Lameness, thy name is Leslie! If I want to dominate in the cut-throat world of amateur blogging, I cannot be skipping days like this. I’m back to my irregular posting schedule as of now.
So, here’s the wrap up of the friend submitted designer pet peeves. Remember, we’re all violators, so keep your sense of humor intact!
From Rebecca (a mother of two kids, 5 dogs, 2 birds and a hamster):
“Design purely for fashion, not real life…”
A good one to illustrate: “Unhappy Hipsters” (because every kid wants a minimalist concrete yard to play in.)
Montessori to the max: If the child insisted on being so mirthful, he would stay in the courtyard till his mood darkened.
(Photo: Juliana Sohn; Dwell)
I love this site….we all know the contemporary aesthetes need to be taken down a notch.
Kelly, for some strange reason, doesn’t like opening up a bathroom door and walking right into a toilet.
Lisa has a whole list for the bathroom:
- vessel sinks that are so flat that the water goes splashing out everywhere when you turn the faucet on.
- too many mirrors in a bathroom that give visitors more information than they need about what’s going on. (best not to look for a pic. to illustrate this one)
- black toilets…just don’t care for them. It’s hard to know when they’re clean.
- powder rooms that aren’t sound-proof. My mother had an electrician install a fan that comes on automatically with the light in her powder room, after an unfortunate incident during a dinner party where are all the guests could hear too much—way too much. (eeek….if there’s no fan, just sing while you tinkle. I do.)
From Jami…”I don’t understand formal sitting rooms.”
Really, who does?
Rita: “Matchy matchy new furniture”….otherwise known as the dreaded “Rooms to Go Phenomenon.”
From the celebrity-shill-machine Cindy Crawford collection….really, this is what’s in her beachfront Malibu pad.
And finally, from Jonathan, who really should learn not to equivocate when expressing himself, we have this exhaustive list: (I’m calling myself out for all of my personal violations of his list….just keepin’ it real here people.)
- ALL THINGS IKEA! (guilty!)
- cladding every inch of wall space in the kitchen with cabinetry
-Octagonal windows, rooms, tables, and pretty much anything other than stop signs
-Rotary cut veneer
-Brass (guilty! But I actually agree most of the time…I haven’t had the time or inclination to switch out all of the tacky brass lighting and door knobs I inherited with my house.)
-Corner boards painted the trim color rather than the siding color (exterior design issue) (guilty!)
-Fake chimneys, especially when they are sided with fake wood. For god’s sake it’s supposed to look like a chimney so at least use fake masonry or stucco. Wood chimneys…ARGH!
-Fake “Craftsman” style details. Does anyone know anything about the Arts and Crafts movement? Jees. (I have to admit….I could go a week or so without seeing anything Craftsman and be pretty ok with it. This could be considered heretical in A’ville.)
-Compact Fluorescent Lighting. I will burn the oil from the last albino mink in the universe to boil water to create steam to turn a turbine to make electricity to power the last incandescent bulb on earth before I switch to those things. (guilty, guilty, guilty)
-The notion that no one see the side of the house. When you are driving, walking, biking down (or up) a street, all you see is the sides of houses. You don’t see the front of the house until you are in front of it. You almost always see the side before you see the front.
I think that wraps everybody’s peeves up. Feel free to send more….I’ll let some drip out now and then.