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    • Bengal
    • By Bengal 11th Sep 18, 3:27 PM
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    Are houses being dressed professionally?
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    • 11th Sep 18, 3:27 PM
    Are houses being dressed professionally? 11th Sep 18 at 3:27 PM
    I've been viewing lots of houses on rightmove lately - at the lower end of the market - and so many seem to have been dressed in a certain way. Not so much the strategically-placed colour-coordinated bed covering or vase that balances the curtains (though there is that), but I'm constantly seeing signs and stencils on walls - L-O-V-E - and short pithy platitudes about home and heart and so on. Is this a design trend that I've missed, or are estate agents/specialists putting these up in sellers' houses to make them more attractive?
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    • CarrieVS
    • By CarrieVS 13th Sep 18, 1:25 PM
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    My GF is a Pratchett nut, she owns every book he's written, many in both hardback and paper back
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    I don't have them all but there are only a handful I haven't read - I think there's a sequel to Nation, I'm working my way through the Long Earth series, and I believe that's it. I think it's fair to say Sir PTerry shaped who I am as a person.
    There's one that starts "Once upon a time there was Discworld. There is still an adequate supply" which made me tear up when I first re-read it after he died.
    • Squirtle17
    • By Squirtle17 13th Sep 18, 4:41 PM
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    I've just thought of another ridiculous current decor trend, enormous clocks!

    They seem to be everywhere, especially on the wall in tiny new build living rooms. I can only imagine the people that buy them are eventually driven insane by deafening ticking.
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 13th Sep 18, 10:10 PM
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    I confess I have only ever read one TP book, "Wyrd Sisters" but it almost made me incontinent with laughter. I had to keep stopping to mop my eyes so I could read further. I do have just about everything !!!! Francis has ever written, though and what is life without the Lord of the Rings? I am sorry, the films are a travesty, imho.

    Sorry for the completely off-topic post; I do have an addition, though: "Feature walls" which look as if they have been papered with shiny, metallic gift-wrap, often deep purple with silver, gold or red motifs... In the absence of a vomit icon, this will have to do -
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • -taff
    • By -taff 13th Sep 18, 10:22 PM
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    -taff
    I love the three witches, Greebo turning human still has me wishing I'd bought some Tena lady....
    My decorating choices are suspect - shortly to be glue gunning small japanese thingies to porch walls for example - but people who practice shabby chic are much more suspect; painitng things badly and them sanding them down equally badly deserves a very harsh word....
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 13th Sep 18, 10:33 PM
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    I've just thought of another ridiculous current decor trend, enormous clocks!
    Originally posted by Squirtle17
    I have to admit to a love of a shop called Homesense, which if you don't have one near you is really just TKMaxx with none of the clothes, just homewares. However, part of my love comes from playing the 'where in God's name would you put that?!?!?' game as I walk around. My personal favourites include the decorative skulls covered in crystals, enormous multicolour 'Murano' glass bowls that have no practical use whatsoever, large gold Buddhas (or bits of Buddhas, like hands, feet and heads, often covered in crystals or glass mosaics), powder pink velvet sofas with sharp crystal buttons and terrifyingly massive clocks, clocks so big that you can watch each second of your life pass whilst wondering why on earth you spent so much money on a massive clock. You wonder where this stuff goes but then you have a poke around Rightmove …
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 13th Sep 18, 10:57 PM
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    Oh, for god's sake, MSE, the author's name is (short for Richard) Francis. Give me strength.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • Estheroid
    • By Estheroid 14th Sep 18, 10:26 AM
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    I have to admit to a love of a shop called Homesense, which if you don't have one near you is really just TKMaxx with none of the clothes, just homewares. However, part of my love comes from playing the 'where in God's name would you put that?!?!?' game as I walk around. My personal favourites include the decorative skulls covered in crystals, enormous multicolour 'Murano' glass bowls that have no practical use whatsoever, large gold Buddhas (or bits of Buddhas, like hands, feet and heads, often covered in crystals or glass mosaics), powder pink velvet sofas with sharp crystal buttons and terrifyingly massive clocks, clocks so big that you can watch each second of your life pass whilst wondering why on earth you spent so much money on a massive clock. You wonder where this stuff goes but then you have a poke around Rightmove
    Originally posted by Callie22
    My mum and I went to the Ideal Home Exhibition last year and apart from the odd decent exhibit there were a few of stalls selling this tat. I wandered around in awe, looking at the terrible pictures of champagne bottles spewing glitter and wondering why anyone would buy this stuff. Tomorrow's landfill!

    I know everyone has different tastes but I find it a shame that people spend their hard earned on this mass produced tat when there are loads of little craft fairs and local galleries up and down the country where you can pick up some really decent and not insanely priced artworks (prints, paintings, photography)
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 14th Sep 18, 11:32 AM
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    Money can buy a great deal but it cannot buy taste. Art appreciation courses, yes but not taste. It is how we who cannot afford diddly are able to feel superior to those who can.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • patchwork cat
    • By patchwork cat 14th Sep 18, 11:39 AM
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    To those wondering where all the books are - haven't you heard of Kindles? Also I like a feature wall, if it is either seriously expensive wallpaper and/or would just be too loud if it was over all 4 walls. My daughter has CALM letters in blue on one shelf which she focuses on when meditating or being mindful and personally I think that is excellent.
    Yes we can all take the pi*s out of current fashion.

    • ancientofdays
    • By ancientofdays 14th Sep 18, 11:44 AM
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    I did add Feature walls a day or so ago.

    I must say, in the past 2 years of searching, the sheer variety of things I'd get rid of sharpish amazes me. I have realised how intolerant I am.

