Entries Tagged as 'Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor'

Chaotic Mosaic

February 11th, 2014 · 5 Comments

The seller used leftover tile pieces to create this incredible tile mosaic in the shower.  The two old pillows stuffed in the window add extra drama.

ugly bad design leftover recycled tile pieces amateur bathroom shower mosaic Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Tile · Bathroom · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor

Bears & Guns & More

July 22nd, 2013 · 4 Comments

There are so many treats for you to see with this Mesa, Arizona home.  Click on each photo to expand.

Home purchased for $300,000 in 2007.  Sold recently as a short sale for $145,000.  In this condition.

That’s quite a collection of stuffed bears.  And a gun collection too!  And a safe.  And a 1990s valance with pastel colors.  Sure looks like a 1980s vintage Apple computer (see the reflection in the mirror).  A 1970s waterbed frame & headboard.

ugly bedroom waterbed frame headboard stuffed bear animal collection guns safe Mesa Arizona home house for sale

More stuffed animals in the next bedroom.  Plus jugs of water (the bears get thirsty!).  And a stethoscope (because?).  And dream catchers.  And fuzzy dice!!  So many fun things to see.

ugly bedroom stuffed bears fuzzy dice dream catcher stethoscope staging Mesa Arizona home house for sale

In the master bedroom, the bed is on concrete blocks!!!  Check out the dust on the ceiling fan blades!!  Arm pad is missing from the chair.  Ugly window.

ugly bedroom bed on concrete blocks dusty ceiling fan blades staging Mesa Arizona home house for sale

And in this bedroom, Spider Man is wearing a cowboy hat!  Arizona Cardinals football bedspread and other items.  And then there’s a Denver Broncos football blanket as a window curtain.

ugly bedroom Arizona Cardinals bedspread Denver Broncos blanket Spider Man wearing a cowboy hat Mesa Arizona home house

In the family room, at least 9 persons can sit comfortably.  The towels helps absorb moisture; it gets hot in Mesa.  Prescription bottles on the left and right sides of the photo.

ugly family room mismatched furniture presciption bottles cluttered Mesa Arizona home house for sale

How many bedrooms does this house have??!  An unmade bed.  That weight bench seat looks like it’s cardboard.

ugly bedroom cluttered weight bench clothes unmade bed A/C unit in window Mesa Arizona home house for sale

And a room converted to a bedroom.  No wonder they have so many chairs and sofas.  Please note the bottle of rum on the dresser.  And then the bottle of whiskey next to the Sugar Pops cereal box and the skull!!

ugly bedroom cluttered skull whiskey rum bottle Pops cereal messy Mesa Arizona home house for sale

There’s seating for six persons out back.

ugly back yard cluttered kid's toys chairs old sofa Mesa Arizona home house for sale short sale photo

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Bedroom · Clutter · Window Coverings · Mesa, AZ Homes · Stuffed Animals · Back Yard · Rugs · Ugly Couches/Chairs · Window · Ceiling Fan · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor · Weapons & Firearms · Bedspread

Houston Is Filled With Life & Culture

October 16th, 2011 · 19 Comments

One of my friends has a high-powered job in Phoenix and is well respected.  He recently had dinner with a rich friend who asked him, “Why are you living in Phoenix?  There’s no life there.  And no culture there.”  He criticized Phoenix as a nothing city.  Nothing interesting. Boring.  Why would anyone live there?  He told my friend to move out of Phoenix as soon as possible.  He told others at the dinner table that anyone who lives in Phoenix is not a mover or a shaker.  No companies are headquartered in Phoenix.  He said people just lead boring lives in Phoenix.  And he ended his tirade with a question, “How can you be mentally stimulated in Phoenix?  There is no culture.  How do you find intelligent people?”

I guess I’ve got it all wrong for living in Phoenix.  I’ve been missing out for over 40 years.  Wasted my life here.  This pretentious snob, by the way, lives in Houston, Texas.

So let’s see what Houston has to offer.  Like this Houston home that’s currently for sale.  Looks like it’s oozing with culture and life.

tacky gaudy ugly cheap décor window drapes curtains furniture Houston Texas home house

Just like the fans gracing the walls, I’ve become a fan of Houston.  I wanna be a mover and shaker in Houston too!!

tacky gaudy ugly cheap décor clutter orange carpet furniture Houston Texas home house

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Tags: Staging · Carpet · Living Room · Clutter · Window Coverings · Ugly Décor · Wood Paneling · Ugly Couches/Chairs · Hall of Shame - Tacky Décor · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor · Other US Cities

Whole Lot of Crazy Going On

April 2nd, 2011 · 4 Comments

Child’s bike, mommy’s purse, a lot of plastic flowers, and clutter all over this room.  You hardly notice the fireplace.  Better to pack it all away before selling.

very cluttered family room poor home staging child's bike fake flowers Chandler Arizona house

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Tags: Staging · Clutter · Fireplace · Fake Plants & Flowers · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor · Chandler, AZ Homes

Worst Home Staging Photo Winner

March 26th, 2011 · 9 Comments

The Best Worst Home Staging Photo:  ARMOR ALL

Our big winner of the Worst Home Staging Real Estate Photo contest is in a class all on its own.  It dominated every round of voting, eventually winning in the final round with 59% of the votes.

