How To Treat Awkward Living Room with Even More Awkward Built-in?

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Q: My husband and I are moving into a wonderfully quirky new apartment with a lot more space and really cool features including a lot of built-in bookshelves - 4 to be exact - of varying sizes. I won't have a problem styling them (the books/storage bins/knick knack accessories formula) but there's this one super awkward built-in in our living room. It's on the right hand corner of the main focal point/wall of the room - the same wall where we'll put our tv and place our furniture around. I want to use the space but I have no idea for what:

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The room is open with a kitchen on the other side, so it's too far for kitchen overflow (dishes, etc) and because it the area as a whole is open, I'd rather not blur the boundaries and keep the kitchen the kitchen, living room the living room. I've thought of maybe making it into a mini bar or a work area because of the space underneath and desk-like part that's sticking out, but again, the space shares the wall of our entertainment center and just feels awkward. (The entertainment center has to go there because of the cable hookup... And the other wall is a bathroom and closet)

Any ideas??

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.