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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Scratching our Heads at the NY Times

One thing I miss about the blog Decorno is the author's wry and withering criticism of articles in the New York Times. Posts like this and this (and the hilarious accompanying comments) made me feel relieved I wasn't the only person utterly confounded by some of the apartments featured in the Home & Garden Section. We all understand that the Gray Lady wants to feature "regular people" sometimes and not just bazillion dollar townhomes on the UES, but truly, sometimes they take it too far when trying to capture the style of ordinary folks in Manhattan.

So when MoS Charlotte sent me this article yesterday, I knew I had to take up the mantle of now-defunct Decorno and ask...WHY? Namely....WHY is this apartment in the New York Times? WHY is this article in the New York Times? WHY do those cats look like they are plotting a Mr. Bigglesworth-esque scheme? WHY would you relish having an old lady smell in your apartment, especially when the old lady wasn't even related to you?



Don't get me wrong, these look like perfectly nice people in a perfectly respectable apartment. I've got no issues with them. But, I find it perplexing that the story of this couple's apartment is the featured story in the Style section of one of the world's preeminant newspapers.



Though the fancy homes are fun to gawk at, my favorite NYT articles are those that feature creative people who have somehow turned a 300 sq foot studio into something phenominal on a Ramen budget. They teach us about the importance of creativity and vision. That great style doesn't necessarily have a pricetag attached. But, I just don't get that message here.






And my personal favorite-


Thoughts???

23 comments:

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

WOW. this is too funny . . . .

Kelly Green said...

OK - there is truly nothing special aobut that apartment! sorry - nothing personal to the folks who live there. i agree with MOS. KG

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Wow, this is making my first apartment after college graduation look like the height of style.

Danielle Sigwalt said...

Totally agree...looks like an adorable and nice family, but the last picture was just so unnecessary. LOVE your blog by the way! Thanks!

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Although Im not a reader of the NYT, I do think it's interesting that this piece was granted publication in any magazine. Where is the inspiration? Where is the piece that inspires? And why did they leave all those magnets on the fridge? eewwwuuu!

LiveLikeYou said...

hahaha funny but you are SOOO RIGHT! WHY? That's how I lived back when I used t-shirts as pillow cases--

406 Olivia said...

YAWWWWWWWWN. Total snooze. Almost dorm-like.

Starfish and Sundresses said...

Ew. I just graduated college and have a tinnny budget for design but my little apartment is more stylish than this! The worst part for me is the kitchen. All those cords coming out of the wall and that weird metal chair...yuck.

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

This is hysterical. And that apartment is awful. It's cluttered and messy and nothing matches in the bad sorta way. And that picture of the kids bedroom looks like a hostel I stayed at on my romp through Europe. And the chair they are sitting in... what???? I furnished my entire place via CraigsList and thrift stores, so I am definitely not knocking people because they have a low budget. But I completely agree - WHY was this in the NYT?!

Bravo for calling this out.

Alaina

Catherine said...

It's all in who you know!

The Gimlet Eye said...

Could not agree more. I, too, was completely perplexed!

Heather said...

I like how they didn't even move the Whole Foods bag off the kitchen counter. And the patio is just sad and depressing. This has no place in the New York Times. It's like a "before" picture. As others have noted, you can have style on a small budget.

Carpe Diem said...

I would have to read the article...but maybe the message is "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"...or, maybe it is an upcoming trend...you,know: Utilitarian design is having a come-back...who knows? But there's potential, especially since they have hardwood floors.

bazaarofserendipity said...

You have got to be kidding me with this ! I kept waiting for the AFTER photos. Where are they? haha i cant believe this was published. I mean they look sweet but it is not what u would see published. wowza

Debra said...

I sure miss me some Decorno, and thanks for this post, it's just too funny. As you said, I'm sure they are nice people but yuk!!!

central bark designs said...

I don't get it. And I READ the article - still doesn't make any sense. As others have said - it's not about spending a lot to decorate - especially in NYC. I've found great pieces on Craigslist - at the Hell's Kitchen & Chelsea Flea Markets - and even on the street! You'd be amazed at what people in my neighborhood toss out! There's no excuse for this. Not in the NYT.

kka said...

my only thought is...w. t. f?

The Girl and the Cupcake said...

Bahahaha! The mind, it boggles. Just because it's in the NYT, does not a chic home make.

Rebecca said...

To be fair, it's from the NYT's "Habitats" column, which is more about real estate stories and less about style/design. I'm still not saying it's OK, but...

Allyson/HBMomof2 said...

Have to agree with you on this one. The apartment looks like my first one out of college. Bleh. I guess when the laid off people at the Times they laid off their style people with taste.

dulci said...

BARF!!!

I live in NYC and I can tell you there are so many more interesting apartments here than this!

http://ladulcivida.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Well like everyone else, I don't get it either. Is this an article about "high end" squatters?! While there's nothing really wrong with the apt. it looks like they're renting for the summer only and then moving on. There's nothing interesting or creative about the place.

traci zeller designs said...

So here's my take on this. The family looks sweet and normal, and I'm sure their apartment is typical of many, many, many apartments. It fits the series perfectly, so I'm not surprised by the apartment or by the fact that the apartment is featured in this series in the NYT. Really, after the first one in this series, it has just been more of the same. The real question is "what value does the NYT find in doing this series?" Don't they have something better to write about?? And I do LOVE you, New York Times!

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