Interior Design Stores - IKEA

It probably comes as no surprise that IKEA would have to be one of the world's most popular and largest interior design stores on the planet.

Founded in 1944 by Ingvar Kamprad IKEA quickly established itself as a leader in Scandinavian design.  The name IKEA is created by Ingvar's initials followed by the initials of the farm and village he grew up in - Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd.

Ektorp Sofa

Ektorp Sofa

The IKEA concept is that great interior design should be affordable, sustainable and available to everyone wherever you may live and whatever your style may be.  With interior stores worldwide there's no excuse for a shabby home!  IKEA has a family of designers who constantly design and produce product according to current market demand with an eye to the future.

Hemnes Chest of Drawers

Hemnes Chest of Drawers

There are many iconic IKEA pieces and many homes have at least one item from their huge range.  I've thrown a few classics into this post that have been around for ages and just don't seem to date.  I know I have a few classic pieces myself and when mixed in with op shop finds, vintage furniture and modern purchases they just seem to fit.

Malm Double Bed Frame

Malm Double Bed Frame

IKEA designers take into account form, function, quality, cost and sustainability when creating new pieces to the IKEA range.  I've found that the kitchen and bathroom pieces are great when renovating, their price point and quality suit a renovators budget!

Stornas Table and Henriksdal Chairs

Stornas Table and Henriksdal Chairs

The range of IKEA furniture, homewares and outdoor products are perfect for apartments, holiday homes, kids rooms and homeowners especially those setting up their first home.

Kallax Shelving unit (used to be Expidit)

Kallax Shelving unit (used to be Expidit)

IKEA have 2 stores in Sydney, Ryde and Tempe (my favourite and closest) with another due to open soon in Marsden Park. 

A Date with Dirty Who?

Dirty Jane is not the name of the person who answers the telephone. 

Dwell has been to Dirty Jane's at Bowral more than a few times but we have not managed to get ourselves to an Auction (weekend, kids sport, husbands etc). It is on our 'to do' list for 2015. Might see you there ;)

Dates for your diary are ....

8th March + 17th May + 12th July + 13th September + 8th November            We have lifted the following excerpt from The Dirty Jane website 

When the gates swing open 9am Sunday morning, you’re greeted with a huge selection of furniture, gardenware, architectural elements and bric a brac displayed in long rows for all to inspect, ready for auction time at 10am. All bidders must register and have a bidders number. A buyers premium of 17.5% applies.

Below are some of the fabulous stalls within the 'warehouse style' set-up of Dirty Janes 

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Bi-monthly Auctions are held in the Market Car Park, Banyette Street, Bowral 

 For more details and info please call Kev (not Jane) on 0411 286 440

Note: The real Dirty Jane died in 1883. Click here to find out more             'Who was Dirty Jane?' 

Autumn in Coledale & Thirroul

So on a recent visit to Coledale and Thirroul on the NSW South Coast we stopped for refreshments and a spot of sourcing. The piccies below are what we saw ... but there is so much more to spy.

The first stop was at Cocoon on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Coledale. It is closed monday and tuesday so avoid the disappointment and venture here on the other days or you can always phone Karen on 0411 480 365 for an appointment .  Cocoon sell the unusual, eclectic and primitive which includes furniture, gifts & recycled glass 

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Retro Wombat was next on our list of places to visit ....

Their aim is to stop usable things going to land fill … and help add a bit of old world charm to your life.

If you used to love it, own it but threw it away it will probably be here ....

Visit Retro Wombat at 228 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul

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Nest Emporium was the finale - this trip anyway!

Nest was established in 2003 by 2 sisters Donna and Angie. They have created a hub of homewares, gifts and over 10 years have designed a range of homewares exclusive to them. 

They are at 287 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul and also sell online www.nestemporium.com.au

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Home Thyme

While out and about I finally fell upon a lovely homewards shop that I had been hearing a lot about, 'Home Thyme' in Albion Park.

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Not only do they stock furniture in quite a few different styles they also have gorgeous homewares and I must admit to being quite taken with all the bright coloured accessories such as this yellow striped ceramic canister with wooden lid...

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Wire milk bottle holders in different colours

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Lanterns perfect for entertaining outdoors or inside

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The softest throws with a chevron weave and delicate texture

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Wire stools, these would great around either a timber or white table

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Cushions galore, you should just see the cushion wall, I wanted to take them ALL home!

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Metal trolleys - so many uses, don't you love the colour?

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And my final pick… the bamboo cake stand

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Dwell highly recommends a visit, they are on the corner of Terry and Tongarra Roads, Albion Park or check them out on Facebook or Instagram!