Who says mirrors have to stay in the bathroom or entryway? Try hanging a decorative looking glass right above the nightstand in your master or guest bedroom. An oversized table beneath turns the entire set up into an elegant and practical bedside perch.
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Antiques stores are often rife with reclaimed building materials that can be used to decorate the surfaces of your space, but they can also serve a practical purpose. Here, salvaged brackets are given new life as one-of-a-kind book ends.
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The rule of thumb when it comes to rug placement in a living space is that both legs of the couch should sit on the rug. If your antique or eye-catching rug of choice doesn't quite fit the bill, place an oversized sisal rug underneath it. This gives your accent floor covering a natural rug pad and keeps you from breaking the measurement rules.
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If your basket collection has started to get a little out of control, but you can't bear to part with a single one, repurpose an armload as wall art. Mismatched baskets hung from nails in an asymmetrical pattern infuse texture and eclectic character.
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Think twice about tossing that old beat-up wooden fruit crate. Instead, turn it on its end and place it to the side of your go-to reading chair. The interior opening offers the perfect place to stow books, while the top can be used for a lamp, decorative accessories, or a cup of tea.
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When a beach vacation leaves you with a plastic bag full of seaside treasures, keep the memories alive by using them in your decor at home. Style a pile of them in a clear bowl or terrarium in the entryway, or glue the prettiest specimens inside a frame to serve as thoughtful wall art.
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When a supply of drinking cups tends to runneth over in the kitchen cabinet, place an extra on the counter in the bathroom to serve as a makeup brush holder instead. It gives order to an every day morning routine without costing a dime.
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Tiered wire baskets are often used in the kitchen for fruits and vegetables, but the multi-level compartments also are perfect for children's toys. Thanks to the varying heights and sizes of the baskets, you can assign a toy type to each basket for easy clean up post-play time.
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We've seen terrariums play host to rocks and soil and succulents, but they really can hold any manner of plant life. Here, a glass filled with water and flowering hydrangeas was tucked down into the opening of the terrarium giving this on-trend planter a unique spin.
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Bookshelves aren't just for books. Let your penchant for high fashion take over and rethink shelves as the storage and display of your favorite heels and boots. By keeping your most colorful shoes out in the open, you may just end up wearing pairs that you hadn't in awhile.
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This modern patterned wire laundry basket is just the thing for keeping throw pillows in order when they aren't on a sofa or bed. When situated bedside, the designated drop spot allows your floor to stay clear, and helps avoid dirt and grime from damaging your favorite pillows.
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Wire baskets, of course, can be used for any manner of things. Here, a gold-painted basket corrals cups of art supplies. Tucking everything away in the basket keeps the table free from clutter and pencils.