Magazine Talk: House Beautiful

So here goes: House Beautiful February 2011 Free Association…

p.38 Bethenny Frankel is given (what I can only assume is) the coveted Tablescape feature in House Beautiful.   Bethenny is pretty awesome, I must say.  She’s been my favorite random reality TV star since the Martha Stewart version of The Apprentice, which is decades ago in TV time.   And I will even admit to watching her in every one of her post-Martha TV incarnations  (except for that unbearable skating show), but I was a little startled to see the granite contours of her smiling face in the pages of one of my shelter magazines.  I get the whole old-media/new-media blur, but this crossover went a bit too far, even for my tolerant tastes.  I don’t want to see Bethenny extending her brand into interiors, at least not yet.  Especially when she undoubtedly outsourced this assignment to someone who actually has the time and knowledge to shop for tableware and linens.  In all the hours and hours and hours of Bethenny Frankel’s life offered up for our viewing pleasure, interior scapes of any sort, tables included,  have never seemed to be of the slightest interest to her.  So it seems a bit of a stretch to suddenly expect us to take pointers from her about avoiding pink and blue when setting a table for a baby shower.  Or anything interiors-related, for that matter.   I think we need to pull back the reins on the Reality Show love here.  I kinda still want my design magazines to feature interior designers. Continue reading