Kingston2DoorCupboardF6 thumb The Look for Less: Library Cupboards
.barrister bookcase thumb The Look for Less: Library Cupboards

Science has shown that bookshelves with cupboards can raise you IQ. Okay, maybe not. But people will think you look smart with your collection garage sale books and antique store finds safely behind the lovely glass shelves. The bookshelf above from Crate and Barrel is $499. The just-as-lovely Target Barrister shelf is only $139.99 and a little more space-friendly. Also, don’t believe the hype that these bookshelves don’t hold up as well. My mom (mother of eight) swears by them and if they get a little chip, well that’s why God invented Old English Scratch Cover. I love it.