25 Decorative Accents Under $50 to Style a Bookshelf

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If you spend any time on Pinterest or flipping through decor magazines, you've definitely come across beautifully styled bookshelves. And they are goals. They look so effortlessly put together and often unattainable. However, pulling off a curated bookshelf doesn't have to send you into debt, nor do you need a degree in design. Here are 25 items under $50 that can be used to create Instagram-worthy "shelfies" of your own.

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Books

1. 1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs, $19.99

What's a record, you ask? Oh, young one, grab this book and get a lesson in music history. For those over a certain age, take a walk down memory lane.

2. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time by Dieter Buchhart, $49.95

Whether you were a fan of the 1980s New York art scene or not, this book is a must-see.

3. I Love California Book, by Nathan Turner, $40

If you're into the California vibe, look no further. Nathan nails it.

Bookends

4. Etsy Vintage Brass Bookends, $30

Here at Hunker, we fully embrace vintage finds for the home — it's a perfect way to add character to any room.

5. Target Agate Bookend, $16.99

The natural cut and crystal-like design catches the eye, and is a stunner on its own. In fact, books need not apply.

6. West Elm Stone Bookends, starting at $39

So glamorous. F. Scott Fitzgerald would most certainly approve.

Picture Frames

7. McGee & Co. Natural Bone Frame, $20

A neutral color in a classic shape is always a design two thumbs up.

8. Urban Outfitters Marble Picture Frame, $49

We love the feminine scalloped edges on this frame. And did we mention that it's made of marble?

9. Modish Dimond Cassius Metal Frame, $36

Copper and gold are two can't-fail metals. We see this gracing a deco-modern masculine space.

10. Crate and Barrel Acrylic Block Frame, starting at $11.95

Your favorite photos of friends, family, and furry ones will be front and center in these simple, classic frames.

Planters

11. McGee & Co. Dot Striped Planter, $24

So much detail at such a good price.

12. Food 52 White Covas Planter, $42

With or without flowers, this plump little planter is just perfect.

13. World Market Large Glass Terrarium, $19.99

Fill this with succulents or air plants to add low-maintenance greenery to your shelves.

Boxes

14. Celestial Boxes, starting at $49

These are perfect for concealing useful but unsightly items.

15. CB2 Pekoe Storage Box, $34.95

So, it's intended to hold tea, but we've got much bigger plans for it.

16. Chairish Vintage Midcentury Brass Bird, $45

This vintage midcentury cutie is something that Mom may have had on her shelf, and that's a good thing.

Vases/Jars

17. Wayfair Bluestone Terracotta Vases, $32.99

This set would be right at home in a traditional living room.

18. Hanselmann Pottery Stoneware Bud Vase, $39

Hanelmann has been making pottery since the 1970s — they know what they're doing.

19. McGee & Co. Acacia Wood Jar, $22

This jar is an ideal balance of form and function.

Objects

20. Courtney Hamill Porcelain Turtledoves, $25

Each one of these doves is handmade from porcelain, and topped with a 22-karat gold tail tip.

21. Studio Arhoj Ghost, $24

Say hello to my little friend. Each earthenware handmade ghost is unique — you just tell them the color range you're looking for. I mean, honestly.

22. Ikea Gestalta Artist's Figure, $7.99

Cute and cheeky. Ikea can do no wrong.

23. Ballard Designs Oversized Beads, $49

We can't decide which finish we like best, so we'll take both.

24. Beach Sand Hourglasses by Roost, starting at $35

Not really meant to tell time, but definitely meant to be mesmerizing to watch when flipped over.

25. Wayfair Calcite Glass Gem Sculpture, $41.99

A little bling can never hurt.


Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA

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