When it was all installed, we breathed a sigh of relief.
Then we changed it a few months later! Our ideas about how to use this space kept shifting. At first, we put an IKEA island in the middle of the room. It had shelves in the front, and two tall chairs at the back. Next, we created a little eating nook by removing the chairs and adding a round table against the back. Chris put an L-shaped bench from Target around the table, and it looked great! Here's what that looked like on Valentines Day 2011: