The other day, after leaving the house, I realised I was a walking fashion cliche - striped blue and white Breton top, skinny jeans, ballet flats and beige trench coat.



This outfit has been pinned over and over on pinterest (type Breton and trench into the search engine and prepare for your eyes to glaze over with the repetition), and it's a look that's cited in pretty much every style book ever written as classic and timeless in fashion. But my God, is it dull (unless worn by a 4 year old, when it looks quite ironically cute). When women from Paris to New York to... Adelaide... are wearing the same outfit, it becomes less classic fashion and good taste, and just uninspired and homogenised.







 all trench images via Pinterest

As I'm in decorating mode at the moment, I started to reflect on the fact that there are cliches in Interiors too. At some point, everyone seems to become enamoured with the same things. These things are hard to get initially - usually some big name Interior Designer uses it in very high end design, but eventually these things make their way to the mass market, whether it be by copycat imitation and cheaper manufacture in the case of furniture, or by mass adoption of a trend. Here are just a few:




Fiddle Leaf Figs
Yes, I have bought one too. No, mine is not doing so well, despite its appearance in the photo above. For every person saying that theirs is thriving on their neglect, there is someone saying theirs is turning up its toes for no apparent reason and dying a slow and lingering death. This plant is, to the Interiors blogger, the equivalent of the topknot bun to the fashion blogger. RIP my fiddle leaf fig.

I predict the next big thing in Interior plants are ferns and palms - their moment in the spotlight is due for a return.




Chevron 
Chevron is to 2010 what polka dots were to 1986. Used on blog headers, for personal stationery, rugs, lamp shades, lamp bases, mugs, cushions, bed linen..... it's spread like an out of control rash. The chevron moment has passed - a key indicator is when you can easily buy it in Target. When things trickle from high end to mass market, it's become a mass trend and is best to avoid. Future patterns that are and will be popular - Ikat, trellis (still strong due to the variation in different patterns across different brands), flame stitch (a natural progression from chevron), but floral is the really big trend for the next few years. A return to chinz as well as florals wrought in a more modern way (over scaled on wallpapers for instance) are putting an end to the popularity of safe geometrics like chevron.




Typography
Hello...Welcome...Home...Eat...Cucina...Food...Drink...Sleep...Dream...Beach...Bathe.... Initially this idea was invented by magazine stylists using beaten up Industrial lettering, such as that above, but now with the advent of wall decals and easily available ready made letters, writing something - anything - in your home, especially if it states the obvious, has become an easy way to fill a shelf or a blank bit of wall. You get bonus points on the cliche scale if you decide to write the definition of the word, or a quotation from someone or something you find personally meaningful. I can't actually think of anything that is going to take over from this trend, this is something that will just fade away and people in 100 years time will think was a little odd that in the Olden Days we used to remind ourselves to DREAM when we went to sleep.




Mid Century Modern
I know there are a lot of fans of Mid Century Modern, and for good reason. This was a fantastic period in furniture design, and the designs deserve to be celebrated, continue to be made and used. But this does not stop it from becoming a cliche as well. At one point I cancelled my magazine subscriptions to two of Australia's leading Interiors magazines as I became so sick of seeing pavillion -style boxy Modernist houses with large glass picture windows and a self consciously placed Barcelona chair angled in front of it in every issue. Architects used to love Barcelona chairs (most still do), but overuse has rendered it all a bit predictable. Instead they are using slightly more obscure Scandinavian or Italian designed furniture as a point of difference.

Oh, there are so many I could just keep going on. But I won't - I've probably offended a whole bunch of you out there who are thinking  "But I have that! And I love it!". Never fear, many of these things are, in fact, a classic. Just as the trench and the striped Breton top are too.... it's all in how you use it and mix it up that makes it interesting and fresh - just look at the pictures of Olivia Palermo below, and how she wears her stripy top, compared to the ones of the trench coat army at the top. So fess up - what are your cliches, Fashion or Interiors wise?




