly/1kL2waU

3 Queen Street, Berry  http://bit.ly/Vv0IqW

2 Brogers Creek Road, Woodhill Mountain  http://bit.ly/1uHRFli

23 Broughton Vale Road, Broughton Vale  http://bit.ly/1taoPGl

20 Tulloch Road, Broughton Vale  http://bit.ly/1vWPFap

116  Broughton Vale Road, Berry  http://bit.ly/1mWLL84

180 Tindalls Lane, Berry  http://bit.ly/Vw7oVb

 

Tickets will be on sale at each home and at Apex Park

More details at www.berrygardenclub.org.au or email festival@berrygardens.org.au or download the schedule http://bit.ly/1prntaJ

Image via snapdeal.com

Image via snapdeal.com

Always good to pack one of these too ;)

Welcome to Yellow

Warmth is radiated by yellow. Inspired by a newly painted house in my home town of Berry ... we have collected some images of grey and yellow. A yellow front door is welcoming, the people are social and they have a community orientated spirit. How nice!

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Just adding a touch of yellow can transform a space

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Yellow can give the illusion of a surface being 'larger' than it is

Image via theinspiredroom.net

Image via theinspiredroom.net

Yellow advances ... it tends to be brighter than white

Image via interiordesignmusings.blogspot.com

Image via interiordesignmusings.blogspot.com

It is cheerful and joyous, energetic and hopeful

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Yellow is optimistic, happy and imaginative

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

I'm adding a splash of yellow to my home ... 

Image via fleetingglimpseofeternity.com

Image via fleetingglimpseofeternity.com

Love on a Cup

So if I was 'more into fashion' would I have known that Vittoria had collaborated with 8 Australian Fashion Designers to design 11 stunning take-away coffe cups!? Would I? I feel as if I 'missed out'! And this piece of information only came my way as I deviated from my favourite coffee shop in town (they went to Bali for RnR) & went to the local bakery. I ordered coffee and as I climbed back in the car my son says "you've got a tiger on your cup" - I reply "What are you saying Max?" I hadn't even noticed!

Pick you favourite - we love the dark florals, the cheetah and the flamingoes. Below are what I missed out on .... you may have missed them too. 

Image via Spoilt Blog

Image via Spoilt Blog

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

Image via Spoilt Blog

Image via Spoilt Blog

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

image.jpg

NEXT year I will be waiting for 2015 designs and will be the first not the last to blog about them .... aahhh coffee tastes better wrapped in colour!

Warm Your Home with Art

Kathy Karas, Della Hodgett & Karen Butler live and paint in and around the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.  They have combined forces to present a joint body of work at Art House Berry. We went along to the opening of their exhibition to meet the artists, mingle with friends of Art house & to collect ideas for Dwell Clients. Below are some examples of their work and a a short introduction written by Katrina from Art House. 

Della Hodgett is a versatile and eclectic artist who can paint and draw in most mediums but particularly likes to work in oil. Della lives on the South Coast of New South Wales where she delights in the familiar lush greens and blues of coastal sea, hills and trees. The opportunities for landscape painting are endless but she also likes to work figuratively, drawing on her numerous pen and ink sketches for inspiration.


Karen is an emerging artist from Shellharbour, NSW specialising in printmaking and painting. Her art is inspired by the beauty of the natural world, particularly the interplay of light, shadow and colour and their effects on the emotions. She is drawn towards botanical themes, still life and the flora and fauna of the Australian bush. She also enjoys painting in oils and acrylic, watercolours, collage and mixed media.


South Coast artist Kathy Karas paints in oil, acrylic and watercolour the scenery of the stunning coastal and rural areas between Austinmer and Ulladulla. Her style can be described as modern impressionist with an interest in a wide range of subject matter including still life, landscape, figurative and old and historical buildings. Kathy’s paintings are in collections within Australia, Canada, The United States, France, the UK and Japan.

Art House is on Albert Street in Berry. It showcases Artists from the Shoalhaven and Illawarra area ... and is currently open every day while the above exhibition continues. Katrina and John will be travelling oversea at the end of June so Dwell South Coast will handle all enquiries during July - call us for an appointment.