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Ugly or Awesome: Go Team!

Sometimes, love makes us do crazy things. Like accessorize our homes with sports paraphernalia. Now, Allie, be honest:  ugly or awesome?

Milliken Collection Home Field Collection rug, $179 for 5’4″x7’8″, at Rugs USA.


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Birds of a Feather?


It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these installments, but when I spotted this chair I knew it was about time. First inclination? Woah, hideous. But then…I found myself scheming ways of crafting my own DIY version. I’m torn, ugly or awesome? (-Allie)

Fin Armchair, $7,000, Vivre.


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Ugly or Awesome: Toilet Talk

Now. Before we vote, let’s have a glass-houses moment. We’ve all had wacky design ideas that maybe weren’t quite as successful as we hoped when it came to the moment of execution. So remember that this fancy toilet belongs to a real person (specifically, the woman a friend of a friend was subletting from, six months ago). And if we criticize, let’s be constructive. (-Moe)


Feel free to submit your own projects for constructive criticism, if you dare!

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Ugly or Awesome: Just Say Neigh

Besides officially being Something That Doesn’t Fit in a New York City Apartment (it’s life-size!), this lamp is just… Somethin’. And yet, I have a fondness for it. Lingering girlhood dreams of owning a pony, perhaps? (-Moe)

Horse Floor lamp

Mooi Horse Floor Lamp, $6,542, at


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Ugly or Awesome: Going to Hell edition

Now. I’m not the sort of girl who wears her religion on her sleeve. But if you’ve got the ceiling height (it’s three feet tall!) and you’re feeling the spirit, then by God, this might be for you. (-Moe)

Lighting by Gregory

Nulco Lighting Sonata Chandelier, $1,749, at Lighting by Gregory.

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Ugly or Awesome: Zebra Edition

It might just be that we have a soft spot for homeless (decorative) animals… Or maybe we’re swayed by the do-good factor (these zebras are handmade in Cape Town from recycled material)… Or maybe this plasticky pair is just awesome. You decide. (-Moe)

Aid to Artisans zebras

Zebra Couple, $28, at Aid to Artisans.

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The Polls are Open

Introducing a new segment we’d like to call “Ugly or Awesome?” On our daily home-decor hunts, Moe and I inevitably find things that we love, things that we don’t love and things that, well, we’re really not  sure. So now we’ll leave it up to you to decide—ugly or awesome?

I spotted this planter at a favorite site, Ten Thousand Villages—an organization dedicated to bringing us beautiful fair trade products from all over the world. I’ve been known to find attraction in off-the-beaten-path items, especially those that come in animal shapes. (I already own an elephant teapot, an owl pitcher and a monkey bowl, so perhaps enough is enough?) At 9″ long x 6″ high, this little baby could be a cute home for a no-kill cactus on your living room side table, or it could make a fun accent in a small garden. Perhaps paint it bright glossy yellow for an ultra kitschy pop? Or am I stretching? (-Allie)


Red Elephant Planter, $18 at Ten Thousand Villages.


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