What the What? Unusual Objects Great for Home Décor

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Image: Céline Clanet for Dwell

I think we’ve all experienced it: the random, creative urge to do something with our décor that everyone else will think is insane. The idea to build a kitchen island out of Legos or some other stroke of genius happens, and the next thing you know, you’re sitting with a calculator trying to figure out just how many of the tiny plastic building blocks would it take… And all the while there’s a piece of you wondering if this is really a good idea or not. I say it’s all about showing off your individual style and staying true to yourself, so if Legos are your thing, why not? (Even though others may wonder if you’ve gone off the deep end.)

Lego Kitchen Island—Yes, Really!

If you thought I was kidding about the kitchen island made of Legos, just take a look at the above image. That’s the real deal there. 20,000 pieces is what it took to cover the island—made of wood—in the colorful plastic toy. I would have loved this as a kid.

What the What? - Unusual Objects Great for Home Décor on the Interior CollectiveImage: Home Designing

Mini Cooper Wall Hanging

Perhaps it’s the owner’s first car, or a family heirloom. Whatever the meaning, it’s not every day that you see a slice of vehicle mounted in a home. But if it’s the kind of decoration that works for you, go for it.

What the What? - Unusual Objects Great for Home Décor on the Interior CollectiveImage: Ravishing Beasts

Cabinet of Curiosities

These days we’re somewhat used to seeing taxidermy—or fun riffs on taxidermy like bicycle handlebars mounted as deer antler trophies—in homes of any style. This may be the first time I’ve seen swans as part of the mix, and fencing gear as well. But, I must admit, this all comes together and makes a clear statement.

What the What? - Unusual Objects Great for Home Décor on the Interior CollectiveImage: Iain Claridge

Need a Lift?

My favorite of all the unusual objects found in home décor may have to be this colorful ski-lift chair hanging from an I-beam. It is both artistic and utilitarian. And while I’m not motivated to jump on, I very much appreciate the creativity and individuality this brings to the space. Crazy? I don’t think so.

What's the most unusual object you use in your home décor?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.