Article by Melissa Penfold
Even as parts of the country starts to reopen after several months of lockdown, many of us are still focused on making our homes as comfortable as possible while we weather the pandemic. We also look at how the pandemic is shaping home design. It’s not just a trend; it’s a new way of life.
"Other homeowners began looking for ways to remake outdoor space for spring, and that trend looks set to continue into Summer."
Many homeowners also seem to be on a quest to stay cheerful, sprucing up their spaces with beautiful interior decorative items. With limited restaurant options, even fewer travel options and little reason to spend money on nice clothes for the office, many are using their disposable income to upgrade their pandemic headquarters. The thinking is: ‘If I’m going to be here; I want it to be as comfortable as possible and as calming as possible.
South Australian-based retailer Living By Design reports month-on-month growth, with containers of furniture pre-selling before they arrive. One category that has seen significant growth is the outdoor sector according to owner Tim Bowring who says the pandemic appears to be boosting demand for outdoor living, noting massive sales for its two best sellers, the new Paloma Outdoor Dining Table and the Inizia Woven Rattan Dining Chairs.
Overnight, outdoor space has become a commodity hotter than ever before, says Bowring, whose company quick ships nationwide, and has become a firm favourite with media and designers over the past few years. “Thanks to everyone staying at home, our gardens, terraces, and patios are replacing the now-cancelled travel and getaway plans. In the past six weeks we have noticed a huge increase in demand for outdoor furniture. One container of the Inizia outdoor furniture collection pre-sold before it arrived. Half of the new Lecco garden furniture shipment sold out in one week. There’s been astonishing demand for the new Paloma outdoor aluminium round table - with all sizes and colours selling fast, since launching last month,
“People have reallocated eating-out and travel budgets to outfitting their houses and gardens. They are focusing on their outdoor space’s beauty and usefulness for spring, and summer, as they look forward to welcoming small gatherings,” says Bowring.
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