Check out this cozy space created by She finds low shelves to be less overwhelming than tall ones and uses the space above for a gallery frames. The surface top also allows plants and other sculptural pieces to be easily accessed.
Small Space Secrets: Swap Your Bookcases for Wall Mounted Shelving. Here's a creative shelving arrangement that uses a deeper shelf at bottom to create a sort of bench. The bench can serve as extra seating for parties, or as a display space.
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