Recently, The New York Times ran an article entitled How to Tell When You're Over-Propped. In it, they call attention to the "self-consciously styled home" and list several trends they see as evidence of this recent phenomenon. While the trends themselves are notable — books arranged by color, antlers, and terrariums, to name a few — I find their proliferation, and the role propping plays in our everyday lives, to be an even more interesting subject; one that brings up issues of access, perfectionism and ultimately, authenticity.
How do you feel about the practice of propping in general? Has the volume of design inspiration available online had an impact on how you decorate? Do you feel the pressure to style and prop your own home? What role should authenticity play in the display of objects? How much is too much?