Blue Rooms

Although not a big fan of blue there are a few shades that just make my heart skip a beat.  Summer is the perfect backdrop for blue rooms both inside and outside the home.  My favourite shades of duck egg blue compliment coastal living better than any other colour I know.  It's a relaxing, calm, light, airy and happy colour.  Although blue is considered a cool colour in many instances, the right shade can be warm and welcoming.  Use it on walls or try it on cabinetry, furniture and accessories.  I'll let the images below do the talking and you'll see what I mean.  Have a happy holiday from us both at Dwell.

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image via imgfave.com

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image via the fourtides.blogspot.com

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image via adoreyourplace.com

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image via betterhomesandgardens.com

Your Inspiration

On our beautiful NSW South Coast  we are blessed with country and coastal influences.

Where do you take your inspiration from? 

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image via googleimages

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Image via Etsy

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Image via Wikipedia

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

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image via mybag.com

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Image via huckabacktowelscom.

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image via googleimages

Image via googleimages

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Image via baltix-flax.com

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Getting inspired to decorate can be easy with so much stimulus at hand. Do you trawl the internet for images? love Pinterest?  indulge in Polyvore? search FaceBook? scrawl Instagram? 

Living between coast and country sometimes just looking at nature can be enough to set me on my way to a new creative project such as painting a wall, sanding back a table or painting that old stool bright yellow or hot pink or .... what about diagonal stripes across the chimney!

Shades of Blue

Blue is a favourite for many people. It can be calm, spiritual, edgy, cold, with light shades being friendly ... have you noticed the blue on FaceBook and Twitter?  

This is a collection of blue graffiti with some shots dating back to 2009. I have taken most of my street art photos with a Canon IXUS 130 + the  iPhone. The technique used - ‘point and shoot’.  My collection is called 'Random Graffiti' with a by-line of ’to capture before it’s erased’. It is about 500 images rich. This collection has stalled at 500 as I moved to the country + lost my 'finds'! Please feel free to copy the images and use as you wish ... it's street art so it's there to share x

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Image via Dulux

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Blue can evoke feelings of calmness, spirituality, security and trust. 

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Last of the Summer Wine

Autumn may be here and after a brief taste of the cooler weather to come (along with plenty of rain - "oh and how we needed it" I hear you say) there is still time to dine outdoors in the balmy late afternoon.  After all Autumn is probably the most stunning of all season here on the South Coast NSW.  This image really makes me want to indulge in a little late Summer/early Autumn entertaining, how about you?

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image via mediterraneanfeel.tumblr.com

So I thought I'd make it a little easier for you to find exactly what you need to set up your own dinner party….

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1. Blue Striped 130 x 180 Tablecloth $39 by www.aurahome.com.au 

2. Norton Dining Table at T & C Furniture Albion Park Rail

3. Moroccan Lantern $34.95 at www.livingstyles.com.au

4. Hederling White Wine Glass $3.99 by Ikea

5. Village Light Rattan Dining Chair $199 at Freedom (similar at Furniture One Kiama)

6. Gordon Ramsay 'Make' 16pc Cutlery Set $149 by Royal Doulton www.wwrd.com.au

7. Purple Posy in Glass Vase - see GypsyFlora in Berry for similar

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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