6 Fascinatingly Ugly Pieces Of Home Decor

Dated: 06/20/2017

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by TJ Anderson


As we’re finishing out homes we’re building and renovating in Nashville, I spend a lot of time looking at finishes and furniture, sometimes to buy, sometimes for home-staging inspiration.


That process means I have a long, long list of pieces I love saved on my computer, from faucets to tile to tables. Recently, I also started a slightly more entertaining list: the ugliest pieces of home decor I can find on the market.


Personal taste is personal, and I find a lot of pieces that don’t personally appeal to me but that I can see appealing to others. These… envisioning a home that they’d look cool in is just too big an ask for my imagination.


For those of you who can also appreciate a good, entertaining dose of ugly, here are some of my picks. I’m going to keep adding to my list, so if you have some suggestions, please share.


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Jeeves & Wooster Pendant Light

Hey, who doesn’t want to walk under their pendant light and pretend to be Mr. Peanut? Lucky for us all, this jaunty top-hat exists. Only $369.99.



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Leafy Twig cabinet knobs

What really gets me about these knobs isn’t that they’re designed to look like greenery, but that they actually look like cicadas. Walking into the kitchen to see these on my cabinets every day, I’d have flashbacks of the 2011 Nashville cicada invasion and probably have to burn the house down.


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Ships Ahoy accent table

OK, I get it — if you’re going for a beach-y design, you might seek out nautically inspired pieces. But there’s taking inspiration, and there’s hitting yourself over the head with three oars and a ship’s wheel.


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Bird Basket Side Table

I’ve never so intensely wished a piece of furniture would walk away, nor felt as confident that it could.


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Land & Sky Buffet

It’s not that I have anything against making furniture legs look like actual legs… Or, OK, I guess I do. Anthropologie has lots of push-the-envelope pieces that grab me in a good way, but right now, it feels like animal motifs and shapes have a hold on their buyers, and I’m feeling uncomfortably grabbed by hooves and claws. Points for originality, but I’m gonna let this one live in the barn.


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Lohmann Soft Reclining Loveseat

I mostly find this fascinatingly ugly because, while it purports to be a loveseat, I feel almost certain that you’re asking guests to join you on an army-surplus duffle stuffed with old sleeping bags.


If you have any ugly finds to add, please drop me an email — I love ugly home decor almost as much as I love beautiful home decor. (And, a little caveat: These retailers have tons of stuff I love, too. These are just tough-to-forget rarities.)


Are you about to start looking for a new Nashville home to fill with non-ugly furnishings? Please let me know if we can help! Call or email TJ Anderson Homes, and tell us about your Nashville real estate wish list.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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