Heather, I'm a big fan of small spaces. Kind of have to be -- we live in a two bedroom duplex -- all four of us. The first picture you posted reminded me so much of a kitchen I just saw and loved. I think you'll love it too.http://www.sacramentostreet.com/2011/02/un-petit-kitchen.html
I am loving the big book case walls. I think I might need to do that in living room!