Built-in cabinet and windowseat is exactly what I want to do in the India apartment's guest room. Instead of open shelves, closed wardrobe cabinets on the sides. The ceiling is 10 feet so with a ladder we could extend storage across the top too. The window seat will be deep and "lounge-able."
Get the look - use ikea spice racks to make pretty book shelves
Free step by step plans to build a Restoration Hardware inspired hutch. Free plans from Ana-white.com features large, deep shelves, decorative sides and crown moulding.
For a living room with a very high ceiling, this is a nice storage solution.
Reading, lounging, napping nook under the stairs with built in storage!