Like the rustic crate idea.Shoe closet, every woman needs ones. This is a great idea for a loft apt or small apt. Use Glitterfarm Crates to add some color and stack the different sizes to fit shoes, boots and purses.
_stone-top-kitchen-island-williams-sonoma Love the look, BUT in a bedroom or living room, NOT in a kitchen. Imagine a sticky soy and garlic marnade spilling off the counter all over th wood and those open shelves.
This DIY pallet entry bench is famous due creative manufacturing for 2 in 1 purposes. You can also use it as DIY pallet coat rack for handbags, hats and other instant needs. (via Pallet Entryway Bench - Storage Bench 101 Pallets)