What may appear at first glance to be an unconventional armoire is actually a set of bookcases attached along one side. Opened, it's a compact, self-contained innovative crafts or office nook. Closed, it's far more decorative than any tidied-up desk, without the slightest hint of its contents.
"A TV cabinet -- in all its bachelor-pad, 'Monday Night Football' glory -- is often the scariest thing in a living room," says deputy style and home editor Shane Powers. Make a smarter media unit by combining inexpensive, unfinished cubes to create a larger structure, then treat it to a dose of style.