Recently, the Daily News highlighted the latest trend in Brooklyn hipster home decor: the urban teepee. The News reports, “New Yorkers say their appropriations of the traditional Native American dwellings provide a welcome respite from urban life.” Oh so, isn’t that nice? Isn’t is just awesome to appropriate another culture’s traditions in order to keep your home on trend? No, it’s not. It’s really, really not. It’s insufferable and annoying and makes me feel pretty confident that these people are also the sort of assholes who wear Native American headdresses and face paint at, like, Coachella or something because they think it looks cute.
But so, I hate this trend. Obviously. I hate the fact that a 23-year-old Bushwick resident (a “nanny and poet”) called her teepee “a manifestation of my imagination.” I hate that these teepees are inside people’s apartments. Are these people with teepees even aware that a teepee is a form of shelter? So that it’s therefore redundant and plain idiotic to have one inside a house? Unclear. The News spoke with Ines Hernandez-Avila, the Native American Studies department chair at the University of California, Davis, who concurred saying, “It’s a really strange thing to do. Tepees are not meant to be inside another edifice. They’re meant to be outdoors, secured to the ground, with a hole opening up to the sky.” Not a hole opening up to some hipster’s carefully restored and faux-weathered pressed tin ceiling.
The teepee, of course, is just the latest in troubling hipster home design trends. But here are five more stupid ones that I hope, by pointing them out and making everyone feel embarrassed and ashamed, will go away. Shame is, after all, the greatest motivator. And anyone who decorates this way should feel very, very ashamed.