this would actually be a really fun idea to bring light into the space. a ladder could go against the wall where the metal desk is now with string lights. it would be nice to see walking into the room from the hallway
50+ Ways To Incorporate Mason Jars Into Your Wedding
DIY hanging lamp using mason jars. Hmmm, this has me thinking of that other craft for tinting the glass jars. How about using those smaller rounded "fancy" canning jars and tinting them, and making pendant lights for the kitchen bar?
DIY: Framed Chalkboard Wall Tutorial - this shows how to construct the frame + how to prep & paint the wall with chalkboard paint. The painted wall concept would also work if you have an unused frame. Put this between 2 doors in the basement hallway
Bookshelves: Vintage Inspiration Ideas To Save Space For Tiny Room With A Traditional Bookcase And Open Shelves Interior Different Material And Sideboards And Baskets With Rug, Modern Living Room Design, Wall Decoration
I see a lot of "almost" bookshelves. They hold books and look "design-y" but they waste energy and space. If you are really into books, it's not about the cute shelves. It's about the books. Make that space hold as many as it can.