antique planter from Olde Good Things in Chicago
Photograph: Matthew Gilson
Philadelphia Civic Center Planter, two feet high and about one foot square, $250, at Olde Good Things, 1819 W. Grand Ave., 312-492-1485. Pennsylvania’s state seal adorns each side.

Console "I’d have a metalworker make a wide bronze base and add proper supports to the interiors of three planters, so that they could support a vellum [goatskin] or cerused wood top and serve as a console for an entry. I would align the planters about six inches apart in the center of the base, for a Deco-industrial look."
-Todd Haley, 773-755-7170;


Occasional Table "Fill the base with substantially sized found objects-shells, sea glass, antique carpet balls-or unusual favorite things, and top it with a three-quarter-inch-thick piece of glass with polished edges. It would make a great accent, inside or out."
-Jonathon G. Wells, Gregory Jordan Interiors, 312-337-0428;


Fire Pit "An Australian product called EcoSmart [featured on page 34], a self-contained fireplace, burns denatured alcohol and therefore does not require a gas line, so it can go anywhere or be put in anything. It can be used outside and then removed for storing, or covered until used again. It’s eleven and a half inches square, so it would fit perfectly into the top of the planter, turning it into an indoor/outdoor fire pit. Five in a row would be fabulous on a roof deck."
-Jordana Joseph, Jorje Interior Design, 773-929-7775;


Sink Cabinet "I would remove a panel and have it plated in polished nickel. Then I would use the panel as a door to conceal the plumbing for a small bar sink set into walnut millwork with a limestone top."
-Robyn Shapiro, Robyn Shapiro Interiors, 312-396-0400;


Ice Bucket "I’d use several at a party-indoors or out-to hold ice and Champagne, beer, or any other beverage that needs to be chilled. All you need is a thermal liner or a similar-sized plastic container to put inside, and you’ll have a completely original alternative to a boring, unsightly cooler."
-Laura Soskin, 847-525-9955