1. BOOKCASE Repurpose a standard open bookcase as a shoe rack. Make sure the shelves are at least a foot deep to accommodate the average shoe box. (Boot boxes are about twice that size and can be shelved sideways.)
PHOTO LEDGES Typically used to display framed pictures, they can also be used to free up closet space and create an easy-access boudoir. Paint the ledges—and even the wall behind them—to define the area.
APOTHECARY GLASS CABINET Create a boutique-like atmosphere by arranging your shoes in a glass-doored hutch. To figure out how many shoes the cabinet can hold, assume each pair takes up about eight inches across—then do the math.MIXED SHELVES If you need more space, hit up a home-supply store, which can easily cut shelves for you. We love glass—it’s inexpensive but looks luxurious. Don’t forget to pick up spare pegs (bring existing ones with you so you can match the size) to place them on.
If you can't see it, you won't wear it—so give your new black dress its best chance of breaking into the big time with a few helpful tricks.
From the April 2011 issue.