Display of Wealth in Poor Taste?
I've been thinking pretty hard about this one, in connection with the super-decorated apartments recently posted and discussed on the other side. Is it just the display of wealth that made me not like those apartments? Am I really that petty and envious? This is not something I want to be.
I have to say, that I didn't like those apartments because they're over-decorated and too cluttered. I'm a medium-clutter person, and have a strong dislike of obviously "decorated" spaces. These particular spaces almost smack of hoarding to me -- the uncontrollable impulse to buy, and buy, and buy, and keep everything forever.
I grew up comfortably wealthy and around families far richer than me, and while everybody had nice stuff, and often had collections of art, cars, and other items, it was nothing like what was pictured. Maybe it's a New York thing.
My personal opinion is that the ostentatious display of wealth solely for the purpose of impressing others is always crass and in poor taste. Giant houses for two people, gold flecked countertops, etc. This does not mean I'm envious of wealthier people -- much. Maybe a little. I have to own to that.I guess I'm still struggling with this.