Call the Aesthetics Police because we’ve got a crime spree to report. They say there’s no arguing about taste, but there are some truly awful design decisions out there. They don’t just ask to be judged, they demand it. ‘Quirky and unique’ don’t quite cut it anymore.

We like to think that we’ve got a good eye for quality designs. And on the flip side, we think we know what best to avoid when decorating your home. That’s why our team here at Fashion Life has put together this list of the very worst home interior design fails. Some of these are so epic, they’re bound to make your inner designer wince. Check out the best of the worst, and remember to give the pics you hate with a burning passion a big old upvote.

Read on for Fashion Life’s in-depth interview about our sense of aesthetics, how it forms, and how we can develop it. Spoiler warning: nobody is ever truly lost, no matter how bad their current sense of style might be.

Meanwhile, if you find yourselves in the mood for some jaw-droppingly horrific design ‘solutions,’ take a look through Fashion Life’s recent articles about them right here, here, and here.

#1

Staircase Beautified With Loose Boulders And A Broken Pelvis

Staircase Beautified With Loose Boulders And A Broken Pelvis

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Scagsy
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3 months ago

If you don't want your kids to play slinky, just ask. This is overkill.

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#2

Lars Ulrich

Lars Ulrich

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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3 months ago

Eye bleach, Unsee Juice and mind bleach, here I come

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#3

This Chandelier At A Restaurant I Ate At Bothers Me So Much

This Chandelier At A Restaurant I Ate At Bothers Me So Much

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Cecilia
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3 months ago

You had one job??!!!

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Fashion Life reached out for a chat about aesthetics and developing our sense for it with pie artist Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin. She is the author of 'Pies Are Awesome: The Definitive Pie Art Book’ and has made a career from putting her great sense of aesthetics to use in the kitchen. Her work is as much about design as it is about delicious baked goods.

We were curious to get her take on whether or not good taste is something that we can develop or if we’re born with it, and how subjective she thinks our sense of aesthetics really is.

“Our sense of taste is a product of our upbringing and the people and content we are exposed to throughout our life, particularly during our formative years,” artist Jessica explained to Fashion Life how we develop our aesthetic tendencies.

#4

This Is A Bad Idea

This Is A Bad Idea

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Cecilia
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3 months ago

Stop Imagining. Please stop.

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#5

You Have To Step Over The Bathtub To Get Between The Toilet And The Sink

You Have To Step Over The Bathtub To Get Between The Toilet And The Sink

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Buren
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3 months ago

I picture myself falling over every single time, in between the possibility of landing my head in the toilet or catching the reflection of my face as I fall.

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#6

You Can Take A Bath And Die Immediately

You Can Take A Bath And Die Immediately

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Buren
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3 months ago

Live dangerously.

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“Different cultures, different families, different peer groups place different value on different aesthetic conventions. If we want to ‘fit in’ with whatever group we are affiliating with, we tend to morph our own personal tastes to match that of the group,” she said that we tend to sacrifice a part of our taste to better adapt to our new social circle.

“But what if we don’t want to ‘fit in’ and conform our taste to match the crowd? Well, that’s where things get interesting,” Jessica mused.

She said that we start developing a truly personal sense of aesthetics when we start looking at different types of design, learning about various artists and artistic movements, listening to different types of music, and reading fresh new authors whose books we usually wouldn’t flip open.

#7

When They Said "Half-Bath", I Wasn't Expecting This

When They Said "Half-Bath", I Wasn't Expecting This

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Slinkman
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3 months ago

The part of the toilet you get after a rough divorce.

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#8

We Have A Really Small Radiator In Our House

We Have A Really Small Radiator In Our House

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Carrie Laughs
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3 months ago

Oh, hahahaha - that is the smallest radiator I've seen!!

