Decorating Tips for Shelves and Bookcases

Transform bland bookcases and wall shelves into stunning displays with 18 top-shelf decorating tips from interior designers.

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You can unify a shelf display by function, too. Mary Carol Garrity, author of Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details and the owner of Nell Hill's, an accessories emporium in Atchison, Kan., likes to turn a shelf into a bar or a serving station. "Take out the shelf above to create more room, then top a tray with pretty cut-crystal decanters and glassware," she suggests. Design by Emily Henderson.

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