Isn't it stunning?(It was on Portland, OR craigslist if you're wondering) Besides making a darling breakfast nook, it would be perfect to make a freestanding "Inglenook". I'm a huge Inglenook fan. I've always wanted one. Perfect for just chatting, playing games, reading, writing or just relaxing. Inglenooks are designed for togetherness, not around media or tv, and I always feel peaceful when I look at one. Personal decorating and design is all about how you feel when you look at or spend time in that space. Though I wasn't able to find any photos like the awesome ones I used to have in my "home planning book", here are a few examples.
This one is from a rental property I found on a google search. Inglenooks can take on whatever look you prefer.
I snagged a couple of these images from Things that Inspire
I really like this one - linked from Fine Home Building
Adding a table to the middle of the inglenook adds a lot more function to the space...which is why I love the set from Craigslist. Here is a plan including a table I found on my search. This is the type of space I would build if I could. I would put a small tubular style stove that is the hallmark of modern inglenooks."
While an Inglenook is traditionally designed around a fireplace or wood stove, you could make one even if you lack that cozy feature.
Someday I plan to have the space to put one into our house. Are you an Inglenook fan?