No one wants to be referred to as "vanilla".
And yet, as I look around my room right now, I can't deny that it would be an apt description.
White drawers, white desk, grey upholstered bed frame.
Embarrassing for the girl who is founding a company in interiors and who has been passionate about design since a very early age (opting for Vogue Living over Total Girl magazines at the age of 9).
I always dreamt that one day I would save up and buy one of the amazing furniture pieces featured in those magazines.
Yet at present the thought of forking out the expensive upfront cost of a statement arm chair or velvet couch seems too much (especially after paying a deposit, rental bond and purchasing boring but necessary white goods). And what is more it is scary, knowing just how quickly I got bored of things.
I am unsure whether the commitment phobia towards interiors developed following the 10 years of living in a bedroom with a yellow feature wall that my parents tell me I chose... Or whether it was following the investment I made five years later of all my Christmas and Birthday money towards a beach themed “Gone Surfing” room in the suburbs of Sydney (that I would have to endure till I moved out of home).
As a result my room has played it safe since, lacking the statement pieces I long to play with.
I want to live in a space that feels like me, that is good for the environment, and flexible if I move in the next 12-18 months or if I decide pastel blue is going to be "my colour" for 2022.
This is why I created AntiCommitment.
While I don't think buying furniture is dead, I do think there is a need to cater better to a generation who may never commit to a lifelong mortgage, a 'till death do us part' marriage or a linear career.
My hope is that AntiCommitment brings a flexibility and accessibility for individuals to make statements with slow furniture.
Founder of AntiCommitment