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  1. 25 New Homewares You Can Actually Afford

    25 New Homewares You Can Actually Afford: Australian Kmart Sept 2016.

    Have you noticed that desirable, well-designed homewares are suddenly extremely affordable? In Australia, Kmart is leading the way with their own brilliant designs that are extremely well-priced, and barely a day goes past when I don’t stumble across someone on social media exulting their latest Kmart purchase. As for me, I’ve already succumbed to Kmart’s terriarum vase, black pot and wooden wall hooks (all listed below).

    I’m also loving IKEA right now – their latest collections and collaborations are beautifully design-led and not too fadish. I’ve bought the ANVANDBAR hanging planter and the BITTERGURKA Watering can, which I’ve used as a water pitcher on the dinner table, and is currently working rather nicely as a Scandianavian-style vase filled with eucalyptus leaves.

    But almost all of us have made the mistake of being sucked into buying something that looks good online, only to discover that the real thing is a dud.

    The other mistake we can easily make is falling for a particular trend that’s on its way out. My advice for now? Steer clear of marble and copper-look products, which are looks that have trended for quite a while. If you really love the look of marble and copper, invest in a beautiful design-led piece that’s not been mass-produced, so it will live long beyond the current trend.

    I’ve done the hard work and headed straight to the shops to inspect all of the best buys his spring. Here’s my edit of the top 25 affordable homewares to buy right now.

    Top image: Some great buys from Kmart’s current SS16 outdoor collection.

    My Edit: 25 New Homewares You Can Actually Afford, via WeeBirdy.com.

    1. Dishcloth, $2.95, from H&M.
    2. Oslo Pendant Lamp, $15, from Kmart.
    3. BITTERGURKA Watering can, $14.99, from IKEA.
    4. Jute cushion cover, $29.95, from H&M.
    5. Seagrass basket, $12, from Kmart.

    My Edit: 25 New Homewares You Can Actually Afford, via WeeBirdy.com.

    6. Quilted Geo Cushion, $10
    7. Terra Vase, $15, from Kmart.
    8. Dipped Hanging Pot, $10, from Kmart.
    9. Cork Board House, $5, from Kmart.
    10. Small stoneware vase $14.95

    Australian Target Linen Duvet Cover.

    11. Linen Cotton Quilt Cover Set in Natural, $79 – $99, from Target Australia.

    My Edit: 25 New Homewares You Can Actually Afford, via WeeBirdy.com.

    12. Textured black pot, $7, from Kmart.
    13. Hothouse Round Picnic Rug, 29, from Target Australia.
    14. Chunky Cable Knit Throw in Cream, $49, from Target Australia.
    15. Round Plywood Wall Shelf, $19, from Kmart.
    16. Hello Goodbye Door Mat, $15, from Kmart.

    Kmart linen-look tablecloth.

    17. Linen Look Table Cloth, $15, from Kmart.

    My Edit: 25 New Homewares You Can Actually Afford, via WeeBirdy.com.

    18. IKORNNES Table mirror in ash, $39, from IKEA.
    19. Pentagon Planter, $25, from Kmart.
    20. Planter with Stand, $15, from Kmart.
    21. Wooden Wall Hooks – Pack of 6, $9, from Kmart.

    My Edit: 25 New Homewares You Can Actually Afford, via WeeBirdy.com.

    22. ANVÄNDBAR Hanging black and natural tray, $39.99, from IKEA.
    23. Candle lantern, $24.95, from H&M.
    24. Amora Frame 8x10inch in Oak Veneer/Copper, $29.95, from Freedom.
    25. Velvet cushion cover, $12.95, from H&M.

    Find something you love? Let me know in the comments below.

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    • http://www.rivieramama.com Riviera Mama

      Very nice collection! Is it wrong that I’d like the print on the dishcloth as print!? 😉

      • Aarti Betigeri

        Ugh I didn’t post properly so you’d see it. See above 😉

    • Aarti Betigeri

      Riviera Mama the dishcloth is very Marimekko, that’s why! Birdy I love your choices, and in particular I love the look of white/grey with the pops of green accents. And I really love monstera leaves (in fact I used them as placemats at my wedding). So what do I do, as you predict, when it all goes hopelessly out of style?