Archive for June, 2011

The Outdoor Oasis

Great design doesn’t just dwell inside closed doors. Any outdoor space has amazing potential to be a room full of style and great design. Whether you have a large wrap around patio or a small terrace no space should be dull and boring. Outdoor spaces are used for dining and entertaining and should always be comfortable and fun and reflect your personality. This is a great area to be bold and not be afraid to use bright colours and lots of textures. We are going to share some outdoor spaces that inspired us and show you how to get the look yourself. Whether you opt to amp up your space with a fresh collection of accessories and decor or completely pump up your summer entertaining with a whole new outdoor makeover.

Use a colour for base cushions instead of a white to completely transform the look of common outdoor furniture. Cool tones still have a neutral feel that can be amped up with an accent colour. Get bored of the throw cushions? Try another colour and transform the room yet again!

I absolutely LOVE the look of this outdoor space. The use of bright colours with lots of pattern in the throw cushions and bold decor choices like the stool and lantern create the feel of a traveled space. The fire pit is perfect for lounging around and creates a wonderful atmosphere that is visually appealing (it's totally worth the little bit of extra heat)

Like to play it safe? Neutral colours don’t have to be boring. Making use of calmer colours can be very soothing and relaxing. Coloured garden pots are a great way to add decor to an outdoor space that is also practical.

Anytime you are looking to furnish or decorate your patio there are always a few things you should consider:

1.  Outdoor furniture can be more expensive and so should be either cast or wrought aluminum or iron, or made of resin wicker or teak. With high exposure to UV rays and salt area poor quality outdoor furniture can rust, fade or become brittle and break.

2. All cushions should be made out of sunbrella or an alternative outdoor fabric that will not fade in direct sunlight or become mildewed

 All outdoor furniture sold at Dwellings meets all the above criteria; meaning that the outdoor furniture you invest in will last longer while maintaining a fully unique and stylish look.


Here are some great outdoor items found exclusively at Dwellings. From top left Rustic Wicker outdoor seating from $3299 Bds. Aqua Seating Special Order through Dwellings Design Studio. Croquet Aluminium Dining from $999Bds. Lagos Sectional special order through Dwellings Design Studio. Outdoor Planter, Outdoor Rug, Lantern, Garden Stool and Outdoor Cushions all in store now!

 Summer is here and it’s time for entertaining so get started on your Outdoor Oasis today! Send us a message about what you’d like to do with your outdoor space and we may even feature your space in an upcoming blog!  Thanks again for reading! Remember there’s a new post every Wednesday. Have a great week !

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The Dwellings Design Studio doesn’t only cater grown-up projects but also to the small projects that are special and life changing. This week I thought I’d write something appealing to new parents and parents-to-be.

An important part of getting ready for baby’s arrival is preparing the baby nursery. Many parents are a bit hesitant in decorating their nursery in pinks or blues because there’s always the chance of a surprise. Here are some great ideas for creating the perfect gender neutral nursery.

This is a perfect example of a unisex nursery! I absolutely love the personal touch of a painted mural that adds all the visual interest to an otherwise neutral nursery. To create this look on a budget, parents can also use wall decals available in a multitude of styles.

Do you love the rustic neutral look? Your nursery can tie into the rest of your home decor. This beautiful nursery uses regular decor items in a soothing color palette to make it suitable for baby.

I love how fresh and fun this nursery is! A stark white crib pops off of a fun accent wall with lime green stripes. Orange and turquoise accents are a fresh twist on the usual yellow and green colors of a neutral nursery.

This jungle themed nursery is perfect for your little boy or girl. Natural woods with cool green tones are a safe and fun way to design your nursery!

I hope these pictures will give you just the inspiration needed to get started on your nursery! Remember neutral colors like yellow, green, turquoise, orange and brown are perfect for your little girl or boy. Mix it up with a fun and friendly theme such as animals or a day at the beach and you’ll have a look that is surprise proof!

Looking for furniture or decor for your little one’s space? Remember Liliplum has lots of furniture and crib bedding and decor! Or create a registry and get everything on your list!

Thanks again for reading and remember there’s a new post every Wednesday! We’d love to hear your comments or give suggestions for any of your design projects! Write a comment or send us an email and your design could be featured in our next blog. Have a great week!

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This week I thought I would share with you one of our completed Dwellings  Design Studio Projects with tips on how to get the look. Even better i’ve posted before and after pics! Who doesn’t love to see a beautiful transformation? This was a lovely project to work on with absolutely wonderful clients who had purchased a second home in Barbados; a charming cottage close to the beach on the West Coast. The home was purchased fully furnished by a fun-loving couple who thought the furniture was a bit too out of date and bland for them and so came to us at Dwellings for some design help! Check out what we did for them below:

Master Bedroom-Before

The Masterbedroom had a feminine and dated feel.

The Living Room-Before

Before the indoor furniture consisted of mismatched and disproportioned furniture

The Outdoor Space-Before

The outdoor furniture was a very small scale that was uncomfortable for the clients and once again was quite outdated.
We met with the Clients who were leaving to go back home to England and really didnt know where to start design wise. They longed for something contemporary and fresh that would suit both thier styles. The Husband liked clean lines with little fluff and decor. His wife loved soothing colours and lots of accessories with a feminine touch. This is how we gave them their dream vacation home:

Master Bedroom-After

The Master Bedroom is now fresh and contemporary with both masculine and feminine elements. The bold striped rug, sepia prints with dark frames and streamlined furniture mesh with the upholstered bed and soft neutral colour palette for bedding and throw pillows.

