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"Bad design" that you won't give up?

I've loved following the "Decor that bugs you" thread! On a similar topic, what bad design and/or annoying decor do you have in your own home but won't give up? I know my ceiling fans aren't beautiful, but they are soooo functional that I would never consider replacing them with more visually appealing fixtures. I also have a huge gap between my kitchen cabinet tops and the ceiling, and the cabinet tops are currently decorated with the lovely platters, pitchers, and bowls I received as wedding gifts but never use. They're all great pieces that I love, but I HATE decorated cabinet tops on principle - there just isn't anywhere else to store them!


  • I'm not giving up my ceiling fans either! Well, except for the one in the kitchen that comes within a hair of hitting my husband in the head...
  • oversized furniture. We use our couch and chairs for lounging so, imo, the bigger the better! I don't care if it doesn't look perfect.
  • Mixing metallic finishes (especially silver and gold). I just like it! When every object in a room has a silver or gold finish, it looks too matchy-matchy for my tastes. I need more randomness and chaos in my life, haha. :P
  • Definitely ceiling fans! It gets so hot in Florida, especially during those in between months when we are being stubborn and don't want to turn the AC on.

    Turning It Home
  • Comfy furniture like our massive slouchy sofa!

  • My older, but still completely functional appliances. Our house has a double oven/range combo that is black and almond--pretty hideous. But it's in great condition and is super convenient for our cooking needs. I am keeping it until its bitter end!
  • My collection of pretties/nicknacks/rocks/fossils. Even though decorating with rocks might not be everyone's cup of tea, my husband and I think they are beautiful!
    Also, our jungle of house plants--and our dog beds--aren't going anywhere!
  • The giant lazyboy recliner in each of my kids rooms. They came with my husband and aren't something I ever would have purchased... but man do I love them now! Big and comfy with room for both toddlers and myself to read books. They rock and recline for those 2am moments when someone is crying and needs to be comforted. Big enough that if they fall asleep in one they can just nap there... I now tell everyone I know who is expecting they should have a lazyboy in their nursery :D
  • In our living room we have a ceiling covered in vintage square acoustical tile. It is painted ceiling white, and is in good (yet imperfect DIY) condition - installed by the previous owners. I know it looks totally horrible in a living room, but I'm terrified to take it down only to find water damage to the original ceiling that will end up costing me a ridiculous amount of money to repair. So for now - we live with it.

    This is not my living room - but the ceiling is like this:
  • stephanieohstephanieoh Fairfax, VA
    Agreed - ceiling fans! I learned to love them while living in NYC where air conditioning is a luxury and a rarity. Now I've carried my appreciation for ceiling fans with me to the 'burbs and plan on installing one in each of our bedrooms.
  • Ceiling fans for sure. Trust me when you all get older and the hot flashes begin, you will totally relate even more! :)
  • Love my lazyboy! It's so ugly but so amazing. haha my boyfriend and I each have one -- his is forest green and mine is brown. LOL. I'm glad we're still in 'poor student' mode and not yet in 'nice house' mode. ;)
  • Carpeting in our bedrooms! We live in a very cold climate and it's better to step out of bed on a warm, cushy carpet than a cold, hard floor.
  • I could never give up my ceiling fans! I am so envious of gorgeous rooms with beautiful light fixtures but my fans are ALWAYS on. We even have extra mini fans throughout our house for the areas without ceiling fans. I think there is something about moving air that makes our house FEEL awesome even it doesn't look like something out of a magazine.

    I also recently read that pot and pan racks were going out! No way could I ever get rid of ours. It gives us so much extra storage and since it hangs over our sink, it makes cleaning them go so much faster since we don't have to take the time to hand dry.
  • I have a hideous wooden cat figurine that I got as a child on a trip to Amish country. It is sentimental to me, but my husband doesn't understand the charm. ;)
  • For sure ceiling fans! There was one in the cathedral-ceiling'd living room when we moved in a year and a half ago and we've installed two: master BR and kitchen. I am not a central air fan (although we have it) and love the option of using a fan instead except in the hottest of the hottest heatwave.

    We have a leather sofa, love seat, chair and ottoman generously left for us by the previous owners. I guess that means none of their family or friends wanted them! They are not sleak, OMG leather, but that puffy, over-stuffy, Jaba the Hut leather, know what I mean? They are super comfy and at least neutral and there is no way we can afford replacing them, so I'm embracing them.

    Also in the if-money-were-no-object category is all of the shiny brass door knobs and door hardware throughout the house which I would love to replace with black or ORB. (Sherry I know you're with me on this one!) But, alas.

  • Even though the rest of my house has (or will have) cool grey-toned neutrals, my giant brown & tan brick fireplace with the rustic wood mantle will never be painted or updated. It's from the 70s and probably looks that way but I love it and I think it's gorgeous. Also, I have very few throw blankets that were purchased to match the decor. Instead, I have homemade quilts from family members. They don't always match but they make me feel loved every time I curl up on the couch under one of them.
  • CASheltonCAShelton New London, CT
    Ditto ceiling fans! We don't have central air so it helps to disperse the cold air from the air conditioners in the summer. And once I ORB the ugly brass pieces I don't think it will be so ugly.
  • Ceiling fans. I love them and you will need to pry them from my cold dead hands (hahaha) before I remove the fans. Our fireplace insert is brass - it's so expensive to replace and I hear brass is making a come back so it's staying!
  • JanJan
    edited August 2013
    1. Ceiling fans, because then we don't need the A/C (except if the dog is hot), so we save a bundle.
    2. The brick area for my wall oven and cooktop. No. White. Paint. Sorry, I like the original look. Ditto for my family room fireplace, which also has a gray slate slab mantel.

    We've also lived for 16 years with dark wood paneling in the family room. It's what we had in the family room in my childhood home, so I like it, although admittedly it makes the room dark. But I'm too lazy to paint it. Now the plastic bifold doors to the living room are another story. At first I wanted to replace them with wood and glass French-style doors. Now I just want them OFF.

    @Nina_D, have you considered the Rustoleum ORB spray for your doorknobs? I've done a few and so far, so good!
  • snickjakesnickjake Lincoln NE
    our family room was added to the house in the 70's and there is dark, ruff cut lumber throughout the room. walls, ceiling, built in's, mantle... it makes the room so dark (sad), but also so cozy! and while i'm trying some things to brighten the room (breezy curtains, wall paper behind built ins), i never want to lose that cozy feeling that it has, so the wood (or at least some of it) will be staying for the long haul! :)
  • We wouldn't last long without our ceiling fans. There's no way we could afford the electric bill from running the AC that much in July and August in Oklahoma.
  • First of all, I love this thread.
    Second, I won't give up fake plants! With two kids and my inability to keep a plant alive (okay, I've never tried and my kids seem to be doing well) I can't bring myself to get real ones! I've added real plants to the list of "To Try When We Move to a House" because I love the life they breathe into a space. Anyone else ignore that rule?
  • RECLINERS! We have two Lazy Boys we got for free. They are sturdy and comfortable and I think most of the trendy furniture is not comfortable at all. I'm also not a fan of ceiling height curtain rods (unless there are blinds underneath to cover the gap). I think the gap above the window looks silly!
  • @Jan, that's a great option and if it were just door knobs, I might give it a shot. But there's all those hinges and latch plates, etc.., and I just don't have the gumption. (I do have a husband who would look at me like I was crazy if I suggested that there was anything "wrong" with the brass to begin with!)

    Thanks, though!
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