Like this strong, thick fireplace hearth. The wood underneath is more practical than the tall thin stores. In the tall ones, you can only ever choose the next few logs, what if you only want a small one? This system is more useful but would close in sides. And maybe coloured polished concrete?
I love the idea of turning an old hutch into a library... we did this w almost this exact hutch found on craigslist. ours is black washed and I added detail to make the bottom cabinets look like 12 small drawers on each door. very apothecary.
A studio apartment: a huge soft bed in the middle like this with a HUGE painting, a tiny side stool/table for books, a standing lamp that resembles a mic stand (from Ikea alike), a large window on the adjacent wall, a couch at the window sill for friends. and a large white working table next to that window.