Powder Rooms + Wallpaper

You either love it or hate it but either way it's back and here to stay.  Wallpaper is a great way to add character and personality to a room.  Wallpapering a room can be both a huge and difficult task, from choosing the style, pattern and colour to hanging, it's not for the faint hearted. 

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Subway Tiles

Classic, traditional and completely on trend - the subway tile.  There are so many versions from bevelled to flat, hand-finished, smooth and shiny to matt and tumbled not to mention the variety of colours.

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In the Library

Dwell's Library {always expanding}

So why does anyone buy a book. You like the Author? The writing is easy to read & informative? It's relevant? The cover is pretty? The photographs 'get you'!  It looks good on the coffee table? It's overall aesthetically pleasing .... Um yep, CHECK. 

Get yourself a book .... read don't scroll ;)

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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British Colonial Style

Dwell has always adored the British Colonial style of decorating and when the phone rang with a client needing help to pull this look together in their dream home I jumped at the chance.

There is so much to love about the British Colonial look.  It is relaxed, slightly eccentric and very elegant.  It brings relaxed Island style and formal British style together in a beautiful mix of era and design.

The colour palette is neutral but comes alive with texture, pattern and lots of greenery - think bringing the outdoors in.

Due to it breezy relaxed style British Colonial suits the location we live in here on the South Coast and the Illawarra.

We love the resurgence of bold wallpapers with botanic prints (like The Great Shalimar by Bethany Linz above) and murals as well as beautifully textured grasscloth wallpaper (another blog to follow on this) that provide interest and drama in these homes.

Typically floors are dark, walls are light, window trimmings are either plantation shutters or extra long gauzy sheer curtains.  Ceiling fans prevail and furniture is often vintage or antique, traditional and dark.  Cane and timber soften these interiors as do large rugs - sisal is good, so are antique rugs and animal hides.

Most of all it's the elegant, relaxed calm and breezy feeling these homes have.

Neutral but nice...

As much as Dwell LOVES colour we also find serenity in a neutral palette.  How calming and yet interesting is the room below?  This is a beautiful and eclectic mix of items, the shell chandelier, organic table, french linen arm chair and country pot with flowers.  The wall treatment is also quite lovely, almost a whitewash effect which gives depth to the wall surface.

image via qaaks.com

image via qaaks.com

The room below is so simple in its colour palette and the introduction of timber, paper and cane give it softness and warmth.

image via athomeinlove.com

image via athomeinlove.com

This fabulous room is cool, clean and sophisticated.  Again softness is introduced by adding fur cushions and bringing nature into the space provides a clever colour accent that can be changed season by season as your garden (or florist) allows.

image via stylizimoblog.com

image via stylizimoblog.com

Another simple palette and are you sensing a trend??? Yep, more fur - kinda feeling the love aren't ya?  It also lends a scandi touch to the space.  So much contrast here, rustic table, mid-century designed chairs, textured wall art, modern lamp all against a pure white backdrop.

image via tumbr.com

image via tumbr.com

More fur, more timber, more green - it just works!

image via trendenser.se

image via trendenser.se

And again - you get where I'm going with this right? Can't help myself, I can just imagine the snow piling up outside, a roaring fire and a glass of red… but maybe not near the sofa.

image via elle.fr

image via elle.fr

But if you live in a warmer climate the following image may be more to your taste.  Such a peaceful place to relax, I can feel the balmy summer breeze dancing over my skin… the only thing missing - a cool refreshing glass of Sangria...

image via style-files.com

image via style-files.com

And if you are wondering where to find gorgeous neutral and earthy homewares you can't go past Verandah Interiors - yes I know they are in Brisbane but locally you could try Deer Willow in Kiama or Haven & Space Berry.

image via adoremagazine.com 

image via adoremagazine.com 

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

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' !

Home Tour - Chuck & Taz

Dwell have been thinking of a regular ‘Home Tour’ blog for some time.  We follow Chuck & Taz on Instagram (along with 17.2K of you) and noted how many other followers were begging for more images of owner Catherine’s home.  So just being just a short drive away we thought it a perfect place to start!

Located in the quaint little farming town of Jamberoo just 10 minutes inland from the coast it is the perfect combination of semi-rural, town and beach. 

The large block had an existing house which was knocked down so that Catherine partner Mitch and daughters Mahala (5) and Indi (3) could build their dream home in the country. 

Catherine & Mitch enlisted the help of a draughtsperson to help them design their new home keeping in mind their family, lifestyle and location.

