what do you think of ugly?

Do you have any warts? You know, that one object in your home that is a little different from everything else that might even be called ugly by some? A little while back, I posted this comment made by Lauren Santo Domingo on the Vogue website. She said, " every house has to have a wart or one really ugly piece". Her wart is a neon pink stool.

A quick look through some of the other house tours on the Vogue website revealed these blemishes.

Does this rustic, gnarled wood chair really go with the rest of this sophisticated, glamorous apartment?

And how about this one...

If you were the designer for this space would you suggest adding two brown leather 80s style poufs with brass bases to an otherwise black and white room?

What do you think of this idea that every home needs its one ugly piece? Do these one off, slightly out of place pieces make the room more interesting or is it just bad decorating?

Personally, I think it's a fine line between adding a bit of intrigue and a complete disaster. I think even your wart has to be carefully considered. A good wart should make the eye linger, almost like a comma in a sentence, before you take in the rest of the room. It should be a paused moment that makes you ponder, "interesting..." but not "what were they thinking!" I think a well chosen wart can actually transform your home from ho-hum and run of the mill to spectacular. In fact, wart might be a bit too harsh of a word. I think what you're looking for is something unusual a talking piece that adds a little drama to your room.

What do you think? Do you subscribe to this point of view that every home needs something ugly? Are the above two examples successful warts or not so successful?

Image credits:
Claiborne Swanson Frank for APT with LSD