I have a total of seven windows in my apt. Sounds like a lot right? Well three of them are situated a mere two ft. from the towering brick wall of the apartment next door and are therefore rendered useless in the realm of general window functions. However with space at a premium in NYC I decided I couldn’t let the space go to waste. Two of the windows hold air-conditioners but the third just got put to good use this weekend when I decided to put up a handy little window shelf for my books. I found the bright red brackets at my local Ace Hardware several months ago during one of my many trips while building the counter in my kitchen. I didn’t have a specific shelf location in mind when I bought them but they were just too cute (who doesn’t love red!) to pass up. This weekend I had a piece of wood cut to the dimensions of my window for a little under $5. I then decided instead of painting the not-so-great quality wood, I’d cover it with fabric using nothing but a scrap and my trusty hot-glue gun. Once it was screwed in and sturdy I lined up my books and sat admiring while I thought about what to do with the free floor space I’d uncovered by relocating my pile of books! — Erica P.