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35 Home Decor Horrors You Can’t Look Away From

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and these home decor doozies are prime examples.

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African queen

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.

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Pirate’s cove

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.

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Stone walls

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. This designer should probably brush up on the 15 outdated home trends to avoid at all costs.

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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—pretty much the exact opposite of these decorating tips for a stress-free home.

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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.

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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. Find out what your home decor reveals about you.

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Sold for … $1 million?!?!?

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.

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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. These vintage home trends that will take you way back shouldn’t be in today’s homes!


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 these gorgeous castles that you can actually rent on Airbnb!

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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 secrets of people who always have a clean house.

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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.

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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 decor trend. For home home horrors, check out these wacky things people found in their basements.

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It’s hard to put a finger on this decor style something to do with Southwestern but with more color. It’s got our eyes as big as the cat’s in the picture. Here are some more wacky and bizarre collections you need to see to believe.


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 look older than you are.

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‘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. And it’s not just house houses that can be fun and bizarre—check out these outrageous but totally real tree houses.

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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. But hey, tiny houses are a thing—just check out the coolest one in every state.

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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. Get a laugh with these photos of unique homes built purely for spite, and make your home look expensive with these cheap decorating tricks. 

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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.

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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 avoid these other no-nos you should never do when selling a house.


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. There are plenty of tips for planning your indoor garden, but we don’t think this corresponds with any of them.

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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.

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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 room design tips interior designers won’t tell you for free.

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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. But it has nothing on these bizarre things homeowners found in their backyards.

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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. This is definitely one of the strange and unique hotels that are worth a visit.

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The Paper House

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. Love weird homes? You’ll get a kick out of these wacky upside down houses that will make you look twice.

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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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Luna Parc

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. See if you’ve heard of the most famous house in your state!

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Bioscleave House

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. We bet one of these amazing and ridiculous bathtubs would be right at home here.

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Mary’s gone wild

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.

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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. Creepy, but not as creepy as these bizarre and unnerving things found in people’s homes!

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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 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. Get ready to be stunned when you see the most expensive home in every state.

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Glass galore

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.

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The House on the Rock

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 these 100 scary home inspector nightmare photos (if you dare)!

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