Italian Rustic Basement Kitchen: this is exactly how country people in their country homes make use of space. Most things are stored or hung from the ceilings/rafters. It's unused space! Very authentic.
Super simple craft idea, easy for kids and can be done for so many holidays/events. Just get canning jars (craft stores sell all sizes and shapes of clear glass jars). The glue whatever you'd like to the bottom, make small vignettes, personalized favors