REACH­ING BACK FOR IRONIC TRENDS

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

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.

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