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Who Makes These Decisions?

I was watching one of the home improvement shows on HGTV this evening and I once again wondered who decides what is fashionable. I see them doing such impractical, expensive things because "buyers demand" updated, fashionable kitchens and bathrooms. Ceiling fans are out despite their environmental benefits. Medicine cabinets are out despite their practicality. You MUST have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
Who decides this stuff?



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May. 2nd, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Idiots decide this stuff. The interesting thing is that one of the blessings of globalisation is that we seem to have the exact same idiots everywhere.
May. 2nd, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Not me! We installed ceiling fans shortly after moving in. I will probably never own stainless steel appliances (they aren't magnet friendly) and I love my medicine cabinets.
May. 2nd, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
The "sell your house" shows are often paid for by product-placement advertising. Remember that when you watch them.

It's fun to watch the "get organized" or "get green" shows do over the "designer masterpiece". They've never quite done the *same* house, but they've come close. They pull out the pedestal sink and put in a sink with storage. They put in medicine cabinets (generally with decorative covers rather than mirrors, though). They take out the halogen lighting and put in low-voltage fluorescent. I think they probably get their money from product-placement, too.

Having only sold houses a couple of times, I can still say that buyers are unimaginative dolts. You need to redecorate and rent furniture, because they can't imagine *their* furniture in there, they can only see our American Yard Sale decor. It's truly appalling.

Bottom line: The house folks buy is not a house people live in. The house people live in is not a designer showcase. HGTV is driven by product-placement.
May. 2nd, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
I recently did a "walk and talk" through a young, trendy neighborhood in support of our local school levy. As I looked through doors as I chatted with people, I saw magazine-picture perfect living rooms and kitchen spaces, vaulted ceilings and beige, beige, beige.

I noted that all of them were clean, with a LOT of open space, uncluttered with possessions or anything with any individual sense of personality. No books, even when there were lovely shelving units. Instead, "hotel" art, vases or bowls. Not even any family photos!

They all looked like a model home ready to sell, or the "after" shot in a home improvement show. I agree with rmeidaking in that buyers are unimaginative dolts if these houses are examples of how they actually want to live. I would shrivel in a house like that. It couldn't feel like home.
May. 2nd, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
May. 2nd, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
But I LIKE the granite countertop.
That one actually has some use -- no grout for junk to get stuck in.

The rest, I agree with.

(And the house I bought last year has ceiling fans & medicine cabinets & rather a lot of under-sink storage space.
May. 2nd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: But I LIKE the granite countertop.
There are many advantages to solid surface countertops. But the particular kitchen that was being evaluated last night was down marked because the homeowner chose a manufactured stone countertop rather than granite. They didn't name the brand, but it looked like a Silestone sort of thing. From all I have read these surfaces seem to require less care than granite. The homeowner said she chose it because she could get a matte finish and the gloss finish on the granite showed every fingerprint.

May. 2nd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm convinced that in 10-20 years, stainless steel will date a house just as surely as avocado green does now. At least though, stainless steel is functional in a wet environment--the medicine cabinet thing has me baffled.
May. 3rd, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
This is the reason we went with laminate counter tops. We were pretty sure anything we choose now would be the avacado green of the 2015's and we wanted to be able to change it out relatively cheaply. I have yet to see a granite countertop I like. And some of the laminate is gorgeous :) I do like some of the Quarts ones, but they cost the earth... too much to be able to just pop them out and change them. And stainless steel is cold. We went with black appliances.
May. 3rd, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
on solid surfaces and stainless
When we remodeled our house in Bartlett we went with Corian in the kitchen - here in California it seems like every kitchen has these white tile counters. Are you kidding me? Every crumb shows and gets caught in the grout when you try to clean. We also miss our appliances back in IL. It looked like stainless, but was a silver finish that was finger print resistant, easy to clean and held magnets - you know for all the pint-size art work. I went into a Home Depot here and didn't see anything like it even available. I'm feeling very "homesick" right now.
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
I strongly suspect that the people who recommend this stuff are the ones who are selling it. One reason that I'm ambivalent about watching any home improvement or self improvement show. Although I am certain that my home and myself can use some improvement. I just see all the things "someone" is telling me I'm doing wrong and nothing I'm doing right.
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