Coastal Christmas

Many Australians live not far from the coast so Christmas tends to be laid back and relaxed.  Coastal Christmas decorating conjurs up a colour scheme of blues, aquas, white and neutrals.  Often we pack up the family and head off on holiday for a coastal Christmas.  Whether you are at home or away on vacation for Christmas you have all the decorating elements you need at your fingertips.  Scavenge the beach for shells and starfish to decorate your tree or table, use sand instead of glitter but most of all just enjoy the atmosphere, food and fun of a beach christmas!

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image via sandandsisal.com

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image via shelterness.com

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image via traditionalhome.com

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image via coastalvintage.com

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image via pier1.com

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image via nauticalcottageblogspot.com

We wish you a very natural Christmas

The next best thing to dining outdoors at Christmas is bringing the outdoors indoors.  And keeping it natural of course.  There is something very calming and relaxing about a natural Christmas as the pictures below show.  Dwell is particularly fond of a pared down natural Christmas which allows us to focus on the details, in particular the food which we love to enjoy with our families and friends amidst lots of love and laughter.  We wish you a very natural Christmas xxx

image via digsdigs.com

image via digsdigs.com

image via mittvitahus.blogspot.com

image via mittvitahus.blogspot.com

image via westcoastmama.com

image via westcoastmama.com

image via modernmountaindesign.com

image via modernmountaindesign.com

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image via mittvitahus.blogspot.com

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image via autumn-cashmere.tumblr.com

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image via indulgy.com

Australian Christmas Outdoors

The joy of living down under is that we can enjoy an Australian Christmas outdoors.  Adapting the festive season to suit our balmy weather is so much fun.  Setting up a long table lunch in the backyard for all the rellies and friends can add to the festive atmosphere of Christmas.  Make it easy on yourself and use what you already have around the house and garden or better yet, assign a creative family member to the job while you concentrate on the food!  Merry Christmas everyone!

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image via acottageintheoaks.com

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image via theprettyblog.com

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image via kararosenlund.com

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image via elegant-classics.tumblr.com

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image via theprettyblog.com

A Colourful Christmas

We are sure that now homeowners are becoming brave with colour in their homes that there will be some colourful Christmas decorating happening around the globe.

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image via pippjamesoninteriors.co.uk

So how do you go about adding some colour to your Christmas?  You can be subtle or bold as long as it makes you feel happy, after all that's what the festive season is all about!  It could be your tree decorations, your gift wrapping or your table setting, anything goes.  We have collected some beautiful colourful Christmas images that make us smile, hope you like them too!

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image via christmas-decor-style.com

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image via aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com

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image via bhg.com

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image via vivrearia.com

Christmas Table Settings

Time to start thinking about Christmas table settings.  It's never too early you know!  Why leave it until the last minute, panic, stress out and then don't bother?  There is just something about a beautifully dressed table that adds a festive feel to your Christmas celebrations.

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image via onetowed.com

Look about the house for things you already have such as bowls, jars, vases and christmas decorations.  Forage in the garden for greenery, pinecones, twigs and flowers to place down the centre of your table.  

Op Shops are great places to search for cutlery, crockery and glassware to add to what you already have and remember it doesn't have to match!  Your table linen softens the look and adds texture, colour and style!  We have collected some great images of some simple, neutral Christmas table settings that you can take inspiration, from just one thing to the whole look the choice is yours - get collecting or visit the Dwell @ Home shop for some interesting and unusual items for your table!

image via jennycollier.com

image via jennycollier.com

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image via blog.styleestate.com

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image via curbly.com

Christmas Chicks Night In at Restor'd Worthy Goods

Last night we had a ball at the Christmas 'Chicks Night In' at Restor'd Worthy Goods in Shellharbour.

It is so lovely to see our lovely friends at Restor'd and all of their lovely friends and customers getting together to spread the cheer and raise funds for charity.  After all that's what Restor'd is all about.

We were so luck to be able to introduce ourselves and talk about what it is that 'Dwell South Coast' does - namely decorate, style, source homewares for clients and create wonderful colour palettes for the inside and outside of homes.

Our theme for this gathering was 'Christmas Table Top' and how to create a stunning festive table with gathered and foraged finds.

Thanks so much Shani, Eddy, Beth, Jhett and the team at Restor'd, we send you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year - see you soon xxx

Christmas Monday Mood Board

Welcome to the official Christmas month!!!  Yes decorations have been tempting us in store for a while now already but you can really feel that its time to start preparing the house for Christmas.  We developed this Scandi Style/natural, Christmas Monday mood board to get you inspired and excited about the festive season - go forth and conquer!

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...

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image via ruffledblog.com

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image found on Pinterest - no source

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image via weddingchicks.com

image via Hey Gorgeous Events, photo by Bradley James

image via Hey Gorgeous Events, photo by Bradley James

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image via projectnursery.com

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image via camillestyles.com

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image via heyweddinglady.com

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image via greylikesweddings.com

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image via Accumulator and Co. on Pinterest