Simply Vera Wang PlatinumDo you love your home? Do you love it enough to marry it? Well, if you do (or even if you don’t -- yet), you’ll soon be able to drape your domicile in bedding and bath products from the legendary wedding dress and skate costume designer Vera Wang.
But here’s the thing: Though I appreciate the elegance of her wedding ensembles, I find Vera Wang's home décor collection, which I checked out last weekend at Kohl’s, to be a bit too subdued. In fact, I don’t want to marry my home, wedding-style; I want to be married to it every day, which means it has to hold my interest, and consistently be new and exciting. With few exceptions, Simply Vera Wang is too … simple.
So here are five designers I would prefer to have gussying up my habitat:

Betsey JohnsonBetsey Johnson:
I know. She is soooo ‘80s. But guess what? I am also soooo ‘80s! I have such fond memories of racing up to her store, which was mere blocks from my first post-college job, and pawing through the clearance bin for treasures. How I wish I still had those dresses, even though they were all XS and I’m now ... not! The best thing about the store was that it was painted a deep apple-red hue with handmade murals by and of Betsey herself. Too fun. I just know her towels would warm me with their hot colors, and her bedding would give me retro dreams.
Patricia FieldsPatricia Field:
To me, she’s the Betsey Johnson of the ‘90s. She styled my then-fave TV show, Sex and the City, bravely topping SJP with a fab fascinator years before the royal wedding that finally explained them to us all. She’s got a few home items on her site, like these Keith Haring snake-throw pillows, and lots of things encrusted with rhinestones. A home from Patty Fields would be silly, sparkly, and ridiculous. My husband might not like it, but I would!

Alexander McQueenAlexander McQueen:
My heart hurts over his tragic death last year; the savage beauty of this young designer's vision was groundbreaking enough to warrant a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He's the man who created Koi-painted football padding, mixed tartan with lace, stuck long spines on corsets just to be gutsy ... and a home from him wouldn’t be comfortable, but it would be daring. And some things are just more important than comfort.

Anna SuiAnna Sui:
The ultimate purveyor of the “rich hippie” boho chic look, Sui would drape my entire home in gorgeous textiles, with big floor-cushions and beaded curtains. And peacock feathers! Everywhere! But tasteful -- way more tasteful than what I’d come up with on my own. (Sad fact: I once owned a gorgeous Anna Sui skirt that was on super-clearance at Macy’s for about a half hour before my purse got stolen in the shoe department. Moment of silence.)

Yes, they’re horrible. But lately, they’re the shoe of choice for jamming on my feet when I have to do my shift at the co-op. And Penny loves her easy-to-put-on (and kick off) ladybug ones. Fine, if they can make shoes this comfortable and hose-off-able, let’s have the big rubber Crocs couch. At least it’ll make pants-free toilet training easier!
What fashion designer would you allow to decorate your home?

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