Crate Bookshelves: Find a wooden crate at craft store, paint any color you want, cut in half with table saw, attach hanging brackets with screws and attach to wall. Immediate eye catching book storage for little ones.
Love the idea of backing up a banquette/kitchen table to one side of the kitchen island. This is the Siller/Hokanson house featured in Houston Luxe magazine. Thanks to Joni Webb of Cote de Texas for posting the picture!