She never gets it wrong - Olivia Palermo adds a sparkly neckpiece and saves the striped top


Full Disclosure - I own a dying Fiddle Leaf fig, have several lampshades covered in chevron, one of my children has his name in large letter on his bedroom wall, and I own replica Eames dining chairs.  

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  1. Hi Heidi,
    I confess, I am one of those who find the combination a classic. I am in love with stripes and trenches and have always been, no matter the trends of the moments were. I love the way OP matches pieces, but I would never go out with miniskirts, because of my shyness (and because I don't like Italian men comments and audacious glances). Nice day
    ;-)

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    1. It was interesting google imaging the trench and the striped top and bringing up all those iconic images of Jackie O and Bridgette Bardot in theirs - it really is a classic for a reason! Oh those Italian men... they are shameless!! I think you need the knees to pull off a miniskirt too. Olivia P has no problem with that! xx

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  2. If it works, go with it.
    Seriously.
    A medical example is aspirin. Plenty of other blood thinners have come and are coming, but we doctors all agree on aspirin in most cases. But I digress.
    Barcelona chairs look uncomfy and for that reason I will never go for them.
    Give me an overstuffed toffee coloured soft leather couch.
    In terms of plants, anything hard to kill is great x

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    1. Yes to the hard to kill plant variety... I was sold a pipe dream I'm afraid! Too true about things working, so why reinvent the wheel... and so much of modern furniture design does not take into account ergonomics. There are manuals with the details in them of ergonomic furniture design, you'd think the designers would refer to it, yet they continue to make new things that are very uncomfortable to sit in. But look good. xx

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  3. I am one of those walking talking cliches who wears a breton top almost everyday. It's one of my favourite items to wear and always feel neat no matter what. In my opinion these few pieces you have mentioned transcend fashion. They are in fashion even when they are not in fashion. When I look back at pictures of me in all black or stripes I think quietly to myself that I look good. On the other hand I shudder when I look over some of my more original outfits :)

    When it comes to interiors, the beauty about all of the interior cliches that you have listed is that in part they are disposable. It's very easy to get a new rug or next "it" plant to update your home so that it looks more in with the times. I think one needs to be more careful of interior trends on a grander scale. For example, I think that the rustic/industrial style is having a moment at present... Although I like the look a lot, I would think twice about say designing my whole kitchen/living area in this way. There is a big risk that in 7 years time it will look dated and it will prove to be a costly exercise to renovate again.

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    1. I have to admit to wearing my stripy tops almost every day too. They're kind of lazy dressing for me, and suit being at home with little children. Very funny about your original outfits comment!
      Some parts of interiors are disposable, certainly in the case of the plant it would appear so! Agree with you about embracing a look wholeheartedly. This is perhaps why I'm drawn to a slightly eclectic style, you can tweak minor things without having to throw the whole look out wholesale. xx

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  4. Hilarious!!!!! I was laughing and nodding all the way through.

    The funny thing is I suppose such combos become a cliche bc it just works so well. My Asian relatives always ask why sandwiches tend to be ham and cheese and I have to explain bc it is the most pleasing to the biggest segment of the population. It is no discredit to ham and cheese of course they are so ubiuquitous.

    I used to think I wasn't a cliche until I was reading the sunday times a decade ago and they were going through social cliches and I was one very type and I was mortified! But it's hard to invent anything nowadays as everything has been done right?

    But I love figs and if I had a green thumb I would have bought one for the house.

    I love chevron but don't have it only because I am not a great shopper.

    But no to the writing on walls. The writing is on the wall for that one. ( I apologize for terrible pun.)
    For me it just screams indoctrination and propoganda. ( I know I can take things too seriously and apply the nth degree to things!!!)

    But guilty replica barcelona chairs!!! But it has been such a great buy and used so much. I don't know if I could ever get rid of it. I must say the trench, breton top combo looks good on everyone and that is its enduring recipe.

