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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