That space for me is this wall in our dining room. I'll show you two angles. The first photo is taken straight on from the dining table.
This second photo is taken at an angle and you can see how this space is connected with the kitchen.
I want the space to be functional, but I'm also stuck as I'm not sure how to maximize this wall's potential. I think I'd like a small buffet or storage cabinet and maybe some open shelves for storage and display purposes. I had thought about revamping a secretary cabinet, but a piece as big as that makes me nervous with a toddler roaming around the house now.
Apartment Therapy did a nice round-up of floating shelf options here. Of the options they show, I like the Container Store profile espresso shelves and the West Elm lacquer shelves.
Here are a few other shelf inspiration photos:
I like that the shelves could serve as a place to display some artwork or special pieces where little hands can't grab hold of them. We are also in desperate need of some book storage, so the shelves would need to be sturdy enough to hold some of our books. I love this image below and that just bringing up a chair and a laptop turns the space into an instant office.
I'd love to hear your opinions on my space dilemma, and I'd also love to hear about any shelf or DIY shelf options that you would recommend.
Do you have any small spaces that you've been debating what to do with for some time?