Kinship ~ 2018 Colour Trends by Dulux

Colour + Words ~ well combined SELL. It's true!  Dulux has used words such as Kinship and Essential to name their collection of colours for 2018 released in 2017. It's such powerful stuff. How about the words "The Dulux Colour trends 2018 harness the power of colour to balance the complex challenges of everyday life" ~  Really? Ok let's have some ......

Dulux words ~ Kinship is a celebration of cultural heritage with fresh, contemporary overtures and colours that have been brought together to lift you up and cocoon you in. 

My words ~ Kinship would be really easy to combine and get it terribly wrong! It could be one folksy mess. A few years back Dwell had a Client with 18 colours in the one house! True story. We were called in to 'fix' the problem by making some white. This was a much tougher job than it sounds.  

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*All images via Dulux 

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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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 ;)

What's new for you in Homewares

Mid February saw the Sydney Trade Fairs swing into action and Dwell never misses a chance to find out what's new on the scene.

We do have favourites like French Country, Perfect Pieces and La Vida but there are so many more.  Here are a few we thought we would share with you - keep an eye out, stores will be filling up soon with all their lovely winter stock soon!


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

Dwell In a Day

We often write about other businesses on the NSW South Coast in locations such as Milton, Berry, Gerringong, Kiama, Port Kembla, Coledale and Thirroul. We write about boutiques, cafes, florists .... we have an extensive list of 'must see' places but we're not telling what's next - not yet!

So I figured we should write a little about ourselves and some of what we do. When we visit a Client we ask them about who lives in the home, what their lifestyle is like, what their interests are, what colours they like & it's important to know what they don't like too! We look at the orientation of the house, sunlight, environment & the age of the house. The client often gives us a full tour of their home, sometimes a cup of coffee & then we get our brief. Usually the Client has a good idea of what they want but ... well ... they're a bit stuck!

Being so familiar with your own home it's often refreshing to get someone else to cast their eye over the conundrum, offer their educated opinion, gather their advise and set off in a renewed direction.

Compilation by Dwell South Coast

Compilation by Dwell South Coast

Alternatively Clients can come to one of our Work Shops. These gatherings are a mix of home owners, renovators and lovers of  homewares. Below are some mood boards put together during a WorkShop we held earlier in the year in Berry

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

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

Cosy Country Decor

image via Lonny magazine November 2013 photography by Jason Michael Lang

image via Lonny magazine November 2013 photography by Jason Michael Lang

As we slowly creep through Autumn towards Winter I love to cosy up the house in readiness for cooler days and nights.  A scroll through some favourite images of eclectic country decor has me feeling not so sad that summer has come and gone and has me looking forward to spending time indoors.  How are you going to spend your winter?  Out and about enjoying the crisp cool air or tucked up inside beside the fire with a good book and endless movies...

image via Wendy J Havens

image via Wendy J Havens

image via Lonny magazine December/January 2014

image via Lonny magazine December/January 2014

Flowers brighten up any living space even in winter, if you haven't got the real thing in your garden why not opt for silk flowers, they are so realistic these days you can hardly tell the difference.

image via sadecor.co.za

image via sadecor.co.za

image via countryliving.com

image via countryliving.com

Rugs can help warm up a room.  Persian style rugs introduce colour and pattern as well as defining 'zones' within your space.  Timeless and elegant, they suit most types of decor.  And don't forget throw blankets to keep you warm as well as to add some interest to your sofa.

image via decorology.blogspot.com

image via decorology.blogspot.com

Or you may like a little 'granny' rag rug, don't be afraid to layer your rugs (as long as they aren't too thick or fluffy) for a relaxed look.  However you do it, enjoy your South Coast winter, it won't be around long and before you know it summer skies will be overhead again.

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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