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Old 10-06-2019, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I've given up looking at Houzz. I feel much more content. The last straw was looking at outdoor patio rooms. So over the top.

Guess simple living is more my style. I just don't need or want an outdoor kitchen with a big fat BTU-burning appliance--or an over-the-top patio room with a huge fireplace and plush seating for 12.

How about you? Do you think these type of websites are designed to create envy and push us into buying pricey, unnecessary appliances and product?
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:42 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I've given up looking at Houzz.
How about you? Do you think these type of websites are designed to create envy and push us into buying pricey, unnecessary appliances and product?
IMHO, yes. Some sites more than others. Luckily just about all of the stuff they dangle in front of my nose isn't that tempting. Empty decor, maybe trying to generate some coveting. Trends rarely trouble me. What goes in my house is functional necessity first, then garnish with art or objects that have personal or special meaning or history. Its my residence, not some designer's fantasy.

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Old 10-06-2019, 01:46 PM
 
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No. Not at all. It does give some great ideas for DIY projects.

Envy is only created in your own mind.
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Old 10-06-2019, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I think they are totally marketing ploys and they do create dissatisfaction. I gave up HOUZZ, apartment therapy and HGTV. I am much happier.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:26 PM
 
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I like it for the forums ( similar to these) as I do find them very helpful. I will say that even on the forums though, there are some VERY well heeled folks. There are regular and budget folks too but it gets a bit intimidating at times.
The thing is with HGTV and Houzz, they can be very misleading and un-real. Kind of like staging your home for sale. As a savvy realtor said to me this is NOT how you live but we are selling the illusion. And our home sold in a matter of days.
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I just don't get all the fancy, very expensive, many times unnecessary home-doodads that people go so crazy over.
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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It's marketing!

How you spend your money is your decision-
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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I dunno, sometimes we can get some ideas off the different websites, but generally we're so far outside of their target audience that nothing resonates. Being trendy in house stuff is a waste of time, anyway. IMHO, a good house is one that stays 'done' for at least decades.
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:45 AM
 
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I like it to get ideas. I don't buy anything there I just find similar items to what I saw that I really liked. But we are redoing our entire house since we had a fire. Otherwise I would not look I was happy the way my home was.
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:21 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I've given up looking at Houzz. I feel much more content. The last straw was looking at outdoor patio rooms. So over the top.

Guess simple living is more my style. I just don't need or want an outdoor kitchen with a big fat BTU-burning appliance--or an over-the-top patio room with a huge fireplace and plush seating for 12.

How about you? Do you think these type of websites are designed to create envy and push us into buying pricey, unnecessary appliances and product?
its interesting when people manufacture a reason for posting a thread to espouse their philosophy on something (in this case tossing out expensive home improvements and living simply).

why does it bother you to look at houzz if you dont want that stuff?
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