idea: these 'strings' on these shelves are actually metal, but this would be a cool configuration for a diy rope/dowel shelf. Bridge Shelves by Outofstock.
IKEA cabinets as a buffet for dining room
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