Live in it
Hidden doors -- This company makes cabinets, bookshelves and anything you can think of that fits your existing doorjambs thus hiding the door (and also making use of the space). If you click through checkout the "gun cabinet" door. Lots of great ideas.
An absolutely magical lighting feature. Truly like floating stars since the wires almost disappear.
Umbra Invisible Book Shelf ($14)
Chalkboard paint with Custom Colors How-To
Love the idea of a room like this in the center of a home. These stairs as a rear staircase leading into the kitchen; dining room in the center where the foyer is now, with lofted ceilings and a huge skylight at the top like you find in stairwells of old apartment buildings. Literally put the family table at the center of your home life.
makes me wonder why everone's washer and dryer isn't in their closet!
have a feeling this would never make it past the "approval committee"
Bring nature inside to make space feel less "apartment like"