“A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.” – Sydney Smith
We are now far enough into this new decade that deign trends are shifting and changing for the times. The life-altering events of the past couple of years has shifted us away from cold, ultra-chic home and has ushered in a new (old) trend: Cottagecore-Granny Chic. This trend features anything you could think is sitting in your grandparent's house or an old cottage – crochet, chintz, warm colours – not to mention, comfy, cozy, and inviting. I think these times have us reminiscing about the past and because we are in our homes now more than ever, many are looking for a space that makes us feel welcome. I think as a society we are also becoming more aware of the many benefits of thrifting – we can find cute homeware and help the environment at the same time.
“Home sweet home. This is the place to find happiness. If one doesn’t find it here, one doesn’t find it anywhere.” – M. K. Soni
I love this because it is a complete change from the plain white walls and mid-century design features like minimalism and sharp edges. There was a time in there when many homes looked like a showroom, not a house. If that’s your vibe, then rock it – but to me, this new trend of adding homey elements is so refreshing, and yet nostalgic at the same time. I’m not saying that we get maximalist and fill our homes with things we don’t need or things that will fill up our landfill, but if we can add elements that include vintage, refurbished, recycled, and from our parents and grandparents’ collections, we can create a space that’s inviting and warm.
For this design trend, picture the best aspects of your grandparent’s home. Maybe doilies don’t do it for you, but pretty China teacups are not only perfect to jazz up an afternoon tea, but they also become part of the décor when showcased in a glass-front armoire. It’s all about generating pieces that are curated, but kinda miss-matchy, to create a completely unique space with a fun, bohemian vibe. I think a cool aspect of this look is that you can mix new pieces that you’re drawn to with old pieces that have meaning. It creates a space blends the old world with the new, which is kinda what we’re going through as a society right now – this looks really fits with the times we’re in.
“The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there.” – Ellie Rodriguez
If you are able to secure items that you loved as a child, all the better. You can also hit up your local thrift store for little accents that make your space feel special. Either way, you're saving items from going to the landfill, which is a win. If you have children or relatives, or even friends, you can pass these items along for someone else to enjoy when you're not feeling them anymore, and continue to help the environment while creating sentimental value for you and your loved ones.
Krista Swais-Hannesen Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, A Beautiful Life Magazine & Books