Catalog Living at Its Most Absurd (Paperback)
Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls
Plume, 9780452297814, 128pp.
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Millions have already been to Gary and Elaine’s. Isn’t it time you dropped by?
Have you ever flipped through the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog and thought, “Who actually lives that way?” Rest assured, you are not alone. Pushed too far by a photo depicting a plate of figs placed under a table, actor and Second City-alum Molly Erdman created Gary and Elaine, a well-heeled and deeply superficial couple living happily amongst abundantly pillowed chairs, giant abacuses, and decorative fruit. Inspired by Erdman’s popular blog Catalog Living, Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls takes home décor catalog photos and sends them up with wickedly funny captions mockumenting Gary and Elaine, their lives, and their absurdly over-decorated rooms.
Praise for www.catalogliving.net:
“‘Catalog Living’” taps into thoughts many have had … about how things are sold to us.”—Chicago Tribune
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Praise For Catalog Living at Its Most Absurd: Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls…
"Second City alum Molly Erdman's uber-popular blog, Catalog Living, has drawn followers for its wickedly funny take on the lifestyles proposed by shelter magazines and retail catalogs depicting rooms Erdman finds ridiculous... Erdman's dig at the overwrought images shelter magazine and catalogs create, shoot and stick in our mailboxes may be the most honest take on the business yet—and hysterical."—The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon)
"A mix of Catalog Living posts—photo-with-caption format—and humorously written, yet sound, decorating advice."—Curbed.com