You’re working in your dining room or home office or bed (hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it) and your eye starts to wander. So does your mind. To a disgruntled and mildly vexing place. “I must get those cracks patched up; how did I ever think those curtains were a good idea; if I win the lottery, the first thing I’ll do is rip out the entire kitchen.”

Covid-19 has introduced many a strange new anxiety into our lives but there is none so slowly permeating, psychologically unnerving and bourgeois as that invoked by our houses...

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