When it comes to most decorating trends today, Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia are pretty open-minded. They're down to try just about anything—evidenced by Carson's early days on the original Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, when some outfits, he'll admit, made him "look like the child snatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
It's a skill that's come in handy on their new Bravo show, —airing Fridays at 9 p.m. EST, FYI—where the duo takes on design projects of all styles, sizes, and budgets. Even if they're not a fan of a certain look (like macrame), they'll find a way to make it work (use it sparingly, Carson suggests, so it's not combined with a ton of '70s furniture, making your home look like a set from a period piece).
But there's one holiday decorating trend the duo just can't get on board with—even though there's a good chance it's on display in at least a third of the front lawns in your neighborhood right now, if not yours. Giant, inflatable lawn decorations.
"I don’t even know if 'over it' can even verbalize how much I don’t like them," Thom admits.
The guys are quick to clarify: It's not so much the designs themselves; it's how they look in broad daylight. "When they’re not on, they’re laying in a sad puddle of nylon, and it looks like someone just dropped a bunch of garbage on your lawn," Carson explains.
"You know what they are? And this is my least favorite word—and this is not a sexual thing—is flaccid," Thom adds. "You know how some people don’t like the word 'moist'? Flaccid, I don’t like that."
They will make one concession. The trend's not for them, because it's not designed for them. It's serving a different purpose.
"Even though I feel like they’re terrible, I do see children’s faces not liking us when we say that, because children light up with the most exuberance and joyfulness when they see like a two-story Santa Claus or reindeer, or snowman," Thom admits.
When he put it that way, even Carson—who originally said he "hates" inflatables—could agree: Some are pretty cool, and they DO make kids happy.
"You know what those inflatables look like? They look like those alien men they put up at car dealerships. They terrify me, but I love watching them move: They’re so human, and they look so real! They're so excited, like ‘hey, come buy our Kia Sonata!’ Or they have them at Burning Man or circuit parties."
Check out the video above to see which overall, of-the-moment looks the guys love—and which ones leave them totally divided, as well as their advice for working them in without going into trend overload—in the video above. You won't want to miss their take on millennial pink.
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