The voters and potential buyers recognize that a cluttered room and a poorly lit room create a negative image of the entire home.  Your eyes can’t focus on the main features of the home.  There is a fireplace hidden in the clutter.  Buyers can’t see the size of the room and can’t imagine their furniture in the room.  Most buyers will create an image in their minds about the seller too.  This is a case where it would look better completely empty.


Thanks, everyone, for voting!

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Tags: Staging · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor · Worst Of

Best of Worst Window Drapes/Curtains/Treatments

March 4th, 2011 · 9 Comments

The UglyHousePhotos Award for Worst Window Drapes/Curtains/Treatment will be decided by our readers.  Here are the top 10 candidates for your consideration:

UGLY SHEET:  When times are tough, hang an ugly sheet over a window.


ORANGE CRUSH:  Attention to detail missing here.


SHINY GREEN:  Perhaps the owner was a star on Broadway or Vegas?


GRAY GILLS: Avondale, Arizona.  Radiator grill?  Evaporative cooler pads?  Fish gills?  Dust collectors for sure!

really ugly hideous window drapes curtains covering Avondale Arizona home house

BROCADE:  Heavy handed.

bedroom belt portable closet ugly gaudy window curtains drapes poor home staging Phoenix

FLOWER CHILD:  1960s flashback!  Photo taken February 2010.  They look brand new.

1958 original décor drapes curtains iron light Phoenix home house

SOUTHERN BELLE:  Genteel feminine curtains from Savannah, Georgia. 

ugly hideous window drapes curtains sponge paint wallpaper Savannah Georgia home house

COFFIN LINING: From Lily Munster’s house?  Looks like the lining in a coffin.

ugly old outdated drapes curtains window coverings Phoenix Arizona home house

PUFFY SHIRT:  Seinfeld’s famous pirate puffy shirt inspired these delightful window treatments.

ugly gaudy gauze sheer curtains drapes Phoenix Arizona home house photo

PARACHUTE:  Recycled parachute fabric used as window drapes.  Very clever.

ugly shiny cheap tacky window drapes curtains Phoenix Arizona home house

Vote for your favorite Worst/Ugliest Window Drapes/Curtains/Treatment here:

What Are the Ugliest Window Drapes/Curtains?
Ugly Sheet
Orange Crush
Shiny Green
Gray Gills
Flower Child
Southern Belle
Coffin Lining
Puffy Shirt
pollcode.com free polls

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Tags: Bedroom · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Hall of Shame - Tacky Décor · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor · Other US Cities · Worst Of

Asian Funeral Parlor?

November 2nd, 2010 · 11 Comments

It’s supposed to be a dining room of a Buckeye, Arizona home.  Might be a bit too taste-specific for most buyers?

Asian décor Buddha statues poorly staged dining room funeral parlor Buckeye Arizona home

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Tags: Staging · Dining Room · Wallpaper · Other Arizona Cities · Fake Plants & Flowers · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor

Mylar Balloon Showroom

October 20th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Oh good grief.  (eyes rolling).  When buyers visit this Phoenix home, the seller plays the piano while the buyers pick out the mylar balloon they want; then the seller inflates it for them.  Clever marketing idea?  Bad flooring.  Dolls, doilies, & more foolishness.

used mylar balloons glued to the wall dolls collections clutter poor home staging Phoenix

I had to adjust the brightness of this photo by +140.  Should have left it dark.  Bedroom with two plates, a pot, a hat, a basket, two purses, diapers, and a bunch of whatnot.

cluttered bedroom poor home staging plates pot purses diapers hat Phoenix Arizona house

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Tags: Staging · Flooring · Living Room · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Dolls · Collections · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor

Two Ugly Mirrored Walls

September 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

There was a time when cork and mirror tiles were popular.  1970s?  How fun is it to remove them?  These people gave up.

ugly cork mirror tiles 1970s wall Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

This home features a full wall of mirror tiles with diamond accents.

ugly mirror tiles on entire wall Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Hall of Shame - Tacky Décor · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor

Welcome To Candy Cane Lane

July 29th, 2010 · 13 Comments

Another home needing staging advice and assistance.

Christmas decorations (lights, candy canes) still up in May.  Half dirt, half grass lawn.  Weight bench in the front yard.

Christmas decorations candy cane poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house photo

Christmas tree is up.  Lots of family photos.  Cutesy sayings (”I Love You 2 Gore”??) (”Love Always & Forever”).  If they cleared everything out but the furniture, this would be a very nice room (nice floor, nice paint, nice size).

too many family photos Christmas tree poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house photo

In case they get lost, the signage tells them the next room is the family room.  [Editor: I blocked out their name.]

Christmas tree poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house photo

Very dark family room.

very dark family room black walls poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house photo

They painted the walls with black paint.

very dark family room black walls poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house photo

When buyers see the clothes rack, they will assume the closets are too small.  Cluttered dresser doesn’t help.

cluttered bedroom clothes rack poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house photo

There’s a big tree in the child’s room.

child's bedroom painted tree mural Phoenix Arizona home photo

One of those glass vessel sinks.  But you can see all the plumbing underneath.

glass vessel bowl sink bathroom exposed plumbing Phoenix Arizona house photo

They enclosed the patio so that they could fill it with clutter.

enclosed patio clutter junk poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house photo

More junk from another angle.

enclosed patio clutter junk poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house photo

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Tags: Staging · Landscaping · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Living Room · Family Room · Bedroom · Clutter · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Garbage and/or Junk · Family Photos · Holiday Décor · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor