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Put vin­tage wheels of var­i­ous ages and sizes to work as dis­tinc­tive ac­cents, as Dawn did near her great room fire­place and on a shelf near her sofa.

Pot­tery crocks of­fer both stor­age and style. Fill them with flow­ers, an as­sort­ment of wood uten­sils or fire­wood, or prop bas­kets be­hind them to at­tract the eye.

Many col­lectibles can be made into unique lamps. Add some “spark” to your room with a lamp made of a one-time fire ex­tin­guisher.“i love to sur­prise peo­ple with the un­usual piece,” Dawn says.

Who says a rug needs to be on the floor? Show off hand­made tex­tiles—es­pe­cially ones that are del­i­cate or that have sen­ti­men­tal value—on the cof­fee ta­ble in­stead.

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