Entries from January 2013

New Design Trend? Fish Netting

January 31st, 2013 · 3 Comments

Fish nets are starting to pop up at people’s homes.  Here’s some netting, complete with anchor, in Hillsdale, Michigan.

ugly design trend fish netting anchor Hillsdale Michigan home house for sale real estate photo

Fish netting in Gilbert, Arizona.

ugly design trend fish netting Gilbert Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Fish netting in Buckeye, Arizona.

ugly design trend fish netting on wall Buckeye Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

And more in Apache Junction, Arizona.

ugly design trend fish netting on wall Apache Junction Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Other US Cities · Make It Stop

Shower Curtains Make a Statement

January 31st, 2013 · 4 Comments

Be dramatic.

ugly shower curtain bathroom El Mirage Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

To ensure complete privacy, close the bathroom door, hide behind a curtain and behind a frosted glass door.

ugly shower curtain bathroom Avondale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Get a very heavy and dark shower curtain to block out the light.

ugly shower curtain bathroom Avondale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Go retro.

ugly shower curtain bathroom Chandler Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Be cool.

penguins shower curtain bathroom Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Create a theme.

cowboy horse Chester shower curtain bathroom San Tan Valley Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Monkey around.  [Somerset, Kentucky]

ugly shower curtain bathroom monkeys palm trees Somerset Kentucky home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Other US Cities · Chandler, AZ Homes · Shower Curtain

King of the Jungle

January 30th, 2013 · 11 Comments

A few days ago, we posted a photo of a taxidermy hoard, with a polar bear and dozens of dead animals.

We have two more photos to share, thanks to Cory Chalmers of 1-800-Hoarders.com.  For anyone who’s seen the Hoarders TV show (airing on Monday nights on A&E TV; season finale this Monday, February 4th), you’ll recognize Cory as their clean-out expert.  Cory runs his own clean-up service Steri-Clean Inc. (aka 1-800-Hoarders).

At a recent cleaning job, Cory was surprised to see this in the bathroom.

taxidermy wolf fur skin pelt on display in bathroom courtesy of Cory Chalmers 1-800-Hoarders

He also saw this hoard of dead animals in another room.  The owner put a crown on the lion; King of the Jungle.  And the owner is now officially King of the Idiots.

taxidermy lion crown hoard dead animals on display courtesy of Cory Chalmers 1-800-Hoarders

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Tags: Bathroom · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Hall of Shame - Tacky Décor · Other US Cities · Taxidermy

Real Estate Photography Flaws

January 30th, 2013 · 2 Comments

It’s best not to show your reflection in real estate promotional photos.  And if you have time, please remove the items from the vanity and close the toilet seat lid.

poor bad amateur real estate photography picture man person reflection mirror Phoenix Arizona home house

You, too, sir.  Please stay out of the mirror’s reflection.

poor bad amateur real estate photography picture man person reflection mirror Avondale Arizona home house

This poor photo requires too much energy from a buyer to figure out it’s a bathroom.

poor bad amateur real estate photography picture bathroom Mesa Arizona home house for sale

This is the only photo for this Tolleson, Arizona home.  The sellers don’t want buyers to see what it looks like on the outside or the inside.

poor bad amateur real estate photography picture dark at night Tolleson Arizona home house for sale

Poorly stitched together panoramic photos make cabinets look damaged and rooms and floors look uneven.

poor bad amateur real estate photography picture distorted panoramic Surprise Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Surprise, AZ Homes · Poor Photography · People In Photos

Ridiculous Window Coverings

January 29th, 2013 · 12 Comments

Amateur home design with window coverings is getting out of control.  Drapes on top of drapes on top of drapes.  And then an extra pink curtain on top for dramatic effect.

really ugly tacky gaudy window covering drapes curtains Surprise Arizona home house for sale

Same Surprise, Arizona home as above.  More drapes on top of drapes in the master bedroom.  If this is a design trend, make it stop.

really ugly tacky gaudy window covering drapes curtains Surprise Arizona home house for sale

Oh, no.  More drapes on top of window blinds in an Apache Junction, Arizona home.

