Funny New Blog: “Catalog Living” Captions The Absurdity Of Home Catalogs

I am a complete catalog whore. I love the styling of the clothes in the J.Crew catalog, the ramshackle, shabby chic-ness of the Anthropologie catalog, and the total randomness of some of the furniture placements in the CB2 and West Elm catalogs. Someone has taken that obsession a step further and has imagined the lives led by the imaginary people in home catalogs. On the hilarious new blog Catalog Living, comedian/actor/writer Molly Erdman has cast “Gary” and “Elaine” as the two main — but unseen — characters in the absurd life situations implied by home catalog photographs. For example, the caption for the photo above:

Elaine was not amused by Gary’s passive-aggressive response to her request to “garnish the cocktails.”

Check out more dry-witted captions for catalog scenes, after the jump …
“Elaine wasn’t about to let some hot flashes get in the way of balancing the checkbook with the abacus.”


“Gary and I have slept in separate beds for years, but last night he left me a tied-up stack of books on my foot-of-bed-bench. I think he’s in the mood.”


“Elaine calls it a ‘blend-it-yourself’ party. Everyone else calls it an ‘Elaine-has-gotten-lazy’ party.”


“Last year at the 4th of July party, Karen shattered Gary’s ship-in-a-bottle. This year Gary felt it appropriate to remind her.” [Catalog Living]

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