white book shelf

Photo: Gordon Beall

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Go for Semi-Homemade Built-ins
"Buy a standard, unfinished bookcase and elevate it on a six-inch platform. Then cap off the top with a similar platform, connecting the bookcase seamlessly to the ceiling with some off-the-shelf crown molding. Then paint the whole thing in a satin paint. It looks like custom carpentry for a fraction of the price." — Darryl Carter, author of The Collected Home: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History (Clarkson Potter)
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