Here's the list and my take on how my own home measures up.
1. The Backsplash Accent That Cuts the Walls in Half.
2. The Throw Pillows That Set Pinterest on Fire.
Gates says that, "If the social network created a time capsule to chronicle its meteoric rise to fame in 2011, you better believe it would've included a pair of turquoise-and-white throw pillows. While the zigzag itself is timeless, its use -- and that particular color combination -- has been overdone."
I agree with Gates that, as cute as "poufs" are, they're not very comfortable for actual seating . . . too tipsy and low to the floor. At my age, I would probably slip right off after a couple glasses of wine!
For my reading corner, I've stuck with an ottoman so I guess I gat an A on this element!
4. The Cabinets Used in Almost Every Early 2000s Home Makeover Show.
Gates suggests that, "Maple and oak wood-stained cabinets (especially those with ornate, French-ish carvings) instantly age a kitchen" and recommends painting them black or white.
I see her point, but painting kitchen cabinets is a huge amount of work and, if you were to do it every time decorating trends changed, you might as well put your local painter on consignment. I remember when DH #1 I and had our first apartment in Worcester, Massachusetts back in 1970 (so young!), my teacher-friend Barbara and I spent hours after school each day painting all of the kitchen cabinets olive green . . . to go with my harvest gold accents. I wonder how many times those cabinets have been painted since? I like the simple off-white cabinets in our condo. I'll give them a "B+".
5. The All-Caps Word
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I wonder if single letters count? If so, I'm "dated".
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Instead of a pendant, Erin suggests a larger light, like this "Hick's pendant" .
I don't have a pendant light but if I did, at $525.00 each "Hicks pendant", I think I might choose to stick with the "dated" ones from Home Depot.
7. Sleigh Beds
Erin calls sleigh beds "the Sleighs That Don't Come with Eight Reindeer" and feels they tend to swallow up a room.
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She recommends a light, contemporary canopy-style bed instead. Here in New England, sleigh beds are still popular and the design has endured. I gave myself a "C" on #7 . . . our bed is traditional and has no canopy, but, thankfully, it's not quite big enough to hold eight reindeer!
In case you'd like to read more about "what's dated and not", here's a link to Erin's blog, The Elements of Style.