Inspiring or Alienating: Dwell

Inspiring or Alienating: Dwell

Heather Blaha
Jul 2, 2008
Over the weekend, I had a long conversation with a friend who picked up the latest Dwell issue from my coffee table. Thumbing through, she admitted her slow realization: that the magazine made her feel bad about her home. I've been to this friend's amazing Austin house and know that she lives beautifully, lightly, stylishly and intelligently. But I understood what she meant: specific shelter magazines have the ability to alienate, even though they aim to inspire.

Personally, I enjoy Dwell's eye-candy, book highlights, history sound bytes and concept articles. But I also have to occasionally stop wallowing in the oohing and ahhing when it stops making me feel good; when it makes me think I want and need more than I know I want and need (or more than would ever be realistic for my lifestyle).

We want to know: Do you have reactions similar to that of our Texan friend? Does Dwell help ignite new ways of living or make you feel bad about the ways you already do?

(Image of Pieter Weijnen's Amsterdam home. Photos by Hertha Hurnaus.)

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