Five design trends superstars love that interior designers despise

Celebrity home decoration has long fascinated people, with programs like “MTV Cribs” and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” captivating audiences for years.

In fact, part of the attraction of celebrity-focused reality shows like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is seeing what a star’s home is like on a day-to-day basis.

For instance, fans were delighted when they got to see exactly what Kim Kardashian West’s home looks like in a video for Vogue’s “73 Questions” series.

Despite their popularity, interior designers don’t always love the way superstars decorate their homes.

Some a-listers focus on producing a space that looks cool rather than one that feels comfy in designers’ opinions.

For illustration, Kardashian West’s self-described “minimal monastery” home, which is both artist and monochromatic, wouldn’t be every designer’s cup of tea.

Monochromatic color schemes are popular among celebrities, but this can make a space feel less homey.
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Monochromatic designs can make a space look bland. Tom Merton/Getty Images
“The best way to make a room feel homey is to add layering, texture, handmade pieces, and warm woods,” said Kathy Anderson, owner and founder of the luxury interior design firm, Anderson Design Studio.

“Pattern mixing and maximalism is taking the place of minimalism,” Anderson told Insider.
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Maximalism is changing minimalism in the design sphere. KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty Images
Instead of the cool, sleek look of moderate design, experts are now leaning toward the colorful and plentiful.

“It’s timeless to use books and collected items that are meaningful to the client to accessorize and bring a sense of personality to the home,” Anderson added.


Five Ways to Help Your Roof Last Longer

1. Avoid Power-Washing Shingles
Targeted spray can loosen the granules from the products’ top coating—and resulting damage might not be covered by the warranty. Rather, have a professional roofer use a broom or leaf blower, or manually remove dirt and moss. And do not do it yourself. “We advocate homeowners use a expert for safety reasons,” says Don Huber, CR’s director of product safety.

2. Check the Ventilation
Inadequate or poorly located attic soffits and vents can cause moisture build-up or condensation on the plywood decking that supports your roof shingles, which can lead to rot. A poorly placed exhaust fan can do the same.

3. Clean Gutters Regularly
“By doing so, you’ll prevent a buildup of water that could lead to leaks,” says Bobby Fischer, vice president of contractor programs at GAF, a shingle manufacturer. Fischer also recommends cutting back heavy tree limbs that might brush against and erode roofing materials.

4. Insulate Attics and Cathedral Ceilings Properly
That helps prevent ice dams, which can contribute to costly leaks, particularly in areas where roofing planes meet. Illumination can have an impact, too.

Normally, when the top layer of snow melts away on your roof, it drips off. “But if the recessed light in your cathedral roof is poorly insulated, the heat can melt snow and ice from underneath; if trapped, that moisture can seep through nail holes and destroy the roof’s decking,” Eiseman says.

To counter the effect, a roofer can install a self-adhesive membrane to protect towards ice and water on select areas of the roof.

5. Strengthen the Roof
In places prone to severe weather, tornadoes, or severe thunderstorm-related winds, consider spending extra for this three-stage treatment when you get a new roof. First, installers seal decking with specialized tape or sealant. Second, they use ring-shank nails, with ribbing which resists wind uplift. Third, they lock down the roof’s edges with metal flashing.

Discover a certified expert through the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. The improvement adds about $700 to $1,200 to the cost of roofing a 1,500-square-foot home or about $1,500 to $2,000 additional for a 3,000-square-foot home, estimates Ian Giammanco, IBHS senior director of product design and lead research meteorologist. Your home insurance may give a discount for such fortified roofs, somewhat offsetting the cost.


Prevent unneeded travel if conditions are too bad.

Buckle up, and make sure child restraints are secured tight. It is recommended to use cumbersome clothes and covers on top of the child restraint harness, not beneath, to ensure harness restraints fit properly.

Drive at safe speeds in accordance to road conditions, and provide for plenty of travel time.

Increase safe stopping distance between vehicles.

Hire a charter bus for group travel.

Use additional precautions when driving around snowplows by maintaining at least five car-lengths behind plows.

If skidding, remain calm, ease foot off the gas, and turn the steering machine in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.

If vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply a steady firm pressure to the brake pedal. Never pump ABS brakes.

Clear snowfall and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.

Headlights should be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.

Do not use cruise control on snow/icy/wet roads. Conditions can change over every hill and around every curve. Be very aware of bridge decks and overpasses.

Supply vehicles with a scraper/brush, small shovel, jumper cables, tow chain, as well as a bag of sand or cat litter for tire traction. Blanket(s), heavy boots, warm clothing and flashlights are also important, as are storing high-energy foods such as chocolate or energy bars.

Be sure cell phones are recharged for long trips, and inform family of destination plans and schedule.

If stranded, stay in the vehicle.

Parents of teen drivers should make sure new motorists experience snow and ice driving in a safe environment, such as an empty parking lot.