Something Completely Different: Irreverent Design Ideas

Who says you can't hang a rowboat on your ceiling? Why not put giant vintage mannequins in your living room? Have a pretty chair? Nail it upside down to the wall. As these rooms show, an unusual design choice can pay off big time — especially if it results in a space that truly reflects your personality.

1. Designer Jeffrey Alan Marks uses a vintage boat to create a dreamlike, slightly surreal guest room. From Elle Decor.
2. A bubblegum pink Laurent Rump chair hangs solo on a wall in France. From Design*Sponge.
3. This cherry-red, oversized Anglepoise lamp looks almost cartoonish looming over a reading chair.
4. Enormous dried flowers are ethereal next to a timeworn wicker dressing table. From SF Girl by Bay
5. A vintage Barbie mannequin greets visitors in Darian's Darling Glam Den House Tour.

Images: 1. Elle Decor 2. Myriam Balaÿ-Devidal for Design*Sponge 3.Anglepoise 4. Elvis Robertson for SF Girl by Bay5. Mat Sanders for Apartment Therapy.

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.