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20 Cool Decorating Tricks for the Home

By poppytalk |

I love decorating ideas that take something that is normally used for one thing and then use it for something else.  Or maybe it’s used for many different ways all at once.  Over the years I’ve gathered many of these what I call Cool Decorating Tricks and I thought it would be fun to bring them here for a slideshow along with some I have found around online.

Above: Varied sizes of wooden knobs used as hooks.  Such a great idea for a bathroom or even entrance area.  Via Bodie and Fou. Photo credit: Carole Whiting who has a lovely shop in Australia and her husband at

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Great Ideas to Decorate the Home

A Log Handrail

How fun is this handrail made from a found oak log?. I like that they left the bark in tact. Great for a summer cabin or rustic-inspired home. Via photo: Gridley + Graves for Country Living.

About Poppytalk:

Jan is the author and co-founder of the Canadian design blog, Poppytalk. She is also a huge supporter of all things handmade and is proud to devote her time to their online marketplace, Poppytalk Handmade.


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5 thoughts on “20 Cool Decorating Tricks for the Home

  1. stephanie says:

    Lovely ideas Jan – thank you for sharing :)

  2. Kirsten says:

    LOVE the scrabble idea! What a cute, little shelf for photos and smaller decorating pieces. I’m going to add this to my list for my new craft room (yay for having space to be creative!).

    Also loving the bulldog clips — so many ideas, so little wall space :)

  3. Cyndi says:

    Hey these were pretty cool ideas. I have to say, I don’t agree with the very last sentence….” piles of anything always works.” Nooooo…….. but great thoughts with the other ideas.

  4. ReBecca says:

    I am looking for interesting tables (sofa/console/whatever the right word is) to use in the LIVING room for the computer/school work. I don’t want the latest Target/home furniture store same-old everyone has. I stumbled on this site by googling: “take something that is normally used for one thing and then use it for something else”. Wow! Anyone want to share ideas for me?

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