Berry Garden Festival Schedule

This is a favourite for home makers, garden dwellers and the general sticky-beak. If you fancy a wander around some gardens in Berry + the surrounds this is the event for you ;) 8 beautiful gardens are open to the public for $5 per garden or $20 for all 8 with all money going to local charities + not-for-profit. 

Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October 10am to 4pm

14 Kentia Crescent, Berry

“The Schoolhouse” 23 Boundary Road, Broughton Vale

2 Brogers Creek Road, Woodhill

160 Beach Road, Berry

27 Prince Alfred Street, Berry

39 Clarence Street, Berry

1360 Bolong Road, Coolangatta

”Corymbia” 99 Edward Wollstonecraft Lane, Coolangatta

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For a comprehensive list of details Berry & District Garden Club   too easy ;)

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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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.

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

Home Tour - Chuck & Taz

Dwell have been thinking of a regular ‘Home Tour’ blog for some time.  We follow Chuck & Taz on Instagram (along with 17.2K of you) and noted how many other followers were begging for more images of owner Catherine’s home.  So just being just a short drive away we thought it a perfect place to start!

Located in the quaint little farming town of Jamberoo just 10 minutes inland from the coast it is the perfect combination of semi-rural, town and beach. 

The large block had an existing house which was knocked down so that Catherine partner Mitch and daughters Mahala (5) and Indi (3) could build their dream home in the country. 

Catherine & Mitch enlisted the help of a draughtsperson to help them design their new home keeping in mind their family, lifestyle and location.

A long lawn runs up to the front steps with the cottage exterior looking modern country with an industrial raw edge.   There are grey weatherboards and fresh white trim, wicker outdoors chairs that scream ‘sit on me’ and a rustic re-cycled brick wall hiding a fireplace to the right adding contrast and texture.

Stepping into the central hallway (which runs the length of the house) doesn’t give too much away at first but on looking closer the wall lights start to set the tone, industrial, rustic yet modern in design you start to get the feel that you are in for something special. 

The engineered timber floors are a beautiful deep grey-brown oak, which feel warm and inviting underfoot and walls are painted throughout in Dulux Peplum ¼  giving a fresh modern feel.  The white backdrop means an easy change in décor and accessories should they wish to update their interior in the future.

Entering the master bedroom my eyes dart from the french doors to the brick fireplace then over to the freestanding bath hiding the Ensuite.  It’s so lovely I just don’t know where to look first!  It’s a large space, decadent but cosy - it’s a room you could easily never leave!  And judging by the wee dinosaur at the end of the bed it looks like it's not a room off limits to the younger family members...

The guest bedroom opposite is colourful yet elegant and relaxing with French doors opening to the front deck and views over the front lawn to the escarpment.

The laundry is one most of us could only dream about!  Loads of storage, shaker style cabinetry, open shelving, bamboo benchtop running the length of the room and still enough space to set up the ironing board!  The colour palette is soft white and grey both modern and classic.

Mahala’s bedroom is a cheerful, girly space for the modern miss!  The walk in wardrobe has plenty of storage and the room having white walls gives a great background to pops of bright colour.

Little Indi’s room is a cute and happy space with everything a 3 year old needs to keep entertained!  Lots of books and toys provide colourful accents and the 4 poster bed with its Alphabet Monkey bedding is a great focal point in the room.

The living space at the rear of the house has WOW factor with super high ceilings, stunning polished concrete floors and a feature wall of rustic re-cycled brick.  This entire space has 3 distinct living areas, the chill out seated area, dining and kitchen.  It’s a vast open space full of light with a distinct warehouse feel and is the families favourite space.  Thanks to the polished concrete floors, exposed brick and gorgeous fabric light shades it is welcoming and warm. 

A black industrial look staircase leads to a mezzanine area currently Catherine’s photographic studio and semi play room for the girls but Mitch has his eye on this space for a future office (good luck Mitch) and tucked underneath is a cute little office nook.

