Archive for August, 2014



Nothing makes guests feel more welcomed than a stylish guest bathroom. No matter what size or whether the bath is low or high end, small changes and thoughtful design can really make a difference to the space.

1. Pattern & Colour: Take the space up a notch by decorating with bold colour or pattern.

2. Statement Pieces: Swap out the hardware store mirror for a grand piece with a decorative frame

3. Freshen up the Fixtures: By simply updating the fixtures and finishes in the bathroom, you can transform the space to suit any style.

4. Lighting: Stylish sconces give your guests a feel of being in a high end hotel

5. Bath Accessories: Matching bath accessories finish off the space with a thought out feel.

6. Crisp Linens: Hang out some fresh towels and have a basket with additional rolled ones for your guests to use.


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Living in the Caribbean tropical prints have always been a huge part of design, in the home and in fashion. Often these prints however can be overbearing and seem very traditional. Here are a few ways to incorporate this print into your design to keep the look fresh and contemporary:

1. Pair the print with lots of natural tones and textures to bring out a tropical feel. Incorporate another strong pattern such a geometric to tone down the boldness of the palm print. This look is fresh, contemporary and 100% island style.



2. A Small Pop: As this print is so strong, incorporating something like a throw pillow or some wall art is enough of a pop to introduce the tropical feel to the space. Add another smaller pattern or texture to the look for a finished designer feel. Pairing the bold green print with more of a monochromatic colour pattern really allows the print to take center stage without being over bearing.


3. Go Bold: Choose a larger yet simple print if you want to make a statement. Keep the other furnishings and decor in the space simple and use an opposite colour like the coral to balance out the look.



Would you use a tropical leaf print in your own home? How would you go about using it? Comment and let us know!

Want to have a look like these in your own home? Contact the Design Studio and make your dream home a reality. 

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Living on an island we are surrounded by bright colours and lush tropics which naturally makes its way into the design of our homes and even how we dress. However, in summer, this design is even more inviting as we take off to our beach houses and really make the most of living in an island paradise. This home designed by Australian designer Leigh Boswell in Baroomba, Queensland has really captured the feel by mixing punchy colours with lots of natural elements and textures. 

Highgate House living room

Highgate House table

Highgate House outdoor diningHighgate House coral bedroom

Highgate House blue green bedroomThis design is really beautiful as the elements are repeated throughout each room creating a really great flow and feel to the home. The living room being the core of the design where elements are taking from and incorporated into the other spaces to tie it all together.

Love this fun design and want to recreate it yourself? Check out our design studio to make your dream house a reality.

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This beautiful home in Coral Gables Florida was recently featured on HGTV and is absolutely stunning product of designer Maggie Cruz. With its light and airy tropical feel, it’s the ideal place to relax and unwind with a drink and the cool breeze.

The living and dining rooms are fun, bright and vibrant with bold colours and interesting pieces which each make a statement without being overpowering to the overall space.  The bedroom while still keeping up with the style, is a slightly cooler and more relaxed palette offering a serene get away. The simple design and palette of the home itself is the ideal foundation for this bold and fun design that makes tropical contemporary and fun.





Could you see this design in your own home? As high end as this design looks, this designer used pieces found at stores such as pottery barn and west elm making this look accessible to any budget. Want to recreate the look yourself? Contact the Dwellings Design Studio and take the first step towards your dream home.





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