    But I also think that intent is where things become a cliche - too much forethought in anything makes it trite.

    Fantastic post H! xx

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    1. Yes, I think you're right - they are good combos (well, some of them, like the case of the trench and the striped top). I think everyone is pretty much a cliche. I've noticed through going through the Estate sales for the past few years that certain things crop up a lot, and it was all what was considered good taste in the 50's. We tend to all move in a pack, very few break the rules.
      So funny you have a Barcelona chair! Were you reading Belle and Vogue Living on rotation back around 2003-2005? xx

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  5. Hi!

    I am sure I have worn this outfit too! Since all of my home items are typically inherited or thrifted I can't say I run into any trends in my home - I just do what I like, which may be way I have no discernible interior style save "GRANDPARENTS MEET PARIS AND YARD SALE". There you go - there should be a book about that!

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    1. Well Wendy, I think you definitely march to the beat of your own drum, and that's a great thing! xx

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  6. very very funny, and sharply observed.
    around here it's excessive pillows on the couches. Can't get rid of them, Himself insists that each and every one is good for his back. At the same time. Watching him sit down is like watching a dog turning around and around to get the blanket just right.

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    1. Hilarious! Mostly men hate cushions - I got two new ones for the sofa last week, and my husband eyed them very suspiciously and said flatly "oh, new cushions...". I suspect they will live a lifetime thrown on the floor. xx

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  7. I've de-chevroned (if that's the right word) my home because everywhere I went outside of home all I saw was chevron and I got tired of the pattern very quickly. I didn't get a fiddle leaf as I had read that they could be toxic to pets, but have embraced bird's nest ferns and strelitzias and am now hoping no one else does (thought they'll probably die anyway!). Would find it very hard to get dressed if it weren't for Breton tops and skinny jeans though!

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    1. Very funny re the de-chevroning. Ferns... I think you're ahead of the curve there... but good move not to get the fiddle leaf fig. I have been a failure in a big way at managing to keep it happy! I dread the day the bootleg jean comes back into fashion. xx

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  8. So funny Heidi! And true! But gee that striped top with trench and ballet flats, it looks pretty sharp. I call it a "hangover outfit", like you could be feeling pretty rubbish and put it on and the world is better, because it's great.
    I don't think I do this in my house, I'm much more susceptible to Emma Bridgewater and antique things, which is a look of its own of course and I sure didn't invent it.
    I love the look of a fern on a plant stand but I can't grow houseplants to save my life. I'd love to have some parlour palms though!

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    1. There's always a country style look thats in fashion Dani, used to be lots of heritage greens and baltic pine back in the 90's... and you know I love antiques, but they come and go in fashion terms too (heavy Victorian is out, lighter Georgian is in etc etc). xx

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    2. Dani I too love Emma Bridgewater - so warm and cozy and sweet.

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  9. So accurate! what's the next chevron stripe? Pineapples? Remember in the 80s everyone decorated with WOODEN DUCKS and candle sticks made of giant wooden spool things??

    I adore polka dots.

    And breton tops. My best one is from the boys section at H and M, wish I'd bought MORE!!! xxxx

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    1. If I can predict the next Chevron, I may be able to make a lot of money!! I DO remember the 80's duck movement. So funny. Do you remember the early 80's dried flower arrangement obsession? There was a Shoppe in Adelaide that specialised in the whole look (called "A Thousand Flowers"). Lots of lace everywhere too...
      I love a Breton top. H & M? that would've been a bargain! Mine all come from Boden or J Crew. Mummy uniform..... xx

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    2. I had my father cut out wooden ducks for me that I painted British Racing Green and tied with Tartan ribbons.. I also had wooden candlesticks with gingham lampshades... they went well with my Laura Ashley quilt cover and scalloped balloon blinds... Loved the 80's.. I would also add chalkboard paint on walls in kitchens to your list... am v.over it.

