I have collected images of pink walls to entice and intrigue. NEVER would I have thought I’d have a pink wall! Yes it will initially be a tiny slither of a wall in my office but look out boys if I like it it’s travelling to other parts of the house!Read More
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 🖤
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!Read More
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.
*All images via Dulux
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 :)
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
Palm leaf wallpaper is going up on walls all over the country it's a trend we love and hope never fades (along with the wallpaper)! It is bold, brave and beautiful giving a home that wonderful tropical breezy feel, a bit like being on holiday every day. It suits many different properties from coastal to country, traditional to modern. It can be a bold addition to the entry of a home giving a taste of what's to come. Try it in small rooms for maximum impact or larger rooms with panelled half walls to to tone it down a little. Here's a few of our favourites...
If you are going to add colour to any room then the Dining Room would be a great place to go wild! What a great room to enjoy a meal, chat and have a good laugh with friends and family over dinner and make memories. So why not create a great atmosphere and stimulate conversation (and the appetite) with a beautiful bright coloured dining room?
You could add colour to the walls with paint or wallpaper. A rug is a subtle (or bold) way to add colour and the starting point of a fantastic colour scheme.
Maybe it's artwork that sets the theme, or your table settings with flowers to compliment your colour palette.
You are only in the dining room to each for a short time each day so go ahead and make it memorable!
It's exciting to see homeowners becoming braver about using colour indoors - whether it's a whole colourful room painted in a bold hue, an eye-catching feature wall or just pops of colour to add some fun to a space.
There are so many ways to add colour to a room. Wallpaper, curtains or blinds, rugs, art, lampshades, feature chairs, cushions and carpet all are great ways to add a little oomph to your rooms.
Have you ever thought about painting your ceiling? If you are lucky enough to have high ceilings then colour can work really well to draw the eye up to a fabulous light fitting.
Colour can have an impact on the way you use a room and how you feel in it. Choose colours that work for you and compliment your lifestyle and home. If you have a young family you may stay away from dark oppressive colours and opt for vibrant brights instead. For a beach house you may go more neutral with brighter accents in the kitchen where all the action happens yet the rest of the home remains calm and relaxing.
White is a perfect contrast when creating colourful rooms. It makes colour stand out but also provides a place for your eye to rest so that the room doesn't overwhelm. Start small and work your way up, perhaps a couple of cushions until you feel confident enough to start adding rugs and art, use the colours in the cushion as a starting point and you'll have a colourful room in no time!
With the arrival of colourful spring blooms our spirits start to lift as we start dreaming of the long warm days of summer to come. We start to think about freshening up our homes and perhaps adding some bold and bright colour to our interiors to match our mood.
However you add bright colour to your homes, whether it be paint, wallpaper, rugs, art, cushions or even flowers you've got to admit it gets the pulse racing and puts a smile on your face :-)
The thought of painting your interior a bright bold colour may scare you silly. It's a lot safer to paint your walls white and add colour through furniture and accessories but taking the plunge and painting walls in a bright hue can add some major wow factor to your home.
Colour has both symbolic and cultural meaning. For example, blue can make us feel sad or calm depending on the shade. Yellow in the animal kingdom represents danger. White in China is the colour of death and mourning whereas in western culture it is the colour of purity, peace and cleanliness.
Contrasting fresh white with a bright colour can help to 'calm it down' a little and provide a place for the eye to rest. Rustic touches also help to tone down the colour and provides a bit of texture to contrast with the sharpness of the hue.
Go tone on tone or use a complimentary colour to give your walls the WOW factor!
Here are 5 bold colours you might like to take a gamble on, and remember - it's only paint... you can go over the top with another colour when you tire of it!
Black is very Black - that's just how it is!
So here we go ..... this is a lesson in how to combat your fear of black paint & unleash that creative side - all in school hours ;) but I do admit that my project was during the school hols.
Get a wall. A kid's bedroom wall is perfect because they will love it (and you for painting it black - not that your'e buying their love!) and then you can shut the door on it - BINGO - everyone's a winner ;) To make your scene 'pop' it's best if you paint the wall first, in this case I painted the whole room Dulux Lexicon 1/2 strength the week prior.
You can paint a mural, stripes or mountain peaks. The reason I chose peaks is because I felt there was less chance of an error. So grab your tape (I like tape that gives you a few days before you need to remove it) & map out your scene. Yes you can pencil it roughly on the walls and then tape it - this way you have a good idea of the proportions & heights of the peaks. I did not use a pencil & played with the tape ... removing it if not happy so it took a bit longer. Now you will achieve a lovely point at the top of your peak but the tricky bit is getting a lovely point at both joins of tape. Use a sharp knife & a steady eye. Check out the tape in the picture below .....
Using the same colour paint as the walls - in this case Dulux Lexicon 1/2 strength - Paint on the tape & under .... weird?? Noo - this forms a 'skin' over the tape so your next colour does not seep under the tape (CRITICAL + CLEVER!). Then let it dry (IMPORTANT).
Get your colour ready. I used black paint so I was pretty tense! Best if no one is home to ask "What can i eat?" 'When are we going?"
Get to it. Now hopefully you've got a painting technique as your a brave DIY-er & this is not your first painting project. I used a small brush to edge & a roller - I worked quickly as I was panicked by the black paint. The 1st coat looked awful (streaky & sludgy-green) but the 2nd coat was great .... it really needed 3 coats but the ceiling light in this room shines directly down so I got away with 2 coats.
