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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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image via tumbr.com

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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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image via adoremagazine.com 

Interior Styling

Creating a room takes time, allow yourself to try different items, looks and colours. Use a rug, artwork, cushion, light fitting, view or object to inspire you and provide a starting point to your room. Retire and store items seasonally or if you are a little tired of them and re-introduce later to refresh your home.

Still stuck? Ask us for guidance ... we customize all our work to suit the Client

A bit about Dwell South Coast 2016

Our Business - Your Choice

Everything about decorating your home is personal. Do you shop thrifty, buy local, do you like IKEA, is it handmade, is it high end all the way and is it the 'real deal' such as original artwork {see top right of moodboard for local South Coast Artist Becky Guggisberg}. Personally I like to mix it up - oh but having said that i don't buy 'high end'. Anyway it's not about me! 

In a nutshell our business is about helping and guiding Clients through the sea of choices in colour, furniture & home accessories to create a comfortable home that reflects them - easy! No it's not!

Moodboard created by Dwell South Coast

Moodboard created by Dwell South Coast

So what do you, as a Client, choose and what do you buy? You figure that bit out with us guiding you through consultations, receiving our Dwell Decorating Plan or Colour & Interior Specifications Report. Depending on the depth of detail you require & how much time is allocated to your Project, the range of research & travel depends on the cost.  We don't make you buy things - but we have very good reasons for the path we've taken in compiling reports for you & love it when the Client says 'I'm doing it all' !

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!

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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

Scoundrels & Scavengers - the great bus tour!!

Recently Dwell South Coast hosted it's first Mystery Bus Tour.  It was a great day out visiting our favourite second hand furniture and homewares shopping spots south of Wollongong.  Along came 10 enthusiastic shoppers who delightedly grabbed themselves some bargains along the way.  

We started at Restored Worthy Goods in Shellharbour before heading off to Rare Find in Warilla and then hit Port Kembla - a treasure trove of interesting little shops full of personality and great finds.  Our faves here were Wentworth Emporium, Ambling Home and Restore & Upcycled (but there were more too).  

Lunch was at The Foundry run by the Salvation Army and it was just delicious.  After lunch we roamed the streets finding more bargains and found a couple of our ladies sipping champagne in one of the pubs - brave huh?  Camp Leader had to round them up and muster them back to the bus so we could head on home, stopping at Cafe 10 for a bit of bartering with owner Sol, a character and a half!  

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Dwell recommends you discover the amazing and clever vintage shops on your doorstep soon or come along with us on our next shopping tour - satisfaction guaranteed!

What's new for you in Homewares

Mid February saw the Sydney Trade Fairs swing into action and Dwell never misses a chance to find out what's new on the scene.

We do have favourites like French Country, Perfect Pieces and La Vida but there are so many more.  Here are a few we thought we would share with you - keep an eye out, stores will be filling up soon with all their lovely winter stock soon!


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.

Image via A Corner of Eden

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

Autumn in Coledale & Thirroul

So on a recent visit to Coledale and Thirroul on the NSW South Coast we stopped for refreshments and a spot of sourcing. The piccies below are what we saw ... but there is so much more to spy.

The first stop was at Cocoon on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Coledale. It is closed monday and tuesday so avoid the disappointment and venture here on the other days or you can always phone Karen on 0411 480 365 for an appointment .  Cocoon sell the unusual, eclectic and primitive which includes furniture, gifts & recycled glass 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Retro Wombat was next on our list of places to visit ....

Their aim is to stop usable things going to land fill … and help add a bit of old world charm to your life.

If you used to love it, own it but threw it away it will probably be here ....

Visit Retro Wombat at 228 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

 

 

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Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Nest Emporium was the finale - this trip anyway!

Nest was established in 2003 by 2 sisters Donna and Angie. They have created a hub of homewares, gifts and over 10 years have designed a range of homewares exclusive to them. 

They are at 287 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul and also sell online www.nestemporium.com.au

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

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 

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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.

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

Real or Replica?

The Wishbone Chair is a light, sculptural chair - and we love it! It comes in various colours and we have to say various prices too. This chair was originally designed for Carl Hansen and Son in 1949. The real thing costs between $1000 and $2000 depending on finishes including soap, oil, lacquer and paint. I wonder …. is there an element of flattery in being 'copied' worldwide? Does any Designer cop it on the chin and say 'oh well'

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Pictured below is the 'cheap and cheerful' option :) 

These look fabulous with your new art work, Persian carpets, bare floor boards and your credit card statement won't set the heart rate fluttering. They cost $295, won't last the distance and are not something to brag about but the bank account is left with funds for a holiday in the tropics. 

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Dwell would love the real thing BUT ….

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This weeks Fab Five - Cushion Crush

Introducing the 'Fab Five'  - explanation being 'five things Dwell has a crush on this week'.  So lets begin shall we?  This week it's CUSHIONS, not just any cushion but 5 fab striped cushions - our pick of the summer stripes!

Our first fave is from www.deckchairstripes.com.au a bold little number with 2 directional stripes and at $41 is a great buy!  This cushion is available in so many different stripes it will make your head spin!

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Next we have the Target Kalais cushion with vertical stripes of natural and navy which weighs in at $20 - also available in taupe/natural.

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This little beauty is from Ikea so you can guess that it's going to be pretty inexpensive right?  RIGHT! It is a hefty (not) $8.99 an absolute bargain don't you think?  Both cheap and cheerful.

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My favourite of the five has to be the Bonnie and Neil cushion below but it's a splurge… at $155 this is not one you'll be letting the dog sleep on but what an investment.  The colours are gorgeous and I love they way they are applied like giant brush strokes.  You have to remember that this cushion is handmade in Australia, made of the best quality linen, feather stuffed and the inks used are non-toxic.

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And the final of the fab five this week is the Marcus cushion in yellow from Freedom.  I still call this a stripe even if it looks more two tone.  The colour is on trend and the price - wait for it…. $23.90 on sale NOW

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Art House Berry

John and Katrina Underwood established Art House Berry late 2013 (after finding retirement a little dull!) Their vibrant Gallery is housed in Shop 3, 68 Albert Street in Berry, NSW. It's the blue shop set between the yellow shop + the red shop! It is the newest Gallery in town with a wide range of Art work predominately from the local area.  

Art House Berry is home to many talented artists BUT Jane Madison just ROCKS! 

Jane is showcased exclusively in Art House … and is overwhelmed with her sales 

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Jane has many talents …. below are examples of her beautiful sculptures

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Jane Madison

All images above were taken by Dwell South Coast

Home Thyme

While out and about I finally fell upon a lovely homewards shop that I had been hearing a lot about, 'Home Thyme' in Albion Park.

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Not only do they stock furniture in quite a few different styles they also have gorgeous homewares and I must admit to being quite taken with all the bright coloured accessories such as this yellow striped ceramic canister with wooden lid...

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Wire milk bottle holders in different colours

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Lanterns perfect for entertaining outdoors or inside

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The softest throws with a chevron weave and delicate texture

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Wire stools, these would great around either a timber or white table

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Cushions galore, you should just see the cushion wall, I wanted to take them ALL home!

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Metal trolleys - so many uses, don't you love the colour?

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And my final pick… the bamboo cake stand

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Dwell highly recommends a visit, they are on the corner of Terry and Tongarra Roads, Albion Park or check them out on Facebook or Instagram!