      I would love to know the next "Chevron" too- I think there is also going to be a rebellion against "Scandi Style" too...

      I do love a trench and stripe too- I would not go a day or two without a striped top...My best one was from a sailing supply shop in Southampton from 15 years ago.. still have it and wear it often.

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    3. Very funny re the ducks. I remember holding a deep love for Laura Ashley back then too. I was just in one of the big shopping centres in Adelaide (Burnside Village, not sure if where you're from anon) and it was a sea of stripes... I am guilty of wearing the stripes a lot myself, it's such an easy fallback. x

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  10. Great post! So very true and how I feel about pinterest and all manners of modern media. Things lost their individuality and trends burn into cliche so much faster now thanks to supply chain and the internet I think.

    Chevron I did find arresting but never acted on it and now...so overexposed! Mid century I'm also quite sick of and yet it's mostly the american "eames" (or worse) mid century I am sick of. Much of it just looks so poor quality and poorly designed, boring, misshapen etc.

    I have a fritz hansen dining table with series 7 chairs which I'm now finding boring and repetitive thanks to "magazines" but I still love it...I think as long as something was and remains comfortable and looking great rather than tired/worn out you will still love them. In both interiors and fashion I think function/comfort/quality breeds classic's while the iconic or innovative breeds trends as these traits are more linked to "status symbols" and the fun that trends are all about.

    One style I'm loving at the moment is the kind of 70's/80's/90's memphis and other postmodern geometric or playful styles...and yet I see this (especially the colours) becoming a trend much like neon and pastels, midcentury and 18th century antiques before it etc.

    Like you say, it is nonrational to care if it's cliche or "everywhere". Just buy what you have loved/valued for as long as you can remember, you'll probably be happy and it'll be individual. If it's more of a lustful excited covet, I find they end up being trendy things and dating quickly...much like feelings about people I guess.

    The most expensive trends/cliches I've lived with are mosaic tiles (hardcore 2001 bathroom style) which were horrible both in terms of feel and practicality of cleaning. Then it was a colour blocked glass splash-back. (this one seems particularly UK/Australian) While practical I still just don't know what was going on there that had everyone loving it. I've also had beveled subway tiles with dark grout just before they became an airborne virus. Also practical, but had me yawning every time I waited for my toast.

    It's all individual though. I think that is what's great about trends and cliche choices, they get under the heart of different people so despite being mass introduced/exposed at certain times they can stay with individuals forever.

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    1. I think it's the mass saturation of digital media that causes things to be so faddish... used to be all we had access to were magazines, whereas blogs, pinterest, instagram etc etc all spread a look much faster. It always amuses me that there are certain 'looks' in the blog world that don't necessarily end up in mainstream design so much, but everyone becomes a little hysterical about that particular fabric or wallpaper or whatever (like Schumachers Chang Mai dragon print for instance). Show someone that doesn't read blogs and they'll think it's fine, but so what... indoctrinate them into the whole thing, and they'll start to want it too. It's an interesting psychology.
      Your table is a classic! Stick with it, and fads will change but your table and chairs will sail over it Rohan!

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  11. A very entertaining post! Wish it were longer. X

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    1. Thank you! It was getting late last night and I wanted to go to bed, otherwise I may have kept on... maybe I should to a part 2!?

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  12. Love this Heidi.
    I'm ahead of the curve - I have ferns !! Dying ferns but nevertheless...

    Excuse my French but have you had a look at Tumbler's http://fuckyournoguchicoffeetable.tumblr.com/

    Very funny. And slightly insulting as you read it and think "I wanted/own one of those!"

    Ann

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    1. Ferns! You are fashion forward!
      Thanks for the link to the site - made me laugh so much. So many of those images I recognised... and quite a few had things I was going to add to this list before I got tired and decided to publish it before going to bed! The branch as hanging rack concept, and books stacked with the spines facing inwards were two.....

