OK, by now everyone knows that i am all about open shelving in a small kitchen. They provide needed storage and a place to display treasures and collectibles. Use wall space and go as high as you can, but keep it orderly and interesting.
My soaker tub is set up identically to this. Instead of my wrought iron shelf, I would love to do a built in. I've also been torn with beadboard vs. tile for the front of the tub. Turns out I love the beadboard and its cheaper!
Put a shelf over a window and use the shelf brackets to hold a curtain rod- genius and beautiful AND gives a completely finished off look. I like the idea of having a shelf over the window in the kitchen or bedroom.