5 Tragic Design Fails Committed by Designers-in Their Own Homes

Think all home designers must have the most perfect dwellings imaginable? While it’s true that they’ve been trained to choose the right colors, fixtures, and furniture to make a space look amazing, they do make mistakes—even in their own homes.

“Designers often learn from their own mistakes, and our homes typically serve as personal laboratories where we experiment with new ideas,” explains Ana Cummings of the eponymous design firm.

Want proof? Check out these stories from design experts who’ve made missteps in their own homes, and consider them fair warning on what not to do in your own abode.


1. A bathroom door that doesn’t stay shut

Photo by Peace Design 

Stephanie Thornton Plymale, president and CEO of the Heritage School of Interior Design, loves the farmhouse look, so she put in a barn door that slides over the toilet area of her master bath.

“While it looks

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With so many people working from home right now, many are racking their brains on how to fit a nice home office into the mix—and some smart do’s and don’ts abound in the latest “Design Star: Next Gen,” the Discovery+ reboot of HGTV’s hugely popular “Design Star.”

On the “Transformers!” episode, the seven remaining contestants are working hard on workspaces, while host Allison Hocker Boss and guest judge Kim Myles (the winner of Season 2 of the original “Design Star”) chime in with colorful commentary.

The designers are each instructed to create a multifunctional room that can pass as both a home office and a hip party place—plus they need to build a modular piece of furniture that can help change the function of their room. While the contestants put a lot of thought into their individual designs, only one will win—and one will be cut from the competition

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These ridiculous design fails will have you doing a double-take. Whether down to bad planning or terrible execution, these houses have been struck down by shoddy fittings, low standards and inexplicable additions to rooms. So, take a deep breath before you click or scroll through our roundup of the world’s worst home design fails…



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These unbelievable design fails will have you doing a double-take. Whether down to bad planning or terrible execution, these houses have been struck down by shoddy fittings, poor choices and inexplicable additions to rooms. So, take a deep breath before you click or scroll and take a look at our roundup of the world’s worst home design fails…



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