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    2. Haha! I was going to suggest you look at FuckYour Noguchi Coffee Table, but Ann has beaten me to it!
      It's my weekly dose of belly laughs!

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  13. How I enjoyed this post and smiled all the way through it! Yesterday I was in a rush and grabbed my Breton top, skinny jeans and ballet flats (no trench as it's surprisingly warm here!) but I added a necklace from Istanbul which might I hope have added a tiny touch of individuality. You are right about these interiors clichés. I suppose it's the influence of Pinterest and blogs too although I remember in the 80s there were dried flower arrangements everywhere and bowls of pot pourri. Candles are perhaps the new pot pourri!! Entertaining post.

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    1. I think that's it miss b... it's lazy dressing for us all! You know it will look pulled together, so saves further thought.. your necklace though sounds lovely. Oh! The potpourri! How could I forget that??! xx

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  14. Think I've been living under a rock (which I guess I figuratively have been) as I didn't even know that the chevron moment has been & is about to pass. I look terrible in beige or tan colors and don't own a trench coat in those colors but I do love colour ( have brown hair & eyes) so I have a red trench and a pink one which has now gone to rag heaven from overuse. Have wool winter coats in black, red, pale pink and hot pink which are on high rotation and have been worn daily when going to work at 7.30am on public transport over the past 20 years. Personally, I just dress to please and my "uniform" is probably more formal than most peoples but that is what makes me happy and confident so there it is.
    We built our home 11 years ago when the trend was to have a latte or grey colored rendered facade. We so did not go down that path and although those homes look great, we still would not pick those colors. I also worked in law firms that had those Barcelona chairs in the foyers and I never saw anyone sitting in those chairs looking happy! Den

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    1. You missed the Chevron moment Den??! All I can say is lucky you that you never noticed it covering every available surface and item in retail at the moment!
      Those chairs are the perfect office foyer chair - they make you sit up straight! They were originally designed for an expo pavilion, so were designed to look good more than anything else... I think trenchs in colours other than beige are great - beige suits very few in actual fact. I know I look slightly sick when I wear mine, which is probably why I don't wear it as much as I should. xx

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    2. Realized that the rock I've been living under is the events of the past 4 & 1/2 years, but especially the last 18 months is dealing with our seriously injured 9 year old son who was a rear seat passenger in a stationary car which was rear ended by a speeding 21 year old who police estimated was travelling at 170km/hr in a 70 km/hr on a Friday afternoon. Then just as last Christmas passed and we thought that all had started looking good, my darling beautiful mum passed away unexpectedly. Now she would have looked awesome in a beige trench as she had blonde hair and green eyes and was a gorgeous women. Haven't been to the shops for about 18 months for this reason, forgot to say that winter coats have been amassed over 20 years and have survived pregnancies and maternity leave, school runs and fashion ( well I might be seriously deluding myself!! But I bought simple styles.)

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    3. Oh Den, what a terrible time you've had... no wonder a lot of these fads have passed you by. With all the very bad luck you've had I'm sure your due for an easy time from now on. My sympathies to you on losing your mum... it's not an easy thing at any stage in life I think - you always feel a bit orphaned. But to have it happen unexpectedly when you've obviously had such a difficult time with your Son's injury as well, is just too awful for words. I Hope you have a very peaceful and quite patch of recovery ahead of you. xxx

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  15. Nicely done. I really do like that Breton/skinnies/flats look and it is quite adorable on 4 year olds. What simply MUST go away are ripped (or is it 'distressed') jeans. When I see an otherwise sensible adult woman looking ridiculous in some get-up featuring those, I want to pull her to one side, tell her in a comforting tone that I can help, hand her my card, hail her a cab, and tell her it's not too late to go home and change as not that many people have seen her yet.

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    1. GSL, that made me snort!
      I fear I have gone out in torn jeans, but at least mine were torn by me being clumsy, not as a fashion statement!

