Subway Tiles

Classic, traditional and completely on trend - the subway tile.  There are so many versions from bevelled to flat, hand-finished, smooth and shiny to matt and tumbled not to mention the variety of colours.

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Neutral but nice...

As much as Dwell LOVES colour we also find serenity in a neutral palette.  How calming and yet interesting is the room below?  This is a beautiful and eclectic mix of items, the shell chandelier, organic table, french linen arm chair and country pot with flowers.  The wall treatment is also quite lovely, almost a whitewash effect which gives depth to the wall surface.

image via qaaks.com

image via qaaks.com

The room below is so simple in its colour palette and the introduction of timber, paper and cane give it softness and warmth.

image via athomeinlove.com

image via athomeinlove.com

This fabulous room is cool, clean and sophisticated.  Again softness is introduced by adding fur cushions and bringing nature into the space provides a clever colour accent that can be changed season by season as your garden (or florist) allows.

image via stylizimoblog.com

image via stylizimoblog.com

Another simple palette and are you sensing a trend??? Yep, more fur - kinda feeling the love aren't ya?  It also lends a scandi touch to the space.  So much contrast here, rustic table, mid-century designed chairs, textured wall art, modern lamp all against a pure white backdrop.

image via tumbr.com

image via tumbr.com

More fur, more timber, more green - it just works!

image via trendenser.se

image via trendenser.se

And again - you get where I'm going with this right? Can't help myself, I can just imagine the snow piling up outside, a roaring fire and a glass of red… but maybe not near the sofa.

image via elle.fr

image via elle.fr

But if you live in a warmer climate the following image may be more to your taste.  Such a peaceful place to relax, I can feel the balmy summer breeze dancing over my skin… the only thing missing - a cool refreshing glass of Sangria...

image via style-files.com

image via style-files.com

And if you are wondering where to find gorgeous neutral and earthy homewares you can't go past Verandah Interiors - yes I know they are in Brisbane but locally you could try Deer Willow in Kiama or Haven & Space Berry.

image via adoremagazine.com 

image via adoremagazine.com 

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.