7.08.2009

.style or vile?


Ok, another one of those images that, for me, vile is too strong a word. The question I ponder is can you take a theme in decorating too far? I imagine this person adores the beach and probably likes to daydream about it when, well, nevermind, BUT, if I told you this home was in Boise, Idaho, would that seem out of place or just fine? Sometimes I wonder how many tuscan mansions a rural American town can hold. Can design following a beloved theme or place become an avalanche of bad taste?

Style or vile?


23 comments:

  1. I'm thinking it's a little busy. perhaps a hard place to be peaceful - but maybe that's just me.

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  2. Hmmm.....this tend towards vile but isn't entirely vile. But I still can't like it because over-decorated bathrooms make me nervous.

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  3. yes, yes it can. don't you think just a shell mirror....nothing else...no wallpaper, rug, towels or whatever else is themed here would have been enough to be that unexpected we were talking about the other day. less is often more.

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  4. umm,. the seashells all over the wall makes me kinda sick,.. I would feel like I was walking into an undersea adventure restroom,.. whatever, right,..
    Not my style
    not style almost vile, just awkward

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  5. Oy! First, the only place a theme belongs is in a theme park. Period. That said, this could have been interesting if alot, and I mean a whole lot, of restraint was practiced. I think the shell-encrusted walls have potential and if this were in some beautiful stone manse in the French country side, say in an underground grotto, then we would all be oohing and aaahing. But it's not and the starfish and seahorses and the rest of the tchotchkes turn it into blech! Valiant effort, but a no go for me.

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  6. I say if you love it, go for it. I would take this over an all white bathroom any day of the week. What I find vile is rooms that are all white or beige.

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  7. umm well i will start off being nice and saying i like the color...and i love the fact there is a hat rack in the bathroom as a towl rack....other than that i hate it. i hate themes. especially seashell/beach themes. you can do "beach" without all the crazy crap. im thinking beadboard and light blue walls would have been plenty to get the point across.

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  8. I actually love the seahorses and stars. But not really the shells all over the walls. Too much for me. But, hey, it's someone's personal space. If they love it, that's what it's all about! Thanks for the conversation starter, g.!

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  9. I won't use the "v" word because I don't want to hurt the person's feelings. But, too many shells for me...

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  10. I am not sure about this one...it is almost so kitsch it is fabulous! Love these posts, xv.

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  11. How does one clean a bathroom like this? I imagine little sponge bits stuck on the shells in the wall. Yuck.

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  12. P.S. Does that rug have poinsettias on it? It doesn't go with the theme, good god, someone do something!!

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  13. I'm so okay with using vile... :)

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  14. hahahah. ok, maybe vile is a little harsh (but i lean towards the harsh myself!), so maybe i'll just say TACKY. or LAME. or MISSED THE BOAT. or WHY NOT ADD A SAND CASTLE TO THE BATHTUB, YOU OVER-THE-TOP FREAK!

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  15. i love your style or vile series...i'm going to go with ocd.
    too much. period. unrestrained which is not ok in this case.

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  16. It is not to my taste but each to their own....
    That being said, wherever did you find this photo?

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  17. i love me a beach theme, but this is too much. for me, at least. :) xo

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  18. My first thought upon opening this post was, "That room has gone too far"!

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  19. I think it's charming, but the sort where you appreciate someone taking the time, you just wouldn't do it yourself.

    I like quirky people, they break up the pattern and make the world more interesting.

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  20. I coined a design term years ago called "Fair Day" - you know, like when you spend a day at the fair, eating all different types of food and then go on a Whirli-gig, get really nauseous and vomit? Yep. Well, this is a good example of Fair Day...a lot of ugly, unrelated stuff crammed in a small space. My head is spinning... :)

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  21. There's not accounting for "bad) taste :-(

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  22. Ohh no! This is vile.

    Really bad. Such a shame because I do see certain elements that would work if used singularly but all together (retch).

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