It’s time for another installment of Defend the Trend. Find out what happens when HGTV editors stop being polite (“That’s cute, but not my style!”) and start getting real…
I don’t want to put words in her mouth, but I bet she thinks it belongs in a musty old wood-paneled rec room/basement. I see hypothetical Lili’s hypothetical point, HOWEVER I love it as a bar or bookshelf. What say you to the étagère – or the ‘70s glam thing in general?
MARIE: If somebody held a zucchini to my head and said, “You must put this in your house,” I’d stick it in a walk-in closet and pile sweaters and jeans on it.
LIZ: I want to like this, as I generally like elements of ’70s glam…but no. It’s too freaking big. Empty, the giant piece reminds me of a throwback treadmill for gerbils (they’d run to an endless loop of Saturday Night Fever, obv.) Camille’s swinging cats would be there, too: http://www.eclectech.co.uk/b3ta/discocat.gif.html
I hate it much less in the office with the larger items and the memo board to offset its giant-ness and the gray background.
KELLEY: Dude. I just bought a ’76 rancher. You couldn’t move this into my dining room fast enough!
MARIANNE: I’m having a major brass/’70s moment, as both my house and myself were born into this world in 1977. I say yay.
GRANT: I’ve stared at it. I’ve come at it with a quick glance. I even grabbed my feel-good potato chips and revisited it with a happy stomach. No matter how I come at this thing, I can’t make myself like it. Honestly, I detest it in a full-body shiver kind of way.
LILI: Only email I’m responding to from vacation. This is the kind of piece that only Emily Henderson can make work in very narrow conditions. But dear God! I hate it so.
KELLEY: Emily, eh? You really wanna throw down that gauntlet?
MARIANNE: Lili, I both agree with you and think I COULD TAKE THIS ON.
BRIANA: Marianne, please take this on!!! New hallway installation!!!
Haters gonna hate.
MARIANNE: The next six months of my job are now devoted to wearing you all down until you love the Etagere. BOW DOWN!
So, basically, Kelley, Marianne and I are the only ones standing for this retro number. Guess we really are Three’s Company (as our coworker Leanne described the piece). What do YOU think?