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Autumn/ Winter Trends 2021

A/ W TRENDS 2021

“They who sing through the summer must dance in the winter” – Italian Proverb

Mid-Century modern

The mid-century modern or MCM phenomenon is here to stay. The magic of MCM is found everywhere, from architecture to interior, furniture, colour palettes and ceramics. There are many ways to thread the spell of mid-century into your home. From hero pieces such as a statement velvet green lounge to an infamous butterfly chair and haven’t we all dreamed about a set of iconic wishbone chairs circling our dining table. Part of the magic about this trend is that you don’t have to dedicate your entire interior to it. With just a few pieces, the appreciation for nostalgic, effortless design will prevail. In a busy world, we’re drawn to the natural timbers found within MCM connecting us to nature and simplicity. In the end, less is more. Choose a colour palette of tangerine, indigo and a shade of pickle green for a mid-century moment.


Even though this is a trend forecast, we hope this is one to stay. With a boom in influencer active lifestyles, millennial generations are engaging with ‘organic’, ‘simple’ and ‘clean’ terminology. From healthy food options to natural textures, sustainable fashion and a boom in DIY, this organic trend features the imperfections of glazed ceramic coffee cups, upcycling market and thrift finds, flawed tiles, woven baskets and rustic timber finishes. Keep your interior raw through a colour palette of rusty terracotta, sage and olive greens, blush and beige. Authenticity as a movement, natural skincare is taking over chemists and innovation being seen to respond to our climate emergency. Inspired by nature, we’ve seen the boom of indoor plants, now fabrics such as linen, jute and timber with an artisanal feel will transform your home into a soul nourishing hub.


The Netflix series got us online shopping for puffy sleeves and floral corsets during the moments we were able to tear our eyes away from the Bridgeton and Featherington drama. It found us reaching for our mother’s pearls and yearning to slip away into a ballroom of high ceilings, regal artwork and gold accents. For the ultimate Bridgerton themed event, feature a cherry blossom tree with lush rugs and a cream daybed for morning lounging, continuing into the afternoon with pastel metal settees (with nothing but wisteria overhead!). Into the evening be sure to feature some disco balls among florals and an ornate mirror to bring in regency vibes. Embrace romantic affluence with pearly pink tones and glittering metallic touches.


In contrast to our dreamy Bridgerton trend, the masculine trend is a shift to the tones of coffee and caramel fabric mixed with tawny finishes amongst garnet red accents. In fashion it’s an expression of androgynous personal style and taste, blending classically masculine silhouettes with feminine touches. Featuring tailor made blazers a little too big to reflect a feeling of being snatched from a man’s closet with synched in trousers forming an elegant and powerful look. Warm up your interior with thrift store finds, vintage suitcases and whiskey decanters, leather chaise lounges and hints of mahogany. Introduce subtle floral designs for a redefining spin while gold accents evoke power and strength. A trend for women and men alike.


As Australians prepare for the cooler season, the desire for connection is still strong in a (nearly) post COVID world. Bring the indoors out with alfresco dining experiences in the crisp Autumn air, framed with jute rugs, lanterns and cushions. Return to nature and blend the newly found love for plants that we all discovered in lockdown with the fun of entertaining. We encourage lavish tablescapes that need no excuses but to just sit with friends and family, wrapping in a shearling jumper and tan boots for a cosy Autumnal experience. Fill your entertaining area with shades of pistachio, latte, hickory and red brick. With some festoon lights overhead, it’ll be hard to head back inside.

See the trends in action in our showroom at

The Prop House – 306 Vulture Street, Woolloongabba 4102. 

For more information about visual merchandising, contact VM+ at (07) 3217 4500 or email vm@vmplus.com.au

Chat to our prop stylist today at props@theprophouse.com.au


Christmas Trends 2020

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, 

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads… 


If anyone else grew up watching Barbie and the Nutcracker or The Grinch, this trend is for you. Even if you didn’t, we are going to give you reasons anyway as to why this Candyland pastel trend is for you. After a tempestuous year, we’re mellowing out over Christmas with tones of pink raspberry sherbet, eggshell blue, butter yellow and peach puff hues. Fusing together, this candy trend is light and soft and a cheerful welcomed colour palette to start the Christmas season. Velvety textures and a medley of pom poms, flamingos, sugar coated doughnuts and gingerbread houses. This year we are embracing all the sweetness you can envision as we build pink trees and decorate them in pastel swirls, disco balls, vintage style candies and cupcakes. If you’re not sure how to approach this trend, we encourage a viewing of The Grinch (the 2000 version of course) and bring Whoville to life with a dramatic emphasis on all the good and gooey, pretty and polished.   


Escape the intensity of the summer sun this Christmas with the coolness of iridescence. Bring in brightness of pastel colours with reflective baubles and snowflakes. Swirl iridescent garlands around your Christmas tree for a look like it has been captured by icicles. Watch the light dance and play with the movement of iridescent behaviour, the modern holographic finish is bold but we can’t help but think of unicorns and all things shimmery sweet. Don’t be afraid to add pops of flat colour to your decor to bring out the blush and pearlescent hues. Ice blue, misty pink, washed aqua and porcelain peach are sure to show their heavenly faces throughout the merry season. When you feel overwhelmed by the craziness of Christmas, all you have to do is picture a pastel rainbow and drape your decorations in the colour changing surface.

