But seriously, how many straight guys do you know care about interior design?
<raises hand> Always bugged me that we straight guys are supposed to validate our virility by preferring to live in a damp concrete basement lit by a bare bulb hanging from a rope. Our surroundings can be nicer than that, of course, but we're never supposed to care
that they are, or take steps to ensure such circumstances beyond giving the little woman a blank check and free rein. I don't read Wallpaper
, but I definitely take an interest in the design elements of my living space--probably more so than my wife. I've always found it funny how gender-segregated artistic fields have become in popular conception. Design a building, and you're an "architect", which is safely man's work. Concern yourself with decorating and arranging a room inside that building, and you're an "interior designer", the province of fussy girls and limp-wristed queens. Same goes for visual art and cuisine: a guy's guy is fine as a master painter, sculptor, or chef, but lesser incarnations of craft and cookery are pure Martha Stewart territory.