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Mods, wasn't sure if it was okay to start a new thread, but I thought it would be fitting to have a discussion devoted to all the expensive homes/clothing we see on the show.

 

TBH I've never been impressed with the BH clothing. Houses? Yes. Clothing? No. LisaV and Aidrene can't resist looking like mall rats, Brandi dresses like an escort, Kim clothes are okish but her hair and makeup are a mess, and Kyle has great taste but no idea how to dress herself and constantly picks out beautiful things that look awful on her. Yolanda usually looks nice and I'll reserve judgement on LisaR.

 

Replying to FozzyBear rom the S5 premiere thread. I guess Countess Luann was right, money can't buy you class, because I whole-heartedly agree that most of the women on RHOBH have an atrocious taste in clothing. Odd, considering they have access to stylists and the finances for the high-end designer threads.

 

I think Camille is the only who pulls off the gaudy LA aesthetic without looking too ridiculous. Like you said, Adrienne and Lisa, well, DO look ridiculous with their reliance on garish satins and chandelier jewelry. That, plus the excessive eyeliner.

 

Brandi's style is that too-short hooker look, which looks equally ridiculous on women 20 years her junior. I associate it with woo girls stumbling down Sunset at 2 a.m. 

 

Kyle is always so afraid of looking "fat" that she often drowns herself in those caftans. Kyle wasn't swimming in rayon at the White Party for once, but the nips poking through and the tightness of the cut made it look uncomfortable.

 

Say what you will about the Lemon Lady, but apart from Camille she's the only one whose style seems befitting of their wealth. Well, brittle hair aside, I quite like her sense of style. (And King David's Malibu compound. They were wise not to buy property right on the beach; they're close enough to walk there, but they don't have to deal with the foot traffic of beachgoers passing by their house all the time.)

 

Whenever the HWs travel, Yolo dresses in sweats and sneakers, she actually looks comfortable. And for the formal events, I like that she favors well-tailored, rhinestone-free garments that aren't overly shiny. 

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I loved LisaR's old California style home. West LA does have some sick real estate. It's just such an unbelievably beautiful area to begin with and then when you get into the older parts of the west side that were built up in the 20s and 30s...just outstanding. NYC is my favorite city on earth, but old money LA has house porn like no other.

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There should be a requirement that the show films at least 1 event at Mohammed's house per season.  

 

I like Kyle and Mauricio's house.  It seems warm and inviting, unlike a lot of the marble/stone filled homes.  It looks spacious but not ridiculously large.

 

I covet Yolanda's refrigerator.

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There should be a requirement that the show films at least 1 event at Mohammed's house per season.  

 

I like Kyle and Mauricio's house.  It seems warm and inviting, unlike a lot of the marble/stone filled homes.  It looks spacious but not ridiculously large.

 

I covet Yolanda's refrigerator.

For me it is Lisa's kitchen, warm and cool at the same time while being a true "cooks" kitchen!

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There should be a requirement that the show films at least 1 event at Mohammed's house per season.  

 

I like Kyle and Mauricio's house.  It seems warm and inviting, unlike a lot of the marble/stone filled homes.  It looks spacious but not ridiculously large.

 

I covet Yolanda's refrigerator.

https://twitter.com/YolandasFridge

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I actually think Taylor generally looks nice in a gaudy, new money, social climbing, SoCal trophy wife kind of way. The hair and plastic surgery and super thin body tacky up her look, but I usually thought her clothes were good.

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LisaV I love you, but you pay to have all those tacky satin shirts custom made?!?! Oh honey. BH has really good shopping, much of which is perfect for women of a certain...station in life. Just go to Neiman's and ask for a personal shopper. Please, I'm begging you.

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Much as I find the actual clothing tacky and overpriced, I adored that scene with Lisa and the custom shirt woman. It was like watching her reupholster a couch.

