If there's one thing designers have, it's strong opinions. And as much as there are trends and styles they love—there are also those they downright hate. In Los Angeles this week for the La Cinega Design Quarter's Legends design event, Chairish hosted a riotous conversation with celebrity designers Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent, Bobby Berk, Leanne Ford, Mary McDonald, and Nathan Turner—joined by CQ's own Style Director, Robert Rufino. Over an hourlong panel, these illustrious design names revealed a whole lot about what they love—and even more about what they can't stand. Here's what they never want to see in their homes.
Leanne Ford: scenic wallpaper
While we find a wall swathed in a De Gournay floral or Gracie chinoiserie absolutely swoon-worthy, the beloved host of Restored by the Fords isn't convinced. It shouldn't come as any surprise; Ford's interiors tend to be relaxed, modern, and subdued, hardly attributes of scenic walls. "I just think it gets dated so quickly," Ford explains.
"Well," quipps Bobby, "that's when they have you back to redecorate!" Touché.
Nate and Jeremiah: terrazzo
Yes, it's true. While the terrazzo trend may be sweeping millennial Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds, Nate and Jeremiah aren't having it with this 1970s resurrection. "It’s so annoying to install, and it looks like an airport," Nate opines.
Bobby Berk and Jeremiah Brent: colorful appliances
Looking to add a pop of color to your all-white kitchen with a colorful appliance? Think again, advise Bobby and Jeremiah (and CQ's Robert Rufino). "What if it's a beautiful La Cornue?" asked Chairish founder Anna Brockway? "Well, then you've ruined that La Cornue," quipped Jeremiah.
Nate Berkus: white subway tile
Yes, you read that right. Though, Nate admits, this one is less a fiery hatred than a sense of boredom. "I would just like to move on," he says of the ubiquitous material.
Bobby Berk: monogramming
Want to add a little personalization to your bath towels or sheets with a stitched monogram? Not on this Queer Eye designer's watch. "I don't need my name on my towels," the designer says. Nate and Jeremiah warn there's something that might change his tune: becoming a parent. "I used to hate monogramming until Nate and I had kids," Jeremiah confesses. Continues Nate, "now we aspire to be like old southern ladies. Put a monogram on everything!"
Nathan Turner: mixed dining chairs
You won't see any special captain's chairs in Nathan Turner's designs: "That's so weird," he explains. "Why do you need an armrest and no one else does?" Fair point.
Nate and Jeremiah: acrylic furniture
"I hate it so much," moans Jeremiah. "Acrylic always looks inexpensive to me, and it's always dirty." Adds Nate: "And scratched!"
Leanne Ford: ceiling fans
Hot weather, be damned; you won't see a ceiling fan in a Restored by the Fords house anytime soon. "I’ve never not taken down the ceiling fan in a home," the designer reveals. "Even in rentals." It's not worth the aesthetic compromise, she argues. Plus, if it ever gets super hot, "you can bring out a fan on a stand for a few days."
Mary McDonald and Nate Berkus: under-counter soap dispensers
Think it would be so convenient and space-saving to have your soap dispenser built into your sink? Think again. "The maintenance is so annoying," Nate says. "You have to go refill it, and it gets all crusty..." "Yes," agrees Mary—"it's always crusty."
Nathan Turner: taxidermy
While some might find a buck head on the wall an interesting design centerpiece, Nathan Turner could not hate it more—a disdain he's had since childhood. "My grandfather had a game room, and it always sounded so fun," he recalls. "My friends and I would go there and it was not fun, it was scary!" Jeremiah is with him. "It's a carcass on a wall!" he exclaims.
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