Creating the Best Spaces: A Lot Like James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke

Design, staging, The Refreshed Home and….James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke?  A shameless SEO-grab…or seriously?  

Words like design, decorating, home staging-come with a lot of baggage. At face value, they can be intimidating, and I see how they conjure up all sorts of awkward feelings.

But regular readers know I love analogies to make what I do more familiar. And the more incongruous, the more unexpected, the better!

So, we know James Corden!  The cheeky, adorable and absolutely incorrigible host of The Late Late Show first ran with Carpool Karaoke as a skit on a 2011 BBC special. It became a regular segment when he got his current gig.

 

From Gwen to Gaga to First Lady Michelle  Obama-he’s tooled around with some of the best. It’s won him critical, and popular acclaim. Fans have rated these segments. They’ve won him an Emmy, and Apple bought the rights in 2016. So it’s both a big deal, and a fun-fest!

Here are three elements in Carpool Karaoke that’ll ease your mind about making design and staging decisions:

Keep it real.  HGTV entertains us; we ohhhh and ahhhh in perfect showrooms, and oggle glossy print media. But you know no one lives in these spaces right? Why still inwardly compare our lives and spaces to these unrealistic visual confections? And ask any agent-when a buyer comments ‘oh this house is staged’-it’s usually not a compliment.  Real is better.

So sure, scheduling these celebrities, clearing traffic and such takes time. But tune in, and you’re right there in the back seat, singing along. Paul McCartney’s 23 minute drive around is imperfect, but real. There are stories, tunes, tears and a lot of yuks. And it’s logged almost 36M YouTube views in about 5 months.

Simple is good.  Easy puts everyone at ease.  Having fun, or appreciating good design is largely intuitive. It should not involve a lot of work to figure out. YES, staffers (and design pros) are your guardrail, they make sure you don’t miss anything. They’ll get things untangled, set up and going in the right direction. But ultimately have faith, and trust your instincts.

Fun and familiar resonates.  There are just some things that are universal. We probably grew up singing in cars, Carpool Karaoke just takes it up a notch. Good design choices also make us happy and relaxed. We can act goofy, even poke fun at ourselves. We are, as Maya Angelou once said, fine, just as we are. 

No one talks about the cars in Carpool Karaoke… and I doubt the sofa, or the dining room table will be what’s remembered after a Super Bowl party, or at the closing table. The things are just…things that frame the experience, or the function. Working with THR just helps you choose well, so you get on with the rest of your life!

 

 

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