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Byline: Jane Gallagher

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OSSESSIONS - for so long classified snootily as uncool 'clutter' - are now back in fashion.

Books and collections of personal bits and pieces from antiques to mementoes can feature again in our homes.

Now all those stored treasures can come out of the closet you need stylish, stunning shelving to show off the best - and organise the rest.

Open shelving will discourage you from hoarding and encourage you to take a fresh look at those items you've been storing for years.

If you never use them, and they won't look good on display get rid of them. This is a great opportunity to organise your life and your living space.

So get sorted with bookcases, display units, room dividers or wall units. CHOOSING SHELVING p A mix of open and closed storage is a good compromise, but bear in mind it looks more dominating in a room p Decide what you want to store before you buy shelves. Books and magazines are heavy so shelves will need to be solid to take the weight.

p Before buying a unit measure the tallest or largest items to get an idea of the necessary height or length of your shelves.

p Take a tape measure with you when you shop. Even large units look small displayed on a open plan shop floor. BRILLIANT BOOKCASES These are an enduring classic, and useful wherever you put them.

The trick is to ensure the height level of the bookcase doesn't jar the eye line. Match the height of a bookcase to the height of room seating, or make a statement with one which stands tall.

Ikea's unbeatable value tall, slim Billy bookcase, pounds 29 for a six shelf unit, is one of its outstanding best sellers.

New Heights classic Hemingway bookcase, pounds 395, comes in maple or in maple and cherry and would fit in any setting. STREAMLINED SHELF UNITS Ikea's always been a brilliant source for shelf units. Give the impression of luxury with its dark stained solid pine Markor bookcase unit, with adjustable shelves, which cost an unbelievably cheap pounds 79 each.

The Pier's versatile Step Storage combines drawers and open shelves in each piece. Units stand alone or can be mixed and matched. Pieces are in mellow honey-stained New Zealand pine, and cost pounds 99 for a small unit, pounds 199 for a large. DIVIDE AND RULE Large freestanding units that can act as room dividers or stand against a wall are extremely popular because they're so versatile.

They're ideal to split up an open plan living area, allowing light to flood through but still defining the space.

Habitat's Lecco modular storage unit, pounds 150 in solid ash in a natural or dark wood finish would also look stunning set against a wall.

Marks & Spencer's solid hardwood Del Mora storage unit has a clever touch - some of the open compartments have backs. It costs pounds 499.

John Lewis's Largo modular room divider is a good compromise with cupboard sections for those who like to hide as well as display. It costs pounds 325 in oak or beech CHOOSE what you want to display carefully in these units. Less is more is the golden rule, so each piece has enough space to star.

A tall Eastern-style contemporary unit from John Lewis would look stunning with a careful display of treasured objects.

It is an open unit with glass shelves and a lower drawer and costs pounds 550.

The Maze shelving, from Singways, perfectly illustrates the point that shelving needn't cover a wall to have impact.

Just a couple of these shelves in a painted wood veneer are a contemporary design statement in themselves. They cost pounds 225 each

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Hemingway bookcase, pounds 395 from New Heights; Solid hardwood Del Mora storage unit, pounds 499 from Marks & Spencer; Step storage, pounds 199 each from The Pier; display units; Glass storage unit, pounds 550 from John Lewis
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Date:Jun 25, 2005
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