The elusive "Wow Factor"
Also known as, the house guest that just will not leave.
I made the mistake of going through my DVR player this weekend without the recordings on mute and now I feel like I can't get my ears clean.
Everything from design shows to wedding shows were after this "wow factor" and at the end of each show, I was less than wowed. In virtually all of the cases, they just threw a boatload of money at the project but the elements that were included were much the same as any other project in that price range. I couldn't help but wonder if they'd ever watched the show they were on because they should have seen the same things done ad nauseam. In the cases where they did something different, it was something that didn't seem to make sense to me. For example, one kitchen had a diamond-encrusted exhaust hood over the island. Really? Or the house that had a large, well-appointed, manufactured cave room hidden behind a bookcase in the master bedroom. Why do I need an escape from my bedroom and how many people do I need to bring with me? Or the master bathroom that had a long bench seat that began at the tub and wrapped around the wall to the vanity. Are there often spectators in that bathroom? I could go on and on but it just seems to me that people have stopped trying to keep up with the Joneses; they now want to 'one-up' them and are willing to go to great lengths to do so.
When I used to work on weddings, I used to try to impress upon couples that their priority should be to make sure their wedding is a true reflection of who they are. I feel the same way about someone's home. My tastes are much different than most everyone I know but the highest compliment anyone can give me is that my house feels like me. I am going to great lengths to put together spaces that reflect my personality and style but there are no "wow factors" to speak of. And I'm okay with that.
So I have to ask:
Did you seek to add "wow factors" to your spaces?
Do people say 'Wow!' when they see these elements?
Is it really a "wow factor" if you've seen the same thing in ten thousand other finished spaces?
Will these "wow factors" still be "wow factors" in a few years?