These two flea-market cupboards looked nothing alike, yet it wasn't hard to turn them into a single piece that functions like an armoire. They were painted the same shade of white and blue-green; polished-nickel latches and crown molding were added. Stacked on top of one another, items are displayed in the glass-front part and linens are placed underneath.
Modeled after the ornate face of an 18th-century case clock, this oversize yet functional wall decoration all but ensures you'll never be late again. The numerals and dotted outline are stenciled in a deep green-brown, drawing out the warm coppery tones of the battery-powered clock mechanism. The timepiece is best situated so that it is clearly visible from a distance and not crowded by neighboring furniture.
Caned furniture is often painted in geometric patterns. The holes lead the way, eliminating the need for ruler lines. Here, the technique unifies a French bed and chair. The painted bedside table from the 1700s came across its patina naturally, but incorporates the same soothing color palette appropriate to the bedroom.
Mix -- don't match -- fabrics to create reversible pillows that you won't find on anyone else's sofa. A quick flip is all it takes to change your look, and you can do it as often as you change your mind.