The Great (and colourful) Outdoors - Part 2

Here it is, as promised part two of 'The Great (and colourful) Outdoors!!!  I thought I'd start this one with an outdoor space that is a little more subdued.  Beautiful rendered grey walls are brought to life with red accents and there is a mix of different styles here, a bit of modern, a bit of traditional a just a touch of rustic.

image via Elle Decor

image via Elle Decor

Next up is a joyous almost fiesta setting.  The red is pretty full on but kept grounded with the addition of white, notice only one table has the red tablecloth, the rest are plain white and rely on flowers to add colour.  I really covet those paper buntings - they are on my must have list!

image via dailywedshare.com

image via dailywedshare.com

In the image below contrasting stripes add the interest and the stools pull the whole look together.  I love all the varying textures, it gives a really casual ambiance.  This is somewhere you could really relax, I can see myself enjoying this space with a Margarita and a good book….

image via athoughtfuleye.wordpress.com

image via athoughtfuleye.wordpress.com

I suppose you thought I was starting to tone the colour down…. WRONG!!! Check out this amazing outdoors area, the colour is amazing isn't it?  This is a really energetic colour palette, not much relaxing going on here but loads of fun, laughter and chatting.  A great area for the family to get together.  The use of white allows your eye to rest without becoming too overwhelmed.

image via nochintz.com

image via nochintz.com

A final blast of colour to finish off part two.  This really is a riot of colour and again I am loving the bunting.  Pattern is introduced with lengths of fabric draped or wrapped around foam squabs so it's not permanent.  You can change the fabric and change the theme.  I hope you've become inspired to try a little colour outdoors!

image via katyelliot.com

image via katyelliot.com

The Bold & the Beautiful

Isn't it great how colour is currently being embraced by homeowners?  It would seem that colour is being used with more confidence and it's so uplifting!  I really love the contrasting colours in this room.  It's a real mix of traditional and modern, beautiful ornate black chandeliers pop against a white backdrop - look how the french doors are framed by the paint, almost like a painting.  The pink and green is a very soft hue whereas the blue is a little softer but it works.

image via sweetlittlesnippets.tumblr.com

image via sweetlittlesnippets.tumblr.com

And how about this hand painted wall below for a punch of colour?  It's not for everyone but you must admit it is stunning.  Ideal in a hallway where you just pass through on your way elsewhere - no art needed on this wall - the wall IS the art! (Can't figure out if the dog is real or not…)

image via keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.com

image via keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.com

Here is colour given the boho treatment, mis-matched patterns, motifs and textures.  It's a softer way to introduce colour to your home.  Boy that dog cushion is cute but I have the wants for that pretty peacock rug!

image via minasdecorandfashion.blogspot.co.uk

image via minasdecorandfashion.blogspot.co.uk

A bit more of a retro vibe below, check out the various shades of green - chartreuse, mid green and grass green, balanced with a lot of white and accents of yellow-orange, blue and purple - that's a room with a lot of energy!

image via whatsaybeauty.tumblr.com

image via whatsaybeauty.tumblr.com

This child's play room has been given a great dose of colour that's really different - no primary colours on these surfaces!  The artwork embraces the colour palette and have you noticed how the roman blinds compliment the pattern within the art - clever huh? 

image via Lonny Magazine April 2013

image via Lonny Magazine April 2013

I absolutely adore the room below, it's fresh, bright, airy and very feminine.   I feel this would make a great teenage girls retreat.  This homeowner is very clever in the way they have painted the room white and the only colour is in accessories.  When you get tired of this look swap them out for something a little different and change the entire look of the room.

image via tumblr.com

image via tumblr.com

How about this darling kiddies room?  What a gorgeous space for a little poppet to call their own.  It has such a lovely happy feel to it and the retro lamp is cool baby… You could paint squares on the wall or use cardboard, that way you can change the colour to suit the seasons and keep the wee nipper stimulated at the same time.

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image via 1.bp.blogspot.com

If you are a little colour-phobic you can always keep bold colour for the wardrobe or dressing room.  The dressing room (below) in Anna Cauldwells home is fabulous, I'd want every visitor to my home to be able to see this - no cupboard doors for me!

image via Adore Magazine

image via Adore Magazine

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!