Beautiful Spaces That Also Make Me Slightly Nervous

Beautiful Spaces That Also Make Me Slightly Nervous

Dabney Frake
Mar 18, 2016
(Image credit: New York Times)

It's a designer's job to push the envelope and make us see things we've never seen before, sometimes thrilling us along the way. I’m not a Nervous Nellie by any stretch of the imagination, but some spaces make me tremble, even as I applaud them.

Doesn't Ellen DeGeneres live in California? Along fault lines? Where there are earthquakes? All that heavy breakable glass sitting in a glass box hanging from a couple of measly hooks over the kitchen island really stresses me out.

(Image credit: Covet Garden)

My body's reaction to this home library from Covet Garden is bifurcated: 1) My heart palpitates at the thought of so many glorious books; and 2) The rest of me gets vertigo.

(Image credit: Style & Minimalism)

Never mind this mirror toppling over on me. I think it could also eat me for breakfast if I turned my back for two minutes. Nonetheless I completely love the rose-tinted leaning mirror in this room from Style & Minimalism.

(Image credit: Elle Decor)

If you’ve ever seen the movie Flash Gordon, there’s this incredibly tense scene where he is forced to stick his hand blindly into a random hole in a tree stump, not knowing what's in there. If he’s lucky, he lives. If not, he gets stung by a green wood beast and dies a horrific and painful death. That chandelier reminds me of the wood beast. Via Elle Decor.

(Image credit: Archello)

Archello posted this home with a glass walkway. Where are the rest of the handrails? I repeat. Where are the rest of the handrails?

(Image credit: Dezeen)

Two words: fraying rope.

(Image credit: Francesco Librizzi)

We've written before about the number of staircases that scare the bejeezus out of us. They are indeed beautiful and terrifying.

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