Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series. Last time, I invoked Henry David Thoreau -- "Simplify, simplify!" -- to buttress my contention that the best design choice is usually the simplest one that does the job. Yet things appear to be going in the other direction. Following are some currently popular design choices that needlessly complicate our homes: Glass shower enclosures have become the default standard in bathrooms these days, showing up in every trendoid design magazine, invariably looking dazzling and pristine. Such adoring coverage might lead you to believe that shower curtains don't even exist anymore. What's wrong with glass enclosures? First off, compared to the alternative -- our old friend, the shower curtain -- they're astronomically expen...
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