Uggh. Barff. Ick. Ewww. I know ugly when I see it and here are two excellent examples: The two redesigned kitchens that 10 design professionals with plenty of money and plenty of time came up with for HGTV's Design Star, a show that I thought had potential (until this week).
Team #1 Designed the Clean Lined Kitchen
Here's the kitchen before the team totally ruined it ...
Give me any of these "real" examples of nostalgia kitchens over this clean lined abomination. The coup de grace? The tiled counters were left unfinished. Pah!
Team #2 Designed the Faux Tuscany Kitchen
Take cherry cabinets and paint a faux white crackle paint over them. Add ugly curtains and chairs that are guaranteed to stain, and voila! Serious ugly.
Here's a REAL Tuscan kitchen in a villa in Tuscany. Click here to view this fabulous house.
The kicker? Both families loved their redesigned kitchens. It's my belief that designers should model good taste; not pander to their clients' unformed tastes to the point of selling out. Or ... perhaps these designers have no taste at all? Perish the thought.
For excellent recaps of Design Star, I urge you to visit Surroundings and Kora in Hell. These two ladies know interior design like I know Dutch cheese and Maatjes Haring. Linda knows her stuff and Trixie is seriously funny.