Every year we pause to celebrate the most dubious trends of the year. And in honor of the flightless bird that is so popular this season, we dubbed these items "turkeys" - because they would be best if shot and carved up.
So before our hearts fill with all that mirth and good cheer, let's take a snarky breath and let out some ill-will steam.
And just to prove that we do like some things, we've decided to include a few "swans" to balance out our fashion fowls.
We call them "swans" because these majestic and graceful creatures inspire awe.
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1. Cliched ethnic decor. Why must Indian-inspired home accessories always involve too many glittery sequins and garish color combinations? Too often, this look is done in just one hue: Tacky. When mass-produced and overdone, South Asian decor loses its grace. It can be done right, however, by incorporating a single striking element or a single vibrant color in an otherwise neutral area. Themes are best reserved for birthday parties - not living spaces.
2. Outdoor wicker furniture with discolored pillows. If it creaks when you sit on it or pokes or scratches when you recline, it is not friendly furniture. If it is splintered, cracked or flaking paint, it needs TLC to restore it or a merciful euthanization. Given the incredible array and brilliant design in new outdoor furnishing, there is no excuse to hang on to outdated, raggedy white wicker. Faded, weather-beaten cushions can make even the best quality pieces look haggard. Replace worn cushions immediately.
3. The primary color futon with chrome or steel frame. This barely qualifies as furniture and only belongs in a dorm room. They are uncomfortable, inelegant and unflattering to almost any other piece in the room. There are other acceptable options for cheap seating and co-sleeping. For overnight guests, a quality inflatable mattress and decent bedding is kinder.
4. Blue and chocolate brown. Why are we not over this color combination yet? I'll admit, I was a fan of pairing the robin's egg blue with dark brown, but it's been ubiquitous for years. It's time to move on.
5. Overaccessorizing. Have you ever walked into a home and felt dizzy by the array of tchotchkes on display? If you have five things on a shelf, put four away. Rotate or replace existing pieces if you must, but remember: Less is more.
SWANS IN THE HOME
1. Streamlined sofas. Forget fussy, overstuffed sofas. Ditch mix-matched patterns and fabrics. Think sleek, comfortable and clean lines. A streamlined sofa is as utilitarian as it is timeless. These sofas do not command the stage. They provide the structure and framework for a well-designed room.
2. Curvy chairs. Curves give a chair sex appeal. The perfect chair for lounging should be intimate even for one, sensual for two. It embraces you with its curves.
3. The unpretentious bed. Simplicity in a bed is what creates an oasis, a retreat from the energy in the rest of the home. Fussy beds with columns, pillars, ornate details and chunky appendages weigh down the entire space. Consider the most inviting place for a siesta, peaceful slumber or intimacy. The setting should not upstage the plot.
4. Driftwood tables. These nature-inspired tables offer a rough, unfinished aesthetic that pairs well with the coolness of tempered glass. Unstylized and fresh, they bring a bit of the warmth of outdoors inside.
5. Monochromatic color. Tone-on-tone shades of the same color within a single room or among various pieces of furniture create an easy gracefulness in a space. Ditch the competing colors. Try variations of the same color with different intensities. It creates the illusion of depth and the tonal colors offer harmony.