Who knew that Martha was so good, these ladies had to wait?" In today's Times, Tracie Rozhon writes the latest article on those-who-would-be-Martha, and I have to say, it is getting tiring. After two previous articles in the Times, it is a definite trend (see our post on 3-10 "After Martha").
Kelly Hoppen, who, admittedly, is attractive and looks to have fine, fine taste, is a decorator with the aim of taking over the world. Reading this article and spending a little time at her website will leave you thinking she has the right pedigree and the right experience to do just that, but something is missing.... The first hint comes when Ms. Hoppen responds to a comparison to Martha, saying "I'm never going to be weaving or sewing or plastering. I'm just not like that."
"I don't even cook," she added. "I just pick up the phone and call up the caterers."
Kelly Hoppen may do well in this country with her fancier designs, while the other contenders may try something more like Martha's do-it-yourself approach, but does anyone have an overall vision, not just for decorating, but for the way we live in our homes? Current issues aside, Martha didn't become famous for doing everything herself, or for having high class style, she became famous for promoting the importance of paying attention to, and taking care of our homes. And the excitement of this extended to different homes, big and small, fancy and humble.
Martha's achievement was an essentially democratic achievement, and one that perhaps even she missed the importance of in the end. At her trial, she was no longer your friend in the kitchen, but the uppercrust CEO who had no time to cook.
In rushing to be like Martha, rush to do the good work she did, and not just to merely have her corner office.