    Not keen on shiny kitchens either, partly because I just dislike them and partly because they'd not remain very shiny with me and mine. And I don't much like the current fashion of using public lavatory tiles in houses.
    I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back
    • AndyTails
    • By AndyTails 14th Sep 18, 12:22 PM
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    I see these decor schemes and am glad i am me and not them

    I dont need a "wave" diagram showing my favourite song lyrics
    i don't need to tell the world i like gin

    i'm ok hun
    Originally posted by SmashedAvacado
    You don't need to tell the world you like gin, but you do need to tell the world you like smashed avocados?
    • AlexMac
    • By AlexMac 14th Sep 18, 12:26 PM
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    Whatever happened to the 1960's equivalent; "Chinese Girl" graphic; aka GreenLady
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Girl
    Or come to that, the poster of a tennis player scratching her Raaas...?
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/athena-tennis-poster-man-claims-5226325

    More seriously, and returning to the OP, I did a "beige walls, de-clutter and strategically placed flowers" dressing when selling a refurbed cottage, bought as a wreck a couple of doors from where we lived in the late 20th Century. Before the days of property porn TV progs, but it just seemed a good idea...

    The buyer became a friend, and when the TV programmes began to extol the virtues of this approach to helping a sale, she cornered me accusingly and said "You did that!" as if I'd spoofed her with a couple of cans of Magnolia and some IKEA blinds!
    • bxboards
    • By bxboards 14th Sep 18, 12:31 PM
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    I've viewed a couple with 'Wish Jars' in them....no, me neither..

    Apparently you drop a 'wish' into a jar, seen them for around 5 quid.

    To me, its just a jam jar with a bit of string wrapped round with a label hanging off.

    Tacky as f... (to be continued)
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 14th Sep 18, 1:23 PM
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    I did add Feature walls a day or so ago.

    I must say, in the past 2 years of searching, the sheer variety of things I'd get rid of sharpish amazes me. I have realised how intolerant I am.

    Not keen on shiny kitchens either, partly because I just dislike them and partly because they'd not remain very shiny with me and mine. And I don't much like the current fashion of using public lavatory tiles in houses.
    Originally posted by ancientofdays
    I don't like shiny kitchens either, or white kitchens of any finish for that matter. I actually don't mind feature wall, they're certainly preferable to magnolia on every wall. Not sure what you mean by public lavatory tiles, how are they different to normal tiles?

    I've viewed a couple with 'Wish Jars' in them....no, me neither..

    Apparently you drop a 'wish' into a jar, seen them for around 5 quid.

    To me, its just a jam jar with a bit of string wrapped round with a label hanging off.

    Tacky as f... (to be continued)
    Originally posted by bxboards
    I have seen them in shops but assumed the target audience was girls aged between 6 and 12.
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 14th Sep 18, 1:26 PM
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    I love the three witches, Greebo turning human still has me wishing I'd bought some Tena lady....
    My decorating choices are suspect - shortly to be glue gunning small japanese thingies to porch walls for example - but people who practice shabby chic are much more suspect; painitng things badly and them sanding them down equally badly deserves a very harsh word....
    Originally posted by -taff
    Someone mentioned the 50s classic of 3 ducks on a wall earlier. There is actually a discworld equivalent:

    ]

    ...and no we don't own a set although will admit to having been tempted
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 14th Sep 18, 1:35 PM
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    Someone mentioned the 50s classic of 3 ducks on a wall earlier. There is actually a discworld equivalent:

    ]

    ...and no we don't own a set although will admit to having been tempted
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus

    I hope they remembered the hot drinks.

    ETA: Damn, that's a good read: "When shall we three meet again?" "Well, I can't do Tuesday..."
    Last edited by Smodlet; 14-09-2018 at 2:11 PM.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • -taff
    • By -taff 14th Sep 18, 2:29 PM
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    I love them...see what I mean about bad decor choices? Although in my defence, they are my partners little japanese doll thingies and they keep falling off the frames they usually sit on, I'm fed up of picking them up, there's no way they're coming into the house because that means dusting, so they can stay in the porch and not fall off.
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 14th Sep 18, 3:01 PM
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    Blu-tak; other sticky substances are available.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • Lurkingtoposting17
    • By Lurkingtoposting17 14th Sep 18, 4:06 PM
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    Not sure what you mean by public lavatory tiles, how are they different to normal tiles?
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    These are the subway tiles... the one that are uniformly rectangular. Really silly in small bathrooms where they currently seem to be the rage, as larger tiles would make the space look bigger generally speaking. The house I am buying has been beautifully renovated through out and everything is pretty much exactly how I would like it. With the exception of the use of subway tiles, but frankly I don't oppose them enough to change them.

    I generally prefer neutral with personality and personalisation that is unique. Some colour, things that aren't fast fashion or disposable. I feel you can add a lot of personality with good lighting and soft furnishings, rather than buying pointless stuff for a #shelfie. Instagram has a lot to answer for.
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 14th Sep 18, 4:14 PM
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    These are the subway tiles... the one that are uniformly rectangular. Really silly in small bathrooms where they currently seem to be the rage, as larger tiles would make the space look bigger generally speaking. The house I am buying has been beautifully renovated through out and everything is pretty much exactly how I would like it. With the exception of the use of subway tiles, but frankly I don't oppose them enough to change them.
    Originally posted by Lurkingtoposting17
    Ah okay I have seen those in houses before, I actually quite like them although I do see your point that they may not be the best choice for a particularly small bathroom.
    Last edited by NaughtiusMaximus; 14-09-2018 at 5:15 PM.
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