Remove the tape while your 2nd coat is still wet. This is where you are grateful to have bought good quality painter's tape. The result .... sharp lines!
Style your (their) space - have your moment of glory
Then they will change it x
More on black paint to come ....
While sourcing tiles for a client I came across these stunning mosaic patterned tiles at Amber Tiles. They are a great mix of motif & colour and the perfect starting point for an inspired interior OR exterior.
It can be tricky to mix patterns and motifs so choose a colour palette and that pull your look together. Remember to use similar hues, repeat your colours and match your patterns in varying sizes and types.
If you are a brave decorator try adding a complimentary colour and contrasting patterns. It gives an eclectic look to your room - I love how the room below looks comfortable yet interesting at the same time.
For those that aren't quite as fearless try introducing your motif or pattern into a rug and work your way out from there...
For the insanely bold of you why not take it outdoors? How cool is this outdoor shower? Such a great idea - you don't have to look at it every minute of the day but it's a work of art to be adored when outside, it wraps summer and the great outdoors around you.
I think I would have to concur that mosaic tiles probably are for the more adventurous homeowner, you have to have supreme confidence to be able to use them with style but why not give it a go, keep your accessories and colour palette simple so the tiles are the star and you'll have one of those 'WOW' rooms that others can only envy!
The yellow shop called 'Cabana Jo's' is found off the main street of Berry very near The Tea Shop and Art House Berry - Shop 1, 68 Albert Street. There seems to be a common theme of our favourite shops being layered with finds!
Jo has had her business for over 10 years and has a good eye for trends and the unusual in homewares, decorator items, lighting, candles and jewellery. The range is diverse with locally made & hand-poured soy candles from Mason & Soy to Ahoy Trader, Ourlieu, Noosa Amsterdam chunks, Bam Bam bowls, Cultiver Linen ... and so much more.
The pineapple light with the pussy cat print are beautifully kitsch in a modern kinda way :)
Cockatoos, pineapples, crosses & vases - we love them all - can't help it!
Then throw in shells, palm tree cushions + some Ahoy Trader plaques .... and you've got yourself an interesting, welcoming space
I love the diverse range at Cabana Jo's ... Jo's number is 4464 3490 if you'd like to know how to get your hands on some of these trinkets and treasures.
Without leaving your living room travel to Morocco with Kerry Kinnane … what a talented man.
Kerry travelled through Morocco in 2011 and visited many towns and villages ... including 'It Ben Hadou' where Gladiator was filmed. I've chatted to Kerry and he's so engaging & passionate. He paints a series such as the one below and will then move on to paint bowls of fruit or Australian landscapes! Diverse topics and beautiful colours … a visual treat
Kerry displays his acrylic paintings at Art House Berry and will showcasing his "Cabinets of Curiosities" - The Art Of Collecting from 11th April to 8th April inclusive. I've had a sneak peak at this collection and it's so detailed & colourful - it's just fabulous. Contact Katrina and John at Art House Berry to be popped on the mailing list for this event
LOVE Kerry's colours?
Below each painting we have displayed samples of beautiful colours available from Resene
A bedroom doesn't ALWAYS have to be peaceful and relaxing… If it's somewhere you spend time, reading, chatting on the phone or perhaps it doubles as a workspace, you may like to jazz it up a little. I have found some inspiring bedlinen that may do the trick!
I have to start with this fabulous Crosses quilt from Aura by Tracee Ellis, the cross motif is lovely and the colour divine. This quilt could suit so many rooms from ultra modern to eclectic rustic as pictured below.
The quilt below is called Delphi and is by Kas (you can order Kas at Furniture One in Kiama), it's pretty bold and maybe you think it's a bit too girly for those of you who happen to share your room with a bloke however check out the lining… it's multicoloured triangles sooooo, when he's home flip it to the underside, when he's not looking flip it back to the flowery side - you'll both be happy!
Ok I'm going out on a limb with this one!!! How funky cool is this quilt? The addition of a chevron feature wall and some quirky accessories give added oomph! Eat your heart out Carmen Miranda! This beauty is from the Linen House Lifestyle range and is called Brasilia (of course)...
I couldn't resist another Linen House design - very cool for the younger set and I think teenagers will LOVE it. Also very current considering how 'mexican fiesta' is a big trend right now. Add a few masculine touches and it would be great for the fellas. This one is called Tulum and is also in the Lifestyle range.
You may like a bit more pattern and the Malika quilt from Morgan & Finch more than delivers. You could interpret this quilt in a number of ways, I like the eclectic look of this room but you could also head down the 'Bollywood' road and add lots more colour such as orange and turquoise which you can see in the design. Perhaps you could make it more Moroccan or even go retro.
The bold block colour of the Brunkrissla quilt from Ikea works well with lots of white. The feature wall in this room below is inspired by the colours in the quilt and green is added as a bright contrast.
How controversial to be a secret panel, choose a colour, rename it and call it the colour of the year! Is it purple? is it pink? The Sydney Morning Herald said it's 'a purple hue with pink and fuchsia undertones'
To achieve the Panetone Radiant Orchid 'look' check out Porters Paints. They have a gorgeous selection of colours … above Monkey Magic, Sofia and Lounge Lizard
Designers Guild has an amazing selection of fabrics … we just love the chairs above …. and paired with the lime green - just delicous!
So would you .. could you .. be a bit cheeky and use Radiant Orchid?