I Can't Digest This Anymore
Our society and culture have become increasingly enamored with celebrities and their personal lives. From how to make Gigi Hadid’s perfect pasta to learning the Vogue secrets of Billie Eilish, the lives of celebs are put on display for us to digest. We cannot let their secrets live in peace. In this day and age where everyone can become a celebrity, we have to know their secrets, in case we can one day become a celebrity too.
The interesting thing about the Vogue beauty secrets or pasta recipes is that they’re accessible for the common people who are not touched by the exorbitant wealth that these celebrities have. You can make the vodka penne or buy the Laneige lip mask but, when it comes to their homes, the facade is shattered.
It makes sense that the richest people in the world would obviously have the most expensive homes and decor in the world. When you have that much wealth to use, what else will you do with it? What immediately comes to mind is Architectural Digest’s“Open Door” series on YouTube where we get a full glimpse into the homes of the uber-famous, complete with hyperlinks in the caption to their particular pieces.
In AD’s YouTube series, the celebs open their door to show the public their homes and the pieces that complete them. Key moments include Dakota Johnson’s expansive green kitchen or David Harbour’s coffee bar in his New York loft alongside wife, Lily Allen. But, let’s not forget Emma Chamberlain’s “avant garde” $30,000 chandelier or Kourtney Kardashian’s diamond encrusted skull that stands as a talking point in her house. Not to discredit the works of art that hang in these celebs' homes, as some truly have breathtaking pieces, but some purely have conversational pieces based on cost alone.
In the way that the ultra rich and famous can influence us to buy new clothes or try new skincare routines, the new tactic is influencing the styles of our homes. But, these celebs are unlike the rest of the population, and when you can’t afford a $100,000 Bluetooth cloud couch to match your favorite idol, what do you do to emulate their interior aesthetic? For some it’s only one thing, going sad and beige.
Celebrities may have their extravagant homes with indoor movie theaters, but are they really living there? Multiple weeks or months of the year they’re probably traveling or working, leaving little time to sit back and enjoy the amenities of their own abode. But if you’re slaving away at your 9-5, your only refuge is your home, meaning it will be much more lived in. So, what we see from a lot of these celebrities is the popularity of the “sad and beige” home. Everything looks sterile as if it came straight from the factory and right into their home. It’s devoid of personality, it’s like a clean slate where they can easily buy, sell, or renovate the architecture into something completely different.
Emulating these styles into the lives of “regular folk” normally consist of the gentrified aesthetic of newly renovated apartments where the walls are gray, the appliances are gray, and the artwork is gray. While celebs may have an exorbitant amount of wealth to spend, it seems like some are going the route of minimalism, but not to save money, just to contribute to the aura of purity. Translating this into our daily lives then leaves us with home trends on the market that are void of any of the love and life that come with decorating and living in your home.
While not every celebrity is going to have a gray, minimalist home, and not every person is going to succumb to the whim of the trend cycles, the trends are here and are pushing into the mainstream. People often claim that your home is the reflection of your mind, so why make it reflect a white and vast corporate cubicle? Bring back color, memories, and pieces that speak to you, not the influencer trends that are saturating the stores.
I can’t lie, sometimes it’s fun to watch celebrities share their interior design skills from their million dollar homes while I sit in my college apartment where the “stunning” view is the apartment across from mine. But, I would gladly take this any day over a house depleted of love and living. They can keep their sad, beige walls, and I’ll keep my mismatched film pictures, Dollar Tree decorations, and signs of love and life in my home.