Laughing matter

It’s Friday and I think it’s time for a laugh.

If you follow this blog, you are probably a fan of home design, great living and loving your own home. You might also love the real estate listings that I share with the Facebook and Twitter fans/followers. Perhaps you are also reading along because you like my household tips, recipes and budget-conscience solutions. In any case, I hope you are reading for fun.

I started this blog as an extension of my interior design business and to share my passion about my work. But, at the end of the day, all of the blog subject matter is really about enjoying your lifestyle more. As my mother would say (and I love this expression), “It’s not like we’re running the Pentagon here.”

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With that in mind, I thought we could all share a belly laugh at ourselves. I’d like to introduce you to 3 websites that I read regularly. I have “liked” them all on my personal Facebook page, because they deliver fun daily. You might enjoy them, too, and a laugh shared between friends is the best kind of laugh.

Catalog Living

This blog is written by comedienne Molly Erdman is supposedly “a glimpse into the exciting world of the people who live inside your catalog”. The main characters in this story, always just out of the picture frame in your catalogs, are Gary and Elaine.

Gary and Elaine are a married couple who have ongoing squabbles about their preferred lifestyle and decor choices. We see all the catalog images with a conversation-like description of what the hot button issues are really about. Sometimes you really have to study the pictures to understand the references, but it just makes the staged catalog photos that much more silly.

Fair warning: If you read this blog long enough, you will find yourself composing these captions when your own catalogs arrive in the mail. Pottery Barn even included a reference to a “Gary and Elaine” on a chalkboard in a recent catalog, which many fans sent in to the website.

Here are a few recent examples of Catalog Living:

Magazine Living

Also written by the talented Ms. Erdman, this blog focuses on the images you can find in shelter magazines, such as Country Living, House Beautiful, etc. This site’s main characters are Martin and Gareth, who have lovely taste, even if they don’t agree with each other about it.

Here are a few great examples:

Unhappy Hipsters

Doesn’t the name say it all? I love this blog for the modern furniture layouts and sarcastic use of proper design terms. The first image in these examples is one of my all-time favorites.

Have you found a good giggle or two here today? You should check out the archives of these blogs for more laughs. I love jokes that force us to not take ourselves too seriously. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, we’re missing a lot out of life!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!

Posted on July 29, 2011, in Decor, Lifestyle. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for the laugh. The poor dog with the citrus diet! I also liked the invisible driveway.

    I’ll check out the archives. Hilarious!

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