How-to Beautify Your Bookcase

When artfully arranged, it can be a stylish inventory of interests, not just a storage unit. Here's how to go from cluttered to curated.

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Bookshelf boxes
Photo: David Hillegas

Store stuff in style.

Pretty patterned boxes keep less attractive items organized and out of sight. For collections that deserve to be seen, choose glass boxes that doube as display cases—perfect for shells picked up during walks on the beach.

Julep Boxes, $6–$18;

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