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10 Home Fads That Failed Miserably

If it's faux anything you can usually faux-get it.

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Faux Plants

Floral prints and patterns weren’t enough for everyone in the ’90s. So people cranked it to 11 with fake potted plants like these. Faux plants are one of the things that can make a room look cluttered. Follow these 15 tips to make a small room seem bigger.

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Off-Color Shower Tiles

If you look closely there is more floral patterns with this shower tile from a 1997 project. It’s a far cry from what’s playing now like wood planks, neutral colors and subway tile. Make your shower look better with these 13 tile tips.

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Faux Columns

Columns should connote class but they look better on the exterior of a home. It didn’t stop people in the ’90s from trying to bring them inside though, especially that McMansion crowd. Go over these 12 interior design tips to keep your home looking classy without having to go overboard.

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Wrought Iron Outdoor Furniture

Wrought iron furniture has always found a place on the patio but this set with a floral pattern seems a little more specific to the 1980s. This set was made by Lyon-Shaw and is enameled wrought iron. Check out what’s trending now for patio furniture.

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Tile Furniture

Those little doodles of 3D squares you like to do turned into furniture in our 1981 issue. We used ceramic tiles on wooden frames to create these pieces. We used them to display plants and, though not every house had furniture like this, there was certainly an emphasis on geometric patterns in the ’80s.

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Partition to Create an Entryway Space

Furniture-Quality Divider

We created this hinged room divider back in 2012 and while room dividers have always existed they’ve never exactly taken off. They’re great in certain spaces like a studio apartment but can be tricky in other spaces. If you like the room dividers and want to add one to your home, then you’ll get some great ideas from these 12 incredible room dividers.

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Shuffleboard Courts

Shuffleboard courts popped up all over the place back in the 1950s but the game never really took off. A number of old school gymnasiums, hotel pool areas and cruise ships still have shuffleboard courts. Tabletop shuffleboard has become en vogue lately as a bar game. Our 1958 cover featured a court in the basement as part of an entertainment space. Tile companies sold the courts, which could be laid fairly easily.

Let the games spill out to the backyard with these 12 tremendous games you can play at home.

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Big Top Circus Room

This elaborate circus-themed basement room graced the cover of our October 1968 issue and you’ve got to admire the level of detail that went into creating this room. A hi-fi emerged from a wood cutout of a traditional steam calliope, which is an old whistle. Take a look above the boy and you’ll notice that the cellar windows have become a cage for the lions.

Elsewhere a support column is disguised as a giraffe and the bubble lights look like balloons. Themed rooms haven’t ever really taken off because eventually the kids get older but it can be fun to visit themed rooms.

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Infinity Table ’00

Expand your mind with this back-to-the-’70s light table. Turn on the lights inside this table and you’ll be staring into infinity. This woodworking project makes a dramatic impact when the lights inside it go on and the mirror creates an optical illusion. Don’t worry, you can still get the project plans! Plus: Check out these 19 surprisingly easy woodworking projects for beginners.

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Hollywood-Style Bathroom Lighting

If you still have Hollywood-style marquee lighting above your vanity, it may be time for a minor bathroom remodel. Instead, try sconces on each side of the mirror with an overhead pendant light.