Just because it's functional doesn't mean it has to be boring—turn your bookshelves into a chic showcase for novels, collectibles and travel finds.
Photo: Lisa Romerein
Rather than traditional door-and-hinge cabinets, consider open shelving for your kitchen. The open-air look lends a more relaxed feel. Designate the higher, less accessible shelves for displaying collectibles or knickknacks picked up from your travels.