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Lifestyle blogger Rhoda Vickers of Atlanta used a spectrum of orange to create this living space for a design contest: "I wanted to design a fun and fresh room with lots of color."

Kelly Marzka confesses she has a "thing" for brass animals, so the duck bookends and elephant figurine really stand out in her bookcase decor.

Lori Evans said she often stood back to check the balance of decor in the built-in bookcase in her home office as she filled it with accessories and books. Her prized treasure on the shelves is a signed Tim Tebow button.

Decorate your bookcase one knickknack at a time

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Tracie Stoll created a striped paint treatment to add interest to her built-in bookshelves, but her focus is mainly captured by the family heirlooms on the shelves.

Sarah Macklem loves to entertain, so she decorated the bookshelf in her living room with seasonal dishes and barware, including a new set of tarnished, vintage silver wine glasses that are "just waiting to be filled with Witch's Brew wine," she said.

Jana Bek loves the brass boats on the top shelf of this bookcase.

Kristin Cadwallader's library is constantly growing, she said, and she restyles her bookshelves all the time.

Decorate your bookcase one knickknack at a time

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Sarah Dorsey said she enjoys the color and texture that flowers brought to her bookshelves, but her antique brass candlesticks are a close second.

Laurie Jones' home office ties its colorful decor scheme back to the rest of her house by using black paint.

Becky Barnfather's home office is multipurpose -- including storing her husband's clothes -- and still manages to provide a functional and inspiring work environment.

Becky Barnfather's home office is multipurpose -- including storing her husband's clothes -- and still manages to provide a functional and inspiring work environment.

The quatrefoil background of Shelley Smith's pantry sets the scene for orderly storage.

The practicality of a beautiful pantry

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A collection of clear containers adds harmony to the look.

Seldom used service ware is attractively stored in woven bins.