Having examined, in the recent past, cultural identity, I thought we might move on to house style. As one does. Who among us has not undertaken Cosmopolitan and Glamour quizzes purporting to explain ourselves to ourselves? Who among us has never succumbed to a Facebook slideshow in an attempt at the same?
So, What Shelter Magazine Are You, v.2? (We’ve done this before, a while back)
How about Dwell? I love the minimal, rustic, craggy-vistaed look, but, since I don’t have a pristine grassy plateau available at the moment, I can’t say this is me. Impractical.
Elle Decor? I love the photo below, but I realize that in this case, the outdoors makes the indoors. Insufficient chairage, if one wants to do anything other than stare out the window. For example, talk to other people. And by the way, Elle’s sourcing a Sotheby’s house tour. Guys, the world is changing.
Vogue Living? This image represents most closely a space in which I would want to live. A space in which the dishtowels on the oven door handle play a visual role as do the frames on the wall. Celebrate the rumple, my friends.
Other sites host an aesthetic clearly not my own. BHG, I don’t know why but I don’t care for text-based decor.
Southern Living, love the furniture, but what do you have against a nice pale blue, or navy, or, say, silver to add to this palette?
Beyond pure aesthetic then, the shelter magazines themselves are suffering from something of an identity crisis. Those who get the usefulness bit right, either in content (i.e. how to decorate with random non-beautiful art),
often seem to lack the resources for top-notch styling and photography.
The perfect shelter magazine, for me, would have Vogue and Dwell’s aesthetics, combined, along with Sunset’s practical but creative thinking, and Lonny’s modern user experience and technologies.
In the interim, although I don’t do much on Instagram per se, I’ve begun to follow designers for inspiration. Bruce Shostak, Orlando Soria for sophisticated interiors, Christian Walker for architecture and design, Daniel Nolan (recommended by one of you) for gardens. And on HGTV I read articles by my friend Lauren.
Ah well. Nobody ever said that finding oneself was easy. And nobody ever said these quizzes have to really be anything more than fun on a Wednesday morning.