CLEVER USE OF SPACE - cozy sitting area at the end of stairs. I had a similar bench built in & had it make double use as a storage box - the top lifts up and provides a place for the kid's board games in our house, but could easily store extra blankets, pillows, etc.
This bookshelf made out of apple crates is pretty neat. It could go either way though I think. It could look totally cool in the right spot with the right accessories or look sort of trashy if you didn't place it quite right or have the right accessories.
5 Easy Storage and Organization Solutions for Any Kid’s Bedroom - DIY & Crafts. This would be great with transparant containers: for all those cuddly toys lying around the house! Christmas is coming, she still has a long list of cuddly toys she apparantly needs.