6. Shag and Long Pile Rugs
Cozy flokati rugs are both retro-chic and a bare foot’s best friend. However, they are also prone to shedding, difficult to clean, don’t age terribly well (hello, matted fibers), and the material is conducive to trapping dust, dirt, and everything in between.
-Again yes. I have seen long pile rugs in photos of posh interiors, and yes they look incredible. But to have one under the dining table, which I have seen, is the height of decadence, but also nutsiness. I mean it's not just three year olds who drop things at dinner! If you have the means to buy a new one every year, fine, go ahead. Otherwise, forget it.
7. Anything Trendy and Expensive
Simply put, outfitting your home entirely in trends is a surefire way to make it look dated. Play with trends, but keep them to small, more affordable accents that can easily be swapped in and out. Let the memory of chevron overload be a lesson to us all.
-Certainly timeless is the way to go. And I agree, if playing with a trend, do so in an affordable way (which by the way, can include paint!)
8. Uncomfortable Dining Chairs
This may seem obvious, but give your dining chairs the sit test before you decide to buy. And don’t just sit straight-backed, feet on the floor (because who really sits like that?); recline, slouch, cross your legs, and really make sure your guests will be comfortable enough to linger after a long meal.
-Totally, and that goes for all modes of seating.
9. Bare Windows
While we can appreciate the appeal from both a monetary and luminary perspective, the thing about UV rays is that they are powerful—powerful enough to turn your favorite upholstery 50 shades of sepia. Plus, bare windows will most likely leave you with the sneaking suspicion that your decorating work is unfinished.
-Yes. Although the minimal look is cool, you need some sort of window treatment. In college I learned about a study of people living in those wall to wall glass homes, and no surprise, they were all super paranoid. You don't have to smoke a bowl to become paranoid that you are being watched when all of your windows are open. I mean hello!!!! As with everything, balance. If you are a minimalist, then thin linen drapes that let in a maximum of light and also afford a veiled view are a great way to go.