Make your shelving unique to you: bicycle baskets are a perfect statement piece to hold lightweight collections.
Hang floral stems upsidedown in front of a bold background, like this handmade chalkboard, as a way to add greenery to a wallspace.
Create a hanging shelf to display treasured items, especially to fill an awkward, empty corner of a room.
Layered drawers on the wall create quick and easy shelves (and miniature) shelves for tiny treasures.
A play on a favorite movie or tv show adds a little humor to your life - here silver and a "racey" Little Blue Book pay tribute to Sex in the City.
An unusual vessel, such as this large coral, makes an interesting display area for delicate treasures.
When it is time to gather informally, make it special by pulling out the china and crystal. Don't worry about mixing antique plates with modern ones, crystal with glassware. Be creative with napkins, like these vintage hospital towels, and napkin rings, like this bridle medallion.
Use a variety of heights and textures to create a mantle or shelf display. Unify it all with a similar color scheme.
A large statement piece doesn't need much to balance it out. Here similar items, like the rolled maps and the colors of demijohn bottles, keep it from getting too busy. Don't forget to use the ceiling to finish an empty corner, as we've done here by hanging nests and plant life.
No time to get your photos into an album, create an interactive photo album by placing photos in a divided metal bin for friends and family to thumb through. Add some momentos that speak to the interests of those in the photos and your "album" is complete.