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    2. My ripped jeans are genuinely ripped (as in from crawling around on the floor with small children) and they are then consigned to my gardening jeans wardrobe segment. I'll never forget my sister distressing a pair of jeans very carefully (they were to go with her Madonna T-shirt. This was around 1988) with lots of fraying and strategic holes, and my grandmother hated it so much that she let herself into our house one day and carefully patched and sewed all the rips up while we were out. There were tears when my sister discovered what had happened..

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    3. Now Ruth jeans that actually got RIA (ripped in action) and then worn while performing actual chores is not what causes me dismay. It is those offenders such as Heidi's sis (although none of us escaped the 80s unscathed) only fastforwarding that youthful folly into the twitter era that gets my goat.

      Heidi, hearing about your valiant grandmum fighting the good fight brought me tears too.

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    4. So funny GSL! Yes, my grandmother could not work out a few of our fashion phases. The all- black phase we all went through she didn't like much either, she would say that my sisters and I all looked like Italian Widows.

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    5. now it's children dressed all in black..I've turned into my mother I dont like it !!

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    6. It's hard at the moment smr - the shops are full of black for kids. I won't dress my children in it either, but there are not a lot of options around as an alternative. x

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  16. Dear Heidi,
    I'm the fashion cliche bandwagon, in fact the exact outfit combo it laid out ready for my trip to Melbourne today. Easy pieces that will be work horses for a week in Melbourne (+ adding a woollen coat, boots, scarfs and sundry jumpers) seeing family and attending a conference. Like Miss B I like to shoosh it up with an interesting statement piece of jewellery too.
    I never have got on the interiors bandwagon quite frankly although pineappley things were gifted to me for christmas this year so I guess sort of have succumbed
    Oh gosh A Thousand Flowers! Forgot about that. It was on Unley Road right? I think I bought a ridiculously ill made dress that fell apart after a couple of wears but it did have lace on it!
    Kate Bx

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    1. I'm wearing a striped top today as well Kate B! I nearly put on my trench this morning, as it was raining, and then stopped myself.
      Maybe the pineapple thing is a Queensland thing? FF mentioned it a little higher up the thread... I haven't noticed a big pineapple movement here in Adelaide yet. Maybe it hasn't arrived yet though?
      It was on Unley Road! I think it was the corner of Fisher Street. It was a very of the moment shop... lots of pot pourri there, and framed dried flower arrangement pictures for the wall. Have a great time in Melbourne! xx

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  17. Such an enjoyable read, and you're quite right - there are plenty of fashion cliches out there.
    I'm guilty of many of them, but I guess that's a case of having not enough time or energy to be creative.
    With access to blogs, constant news and images, it’s very hard to be original these days…

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    1. It is hard to be original, and everything has become quite homogenised I think due to the net. I think you're right about the time to be original... every now and again I'll find a new outfit combination, and it's because i've actually had the time to try a few different things on, whereas normally I rotate between a few tried and tested Uniforms. xx

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  18. Oh yes Heidi. Great observations. I was never a fan of the Chevron but I still like a Herringbone. Those green glass splash backs are what I really don't like. They're so noughties and very Australian when put placed in all white kitchen. Not dissimilar to our 2004 renovation of an all white kitchen with glass splash back. Although ours is not glass green but a pale grey called "Whiter Shade", which I've always thought is a lovely name for a paint colour. The white subway tile is probably the replacement of the green glass splash back for this decade.

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    1. I love Herringbone, and I don't think that's been a fashionable 'thing' yet in interiors (and fingers crossed it won't be like chevron). The glass splashback has definitely been replaced by the subway tile, and I'm sure in 10 years time everyone will think it's so boring and be ripping it out. I had the glass splashback at our last place in the kitchen, it was a definite interiors thing back then. I've actually noticed a lot of delft tiles popping up in overseas kitchens, and they may well end up becoming popular again - do you remember the late 80's early 90's when everyone had patterned french style tiles behind their cooktop? Hope your reno is going well xx

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  19. Such a great post, thank you! I have been thinking roughly along the same lines, that everything is becoming homogenized, and we are all dressing the same - and just wrote a post on it yesterday. I included a link to your post, re: the trench/striped top/jeans/ballet flat outfit.

