Breakfast Nook Wall -- Help!

Things are just about wrapped up in the breakfast area. I just feel that the back wall is missing something. I asked Jeff to build me a shelf to hold some cookbooks. Here is what I had in mind:

Jeff thought more than one shelf would get in the way, so this is what we came up with:

Anyone out there have any thoughts or inspiration to send my way? It still feels a little bare!! Help!


  1. I'd put more shelves-size down from
    the long one-you want easy access, right? not just something to cover the wall

  2. I vote for one more shelf below. You can put plates, books, whatever, but one more would help fill up the space. I'd love to see how you built them.

  3. I agree! I'll see if I can persuade Mr. Vanilla Bean to make another.

  4. What a wonderful idea! I am going to have to use that sometime!

  5. im currently a huge fan of vinyl removeable wall art! You can spruce up a wall in seconds :)