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Sure, bookshelves provide efficient storage, but they make reading book titles a pain in the neck—literally. Keep your head upright with the Paperback Wall System by Studio Parade, which has skinny little laminate slats for holding books horizontally.

Paperback Wall System, Studio Parade, Available at SUITE New York,

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Like any ottoman, the Rousseau Shoe Ottoman from Lilly Pulitzer Home lets you put your feet up. But when it's time to run, your shoes are within easy reach. Lift the lid to reveal a hidden storage compartment, complete with separate pockets for holding matching pairs.

Rousseau Shoe Ottoman, Lilly Pulitzer Home, $999, Available at Neiman Marcus,

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If you weren't blessed with a green thumb, or just don't have room for traditional potted plants, give Mudpuppy's Air Plant Pod a try. The no-fuss plant requires no soil and little watering, and takes up exactly zero surface space.

Plant Pod, Mudpuppy's Air, Available at Love, Adorned,