I recently picked myself up some antique books at a thrift store for only a couple dollars each. I love the way they look displayed throughout a home. It doesn't even need to be on a bookshelf, mine are currently sitting on a coffee table. (Although someday I will have a wall-sized book shelf full of them).
They don't have to be antique either...brightly colored or just any fun books displayed are always a great idea.
We all love monogram lettering. On a recent visit to Urbanoutfitters, I picked up two new letters for my own collection. Right now they have a deal where you can buy any two letters for 12 dollars. Such a steal! (Especially since some of them are $10-$20 a piece).
I picked up this awesome wire M for our living room:
and this one in the letter E (for my little boy who is soon to be born).
Go check it out! (I think the deal is in stores only though).