    For some reason, it didn't occur to me that the same thing is happening with interior design. I am honestly quite clueless about interior design trends but I have seen the giant typography in trendy restaurants and shops around the city, and those Barcelona chairs are everywhere.

    I actually have all the components of your example fashion cliché, but for some reason, have never worn the whole outfit together. I prefer wearing my trench over skirts and dresses, and wearing a hip-length jacket over the striped top/jeans/ballet shoes.

    Hope all is well! Happy weekend!

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    1. Will pop over to your blog to check it out Louise - I have been off the radar a little this week. Things are a bit too homogenised now. I blame technology! I like your alternative cliche outfits too, although I'm thinking I should give up my trench. If I'm perfectly honest it makes me look a little unwell - beige doesn't suit everyone! xx

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  20. Aint that the truth ! another one is those large, grey, matt tiles in bathrooms.. fashion has always been like this everyone catches on, though I do expect top mags. to show more than what everyone is doing ..

    another one is the Sydney terrace with..on second thoughts I'll stop there

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    1. Haha smr! Yes, don't offend too many... there is a particular type in Adelaide renos too... but I won't say much as obviously a lot of people like it. xx

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  21. Such a funny post Heidi. I'm guilty of the fashion cliche above, but it really is a classy way to dress, so damned Pinterest & all those fashion blogs out there, I'm sticking to it. And ripped jeans, I just don't understand why anyone would want to look so untidy!!!! Or boyfriend jeans, I once tried on a pair and the very loose fit was just so unflatering, jeans are meant to be slim fit right?

    As for interiors, I seem to have missed that boat a bit in relation to the above as I haven't been tempted by the figs, chevron (like Kristine I mush prefer heringbone) or typography. I do love mid century modern, but only own replica eames chairs in black though rather than the more popular white. I do blame the internet for the over kill of what, to me. would probably be very nice things to have in my house. I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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    1. Boyfriend jeans look good on tall, skinny models. They do not look good on shorter, more rounded types. Then they just look like you were painting your house/ gardening and forgot to change before running down the street.
      I have a friend that has a real noguchi coffee table, purchased around 12 years ago. She is so sad about all the replicas and the fact that it is now so recognisable. It wasn't back when she bought it, and I think she feels it's not very special anymore. xx

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  22. Fantastic post Heidi. Very amusing and well written. I have recently forbidden myself to buy any more striped tops - complete uniform for my days off and my husband hates it. I have been hankering for a trench coat these last few weeks though, since my daughter won a burberry heritage one at an Easter party. We had such fun picking one up at the store and the stylist was very inventive with the ways to wear it. Very OP. Not sure how good the whole mother-daughter matching thing is either...
    On the interiors I don't think I keep up with trends but I think you do without even realising it in a way. You think you've had a great (and original) idea but then you realise that your taste has been informed by House and Garden, Pinterest, etc. Not long ago I thought that the William Yeoward crystal pineapples were totally tacky and ostentatious and now I find myself lusting after them and in the last 6 months I have acquires a pair of pineapple table lamps, pineapple/palm candlesticks and pineapple bookends (not all in the same room). Ditto for de Gournay. Perhaps I have just been living in Chelsea too long?!
    Chevron hasn't been as big in the UK as other countries I think. But it is everywhere in the States. xx

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    1. That's interesting that Chevron has missed the UK somewhat. I wonder why? Maybe we're more influenced by US trends now in Australia...
      Your daughter would look ADORABLE in her trench. And how lucky was she to win it?! I struggle with my trench because frankly the beige is not that flattering. I really don't wear it as much as I should.
      So funny re the pineapples!! Anything William Yeoward is pretty good in my book, but I'm sure your candlesticks, bookends and table lamps look fab. And so glad to read they're not all in the same room!!
      Please don't tell me De Gournay will ever become a trend. For one it is too expensive, and two it is SO beautiful xx