Living Room-After

 The Living Room is now warm and inviting with off white slipcovered seating, whitewashed furniture and pops of colours with fun throw cushions.

Dining Room-After

The indoor dining area is now cohesive with the living room giving the impression of one very large open space.
Outdoor Space-After

The Outdoor Space is now perfect for lounging and making the most of the outdoors with over sized seating and dining chairs. It is now the ultimate space to entertain and relax.

Have your own design dillema? Send us a message with your problem room and include a picture; let us know how you envisage your dream space and we can give you tips and tricks with suggested solutions. Better yet we can provide a full makeover hassle free to give you that dream space you’ve been craving.

Thanks again for reading! Check in every Wednesday for a new and exciting Dwellings Design post!!

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With all this hot weather we’ve been having and with our Beautiful Tables contest going on, we decided it was time for a post about summer parties. We all love to entertain and decorate and show off all those gorgeous special items that make our home unique. Check out these great pieces from Dwellings at fabulous prices for entertaining and decorating for summer!

This 16pc Lazy Susan Condiment Set is absolutely perfect for summer parties! Share out yummy veggies or chips with dip and get the party started! Bds$69.95

These candles are not only super cute with bright colours and cutouts but totally effective at keeping pesky mosquitoes away! Bds $89.95


Candles are a great way to decorate and set a relaxing atmosphere! Who could resist these Boho Candles with their beautiful designs and absolutely delish small! Boho Candles Bds$89.95

These bright vinyl place mats are a great way to brighten up your table on a budget. Available in orange/blue, olive & navy. $9.95

These bright glasses just scream summer fun with their bright colours and funky shapes! Sorgente glassware $17.95 Bds

Pillows are an easy and affordable way to layer colors and give a neutral room a playful and fun edge. Just perfect for a summer makeover! Bds$99.95

The Floral Fusion place setting is so fresh and pretty! Dinnerware doesn't have to be white and boring. These plates are so fun to layer and transform your tabletop into something so exciting! Bds$99.95 for 4PPS.

Now what good is a party without food? Try these dipping oils and other to-die-for gourmet products from Stonewall Kitchen. From Bds$19.95.
I absolutely LOVE anything from Joseph Joseph. The funky shapes and bright colours make for a fun and unique piece to add to your collection. Salad Bowl & Servers Bds$119.95.

Create your own summer party with some of these fun items and find lots more great items in store! Design projects don’t always have to be big and overwhelming! Making over a room or table by switching colours and accessories is a fun way to refresh a room on a budget. Find special pieces that add pops of colour or a unique twist to your decor and you’ll have a conversation starter..and all of your friends jealous!

Thanks again for reading and check in every Wednesday for a new and exciting post full of fun tips and great design ideas! Have a great week!

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So we’re absolutely loving the trend of a yellow & grey colour scheme right now. There are so many different hue’s which create a super chic and soothing look that can work into any room. Combine with soft natural woods and cream tones for a soothing retreat feel or amp it up with hot accent colours and glam pieces. Whether you’re bold enough for a punchy accent wall or just want a subtle touch with a special piece check out these beautiful rooms by talented designers for inspiration. We’ve even shared how to get the look yourself with some fabulous pieces at great prices from Dwellings!

Living Room by Jennifer Brouwer Design. Simple accent pillows add a subtle pop of colour to a crisp room. The perfect way to freshen up a room on a budget.

Love this Martha Stewart Design! This artwork is a great way to add a statement graphic piece to any room. DIY hint: Buy a sheet of wallpaper and a set of matching inexpensive frames; cut the wall paper to fit the frames and decide how big of a statement you want to make!

Go Bold! This yellow upholstered sofa makes this room so fresh and inviting! Surrounded by cool greys and natural woods, this is a perfect summer look for a modern room!

Colour Lovers - this one is for you! We love accent walls and this one is super bright and sunny! Secret to accent walls? Keep larger pieces in the room a neutral colour and bring the colour of the wall into the room with smaller accents like cushions and floral arrangements.

Kelly Wearstler Design. She never ceases to amaze us with her elegant and unique designs! A great inspiration room for those of you who love neutrals with a twist.

Bedroom by J.Savage. Tired of blues? Yellow is the perfect alternative for a sunny beach house room!

Pump it up even more with additional accent colours! Adding a turquoise or an orange gives the room an even more dramatic edge.

Now that we have you craving this look for your own home we’ll show you how to do it! See hot new items up for grabs at Dwellings as well as items available for special order through our Design Studio.

Items Currently in stock include (from top left): Grey Circle Fret Wool Rug Bds$1699, Devon Lamp Bds$499, Bubbles Sideboard Bds$2299, Loomis Grey Sectional with Yellow Cushions Bds$7999, Shanghai Silver Stool Bds$499, Throw Pillows Bds$199.95, Assorted Floral from Bds$24.95 and Lattice Tealight Holder Bds$699. Additional Items available for special order through Dwellings Design Studio.

Check us out every Wednesday for a new and exciting post! Have a great week and thanks for reading 🙂

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Welcome to Dwellings Design, the official blog of the Dwellings Design Studio!

Find out style secrets and decorating tips and keep up to date with hot trends with our weekly posts. Check us out for Top Secret Specials in store too!  Have a design dilemma? Send us a message and we will be sure to include some tips for you in our next post.

Be on the lookout for our very first post later today!

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