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Having a dressmaker or shirtmaker is such a luxury.  Being able to design what one wants and have it custom fit.  Give me that over jewelry any day of the week!  But then, of course, Lisa has to muck it up with her signature tackiness -- embroidered Lisas and Vanderpumps ... She just can't help herself, darling.  Still that was fun and calling by phone for two or three teas -- I mean, pretty great, right?

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There should be a requirement that the show films at least 1 event at Mohammed's house per season.  

 

I like Kyle and Mauricio's house.  It seems warm and inviting, unlike a lot of the marble/stone filled homes.  It looks spacious but not ridiculously large.

 

I covet Yolanda's refrigerator.

 

I covet Yolanda's House.

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Wow! for Eileen's home.  Just Wow.  Amazing.  She's in Malibu too?  Does she have a view I wonder.


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Would Kim and Kyle freak out like they did at Carlton's house with all the crosses?  Fixit Jesus! Lol.

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Wow! for Eileen's home.  Just Wow.  Amazing.  She's in Malibu too?  Does she have a view I wonder.

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Would Kim and Kyle freak out like they did at Carlton's house with all the crosses?  Fixit Jesus! Lol.

Probably here is a satellite view:  http://www.celebrityhousepictures.com/eileen-davidson.php

 

Kyle and Kim were raised Catholic as were Vince and Eileen so they probably wouldn't freak like they did at Carlton the Wicca's house.  I wonder if Eileen has the creepy doll collection? 

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Eileen lives in Malibu. I saw nothing wrong with her home. It appears very warm and cozy. I fail to see that Eileen's home is in need of repairs. I am not privy to whether Eileen and Vince are in need of money, but they do own their home, correct?

 

I don't know if they own their home or not but I do know they don't employ a gardener. Fo sho.  I wouldn't expect the grounds to be as lush and tidy as Lisa VP's or Yo's, but imo, that house is a mess, inside and out. I've seen healthier looking palm trees at the Miami airport hotel I stayed in last Friday night.  If you know a camera crew is coming to your house, spend $45 on a couple flats of flowers and put them in the planters that currently hold what look like 3 dying geraniums. Pull some weeds.  If you don't wanna pay someone to do it, that's what ya have boys for. ;-)

 

For some reason she got a really poor house tour edit. 

http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-beverly-hills/photos/tour-eileen-davidsons-home-and-closet

 

For instance:  someone picked out a few pair of ratty looking shoes with really dirty toe marks to photograph, close up.  Why??  Did Eileen pick them?  Interesting choices if she did. They choose to do a close up of the cherub statue by the cook top with a random ribbon tied haphazardly around it's neck. I know I sound like a nut, but it's just so odd to me that she wouldn't edit these pics. If you're going to tie back your tie-back draperies, tie both sides back.  Puddle them neatly.  Remove the power cord hanging over the dining room chair and hide the waste baskets with the white plastic bags as liners in the bedroom. The Emmy poster with your name on it?  Mat it and hang it straight in something other than a cheap plastic poster frame. Straighten up those candles in the holders, girl. I know I sound obsessive, but I'd be the same way about Brandi's house (and have).  I dunno.  Something about Eileen's house says 'lived in' but screams "We haven't don't anything inside or out for years."  Kadooz to her if she's cool with the overgrown vegetation, dirty shoes, broke down patio furniture, etc. but it seems like the photographers came and Eileen wasn't even home. LOL  Good thing it doesn't often rain in southern California.  The rain would have no where to go but for the baby trees growing out of the gutters. House is a mess.

