Home Is Where The Heart Is
AUSTRALIAN LIFE, STYLED
Anna Byrne captures Australian life and style in her new column for Buy Aussie Now
It’s almost hard to remember what our existence resembled less than six months ago.
Heading to work with nutty brown tan lines and a constellation of summer freckles dotted across our noses, we dragged ourselves out of bed and onto packed public transport, where we were forced to stand so close to fellow commuters you could determine which men had never advanced past using Lynx Africa deodorant, despite appearing to be well into their forties.
Computer hard drives hummed as we turned them back on after a weekend. 235 unread emails. It was going to be another long week.
Regrets instantly swirled at not allowing yourself more guilt-free, lazy hours at home, but you just had so much to do. You met friends for smashed avo at a brunching establishment and for zesty cocktails at a rooftop bar; you belted lyrics from your lungs at a concert and cheered on Ash Barty at the Australian Open.
January felt like we were all Christmas snow globes. Someone had shaken us up in December, but we never allowed the snow to settle around us. Because in that fast-paced, future-is-now, hustle-is-real world, the fear of missing out was palpable. As poet and ecologist Gary Snyder once said, “The most radical thing you can do is stay home.”
Then in February, along came Covid.
Suddenly, the outside world was alarming, and the prospect of shutting the door on it not only became appealing, but by March, vital. Since then, our homes have become our hub: our office space, our gym, our restaurant, our salon. And while we have slowly begun to re-emerge into the world, blinking and dazed from months of hibernation, our homes will continue to remain our comfort zone and sanctuary.
In this new now, nesting has become the norm. As we pull our social circles in and retreat to our homes more moving forward, we have - perhaps subconsciously - begun outfitting our domestic spaces with a comforting, relaxed aesthetic, throwing ourselves our own house-warming party.
Trends show a rise in unfussy food like hearty casseroles and activities that evoke nostalgia like kitting, jigsaws and journaling. Comforting and tactile throw rugs and buttery soft cushions are also proving particularly popular as well as cosy self-care items such as sleepy loungewear, scented candles, oil diffusers and restorative cups of tea.
Strikingly, this change to our behaviour and priorities has also seen our perception as consumers look to home in a broader sense too. More and more, we are wanting to support brands who manufacture locally and employ our family and friends. We are seeking out companies that boost our economy and bolster our regional cities. We are looking for Australian. Now more than ever, like Peter Allen before us, we still call Australia home. So here’s to bringing more of Australia into our homes.
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ABOUT THE WRITER
Anna Byrne grew up in Bendigo in regional Victoria before moving to Melbourne where she enjoyed a decade-long career as a columnist for the Herald Sun, becoming one of Australia’s most recognised lifestyle voices. Renowned for her insightful and humorous musings on the world of fashion and beyond, her take on style is both witty and refreshingly non-elitist. Anna loves musicals, McLaren Vale Chardonnay, the Melbourne footy club and can quote Muriel’s Wedding, verbatim. A passionate campaigner for small business, Anna is excited to join Buy Aussie Now as a freelance contributor.