9 Unusual Examples of How to Use Modern Home Decor

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If you're all "Pinterested-out" on modern home decor ideas, how about taking a slightly askance view on indoor decorating.

Check out these unusual ways homeowners have spiced up a room, adding unique style, comfort, color and conversation to many a space. 

Store magazines and more in a sturdy felt tote

Store magazines and more in this sturdy felt tote. Leather laces and handles create a sophisticated mix of materials. The tote stands upright so you can easily place it next to your sofa or under your desk.

Store magazines and more in this sturdy felt tote. Leather laces and handles create a sophisticated mix of materials. The tote stands upright so you can easily place it next to your sofa or under your desk.

It might look complicated, but Studio DB's Britt and Damian Zunino, the duo behind this stunning bathroom space, say transitioning tiles to wooden floorboards is surprisingly straightforward. "The first step is getting your contractor on board, but the actual work isn't that complicated," they told MyDomaine. 

It might look complicated, but Studio DB's Britt and Damian Zunino, the duo behind this stunning bathroom space, say transitioning tiles to wooden floorboards is surprisingly straightforward. "The first step is getting your contractor on board, but the actual work isn't that complicated," they told MyDomaine. 

This trend is made for small homes. "I think this type of floor treatment is most appropriate in areas of transition, [like] entry areas, open baths, or even kitchens," says Zunino. Why? "It's a creative way to delineate space without a hard line." 

This trend is made for small homes. "I think this type of floor treatment is most appropriate in areas of transition, [like] entry areas, open baths, or even kitchens," says Zunino. Why? "It's a creative way to delineate space without a hard line." 

Reclaimed wood is so hot right now. There is absolutely no limit to the ways in which you can apply this sort of technique, such as the living room of Ashland Residence in Santa Monica, looking south towards the kitchen and rear yard, with open ceiling framing.

Reclaimed wood is so hot right now. There is absolutely no limit to the ways in which you can apply this sort of technique, such as the living room of Ashland Residence in Santa Monica, looking south towards the kitchen and rear yard, with open ceiling framing.

How about this upright record player to start a conversation? Or to brighten a living room with sound, color and style.

How about this upright record player to start a conversation? Or to brighten a living room with sound, color and style.

In the new powder room, Jill Malek wallpaper adds graphic punch to custom cabinetry.

In the new powder room, Jill Malek wallpaper adds graphic punch to custom cabinetry.

It's a very contentious subject; join the conversation if you feel strongly about it one way or the other. 10,000 bones cover the walls of this Mexico restaurant. "A lot of people were skeptical about the idea, even though it wasn't the first time I pulled off something crazy," Cadena says. "I just trusted my intuition and the philosophy of the chef."

It's a very contentious subject; join the conversation if you feel strongly about it one way or the other. 10,000 bones cover the walls of this Mexico restaurant. "A lot of people were skeptical about the idea, even though it wasn't the first time I pulled off something crazy," Cadena says. "I just trusted my intuition and the philosophy of the chef."

Yuko Shibata made the 10-person dining table using $130 sawhorse legs from Maruki Wood Products Company topped with a sheet of birch plywood. A hole in the sliding wall fits over the table, enabling it to be used in both the library and the meeting room. Then, there's the rug.

Yuko Shibata made the 10-person dining table using $130 sawhorse legs from Maruki Wood Products Company topped with a sheet of birch plywood. A hole in the sliding wall fits over the table, enabling it to be used in both the library and the meeting room. Then, there's the rug.

Larger-than-life, exuberantly patterned wallpaper by the Paris studio Minakani Walls. Frédéric Bonnin and Cécile Figuette launched their illustration studio in 2005 and a wallpaper design studio in 2009. Now, the company offers ten patterns on non-woven paper (i.e. it won't stretch) that can be sized to fit individual rooms.

Larger-than-life, exuberantly patterned wallpaper by the Paris studio Minakani Walls. Frédéric Bonnin and Cécile Figuette launched their illustration studio in 2005 and a wallpaper design studio in 2009. Now, the company offers ten patterns on non-woven paper (i.e. it won't stretch) that can be sized to fit individual rooms.