I like the hole in the side of these shelves. It adds a ton of light and avoids that "dark corner" look. Also, notice the inside of the boxes are white? Could use any light color, really, to add interest.
I would so love to find a great vintage manni for a decent price
Another Technique for Distressing Old Books.
Olga's Metal Laundry Basket with Wheels | dotandbo.com. Cute to put dirty clothes in bedroom just roll into laundry room.