Noosa Vacation 

As the year draws to a close, many of us venture to the seaside for fresh air and R&R. The Australiana trend was big last year, and this year it has refined into an Aussie beach inspired escape. Off to the shores of Noosa we travel this December for a Christmas of sage green foliage, homemade wrapping paper, decadent seafood spreads among tables decorated with champagne flutes and boutique ceramic dishes. Focus in on tones of tea tree green, Turkish blue, enticing corals and of course lots of caramel and bronze hues to reflect the golden sands found throughout the national park. This trend is a gentle approach to a traditional Australian Christmas and we encourage DIY decorations and eucalyptus bouquets juxtaposed next to an indulgent bar cart or some mistletoe draped from a crystal chandelier. 



We’re taking the nostalgia up a notch in 2020 with the illumination trend. As children, one of the ultimate memories of Christmas was venturing around your neighbourhood discovering the houses adorned in glorious lights. Feel transported this season with the simplicity of light and shape. Returning to structural elements, this trend focuses on an encounter with light. Embrace the art of observation as light shows capture the essence of Christmas with bulbs illuminating in an artistic installation. From orbs to trees, tunnels and overhead installations, there is no limit to how you design your space with the power of light. Radiant reindeers will bring enjoyment for the merry season while modern spheres allow for an innovative way to express the magic of Christmas.  

See the trends in action in our showroom at

The Prop House – 306 Vulture Street, Woolloongabba 4102. 

For more information about visual merchandising, contact VM+ at (07) 3217 4500 or email vm@vmplus.com.au

Chat to our retail manager today at sales@theprophouse.com.au

Spring Summer Trends 2020

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I think we’re all ready for a refresh. Rejuvenation, restoration and replenish. What better time than Spring to energize our spaces and our minds as we uncover the trends for Spring/Summer 2020.

With the ongoing chaos in the world, the opportunity to breath new life into our lives is welcomed. A colour palette of sage green and olive, shades of auric honey and mustard, bring beige into new life next to clay and clove tones. A palette for pleasure, purpose and mindfulness. Spring will bring in warm and comforting ideas of wildflower fields and organic produce in interiors that encompass individual dispositions. After spending so much time indoors over the last few months, it has created openings for personalities to flourish and encourage creativity. Our S/S20 trend report touches on how our economic climate creeps into our interiors through upcycling, the return to entertaining in the outdoors and the comfort of times gone by.


When conversing with friends during isolation this year, something that was bringing us joy was the rediscovered world of DIY. Do It Yourself. Now morphing into DIT. Do It Together. As Instagram erupted with self-care slogans, blogs came to life with instructions for bringing colour, texture and hand made delicate items into our lives. From tie-dying old t-shirts to destroying old necklaces so we could take the beads and create new daisy chain bracelets, we saw the lost art of embroidery emerge and art shops sell out of clay so we could try our hand at ceramics. Don’t even get us started on plants. As job security became unstable, we started to see new possibilities in our homes. A chance to rediscover ourselves through paint and pencil and using our fine motor skills for more than just scrolling. As we reignite a passion for creativity, we believe this Spring will see craft afternoons between friends, clothing swaps and paint trapped under our fingernails instead of painted on. It’s a time to refresh old treasures, rummage through your parent’s shed for the next furniture restoration and take time for serendipitous adventures and looking towards something better, together.

Not-so-secret Garden Party

Party season might be a thing of the past with regulations in place to keep our germs to ourselves. We encourage you to become familiar this Summer with ‘the new picnic’. We’re here to list off this season’s picnic essentials… with a little extra flair. Let us paint you a picture. A seagrass picnic basket holding down the white tassels of the blanket, crisp rose pouring into elegant acrylic cups, strawberries and peaches catching the dappled light peeking through the shade above. Whether this is in your back garden, on the shoreline or in the local park, bring along Moroccan ottomans to surround a pallet table and a bouquet of seaside daisies for an image worthy of Pinterest. Get creative with layering textures fabrics and cushions. Between the figs and the triple cream brie, Spring will be in full swing with a garden party like this.

Retro re-imagined

Peace, love and design… The 70’s are in! We’re going to see the 1970’s cycle back around in the Summer of 2020 as interiors celebrate timeless designs. Taking all the good bits from the grooviest decade that was. This trend is reconstructing elements from the 70’s such as corduroy, suede and coloured glass and giving them new life and a new interpretation. Even though the colour palette of the season is diluted earth tones, don’t give up colour. Use pops of colour such as antique red, sunflower yellow, avocado green and blueberry violet tones. Incorporated honest materials; strong angular vases and abstract sculptures. Why now? Why return to the 70’s in 2020? During a season of turmoil, we draw inspiration from a time viewed as free-spirited, vocal, rebellious and influential. Maybe we seek comfort from an era that made it through the blend of disco and economic upheaval. Enter the summer of 2020 with the boldness of a flower-power printed shirt and the reassurance of a well-loved pair of corduroy pants. 

See the trends in action in our showroom at

The Prop House – 306 Vulture Street, Woolloongabba 4102. 

For more information about visual merchandising, contact VM+ at (07) 3217 4500 or email vm@vmplus.com.au

Chat to our prop stylist today at props@theprophouse.com.au


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