Favourite Pink Painted Walls

I have collected images of pink walls to entice and intrigue. NEVER would I have thought I’d have a pink wall! Yes it will initially be a tiny slither of a wall in my office but look out boys if I like it it’s travelling to other parts of the house!

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Apartment Living

Apartment living in your favourite city? Please yourself, create a sanctuary, home is your place, kick off your shoes, wrap yourself in a silk kimono and sip Proseco while you plan that 10 day shopping trip to NY.  Below is a lot of luxe! Yes some pieces have silly price tags and seem a little OTT but I say mix it up ... shop high end for a key piece, shop Ikea if you can bare it (I can't), scour Ebay, search on Gumtree, seek out interesting art work or delicious prints from Print Darling , go to your local garage sale. Start collecting clever pieces, think outside of the square to create this look. Teamed with almost black floorboards and you have made your mark on your abode and created somewhere beautiful to dwell. Still can't mange to pull it together? then chat to me. Below is a little inspiration created for Ms G 🖤 

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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!

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Powder Rooms + Wallpaper

You either love it or hate it but either way it's back and here to stay.  Wallpaper is a great way to add character and personality to a room.  Wallpapering a room can be both a huge and difficult task, from choosing the style, pattern and colour to hanging, it's not for the faint hearted. 

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Subway Tiles

Classic, traditional and completely on trend - the subway tile.  There are so many versions from bevelled to flat, hand-finished, smooth and shiny to matt and tumbled not to mention the variety of colours.

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Paying for a Colour Consultation

I am not expensive, I listen to the Client and I take a thorough brief. I look at the orientation of your home, I take into consideration the natural light, your neighbour's homes and your neighbourhood. I am thoughtful in my colour specifications ... sometimes my head hurts thinking about it.

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In the Library

Dwell's Library {always expanding}

So why does anyone buy a book. You like the Author? The writing is easy to read & informative? It's relevant? The cover is pretty? The photographs 'get you'!  It looks good on the coffee table? It's overall aesthetically pleasing .... Um yep, CHECK. 

Get yourself a book .... read don't scroll ;)

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.

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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British Colonial Style

Dwell has always adored the British Colonial style of decorating and when the phone rang with a client needing help to pull this look together in their dream home I jumped at the chance.

There is so much to love about the British Colonial look.  It is relaxed, slightly eccentric and very elegant.  It brings relaxed Island style and formal British style together in a beautiful mix of era and design.

The colour palette is neutral but comes alive with texture, pattern and lots of greenery - think bringing the outdoors in.

Due to it breezy relaxed style British Colonial suits the location we live in here on the South Coast and the Illawarra.

We love the resurgence of bold wallpapers with botanic prints (like The Great Shalimar by Bethany Linz above) and murals as well as beautifully textured grasscloth wallpaper (another blog to follow on this) that provide interest and drama in these homes.

Typically floors are dark, walls are light, window trimmings are either plantation shutters or extra long gauzy sheer curtains.  Ceiling fans prevail and furniture is often vintage or antique, traditional and dark.  Cane and timber soften these interiors as do large rugs - sisal is good, so are antique rugs and animal hides.

Most of all it's the elegant, relaxed calm and breezy feeling these homes have.


Neutral but nice...

As much as Dwell LOVES colour we also find serenity in a neutral palette.  How calming and yet interesting is the room below?  This is a beautiful and eclectic mix of items, the shell chandelier, organic table, french linen arm chair and country pot with flowers.  The wall treatment is also quite lovely, almost a whitewash effect which gives depth to the wall surface.

image via qaaks.com

image via qaaks.com

The room below is so simple in its colour palette and the introduction of timber, paper and cane give it softness and warmth.

image via athomeinlove.com

image via athomeinlove.com

This fabulous room is cool, clean and sophisticated.  Again softness is introduced by adding fur cushions and bringing nature into the space provides a clever colour accent that can be changed season by season as your garden (or florist) allows.

image via stylizimoblog.com

image via stylizimoblog.com

Another simple palette and are you sensing a trend??? Yep, more fur - kinda feeling the love aren't ya?  It also lends a scandi touch to the space.  So much contrast here, rustic table, mid-century designed chairs, textured wall art, modern lamp all against a pure white backdrop.

image via tumbr.com

image via tumbr.com

More fur, more timber, more green - it just works!

image via trendenser.se

image via trendenser.se

And again - you get where I'm going with this right? Can't help myself, I can just imagine the snow piling up outside, a roaring fire and a glass of red… but maybe not near the sofa.

image via elle.fr

image via elle.fr

But if you live in a warmer climate the following image may be more to your taste.  Such a peaceful place to relax, I can feel the balmy summer breeze dancing over my skin… the only thing missing - a cool refreshing glass of Sangria...

image via style-files.com

image via style-files.com

And if you are wondering where to find gorgeous neutral and earthy homewares you can't go past Verandah Interiors - yes I know they are in Brisbane but locally you could try Deer Willow in Kiama or Haven & Space Berry.

image via adoremagazine.com 

image via adoremagazine.com