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#9

I Raise You Carpet Wall Bathroom

I Raise You Carpet Wall Bathroom

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Ronit Mohan
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3 months ago

Ewwwwwwww

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“Once a person has, for whatever reason, decided to expand their horizons beyond what is naturally presented to them in their immediate circles then something magical happens: their true ‘personal taste’ begins to coalesce,” the aesthete said.

“We may be born into a family/community that places a high value on exploring different aesthetic forms and embarking on journeys of personal discovery. We may be born into a family/community that punishes any deviation beyond the accepted norms,” Jessica told Fashion Life.

“But we always have the choice to learn about something new. Taste may always be somewhat subjective, but the more forms of aesthetic content we seek out and allow ourselves to be exposed to, the better our shot at claiming that elusive, “good taste” badge!

#10

Man Opening The Curtains Of His Windowless Hotel Room

Man Opening The Curtains Of His Windowless Hotel Room

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SZ
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3 months ago

Serial Killer Lair

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#11

Can't Stop Thinking About This Sink

Can't Stop Thinking About This Sink

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Mart Se
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3 months ago

Sims "moveobjectson" cheat

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#12

My Grandparents Have A Fish Pond In Their Living Room

My Grandparents Have A Fish Pond In Their Living Room

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Slinkman
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3 months ago

That's kinda cool, smells like a bitch though

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According to Tim Antoniuk from the University of Alberta, it’s up to the designer to ensure the client’s project turns out well and that the builders turn their vision into reality.

“Everything, in my view, rests in the designer's hand. This is why some of the most outstanding designers in the world have such a deep knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, of the problems that can happen during installation,” the Associate Professor of Design Studies told Fashion Life during an earlier interview.

#13

Bottom Side Of The Stairs. Just Why

Bottom Side Of The Stairs. Just Why

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𝙸'𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚘𝚋!(new account)
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3 months ago

Seems you got yourself a glitch. Not to worry, just push restart and it should clear that in a jiff!

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#14

My Eyes Are Hurting Me

My Eyes Are Hurting Me

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Gaby Almodovar
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3 months ago

The purple kitchen looks decent now

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#15

The White Is Actually A Part Of The Marble Floor

The White Is Actually A Part Of The Marble Floor

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Vicky Z
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3 months ago

Oh come on!

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"It's hard, but that's why the best designers get paid so well for their outstanding work. They do great design/aesthetic work, but they also create efficiencies and they foresee and spot (some) problems from happening."

Essentially, this means that the designer has a huge responsibility when it comes to making sure the house is designed well. And that means being on-site, often. "Many jobs can not just stop because a designer is not onsite or is not able to be reached. That said, builders need to honor the designer's vision, but again, if there is 'fuzziness' in the drawings or plans, decisions will be made by people that we may not want to make them."

#16

Fleshy Shower

Fleshy Shower

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Luna W.
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3 months ago

Oof...this could look so clean and aesthetically pleasing...and then they picked THIS color

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#17

An Apartment In London That Has No Front Door. Just A Set Of Stairs Leading Up To A Window

An Apartment In London That Has No Front Door. Just A Set Of Stairs Leading Up To A Window

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Cactus McCoy
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3 months ago

Why I do not live in a big city, part 437.

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#18

This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

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Slinkman
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3 months ago

High as s**t

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In Tim’s view, designers need to focus on good and clear communication, doing great drawings and visuals, and constantly educating themselves in the field of construction while keeping on top of any important changes. “We exist in a field that is ever-changing with the introduction of new materials, new construction requirements, and restrictions," he said.

#19

Privacy? Never Heard Of It. Only Showers With Full Viewing Windows In This House

Privacy? Never Heard Of It. Only Showers With Full Viewing Windows In This House

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Adam C
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3 months ago

We have no secrets

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#20

This Combination Of Staircase, Cellar And Bathroom Gets Worse Every Second You Look At It

This Combination Of Staircase, Cellar And Bathroom Gets Worse Every Second You Look At It

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SZ
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3 months ago

This is like the 5th time I've seen this picture posted in a different list

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#21

"Don't Come Down The Stairs! I'm Pooping"

"Don't Come Down The Stairs! I'm Pooping"

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Annie Bieber
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3 months ago

This should be called 171 places totally devoid of Privacy...🤯

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Previously, Tim from the University of Alberta explained to Fashion Life that there are objectively good and bad interior design decisions. Not everything is subjective. Though that doesn’t mean that our sense of taste is unimportant. In fact, it’s what causes a gray area between quality and a lack of it in interior design.

