I know the boat shelves are not chic, but I have always loved them since I first saw one in a country store. I like the shape, a boat on end is like an arched cathedral dormer. Of course I would put all my books about the sea, sea shells, sea birds, you get idea. Then add a treasure box , sea shells, real or faux, and some other sea art . I think I would like these book shelves better if they were distressed.