Lisa Quinn had been helping people find their home style on TV design and talk shows and in magazines for years. But one day the former interior designer and mother of two realized her quest to be the perfect wife and hostess and have the perfect home, even if it followed her lux for less manifesto, was making her crazy — and her family miserable.
And she felt that she was being a fraud to everyone else as well.
That’s when the Emmy-award-winning TV host of “Home with Lisa Quinn” declared herself a recovering Marthaholic and began her campaign for domestic liberation. In her new book, “Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets,” the Memphis native hopes to inspire women to lighten up and realize that the happiest home is rarely the showcase home.
Quinn, 42, lives in San Francisco with her husband, who works in TV production, and their two children, Scarlett Elizabeth, 9, and Silas Cash, 6.
In “Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets,” you seem to be addressing women’s quest for perfection in their homes, but it spills over into everything from their career to their family. Why do we moms feel we need to be perfect?
I feel that the media bombards us with all these images to be a supermom and we have all have fallen for it. It’s almost like reverse feminism or something. What started out as a movement of empowerment suddenly morphed into this evil all-encompassing competition, and it’s wrong.
How did your quest for perfection affect your family?
I made a whole career out of it. I wanted to be Martha Stewart. I was this “home and garden expert” and since I was on TV the pressure was double on me to be sure that everything was perfect in the house, especially if people were coming over. It made my family mental. A lot of us were raised in houses that you couldn’t sit in the living room and it’s in our nature to pass that on for generations and generations. My book is not to give people permission to be slobs, but rather to look at your house in a different way. You don’t want to make your family miserable in the process; it’s their home, too.