INTERIORS

IF YOU ONLY BUY ONE THING AT IKEA, THIS SHOULD BE IT

It looks amazing with everything.

January 9, 2019

IKEA’s Billy bookcases and Malm beds are fixtures in interiors worldwide, finding their way into some very smart homes from Giorgio Armani’s to Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate’s Kensington Palace pad.

The practical, modern Swedish look is packed with steals that are neutral enough to fit into households around the world. Low prices take priority over everything else.

The latest piece that everyone is buying is a true gem: the Snidad handmade rattan basket, $39, which looks anything but budget. Beautiful both with and without storage.

Melissa Penfold’s country house, photograph by Abbie Melle

It also ties into the current trend for refreshing rattan, which makes everything else feel fresh, relaxed and right.

Melissa Penfold’s country house, photograph by Abbie Melle

IKEA is largely known for its angular lines, modern aesthetic, and boxy shapes, but this new introduction leans slightly more to the artisan with its classic, handmade looks.

Given the extensive, ever-changing inventory—there are 120, 000 products stocked at any given time—it can be hard to stay on top of what’s new and noteworthy.

We have bought several of the baskets, and used them to stow, towels, blankets, throws, magazines, even wellington boots but think they would be equally useful for toys, and hats and sneakers. IKEA SNIDAD BASKET, 54cm x 39cm, $39.99, Ikea stores; www.ikea.com.au

The baskets are beautiful both with and without storage.

Melissa Penfold’s country house, photograph by Abbie Melle

Melissa Penfold’s country house, photograph by Abbie Melle

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