From a surfboard that doubles as a coffee table to a canoe mounted from the ceiling, you won't believe some of these creative design ideas.
Surfboard Coffee Table
1. Surfboard Coffee Table
Purchased from a vendor who makes tables out of vintage surfboards and skis, the coffee table in the family room of this Cape Cod beach house gives the room a relaxed, lived-in feel. "Every room should have something that makes you smile," says designer Annie Selke.
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High-Gloss Interior Door
2. High-Gloss Interior Door
The family who lives in this New York house entertains frequently, so designer Pat Healing wanted the dining room to be extra glamorous. "I think of dining rooms as candlelit evening spaces," she says. The door to the butler's pantry is painted an elegant and bold custom high-gloss plum.
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Mirrored Cabinet Doors
3. Mirrored Cabinet Doors
With a mission to transform a small and narrow Brooklyn townhouse into a family home fit for four girls, designer Jonathan Berger corrected the home's layout and added chic, feminine touches throughout. The antiqued mirrored glass on the kitchen cabinet doors helps enlarge the space while also adding a touch of glamour.
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Rattan Hanging Chair
4. Rattan Hanging Chair
The sunroom of fashion designer Liz Lange's Westchester home is both chic and cheeky, thanks to a playful, swinging seat selected by designer Jonathan Adler.
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Canoe as Ceiling Decor
5. Canoe as Ceiling Decor
Inspired by a restaurant in Vermont, the pantry of an Idaho barn-style house by architects Sandra Vlock and Glenn Arbonies harbors a wood canoe in winter. It also coordinates perfectly with the home's classic American style.
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Upside Down Mirror
6. Upside Down Mirror
When a window left little room for an above-the-sink mirror in the guest bath of a Malibu home, designer Lawrence Rizkowsky looked up instead - mounting a shaving-style one from the ceiling.
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Easel TV Stand
7. Easel TV Stand
In order to bring lightness and ease to this 1970s Palm Beach condo, designer Vicente Wolf repurposed a Magasin Sennelier French oak easel on wheels into a moveable TV stand. By floating it in the room, rather than pushing it up against the wall, Wolf created the illusion of a larger space.
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Chandelier Bulletin Board
8. Chandelier Bulletin Board
Design consultant Ellen O'Neill's apartment in Manhattan is a tiny studio, so she needs extra space anywhere she can find it. Turning to the ceiling, her "bulletin board" is Ingo Maurer's Zettel'z 5 chandelier. O'Neill uses it to hold notes, lists, directions, sketches, and even a hat.
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9. Rope Railing
Designer and television personality Thom Filicia created a modern and classic interior for a Designer Visions showhouse. For the staircase, he chose heavy rope in place of a traditional railing and angled the runner to reveal a hint of bare floor.
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Striped Wood Floor
10. Striped Wood Floor
To add visual interest to his Alabama living room, architect Bill Ingram painted a pattern of thick and narrow stripes over the stained wood floor. "It jazzes everything up," he says. The Tatum sofa is from Lee Stanton Home.
Which surprising decor idea would you use in your home?
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