Common Items as Unusual Side Tables

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Drums (I LOVE this idea!)

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Graduating Suitcases

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Old Metal Trashcan (There is one of these in my parents garage… Jackpot!)

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Antique Metal Ballot Box

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Small Stove

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Ladder (I personally love this idea, but I do think this particular design could be executed a bit better…)

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Rug Pouf

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Anyone know what this was originally used for?

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Filing Drawers

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Antique Ironing Board (My sister-in-law and I found one of these for $12 at a Flea Market in Pickens, SC.)

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Two-Leg Table

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Hanging Bucket

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Wooden Crate

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Chairs

Starting a Housing/Idea Filing System

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One of the best tips I can give you all is to continue to cultivate your creativity and stay up-to-date on what the field of interior design has to offer. Start noticing details of rooms and houses that you visit. I would also recommend you sign-up for a couple magazine subscriptions on interior design; House Beautiful, Country Living, Flea Market Style, Elle Décor, Dwell, and House & Home are all great magazines to look through on a regular basis to gain tips and more information about design. From these magazines I would recommend starting a filing system of rooms and houses you really like or “believe to be beautiful.” Here is a link to some adorable filing tabs and below are some categories to help get you started:

House style (exteriors)
Entry Way/Foyer
Living Areas
Dining Areas
Kitchens
Bathrooms
Master Bedrooms
Child Bedrooms
Guest Bedrooms
Windows
Flooring
Paint (colors, techniques)
Accessories (artwork, pillows, books, etc.)

Offices

Offices

Awesome accent color. Be careful about putting a desk in the middle of the room like this unless you have floor outlets!

 

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Bright and crisp office space

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Mounted clipboards t display ideas/current work. I also love that mini filing cabinet…

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Tiled flooring isn’t usual for an office, but it works in this corner space of an office.

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Antique desk with two different legs. Love the splash of blue of that lamp!

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Would love this work space! Great, solid desk with some really fun over-sized wall pieces. The idea board would get a lot of use- the key to idea boards is making sure you update it every few months to keep it from getting cluttered.

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Make your own desk with two bookcases!

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Floating shelves create visual mass without the weight of a desk hutch.

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Designer’s dream office…. It just needs an antique gumball machine in the corner…

Nurseries

NurseriesUnique nursery theme.

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Sophisticated sweet. I bet that lamp casts an awesome glow at night.

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Just love everything about this room for a little boy.

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Classy nursery with a wooden rocking chair. Could very easily switch accessories out for pink.

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Very manly for a little guy.

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Cute idea for measuring your child over the years and you can take it with you if you ever move!

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Clean and chic nursery.

Foyers

Every foyer should have three things:

1) A source of light

2) A mirror 

3) A flat surface

Foyers

The perfect fit for a narrow hallway

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I love the groupings here.

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Slightly girly, but I do like the idea of having furniture in the foyer if the area can handle it.

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Using painted wood to create the illusion of a piece of furniture.

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Cute idea for a back door entry!