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I don't know if they own their home or not but I do know they don't employ a gardener. Fo sho.  I wouldn't expect the grounds to be as lush and tidy as Lisa VP's or Yo's, but imo, that house is a mess, inside and out. I've seen healthier looking palm trees at the Miami airport hotel I stayed in last Friday night.  If you know a camera crew is coming to your house, spend $45 on a couple flats of flowers and put them in the planters that currently hold what look like 3 dying geraniums. Pull some weeds.  If you don't wanna pay someone to do it, that's what ya have boys for. ;-)

 

For some reason she got a really poor house tour edit. 

http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-beverly-hills/photos/tour-eileen-davidsons-home-and-closet

 

For instance:  someone picked out a few pair of ratty looking shoes with really dirty toe marks to photograph, close up.  Why??  Did Eileen pick them?  Interesting choices if she did. They choose to do a close up of the cherub statue by the cook top with a random ribbon tied haphazardly around it's neck. I know I sound like a nut, but it's just so odd to me that she wouldn't edit these pics. If you're going to tie back your tie-back draperies, tie both sides back.  Puddle them neatly.  Remove the power cord hanging over the dining room chair and hide the waste baskets with the white plastic bags as liners in the bedroom. The Emmy poster with your name on it?  Mat it and hang it straight in something other than a cheap plastic poster frame. Straighten up those candles in the holders, girl. I know I sound obsessive, but I'd be the same way about Brandi's house (and have).  I dunno.  Something about Eileen's house says 'lived in' but screams "We haven't don't anything inside or out for years."  Kadooz to her if she's cool with the overgrown vegetation, dirty shoes, broke down patio furniture, etc. but it seems like the photographers came and Eileen wasn't even home. LOL  Good thing it doesn't often rain in southern California.  The rain would have no where to go but for the baby trees growing out of the gutters. House is a mess.

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Many people like the vine covered house look and I think that is what they were/are going for. They do have kids, younger and college aged, running around the house, inside and out and Eileen/Vince may not be overly fussy because of that. I like their home, it felt warm, welcoming and lived in, a house with kids and laughter.

 

When our son was at home, our house was the same way. Then he bought his own home, moved out, got married and I got fussy about our home. Now I watch our Grand daughter 5 days a week and our house is back to having that lived in look! LOL I admit, I love the lived in look more because it means I am enjoying my time with our GD to the fullest! LOL

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Many people like the vine covered house look and I think that is what they were/are going for.

 

I love a vine covered house but they require maintenance, or else they end up looking like this. 

 

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I do think you're probably right in that they are just more relaxed about everything.  At their house for the reading party, did I spy a stack of white paper plates for the food?  I guess I hold my Beverly Hills Hos to higher standards.  Lisa VP and Yo have spoiled me when it comes to entertaining at home.  Maybe it has nothing to do with their cash flow, but I can't help but look at their house (and Vince LOL) and think 'unkempt'.

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I don't know if they own their home or not but I do know they don't employ a gardener. Fo sho.  I wouldn't expect the grounds to be as lush and tidy as Lisa VP's or Yo's, but imo, that house is a mess, inside and out. I've seen healthier looking palm trees at the Miami airport hotel I stayed in last Friday night.  If you know a camera crew is coming to your house, spend $45 on a couple flats of flowers and put them in the planters that currently hold what look like 3 dying geraniums. Pull some weeds.  If you don't wanna pay someone to do it, that's what ya have boys for. ;-)

 

For some reason she got a really poor house tour edit. 

http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-beverly-hills/photos/tour-eileen-davidsons-home-and-closet

 

For instance:  someone picked out a few pair of ratty looking shoes with really dirty toe marks to photograph, close up.  Why??  Did Eileen pick them?  Interesting choices if she did. They choose to do a close up of the cherub statue by the cook top with a random ribbon tied haphazardly around it's neck. I know I sound like a nut, but it's just so odd to me that she wouldn't edit these pics. If you're going to tie back your tie-back draperies, tie both sides back.  Puddle them neatly.  Remove the power cord hanging over the dining room chair and hide the waste baskets with the white plastic bags as liners in the bedroom. The Emmy poster with your name on it?  Mat it and hang it straight in something other than a cheap plastic poster frame. Straighten up those candles in the holders, girl. I know I sound obsessive, but I'd be the same way about Brandi's house (and have).  I dunno.  Something about Eileen's house says 'lived in' but screams "We haven't don't anything inside or out for years."  Kadooz to her if she's cool with the overgrown vegetation, dirty shoes, broke down patio furniture, etc. but it seems like the photographers came and Eileen wasn't even home. LOL  Good thing it doesn't often rain in southern California.  The rain would have no where to go but for the baby trees growing out of the gutters. House is a mess.