#22

What Was The Point Of This Again

What Was The Point Of This Again

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Buren
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3 months ago

Cat's throne

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#23

Okay, What The Hell

Okay, What The Hell

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Buren
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3 months ago

Again. Cat's throne. What did I say?

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#24

One Closet. 6 Feet Above The Ground And No Stairs To Get To It. Why?

One Closet. 6 Feet Above The Ground And No Stairs To Get To It. Why?

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Cecilia
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3 months ago

Reminds me of the movie "Coraline"

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"The gray area comes in when people start to talk about taste and about degrees of aesthetic. I may love the design of Bauhaus furniture, for example, while somebody may feel that it is too cold and void of personality. Not unlike great art, I believe that much of what came from this era is ‘great design,’ in part because it represents an era and a philosophy. When we start to mix in discussions of taste and preference, that is where the gray areas of good and bad design get blurred,” he said.

#25

Sacred Resource

Sacred Resource

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Julia Atkinson
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3 months ago

They took the padlock off after the Great TP Famine of 2020

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#26

Flat For Sale In Kiyv, Ukraine

Flat For Sale In Kiyv, Ukraine

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Mazer
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3 months ago

I’m guessing long winters

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#27

The Intersection Of Three Rooms At My New Place

The Intersection Of Three Rooms At My New Place

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Cecilia
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3 months ago

Why do i not hate this?

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According to the expert, we can intuitively tell if a particular design is good or not. "Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems. Having said that, I think far too many people expect poor design that doesn’t really work well," he said.

"For me, great design is what Dieter [Rams] talks about—it is also intuitive, it is deeply sympathetic and empathetic to the user at all levels, and at some level, it is emotional. It is a catalyst for giving us feelings."

#28

Studio Apartment. No Thanks

Studio Apartment. No Thanks

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Slinkman
Community Member
3 months ago

Eat s**t bath repeat

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#29

Fish Scale Stairs At My Grandma's

Fish Scale Stairs At My Grandma's

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Gaby Almodovar
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3 months ago

Granny fears nothing!

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#30

Nice Paint Job On The Cabinets But Why Purple

Nice Paint Job On The Cabinets But Why Purple

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Steve Barnett
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3 months ago (edited)

'Okay Prince, you can decorate the kitchen. Just don't spill any paint on th... Oh. Whatever'

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#31

DC Condos Really Pretend That This Is Ok (5'7" Man For Scale)

DC Condos Really Pretend That This Is Ok (5'7" Man For Scale)

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Julia Atkinson
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3 months ago

"Your front bottom has never been so clean!"

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#32

My Grandparent’s Carpeted Bathroom

My Grandparent’s Carpeted Bathroom

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Blue Purple
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3 months ago

You can get out of the bath and simply roll round the floor a few times, no need for towels

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#33

$500 Per Week Excluding Expenses. Close To Shops

$500 Per Week Excluding Expenses. Close To Shops

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Mallory Gallo
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3 months ago

Bed,bath. and beyond

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#34

Stairs Retrofitted Into Old House Are A Death Trap

Stairs Retrofitted Into Old House Are A Death Trap

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Blue Purple
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3 months ago

bye bye ankles

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#35

This Shower At My Airbnb

This Shower At My Airbnb

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Slinkman
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3 months ago

The man looks like a plumber, he could fix that s**t.

