Glazed horses or ceramic foo dogs rarely find a place in the kitchen, but it's one room where they could potentially be used the most. Many Betty Crocker wannabes depend on a library of texts to get them through simmering, boiling, and roasting, but few have the space for the volumes of Rachael Ray magazines or Julia Child cookbooks in their quaint kitchenettes. When less is more, keep a few of the most important (or prettiest) cooking how-tos on your counter with a pair of wine bottles as bookends. It will keep the countertop organized and the most important reads at a foodie's fingertip's reach.
Shopping in one of my favorite local consignment furniture shops, I fell hard for this pair of white wooden artichoke finials, originally meant for the ends of a curtain rod or bed posts. I really have no use for them as curtain rod finials, but I instantly realized they'd make great bookends! They have a regal, statuesque shape that's practically destined for bookshelf styling. And their wooden form gives them enough heft and stability to parenthesize a literary collection of nearly any width and weight. Want a pair for yourself? Check out the wide selection of finials on ShopStyle!