Kevin Sharkey says the bookshelf can evolve as the kids grow up.
"Books are really important first and foremost. If the interest in reading begins to wane, [and suddenly] you've got a lot of baseball trophies, then those go up there too. And before you know it you have a whole curated collection of my little boy or my little girl's, life. As long as there are those things there to receive all of these layers, like a bookshelf, or a pin-up board, or a chalkboard, or something like that, then it will all just naturally happen."
Photo by Annie Schlechter. Copyright 2011. Originally published in the October 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine