Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Who Lives in these Rooms Anyway

I was watching Decorating Cents last night, and as usual they had a segment on interior redesign. In that segment, interior redesigners move the furniture in the room around, then scout throughout the house looking for accessories to bring the room together.

To accessorize they bring in lamps, tables, throws, pillows, plants, candles, art, knic knacs, etc. Once the room is accessorized it looks good. Well, it looks like it's ready for a magazine shoot.

The problem with these rooms is that once they are accessorized, they aren't really comfortable to use. I mean, the room looks great but how are your guests going to sit down when the sofa is covered with pillows and throws?

How do you manage to see the person you are talking to with tall candles or a bunch of flowers on the coffee table? Someone please tell me - what's the point of a coffee table that is so full of accessories (things you don't use) there is no room for your cup of coffee?

Don't people intend to use these rooms? Are the rooms just for looking at? Do the people who live there constantly straighten the throw on the sofa or rearrange the pillows once someone leaves the room?

Are our "living" rooms really supposed to look like magazine ads? Aren't we supposed to live in these rooms? That's what the den is for, you say. Then your intention is to pay for a living room that you can't use, you can only look at, obsess over, and worry about, right?

I don't get it. I mean, I understand that everyone wants their home to look nice. But, who decides what looks nice? Is it up to the designers, or the TV shows, or the mother-in-law...or us?

If you ask me, a room is meant to be used. If you can't use the room without having to worry about everything being straight, centered, fluffed, and unwrinkled, then you have a showcase - not a room for your family to use.


Anonymous said...

i am will you on this one. especially the mountain of pillows on sofas and beds. i saw a decorating show on tv where they did the decorating in layers. i think it ended up being 7 layers total. i thought it looked good after layer 3 or 4. plus having dust allergies i am not one for too much bric-a-brack either. simplicity is more tasteful in my opinion.

Angie said...

That is something I can't stand. Having to dust knic knacs. I don't have them because they are so much trouble to lift, dust, and replace. Besides they are just too easy to accidently knock off while you are trying to dust.

I don't understand why someone would want to make a 15 job into one that takes 2 hours. To each his own, I guess.

But those pillows. People will spend $50 - $200 on pillows that end up on the floor at night.


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