I was thinking today. (A dangerous thing I know.) I was thinking about the blog phenomenon and the effect it is having on design in this country. It is a very different effect than magazines have. Magazine design was always lofty, somewhere "out there" in an otherworldly, often unobtainable place. Now, with the explosion of design blogs, we have access to each other every day, minute by minute. We are in each others' kitchens and bedrooms whenever we want to be. We can watch the real-world evolution of so many bloggers' design ideas come to fruition, backstage photos and all. We share our sources and tips. We educate each other on color theory and decorative arts history. And we certainly opine freely on what is trendy and what should never, ever be seen.
Which brings me to the big question. Is this a good thing, or will it eventually make interior design in America so blended that a uniqueness that was there before will forever be gone? You know how back in the day you could travel to a new city and it was so completely different from your hometown? But now you exit the interstate and the first thing you see are stretches of strip malls full of the same Pottery Barns and Targets that you see back home. As a result, we all now wear the same clothes with same accessories in the same colors. It depresses me sometimes.
So now when we are designing a room, will we hop on the web and travel around to make sure we are aren't making a huge design faux pas too uncool for blogland? Will we freeze in our tracks with the thought, WWJD? (What Would Joni Do?)
The big challenge for us all is to reap the benefits of the camaraderie of Facebook and blogging while retaining our own unique viewpoints and styles. Sort of like art class when we walked around and viewed and appreciated each other's work, and sometimes felt even a little intimidated. But we ultimately walked back to our canvas and put our own brushstrokes down. We have to challenge ourselves to be true to our own style while appreciating others' work. Not easy, but if we support each other, it is possible.