In Your Element is a photo series and open dialogue with experts, community and thought leaders that truly practice what they preach.
This month we sat down with industry creatives to talk about seasonal transitions, get tips on how to adapt their home to the changing weather and live a more sustainable lifestyle. We chat to Caroline Tran, Fashion Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE magazine in Australia, about how she navigates seasonal changes at her home as well as her winter comfort creatures.
Can you please tell us a bit about yourself and your work?
I’m the Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE magazine. I style editorials for the publications, working with celebrities, creatives and models. I’m also a freelance stylist and brand consultant, where I work with designers and brands on their ad campaigns, content and product collections.
What does comfort mean to you? Do you have any favourite creature comforts?
Comfort for me means luxurious and soft fabrics. I’m a Taurus and it is in our nature! I love dressing in soft and natural fabrics, and sleeping in soft sheets.
How do you create comfort at home in winter?
To create comfort at home, I warm everything up. Double quilt, (sometimes) electric blanket, the fireplace on, robes and slippers. I love nesting with warmth. I also like to add ambience with scented candles, warmer, woodier scents in winter.
What is your relationship with winter?
I definitely prefer summer over winter but I wouldn’t say I hate winter. I do love winter dressing as you can be more experimental.
In winter, we tend to spend more time indoors, how do you like to hibernate?
I hibernate indoors by cooking meals, and baking. I love having friends over for dinner, cooking pasta and drinking wine.
Tell us about your favourite room or nook in your house!
My favourite room is definitely the bedroom. It has so much natural light and has become my sanctuary. It is minimal and clean (as my wardrobe is kept away in another room). We open the balcony doors and let the air and light in. It is serene and has the most beautiful afternoon mood.
Is there a creative thread or common thread you keep returning to in your work?
A common thread in my work is always less is more. Particularly in styling, you can get overwhelmed with too many shiny new things, and adding too much to a ‘look’. I find it best to keep streamlined, and true to your personal style.
Can you share your top tips on living a more considered and sustainable lifestyle?
For a considered and sustainable lifestyle – I tend to lean towards quality over quantity. Buying quality pieces, that will last a lot longer – in my wardrobe and in the home. Some pieces may be a bit pricier than ‘fast’ fashion and homewares/furniture. But it is really worth it as I find you cherish the pieces for longer and they wear better with time. I have recently set up a new home and we sourced a lot of vintage furniture. I find things can always be re-homed and re-purposed!
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