The kitchen is stunning and simple.  A favourite feature is the abstract tiled Splashback and the oven – a black free standing induction range large enough to cater for an army.


The open shelving displays collections of copper and a walk in pantry big enough for 15 people to party in hides the fridge, dishwasher and there is loads of room for storage, prep and has another sink for washing up.

The living area opens onto a covered patio where Catherine & Mitch have plans to build a BBQ and outdoor kitchen for easy entertaining.


Perched just above the outdoor patio is Catherine’s studio where she designs her range of gorgeous pram liners.  It backs onto a mini forest and play area for Mahala & Indi complete with outdoor blackboard, swing set and sandpit of which Indi is currently obsessed with!

Catherine & Mitch have created a beautiful and happy home full of character and charm.  The most lovely home to entertain family and friends, and for their girls to grow up in.

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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Destination - Burrill Lake

Every now and again you feel like you need to escape - the washing, the bills, (the kids??), day to day boring old routines.  A holiday isn't necessary, just a brief change of scenery and the opportunity to explore somewhere new and re-charge your internal battery so you can come home refreshed, renewed and ready for a fresh new day...

Burrill Lake is one such place.  It's a little sanctuary down the coast about 5 minutes south of Ulladulla.  I had the opportunity to check it out a little while ago when friends rented a holiday house on the lake for a weekend.

And I mean ON THE LAKE!  Seriously you could just wade into the tide from the back lawn - awesome!

The views over the lake were just stunning and we had a couple of cheeky visitors while we were outside in the sun enjoying lunch...

You can take a walk over the estuary bridge towards the ocean, so peaceful and serene.

I really loved exploring and enjoying nature in this tiny place, it was a lovely way to unwind and prepare for a busy week ahead.  It could just be the perfect place for a little Autumn retreat!

Do More or Less?

Selling your home? What do you do to enhance it's value and appeal but not spend a motza & have it be a lengthy process? Recently in the Domain Section of the SMH there was an article called 'Renovating for Sale: Often less is more' 

Here are some of our favourites...

Get rid of that ordinary letterbox. You know the one that you never replaced when you bought the house - the one that is $25 from the local hardware. The beauty below can be found at {it looks smart & is under $100}

Paint your front door. First impressions count. The brick on this house looks fairly ordinary. The pop of yellow welcomes you & gives an air of happiness. {cheap facelift}

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Replacing the dowdy lights at your front door again help with that 'buy me because I look good' feeling. Add some balance to the entry to your home by placing plants either side of the front door too. {A bit of Feng shui helps even if the buyer is unaware of what is happening!}  

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Paint the interior. Choose a 'white' and yes there are many. This is not a time to be adventurous. Choose a slightly warm white such as Dulux Natural White  or call us if you're stuck. Don't over think it - you're selling!

Bathroom looks dowdy? Paint the tiles (really easy), paint the grout, replace toilet roll holder, waste bin, new shower curtain if that is the style, put new towels on the rails, baskets on the floor + add nice soap ... cross fingers

Diary of a Renovator - the next step...

Ok, so it rained in the last update but finally we got that roof on!  Next it's windows and cladding...

Windows arrive - yay!

Windows arrive - yay!

Once the windows were in and the cladding on I really felt as though the house was beginning to take shape, but even more so when the linings went in!  This was such a quick process, I couldn't believe that the Gib-rockers actually rocked it like they did!  It happened in about a day all up then they started plastering which only took another 2 days - amazing!  However I must say they were damn messy!!!! Plaster and crap EVERYWHERE (check out the floor in the pic below - grrrr!!!) 


We resized the kitchen window and made it smaller so we could have a little more privacy in the kitchen and also so we didn't have to look at the apricot monstrosity next door every time we did the dishes!

New windows from the outside - pity about the front door...

New windows from the outside - pity about the front door...

Now we are ready to paint.... we are doing that ourselves and I'm really not looking forward to it - especially the ceilings but we have to save some dollars somewhere.  See you next time x