In my home, I have an old-fashioned hotel key box which I use to hold photos. Fabulous!
Find a drying rack (the one our great grandmothers were forced to use) and display throws, scarves, purses (you get the idea).
Wooden crates make great bookshelves for Gen Y (who love their lofts) and Millennials (who despite asking Mom & Dad for money) live modestly and these enclosed shipping crates make a terrific room divider.
Baskets, Baskets, Baskets! Look cute holding potatoes, onions, and other items we stock in a pantry.
Old style tin metals hold your knitting, cards and dice, jewelry and baubles. Simply think outside of the box (I mean tin).