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20.9.07

ugliest pillow contest: vote!

after a few days of wading through everyone's ugliest pillow entries i feel like i need to take a shower. i saw some serious nastyness and some downright ugly pillows (why so many puppy pillows?). the top 10 finalists are now going public with their hidden shame and it's up to you guys to vote for who you think is the WORST. the winner will receive two brand new thomas paul pillows (of their choice) to replace their ugly one, courtesy of pillows and throws. each finalist is below so check them out and leave your vote (please use the numbers provided) in the comment section below. voting will close on friday morning at 9 am and the winner will be announced that afternoon. thanks to everyone who entered!

[Entry #1: Illeana]

[Entry #2: Rebecca]

[Entry #3: Phyllis]

[Entry #4: Sharon]

[Entry #5: Jessica G.]

[Entry #6: Sarah]

[Entry #7: Wilhelm]

[Entry #8: Jamie]

[Entry #9: Karen]

[Entry #10: Rachel]

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442 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Those are HIDEOUS... but I say #3 takes the cake!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#8

10:40 AM  
Blogger Penguin & Fish said...

2 - no contest.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 - ew!

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's so hard to chose, but #4 is pretty terrible.

10:40 AM  
Blogger laura said...

number one. could use a face-lift.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3

10:41 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

#2-just don't think they could even be considered cute, kitchy or workable in any circumstance!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#9

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're all terrible, but #5 definitely takes the cake.

10:45 AM  
Blogger treasuring said...

number 5 for sure. those are awful!!!

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3, yikes!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Christalena said...

i vote for number 3. this contest was a fantastic idea...it's got me laughing!!!

10:50 AM  
Blogger beckie said...

#3 definately whats with the yarn tassels?

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

#8

10:50 AM  
Blogger kira makes stuff said...

Entry #3: Phyllis

10:51 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

#3 is painful!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

#2 definitely.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Emily (all images copyright of the artist) said...

#7, Wilhelm!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Meagan said...

some are so ugly they are cute! but the one with surely no redeeming cuteness is #5

10:54 AM  
Blogger Pieter said...

3 for a win!!!!

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#8...no personality at all. the other pillows are ugly as well, but #8 lacks cuteness or kitschiness. ugly AND boring!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3, yikes.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2-- Ew!

10:58 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oh my, god, #3 all the way... Phyllis, you poor thing!

10:58 AM  
Blogger ma vie en rose said...

#3 - I'm with beckie. On its own it could be kind of cute/kitschy but the addition of those tassels.....just takes it to a whole other level. Urgh!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2. how gross. how bargain basement couch deal.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3!

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#5 is heinous

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#5

11:01 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Entry #1

11:02 AM  
Blogger Erin Lang Norris said...

#2 for sure!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Erin Lang Norris said...

oh wait, no i meant #3! the mushroom one. i thought that was #2, my bad!

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Sue P said...

Whoever came up with #5 skipped cutesy-ugly and went straight to just-plain-ugly!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I vote #3

11:06 AM  
Blogger Porcelain said...

#3!!!!

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phyllis #3
gets my vote

11:09 AM  
Blogger Candice & Shreve & River said...

Definitely #4

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#9

11:12 AM  
Blogger ANNA BELLA STATIONERY said...

OMG, what an absolute riot! This, by far, is the most entertaining contest you've had :-)

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i vote #1

11:13 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

#10!!

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1!

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Suz said...

I vote for #9.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

absolutely #9

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most definitely #3...Just to look at it makes me sneeze!

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2, truly gross.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

It's really a toss-up between #5 and #2--if we are talking so ugly you can't even pretend it's cool ugly--I vote #5.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

absolutely #3

11:23 AM  
Blogger PoppyD said...

#2...and there's so many of them. yuck yuck yuck.

11:24 AM  
Blogger conner said...

#1 has been beaten by a wildebeest... that's my vote.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 -- I can smell the incense!

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 - mercy!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Clothes-Pin said...

#8 : is number 1 whole enough to be considered a pillow?

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for #10 : )

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for #10 : )

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#9

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gotta be 3

11:32 AM  
Blogger Anna at D16 said...

#2 is giving me hives!! ugh...

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 it is

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#4 - ick.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous kelly said...

