Apartment Living

Apartment living in your favourite city? Please yourself, create a sanctuary, home is your place, kick off your shoes, wrap yourself in a silk kimono and sip Proseco while you plan that 10 day shopping trip to NY.  Below is a lot of luxe! Yes some pieces have silly price tags and seem a little OTT but I say mix it up ... shop high end for a key piece, shop Ikea if you can bare it (I can't), scour Ebay, search on Gumtree, seek out interesting art work or delicious prints from Print Darling , go to your local garage sale. Start collecting clever pieces, think outside of the square to create this look. Teamed with almost black floorboards and you have made your mark on your abode and created somewhere beautiful to dwell. Still can't mange to pull it together? then chat to me. Below is a little inspiration created for Ms G 🖤 

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What do you love?

What’s your style? Lots of people say they don’t know …. that’s ok! Most peeps know what they don’t like so that’s a good starting point. From stating what you can’t stand you often are able to figure out what you do like even if it doesn’t get a specific style name! Who wants to live in a categorised box anyway!

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One of my Favourites - Eccentric Homes

Rebellion?

I wonder if my most recent + again renewed interest in bohemian & eccentric styling in homes stems from a rebellion against main stream, commercialism, Scandi and trends. We've seen a whole array of deer heads recently .... paper ones, cardboard ones, wooden ones and before that we had owls, flamingoes & pineapples - lol that was fun to write!

So here's an addition to Dwell's Library, 'ECCENTRIC HOMES' .... by the way this style is one that you cannot go out and create in a flash. It's ever evolving, gathering momentum, a story of your life really :) 

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' !

Book Alert - The Selby is in Your Place

Snooper Alert - This book is soo cool ... maybe too cool

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Photo by Dwell

Here at Dwell HQ we have a book budget. The amount designated to each of us was debated a bit - then we came to a dollar amount to spend on books & mags per financial year - then we spent all of it very quickly! No we are not laughing out loud! Hence I bought my latest book with my own personal dosh $ ;)

Todd Selby's first ever book, The Selby is in Your Place was published in 2010. Who is he?? Well the back cover tells you that he did portrait & fashion shoots for mags such as Vogue Paris & The New York Times Magazine for over 10 years. This inspired his project of snooping {with permission} through peoples homes taking photos of them , their stuff, their favourite things & drawing illustrations of them too - my kinda hobby! Some of the uber cool include Helena Christensen {love her} and Karl Lagerfeld {love him}.

Photo by Dwell

Photo by Dwell

Photo by Dwell

Photo by Dwell

Photo by Dwell

Photo by Dwell

Key words here would be New York, hip, community, decorative, unique, eclectic, eccentric, quirky, social, personality, free spirited, collaborators, chilled, collectors, gatherers, artists & bohemians. This book is a complete overload of creativity

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Photo by Dwell

It has stickers too!!! I flippin love stickers ;)

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 

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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

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

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

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 Spoilt Blog

Image via Paper Social

Image via Paper Social

Image via Spoilt Blog

Image via Spoilt Blog

Image via Paper Social

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. 

Oh Deer Me...

image via Debbie Madigan

image via Debbie Madigan

It would seem that the trend for anything 'Deer' is here to stay for a while.  I's been around a few years now but is showing no signs of slackening off just yet.  You either love it, hate it, or just don't get it but I have to admit it has a certain rustic charm.  It suits country houses, contemporary homes and very much has a scandi vibe about it.  So with that in mind I have collected a few 'Deer' themed items that just could make it into your heart and home...

1. Gentlemen Deer Cushion Cover, choosy.com.au $39

2. Ancona 6 light Antler Chandelier, Schotts Home Emporium $795

3. White Deer Jumper, sagesydney.com.au $45

4. Deer Print (frame not included), ANCHORandVINE on Etsy $7.71

5. Antique Gold Plated Deer Ring, Wildfox $50

6. Red Deer Stag Organic fabric, Birch approx $13 per metre

7. Best Friend Stag Head, Juniper Hearth in Berry, $149

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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Splashes of Red

Reds are warm, passionate, sexy. It is a powerful colour - it stimulates and raises the pulse rate.

Reds are strong, powerful and simple.

 

Reds by Taubmans

Reds by Taubmans

This blog is image based - my favourite (again) ! Images have been captured over the last 5 years & were taken at Bondi Beach & Paddington ... please feel free to 'lift' them from our site - share the love x they would make terrific canvases to funk up a space

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'The Milk Factory Gallery' in The Southern Highlands

Shirley and Jim Becke of The Milk Factory Gallery have kindly given us permission to use their images within our blog - thank you :)

We had a terrific day in Bowral last week but ran out of time! So we revisited two days later and started our day out with The Milk Factory. Allow plenty of time to explore the space as there is plenty to see, much to 'ooo and aah' over and then there is the Cafe so you can mull over your artistic purchases and to re-fuel. 

What a cultural, creative 'hit' first thing in the morning!

One of our favourites are Gillie and Marc.

As husband and wife, Gillie and Marc are Australian contemporary artists who collaborate to create art as one, applying the iconic imagery of the dog/human hybrid to celebrate the powerful spiritual relationship that exists between man and animal.

With a 20 year history of collaboration, Gillie and Marc’s works (paintings and sculptures) have received acclaim worldwide and are held in collections both nationally and internationally ... we would like one of these in our foyer ... when we get an office !

 

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery


Greg Hyde's paintings are featured below. His work is multi-layered, charming and highly detailed ... some with a touch of humour. Greg has a solo exhibition running May 31st to June 30th with a collection of paintings, etchings and sketches.

'sometimes I leave my studio smiling and hoping that someone else will as well.  It is my attempt to lighten things a fraction and balance just a little of the negativity that drifts around the place’

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

Steve Harris is self taught and lives locally at beautiful Jervis Bay. As I don't quite have the words to describe breath-taking work I have copied this ..

Harris is a master of understated realism which in turn evokes its own sense of 'atmosphere' and contemplative mood. 

We really love his work. 

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

Delicate threads are densely stitched into freeform sculptures that are then pinned to paper or set in resin - amazing! Below is the work of Meredith Woolnough ... look closely and you can see how she is influenced by filigree and lacework.... beautiful skeletal frameworks of flora and fauna.

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

image via Milk Factory Gallery

The Milk Factory Gallery website has all their artists listed along with their artworks, dimensions and prices.... click on the link to go thru to their site