This piece was completed about 24 hours after Linda posted the Compendium Challenge for this week.
A couple of years ago I had found a couch, love seat and reading chair set at a local thrift store for a very decent price. I recognized that the set wasn't perfect -- it had some wear, but no actual damage and was ugly as hell.
Still, I've never been especially bothered by ugly furniture. In fact, if it's cheap, useful and our ferrets can't get inside of it, ugly is a kind of character enhancement, you know?
Anyhow, I lured My Guy to the thrift store to approve the purchase of ugly furniture he'd be stuck with (it's easy to lure either of us to a thrift store ... used stuff for cheap ... what's not to love?).
He agreed that it was ugly, but OK, if it'd serve the need we had and we could afford it ... go ahead.
Now, from the moment I'd seen this furniture I'd been planning to overcome a bit of the uglies with the addition of throw pillows and one or two lap blankets that were in storage from Before We Became Us. I thought the newer and older stuff might go together pretty well.
Plus, these pillows and couch accoutrement were not cheap, previously-used bits. These were rather expensive items I'd collected through many years to dress up my first set of thrift store living room seating. These items I thought beautiful: Made well of fine fabrics in deep, attractive colors.
I learned two things the day the ugly couch set and attractive storage stuff arrived together in my living room.
First, I was absolutely correct about my own stuff and the "new" thrift store furniture: It matches perfectly.
This led to the second thing I learned that day: I don't have bad taste, only a taste for ugly stuff. Ugly isn't an enhancement for me. Ugly is a requirement.
It's hardly believable, but all of this also explains my creation for the Compendium Challenge of the week: I know it's ugly, and I like it anyway.
Still, I'd held off on posting it because I thought maybe I'd keep this ugly thing for me, and then make something better for this post.
Turns out I'm perfectly comfortable sharing my love of ugly stuff. Yeah. You're welcome.
Now, let's see what kind of taste you have ... show off your creativity today with Studio L3's Compendium Challenge!