 

Wow, it does sound like you're being harsh, but I have to agree.  If I was forced to be nice, I would describe it as eclectic.  What it is, is an overdone mess.  I feel claustrophobic just looking at the pictures.  The walls are covered haphazardly, but randomly.  I really like a clean simple look, plus I like balance and symmetry.  The walls are loaded on eye level, to much higher up, but nothing below.  In her bathroom, there are oddly mismatched mirrors over the vanity, and then balanced up high, a Hindu (?) god statue.  A large velvet couch with fringe.  Big candelabras with cheap looking and even crooked candles.  All the wall pictures/decorations look like they came from Home Interiors - which was huge about fifteen years ago.  Very inexpensive and distinctive looking.  There's also someone's (poor) attempt to copy a Van Gogh sunflowers painting. 

 

It really reminds me of a house that an older couple lists for sale.  They've lived in it for thirty years, and never updated.  No furniture or decoration is ever subtracted, only added.  More is more.  Old furniture means it's antique.  Furniture crammed in every corner, and if there's an uncovered area, cover it in a throw rug.  I'm not saying my personal style is great.  I have more misses than hits.  But I can step back and evaluate when something is not working.

 

I think maybe Eileen's a packrat.  Looking at her shoes, I think she still has every shoe she's ever owned.  They looked very outdated.  Good for her for making use of her things.  I just think the disorganization and clutter would give me a nervous breakdown.  I can't even imagine the nightmare of cleaning that house.  Dusting would take hours, and even attempting to vacuum without rearranging the furniture every time, seems impossible.

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Eileen/Vince may not be overly fussy because of that. I like their home, it felt warm, welcoming and lived in, a house with kids and laughter.

 

I agree. Certainly it isn't my taste, but I appreciate that it feels like a real home. Some of the other homes seem more like places to look at rather than places to live. It seems like Eileen has been in this home a while and people collect stuff. Shoot when I was in the Army living in a barracks room, I still manage to collect a lot of crap I had to move when I got an apartment!

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I think it's great that Eileen is down to earth and not the least pretentious. Yo's house is beautiful but doesn't seem all that comfortable and I get the impression she buys stuff like her refrigerator just to show people she can. Lisa Vs house looks like a swanky hotel. I like Kyle and Lisa R's houses, have no idea where Kim lives, although it's not in rehab and I'd hate to wake up one morning and be living next to Brandi, because, eww.

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Regarding Eileen's house, maybe she's not all that fussy and she's

comfortable with it as is and doesn't really "see" what others see. I tend to be the opposite and let me tell you it sucks to be fussy about your house. It's exhausting, actually, and I wish I were more laid back.

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I love a vine covered house but they require maintenance, or else they end up looking like this. 

 

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I do think you're probably right in that they are just more relaxed about everything.  At their house for the reading party, did I spy a stack of white paper plates for the food?  I guess I hold my Beverly Hills Hos to higher standards.  Lisa VP and Yo have spoiled me when it comes to entertaining at home.  Maybe it has nothing to do with their cash flow, but I can't help but look at their house (and Vince LOL) and think 'unkempt'.

I think the house look clean, Vince, not so much! LOL I guess he and Eileen like his scruffy look!

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So far, I've had no reason to be critical of Eileen and the jury was still out on my opinion of her.  However. I took the time to go through the "tour" of her home and I'm liking her more now.  There are quite a few items that I would toss or immediately replace, e.g., the Budda statue, the hood over the stove, the drapes and the velvet sofas and chairs.   Rather than focus too much on those items, I noticed she has some really nice antiques.  She's also not adverse to having wood in her home.  I love wood furniture and think I may have been a termite in a previous life.  She has some beautiful antique wood pieces.  It's warm and welcoming unlike the stainless steel and white marble we've seen in other HW's homes.

