Housing Complex

20-Something Interior Decorating Obsessives: Not A Thing

So, having pulled up this story about 23-year-old Heloise McKee's decorating spree at her new group house in Burleith, my first instinct was to quell my gag reflex, throw it in Morning Links, and move on with life. People do have the right to spend their time and money beautifying their living spaces with vignettes and consoles, after all, and the Post is certainly entitled to fawn over the experience if it likes.

But it's not just a cute profile, which would lower the gag factor. McKee is a trend!

Today's 20-somethings are more design-conscious and design-savvy than previous generations: They grew up with 24-hour decorating cable TV channels, they read design blogs and online shelter magazines, and they shop at retailers that offer good design at budget-friendly prices. They know that decorating is not only about aesthetics; it's about expressing who they are.

Writer Terri Sapienza doesn't even try to back up that statement with an industry expert, or even two more examples to justify the plural "they." It's just, well, a story's not a story unless it has greater significance to How We Live Today. Are today's recent graduates really much more design-savvy than their forebears? Maybe they shop at Pottery Barn more, but I'm going to venture to guess that the Heloise McKees of 1965 spent time decorating their new pads with whatever was fashionable at the time.

This story probably doesn't quite deserve a Monica Hesse award, given its lack of attempted substantiation, but it might contend.

  • JackStarDC

    Wow, you are right. Pretty pathetic! The Post once again mistakes an homage to beige for a decorating style.
    I certainly hope this limited palette and lack of originality and imagination doesn't represent a trend.

  • Brooks

    For the love of God, why did you provide a link to that article? I was suckered in to reading it, and now I just threw up all over my office desk. Thanks.

  • HillChris

    Slow news day, eh?

  • JDub

    When I was in college I didn't have dough to shop at Pottery Barn. Velvet thrift store couches all the way -- which have more personality than beige Pottery Barn stuff, I might add.

  • vahoya

    Not to be a troll, but the City Paper isn't exactly a paragon of journalistic integrity. I've seen a heck of a lot more outlandish and unsubstantiated statements in this paper than in the Post. Not that I'm insinuating that you personally do that - I quite enjoy your blog - But if you live in a glass house, you shouldn't throw stones... ya know?

  • Begla

    Pretty excited that you cats have made "Monica Hesse award" an actual thing now.