Sunday morning before church I picked up my copy of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. I couldn’t resist the allure of the cover taunting me with exotic places: Oman, Umbria, Panama, Mumbai and Paris. I flipped through the pages in anticipation of being inspired by textures and patterns that are used in the architectural finishes in these faraway places. I hoped for some photography of the foods and spices used to prepare them. Maybe there would be some pictures that captured the richness of the people, their smiles, the clothes they wear, how they embrace each other.

As I turned each page I noted one after another ads of luxury travel bags, jewelry, and designer clothing. I came to a couple of two page spreads for American television shows. At first I shook my head and wondered why this television network would spend big money on ads in a travel magazine. It just seemed like the piece of the puzzle that didn’t fit. Then I realized it is in our homes we spend most of our leisure time. The trips inspired by Conde Nast Traveler and such are not everyday living.

If you are inclined to watch the TV shows advertised in this magazine you may want to invest in audio visual equipment that melts seamlessly into your home décor. The cook of the house should have a kitchen to accommodate their collection of spices from faraway places or the serving platters collected on trips. The value of making our homes fit our lifestyles is immeasurable.