 

It is eclectic and I applaud her for having items that obviously have meaning to her......even if there are too many of them.  At least it's not tacky like the Giudice's home.

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In her bathroom, there are oddly mismatched mirrors over the vanity, and then balanced up high, a Hindu (?) god statue. 

 

Very odd, right?  Vince is over 6' and Eileen is 5'9 or 10.  They have to bend over to look into those mirrors.  Had they been hung lengthwise and the light fixtures been hung higher, it wouldn't look so strange and uncomfortable.  But hey, if she and Vinnie don't mind.

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I just think the disorganization and clutter would give me a nervous breakdown.  I can't even imagine the nightmare of cleaning that house.

The ornate wooden shelf and the books directly over the cooktop would be a sticky, greasy, dusty mess if not wiped down every week.  But maybe kids' pancakes don't throw off a lot of splatter?

 

Yo's house is beautiful but doesn't seem all that comfortable and I get the impression she buys stuff like her refrigerator just to show people she can. Lisa Vs house looks like a swanky hotel.

 

I agree.  I think Yo's refrigerator and Lisa's entryway are ostentatious.  I will, however, go to my grave defending the Vanderpump's closets.  His AND hers.

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I adore Lisa's house, and I think having the glass entryway is fine since it's not like someone could look in from the street, or even drive up to the house without getting through a gate.  The view is amazing, and I love the remodel she did, really improved it I think.

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I adore Lisa's house, and I think having the glass entryway is fine since it's not like someone could look in from the street, or even drive up to the house without getting through a gate.  The view is amazing, and I love the remodel she did, really improved it I think.

It's not the glass that bugs me, it's all the signage.  'Villa Rosa' on both sides of the front door and immediately inside those doors on the entry rug. (not to mention it's across the front gates on the driveway.)  I just looked at Lisa's Bravo home tour.  Crooked candle sticks!!!  The horror.  I might need an intervention.  Her artwork, in it's abundance, is questionable.  Nudes are fine but sometimes less is more.

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Uptight and mentally exhausted is what I would be if I nitpicked at seeing liner in a trash can and an electrical cord laying across a piece of furniture. If there is one thing I feel when I see the Van Patten home is, I feel there is a loving family who lives there and they are comfortable living in it. YoFo's home, as beautiful as it is, it seems so cold and it does not give me a vibe that people are comfortable, just uptight and being show-offs. Some people can have money but are not about having a museum for a house. That is the difference between a house and a home.

No one can know for sure if Eileen has a landscaper, but for sure she does not employ a nanny.

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Uptight and mentally exhausted is what I would be if I nitpicked at seeing liner in a trash can and an electrical cord laying across a piece of furniture.

 

My goodness! Lighten up. How they live is clearly their business. But when you have a photographer come in for a time honored tradition of photographing the Housewive's homes and closets for the Bravo site, they're allowed to be nitpicked. Much like their blogs, performances, clothes...Or is just because it's Eileen I'm nitpicking?  Want me to do Brandi? ;-) 

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Very odd, right?  Vince is over 6' and Eileen is 5'9 or 10.  They have to bend over to look into those mirrors.  Had they been hung lengthwise and the light fixtures been hung higher, it wouldn't look so strange and uncomfortable.  But hey, if she and Vinnie don't mind.

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The ornate wooden shelf and the books directly over the cooktop would be a sticky, greasy, dusty mess if not wiped down every week.  But maybe kids' pancakes don't throw off a lot of splatter?

 

 

I agree.  I think Yo's refrigerator and Lisa's entryway are ostentatious.  I will, however, go to my grave defending the Vanderpump's closets.  His AND hers.

More than likely the bathroom counter is higher/taller than standard cabinets/sinks. I myself like the mismatched mirrors, it is more interesting than same ole same ole but I grew up in a house filled with antiques and have many in my own home (my parents were antique dealers).

