Neale Whi­taker gets out his crys­tal ball to pre­dict the trends of 2019.

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents - By Laura Jones, is all about bring­ing the out­doors in. by Neale Whi­taker

You know how much I love a new word, es­pe­cially when it in­volves knock­ing back a glass or two of peaty Scotch whisky, skin­ny­dip­ping in an ice-cold loch or knit­ting my­self a Fair Isle jumper.

Yes, I’m talk­ing about coorie, the lat­est life­style trend from Scot­land, which – largely due to ge­o­graph­i­cal and cli­matic fac­tors be­yond our con­trol – we Aus­tralians may have to wait an­other six months or so to en­joy.

That’s be­cause it’s not es­pe­cially sum­mer-friendly: the word trans­lates loosely as “cud­dle” (my Scot­tish friend Sally of­fers “snug­gling up”), but the Scots are at pains to point out that this is no me too re­ac­tion to Dan­ish hygge or the drea­rier Swedish lagom – no twinkly can­dles or fluffy socks here.

As trends go, coorie could be chal­leng­ing, cel­e­brat­ing as it does the more ro­bust plea­sures of the land­scape: climb­ing moun­tains (low ones), the afore­men­tioned loch dip­ping (cloth­ing op­tional but ad­vis­able), smok­ing your own food (haz­ardous in the in­ner city), hand-gath­er­ing pine nee­dles to in­fuse cock­tails (re­ally?) and “wild” camp­ing, which, alas, is tricky in Aus­tralia. With­out my even men­tion­ing the por­ridge oats fa­cial scrub, you will de­tect a slight note of cyn­i­cism, but ba­si­cally coorie de­liv­ers a sim­ple mes­sage: live in the mo­ment.

Pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions might have urged “smelling the roses”; it’s much the same thing. And it’s not as daft as it sounds. I can vouch for the restora­tive power of walk­ing my dogs along a coun­try lane or watch­ing the surf break on a de­serted stretch of beach.

This is that time of year when I’m of­ten urged to gaze into an imag­i­nary crys­tal ball. What will 2019 look like, trend-wise? Trends are by their very na­ture un­pre­dictable, but in­stinct tells me our new­found love af­fair with colour and dec­o­ra­tion is set to grow stronger (dec­o­ra­tive tiles mov­ing from splash­backs and walls to floors), as is our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for tex­tiles and art­works in­spired by na­ture (eas­ier to main­tain than house­plants) and ce­ram­ics, or what we once called pot­tery. If I had to choose a sin­gle vis­ual metaphor for the dec­o­ra­tive vibe of the com­ing year, it would be Mar­rakech De­sign’s (mar­rakechde­ stun­ning Dan­de­lion tile, prob­a­bly my favourite tile choice ever. Not a new de­sign – it was orig­i­nally launched in 2012 – it nev­er­the­less ticks ev­ery box of the pre­vail­ing mood: botan­i­cal, ar­ti­sanal, geo­met­ric and with just a hint of the Deco- era in­flu­ence that con­tin­ues to in­form cur­rent de­sign. How coorie works in with that mood re­mains to be seen. Neale Whi­taker is co-host of Fox­tel’s Love It Or List It Aus­tralia on Life­style, and a judge on Nine Network’s The Block.

“Ba­si­cally coorie de­liv­ers a sim­ple mes­sage: live in the mo­ment”

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