A long lawn runs up to the front steps with the cottage exterior looking modern country with an industrial raw edge.   There are grey weatherboards and fresh white trim, wicker outdoors chairs that scream ‘sit on me’ and a rustic re-cycled brick wall hiding a fireplace to the right adding contrast and texture.

Stepping into the central hallway (which runs the length of the house) doesn’t give too much away at first but on looking closer the wall lights start to set the tone, industrial, rustic yet modern in design you start to get the feel that you are in for something special. 

The engineered timber floors are a beautiful deep grey-brown oak, which feel warm and inviting underfoot and walls are painted throughout in Dulux Peplum ¼  giving a fresh modern feel.  The white backdrop means an easy change in décor and accessories should they wish to update their interior in the future.

Entering the master bedroom my eyes dart from the french doors to the brick fireplace then over to the freestanding bath hiding the Ensuite.  It’s so lovely I just don’t know where to look first!  It’s a large space, decadent but cosy - it’s a room you could easily never leave!  And judging by the wee dinosaur at the end of the bed it looks like it's not a room off limits to the younger family members...

The guest bedroom opposite is colourful yet elegant and relaxing with French doors opening to the front deck and views over the front lawn to the escarpment.

The laundry is one most of us could only dream about!  Loads of storage, shaker style cabinetry, open shelving, bamboo benchtop running the length of the room and still enough space to set up the ironing board!  The colour palette is soft white and grey both modern and classic.

Mahala’s bedroom is a cheerful, girly space for the modern miss!  The walk in wardrobe has plenty of storage and the room having white walls gives a great background to pops of bright colour.

Little Indi’s room is a cute and happy space with everything a 3 year old needs to keep entertained!  Lots of books and toys provide colourful accents and the 4 poster bed with its Alphabet Monkey bedding is a great focal point in the room.

The living space at the rear of the house has WOW factor with super high ceilings, stunning polished concrete floors and a feature wall of rustic re-cycled brick.  This entire space has 3 distinct living areas, the chill out seated area, dining and kitchen.  It’s a vast open space full of light with a distinct warehouse feel and is the families favourite space.  Thanks to the polished concrete floors, exposed brick and gorgeous fabric light shades it is welcoming and warm. 

A black industrial look staircase leads to a mezzanine area currently Catherine’s photographic studio and semi play room for the girls but Mitch has his eye on this space for a future office (good luck Mitch) and tucked underneath is a cute little office nook.

The kitchen is stunning and simple.  A favourite feature is the abstract tiled Splashback and the oven – a black free standing induction range large enough to cater for an army.


The open shelving displays collections of copper and a walk in pantry big enough for 15 people to party in hides the fridge, dishwasher and there is loads of room for storage, prep and has another sink for washing up.

The living area opens onto a covered patio where Catherine & Mitch have plans to build a BBQ and outdoor kitchen for easy entertaining.


Perched just above the outdoor patio is Catherine’s studio where she designs her range of gorgeous pram liners.  It backs onto a mini forest and play area for Mahala & Indi complete with outdoor blackboard, swing set and sandpit of which Indi is currently obsessed with!

Catherine & Mitch have created a beautiful and happy home full of character and charm.  The most lovely home to entertain family and friends, and for their girls to grow up in.

Coastal Style Dining Chairs

We love our job sourcing furniture for clients.  In 2015 we spent a lot of time looking for just the right pieces for our clients with coastal properties.  Dining chairs are so varied in shape, style, form and function but we found a few that we really loved that suited the coastal style brief perfectly, which is your favourite?

First up… the 'Anita' chair by Matt Blatt.  Dwell loves the contrast of light timber with plush cushioned seating.  At $325 it's the most expensive of our beachy chairs but definitely worth it for a stylish and sturdy designer chair don't you think?

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This replica Thonet Bentwood is a great beach house chair and looks pretty schmick painted in a delicious sea foam blue.  Find similar at www.sokol.com.au.

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At www.clickonfurniture.com.au Dwell found the 'Antonio' chair, very reasonably priced at $149.  Quite modern and angular, we love how it looks sort of dip-dyed.

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We couldn't leave out a rattan chair now could we?  The beauty below is from Freedom Furniture and retails at $199, this is one I could live with and I can tell you it's very comfortable - yes I've taken it for a test drive!

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And lastly there's this little cutie from Domayne, it's called Olivia and is a steal at $109.  I really like how the pattern of the chair looks like seaweed. 

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Hope you liked Dwells selection of beachy dining chairs, which one is your favourite?