Design + Decor

Crazy Design Blunders You Have to See to Believe

 

 

“The best design projects are those where people broke the rules.”

Nate Berkus

 

If you know me well, you know that I’m all about breaking the rules–in design, that is. Great design often comes from thinking outside the box and stepping away from your comfort zone. So while I’m all about marching to the beat of your own drum, I am NOT about design that doesn’t function well and is just downright ugly. These aren’t “design faux pas” I’m referring to (like wearing socks with your sandals). These are design blunders so crazy and atrocious that they leave you with your mouth hanging open wondering “what the heck were they thinking?”

By now many of you might have already seen the funny photos that real estate agent Venessa Van Winkle has posted online. She and her fellow agents have compiled images of bizarre interiors they’ve come across in their work. Believe me, if you haven’t seen these, you are missing out!

I thought it would be fun to repost some of these photos on the blog today next to a few of my interiors that deal with some of the same design issues.

I wish the poor people living in these crazy rooms would have called me first…wait…maybe not. LOL. Enjoy!

(Note: all images in this post, other than mine, can be found at Design You Trust).

MOO?? BOO!!

Nothing against our barnyard friends but come on, this is taking Modern Farmhouse style just a little too far. (If you want to see Modern Farmhouse done right, CLICK HERE).

 

We much prefer this backsplash. What about you?

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

See more photos from this project HERE

 

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

This gives a whole new meaning to “Bed, Bath and Beyond.”  Way way way beyond!

 

We prefer our master bedrooms to make a splash all by themselves and for bathrooms to have a door for privacy, seriously!

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

See more photos from this project HERE

 

PICK A COLOR. ANY COLOR. PLEASE!

I’m all for color, but this is like MacKenzie Childs on crack.

 

They call it a “pop” of color for a reason, people. This blue island makes a color statement far beyond what that mess above does.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Sale on Curtain Rods, Aisle 4.

I mean what part of straight line didn’t they understand? Geometry is so difficult.

 

 

Window treatments demystified. LOL.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

Flashback Flop

Is this 1985? Just WHAT is hiding in the green plush carpeting that’s…everywhere? And are we trying to channel a Grecian vibe with those columns of drapery surrounding the bathtub that’s in the bedroom? And don’t even get me started on that mirror on the ceiling.

 

We prefer a timeless master bedroom that exudes creativity and personality but in a sophisticated and elegant way. For this project, we blended Hollywood glam, Art Deco influences and just a touch of Moroccan flair to create one of a kind style. Oh, and no mirror on the ceiling.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Surf’s up (and out!)

Way to inject a coastal vibe! NOT!

 

We prefer coastal without the kitsch, such as this master bedroom we designed as part of a whole house reno for a St. Louis client who wanted to bring a little bit of the beach to the midwest.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Floral Fiasco

Um, let’s keep this garden a secret…from everyone. Here’s how to do floral with finesse.

 

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Anne Matheis

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Details Make the Difference

They certainly do, but in this case they make the difference between good and absolutely horrible design! Can we add just one more detail to this space? Just one??

 

 

We prefer details that truly do make a difference, such as this window we dressed up with painted on mullions and a stool that doubles as a table with the flip of the cushion.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Mantel Misfit

Gosh, this pedestal sink needs something else besides a mirror. But what?? Oh yeah, I know!

 

 

Call me crazy, but I prefer a mantel over a fireplace. You?

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Blinded by the Light

Tile is good. Crazy, glowing on fire neon orange tile absolutely everywhere is NOT.

 

Let me show you how tile is done right.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

See more photos from this project HERE

 

The Toilet? Really?

Good design makes good use of limited space (but I mean, really, how long and skinny IS that space?) and certainly doesn’t make the toilet a focal point. We much prefer how we were able to carve out a jewel box of a powder room from a hallway in a century home makeover.

 

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

See more photos from this project HERE

 

Missed It By That Much

This silly medallion is totally in my way (said the person who hung this crystal chandelier). We say hanging a chandelier is not that difficult. Centering a chandelier is not that difficult. We can even do three in a row!

 

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

See more photos from this project HERE

 

And Last but Certainly Not Least…

I have nothing to compare with these last two photos but I just had to share them because, well you know…yikes!

 

 

 

 

So there you have it. The good, the bad and the ugly. And although I know you would never ever in a million, trillion years make design blunders this horrid, it does go to prove that having an interior designer at the outset can eliminate mistakes along the way. I’d love to be that designer! Give me a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to contact me today.

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