Archive for March, 2012

Following from our last post, we are continuing to give sneak peaks into some of our favorite looks for this season. Another hot colour trend for 2012 is turquoise and coral; a bright, playful look that’s  reminiscent of a fiery sunset and just makes you want to hit the beach and cool off. These colours are great to play with as there are so many different hues that work so well together and  Easter weekend fast approaching, these hues are perfect to introduce to our tabletop for a trendy party. Check out some ways to bring these colours to your table and get inspired!

Great colour combinations involve using contrasting colours for a bold statement. Crushin' on this colour combo? Visit us in store or online at http://www.dwellingsbarbados.com to create this look for yourself for as little as $9.95

Tips to remember when creating your own bold tabletop statement to dine in style:

1. Introduce colour in fun ways: Place mats are a great way to get that bold pop of colour on a budget. This will freshen up your table even if you’re using white dishes. The contrast of the white and the bright colour will make your setting even more bold.

2. Start the party: Drink markers are a fun way to introduce colour into your glassware and it’s also very practical so you don’t have as much washing up to do! Your guests will love it and it completes the look

3.Soften the look: Make sure to add a centerpiece with a floral element to soften the look. This makes your tabletop seem even more fresh and inviting; you’ll be a true entertainer.

4. Serve in Style: Coloured cookware such as Le Creuset is a great way to add a burst of colour to your tabletop. This fun cookware can go from oven, to table top to freezer and is ideal for entertaining as there’s less mess for you to have to deal with later. This can act as a bold statement on your table and is so functional and practical

5. Dynamic Dinnerware: Investing in some great dinnerware is something you won’t regret. If you love bold colour and a unique tabletop a great pattern is  the way to go. This creates a statement like no other that you and your guests will be sure to love.

Thanks again for reading! Remember to check out the Dwellings blog every other week for new tips, tricks and ways to save. Don’t know where to start? Contact the Dwellings Design Studio at design@dwellingsbarbados.com and get started on your dream design no matter how big or small today! Have a great week and Happy Shopping!


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This Organic look is one of the hottest trends for 2012. With a faded neutral palette this look is gender neutral and timeless and will work in any space.

One of the hottest trends for 2012 is inspired by nature. Organic style is casual and relaxed, focusing on texture, natural elements and a faded neutral colour palette. The decor is warm and inviting with distressed or reclaimed elements, natural fabrics such as linen or leather and great lighting. This trend is perfect for any style whether you are more traditional or prefer a contemporary look as you can incorporate the various elements of this informal look in a way that still reflects your personal style. Check out some great tips on how to get this look:

Tips on getting the organic look in your space:

1. Rustic & Reclaimed- Furniture pieces for this look should have great visual interest with lots of natural texture and grain. This look is about appreciating the imperfections of the grain and the knots in the wood to look like it was salvaged from an old ship or a barn door. There will be reclaimed pieces for every style whether the piece is more industrial, modern or traditional.

2. Fabrics are Key- Upholstered pieces should be of natural fabrics and fibers. Look for linens, cottons and leathers in stone hues; greys, taupe’s, browns and  off  whites. These contrast the heavier wood pieces and soften the look to make it warm and inviting. Layer textures and subtle patterns in throw pillows to finish off the look.

3. Light it up!- As this look is inspired by nature it’s all about great lighting. Let as much natural light in as possible and add even more with table and floor lamps with metallic or natural finishes with textured shades.

4.Decor for Your Floor-Ground the look with a great rug. For a designer look use an oversized jute or natural fiber rug and layer with a smaller flat weave rug to add colour or pattern.

5. Bring the Outside In- A great way to decorate that is high impact and low cost. Introduce lots of plants and botanicals into the space. Use a cloche for an interesting way to display them or get creative and use a repurposed item.

Ready to start shopping? Check out these great finds available now:

Teak Wood Puzzle vase $399. This oversized puzzle vase is the perfect piece of decor for the organic look. This brings in texture and visual interest. Add a palm leaf to finish it off for drastic simpliciity

These prints have every element needed for the organic look; with a simple frame and neutral toned mat. Take the organic look to the walls with these prints. $399 each

These linen throw pillows with a subtle pattern are the perfect addition to your organic look. Layer these with similar throw pillows in varying sizes and textures for the finished look. $79.95

A Jute rug grounds the look. The natual fibres stay true to the meaning of organic $599

Remember; this look is all about mixing rustic, repurposed pieces with more modern elements for an edgy vibe that’s full of style. Inspired by nature this look is totally relaxing and gender neutral; you can’t go wrong with this hot trend in any room. Don’t be afraid to take time hunting for the right piece for your space to make it unique and interesting. Check out Dwellings’ take on organic trend on www.dwellingsbarbados.com  and start shopping for your space! Need some help? contact the Dwellings Design Studio at design@dwellingsbarbados.com. Thanks again for reading! Remember to check out our posts every other week for tips, tricks and ways to save. Have a great week.

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