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Fake Books

A designer I had lots of respect for shocked me by lining a room in miles of those fake cardboard rows of books. I still haven’t recovered.

If you don’t have books, arrange souvenirs, framed photographs, trophies, and decorative boxes on your shelves. If you do have books, display them proudly. They don’t have to be leather-bound antique books -- it looks much more modern and fresh to display books you’ve actually read. Hardbacks are best -- reserve paperbacks for bedrooms or find an online book swap to keep them in circulation.

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