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It used to be easy to distinguish an outdoor from an indoor item, but with today's trends toward recycling and repurposing, that's no longer the case. Elements from outdoors are being creatively transformed into decorative and functional pieces to achieve a charming cottage style look in the home. Don't let that distressed door go to the landfill, dust it off and use it for a room divider or fashion it into a headboard. An old ladder or a boat oar easily transforms into a great place to hang towels in a kitchen or bath. With a little paint, an old metal ceiling tile makes a great magnetic chalkboard. Attach a recovered piece of architectural molding to a simple table or shelf for some spruced up style. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. So, don't throw it out! Bring it in and sand it, paint it, love it! - Ellen Roberts is owner of Romancing the Home in Gearhart.