Home Design Ideas

This is our curated list of the most interesting and unique products and ideas for your home or apartment. This includes everything from furniture, clocks, plants, wall art, bookshelves, fish tanks, and much more. All of the home design ideas and products featured here can be bought from around the web (and we show you where). But the images found here can also provide inspiration for DIY projects or home improvements without buying anything at all. Buy what you need, build what you want, and combine ideas to create a modern house that you love.

LP Record Clock

Vinylux has come out with a LP Record Clock that’s made from an actual vintage 12″ record. Each one is unique and the artist is randomly chosen when you order. So you can’t choose specific bands or albums.

You can choose between a couple different genres though. Here’s the list:

  • Rock
  • Soul
  • 80’s Pop
  • Jazz

We also found a hip-hop version on the JackThreads website.

These clocks are a good way to add some vintage style to your place. They make a good conversation starter when guests come over because the eye-catching unique look.

If you happen to know a musician or somebody that loves listening to music this might make a nice gift too, and it’s relatively cheap ($40 at the time of writing this).

 

Occam Coffee Table

The simplest solution is always the best. If you’re going to be eating, reading a book, or enjoying a drink in the living room, why not have a table that can accommodate all of this?

It’s about time we get a table that adjusts depending on what you’re using it for.

Eating in front of the TV isn’t taboo when your table has a lift top that raises to lap-level. And serving drinks to guests without even going to the kitchen is easy when you can store glasses underneath.

There’s plenty of room under the lift top for other items too- plates, books, magazines, the TV remote, or whatever else you keep in your living room.

Install a small sound system. Use it as a hidden wine cabinet. There are a ton of options. You could get pretty creative with the storage space that this table provides.

The Occam Coffee Table could be used in any size home, but seems best for an apartment or smaller home where each living area is used for multiple purposes. Since most apartment dwellers get more than one use out of each room, why settle for a coffee table that only provides one single use?

The Occam Table is also a great gift idea, especially if you know somebody that’s moving into a new place.

Here’s a photo showing how the table looks when closed. It’s a great sleek/modern look:

 

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Here are the features/specs:

  • 47.24 x 23.6 x 16.33 inches (120 x 60 x 41.5 cm)
  • The table’s surfaces lift from 16.33 inches up to 21.45 inches ( 41.5cm to 54.5cm)
  • Almost no assembly required- 10 minutes out of the box
  • Extended 3 year warranty to cover mechanical components (hinges, etc.)

 

It’s worth noting that your order can be customized as well. If you want the tabletop to lift in the opposite direction, just tell them and they’ll make it. You can also request different colors/finishes. The standard is material is Walnut with a white gloss painted finish.

 

Indoor Bike Shelf

These indoor shelves are made by a German company called MIKILI and are designed for the urban cyclist.

MIKILI’s bike shelves are great for any bike owner but the product is particularly useful for small apartment owners or city dwellers, where interior space is hard to come by. These shelves can save a ton of space while storing your bike in an attractive manner.

This isn’t just one product though, the seller’s website has a number of different styles. Some of the variations include a fold-out shelf, a shelf with drawers, etc. There are also dark and light color options to fit any interior.

Check out these photos for a few examples of the different variations:

 

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This variation offers a pull-out drawer for a bit of storage (keys, wallet, books, etc.)

 

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One of the most complex and interesting designs. This could be the right choice if you need more storage space for a helmet, a backpack or other gear.

 

Picking which style is best for you will depend on the size of your home/apartment, how much storage space you need, and how noticeable you want the shelf to be.

The shelf pictured at the top of this article is probably the least intrusive and least noticeable. When you’re not using it for bike storage, you can fold up against the wall.

Other options are bulkier and more eye-catching (this could be good or bad depending on how you’re trying to design your home). If you need more storage, one of the bigger options might be a better choice.

No matter which you choose, you’re getting a great hand-made product with a huge emphasis on quality. These bike shelves are carefully made in Berlin with a lot of thought/effort going into not only the creation but the design too.

We’ve talked a lot about putting this product into your home or apartment thus far, but it’d be great to have in the workplace too. Install one in your office and you no longer need to leave your bike outside or lean it against a wall during the day.

Finally, it makes a great gift idea as well. If you know somebody that recently got into cycling, or recently moved into a new home, they might appreciate something like this.

There are currently no retailers selling these shelves in the US, but orders can be made through MIKILI’s website. If you live throughout Europe, you might be able to visit a retailer before ordering the product. MIKILI’s website has a list of retailers. Click the ‘Get it now’ button below to check out their homepage.

 

Third Ear Mobile Phone Speaker

There are a lot of mobile phone speakers on the market, but none like this. The product is called Third Ear. It’s made of ceramic and uses physics to amplify sounds and music from your phone. There’s no additional technology needed, and it doesn’t require electricity.

