Friday, August 23, 2013

Model Homes with Quirk

A friend who is a real estate agent in the Washington, DC area shared a recent article from Curbed.com that get me a little fired up. I shared it on the blog's Facebook page, but I still want to discuss it, so I'm writing about it here.

The story is about "ridiculous" wallpaper that is an "eyesore" in a $2.2 million model home. I clicked the line my friend shared and prepared to be offended by some hideous wallpaper and I saw this:


Clearly, the art needs to go, but I find the wallpaper quirky and cute for a mudroom. The paper is Osborne & Little's Best in Show. It's a high end paper and if you've been around the design blogsphere for a few years, I've seen it in plenty of professionally decorated rooms.


Different? Yes. A little risky in a model home? Maybe. Ridiculous? I don't think so. As one comment on the article pointed out, model homes need to be memorable. Buyers, after all, are probably touring several in a day. I don't know if the house will be remembered as "the one with the dog wallpaper," but that's better than being so bland that it's forgotten. The rest of the house is lovely.




So, what do you think of a quirky element in a model home? Would the Best in Show wallpaper make you shy away from the house?
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10 comments:

  1. I like the wallpaper, but I would remember it as the house with the hideous paint colors on the walls.

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  2. If I was rich enough to afford a $2.2 million house, I'd be rich enough to replace the wallpaper if I didn't like it. Personally though, I think it's cute.

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  3. Funny that I love the paint:) amanda

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  4. Eh, it's so so. I am not crazy about it, but if I had to live with I could. I just think they went into overkill with the doggy artwork on top of the doggy wall paper.

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  5. It's a nice quirk - I would not be deterred when viewing the rest of this fabu house!!

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  6. I love the wallpaper, it's fun and memorable!

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  7. I love Osborne & Little wallpaper, but I think this selection would have been better in a little alcove with a pet-shower. (Hey, I've seen them and this is a couple million dollar house.) And I love the paint colors!

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  8. I would definitely not call that wallpaper an "eyesore." I like quirkiness and I think that paper is fun.

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  9. My aunt just bought a house off Lexington Ave and is doing a complete renovation to her taste. She has very funky taste, and picked out a different wallpaper for each room! It is going to be so fabulously crazy. I will have to send you the finished pictures. Hoping it's all done before year end. Here's the link to the velvet tree wallpaper for her study: http://www.designyourwall.com/store/Black-White-Tree-Bark-velvet-flocked-wallpaper-VCC0829-pr-3139.html

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