Neale Whi­taker: On be­ing an ac­ci­den­tal tren­doid

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASSIE LIVING - Neale Whi­taker


Oops. For some­one who claims to be anti-trend, it seems I am, af­ter all, painfully on-trend. How so? Well,with 150 mil­lion ac­tive pin­ners around the world, Pin­ter­est would be a pretty ac­cu­rate barom­e­ter, and ac­cord­ing to their most re­cent home trend re­port, I’m tick­ing boxes.

For ex­am­ple, my part­ner and I have bath­room plants (tick), and ours hap­pen to be ver­ti­cal cacti. I don’t know if that halves or dou­bles their trend value, but hang­ing suc­cu­lents like Senecio

row­leyanus is where it’s re­ally at. We have a cir­cu­lar mir­ror, although we might shed a few points for its faux por­cu­pine quill fring­ing,which is so much bet­ter in real life than it sounds. Ex­tra trend points, by the way, for cir­cu­lar mir­rors with leather hang­ing straps or cop­per and brass frames.

Nul points for rose gold.We also have ter­razzo bath­room tiles (tick), mar­ble splash­backs (tick) and knobs (tick and cue Benny Hill mu­sic).

It’s ex­tra­or­di­nary that, de­spite cur­rent de­sign’s ob­ses­sion with the in­te­grated and con­cealed, gra­tu­itous knobs and han­dles are trend­ing mas­sively. Ours are large, flat and wooden – more like gi­ant but­tons – and we’ve got hats hang­ing on them of the smart,race­go­ing va­ri­ety.And therein lies an­other cliché. Ap­par­ently we’re all at it, hang­ing things on knobs glob­ally. “Ac­ces­sories as dé­cor” is how Pin­ter­est puts it.

As read­ers of this col­umn back in Fe­bru­ary may re­mem­ber, the con­cept of

hygge is huge, and as the win­ter months ap­proach, so too will the trend curve for all things cosy. Roughly trans­lated from the Dan­ish as “liv­ing sim­ply”,I think my cur­rent ob­ses­sion with a slouchy new sofa and Net­flix qual­i­fies as hygge (and there­fore an­other tick).

So where am I not trend­ing? Our home is woe­fully lack­ing in any shade of pink or ter­ra­cotta. I’m sur­prised by the lat­ter as it’s a colour I love. Nor do we have the “ver­ti­cal bar cart” that a quick Google search re­veals as close cousin to the ter­ri­bly un-PC “host­ess trol­ley” of my child­hood. Which is pre­cisely why we don’t have one. Pre­sum­ably these carts – ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal – ap­peal to a new gen­er­a­tion of ar­ti­san gin drinkers who don’t re­call glacé cher­ries, Baby­cham or the Sch­weppes soda syphon.

But the ev­i­dence,your hon­our,is stacked against me. De­spite all my protes­ta­tions to the con­trary, it seems I’m that most em­bar­rass­ing of things – an ac­ci­den­tal tren­doid. #awk­ward Neale Whi­taker is edi­tor-in-chief of Vogue Liv­ing.

CUR­RENTLY TREND­ING Fash­ion­able in in­te­ri­ors now are (clock­wise from NGHV RKPM CPF VGTTCEQVVC VQPGU U KPURKTGF fur­ni­ture such as this John Lewis cock­tail ECDKPGV CPF VGTTC\\Q bath­room tiles.

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