Home interiors: Nana chic says hello to trends of bygone eras

COMBING through your granny’s wardrobe for style inspiration is bang on-trend with items such as crochet cardigans, brooches, clip-on earrings and eyeglass chains back in vogue.

And it seems scoping her pad for relics and decorating revelations is ‘in’ too, with trends of bygone eras very much a hit in the world of home interiors.

So next time you’re over for a Scotch Finger and a pot of tea, take note of Granny’s taste and give her a high-five: she’s still got it.

The grandmillenial trend

Grandmillennial or ‘nana chic’ decor incorporates dark timbers, a mix of lively colours and pastels, gingham and plenty of maximalism.

Gabrielle Nuich of The Pickering Concept vintage store and events company said the trend embodied the idea of slowing down and taking stock, and brought comfort to the home.

Gabrielle Nuich of The Pickering Concept.
Camera IconGabrielle Nuich of The Pickering Concept. Credit: Supplied

“It’s a modern take on

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Hilary Duff shares her home with Architectural Digest

When it comes to her home’s interior design, Hilary Duff decided dark colors were so yesterday.

The “Younger” actor showed off her bright and cheery Los Angeles home in an exclusive feature with Architectural Digest.

“I painted my front door this beautiful blush color,” she told the publication. “I was ready — to get rid of some of the dark colors, to move away from everything being so tonal, and to lighten up a lot of the furniture.”

Hilary Duff sits in her bathroom, which is like her own private sanctuary (she even takes guitar lessons in there!)Jenna Peffley / Architectural Digest

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Her Beverly Hills home has had two remodels since she’s lived there for close to a decade. The latest comes after “a couple of big life changes — a divorce, a

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Best Interior Design Books of 2020

Design has always been about the power of imagination. But this year, when being indoors made it much easier to take stock of what our spaces could be, design has taken on a certain level of much-needed hope. While the outside world might continue to be trying, with some effort, our homes (aka, our inner worlds) can be spaces full of comfort, calm, and inspiration. At least that’s the sentiment we felt as we gathered together our favorite interior design books of 2020.

These 12 titles feature well-known blogger and designer names alongside up-and-comers, and small footprint homes next to more expansive spaces. They detail useful tidbits on layering pieces in a living room and also describe the intricate histories behind those objects. And whether they rev up dreams of a renovation or simply remind you of the cabinet that could use your attention, they aim to inspire readers who

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Ideal Victorian five-bedroom home took over two years to transform

Kate bought her detached Victorian five-bedroom home, in a conservation area in Hereford, in 2017 (Picture: Richard Weaver Photography)

Nomadic interior designer Kate Hollingsworth finally feels settled after creating her ideal home – after two years of hard graft.

For Kate, there is no greater thrill than finding a beautiful but unloved home, restoring it back to its former glory – and then immediately getting started on another project.

‘I’ve renovated at least eight houses, and then have always sold up and moved on, as I get bored,’ says Kate. ‘This time, though, I’m just not feeling the itch again. There is so much scope at my present home, it is like a great big gorgeous doll’s house.

‘And I haven’t even got cracking on the garden yet.’

Kate, 43, bought her detached Victorian five-bedroom home – which she shares with her two teenage sons and two cats – in

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Use trusted apps, programs to link to home security systems: MoI

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has advised people to ensure that they use only trusted programs and applications to connect to their home security systems remotely. 
This comes in continuation of the tips being offered by the ministry through social media on the safe use of home security camera systems.
On Sunday, the MoI had advised residents to get home surveillance devices only from accredited suppliers to ensure that the system was safe for use.
“To ensure the safe use of home security camera systems and to keep them safe from being hacked, please visit the link Security Systems Department at before buying them to ensure that the company is accredited,” the ministry had said.
Besides visiting the link on the ministry’s website, people can also call 2343999 to get the relevant information.
Providing further advice yesterday, the MoI said people should make sure that they are using trusted

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A Designer’s Guide to Optimizing Every Room of Your Home During the Pandemic

Spending more time at home recently? If so, you may be reaching for your interior designer’s number to address a few flaws (or opportunities for restyling) that escaped attention back before house arrest. Luckily, interiors guru Nate Berkus has your back. We asked him to correct three common mistakes to help elevate your space and make it a more habitable hideaway.


