Interior Design Frustrations

  • dancedancekj

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    Dec 18, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    I suppose this parallels my interest in breaking gay stereotypes, but I'm not really a fan of a lot of the interior design trends I'm seeing. It's not that I don't see their appeal, but it just isn't me.

    For instance, the whole "collection of pictures on a wall" trend just seems super tacky and impractical for me (imagine hanging all of those? And then dusting and cleaning them?)

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    Then there's the walking "Palm Beach" stereotyped house.

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    Most of the pieces cost more than my monthly student loan payments, and just look well... inauthentic. Like, it's not an actual Foo-Dog statue, and the owners don't really have any connection to it, but they have an interest in Asian fetishes and have put it there to be trendy. Sure, it looks very clean and cool and expensive... but it doesn't really say anything about the owner's personality. I'm not impressed by some art piece you bought at a retail store.

    Then there's the false retro look

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    It's trying to look authentic, but it just looks...... tacky to me. And this is all so high maintenance, busy, cheap, grandmotherly. Too many colors. Too many patterns.


    The only thing that I've found remotely interesting to me has been a guy named Bradley Duncan's apartment tour, which has been dubbed "Rustic Masculine" by the folks at AT.

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/tours/bradleys-mini-historic-echo-park-homehouse-tour-161091

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    Granted, the only reason I clicked on his house tour initially was because I think he's hot, but I found myself really liking his design choices. His pieces are simple, practical, functional, and well built (i.e. not some chair covered in ruffles or some modern chair that is uncomfortable to sit in).
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    The textures and colors are subdued, but present enough to give a wide range of contrasts within each room.
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    I like the reclaimed wood, the plants, and the minimalist decor (minus the creepy head sculpture and dolls), and the biologist/scientist in me is very attracted to all the science related decor - the geodes, the skulls, the shells and pine cones and so on.
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    I like the fact that he seemed to make his decor fit his tastes, and not just buy crap from Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, and World Market because it's what he perceives from HGTV to be awesome. It exudes a sense of masculinity, sophistication, and his personality without trying too hard.
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    I wish I could pull off something like that, ugh. How do you guys choose your interior living spaces, objects of interest, and your own sense of style?

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    Dec 18, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    IKEA catalog for me. icon_lol.gif

    But seriously, I like the mid-century modern/retro look. But more subdued. And I think a lot of the Ikea furniture is designed that way. I personally don't like placing trinkets (junk) for the sake of the decorating. Everything must be functional, with very few items that are purely for aesthetics. I think the "Palm Beach" pic you posted is a good example of useless stuff that would drive me nuts.

    In the end, what matters to me is that my home looks/feels like a home, and not a centerfold for Dwell magazine.
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    Dec 19, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    The first three are not that attractive..

    #1.. all those pictures somehow don't come together in a visually appealing way. There's too many and they're not grouped well, actually they're not grouped at all.

    #2 Somethings not working there.. oh yeah all that white . The chairs shouldn't be white and that mirror frame has to go. The whole bar area is just boring.

    #3 I wouldn't call it retro I'd call it bad eclectic. Nothing remotely goes together, the carpet does nothing but clash, The table is a universe away from the style of chairs. The chandelier, well what can you say when you can't say anything good about it. The drapes and the two little pictures on the wall.. read about the chandelier above. ..
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    Dec 19, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    Thankfully it's interior design, someone's personal preference, not public art.