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Happy Birthday To Billy! 5 Ways To Keep Him Looking Spiffy

Billy has a major birthday this year. The iconic (or basic, depending on your point of view) bookcase from Swedish flat-box retailer Ikea has reached a milestone in its life. This year, Billy turns the big 3-0. Designed by Gillis Lundgren, who was Ikea’s fourth employee and also developed the flat-package concept, the bookcase was introduced in 1979. Today, more than 41 million Billys have been sold worldwide, and they continue to be made non-stop in the village of Kättilstorp, Sweden, where, each night, more than 6,000 flatpacks go out the door.

To celebrate Billy’s big day, Ikea has introduced several new colors to the line. Now, in addition to black, white, and a couple wood tones, you can get a Billy in red, blue, and silver, along with three limited-edition patterns. But how do you class-up a bookcase that costs as little as $59.99? Keep reading for our five tips. [Ikea Fans] Keep reading »

Love Nest: Add Art To Your Bookcase, But Not The Way You Think

I was just salivating over the photos of Jen Bekman’s apartment on Design Sponge this morning. She’s the genius behind the enormously successful (inexpensive) art-for-all website 20×200. As I was ripping through the images I happened upon one little sneaky trick for upping the pretty factor of any gathering of books: Top the books with a small framed picture or photo. Check it out above, as found in Jen’s bedroom (and see the opposite view, after the jump). Keep reading »

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