The Problem

The desk—or a second or third one, for families on a virtual school schedule—often gets shoved in a corner or space with no windows or fresh air.

The Fix

Improvise. Install a stone shelf along the wall with brackets or legs, in a hallway across from a door, creating a dedicated zone for a laptop or homework.

We Recommend

Cairn chair from Roche Bobois. Taking cues from the man-made piles of stones for which the seat is named, it’s so quirky that it’s oddly motivating.

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Thrifty mum transforms her home using free wallpaper samples

A THRIFTY mum has revealed how she managed to create a stunning feature wall just by using wallpaper samples.

Renovating a home can be costly, and if you’ve got a few rooms to do it can all add up.


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The mum revealed she cut costs by collecting wallpaper samples

But one mum has shared her tip for creating a stunning feature wall for next to nothing.

While high-end wallpaper can be expensive, one woman revealed she cut costs by collecting free wallpaper samples from various shops.

She then cut them out to form a mosaic pattern featuring various designs, including florals, feathers, birds and butterflies.

The crafty mum built up the pattern to cover the wall behind her bed, and shared her handiwork online.


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She slowly built the pattern up after cutting the sheets

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Majestic $1.6M Ellicott City Home Has Pool, Luxurious Interior

ELLICOTT CITY, MD — Perched atop a wooded hill sits a glamorous Ellicott City home complete with six bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, five fireplaces, hardwood floors, soaring ceilings and a spacious in-ground heated pool and Jacuzzi. There’s also a patio and fire pit nearby. The eat-in kitchen has stainless steel appliances, tons of cupboard space and there’s a second kitchen in the lower level where the rec room and a gym is at.

The sweeping staircase and shiny foyer flooring gives a spectacular first impression of the home. Beautiful soaring windows can be found throughout. The main bathroom features a large soaking tub with windows that overlook the timbered back yard.

  • Address: 12620 Fawn Run Ct, Ellicott City, Maryland
  • Price: $1,625,000
  • Square Feet: 9709
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5 Full and 2 Half Baths
  • Built: 1991
  • Features: Nestled away on the top of a wooded hill is this magnificent high quality custom-built
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Interior design tricks that brought calm to a chaotic open floor plan

Marta and Scott Dragos built their Winchester home with an open floor plan. Not just because that’s how today’s families live, but because Scott, a former NFL player, is a pretty big guy. “We eliminated walls so my husband wouldn’t feel like he was living in a dollhouse,” Marta says.

However, with three young children and a puppy, the first floor felt chaotic. Everyone congregated in the great room, and the television was often left on during meals at the adjacent dining table. Meanwhile the formal living room sat empty, and never mind the mess in the playroom, which was the first thing people saw when they walked in. “The synergies of the rooms were off and not suited to our life,” Marta says.

Enter Liza Kugeler and Laura Ogden of Realm Interiors, who reconfigured and redecorated. Not only did they bring order to the home, they incorporated Marta’s stylish

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Interior designer Jeff Andrews unveils his own home project in L.A.

Interior designer-to-the-stars Jeff Andrews and his partner, Emmy-winning casting director Ken Miller, have put their home in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles on the market for $2.35 million.

As one might expect, the 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival has received a complete makeover at the hands of Andrews. Subdued hues, fabric wallpaper and eye-catching fixtures are among curated details of note. Dark hardwood floors unify the 2,334-square-foot floor plan. Ong/PostRAIN Productions/TNS)
(Jeffrey Ong/PostRAIN Productions/TNS)

Beyond the arched entry are formal living and dining rooms, an updated country-vibe kitchen, a breakfast room, two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. A paneled den sits at the end of a long hallway and has a brick fireplace and a wet bar.

French doors lead outside, where succulents and other drought-tolerant landscaping surround a tiled patio. Also on the property is a two-car garage.

Andrews has worked on the homes of such stars as Kaley Cuoco, Kourtney

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