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.
“It’s a modern take on your traditional style, particularly the English cottage flair that you see in Laura Ashley design books from the ‘80s,” she said.
“I like its emphasis on quality and a return to heirloom pieces as opposed to the throwaway nature that has seeped into our homewares and furniture.
“I also love the opportunity it gives people to embrace their own uniqueness and have fun with decorating.”
To achieve the style, Nuich suggested adding vases of various shapes and sizes with fresh flowers, vintage art with flora and fauna illustrations, cross-stitch, needlepoint and embroidery in cute frames, a good vintage tablecloth in lace or with a gingham print, and china with a navy blue and white pattern.
Interior designer Nelly Reffet of Twinkle and Whistle studio likes mixing rattan with velvet, wicker, cane and terrazzo to get a laid-back yet sophisticated and sharp look.
“I love old rattan furniture, but I also really like how the material is being reinterpreted in more contemporary forms, like the rattan vanity by Loughlin Furniture Design,” she said.
The bolder texture, bouclé, is slowly re-emerging, according to Reffet.
“Bouclé means curly and describes a fabric that has been threaded in large loops, as if it had curls — think French poodle coat that you can’t stop patting because it feels so good that it’s addictive,” she said.
“Bouclé is only just starting to emerge on sofas and armchairs of mostly designer brands, but give it a few months and you should see it appear on occasional chairs, cushions and throws pretty much everywhere.”
The mushroom lamp
Reffet said the streamlined version, made popular by Italian editors such as Guzzini and Gae Aulenti, was coming back with gusto.
“You’ve probably spotted the ever-so-stylish Oluce Atollo lamp in every luxury home magazine or Instagrammable interiors of late, and for the right reason: this is a classic that will never die, making it a wonderful investment piece,” she said.
“The more cost-conscious of us can opt for Ikea’s newly released Tällbyn lamp for some serious ‘60s vibes.”
Not the easiest element to incorporate in a floor plan, Reffet added sunken lounge rooms are a fun way to create different zones in an open-plan area — and better yet if your home already has one.
“It can also cleverly lead to integrated seating and revolve around a fireplace,” she said.