Friday, July 20, 2012

House Porn

My brother-in-law coined the phrase house porn for those television shows and magazines that lure us into spending big cash in search of more beautiful interiors. His point is resist from the outset or there is no hope.

As we await our furnishings from Japan, we hope that they will arrive soon. We aim to reduce our household size.

A goal is to let go of some furnishings that both won't fit into the house and do not fit the house. Another goal is to resist the urge to stuff the house full of stuff that someday might be useful. Another goal is to resist purchasing new stuff generally, though I do have three items on my list already.

I have been contemplating some criteria for whether an object can stay. I read a suggestion that instructed the removal of all kitchen items from the drawers, put everything in boxes. Only place the items back into the kitchen that are needed from the boxes during the next month. After a month, any thing left in the box is not essential.

Household objects need to offer up multiple uses or at least heavy usage. Then we just have to be brave and tough it out when we don't have the exact useful item and resist the urge to purchase one. The goal is a house with flow, with chi.


Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. 
William Morris


There is house porn, there is catalog porn, and it is all hard to resist. I probably ought to avoid Target and Walmart while I'm at it. I'm sure I can reuse or repurpose something to avoid shopping, I just need to remind myself of my goals. In the meantime, here's a little eye candy.

From 3 burners in Japan to 6 in the USA