Small, online home decor businesses offer unique ideas and direct contact with the owners. Here's a sampling of some U.S.-based companies selling items that can help make a statement in your house.
The "board" of Art of Board is the skateboard, and designs from the company both incorporate broken decks -- such as a sink backsplash -- and utilize the pieces to imprint ceramic tiles. Info: artofboard.com.
At the helm of Denver-based Housefish is Scott Bennett, a former Indy-car designer. Using formaldehyde-free woods and zero-VOC paints, Housefish creates modular shelving such at the "short stack" of three shelves from the company's Key Modular Storage line. Info: housefish.com.
At the heart of Kismet Tile are its cement, encaustic tiles, but the company recently expanded into metallic wallpaper and expects to create ceramic tiles someday. Founder Tracey Reinberg works with a Morrocan factory to create tiles including the Hexagon No. 8. Info: kismettile.com.
The 5-year-old Mediterra Tile, based in Tumacacori, Ariz., crafts hundreds of tile varieties in several finishes in its studio in central Mexico. Info: mediterratile.com.
The hand-blown glass chandeliers and pendant lighting from Niche Modern are created in a studio in Beacon, N.Y. Included in the company's catalog is the Sola 36 Modern Chandelier, which comes in five finishes and nine colors. Info: nichemodern.com.
Niche Modern creates its 9 Pack Modern Chandelier, with pendants hand-blown in translucent amber, in its Beacon, N.Y. studio. Info: nichemodern.com.
Niche Modern's Spark 48 Modern Chandelier, with bare bulbs, is hand-crafted in its Beacon, N.Y. studio. Info: nichemodern.com.
If you're in search of wallpaper that be yours and yours only, Lincoln, Neb.-based Vahallan Papers specializes in hand-painted papers. Info: vahallan.com.