Collect shells from the beach to make your very own seashell spoons! You will need:Spoon shaped shells, Different bits of wire, Small pair of pliers, Dremel tool for holes. Hop on over to Sweet Paul Magazine for instructions.
I would actually do this in my small dining room, and use the storage for the big bowls and trays that look nice, but aren't every day. I also love the idea of the corkboard walls shown in the pic! Line the area right underneath the ceiling with shelves.