When we first moved to SF, we were floored by the high ceilings we encountered everywhere. The city's housing stock, which is full of former parlor floors in Victorian buildings, leaves many of us with the unique conundrum of cramped quarters topped by soaring ceilings.
This pic was sent in by friends in Chicago who live in a loft by the river. They've installed several rows of bookshelves above the main living space. They access the shelves via a custom-fitted library ladder that rolls the length of the shelves on a track. The elevated library adds warmth to the loft's industrial minimalism.
But the best part is the ladder, which integrates the overhead storage into the life that goes on below. (Thanks Josh!)