35 Home Décor Horrors You Can’t Look Away From
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and these home decor doozies are prime examples.
Ornate? You could say that. This home located in Missouri feels like a safari in Africa. The listing says it has a 550,000-piece mosaic wood floor made out of oak, walnut, and ebony. The floor features a 17-foot long, 20,000-piece African crocodile, too. It’s really quite the adventure to wander through the listing and photos. Check out some other strange houses across the country.
If you like full-sized pirate mannequins then this should be on your short list of houses to look at. It might feel like someone is watching you for the first few months, though. Find out the 13 sneaky signs someone is watching your house to avoid any pirates from looting your booty.
This house in the Netherlands seems like it belongs in another country. There are stone walls throughout the place and several interesting art pieces, like the Scarface painting in this shot.
So many lines
The wrought-iron railing leads your eye all over the place and the lights on the wall don’t help. Then there are the sleek curves of the door. It’s all a little disorientating for an entryway. These are the 6 most popular architectural styles in the United States.
Multitask like nobody’s business
This might fit into a home inspector horror story gallery but it’s hard to imagine what it’s like trying to cook scrambled eggs when you’ve got a load of whites going in the washer. Of course, the washer and dryer location might be convenient if you get a stain on your favorite shirt.
The bed blends in
Instead of worrying whether the bed frame will blend in with the carpet, just add the carpet to the bed frame. It won’t look unusual. Get a bed frame that will look unusual for the right reasons after looking at these 11 bed frame ideas. Find out what your home decor reveals about you.
Sold for … $1 million?!?!?
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The real estate market in Australia must be hotter than any market in the United States because this fixer-upper was on the market for just over $1 million, which in U.S. dollars is still more than $760,000 for a two-bed, one-bath. This one has a long list of projects but learn the home renovation projects that really do improve a home’s value.
What happens when you can’t find the remote?
A TV in the bedroom is great but this one takes it to new heights. It seems like with such an extravagant house there could be a flat screen installed that hangs from the ceiling. But then again there are some anachronistic details in this home like the track lighting, too. Find out what else makes a home look dated.
Where’s the moat?
We get it, your home is your castle … but don’t take that thought to the extreme like this home. If you want to get an idea of what real castles look like then check out some of the most beautiful ones in the world few people visit.
The cleaning attempt will be noted
Cleaning is a pain, no doubt about it, but maybe the after picture might work better in the listing rather than the in progress shot we’ve got here. Make cleaning a whole lot easier with these 39 cleaning tips to make your home shine.
School House Rocks
Transforming an old school building into a bed and breakfast is an enormous task, but this property accomplished that in large parts. It’s just hard to decide what to do with an enormous gymnasium. Don’t feel so bad when trying a DIY home renovation, it can’t be worse than these cringe-worthy home improvement fails.
Motivated buyer needed
Maybe it’s a good thing to post pictures of a house that experienced a fire in the listing to get any questions out of the way right away. It just seems unusual to see. A fire can start in any number of ways, make sure you aware of the hidden things in your home that may be a fire hazard.
Never at a loss for words
This room is great for an expecting family. There’s no shortage of names to choose from for a baby: Anna Mae, Wayne, Bill, Patrick, Roy, Katy … we’ll stop there for now. Let’s hope this isn’t a home décor trend, but these are the 15 home décor trends you definitely need to avoid.
It’s hard to put a finger on this décor style something to do with Southwestern but with more color. It’s got our eyes as big as the cat’s in the picture.
Hold your horses
Wait, what? Where’d he come from? The property has a tremendous arena and horse stable, but it didn’t say anything about the horses having a room inside the house. Find out the ways your house can make you older than you are.
‘There was an old woman … ‘
This California home will stir up some old nursery rhyme thoughts with its shoe-like design. It was designed back in 1976 and features unique interior art and design.
George Costanza house
Seinfeld’s George Costanza once tried to “invest” in triangle art, so he might be reluctant to check out this Washington home that features the three-sided figure prominently. Learn the cozy decorating tips for a more inviting home.
Must be this short to enter this house
There won’t be any outrageous parties with people jumping around in this place for fear of hitting their heads on the ceiling. The house appears to have remodeled an old garage into a living space.
Concrete dome home
This property in Minnesota features a concrete dome home that totals 6,400 square feet. It’s spray foam insulated and creates a striking image from afar.
Seems like a strange way to turn a one-bedroom into a two-bedroom. Joking aside, it’s befuddling to think that someone might actually sleep in the closet. Let’s hope someone isn’t trying to rent it out as an Airbnb. These 50 houseboats on Airbnb provide a little more comfortable living arrangement.