All hideous, but #3 takes the cake for sure

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#9...

why did this ever come into existence?

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4

11:37 AM  
Anonymous kelley said...

#2... I agree with Heather- can't imagine any circumstances where these could be tastefully worked-in.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#10!

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the worst is 3

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Kurt said...

#5 Looks like it might even smell

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1I #1! How horrific! The thing is falling apart!!! Shiver...

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 for sure... that thing looks rotten...

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Sheri said...

is it wrong if i sort of like #8? it's residual 1970s-isms...can't help it...

#7 cause poodles on their own are pretty scary looking.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2 is my vote. I think #3 is cute and can be used in the right setting. I don't think there's anything you can do to #2 to salvage it. Will that fabric ever be "in" again?

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Sondra frm Montana said...

Number 3 is the winner in my book.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 Funny SA

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 -- oh, that someone put so much effort into something so hideous.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2 for sure

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. 1

11:51 AM  
Blogger Celia said...

oh, yuck! they are all awful, in their own way. but i think #3 has to be the worst! ick!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

#5

11:51 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I'm going for #7 yuck!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 - one word-hideous!!!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3!!!

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 seriously?

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2
the rest have stories and/or irony

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know I've seen bad now,#3 is it

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not even sure #1 deserves to be called a "pillow". It gets my vote.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#10

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could anyone say anything but #5?! If I *had* to have these pillows on display in my house, #5 would be last on my list.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2

11:59 AM  
Anonymous sarah from the OC said...

#10 makes me want to puke!

12:00 PM  
Blogger LM said...

#3. WHY??!!

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#9 all the way!

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go #9!

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 - although it was tough to pick just one!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG #3!

12:07 PM  
Blogger MK said...

#3!!!

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if i have to pick just one it would be #3

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Number 4 is the worst, by a neck, looks like that fake suede polyester stuff that gives me the hives, and they're ugly. Number three is cute ugly, and number one is worn out but once might have had ethnic charm. Number 5 is pretty bad two. But really the ugliest pillows I've seen lately are photo pillows on the Anthropologie website, sale section, shame on them. The horse and dogs are bad, but there are worse, and they still have a personal quirkiness potential about them.

12:11 PM  
Blogger ladyjulianne said...

#2 - The rest can be seen as kitsch, and I actually like the naffness of the puppy and unicorn ones, but those are just nasty!

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Ryann said...

#2!!! Those are awful!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Aimee said...

Close call, and those poodles almost had me, but #3 has my vote.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

No. 5, hands down!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#10

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3-
If that belonged to me,
I would have BURNED IT years ago!
Those tassels are HIDEOUS!!!!!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Rose Red said...

#2

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#5 for sure... gross!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

4 gives me the heebie-jeebies. they look...dirty. and not in a good way.

3 might be sort of fab if not for those insane tassels.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

#6.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#5

12:23 PM  
Blogger Jes said...

Number 8 - the type of hideous items that come with ready-furnished rented houses (we hid them in the attic & hoped the mice ate them)

12:24 PM  
Anonymous courtney baker said...

Clearly, #5!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

#6. It is hilarious.

If you removed the tassels, I'd kind of like #3. Come on, mushrooms are hot right now!

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Massilianana said...

Number 3 , definately !!!

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#10

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#5 all the way

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most certainly #9!

12:37 PM  
Blogger julie said...

#2

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. 3 is the worst.

While No. 1 is the ugliest in my opinion, it's so bad that I just cannot believe someone would actually use it.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Katherine said...

Hard decision, but 7

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3. horrid.....get this girl some new pillows;)

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2

12:47 PM  
Blogger Tasha said...

Oh, #3 for sure. Um, is it terrible that I don't think #2 is all that bad? I just think they're... pillows. Not great, but not horrific.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

#6 - can't bear to even look at it.

Great contest. Hats off to all the participants for being such good sports!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2. Besides being ugly, they are overstuffed and don't look comfy at all.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Jerome said...

Wow, #9 is U-GLEEEEEE, definitely the worst!

12:48 PM  
Blogger henges17 said...

I've got to go with #3! It makes me cringe!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 hurts my eyes!