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#36

Let Me Just Hop Into The Bathtub To Fill/Empty The Washing Machine. No Problem

Let Me Just Hop Into The Bathtub To Fill/Empty The Washing Machine. No Problem

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Cecilia
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3 months ago

I swear I was here in my dream before!

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#37

Part Three Of Things In My House At Annoy The Hell Out Of Me

Part Three Of Things In My House At Annoy The Hell Out Of Me

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william mcgloin
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3 months ago

There's no choice. Tear it all down and start over.

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#38

Someone Played Cat's Cradle With These Heating Pipes

Someone Played Cat's Cradle With These Heating Pipes

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Slinkman
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3 months ago

Looks like a windows 95 screensaver

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#39

Stairs To More Stairs

Stairs To More Stairs

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Vicky Z
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3 months ago

Stairway to stairway to heaven?

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#40

Oh, What A Cute House For Sale. Aaaaahhhhh What?

Oh, What A Cute House For Sale. Aaaaahhhhh What?

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Liam Walsh
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3 months ago

Truly hideous!!

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#41

My Parents' Bathroom Is On A Platform Next To An Angled Ceiling So You Hit Your Head Every Time... And It Has A Telephone

My Parents' Bathroom Is On A Platform Next To An Angled Ceiling So You Hit Your Head Every Time... And It Has A Telephone

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Cactus McCoy
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3 months ago

Telephone to call an ambulance before you pass out due to the concussion from hitting your head. Makes sense.

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#42

Have A Good Sleep

Have A Good Sleep

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Artemisa
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3 months ago

How nice! The drops in your face. But it is a huge temptation to open it while someone is sleeping 😈

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#43

Refrigerator Island?

Refrigerator Island?

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Julia Atkinson
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3 months ago

Oddly threatening - a Tardis designed by daleks

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#44

My Uncle's House Got A Bathroom Without A Door, Literally The First Thing You See When You Enter The House

My Uncle's House Got A Bathroom Without A Door, Literally The First Thing You See When You Enter The House

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Buren
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3 months ago

Imagine the awkward eye contact with the home intruder

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#45

This Bathroom In A House I Was Shown By My Realtor

This Bathroom In A House I Was Shown By My Realtor

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Buren
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3 months ago

Brush your teeth and poop at the same time

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#46

Well You Asked For A Kitchen Island Didn’t You?

Well You Asked For A Kitchen Island Didn’t You?

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Vicky Z
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3 months ago

When you dream big but can't afford it

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#47

The Lamp Prevents The Cupboard From Fully Opening In My New Apartment

The Lamp Prevents The Cupboard From Fully Opening In My New Apartment

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Carrie Laughs
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3 months ago

Change the fitting to one that is flush with the ceiling.

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#48

Because Having Two Staircases Is Better Then One In The Bathroom. Toilet Is Behind The Wall On The Left

Because Having Two Staircases Is Better Then One In The Bathroom. Toilet Is Behind The Wall On The Left

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Cactus McCoy
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3 months ago

The well in the center is for the corpse disposal in case somebody gets lost and does not return?

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#49

My House Has Many Of These Architect Flaws (I Live In Brazil), One Of Them Is The Flaw In The Ceiling Of The Living Room's Stairs That Makes My Mom's Bathroom Have Stairs

My House Has Many Of These Architect Flaws (I Live In Brazil), One Of Them Is The Flaw In The Ceiling Of The Living Room's Stairs That Makes My Mom's Bathroom Have Stairs

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Julia Atkinson
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3 months ago

Nurse: "Oh, my goodness! What happened to you this morning?" Homeowner: "Honestly, I feel so silly. I got off the toilet, tripped up the stairs, bashed my head on the edge of the sink, slipped on the blood, and broke my wrist trying to save myself. *tremulous smile* But at least it's not Covid"

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#50

This Bathroom I Saw While Looking For A House

This Bathroom I Saw While Looking For A House

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Mama Panda
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3 months ago

I would love to know how much crack the owners smoked to think this was a beautiful choice!

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