20 Mantel and Bookshelf Decorating Tips

Be your own decorator. In just a few hours, turn a cluttered, style-less mantel or bookshelf into your living room's showstopping focal point.

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Designer Emily Henderson gives these bookshelves a timeless English-library feel by grouping similarly bound books and mixing in a few old cigar boxes and vintage finds, like a rotary dial telephone, brass eagle bookends and a bronze horse. An antique library ladder, leaned against the bookcase, isn't functional but adds to the look.

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