Lonny Editors Share Their Worst Design Moments

Bad things really do happen to nice people.

Illustrated by Briana Gagnier.

Interior design can be a daunting arena — full of fabric swatches, paint samples, and endless decision making. Often, we're tricked into thinking we're not even qualified to make the smallest of decisions and that we need an expert to take the lead. And, while that may be true at times, it's important to keep this in mind: everyone — even the experts — is capable of making a wrong turn.

For this reason, we try not to take the whole thing too seriously. While we love a beautiful space, we do our best to find humor in faux pas, too. In light of appreciating design mishaps, we're resurrecting our worst design moments. Here are the interior mishaps we never thought we'd admit.

Angela Tafoya, Editorial Director — Cluttered Shelves 

"A recent design risk I took that didn’t really work for me was open shelving in my kitchen! In my former apartment, we didn’t have cabinetry, so we IKEA-hacked our shelves. And, though I totally loved the way it came it out, it made it so hard to have a peace of mind from the visual clutter. The shelves were always overrun with stuff. I never felt at-ease or content with the kitchen’s look. It may have worked for the time being (and works for many people), but I'm very happy to have graduated from open shelving to cabinetry."

Lonny Editors Share Their Worst Design Moments
Illustrated by Briana Gagnier.

Shelby Wax, Senior Associate Editor — Paint Job Gone Wrong

"I have a pretty preppy past where I totally wore ribbon belts, pearls, and embraced pink and green. Unfortunately, I decided to fully commit and turn my childhood bedroom into a watermelon. To say it was a headache is an understatement."

Lonny Editors Share Their Worst Design Moments
Illustrated by Briana Gagnier.

Briana Gagnier, Senior Designer — Faking A Coffee Table

Lonny Editors Share Their Worst Design Moments
Illustrated by Briana Gagnier.

"My worst design 'mistake' was using a cardboard box as a coffee table. When my boyfriend and I were living in LA together a few years ago we were barely making any money and didn’t know how long we were going to live there, so instead of going out and purchasing a cheap coffee table from somewhere like IKEA we used a cardboard box. At the time I justified it as being economical, environmentally friendly, and resourceful, but looking back on it I realize that it probably looked pretty janky."

Lonny Editors Share Their Worst Design Moments
Illustrated by Briana Gagnier.

Megan O'Sullivan, Associate Editor — Overly Themed Room

“Oh gosh, the most prominent image that comes to mind is my pre-teen room. I was really into Roxy and being a 'surfer girl,' (dream big) so I painted my ceiling light blue and my walls lime green. I had the PB Teen striped bedding with Hawaiian flowers all over them, a shag rug, and a disco sequin lamp shade. There was a lot going on in that space. But, at the time, it was very cool!”

Let us know the worst design risk you ever took, or if you too had a rough design phase (or that iconic PB Teen bedding) once upon a time.

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