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i vote #9. the other ones are all kinda cute (i love #5!) but #9 is the one that i would really hate to have in my house.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#8

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Jerome2 said...

#9 is definitely the ugliest!

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, they are all pretty ugly, but I guess #9 is the worst.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous famapa said...

No.5. they look like they're smelly.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

#7. Ack!

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Mick said...

I guess I'm not liking #9.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous famapa said...

No.5, hideous! Look like they could do with some Febreze too.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

#9. #9. #9.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 what exactly were you trying to do?

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2 makes me absolutely cringe with 'bad showroom floor sofa - with pillows!' oh, so aweful.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

Some Girls make me happy. Some Girls make me smile. But the Girl in #9 DOES NOT CUT IT.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous ugly pillow hater said...

#3

1:01 PM  
Blogger rbrome said...

Ahhh! My eyes!

#2, and by a long shot.

3, 4, 6, 7, and 10 are just awful taste, but they don't cause me physical pain to look at like #2.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3

1:03 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

#7, because not only is the pillow ugly, but the dogs are ugly too! I've never seen poodles with facial expressions like that.

1:05 PM  
Blogger chipped said...

#9!!!!!

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2. I just can't stand the stupid graphics on them.

1:07 PM  
Blogger meridith said...

i vote for #9 because i really, really, really hate it.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2 - bleh

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3

1:10 PM  
Blogger hvbc said...

3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Joanna Bolick said...

3

1:11 PM  
Blogger Manuela said...

3! Wow.

1:11 PM  
Blogger junebug said...

#9 rubs me the wrong way for sure.

bleck

1:12 PM  
Anonymous wig said...

Ahahaha! I have laughed hard at these. I think the photo image pillows with the white horse and poodles are actually rather kitschy fun though. The shredded thing, #1, is my vote.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

#8

1:15 PM  
Blogger mountain-quiltist said...

#3 definitely!

1:16 PM  
Blogger annie-san said...

this was harder that i thought it was going to be. but the unfortunate winner is...

#3

1:18 PM  
Blogger ann & dabney said...

no. 9 offends me on so many levels.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

#3!

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Lauren M. said...

#8...U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi--you UGLY!

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#5 all the way!

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh gross. #3

1:20 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

#2- wow. that is bad.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous mykull said...

#2

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3, eeewwww!

1:21 PM  
Blogger katya said...

I just don't know, some are skimming the border between hid-ge and kitsch so closely, but I think for me there's no double about #3!

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Sequana said...

Before I see anyone else's vote, let me speak for #3. That is the worst combo of materials I can remember seeing.....*L*

1:21 PM  
Blogger Keepitmoving said...

Take the tassels off # 3 and it's not so bad... but #9 has no hope of redemption!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

#3! the yarn...ick!

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#5 for sure!

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#10! Put those poor puppies out of their misery!

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 - gives me shivers!

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for Entry #2: Rebecca, these dont even have a hint of kitsch

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitely #8... to torture that poor cat like that! time to call the humane society!

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#8

1:31 PM  
Blogger Lyndsy said...

#8 The colors are AWESOMELY awful!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#8...ewww.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous zee said...

#2 - what kind of maniac buys FIVE of that cushion? Black and brown is my most hated colour combination. Ick.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

#3 for sure!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for number 3.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

#3 -- Ack! Tassles!

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2 -- totally unsalvageable

1:41 PM  
Anonymous keba said...

#10 is the ugliest!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Inner Doris said...

#4. There's not even any artistic effort there, like at all. In fact, they're so bad I'm not sure this person deserves to have nice pillows.

1:44 PM  
Blogger nathalie said...

#3 definitely.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Estelle said...

It's a toss-up between #5 and #8...but I'm gonna have to say #5. Those are not only ugly, they're yucky. Yucky, I said. Blech.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3,hands down.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I have to go with #5!

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for the dirty little # 5's.

1:50 PM  
Blogger megan said...

all pretty gross... but #4... i wouldn't go near that.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

number 8!!! gross. cat is cute though.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#9

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#9

And #1 should just be thrown away.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9 because it's just in very bad taste.

1 should just be thrown away.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Jill said...

#3, Phyllis. Unless her Grandma made it, then it's sweet. (OK, it's not.)

1:54 PM  

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