If you're a local to Manchester, you might best know Dwell from their store in Barton Square at the Trafford Centre. It's a pretty amazing store for some styling inspiration and I've been known to come home with more than just a few shopping bags from there in the past.
That's why I was excited to hear that another Dwell store had just opened in Manchester - a bit closer to home at the White City retail park - and I was even more excited when Dwell invited me along for the day to get creative with their room sets and come up with some of my own combinations using their current season furniture and accessories.
Dwell's new stores are really fresh, using sections of bold, bright colour to highlight some of their key pieces, however, they encouraged me get styling in my own, more monochromatic, style.
First up, a dining room. The team at Dwell had placed this modern, slick bookshelf against a deep dark wall, which got me feeling super inspired to fill its shelves. The store was well stocked with brilliant decorative accessories, and I particularly fell in love with this metallic porcelain rumble vase. Chrome is a big trend on the horizon that Dwell seem to have got on with at the ground floor!
I love the contrast of the different black textures - the pure matte of the black wall with the soft shine of the leather and the super shine of the black wine glasses.
I finished off the look with a small injection of colour - opting for a deep indigo in my own faded glaze vase to sit alongside theiraria wine glasses. I think these really sing when they're on the shelves against the rich matte black.
The next look was an entrance hall-inspired look, choosing a small cluster of furniture and accessories that I'd love to welcome me home after a hard day at work.
This look was all about playing with height in the layout as depth is less of a quality you'd expect in a hallway. Again Dwell is really delivering on this smooth shade of walnut wood and I loved this matching sideboard and side table - they offer such varied uses in a home, you'd never be stuck for a place for them.
Dwell's great range of vases again helped create a look with height. The grand conical vase was stuffed full of dusty green eucalyptus, while leaving the brass vases and short turquoise band vase empty. There's something I'm loving about a cluster of vases at the moment, but if you try to make sure every one has something in, it can end up looking to much. I'm rocking a couple of empty vases on my own coffee table at the moment!
The browns and golds were crying out for something to lift it, and this geometric rug tied in the colour scheme wholeheartedly. The greens and beiges worked well with the existing accessories, and then we opted for a pop of yellow in the fabric footstool. The stars had aligned and the mustard shade and square shape came to be the factor that threaded the whole look together.
In the next post, I'll show you the bedroom and lounge set ups I created at the Dwell store, before tackling styling with their products in my own home!