Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Dash to the Ego

Well, well, well. Christian and I just received our first Hate Mail from a PI reader who DESPISED our most recent column. We were called, and I quote, "snobbish, judgmental, and arrogant". Wow, this is so exciting! I can't believe someone would take the time to write an angry response to an article on decorating for pete's sake!

That being said, we did have some fun examining some of the decorating choices that we feel are less than desirable... Like matching living room sets and unpainted hollow-core doors.

Here's the link to the article in question:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/athome/260518_design25.html

Are we really that evil?

2 comments:

MJ Norton said...

I know, this piece is from all the way back in February, but I stumbled across your blog, ended up looking back to the opening month for a better insight into your intent, and saw this.

Any sweeping design/decorating tips that are focused on the negative are bound to hit on some nerves. Keep in mind that out here among the Great Unwashed many of us have a highly skeptical view of fashion-mongers. It's difficult to escape the sense that someone sold us on each of these items once upon a time, and the idea that something is functional and meets some aesthetic criteria one day but is to be considered a horror 12 months from now... well, it smacks of someone trying to condition us to be perennial consumers.

Granted, some things are awful and should never have been considered fashionable, but sometimes function and budget have to outweigh other, relatively unimportant concerns.

Certainly, someone who pauses to read a column titled "Design Files: Matching living rooms sets and other decorating 'don'ts'" should expect that someone's about to pick nits in the service of selling products and/or services. They're not here to validate decisions made five years ago and tell you you're already There.

Most likely your hate letter came from somone with vinyl blinds in the window, an over-stuffed sectional in the den, unburnt candles here and there and a shiny, brass chandelier --- which, come to think of it, would fit me, too. I wouldn't be likely to drop someone hate mail over it, though I might suggest there is something of a bullying, belittling tone to it when it hits someone whose disposable income doesn't include more than token amounts for home makeover money.

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