AB Chao and came across a fantastic storage solution for those overflowing bookshelves in a home with a non-working fireplace. We love the creative strategies for filling in a fireplace with books - and the eclectic feeling they create in a room. Stacks oriented in different directions gives a slightly checkerboard effect, and tall columns of books have a learned academic feel. However you choose to fill your fireplace with books, just make sure you keep the flames away! Images: 1. AB Chao; 2. Kate Spade; 3 Beach Studios; 4. Design*Sponge; 5. bloomingdesign.