A question: why are we so fascinated by the spaces in which other people live? Perhaps the curiosity many of us harbour toward the domestic interiors of others is amplified by our proximity to that space. It’s an inquisitiveness that can take on many form. At its most passive end, you cultivate an active interest in the homes of others through watching reruns of Grand Designs, or reading Architectural Digest; at its most extreme, there are then the kind of people who frequent the open home inspections of houses for reasons other than their purchasing potential. Perhaps, like me, you too are prone to rubbernecking at the residential construction sites you pass every day, pausing mid-route to marvel at (or question) the latest lighting or crown moulding choices of a neighbour in the midst of a protracted, extremely loud renovation.

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