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  23. Where is the photo of you? I never ever tire of stripes, trenchy, ballet flats and that whole outfit, it just works! And I've seen it work on preppy people, tattoed (sp??)up the whazoo women and those chic Frenchy types though I am always suspicious of photos of women in high heels walking their kids through the parks, not natural. The other day I saw a magazine photo of a mother at an indoor play thing in New York in stiletoes and she looked ridiculous rather than stylish....aaaanyway Think its more classic than cliche. Olivia Palermo just zazzes everything up perfectly doesn't she?

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    1. Well, someone once mistook me for Olivia Palermo Jody... however it was a photo of OP on the blog, and as I've never published my face on here, I can't sadly claim any resemblance in real life.
      On the very odd occasion I"ve had high heels on with my kids in tow, I feel ridiculously stupid. You sort of trot along with them, and know that if one decides to run onto the road, you've got no chance of chasing them down. xx

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  24. Olivia Palermo never gets it wrong. That girl can even carry off the shorts - Oh how I envy her.

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    1. I KNOW! The SHORTS! They just look a bit wrong on me, unless I'm on a beach holiday somewhere daggy. I have not embraced the shorts with heels look. Just doesn't work on me. At all. xx

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  25. Great observations, Heidi. The stripes and trench etc does seem to be a winning (though overused) combo but I don't think I've ever worn that. And just for you :) I will do so this week.

    Re: your fiddle leaf ... I once had a can't-kill-it house plant, not a fiddle leaf but something highly tolerant. It would come back (droopy leaves springing back to perky leaves) every time I forgot to water it for a week (or maybe two). This went on for years until one time. It refused to drink when I watered it (the dirt stayed moist for days and days though I didn't overwater). I still think it kinda committed suicide due to a broken heart from my neglect.

    I have nothing valuable to say on interior decorating, would you take anything from someone who has the entire house decorated like a sports bar?

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    1. So funny re the sports bar comment! I'm now picturing your home with a lot of signed football/ baseball tops on the walls and enormous big screen tv's, multiples in each room of course!
      I will look out for your blog post with the trench and stripes Tiffany rose! Will be interested to hear how you find the experience! xx

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  26. Heidi I'm interested to know what type of upstairs renovation/extension you recommend if not doing one of those boxy modernist ones? We are considering this for our house and I feel as though the boxy modernist is our only option as that's what everyone does at the moment!!!! This post on cliches has me thinking...?!!!?? Xx

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    1. Hmmm, maybe I should write a post on extensions.... Without knowing the style of your existing house, it's hard to direct you, but there are good reasons why the modern/ boxy extension has become very popular. One is cost - it's the cheapest thing to build - pitched roofs cost more than flat roofs. Boxy can be pretty amazing too, but unfortunately it's just used a lot as a cheap way of putting on an addition - much like the old sunrooms of the past. If you have a traditional house, you could consider dormer windows if you're interested in a slightly more traditional vibe. I have a good Pinterest board - roofs, that has a lot of different examples of dormer windows (you don't have to go quite so old style, it's the concept more http://www.pinterest.com/anadelaidevilla/roofs/ ). Or check out my Architecture board http://www.pinterest.com/anadelaidevilla/architecture/ which has modern boxy done well, as well as more traditional styled elements. I think the extension I've done is a good example of what I'd call a complimentary extension - the roof line matches in, elements are traditional, but the render/ windows/ pared back details make it more modern and less faux heritage. Hope that helps! You need a good Architect!

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    2. Ah thank you so much! We have a Queen Anne villa in Adelaide... I'm going to check out Pinterest now! Xb

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  27. Great post. Lots for me to think about - I'm guilty of being a walking cliche myself...

    SSG xxx

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