Home Despot

| May 28, 2003

In a recent Ft. Worth Star-Telegram article, staff writer Todd Camp investigates the home-making skills of notable tyrants ranging from Saddam Hussein to Adolf Hitler. Although these taskmasters may have done well for themselves when it came to murderous dictatorships, Camp suggests they were at the back of the pack when it came to interior decorating. This entertaining piece includes photos documenting each strongman?s most garish decorative offenses. Of the eleven despots he pans for everything from grotesque excess to bad art?including Benito Mussolini, Manuel Noriega and Pol Pot?Saddam Hussein wins out as the dictator with the worst taste. ?Not even a wunderkind design guru like Trading Spaces? Vern Yip could make those tacky paintings and tacky colors look good,? he writes.
?Heather Dewar

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