The other day my son and I were sitting together watching Chopped when a car commercial came on for the new 2016 version of whatever model of car it was. “They already have 2016 cars Mom?” , he asked. “It’s just now 2015!”
And so began a lively discussion on the science behind advertising along with explaining how mommy’s car might just seem old and outdated but it was actually WAY better than those brand new 2016 cars because it’s paid for. 😉
Just like those new car models seem to come at us as soon as we’ve adjusted to the last one, every time a new year rolls around it brings with it a whole new list of design trends accompanied by the list of ones that have now been deemed outdated by ‘them’. You know ‘them’, right? The ones who are that mysterious ‘they’ and you can never quite figure out who ‘they’ are but you are quite certain that ‘they’ don’t actually exist in your reality.
As soon as the clock struck twelve and we rang in 2015, social media was flooded with articles declaring what was ‘out’ and what was ‘in’. I read several of those articles but then had to stop because it was making me feel like I might as well just tear down my house and start all over. 😉
One of the items ‘they’ referenced as being horribly outdated was the kitchen desk. Say what?
First of all, the whole idea of a desk being outdated cracks me up. It’s a desk.
Secondly, we have a desk in our kitchen and I cannot imagine what I would do without it. Frankly, it is one of the most hardworking, yet probably the most underappreciated, spaces in our home.
It’s part homework station, phone charging station, laptop holder and general hub of our home.
Of course, once evening rolls around, this is how it really looks.
A truly real-life beautiful mess, right? 🙂
Now, I know that ‘they’ have to come out with those lists every year to justify ‘their’ existence as leaders in the industry. If ‘they’ don’t establish the trends then what on earth would we do?
Well, I’ll tell you what we would do. First, we would appreciate the fact that we even have a home, just as it is.
Then, we would create spaces that work for US. Not for THEM. And we would do them with OUR budgets, not THEIRS.
If you hate the idea of a desk in the kitchen, by all means, rip it out and put in a wine fridge or extra cupboards or a recliner with a built in refrigerator for that matter. Whatever floats your boat. We won’t judge!
But, as for me and my house, our kitchen desk is staying put.
It might get a fresh coat of paint soon though! 😉