This would make a beautiful kitchen/dining/living space. Phase - Window walls on east and south. Kitchen on north and east. Dining/island tall enough for extra prep space. Living room area in east end.
I wrote a whole post about swapping your bookcases for wall-mounted shelving. Wall-mounted shelving takes up less space, and can almost appear to blend in with the wall. Image from Stadshem, via Freshhome.
suitcase halves as shelves! i have not seen them used this way before (usually the suitcases are cut in half horizontally while closed--these are halved by removing the hinges, which keeps the structure intact).