How To: Bookshelves

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Bookshelves are one of the most underrated spaces in a home, but when done right, can make a huge impact. Our new place has two big built-in bookshelves and I've been organizing and rearranging since we moved in. While I'm still far from being finished, here are a few of the things that help make the space feel personal, unique and functional.

Use bookends. They help break up the space and these particular ones I found these at the flea market feel so dramatic.

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Group similar items together. It may seem obvious, but it's not always something I've done and it makes it so much easier when you're looking for something, not to mention more aesthetically pleasing.

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Don't be afraid to showcase nontraditional items. Instead of hiding board games in a closet, I keep them out for a fun, playful vibe.

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Embrace things that aren't perfect. I would never trade in my battered copy of The Catcher in the Rye and choose to keep it on display, alongside books that remind me of my childhood.