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07/25/2014 08:00 am ET Updated Jul 25, 2014

10 Things You Only See In Decor Catalogs

Poking fun at the pristine world of decor and furniture catalogs is much like critiquing the buyers on HGTV's "House Hunters." It's a harmless outlet for getting out our eternal angst about living in a cramped apartment. Here are some of the biggest offenders to hit our favorite catalogs. Have we missed any?

  • The "Voyeur" Seating Arrangement
    Design Within Reach
    If you want others to assume things about your personal life, then by all means place that comfy chair in direct view of your bed. From the Design Within Reach catalog
  • Bookshelves With Barely Any Books
    Design Within Reach
    The more blank space on your shelves, the more confident you can be that you're in the aesthetic one percent. From the Design Within Reach catalog
  • Or, Color-Coordinated Books
    Design Within Reach
    Doesn't everyone own 50 books in 50 different shades of white? From the Design Within Reach catalog
  • An Idealized Breakfast
    Pottery Barn
    If you're the type of person who considers black coffee and a Pop-Tart a breakfast option, get the hell out of Pottery Barn. From the Pottery Barn catalog
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Fireside Chats
    Pottery Barn
    If there's a comfy leather club chair, rest assured you'll find it next to a roaring fire and accessorized with a hardcover book. From the Pottery Barn catalog
  • Overdressed Picnics
    Pottery Barn
    Picnics are, by their very nature, a low-fuss affair. But in the hands of an art director, al fresco dining presents an opportunity to quietly seethe outdoors while your significant other fails to notice your handmade drink stirrers. From the Pottery Barn catalog
  • Poolside Furniture Placed Too Close For Comfort
    West Elm
    Your guests won't need a glass of artfully decanted water to feel refreshed -- they'll just fall into your pool by accident. From the West Elm catalog
  • The Outdoor BBQ...With China Plates
    West Elm
    We've secretly wanted to throw a fancy outdoor party, but know our friends better than that. From the West Elm catalog
  • "Alternative" Centerpieces
    West Elm
    Here, the centerpieces take up a good third of the table (which, we think, is only set for one?). From the West Elm catalog
  • The "Backyard To Nowhere"
    West Elm
    Yes, it's a patio set -- but how could you get an idea of how it would look if it was on an actual patio? Why not place it in a beach setting worthy of a 98 Degrees video? From the West Elm catalog

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