With summer-reading season shifting into high gear, serious literature lovers are facing a tough existential question: where to store all the books? Fortunately, designers are making bookshelves that are as arresting as they are useful.The clean, stately Aldgate Etagere bookcase from Ralph Lauren Home is a luxurious take on the ski lodge, blending modernism with the rugged outdoors (€10,021 or $15,523; ralph laurenhome.com).
This lakeside city of labyrinthine streets and temples is known as the most romantic city in Rajasthan, India's largest state. It rose to stardom as the setting for the 1983 James Bond film, "Octopussy." Explore the passageways and courtyards of the City Palace, taking in some 300 years of history.
Now there's another reason to stay in the sack in the morning: beds with full-blown, built-in entertainment systems. The Luksus Scandinavian Style TV-Bed offers a concealed 66cm flat screen, which discreetly rises from inside the footboard and disappears when it's not needed ($11,658; righteous.co.uk).