There’s a Reason You Can’t Stop Looking Into Other People’s Homes

<div class="caption">A peek into Alexander Werz's <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chic home" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chic home</a>.</div>

Can’t stop bingeing Open Door? You’re not alone. The thrill of seeing an acquaintance’s apartment for the first time, scanning the spines of your Airbnb host’s book collection, watching an influencer’s closet tour—catching a glimpse of someone’s private space reveals new elements about them. Exploring why we sometimes feel the need to rifle through others’ bathroom cabinets, sociologist Jeanne Curran was quoted in an article from the Los Angeles Times saying, “A medicine cabinet contains objects, and we have a weird faith in objective reality.” In every corner, drawer, and closet of a home, there are truths to be interpreted through the objects they hold. Or, alternatively, we might project what we think it says about ourselves and how we choose to live.

“Shelter magazines” first became popularized in the late 19th century, and many began as architectural journals and eventually morphed into interior design–focused publications, making them more

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