Just set your phone in the holding slot and press play. The shape of the speaker will naturally amplify the sounds.

The simple design makes it great for carrying anywhere around the house. Bring it outdoors with you and play music without needing a power outlet.

Or use it indoors- set it up on any counter, table or shelf where you want to play music. If you leave the room, just carry it with you and set it down somewhere else. No need to worry about power cords, outlets, battery life, etc.

The Third Ear mobile phone speaker looks great too. The ceramic shell and bright artistic design will look good with a variety of different modern decor themes.

 

Beer Cap Maps

This do-it-yourself wall art product is a really cool interior design idea for the beer drinker or map enthusiast. Beer Cap Maps are cut from 5mm thick plywood with a unique grain pattern that ensures each map will be one of a kind. The wood is also treated and sealed to prevent any wear or damage over time from the air, liquids, etc.

The wooden map arrives fully assembled, but with empty holes that are designed to be filled in with any type of bottle cap you choose. You can get creative with colors and patterns, or just slowly fill the map with your favorite brands or beer.

Another option is to leave half of the holes empty which results in an interesting look as well, especially if you’re hanging your map from a wall with a pattern (brick, stone, etc). The image above is a good example of this.

A variety of maps are available for purchase including all 50 US States (Ohio is shown in the image) as well as countries like the US, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and New Zealand.

Beer Cap Maps also come with two tiny holes drilled into the top section for easy hanging from any vertical surface and are designed to fit virtually any type of bottle cap.

The product is made and designed completely in the US- Wisconsin to be specific.

We love that this product is made entirely in the US, and that each map is one of a kind because of the unique cut of wood that each piece is cut from. A product centered around displaying beer caps isn’t going to be ideal for everyone, or every type of home, but this could be a very cool way to add an interesting piece of wall art to a rustic setting, bachelor pad, den, game room, etc.

As a final note, each map is approximately the same size rather than being scaled to the actual size of the state/country, so it’s not possible to order multiple US states and fit them together.

 

Horizontal Bottle Holder

This eye-catching wine rack holds 8 bottles while keeping the corks moist. You can mount it on any wall throughout your home. This is a great way to accent a modern kitchen, bar, game room, den or other areas where you’d display or enjoy wines.

It’s made of stainless steel with a contemporary brushed finish, and designed in Germany. Each socket has a special lining to hold bottles securely and ensure they don’t slip or fall.

This product was invented and designed by the brand Blomus, a privately-owned German design company that’s been in the same family for 5 generations. Their philosophy: “Good design is both simple to use and beautiful to look at.”

 

Magnetic Rotating Globe

This invention uses magnetism to rotate… no cords or batteries required! The detailed globe displays all land masses and bodies of water, as well as cloud cover.

This is similar to a previously posted product, Magnetic Rotating Jupiter Globe. Check out that link for a YouTube video of how the globe looks in action. Unfortunately a similar video for the earth globe isn’t available or else we’d show that too.

 

 

Outdoor Swing Chair

These outdoor chairs are woven in a matte black synthetic wicker material and feature a heavy duty spring for supreme comfort. The orange cushion seen in the picture is included as well. Each chair weighs 120 pounds when shipped, so these are not light-duty moveable yard chairs. These are more useful for creating a semi-permanent modern outdoor seating setup. As a final note: each order includes one chair, not two as seen in the picture.

7 Piece Metal Wall Art

This stunning metal wall art is actually made up of 7 separate pieces that hang side by side. It’s hand-sanded and made in USA, and comes ready to hang in your home.

It’s anything but small though, so make sure you have a nice large space planned for it… The dimensions are 66 inches wide, 24 inches tall, 2 inches deep. So it’d be best suited for a bedroom or living room with ample wall space.

The paint is extremely durable and is actually approved for hanging outdoors as well as indoors. You could get creative and display something like this outdoors if you have the space and the right type of home for it.

You could try hanging this in a hallway as well but you might miss out on some of the interesting views from further distances as the light reflects off of the surface. This wall art was specifically designed to create an interesting holographic effect depending on the lighting, and a hallway might limit this effect.

Each piece is hand made and then signed and dated by the artist (Ash Carl).

Overall, the customer reviews to date are outstanding and this looks like a very high quality piece that could fit well with a lot of modern interiors.

 

Desktop Jellyfish Tank

This live jellyfish tank is small enough to fit on your work desk. It looks great and is definitely unique!

The tank comes ready to go with an air pump, valves, and all the other technology needed to keep it up and running. The jellyfish itself arrives overnight once your tank is set up (for no extra charge of course). This ensures the jellyfish will stay alive and that your tank is ready for them once they ship.

The idea behind this jellyfish tank started as a Kickstarter campaign. If you click through to the link you can still view a video showing how the original idea and how this product got its beginnings.