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' !

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.

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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.

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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.

Selling your Home

BOOM and the boom is over - or is it? How 'well' you sell will depend a lot on you

According to the Sydney Morning Herald,  Domain Section February 26/27th there are 6 steps to selling in 2016. Oh and they all begin with 'P'

Pricing - my comments - get realistic! Do some basic research. Look at what has sold in your street, your neighbourhood, your area. You may keep your home 'neat as a pin' but if it's 30 years old and has never been renovated then this is a future cost for the buyer to factor in.  What has your place got that entices buyers? Have you got an edge? How does it compare to others in your area and price range? 

Presentation - my comments - use paint. It's cheap and freshens up better than a cleaning product ;) but you do need to clean and prep first! Below are some all time favourites from Dulux.

Promotion - my comments - pick an agent that suits your home ie if they sell farms don't use them for your town duplex. Pick an agent in your area with a great reputation who knows your market. They will then target & promote to the right people.

Photography - my comments - don't deceive. Yes make it look pretty but don't manipulate all the colours on the spectrum & use lenses to make the lawn look huge when it's not... my opinion is that it 'pisses people off' - can I say that?

Placement - my comments - same as promotion really. Is the home for a retired couple or frantic family of 6? Decide who your buyer are and aim your property at the right target market.  Prepare and style it for them, make it so attractive that they can imagine themselves living there.

Potential - my comments - don't put a shit hot kitchen (can I say that?) in a ho hum house! REINSW President John Cunningham states 'If something is under-done, half done or partially done, then that can lead to a massive discount on your house' BUT 'If it's 90% untouched, leave it - people can see potential and love a blank canvas'. Sometimes a spruce up is all you need.

We have packages that can help you sell your house - look on our website, email or call us - could be easier than you think ;)

High Summer on the South Coast

Summer is in full swing here on the stunning South Coast of NSW which means lazy, hazy days watching the world go by...

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surfing up a storm...

McTavish Surfboard

McTavish Surfboard

 

holidays at the beach house...

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seaside meals with family and friends, lots of love and laughter...

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before we pack up our beachy collections,

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and head home with happy hearts, sunburnt souls and memories of a long hot summer x

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Knock Knock - More Black

Every now and then you'll see something and say 'I love that' BUT you may not be able to 'have it'. Getting inspired by what you love sometimes can turn your oldd things into something to treasure again

I LOVED THIS LION 

So with a door knocker, can of ESP, black spray paint & some spare time I got to work

It's a bit basic but you do need to clean the surface. This brass lion was dusty so I used a toothbrush & a dry cloth to wipe him over. Then with a brush (can use a rag) I applied a coat of ESP - which as the can says dries in 90 minutes. This will help the bonding process. It's brilliant stuff - use it if you are painting tiles

Next step is the spraying. I was outside (not good on a breezy day) ... and away from the house.   My chosen can is in the photo below - I'm sure there's a few to choose from but do ask at the hardware for a spray that wants to stick to plastic, metal, wicker etc so as to use it on more than one project

I choose to spray on a piece of old carpet ... the spray does not 'run' & it's just a nice soft surface 

Ta daa ... very happy with the finished product

Next project .... front door knob 

Art in Your Garden

The Berry Gardens Festival had 11 gorgeous gardens to show off, beautiful weather & many admirers. The photos below were captured at only 2 of the gardens and show how art & sculpture can fit so beautifully amongst nature.

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

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Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

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

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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!

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Just adding a touch of yellow can transform a space

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Image via Pinterest

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

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

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It is cheerful and joyous, energetic and hopeful

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Image via Pinterest

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Yellow is optimistic, happy and imaginative

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Image via Pinterest

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

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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. 

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Image via Paper Social

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Image via Spoilt Blog

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Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

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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. 

True Story ....

It's true ... my boy had his 13th birthday recently. I thought I'd load some photos of him on my personal FB page to celebrate the year gone by and so his family overseas could catch up on what he has been up to. Well usually I have many to choose from - not the case this year! The photos I loaded of him were 'ALL' the photos I had (14 in total). Now if I had been thinking of finding photos on front doors, letter boxes, peoples houses and their gardens then that would have been easy!!

I can't help it ... I like taking photos of other peoples houses! Below are 4 favourites 

Image owned by Dwell .. house is not

Image owned by Dwell .. house is not

Image owned by Dwell .. house is not

Image owned by Dwell .. house is not

Image owned by Dwell .. house is not

Image owned by Dwell .. house is not

Image owned by Dwell .. house is not

Image owned by Dwell .. house is not

Colours of Autumn Inside + Out

The colours of Autumn are warm and toasty ... I've always loved red regardless of the season. The wallpaper below is from Resene's Wall Paper Library

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It's possible to wait all day for the sun to come out ... and it doesn't! I walked along a country road in Berry yesterday in glorious sun along with man and dog under the blue sky and came across the colours of Autumn. So today the camera has waited at the front door ... and waited and waited. Enough is enough! Off I went and who needs the sun? I was happy to capture these snaps 

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Image by Dwell South Coast

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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

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 

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Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

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Image by Dwell South Coast 

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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

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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

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Image by Dwell South Coast 

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Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

Image by Dwell South Coast 

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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.    

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The pineapple light with the pussy cat print are beautifully kitsch in a modern kinda way :)

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image shot by Dwell South Coast 

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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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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

Treasures in a Gelato Shop ...

Tucked away in the rear rooms of Il Locale Gelato in Berry is a boutique of handmade funky clothes, polymer clay jewellery and screen printed cushions. The designs are unique, the combination interesting and the people are lovely.

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Geraldine Nortje owns, manages & sells her label 'Nortje' in the rooms of Il Locale  - loose linen clothes all dyed naturally created with a modern edge. Low crutch pants, hip linen overalls & loose fitting dresses ... and no-one in Berry does similar - welcome to town Geraldine ;)

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The creative and 'oh so different' polymer clay jewellery is made by Kerrie Oliver from 'Llyod Told George'. Kerrie has great names for her collections such as 'Lady don't Mind' and 'Out of the Woods' - cute !

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And the original, contemporary screen printed cushions are by Kim Raath of 'The Chroma Club'. Kim is committed to a sustainable eco-friendly production process - all the dyes used are water based and non-toxic, they are made in Australia & are unique - buy something no-one else has - dare ya

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