Apartment Therapy Rant

26 Feb

I discovered one of my favorite blogs, The Studioist, one day when I was searching for Apartment Therapy (the site was down and I was trying to figure out what was going on). The author of the Studioist had posted very thoughtful, balanced, well-researched posts about race and class bias issues in the posts and comments on AT.

Unlike The Studioist, I’m feeling the need to let loose an AT rant.

Hey, AT commenters — why do you have to make comments saying what you hate about someone’s house???? Why do you have to say “I would have done X” or “You should move Y” or “Get rid of Z” or “It’s a bit cluttered for my taste” or other such junk? What about if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all (yes, I realize the irony). Sheesh — if you hate somebody’s home, what on earth moves you to comment about it???? Why can’t you just move on? It’s their home!!!! I have no problem with snide, disapproving, or otherwise negative posts about commercially available items or showhouses or stores or things — but c’mon, why are you hating on people’s own houses? It’s not like they asked your opinion. I would love to know what the thought process is of someone who decides to take the time to sit down at the computer, look at photos of someone’s house, and then say what they would do in that person’s house. Do you go into people’s homes and say that same junk in person? Man.

Okay, I just had to get that off my chest.

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4 Responses to “Apartment Therapy Rant”

  1. littleaugury February 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Well, there is an entire “couch” awaiting that question. I do not know why and I have been an interior designer a long time. (there is a good book- called HOME PSYCH author KRON you should get-in fact-I should read it again, I am sure updates or some infinitely superior something has come along to replace it-but having read it 3 times over -I will stick!) Now to your question, these people know nothing usually about the circumstances surrounding choices and they for everyone are personal or should be. Could it be cleansing for lack of fulfilling their own design quests? They project their own desires and also seek validation for what they have done. some of the home schizophrenia is why there are designers- the person that can look beyond personal taste and project some of what is desired by the client and the great potential beyond that. Aside from doing a house from top to bottom with NO client input that is what I like most about my “job” is reading those desires and going beyond their own imagination. pgt

    • Erica Walch February 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Hi — I’m going to check the book out, thank you! This situation reminds me of the mindset of the person who took the time to (anonymously) castigate your post about Planned Parenthood funding. It’s not like you’re a Senator or something — you’re a citizen stating your view (like the citizens showing their houses) — why not just move along if you can’t voice dissent in a civil way — and especially if your dissent is over something as inconsequential as someone’s paint color. Sheesh. I’m going to shovel snow so I don’t get all riled up again. 🙂

  2. Alexis L., The Studioist March 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    One of your favorite blogs? I’m so honored. I’m afraid that in my AT commenter days I was a dispensary for unsolicited advice; I figure when people open up there homes, they invite some critique or guidance and the comments I made were dispassionate. Still, I agree that the level of vitriol in a lot of the comments is toe-curling. Most annoying to me is the *high nasal voice* “This isn’t my style but…” Look commenter no. 89, no one cares. This isn’t about your style,especially when you don’t share or blog.

  3. Erica Walch March 8, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Yes, the “it’s not my style but” is a key irker. The other is when someone is showing off a room that they have spent blood, sweat, and tears making up in a way that they’re clearly very happy with (sample text “we love the way it turned out and can’t wait to have our guests visit our guest room”), and people feel moved to take the time to say, “I would have painted it green” or “I would have liked to see a venetian blind” or some such.

    There are plenty of posts where people actually solicit advice, but the unsolicited advice is what gets my Irish up.

    I think I may have to give up AT for Lent.

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