Those recycled Pier 1 bookcases I have looked a million times better after Thom painted them all black, but the sides are still open, so a mess of clutter is visible in the entrance of my Florida room.
I use seagrass baskets to corral things like paperbacks, so those are butted up against the open edge to provide texture and a clean line.
I then nailed a picture hanging hook horizontally to the shelf
Taking advantage of the holes worn in this shell, I wove aqua ribbon through it, and looped it through the sawtooth hanger on the back of a frame of a print that was just wide and long enough to conceal the open end of the shelf.
I liked that little beachy touch that coordinated with everything else I was doing...
...because my husband also lives here, and sometimes we don't quite see eye to eye in the accessories department.
Hey, it's not a show house, it's a home.