Good Question: How to Live With Bad Decor

Good Question: How to Live With Bad Decor

Grace Shu
Aug 15, 2007

Guilty pleasure? The Hills (what? I know some of you watch it. This cheese refuses to stand alone). Now there's been a lot of muck-flinging about on this show about who's doing what, like starting sex tape rumors, and getting into drunk screaming matches on Melrose in fancy party dresses--but that's all secondary.

You see, when I watched the premiere episode, there was this great GREAT scene where alleged rumor-monger and boob-enhanced (and possibly eyebrow-bleached) Heidi waltzes in her super fancy co-habitating digs and is, for once, rendered speechless. Turns out her fiancé Spencer (who is a douche) decided to take decorating into his own hands.

He got the living room wall tagged with "HOLLYWOOD," complete with flares and dollar signs ("That was my idea," he says proudly. Which makes him a bigger douche.) You can practically see the wheels in Heidi's head chunking as she sputters, "'s not very girly--I mean, we were supposed to pick out paint colors together!" Now, bad decor sense may not be a good enough reason to dump a guy (but if his seemingly rich self bought an engagement ring at what looks like a souped up Claire's, dumping him would be permissible. Even advisable. Also, if he doesn't know which finger to put that engagement ring on, tell him it's the middle one and walk away), but I do wonder: how would you decorate around an 8 ft graffiti mural while fighting the urge to haul out the cans of paint? Is it hopeless, or is it something a little decor ingenuity can salvage?

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