really ugly tacky gaudy window covering drapes curtains Apache Junction Arizona home house for sale

Oh, come on!  More??!!?!  [Mesa, Arizona]

really ugly tacky gaudy window covering drapes curtains Mesa Arizona home house for sale

Thumbtacking a towel over a window in another Mesa home.

really ugly tacky gaudy window covering drapes curtains Mesa Arizona home house for sale

Why even bother putting up the drapes?  [another Mesa home]

really ugly tacky gaudy window covering drapes curtains Mesa Arizona home house for sale

At a loss for words with this one.  [Avondale, Arizona]

stupid window covering drapes curtains pushed to the middle Avondale Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Window Coverings · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Surprise, AZ Homes · Hall of Shame - Tacky Décor · Make It Stop

“Garage”

January 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment

The photo’s caption reads:  Garage.  We are squinting our eyes and it’s still not looking like a garage.

ugly concrete garage shell carport fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Garage or Carport · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper

A Little Rough Around the Edges

January 28th, 2013 · No Comments

They’ve ignored the problem for quite some time in this Mesa, Arizona bathroom.

pink paint repairs needed neglected damaged wall bathroom shower Mesa Arizona home house

Clash of the patterns.

pink paint camouflage bedspread ugly window drapes curtains bedroom Mesa Arizona home house

The kitchen could use some help.

neglected cluttered kitchen drawers damaged fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale

neglected cluttered kitchen drawers damaged fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale

The floor was swept.

odd strange photo of a broom in the corner dirty walls bedroom Mesa Arizona home house for sale

The door was slammed into the wall.  A fist was punched into the door.

damaged door wall hole slammed bedroom Mesa Arizona home house for sale

A fresh coat of paint will help.

ugly back yard patio exterior paint clutter Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Garbage day is tomorrow.

dirt front yard lawn curb appeal trash garbage can bin Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Kitchen · Bedroom · Window Coverings · Patio · Mesa, AZ Homes · Fixer-Upper · Bedspread

A Kinder Way To Display Animals

January 28th, 2013 · 2 Comments

These animal murals might not be perfect, but none were killed in real life.

Giraffe with a very short neck and horse-like legs in Monroe, Michigan.

amateur artist mural short neck giraffe lion tree bedroom Monroe Michigan home house for sale

The eagle has landed in Saginaw, Michigan.

amateur artist eagle flying garage door Saginaw Michigan home house for sale photo

Dancing hippo, lion, zebra, and penguins in Anthem, Arizona.

amateur artist dancing hippo lion zebra penguins mural Anthem Arizona home house for sale

A squirrel in a tree in Phoenix.

amateur artist squirrel tree leaves mural Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Cat stuck to a wall in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

cat sticker decal on wall Fountain Hills Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Garage or Carport · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Other Arizona Cities · Other US Cities

Overkill, Literally

January 27th, 2013 · 18 Comments

Sure to tick off PETA, for sure.  Dozens of killed and stuffed animals in a Cave Creek, Arizona home, none of which seem to be part of regulated population control.  The photo’s caption reads, “Trophy Room.”  Trophy for what?  Biggest animal killer?  The dead polar bear is sure to upset some buyers.  They might tell the seller to get stuffed.  [click on photo to expand]  Thank you, Lori, for sending us this disturbing photo.

dead killed polar bear animals taxidermy overkill too many on display Cave Creek Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Other Arizona Cities · Hall of Shame - Tacky Décor · Taxidermy

Kirksville Klutter

January 27th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Visual clutter in a Kirksville, Missouri home.

cluttered busy disorganized living room poor bad home staging Kirksville Missouri house for sale

Chaos in the kitchen.

cluttered messy disorganized kitchen poor bad home staging Kirksville Missouri house for sale

Dusty liquor bottles and smelly shoes.

smelly stinky dirty shoes on stairs dusty liquor booze bottles Kirksville Missouri home house for sale

The den of storage.

den office used as storage room messy disorganized cluttered Kirksville Missouri home house staging

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Tags: Staging · Carpet · Living Room · Kitchen · Clutter · Refrigerator Magnets · Other US Cities · Taxidermy