 

Uptight and mentally exhausted is what I would be if I nitpicked at seeing liner in a trash can and an electrical cord laying across a piece of furniture. If there is one thing I feel when I see the Van Patten home is, I feel there is a loving family who lives there and they are comfortable living in it. YoFo's home, as beautiful as it is, it seems so cold and it does not give me a vibe that people are comfortable, just uptight and being show-offs. Some people can have money but are not about having a museum for a house. That is the difference between a house and a home.

No one can know for sure if Eileen has a landscaper, but for sure she does not employ a nanny.

I never felt or saw the presence of her kids living in that home. I can understand Lisa V's very clean house but not a home where 3 teens live. I get the feeling that Yolanda never allowed a toy outside the kids bedrooms or a playroom. Her is house is more about her and David as a couple, it is not a "family" home with/for/including kids IMO.

My goodness! Lighten up. How they live is clearly their business. But when you have a photographer come in for a time honored tradition of photographing the Housewive's homes and closets for the Bravo site, they're allowed to be nitpicked. Much like their blogs, performances, clothes...Or is just because it's Eileen I'm nitpicking?  Want me to do Brandi? ;-) 

Yes Please! Do Brandi's house and Kim's as well while we are all talking about their homes. I like to see how we view these women and their families/homes differently. There really is no right or wrong here, it is all a matter of personal taste. So, PLEASE describe Brandi's and Kim's homes as well! LOL

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It's not the glass that bugs me, it's all the signage.  'Villa Rosa' on both sides of the front door and immediately inside those doors on the entry rug. (not to mention it's across the front gates on the driveway.)  I just looked at Lisa's Bravo home tour.  Crooked candle sticks!!!  The horror.  I might need an intervention.  Her artwork, in it's abundance, is questionable.  Nudes are fine but sometimes less is more.

 

I think Villa Rosa's entrance looks like a very exclusive expensive spa.

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I like the mismatched mirrors but I still think they're too low even with higher countertops.  I've seen candid pics of Yo's house(s) with the kids in them and it appears that she allowed messes, etc.  But for the camera - whether still or rolling - her house is very, very tidy.  Which is how I like my Housewive's houses.  I don't like messy. Probably why I can't stand the Brandi/Kim/Kyle storyline.  I don't watch these shows to look at messes all the time.   I can look at my own house and certain relationships for that. 

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Ryebread - Agree about the signage on LisaV.'s glass doors. Other than that, I love her entryway.

Overall, each home is different and lovely in its own way. The exception is Brandi because I do not like shit as home decor.

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My goodness! Lighten up. How they live is clearly their business. But when you have a photographer come in for a time honored tradition of photographing the Housewive's homes and closets for the Bravo site, they're allowed to be nitpicked. Much like their blogs, performances, clothes...Or is just because it's Eileen I'm nitpicking?  Want me to do Brandi? ;-) 

 

Oh, dear gawd, yes please!  

 

I'm working and short on snark time (trying to get work caught up so I can have tacos and watch TWD in a couple of hours), so can you take one for the PTV team and broach the topic?

 

ETA:  Mods, should we start a new thread for RHOB houses or is it okay to discuss it here?  Great idea for discussion, Ryebread  ^5!!!    

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Want me to do Brandi? ;-)

No, don't DO Brandi!!! But if you want to nitpick her rental, by all means. lol

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It's not the glass that bugs me, it's all the signage.  'Villa Rosa' on both sides of the front door and immediately inside those doors on the entry rug. (not to mention it's across the front gates on the driveway.)  I just looked at Lisa's Bravo home tour.  Crooked candle sticks!!!  The horror.  I might need an intervention.  Her artwork, in it's abundance, is questionable.  Nudes are fine but sometimes less is more.

