“A house shouldn’t look like a store.” So says a long-time reader who tells me her pet peeve is when a house is decorated like one. “I hate it when they have tons of stuff everywhere, and it’s all perfectly coordinated and arranged into vignettes on every table and shelf. It’s like they studied merchandising or something. You almost expect to find price tags on everything, you know?”
Well, to be honest, I didn’t know. I hadn’t really thought about it before, and I wasn’t totally sure what she meant. But when I got the new issue of Country Living in the mail and saw the feature about decorating with white and antiques, little bells went off in my head. Ding-ding-ding.
This is exactly what she was describing. I would normally be thinking, “Pretty!” But now I stopped and thought, “Hmmm. It does look like the house has been merchandised.”
Mirrors for sale!
At the end of my reader’s rant, she added, “And don’t even get me started on those stacks of old luggage you see in every magazine now, with the captions that say, ‘You can use them for storage!’ Oh, brother.”
So I had to laugh when I got to this photo in the magazine–and it was captioned with a comment about how the family uses it for out-of-season storage:
I bet she really hated that. Ha. And even though I think it looks perfectly lovely, she makes a good point. Maybe we are taking the concept of styling our stuff to extremes. Creating the perfect vignettes. Merchandising all of our possessions as if we’re posing them for a catalog shoot.
What do you think? Is this one of your pet peeves, too? Or do you love the “shop-at-home” look?
You can see the rest of the photos at Country Living.