IN­SPIRED

Ar­rang­ing books by color turns shelves into works of art.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - BY KATHRYN DRURY WAG­NER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY ALUN CALLENDER/NAR­RA­TIVES

IN THIS COZY LIV­ING ROOM, a leather chair with plenty of tales of its own to tell cre­ates the per­fect read­ing nook. It’s ac­com­pa­nied by flea­mar­ket finds and fam­ily trea­sures, but the fo­cal point is the shelv­ing. Plain white shelves are made eye-catch­ing us­ing a sim­ple trick: Herd all the books of the same hue to­gether, and sud­denly, there’s a color-block ef­fect. In our “Q & A,” de­signer Mindy Laven gives some ideas on how to or­ga­nize shelves. She also shares, “When freshening shelves, I take ev­ery­thing off and start from scratch. A clean pal­ette is al­ways the best in­spi­ra­tion.” Once you have the clean slate to start, ar­range books by color. Then add some con­ver­sa­tion starters. Your shelf dis­plays might in­clude flea-mar­ket finds and me­men­tos from a re­cent trip or ref­er­ence spe­cial mem­o­ries. “Last sum­mer I pulled out a hand­ful of shells and sand dol­lars that my daugh­ters and I had col­lected in Hil­ton Head years ago,” says Mindy. “I poured a lit­tle sand in the bot­tom of a sil­ver bowl and placed them on top. Ev­ery time I walked by, I was re­minded of that sweet time of life when my girls were young and time seemed to stand still. Cost: noth­ing. Value: price­less!”

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