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Whose Style is That? Louis XIV or Donald Trump? An Interior Design Guide to the New President

by Kate Wagner
Whose Style is That? Louis XIV or Donald Trump? An Interior Design Guide to the New President
Kate Wagner is the founder and editor of McMansion Hell, a web site for people who love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before (and after) the bubble burst. Photo: Sam Horine

If I had a dollar for every time I received a request to take on Donald Trump's interior design, I'd have enough to buy coffee for quite a few weeks - no small feat. 

As the Internet's chosen McMansion taxonomist, I have spent a lot of time with tacky. After spending so much time with tacky that my fingers have started to stick together at the mere thought of a grand estate, here is my thesis: 99% of McMansion decor is inspired by people like Donald Trump. As Fran Lebowitz so elegantly put it, "Donald Trump is a poor person's idea of a rich person." It's a pretty simple system, really: gold = rich. Columns = rich because banks have columns. Chandeliers = rich because they're big and shiny. You catch my drift. 

We as people have been fascinated by the dwellings of celebrities since the dawn of celebrities, who, back in the day, were usually royalty or the Pope. Donald Trump's Manhattan penthouse apartment is a particularly interesting (and recursive) instance where a celebrity decorates based on the taste of previous celebrities. In this case, King Louis XIV and King Louis XV of 17th and 18th century France. Luckily, the world was spared from the continuation of the heavily ornate Rococo style for a couple centuries thanks to the French Revolution. Then the 80s happened, and Donald Trump came with them. A fun guessing game to play is: Is it the French Palace of Versailles or a Donald Trump apartment?

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Nine Things to Buy For The Billionaire on Your Christmas List.

by Chris Gardner

It seems that this list would better titled, "Nine Things for a Billionaire to Buy For You, If You Happen to Be on a Billionaire's Christmas List"... Still, an interesting look at the excess of the holidays.

1. A ride around town: Bugatti Veyron $2 MM

Nine Things to Buy For The Billionaire on Your Christmas List.

2.Something for that empty wall: Modern Art $8 MM+

 

3. A bath toy: A Super Yacht up to $200 MM - $300 MM

 

4. Some beach gear: A Submarine $80 MM

 

5. A weekend getaway: A private island $10 MM - $100 MM

6...

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Roast My Weenie

by DIY Maven

Roast My Weenie

Hey, check out the little man with the big weenie! The stainless steel stick figure ($15) could be just the thing for your next barbeque or tailgate party as he’ll keep your hotdogs and sausages far enough away from the coals to prevent burnt kabobs. And this guy isn’t a one trick pony either; his other appendages are useful too, as you can use his arms to roast peppers or mushrooms. Via Greenhead.

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Cartoon Carpets by Dan Golden.

by Chris Gardner

"Dan Golden is a New York based artist who has shown his playful yet sophisticated work in galleries for nearly a decade.

In 2006, born from a desire to reach beyond the art world, Golden partnered with interior designer Ford Lininger. Together, the two developed a line of luxurious, contemporary rugs based on Golden's art and launched the collection in Spring 2007." 

These handtufted rugs come in four standard sizes, with custom sizes and schemes...

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Plumbing of age: what every first-time homeowner should know about the sewer system, part two

by Bruno Bornsztein

Roots in the main line are not a pretty sight.
Our septic series continues. If you haven’t already, you may want to read the first part, well, first. Part 2: Snakes, worms, and severe burns.

In the morning I awoke with the sudden realization that I couldn’t do the one thing I wanted to do most: use the toilet.

I thought of going outside, but it was broad daylight, and my neighbors are not that friendly.

Bodily fluids are great motivators, though, so, at 7:30 in the morning, I lurched...

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Plumbing of age: what every first-time homeowner should know about the sewer system, part one

by Bruno Bornsztein

Sewage backup in your basement... ahh... home-ownership. What to do when your basement smells like poop?

I wrote this essay shortly after moving into my house, and I'm digging it out after being reminded by another first-time-homeowner's post about the joys of main-line backups. Part 1: The sewer never sleeps.

There was poop coming out of a hole in my basement.

I came home near midnight. I had some papers I wanted to put away. I went down in the dark, and when I stepped off the last stair, I heard a splash. No big deal, though. I’d had...

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