 

There are some lovely aspects to Castle Vanderpump, like the closets and the outdoor spaces, but the glass enclosure is tacky and detracts from the property IMO-- is it a home or a car dealership? That is what it looks like to me, either car dealership or a department store.  Plus, she's not Scarlett O'Hara, for heaven's sake. Does her house really need to have a name?   Even those great old homes that DO come with a name are not so obvious and pretentious about it, with the signage, etc. Tacky tacky tacky.  It always seems to me that the VP/Ts have more money than taste.   Now, Yo has a much more beautiful and tasteful home.  I agree that it looks pristine, but the feeling of the home is so airy and comfortable without the faux opulence and girly splendor of VR.

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Wow! for Eileen's home.  Just Wow.  Amazing.  She's in Malibu too?  Does she have a view I wonder.

 

Would Kim and Kyle freak out like they did at Carlton's house with all the crosses?  Fixit Jesus! Lol.

 

So many crosses are a bit much for me but I was more freaked out by the severely damaged Jesus statue.  That is supposed Jesus, right?

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Sorry. I don't care for the inside of Eileen's house. Way, way too much going on. The decor would work much better in a restored Victorian mansion. It doesn't go with the Mediterranean exterior. Very Gemini.

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Bluishgreen - LOL at your car dealership comment. I never thought of it that way, but now, when I see Lisa's front glass doors, I am going to always remember your comment. Casa Vanderpump aka Casa Nissan.

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Bluishgreen - LOL at your car dealership comment. I never thought of it that way, but now, when I see Lisa's front glass doors, I am going to always remember your comment. Casa Vanderpump aka Casa Nissan.

How dare you, you mean Casa Jaguar! LOL

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This is a completely personal view, but I think that Eileen's house is atrocious.  On the show, we saw the front of it by moonlight, but by daylight it's a different story for me.  With that moat outside, it surprises me that Brandi either didn't go down those steps head first or fly through the air and drown.  (Wishful thinking?)  I don't much care for the inside, either.  On first glance, it reminded me of Carlton's house.  There's too much "clutter" for me.  I really like Eileen so far, but I think that the next time she has a day off, she should have a garage sale.

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This is a completely personal view, but I think that Eileen's house is atrocious.  On the show, we saw the front of it by moonlight, but by daylight it's a different story for me.  With that moat outside, it surprises me that Brandi either didn't go down those steps head first or fly through the air and drown.  (Wishful thinking?)  I don't much care for the inside, either.  On first glance, it reminded me of Carlton's house.  There's too much "clutter" for me.  I really like Eileen so far, but I think that the next time she has a day off, she should have a garage sale.

LOL  Did I miss something, does Eileen's house have a moat, like Lisa V does in the front of her house?

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I agree that Eileen's house isn't my taste. It looks like she's housing the props from antiques roadshow. I think eclectic is the right word and it's certainly not my cup of tea but I definitely don't recall a moat. Lisa, on the other hand, definitely has a moat, or at the very least, a pond.

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I'd actually like to see a storyline next season where LisaV is helping Eileen with a makeover for her house. (Or Yolanda if she's up to it. Either one works for me.) Eileen seemed like she liked LisaV's home though so maybe have LisaV offer her suggestions to Eileen to what she can do with the house, have them shop together, and see how receptive Eileen is to letting a bunch of stuff go. The house certainly has lots of potential.

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So much criticism toward Eileen's house. I feel a little like defending her and here's why:

Her style reminds me of my old roomates from years ago in the 90's. She owned a beautiful home built in the 1920's, lots of wood. She filled it with tons of antiques, Laura Ashley furniture, drapes, etc. she traveled a lot and picked up unique things and clothing from all over the world and U.S. She had a ton of stuff, nice stuff, but a lot of it. She entertained a lot, and being that she was about 15 years older than me I found her and her friends sophisticated and fascinating. The point is, her things and her home really reflected her soul.

Me? I'm more like most of you in that I hate clutter. I mean hate it. I don't want my house to have the "lived in" look or the "tired" look from furnishings that went out of style 10/15 years ago and truthfully as I age I get more obssessed with it. I resonate with the clean, crisp style of Yolanda -- and I'm inspired by that aesthetic, but imo, it does lack warmth.

