Judging by the reaction it received, my post on making sense of the news in the Trump era scratched an itch a number of people were feeling.
Let’s turn our attention now to another topic of grave, national import: open shelves in kitchen design. Did you know this tomfoolery is all the rage?
I challenge you to find one photo of a gleaming kitchen recently remodeled that does not include open shelves. You can’t do it. They ALL include open shelves. Sure, those glasses and cookbooks look pretty, but, could there be a more impractical idea?
Aren’t kitchens for cooking? And doesn’t cooking involve flying droplets of oil? I’ve never figured out a way to avoid the soaring grime that spews from my daily kitchen endeavors. Even if the recipe calls for covering the pot on the stove, it will still have to be scrubbed later in the sink. Oily, soapy droplets are guaranteed.
I hate to say it, but I think Joanna has led us far astray on this one, friends. (What? Some thing just have to be said.)
While we’re on the subject of impractical decor trends, we need to discuss decorating with generic, “vintage” books. Have you noticed this one?
This seems to be every designer’s new favorite way to bring in neutrals. As though books are a prop! As though it makes sense to spend money on books that you don’t intend to read.
Do these people not own books? More to the point, do they not
live for new ones have unwieldy, towering stacks at their bedside love them? Who are these alien creatures?
To add insult to my biblio-injury, many designers are now even turning the books around so the spines face the wall. Endless neutrals, they coo.
For the love of all that is good and literate, WHY?? Do these people not have books they care about and want to be able to find? Am I the only wordy nerdy who needs Harry, Ron, Hermione, Anne, and Diana present and visible?
I have already established myself as a decor freak. I pledge to you that I will continue to be one so long as kitchens are for cooking and books are for adoring.
©Laura Goetsch and Thinking About Such Things, 2017.