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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Renovating


I stumbled upon this article written by Kate Wagner, the author behind the McMansion Hell blog, one of my favorites!

The intent of this article is to remind us that we don't have to give into the cultural pressure of hating how our houses already are. We can enjoy their charm and original fixtures and colors without immediately wanting to demo the whole thing to try to make it sell-able to someone else. 


The whole thesis statement is:
"Instead of falling prey to this thinking, take a moment to consider this simple idea: There is nothing wrong with your house."
And I'm losing my MIND right now. 

Not because of the fact that I'm a relatively-new homeowner now,

but because of the fact that this whole freaking article
is exactly how we also talk of our own bodies.

Some other quotes (but seriously the whole article is a good read):


"A fixation on the ills of one’s house is cultural, and has come in many different forms in as many centuries. House-positivity is seen as bizarre."
"The truth exposed by Fixer Upper and similar shows is that we are not content with authenticity. Authenticity is incompatible with the more pressing (read: commercial) narrative that, when it comes to our homes, there is always something wrong or in need of improvement."
"What we don’t realize is that this shift from partial to total is the outward sign of a more sinister change that occurred during the housing bubble leading up to the Great Recession: Average Americans began thinking of their homes as monetary objects to be bought, sold, invested in—consumed—rather than places to be experienced, places in which our complex lives as human beings unfold."
"But the truth is, “other people” don’t have to live in your house, and when they come to visit, they’re there to see you, not your succulents and marble-and-brass side table. It’s time we reconsidered the house as a place instead of an object, to be lived in, rather than consumed..."

Basically, I just wanted to write this post as kind, affirming words that you don't have to change yourself for the sake of what you think other people expect you to be.

There are lots of companies that get paid lots of money to make sure you feel bad about yourself for not wanting their product; for deciding you want to be a different-looking person than what they are selling.

You should get spend the time in your home
exactly how you want to.

It's your home.
Yours.

Everyone else is only visiting.

- C McG



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