(The Washington Post)

After moving this summer, design blogger Jennifer Sergent quickly realized that her new home lacked one crucial element: built-in shelving.

“We had nothing to hold our books, records, accessories, video games — you name it,” the DC by Design writer said in an email.

So she started the search for a “good, attractive” alternative and landed on etageres, a modern and space-saving solution with open shelves.

“They are art and accessories in themselves; they make their own statement along with whatever you choose to put on them,” Sargent says, adding, “You can find them in all price ranges — and you can take them with you when you move.”

Here are some of her top picks.


(Interior Homescapes; Dwell Studio)

SPLURGE: Worchester bookshelf (interiorhomescapes.com ), left. SAVE: Mansfield 84-inch etagere bookcase (dwellstudio.com).


(RHModern; Ballard Designs)

SPLURGE: Reclaimed Russian oak parquet single shelving in reclaimed natural oak (rhmodern.com), left. SAVE: Durham tall bookcase (ballarddesigns.com).


(Kathy Kuo Home; Crate and Barrel)

SPLURGE: Emily Hollywood Regency etagere ( kathykuohome.com ), left. SAVE: Remi large bookcase ( crateandbarrel.com ).


(Oomph Online; Ballard Designs)

SPLURGE: Rowayton lacquered etagere in Bolero (oomphonline.com ), left. SAVE: Benton large etagere in brushed antique red (ballarddesigns.com)


(Jayson Home; Overstock)

SPLURGE: Hayes etagere ( jaysonhome.com ), left. SAVE: Hayley bronze brass storage bookshelf (overstock.com).

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