34 real home design fails that’ll leave you speechless


These unbelievable design fails will have you doing a double-take. Whether down to bad planning or terrible execution, these unfortunate houses have been struck down by shoddy fittings, poor choices and inexplicable additions to rooms. So brace yourself and take a deep breath before you look at our roundup of the world’s worst home design fails. Click or scroll on for more…




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Bedtime is supposed to be the ideal opportunity to relax, unwind and leave the stresses of the day behind you – not so with this precariously balanced mattress. Hovering over a stairwell, one wrong turn in the night could send you tumbling down into the void, truly the stuff of nightmares.

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Some hot home designs leave buyers cold

Just like fashion, interior design trends go in and out of style. Sometimes what was in style a year ago already seems out-of-date or overdone. For home sellers, the goal is to make their homes universally appealing to buyers, which could mean eliminating home features that were once on-trend.

Design trends that could turn off buyers

Some recent interior design styles, such as white-on-white kitchens, shiplap, and barn doors may appeal to some buyers, but for many they lack appeal.

“Shiplap, by which I mean the manufactured wood you buy at big-box stores, is fading in popularity,’’ said Harry Koffman, an interior designer with Decorist in Andover. “But shiplap or boards that you uncover in an older home you’ve renovated make for a gorgeous period-appropriate statement.’’

Similarly, barn doors should be specific to the period and design of the

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What we gain from what we leave behind in 2021

I think it’s safe to say, we’re all ready to leave 2020 behind. But, how can we?

We are changed. We see the world differently. We see our friends and family differently. We have lived through a gear-grinding halt of our way of life. We’ve lived through a horror movie, literally, where a pandemic kills millions of people and scientists must rush to find a cure.

That’s a lot. Most of us haven’t really even processed this year, so the idea of jumping into 2021 with New Year’s resolutions might feel exhausting. It does for me.

But something I’ve been considering is not what I want to do in 2021. Instead, my question is: what do I want to leave in 2020?

One of my favorite home design bloggers and Instagrammers happens to live in Rhode Island, Emily Blanchard of EmilyEveryDay. As someone who’s maybe a little too proud

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