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Design Pet Peeves From Brian Patrick Flynn

5 Design Pet Peeves From Brian Patrick Flynn

I'm not going to lie . . . I can be a picky girl when it comes to decorating. I have very specific ideas about what looks good, and what falls outside of that category, I tend to qualify as "poor taste." But generally, rather than focusing on those things, I support and showcase the design that I do love and do find in good taste.

Sometimes, though, I wish I had the — excuse my French — balls to tell it how it is. One person I can totally rely on for this is decorator extraordinaire Brian Patrick Flynn, aka Décor Demon. BPF recently bared his soul about his biggest decorating pet peeves in a chat with Blayne Beacham of This Photographer's Life, and I can't help but exclaim "Hallelujah" in response to his openness.

Here's what really ruffles Brian's feathers:

  • Sticks in a vase shoved in a corner.
  • Themes in kids' rooms.
  • "Art" bought at big-box retail stores.
  • Swag window treatments.
  • Leather rolled-arm club chairs in manspaces.

Brian does admit to supporting one look that may be on its way out: "Now, as much as I wanna be over the empty-frames-grouped-and-hung-on-a-wall-thing, I kinda still like it. In fact, I did it above my media room sofa using spraypaint in violet, plum, and bronze tones." Me, on the other hand, I'm more of a minimalist than BPF. I'd rather have an empty wall and wait until I can afford or find artwork that I love than hang empty frames in a cute arrangement, which to me only draws attention to what's missing. There, I said it!

Head over to This Photographer's Life to hear more of Brian's opinions on everything from ceiling fans to the color beige to wall decals!

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