Place some of the books on the shelf horizontally instead of vertically. This arrangement allows for the horizontal books to hold up the vertical ones and provides a nice buildup (platform or stage) for a decorative object to enhance the bookshelf. Use decorative objects such as boxes, statues, souvenirs, memorabilia, and favorite collectibles interspersed with the books to add visual interest and appeal. Framed photographs, artwork, and small pieces of sculpture can also be used to break up the line of books on a shelf.
Think of your bookshelves or bookcases as a closet without doors. Organizing your books and objects on your bookshelves can improve the overall look of your home’s décor and make your personal library easy and fun to use. Follow these easy steps to create the ultimate look for your book collection. If you have a lot of well-worn and unsightly paperbacks in your collection, consider passing the ones you’ve already read on to a friend or donating them to a local book drive or thrift shop. The ones you’d like to keep can be placed spine up in a basket
Many wines today come with screw caps and rubber corks, meaning that the wine can be stored standing up. However, many wines are still being produced with natural cork. These should be stored on their side to keep the wine inside the bottle in constant contact with the cork to maintain an airtight seal and protect the contents from oxygen and outside aromas.
The ultimate in attainable luxury is to have your own personal wine cellar. However, if you don’t have the space for one, a nice wine rack, available from your favorite furniture or department store, or a shelf in your closet will suffice for short-term storage (six months or less).