Mixed mes­sages make for may­hem

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FRONT PAGE - Robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au

There’s been a lot of talk in re­cent years about find­ing your own style.

You can even sign up for work­shops that help you find ways to bring ev­ery­thing you love to­gether and re­fine it into a co­he­sive look.

In­deed, I may well be guilty of sug­gest­ing to read­ers to sur­round your­self with colours, fur­ni­ture and other home­wares that speak to you.

But while there are plenty of sin­gle ladies and gents out there en­joy­ing the ben­e­fits of sole house­holds, for many of us we share our homes with a part­ner and maybe a few chil­dren.

Tra­di­tion­ally, it’s been as­sumed that the ladies take con­trol of the in­te­rior de­sign and, in many house­holds, that’s still the case. While it may make style de­ci­sions eas­ier, it can some­times feel a lit­tle fu­tile, like no one cares but you.

In­creas­ingly, blokes are tak­ing an in­ter­est in the look and feel of their homes — which is to be cel­e­brated — but it may re­sult in cou­ples end­ing up on op­po­site sides of the style fence.

And as chil­dren re­main at home as they tran­si­tion into adult­hood, you may find the more cre­ative amongst them ex­press­ing their own de­sign opin­ions.

Worst case sce­nario is a house­hold with a mix of min­i­mal­ist de­sign lovers and bower bird-style nesters who love noth­ing bet­ter than sur­round­ing them­selves with ev­ery­thing they love.

A few years back, my el­dest daugh­ter ex­pressed a de­sire to redesign her room, from the colour scheme to the se­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture. She even went so far as to make a scale model to fur­ther strengthen her case.

After re­paint­ing the walls, sourc­ing the right wall­pa­per and find­ing com­pat­i­ble bed linen, she set­tled in for her fi­nal years of school in a space she felt com­fort­able in.

Then she moved out. It’s a good thing it’s only paint.

With sil­ver-leafed draw­ers and onyx han­dles, this unit beau­ti­fully em­bod­ies the re­laxed luxe look. Roar + Rab­bit jew­elled six-drawer dresser, $1899, from West Elm, west­elm.com.au Store your favourite bot­tles of wine where you can see them. Riser wine rack, $29.95, from Free­dom, free­dom.com.au

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.