Saffron Inspired

Sometimes a colour stays with me for days. Saffron is one of them. What a fabulous colour ..... pairs beautifully with shades of browns and dark greys. This week is dedicated to Saffron thanks to a Client who saw the colour in  previous blog. It's not everywhere which makes it even more desirable.

The Teenager's Retreat

Fussing on the kid's bedrooms starts with the nursery .... goes on through the pre-school & primary school years and then takes an ugly turn for the teenage years! This does not have to happen if you are a constant rearranger/decorator {I am} therefore boy wonder is not surprised to come home to a clean, rearranged room with a different colour scheme/wallpaper or mountain peaks painted on the walls.

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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

Re-visiting Vignettes

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image via ana-rosa.tumblr.com

There is nothing more Dwell South Coast loves than creating vignettes. We thought we would bring you a stylish selection of some favourite vignettes all with a similar colour palette - Sharlene likes dark & moody and Tonya likes colourful & eclectic.

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest 

Image via Pinterest 

The images above are free and easy. Playing with colour, shape & pattern can be fun ... be adventurous .. free yourself from limitations .. mix it up. Tell yourself 'you can't get it wrong' - it helps!

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image via trudeb.tumblr.com

Thinking outside the square is usually required when creating original displays.  Above books are used to create height and the exposed page edges add lightness and contrast.

 

image via etsy.com

image via etsy.com

Not all vignettes need to be complicated, in the image above less is more.  It goes without saying that you always need to consider scale and proportion but sometimes simplicity is perfection.

 

image via missgracieshouse.blogspot.com

image via missgracieshouse.blogspot.com

Shelves are a different story... these can be a little tricky.  At Dwell we find sticking to a few simple rules is the key to creating successful vignettes when it comes to bookcases, mantels and shelves - see if these tips help....  

1.  Collect items in varying shades and tones of the one colour

2.  Use objects with a similar theme

3.  Contrast textures, heights and shapes

4.  Connect each item to the other by overlapping slightly

5.  Create depth by bringing items forward

6.  Flowers and foliage add interest and softness

7.  Construct your vignettes within a 'triangle' shape starting at the top and working down

 

image via country living.com

image via country living.com

Can you see the 'triangle' shape in the vignette above?

Sometimes your vignette may incorporate furniture as well.  In the image below each shelf has been carefully thought through as has the placement of the chair and lamp.  The result is a perfectly balanced arrangement of items through the use of contrast, shape, colour & tone, size, height, theme and the golden 'triangle' rule! 

image via myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com

image via myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com

Don't be afraid to experiment a little and try new ideas.  For inspiration look through magazines - especially CountryStyle Magazine, Pinterest and Instagram.  Overall its all about having fun so go have yourself some today! 

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!

Totally Rapt with...

Rapt Upholstery of course!!!  Every now and again you find a local gem.  I stumbled across Kate Malfoy of Rapt Upholstery at the 'Made in Kiama' markets last year.  Kate is known as the 'Chairy Godmother' and for good reason...

Wingy Armchair made to order

Wingy Armchair made to order

Kate's born again furniture is just beautiful.  She waves her magic wand and combines patterns, prints and colours to create amazing and original chairs.  My absolute favourite is this stunning rocking chair below

Tapestry Rocking Chair - for sale!

Tapestry Rocking Chair - for sale!

Another on the favourite list are the Grant Featherstone reproduction chairs that she covers in stunning fabrics.  Check out this funky little number below...

The front and....

The front and....

aaaand the back!

aaaand the back!

Her workshop in Jamberoo is a visual symphony and a riot of colour.  She has an amazing range of fabrics so you can choose whatever suits your taste.  Each chair is custom covered to your requirements, take your own or get Kate to keep an eye out for you.

You know those groovy looking chairs and other random pieces of furniture you see on the side of the road that no longer have a use or purpose?  Well maybe they do after all, throw one in the back of your car or on the ute and take it home - imagine the possibilities then give Kate a call on (02) 4236 0787 or 0437360787.

See more of Rapt Upholstery at www.raptupholstery.blogspot.com.au

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 www.wayfair.com.au {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}

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

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!}  

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

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

Someone's Garden

Over the Summer holidays the other half of Dwell (not the NZ half) visited family in Claireville on Pittwater, Northern Beaches of Sydney. Below is a taster from my Dad's garden ... I really want that copper pot to come home with me :) 

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

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

The sculpture below is called 'Fandango' ... made by my Dad. We now have a 'Fandang'o style Bird Bath in our garden. All wood is recycled, pre-loved & now loved some more 

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

The fabulous Bird Bath below was created and constructed by team 'Lisa and Andy' ... also known as my Sister and Brother-Inlaw. Again all recycled, discarded, unused & preloved materials were used. it's new home is in the tropical garden of David & Janet at Claireville.

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Decorate Your Garden

I love the idea of decorating outside. There really is so much you can do with your garden. Small courtyard to the 'yard', the suburban block to the rural vista. Think outside the square, recycle your old boat and use it as a sand pit or herb garden. Place those rusty gates apart to form a gateway to a path. Get thinking! 

Below are some images taken by Dwell South Coast on a recent visit to The Australian Garden Show Sydney

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

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

The following 3 photographs are examples of more 'conservative garden decorating'

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

A beautiful Olive Tree .... Sharlene wants this for her new garden (which at the moment resembles a building site - because it is)

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

And Sharlene will probably want these pots too :) 

Image taken by Dwell South Coast

Image taken by Dwell South Coast