Basement idea: Under Stair Storage Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 10 I like to look of this. However we would have to do some work on the kitchen closet- which is in the works as well I think.
Neutral white dining room with multi-coloured chairs. I would probably go with more vibrant and fresh colours (i. no brown and ocre) and possibly vary the shape of the chairs too. The Eames chair is one of my favourites.