I don't know what it is about open shelving, but I feel like it gets me. OK, fine I think I do know—I like being able to see what's available to me and having it comfortably within my reach when I want it (kind of like my clothes, but currently....#nocloset). As much of an interiors junkie as I can be, I really appreciate a home that's well designed, functional and looks like you could actually LIVE in it. I've never grasped the concept of a beautifully designed room...in which you are to touch nothing, sit on nothing, use nothing.
There's something particularly inviting about open shelving, where its residents beg for you to make introductions with all your friends during a dinner party, or jars on jars of ingredients tempt you to stay home and get a little messy in the kitchen, don't you think?