very interesting article today in the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, talking about how women are now measuring their success and self worth not by body image, as has been the case for years, but by the design and decor of their homes. The article argues that we are obsessed with perfecting 'the body of our home' - something we will never accomplish so long as we keep having access to images online to compare our homes to. Improving our homes, it argues, gives us a feeling of control when our lives seem quite the opposite. It says that even designers are intimidated and fear having people because they don't think their homes are nice enough.
I confess that I totally fit into that category at times. There is an endless list of things I want to do in my home that I lose track of all the progress I've already made. It's as if I don't want anyone to see it until it's perfect, but in reality, that could be years, or more likely, never! I always thought it was because this is my job, but now I realize that there are other women out there feeling the same thing. I devour interiors magazines and am guilty of striving for that look of perfection, knowing full well that I'm about as likely to have that impeccably styled and well lit an interior as I am to having Jennifer Aniston's legs! As the article suggests, if we compare our homes to the ones in interiors magazines, we'll never be happy.
I encourage you to give it a read and I'd love to know your thoughts on the subject. Do you think we're obsessed? We sure do seem to spend a lot of time focusing, discussing, comparing and analyzing our homes. We can be guilty of picking them apart. When our home is really an extension of our self, then I guess it isn't any different than nitpicking our bodies when looking at images of models in magazines.
I'd love to get a discussion going about this. I find it so interesting. Send me your thought when you have a moment.