I was clearing out pictures from my camera and came across some images from a show house I'd visited earlier this year. My issue with many showhouses is that they're so unrealistic. They're not cohesive. They're too over the top, with designers pulling out every trick in their bag to catch your attention.
This house, a lovely 1920's place, perched on a hill overlooking Baltimore had been totally ruined. First, someone had thought to re-stucco the house, taking away all of the patina that had built up over the decades and making it look like a newly built house. Then, they'd taken a house with classic Tudorish lines and tried to force it to become Craftsman-style by adding strangely-placed lanterns and stained glass windows.The new decor was practically hateful, with faux finishes,road maps adhered to the walls,and all sorts of strange painted treatments (not to mention the skirt on this chair!).Worst of all were the furnishings, which looked like they came from a cheap warehouse store,or the auto-body shop (see map room above) or local thrift shop where they must have found this sofa/bed.
I am generally a very positive person, but I truly hated this house and only spent about a half an hour there. There was almost nothing that interested me, except for this sweet house which I found when I got lost leaving the showhouse.What do you think of Decorator Showhouses? Are they all this bad (Kips Bay not included)?