Acid-stained Concrete Patio -- Looks like copper! Click the pic for a brief how-to video on doing this technique. I'd love to do this, although I wonder if the acid stain is bad for those plants around the patio.
Cozy reading nook a teacher created with a refrigerator box and floor pillows. I think this idea could be built upon to create an inexpensive Cozy Reading Nook for an apartment that could be altered to appear legitimate.