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undecorating (un.DEK.uh.ray.ting) pp.

Redecorating a home or room to give it a simpler, less cluttered look.
--undecorate v.

Example Citations
Storytelling -- long a factor in many forms of selling -- appears to
be gaining as a tactic for getting an edge in the crowded field of
residential real estate sales. ...

Forget "home staging," where firms swoop in, redecorate, and put
some potpourri on the stove to boil. Forget "undecorating" to give
prospective buyers a blank slate.
--Clayton Collins, "Every house tells a story," Christian Science
Monitor (Boston, MA), March 31, 2004

You're probably ready for the really hot design trend of 2002:

As in: "This room needs editing. " Editing also is known as "paring
down," or, as the new issue of Better Homes and Gardens calls it,
"undecorating. " Undecorating is when you take a good, hard look at
all of the decorating you've done during the last 10 years and ...
well, undo it.
--Bill Ervolino, "Un to the task at hand," The Record (Bergen County,
NJ), January 17, 2002

"Undecorating" also refers to removing the decorations from a
Christmas tree or, more generally, removing decorations put up for
a party or celebration. Rodeo fans will be familiar with the "steer
undecorating" event, in which a horserider is timed on how quickly he
or she can to catch up to a running steer and pull off a ribbon that
has been attached to the beast's back.

Earliest Citation
The Mazur home formerly was a sales model, ornately decorated with
heavy window treatments, botanical wallpaper prints and a primarily
green color scheme.

Because of their streamlined taste in design, they have been
"undecorating" since they moved in.
--Pamela Dittmer McKuen, "Growing pains," Chicago Tribune, November
23, 1990

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conspicuous austerity:

house fluffer:



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