Entries from November 2008

Do NOT Open the Refrigerator!

November 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

If you know what’s good for you, do not open this refrigerator.  [Photo courtesy of Craig at KPatroll.org]

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Here’s another post about a sealed up refrigerator.

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Tags: Kitchen · Garbage and/or Junk · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Other US Cities

Pirate Ship Tree House

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

How cool is this?  It’s called the Scallywag Sloop Tree House.  30 square foot main house and a 48 square foot patio.  Offered by Sam’s Club for only $27,000.  Seller financing available upon approved credit.

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There was a post on this blog from late December 2007 titled “Un-Magical Castle” that showed a playhouse castle in Ahwatukee.  Here’s a quick peak.

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Tags: Other US Cities

Spy Camera In the Bedroom

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

This home in Kentucky comes with a home security system.  How creepy is that?

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Tags: Bedroom · Clutter · Other US Cities

Please Let This Stay In Vegas

November 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

When something happens like this in Vegas, it should stay in Vegas.  Ugly couch winner of the week, right here.

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Tags: Window Coverings · Ugly Couches/Chairs · Other US Cities

Everything But the Kitchen Sink, Literally

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

There’s so much junk and clutter that you can’t see the sink.  Why is a lamp in the kitchen?  [Thanks, Craig, for the photo, courtesy of KPatroll.org]

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Tags: Kitchen · Clutter · Garbage and/or Junk · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Other US Cities

Battle of the Red Walls

November 29th, 2008 · 7 Comments

The fight is on.  Which one of these red walls is uglier?  Our first contestant is a faux finish fire pattern from a recently built Phoenix home.

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The challenger:  Red flowery wallpaper in a different Phoenix home.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Wallpaper

Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 2000s Flooring

November 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 44

Flooring in Phoenix homes over the decades was kept fairly simple: pretty much carpet and tile (vinyl or ceramic).  In the 2000s, Phoenix homes had a wide variety of flooring materials and styles.

Ceramic tile was the favorite floor material in the 2000s.  The 8″ tile of the 1980s and the 12″ tile of the 1990s were too small.  16″ tile was the minimum in the 2000s, with some homes going to 24″ tile.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Grout lines were more narrow in the 2000s.  And grout was lighter in color.  The effect was that you could squint your eyes, and the floor would appear as one large tile.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another Phoenix home with large ceramic tile.2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Placing the ceramic tile on a diagonal costs more money to install, but creates a more dramatic look.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Diagonal tile can make narrow areas look wider.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Travertine tile carried over from the late 1990s into the 2000s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Travertine tile is beautiful, but it is a porous tile and requires sealant.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

If you wanted to go the extra step, travertine or ceramic tile was laid in a Versailles pattern.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Here’s a 2005 Scottsdale home with a Versailles pattern tile floor.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

For those homeowners with extra money to spend, mosaic inlaid tile patterns added a “wow” factor to flooring in the 2000s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another example of inlaid tile.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Slate tile continued its popularity from the late 1990s into the early 2000s as seen in this 2000 Phoenix home.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The biggest change to flooring was the emergence and popularity of wood floors in the 2000s.  Phoenix’s weather and concrete foundations do not lend themselves to real wood plank floors, so laminate wood flooring was used as seen in this 2004 home.
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All varieties of shade and wood type were available.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Wood laminate flooring could be found in all rooms of Phoenix homes.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Different sheens were available too.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bamboo wood flooring was very trendy in the 2000s and lauded for being “eco-friendly.”  This is a 2002 Phoenix home.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bamboo flooring was still being used in 2008 and will likely continue into the 2010s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Floor tiles made of cork was used in the 1950s and made a reappearance in the 2000s.  This is a Scottsdale home built in 2000.  Cork flooring was found in kitchens and bathrooms too.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Of course, carpeting never goes out of style.  Plush carpeting was popular in the 2000s.  Carpet color trended toward darker tans and browns in the 2000s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Flooring Trends For the 2010s:  terrazzo floors and carpet tiles.  Terrazzo counter tops already showed up in Phoenix kitchens in the 2000s.  Terrazzo flooring, already found in commercial buildings and retail stores today (and many decades ago), will likely appear in Phoenix homes in the 2010s.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Carpet tiles (usually 24″) have gained in popularity in commercial buildings and in hotels.  They are usually peel-and-stick or placed down with an adhesive.  If there is a spill, the affected tile square can be unpeeled, cleaned, and returned.  Expect to see carpet tile take off in popularity in the 2010s in Phoenix homes.  A few examples.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

There are hundreds of carpet tile patterns & textures to choose from.  From plush carpet shown above to a more flat industrial style seen in this modern kitchen.
2000s flooring Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

If home design in the 2000s has copied design elements from the 1950s, will homes in the 2010s take note of 1960s designs?  Will flooring in the 2010s move away from the darker tans & browns of the 2000s and include brighter colors instead?

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Tags: Flooring · Design Through the Decades · 2000s

Would You Mind Clarifying That?

November 29th, 2008 · No Comments

I think we’re getting a clear picture of how serious this owner is about selling his Tempe, Arizona condo.

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Tags: Tempe, AZ Homes · Poor Photography

Even Rich People Have Bad Taste

November 29th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Good grief, that pink is bright!  This Scottsdale, Arizona home is listed for $5,900,000!!  The homeowners probably paid an interior decorator $20,000 to design this room.

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Tags: Paint · Bedroom · Scottsdale, AZ Homes

Ugly Carpeting & Drapes

November 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Bad taste in carpeting and drapes in both rooms of this Phoenix home.

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Tags: Carpet · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes