Interesting idea for kitchen and dining room. Island with a bench seat attached for the table. Might have to do something similar in my new place to save room for chairs. Under the bench seat could be storage for rarely used items.
The perfect rustic-boho theme for a winter family get-together - display your photos on a wooden pallet, tied to a wooden ladder to provide a large easel. Add twine, lights & clothes pins to attach the pictures.