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25 Conversation Pieces for Your Home

Beige sisal rugs and white duvet covers are sorta the blue jeans and black dresses of décor: totally necessary staples that are great and timeless and all things good, if a little boring in their basic-ness.

The home goods in the slideshow below, on the other hand, are anything but ordinary. They're the statements, the sort of thing you weren't sure about until one of your friends freaks over its amazing-ness.

Pop art throw pillows Liza Minelli would love, heirloom-y accents straight out of a Charles Dickens novel and shower curtains that might actually make you laugh, legitimately, out loud? Yeah, you're sure to get more that a few compliments—and queries—on those kinds of tchotchkes. Click through below to shop our current favorites.

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Mount it near your closet and drape your necklaces and belts around it.
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About as big as my head, it's the ultimate little-kid-turned-adult desk accessory.
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All the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen appeal of a telescope or globe, without the space commitment.
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You could serve Kraft Singles on it and they'd somehow seem fancy.
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Fill them with wild flowers or floating candles for a centerpiece Courtney Love would adore.
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Fancy, grown-up artwork for rental places (no holes in the walls needed).
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Fool them into thinking they didn't overstay their welcome.
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Push your light fixtures into ornate, Narnia territory.
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They'd make a chipped Ikea lamp look costly.
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Mix a few in with your real books and let everyone's eyebrows creep up in confusion as they scan your shelves.
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Hang it near your ice box and drink old fashion Coca-Cola next to it.
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It's okay if your pet has a better place than you do.
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It's an interesting doorstop, and that's not an oxymoron.
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Mount it over your bar and your wino-friends will weigh in instantly.
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Two words: balcony smores.


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A subtle nod to your shoe obsession.
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Take bets on how many times you'll get cat's games.
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Use them as a foil to fresh cut flowers.
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Prop it on your kitchen counter and stash your unsorted mail in a very Mr. Rogers way.
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A small price to pay for something that makes Real Housewives look highbrow.
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Never not a good idea.


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With its kitschy Barbie palette and classic needlepoint style, it's the best of both worlds.

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