Valley of the Dolls
There’s a rule or something about leaving personal effects around the house when you’re selling it. It might be a good idea to follow that one and the 33 other important things to do when selling a home.
Garden arbor in the home
The wallpaper might need updating in this home. We’re not sure if this is supposed to create a garden scene in this room since it looks like a lattice garden arbor but it might be worth putting into consideration as a project room. Wallpaper is making a surprise comeback, but maybe just not this kind.
It does rain a lot in Seattle
But there will always be sunny skies in the children’s playroom located in Seattle. At least the kids won’t have to go outside to play with this elaborate structure. Check out these 15 amazing toy rooms that’ll put the “fun” in functional.
Elegance from another era
This apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York City overlooks Central Park, has six bedrooms and six baths, but the interior decorating seems like something rather opulent. Try out these 12 interior design tips for your home if yours needs updating, too.
Elephant in the room
We’re not sure where this ranks on the faux pas scale but it has to be near the old elephant foot stool. It reminds us of these truly tacky lawn ornaments.
Old Jail Inn
So you can stay in a jail that you’re free to leave from at anytime? That’s possible at the Old Jail Inn, a former Parke County Sheriff’s office and jail. It was in use until 1998 and was purchased in 2009 by Debra Olson. Olson thought she’d just purchased a steel door and windows from the site but her purchase also included the building. A year later she developed it into a bed and breakfast where guest can dress up in the original jail clothes and head over to The Drunk Tank Winery at night. The Old Jail Inn sleeps 18 among the rooms called: the Indian Garage Suite, the Gangster Hideout Suite, the Harley Davidson Suite, the Bonnie and Clyde Suite, the Thelma and Louise Cell, the John Dillinger Cell, the Al Capone Cell, the Jesse James Cell and the Elvis Presley Cell.
The Paper House
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The Paper House in Rockport, Massachusetts is exactly that: a house made from paper. It was built by Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed machines to make paper clips. He started building the home in 1922 and though the paper was first used as insulation, it expanded into furniture. Stenman used pressed paper and a lot of varnish for the walls and paper logs for the furniture.
Check the address
The pool possibility looks really neat but where’s it located? This home sits below ground in Las Vegas and is one of two underground houses on a 1.7-acre lot. The site does have an above-ground home for those accustomed to living on street level. Find out the 52 things that can make your home look expensive.
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Artist Ricky Boscarino uses this home as his studio and his residence in New Jersey. He opens it to the public throughout the year. He’s been at work on the home since 1989, which features sculptures throughout the yard. Inside, it’s a mashup of several styles and has a Pee-wee Herman’s Playhouse vibe to it.
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A house that is designed to extend life sounds like a pretty good deal. The 3,400-square-foot Bioscleave is on the market for a little less than $2.5 million. Arakawa and Madeline Gins designed the home, which makes people use their bodies in unanticipated ways. They say it helps maintain equilibrium and stimulate their immune systems. They built the home for $2 million on Long Island and its unusual design is said to create a sense of wonder for people. There are uneven floors, vibrant colors, windows at unexpected heights, all of which keep the senses more active.
Mary’s gone wild
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Mary Paulsen has been taking what people have been getting rid of and making it into art in North Carolina. Her Visionary Folk Art Garden and Doll Village are part of her effort to help feed hungry children. She started building a village for her 6,000 dolls back in 1996 and has continued to create. Her ventures turned toward glass in 1998 and eventually a glass bottle house that is something to see. Find out what you should get rid of out of your house.
The Mushroom House
Architect Terry Brown spent ten years working on this house in Cincinnati with 35 students from the University of Cincinnati College of Design. It’s a bit of an anthropomorphic house with windows that resemble eyes.
Shuffleboard in a fishing reel house
When you’re the owner of a fishing reel company, what kind of home do you ask for? Well, Zebco founder R.D. Hull asked Tulsa architect Cecil Stanfield to build him a home shaped like a fishing reel back in 1970. It’s was on the market in Catoosa, Oklahoma for $5 million. It includes a swimming pool covered by a 25-foot dome with 28 curved beams. Check out a creative way to keep your fishing reels out of the way in the garage and other ways to store awkward objects.
We’d hate to be around to have to clean the streaks in the glass at this Washington home. In addition to a lot of windows, it has some odd choices in the kitchen and living room. But it’s got a great view of Puget Sound. These cheap decorating ideas will make your home look more expensive.
The House on the Rock
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Once inside you can revel in the world of kitsch that Alex Jordan created. The house opened in 1960 and among the rooms it features is a carousel room that includes 269 carousel animals, 182 chandeliers, 20,000 lights, and no horses. Other rooms include the infinity room, which walks out from the rock for a spectacular view. Next, check out the coolest tiny home in each state.