Archive for July, 2011

Green has always been the popular  ‘go-to’ colour when decorating in the Caribbean. A fresh and exciting way to decorate which immediately introduces that tropical punch to any room; reminiscent of palm trees, collecting glass on the beach, an ice cold mojito or key lime pie. This colour trend is huge worldwide this year for decor,wall colours and even furniture. Check out these inspiring rooms and awesome pieces to make your room lovely in lime!

I love this combination of teal and lime! It's contemporary, fresh and so inviting

This look is perfect for any beach house! Pair lime green with the cooler hue of aqua for this serene colour combo.

Feeling bold? A lime green accent wall adds a pop of colour while still creating a relaxing feel. Ensure large pieces are neutral such as the white slipcopcovered sofa and streamline coffee table. For a playful edge introduce another accent colour such as the fuchsia.

This room by Krista Edwart is bold and fun with another favourite colour for the year- fuchsia

Decorating your tabletop is an easy and cost effective way to freshen up a room! I love the colour and the earthy feel of these placemats. $14.95

These solid silk throw pillows are a great way to decorate any room on a budget. $59.95

This side table is so fun and so versatile. Use as a nightstand, an endtable or as a stand alone piece for a vibrant pop of colour. Available through the Dwellings Design Studio

Your Kitchen needs love too! Adding these fun, practical and totally cute pieces makes being in the kitchen more fun! I'm a huge fan of the Joseph & Joseph line! Chop 2 Pot $49.95

Here's a great gift idea! These graphic print mugs are a steal at $14.95!

This tray is totally Worth it! Fun tip- Add a mirrored base to this and use it as a piece of decor for your bar top! Leather Serving Tray $239.95

Using a lamp to decorate is functional and fun! This playful shape in an awesome lime hue makes this an interesting piece for any room. Triple Gourd Lamp $649.95

Visit us at Dwellings to get this hot trend for yourself! Ready for a whole new makeover? Contact us at the Dwellings Design Studio design@dwellingsbarbados.com with your design dilemma and be on your way to your own luscious lime space!

Thanks again for reading and remember to check in every Wednesday for a new post! We’d love to know what you’d like to hear about so feel free to comment and we might solve your design dilemma next!


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Great design starts with inspiration! Inspiration can come from something as simple as glass bottles in different hues, a swatch of wall paper or seeing  just the type of room you’ve always wanted in a hotel or an amazing home. There are always new trends, hot colours and great designers who have their own signature twists that they put into their projects. I for example, am an HGTV junkie; I love watching David Bromstad or Candace Olsen go to work; and find lots of inspiration through these designers. This weekend however, I was excited to cozy up in front of the TV on Saturday night to watch the premiere of  ‘Home by Novogratz’. A new show to HGTV following the electic Novogratz couple who are some amazing designers!  (also known as ‘9 by design ‘-this couple  has seven kids!). I loved their funky and fresh surfer style eclectic design! Check out some photos of their Surfer Sisters Rockaway Chic Home design:

The dining room is fresh, fun and definitely surfer chic. A modern white streamline table is paired with aluminum bistro side chairs and a pop of colour with upholstered end chairs for a casual beachy look.To finish the look; the perfect artwork for this room.

The living room is true to surfer style with a beach wood coffee table set alongside a casual sofa with fun throw pillows and a great accent wall covered with pink wallpaper. Bright, casual and lots of fun what surfer girl wouldn’t want to hang out here?

Ready for your home to be surfer chic? Check out some great  buys from Dwellings to put your very own twist on the Novogratz design:

Surfer Chic by Dwellings. Starting with a clean canvas gives , airy and relaxing feel; such as with the white slip covered sofa or pleated bedding. Adding fun and interesting items in bright colours such as the lobster print and bright throw cushions give that youthful surfer feel. Bring on the beach with distressed pieces in seaside hues and your surfer chic makeover is complete.

 This look is absolutely perfect for a beach house, a tween girls room or any surfer girls pad.  By simply adding fun accessories , pops of colour and some texture to your space you too can be surfer chic.  All items are available in store and through the Dwellings Design Studio. Not sure where to start? Contact us at design@dwellingsbarbados.com or at 246-438-5900 and let the Dwellings Design Studio help to put the surf in your space.
Thanks again for reading and remember to check every Wednesday for a new and exciting post!

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Great design is just as easy as picking out the perfect outfit from your closet. Its all about layering, picking pieces that work well together, attention to detail and those special accessories that add the finishing touch. Start designing your room with an inspiring piece or pattern and create your whole look around it. Let the Dwellings Design Studio team show you how to create a room using your fashion sense and flair; whether your a glamorous city girl or a bohemian beach goddess.

Start with the Bangle! Bright Colours of Orange and Turquoise are complimented with pops of gold and lots of texture to create a stylish day at the beach.

Start with the Rug! Fashion sense is transformed into design sense with this beach inspired room. Pops of orange and turquoise are complimented by the texture of the golden weave in the coffee table and armchair.

Start with the Dress! A black dress is made city chic with midnight blue shoes with red soles and mustard bangles.

Start with the Print! This room is full of city glam. A neutral base is pumped up with a fun print and throw cushions and an animal skin rug.

Visit the Dwellings showroom to get started on your project today. Even better, let the Dwellings Design Studio do the work! Bring in an inspiration piece, show us a pattern that you love and we can start creating your whole room. Design consultation is absolutely FREE of charge; and with NO designer FEES what’s there to lose? Make time for a 45 minute makeover and bring style into your life.

Thanks again for reading! Remember to check every Wednesday for a new and exciting post, full of tips and tricks and lots of fun! We’d love to hear your thoughts or any questions you may have. Make a comment to the post and we will be sure to answer and inspire.

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Trends We Love: Ikat

This exotic motif with Indonesian roots is hotter than ever and can be seen in every element of design and fashion. This bold and bright pattern introduces a global and energized look to any room; whether its through a fabulous upholstered chair or a ‘wow’ piece of decor. Take a look at these great spaces that make use of this amazing globally inspired trend.

Introducing an IKAT rug into this room adds a bold pattern for visual interest. However, cool neutral tones keep the room relaxed and elegant

This room has a truly globally inspired feel. The warmth of the wood of the farm table paired with the bright, bold Ikat print is welcoming and feels travelled.

These chairs in purple ikat create a chic and modern feel; perfect for a city apartment or a great loft for girls.

The Ikat pattern is perfect for drapery. The large bold print creates interest without being overwhelming.

Change the colour and style of the chair and the ikat print is perfect for a contemporary coastal home! Who wouldn't want one of these in their home?

Love the print but not quite so bold? Throw cushions are the easiest and safest way to introduce a design element into any room. Introduce this gorgeous print into an otherwise neutral room and create that travelled look you've been craving for.

Loving the look? Contact the Dwellings Design Studio at design@dwellingsbarbados.com and we will help you get the look in your own space. Whether you’re brave and bold and desire an accent wall or a great upholstered piece; or simply want to add some fun with a few throw cushions and a lamp. This is a trend to have and love!

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