Look!: VintageView Racks Transform The Dining Room

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Okay, it may be a bit overboard, but we really wanted to a. change this dining room, b. cover up the ugly wall and c. store a bunch of wine without taking up a lot of room...

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We also believe in designing for abundance, particularly when it comes to food, wood, towels, ice cream and other things that directly affect our creature comforts, don't cost too much and help us from having to run to the corner store every night.

This was a project that we completed two weekend's ago at our family's home out on Long Island. The racks all came from the Beverage Factory and were easily installed with common sheetrock screws. The trick is measuring correctly and getting them all to line up.

After we'd finished, we went to our friend Jacques' wine shop and asked him to put together two cases of wine - his top picks - for between $10 and $20 a bottle. What you see is what he chose. It was one of the most satisfying projects we've completed to date. Our dining room looks so much better and we don't have to go to the wine store for a long time.

>> VintageView Wine Racks by Winemaster

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NOTE ON WINE STORAGE:

BTW, for those of you who are wary of wine storage like this that leaves bottle vulnerable to the light, I asked a really knowledgeable fellow about this and he said that, yes, direct light is bad for wine. But if you're storing wine there to consume on a regular basis and not doing any aging, it is fine in this kind of rack. Wine is a lot sturdier than most people think. If you expose wine to drastic temperature changes, like from fridge to warm outdoor conditions, back in fridge, back outside, etc., that can take its toll. Ideally, wine should be kept in a darker place, but we all don't have perfect scenarios for storing wine and for a short period of time, this kind of storage is fine. Just about every wine store has similar lighting, and their bottles are kept out as well. The takeaway: drink it while it's fresh.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.