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How cool would it be to have a private entrance to your pied-à-terre in the city? These old Paris Métro stairs lead directly to a side door in this posh apartment.

metro door

That’d be cool enough by itself, but this door has other special properties…

It can turn into a closed storefront, a closet crowded with books or even a castle corridor.
door decals
Have you gotten the joke yet? April Fools! In honor of April Fools’ Day, I wanted to share these trompe l’oeil door decals from Couture Déco. Since “trompe l’oeil” literally means “deceive the eye” in French, I thought it would fit well with the day’s theme of trickery. I think the closet book stack would be especially convincing in my apartment. If I acquire any more books, that’s probably what I will have to resort to anyway.

Did your eyes deceive you when you first saw these decals? (Fess up!)

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  2. [...] of trompe l’oeil, here’s another delightful find I remembered from the AD show as I combed through the [...]

  3. [...] the unit itself? It’s like a wild mashup of this DIY nightstand by Brian Patrick Flynn, the trompe l’oeil door decals I wrote about and this Heidi Merrick Huntington dress in Neapolitan that I’ve had my eye on [...]

  4. Angheet Singh says:

    That's what I call a very versatile design. The best part is that it is so simple that it can fit in with just about any perth doors

  5. Most doors are hinged along one side to allow the door to pivot away from the doorway in one direction but not in the other. The axis of rotation is usually vertical. In some cases, such as hinged garage doors, the axis may be horizontal, above the door opening.

  6. Wade says:

    I've seen a few doors perth that would go very well with that blank frame. The only problem is that due to the neutral design and color, it may be a while before I could decide which door to go with.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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