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Wow, it does sound like you're being harsh, but I have to agree.  If I was forced to be nice, I would describe it as eclectic.  What it is, is an overdone mess.  I feel claustrophobic just looking at the pictures.  The walls are covered haphazardly, but randomly.  I really like a clean simple look, plus I like balance and symmetry.  The walls are loaded on eye level, to much higher up, but nothing below.  In her bathroom, there are oddly mismatched mirrors over the vanity, and then balanced up high, a Hindu (?) god statue.  A large velvet couch with fringe.  Big candelabras with cheap looking and even crooked candles.  All the wall pictures/decorations look like they came from Home Interiors - which was huge about fifteen years ago.  Very inexpensive and distinctive looking.  There's also someone's (poor) attempt to copy a Van Gogh sunflowers painting. 

 

It really reminds me of a house that an older couple lists for sale.  They've lived in it for thirty years, and never updated.  No furniture or decoration is ever subtracted, only added.  More is more.  Old furniture means it's antique.  Furniture crammed in every corner, and if there's an uncovered area, cover it in a throw rug.  I'm not saying my personal style is great.  I have more misses than hits.  But I can step back and evaluate when something is not working.

 

I think maybe Eileen's a packrat.  Looking at her shoes, I think she still has every shoe she's ever owned.  They looked very outdated.  Good for her for making use of her things.  I just think the disorganization and clutter would give me a nervous breakdown.  I can't even imagine the nightmare of cleaning that house.  Dusting would take hours, and even attempting to vacuum without rearranging the furniture every time, seems impossible.

Do homes give others insight into the personality of the home owners?  It's as if Eileen's home is giving us a glimpse into who she is and who she isn't. When entertaining she's no Martha Stewart from what I can see. Nor is her house decor akin to Lisa Vanderpump or Yolanda Foster. Pack-rat is the perfect description of home style...we're definitely looking  at 30-years of accumulated home decor. 

 

If I knew my home was to be shown on TV and photographed for Bravo I may have changed somethings or even hired a decorator and caterer before hosting  an event at my home. I don't think they care what others think of their home, how they live or entertain.  It's as if their saying take me the way I am or leave me alone. Little if no preparation was made before the house was photographed. IMO, they know what's important to them and it's not how their house appears. A cluttered look may also reflect on their relationship.

 

The house I disliked the most was Adrienne Maloofhoofs.

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As the Queen of Clutter with a house full of over 30 years of possessions, including some from my late parents I have yet to deal with, I love Eileen's house vibe. I wish my clutter looked as good as hers, lol.

 

I'll have to think about what this says about my relationship with my husband who, thankfully, is as much or more of a packrat than me : ) 

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There are some lovely aspects to Castle Vanderpump, like the closets and the outdoor spaces, but the glass enclosure is tacky and detracts from the property IMO-- is it a home or a car dealership? That is what it looks like to me, either car dealership or a department store.  Plus, she's not Scarlett O'Hara, for heaven's sake. Does her house really need to have a name?   Even those great old homes that DO come with a name are not so obvious and pretentious about it, with the signage, etc. Tacky tacky tacky.  It always seems to me that the VP/Ts have more money than taste.   Now, Yo has a much more beautiful and tasteful home.  I agree that it looks pristine, but the feeling of the home is so airy and comfortable without the faux opulence and girly splendor of VR.

Hehehe in England all their castles have names.  Even Downton Abby...though made up for the series.  LisaP may have done it as a tradition. I always thought the entry way looked like a hotel lobby, lol.

 

 

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I actually kind of like that they've named their house. I just don't see the need for all of the signs. The mat at the front is especially odd IMO and makes it seem like some sort of business either a spa or a boutique hotel. 

 

In the pic above I'm puzzled by the velvet rope. What the heck is that there for?

 

The house I disliked the most was Adrienne Maloofhoofs.

 

 

I thought Adrienne's house was extra tacky. It's hard to believe sometimes that she was born with the silver spoon because she had the new money, I-just-got-paid-look down pat.

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