Spinoff: what kind of home decor can you not stand??

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overly patterned and textured upolstory.

matching chair sets (sofa/love seat/single chair with ottoman)

all white walls

blinds on windows (vertical, horizontal, accordian-style, remote control, etc.). i love wooden shutters, by the way.

wall-to-wall carpeting

pretty much i hate sets and matching like: all chrome and black kitchens

too many wall hangings/paintings and figurines.

i think the key to using any particular decorative style in your home is that you don't overdue it by making your rooms look like the showcase at a furniture store. shows no imagination.

if you have a southwestern throw on the back of your soda, you don't also need southwestern pictures, carvings and figurines, patterned carpet, and walls painted in terra cotta. that, to me, is overkill and i'd be inventing an emergency that would require me to leave if i had to spend a couple of hours being annoyed by all of that busyness while visiting someone.
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People who incorporate large collections of stuffed animals or dolls into their decor.

Blick...dolls...
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I love my doll collection!!
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I've seen dolls done nicely...a few authentic antique dolls in a display case. Or, my mother keeps a Shirley Temple doll on her dresser and that's kinda cute (my mother was named for Shirley Temple). But the whole public area of the house lined with Marie Osmond Today's Special Value...sorry, but it's tacky.
I hate country-cutesy, anything too cutesy in general.

Overly ruffled and floral.

I also hate McMansion Grandeur/Modern Mafioso Wannabe with the gold and the marble everywhere. Anything too ostentatious.

I like Japanese, I like Arts & Crafts / Mission. I like cozy modern (as opposed to super sleek minimalist modern) with artsy, ethnic or retro touches.
Originally Posted by geeky
You said it all. I can add nothing.
I'm a big fan of Contemporary/Modern design

I absolutely hate country-style or that distressed/shabby-chic look
I've seen dolls done nicely...a few authentic antique dolls in a display case. Or, my mother keeps a Shirley Temple doll on her dresser and that's kinda cute (my mother was named for Shirley Temple). But the whole public area of the house lined with Marie Osmond Today's Special Value...sorry, but it's tacky.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Oh, now you insult Marie Osmond and her beautiful dolls?? That's it, we're through!

Seriously, to each her own, I guess. I love Marie Osmond and don't find her dolls displayed to be tacky at all.
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I don't like:
Overly themed stuff - like someone else mentioned before. We have a lighthouse theme going on in our family room right now, and I can't wait to get rid of all of this stuff when "we" (read: my parents ) re-paint and get the new furniture this weekend. It was nice for a while, but it's getting old now - it should be refreshing.

When things don't match - as in, maybe the colors in one room clash with the colors in another room. Or, furniture doesn't match with each other - the houses we rent on vacation are always like that.
I understand that not everyone can afford furniture sets, but at least try to make them match a bit... At least through throw pillows, or something!

When rooms are bland and have no personality.

Overly cluttered rooms - clear some of that stuff out, it'll look much better.

Country... Like that designer, Frank I think, always tried/tries to do on Trading Spaces. Ugh.

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I don't like themed houses. I don't like Southwest, Country, contemporary, Asian, Beach, Tuscan....if it has a name, I don't like it.

I probably have a little of all that in my home.
I don't know what I like.

Right now we're in our first apartment together and everything we have is what we've been given. So there's a mish-mash of stuff. Maybe when we buy a house and have more of a decorating bug, I can figure out what I really like.

I don't think I like the art deco/contemporary look. It's too cold. If I wanted to be around that stuff I'd go to a museum.

My mom and my SO's mom and grandma found out I like rabbits and penguins, so they've taken it upon themselves to buy me tons of ceramic and stuffed bunnies and penguins. I have no idea what to do with them. They can be cute for seasonal/holiday use, I guess, but I don't think I'm a cluttery knick-knack kind of girl. I like lots of framed photos, maybe a few pretty art pieces, and nice candles. NO DOILIES.

Of course, clutter is hard to avoid when you live with King Drop Everything In Random Places and Never Throw Anything Away, Then Complain When You Can't Find Stuff and The Apartment Is A Mess.
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I don't know what I like.

Right now we're in our first apartment together and everything we have is what we've been given. So there's a mish-mash of stuff.
Originally Posted by utopiastars
I call that style Early American Garage Sale / Dumpster Diver. I was a huge proponent of that style in my younger years.
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Of course, clutter is hard to avoid when you live with King Drop Everything In Random Places and Never Throw Anything Away, Then Complain When You Can't Find Stuff and The Apartment Is A Mess.
With some encouragement from you, A can get over this. My husband did. And most of my encouragement was even nice, as opposed to the, "What the hell is your underwear doing on the back of the chair? Why are your clothes from yesterday on the arm of the chair? Do I just drop my junk and leave it there? NO!" type of encouragement.

