REACHING BACK FOR IRONIC TRENDS
There’s nothing quite like the reality check of visiting a young goddaughter’s new home.
While said goddaughter has the advantage of having a partner who is a builder, make no mistake, it is she that is creating the style of the home with her Instagram-driven taste.
Interestingly, she and her young homemaking friends reach back to the 70s more than any other decade for their interior inspiration.
The checklist includes cane furniture and Mikasa porcelain, lashings of indoor plants, macrame plant hangers and Murano vases, all of which flood their Instagram feeds.
There’s a practicality and a sense of fun to a 70s home. The rumpus rooms, natural wood flooring, cane furniture, colourful rugs and indoor plants create an ambience of easy living that is boosted by a holiday-like climate year round.
This utopia suits Millennials who have embraced the new-bohemian look like no other generation.
A revamped 70s look also has the advantage of ease of replication. It would be hard to find a charity shop or garage sale that didn’t sell remnants of this decade at op shop prices.
I’m from that generation that waded through six-inch carpet to manually change the TV channel. And while that exaggerated image brings a nostalgic smile to my face, for the generation of young homemakers, it’s a look (albeit with remote controls) that is both ironic and achievable. And, as we all know, irony is at the heart of any hipster-driven style.