Having come very recently to the idea that we design interiors, they do not accrete themselves, I’ve been researching shelter magazines and sites. If we can use the term “research” for browsing images, pinning, yelping “Oh that’s horrible,” browsing, yelping, muttering “Maybe this one is OK,” and pinning some more.
I grokked fashion mags. (Remember that word?) I understood that I preferred Vogue over, say, Glamour or Harper’s Bazaar or Lucky. I also understood that I didn’t want to dress like the models in Vogue, that their outfits created a system of crossed flashing and occasionally neon beams, like a light show at a Madonna concert, and it was up to me to figure out the real costume.
I am working towards a similar understanding of the world of shelter. So interesting that we nickname interior style with its most primordial function, right? Does that mean that the nickname for clothing style, AKA “fashion,” tells us that the most essential function of clothing style is la mode? Not comfort? But I digress.
Let’s ask ourselves now, which shelter magazine(s) are we? Let’s review a few images, in no particular order. I’m flustered by the difference in images sizes, BTW, but if the mags don’t want to help me make them look good, what can I do?
Martha Stewart Living
Cute, but too peppy for me. I don’t want my house to be happier than I am. Also, I would craft in order to furnish a room, but I would not furnish a room in order to craft.
I see the appeal, but too much muchness. Often actualized in fabric, chandeliers, and swoop of all kinds.
My mother has subscribed to AD forever, and my sisters and I agree that we’re going to like one space in every issue. Not a realistic sort of liking, i.e. “I could do that in my house,” but a “Yeah, sure, were money no object.” I haven’t yet figured out how to abstract out any lessons.
I love their exteriors. So far as I can tell, their interiors tend towards other regional styles than my own, i.e they focus on New England, the Southeast, the South.
I speculate that this is a post-2008 look, a very hard recession having brought this eclectic, sparse approach to furnishings into our style lexicon. While I appreciate these spaces — particularly when they’re truly Craigslist and not faux upscale retail remakes of a thrift store aesthetic — in my house I like a little more plush and harmony. Where possible.
The World Of Interiors
So far from my world that I treat it as art. So do the publishers apparently, no tawdry Internet photos for them. Gotta embed the whole issue in the blog. I love their imagery, but I do worry a little about the homeowners, who often appear to be eating dinner surrounded by peeling paint and dust. Not good for the digestion.
I find it odd and yet eminently reasonable that a site focused on actual purchase of house goods offers the interiors I like best. Over all. So far. I’m still mulling over eleventy-billion photos of Swedish apartments full of white paint and light. Work in progress guys, work in progress.
All photo links on my Pinterest board, here. I look forward to your thoughts, if you have a moment.