Also, I didn't really know what I liked when it came to furniture and decorating until a few years ago. I just never put any thought into it until I was in my mid-30s or so.
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I don't like anything too floral, fluffy, lacy, hate country themed stuff.

Give me clean, sleek unadorned lines please!!
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I am Black, but Iím sorry to say that I canít get with a lot of the African dťcor. Maybe because most of what Iíve seen has been 100% fake, with the entire color scheme consisting of only animal prints, black, and brown. I could work with an African-themed home with COLOR-- native cloth (not fake kente cloth), native baskets, and colorful native beads worked into the scheme.

I like lots of plants and flowers in a house, especially hanging ones. I love the country look, within reason. Thereís a house on my commute thatís a real big, old, restored farmhouse. The lady has clean, white, ruffled curtains on all the windows, and one of those old-time lamps prominently displayed in the big front window. Hanging plants on the big porch. I always wonder what theyíd do if I dropped in for a look, especially since they donít know me (LOL)

I love antiques, but not the overly formal, stiff museum furniture that looks too high-siddidy to touch or brush against. I hate living rooms full of mass-produced figurines (the kind that are large and sit on the floor) and those huge picture rugs with the huge noble wolf scenes and fake Indians, you know, that stuff they sell on the side of the road on the weekends. Ditto on the fake gold sh*t everywhereócan we say, pimp house?

Iíll always love the faintly tacky-ish 70ís look. The 80ís country thing was pretty scary. So is the sparse, way-too-sleek-modern-contemporary look. I can get down with just about any style if itís interesting, authentic, and done in moderation. My only caveat is that it must have living room furniture that I can actually lay down on.
Right now we're in our first apartment together and everything we have is what we've been given. So there's a mish-mash of stuff.
Originally Posted by utopiastars
I call that style Early American Garage Sale / Dumpster Diver. I was a huge proponent of that style in my younger years.
Originally Posted by geeky
Hee! Works for me right now. We're definitely not hurting. At least we've got more than a threadbare futon and some overturned cardboard boxes or something, so we're doing pretty well all things considered. Sometimes it seems like other people my age are more ahead in the settling-down, making money thing, and it's hard being patient.

PH, I do try really hard not to say things like, "Well if you'd use the organizer I bought you, you wouldn't have lost your keys dammit!" He just empties his pockets wherever he happens to be standing, then forgets about it. I've tried saying, "Hey, welcome home! Maybe you could put your keys and cell phone right next to the door so you can find them later," and he just does whatever. Stubborn ass.

It really only frustrates me after I've spent a few hours cleaning up the apartment and making it look nice. Coming home the next day to find Dew cans, snack wrappers and dirty clothes strewn everywhere makes my eye twitch.
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Yeah, somehow when an item leaves my SO's hand it becomes invisible to him. Sneakers left in the hallway can stay for weeks if it's up to him. His idea of organization is to have all his belongings spread out in a layer on the floor.

Maybe you should get your guy one of these electronic finder gizmos? You stick a disc on his phone, key ring, etc, and you push the button on the gizmo and the disc beeps and lights up so you can find it.

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Only he'd probably lose the base gizmo.
It really only frustrates me after I've spent a few hours cleaning up the apartment and making it look nice. Coming home the next day to find Dew cans, snack wrappers and dirty clothes strewn everywhere makes my eye twitch.
You are obviously a more patient woman than I. I never nag my husband but if he pulled that nonsense, I'd nag him worse than his mother does.
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You are obviously a more patient woman than I. I never nag my husband but if he pulled that nonsense, I'd nag him worse than his mother does.
Originally Posted by PartyHair
Ha! And you know, this always happens after he says a whole bunch of things like, "Wow the place looks really nice!" and "It's so great not to have to look at all the garbage everywhere!"
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I can't stand leather couches/armchairs/loveseats. Even more so if they are white or cream leather. My husband wants that though.....
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I can't stand leather couches/armchairs/loveseats. Even more so if they are white or cream leather. My husband wants that though.....
Originally Posted by Amneris
I wouldn't mind one leather chair as kind of an accent. Our admin building has red leather armchairs in the foyer and they're GORGEOUS. (Of course I love red, so that helps.)

I also don't mind a deep chocolate brown leather armchair, again as an accent. But I wouldn't want a whole room of leather furniture.
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It's not that I can't stand it, but I don't really like houses with bold colors, huge pieces of abstract art, big sculptures - like the Cosby house. Makes me feel like I'm in a museum. I hate modern decor. I don't like beachy themes either. I used to, but then I moved into an apartment that had a beachy look going on - lots of pastels with beige carpet and white, white, white everything. It's fine if you love by the beach, but in the middle of Minnesota, it just depressed me. I like homes that are a mix of officey and country. I know it when I see it. Dark brown carpet, muted tones, just a hint of florals.

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