Take a demure vase and a single blossom, or a stack of books, or some CDs. Add one of these distinctive shelving pieces, and a decorative vignette is the happy result.

- Joy Deangdeelert Cho

Great volume

Whimsical floating shelves by Little Fish Furniture are made from quirky vintage books, so each is one-of-a-kind ($40). Available at www.curiosityshoppeonline.com.

Framed in ruffles

Give even everyday items a special presentation with this baroque piece ($399). Available at www.brocadehome.com.

Graceful branches

Chocolate wood forms an organically structured display ($99). Available at West Elm, 1330 Chestnut St., and www.westelm.com.

Fine reflections

Create a gallery setting with these mirrored boxes by Roost ($48 to $99). Available at www.velocityart anddesign.com.

Victorian glamour

Cage shelves ($35 to $45) in white metal lend a traditional air to a wall. Available in two sizes at www.pbteen.com.

Angled surface

Boomerang-shaped Occa shelves ($269) are worthy of a double take. Available at Bo Concept, 1719 Chestnut St., and www.boconcept.us.


Joy Deangdeelert Cho

is a Philadelphia textile and graphic designer. Visit her design blog,

Oh Joy!, at www.ohjoy.blogs.com.