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13 things that should NEVER be in a woman's home

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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While you read this article, please bear in mind we're being a little tongue in cheek, but we do think this list of things a woman should never have in her home is fun and true.

This is a modern age and women rightfully want to be thought of as independent, strong and self-sufficient, but there are a number of home design additions that seriously undermine these ideals. If interior designers can steer clear of them, so can you! 

Be prepared as quite a few of these tips relate to your bedroom, so you might find yourself needing to give the space a serious overhaul once you've read these tips. 

Let's take a deep breath and see what you need to start living without…

1. Silk flower arrangements

Kitchen: modern Kitchen by DDWH Architects

Naff, tacky and hard to clean, these are a serious no! Just treat yourself to some fresh ones every week or so.

2. Too many frills

A little feminine detail here and there is lovely (on your bedding, for instance) but not everywhere. They look so childish!

3. Photo collages of friends

Antic Shabby Chic Wooden Multi Photo Frame in Pastel Colours - Distressed Look:  Walls & flooring by Vintagist.com

Unless you want a date to ask who the hot blonde stood next to you in lots of pictures is, leave the friend collages where they belong: in secondary school.

4. Soft toys on the bed

modern Nursery/kid’s room by Estúdio Plano

A huge no-no, especially if you have company. There's nothing less sexy than cuddly toys!

5. Inspirational quotes in every room

Inspirational Life is... art print:  Artwork by Always Sparkle

You don't need affirmations in every room, so keep them to a minimum. Or just in the toilet!

6. Cheap bed linen

Bedding:  Bedroom by bluebellgray

Come on, girls! You work hard and deserve to feel like a queen in your own bed, so splurge on some high thread counts.

7. Make-up spilling out everywhere

Have a clear out, put everything you're keeping in a nice cosmetics bag and stay organised. You're not a teenager!

8. Doll collections you had as a child

Collectible Japanese Doll:  Artwork by Asia Dragon

If you can't throw them out, box and put them in storage. We guarantee everyone but you is freaked out by them!

9. Family photos next to the bed

Mood killer alert!

10. Pet beds in every room

We get it, you love your pet, but there are some rooms they don't need to be in (like the bathroom).

11. Crazy cat lady furniture

eclectic Living room by cat-on

If you make it obvious you spend more on your cats than yourself, your friendship circle is going to shrink.

12. An overload of mismatched furniture

A little eclectic styling is great, but too much and you'll make your home look like the crazy aunt at a wedding.

13. Framed college memorabilia

So, you've still got all your society jumpers and sports kit. You don't need it on the wall though, so store those memories elsewhere!

For some helpful home advice, take a look at this Ideabook: Things that don’t belong in a home (if you're over 30).

Are you guilty of any of these decorating calamities? 
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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