Here’s Fashion, Honey: Sofas, tables and lamps – oh my!

My new favorite TikTok page right now is @joshandmattdesign, a couple from Melbourne, Australia who are home decor for their apartments and eagerly collecting. From original ceiling pieces to vintage plant stands and glass snowball candle holders, its apartments are a wonderland for maximalists and the child in me.

Now, my latest shopping adventures have strayed from Acne Studios-style boots and funnel-neck wool coats to a rabbit hole interior design instead. Maybe my sudden obsession stems from an identity crisis that is slowly growing because of my 20th birthday lurking around the corner, or maybe it’s because I’m looking for a new apartment. Instead of maturing my fashion with bags and cashmere knit suits, decor came to the fore.

I am particularly attracted to weird and visually interesting pieces; Wax Charms makes unique and handmade candles decorated with crystals, Dauphinette makes lamps from Japanese bread rolls and baguettes similar to Vincent Olinet’s floating slice racks, Malang Malang makes the cutest ceramics, Teun Zwets makes hand balloon watches, and Georg Jensen makes stainless steel . silver eggs that serve as reusable ice cubes.

Even though some friends call me grandma for this excitement, I find peace and solace in knowing that I will soon be present in a space that reflects me physically, mentally and spiritually.

Instead of a room in which I sleep randomly, I get an extension; currently adopting my signature scents, Nest’s Madagascar Vanilla and Sun-Drenched Linen 3-Wick candles, and sculpting its walls according to my habits.

At this point you might be thinking, “I thought I read ‘This is fashion honey’. What does this have to do with fashion?”

Because fashion is more than shopping, clothing and style; it is also culture, reflection and transformation.

And so, just as kissing is the next step in dating rules in middle school, the next step to understanding someone by the items they choose is to see someone’s room.

Clothes simply show a group of people and who they are: their mood for the day, whether they shopped by color, pattern or silhouette, and layers of style and sophistication that emphasize function or shine. Whether you’re part-time lovers or a complete stranger, this is what they want you to see.

But a room shows what people value, what memories they have, and how they think. Iconic Chinese TikToks of household appliances may indicate that someone values ​​comfort and accommodation for unexpected visits, but scattered jewelery plates and matching cutlery may indicate that an individual values ​​spontaneity and change in short-term decisions, consistency in long-term commitments.

The transformed space becomes incredibly unique like a fingerprint and is essentially an extension of girls and handbags or people and nightstands.

Ultimately, there is no lesson to be learned from here or any advice to offer.

Maybe instead, I want you to think about where your fashion journey might take you: Will decor be your next endeavor? Or will it be art and statuettes? Or maybe it will be fur-trimmed leather gloves or crystal dice!

Even if it scares you a little, don’t be afraid to dive deep into your material reflections. It’s hard to face ourselves, especially when we’re in denial or going through an awkward transitional period, but discomfort and learning what we like, dislike and value is like pressure, and if a bit of coal comes out, a diamond emerges.

Plus, a little bit of horror – and new takeaways – already makes life interesting.

Hadyn Phillips is a sophomore who shines a light on fashion in the 21st century, particularly new trends and popular debates. Her column titled “Here’s Fashion, Honey” is published every Thursday.

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