Here's a little designer secret: The hands-down easiest way to make ceilings look higher is to place a drapery rod really close to the ceiling—roughly 2 inches below the crown molding will do the trick. While you're at it, be sure to extend the rod at least 4 inches on either side of the window so that the window appears wider—and allows in more light.
Little Lucy Lu: Ladder Laundry Rack. This is a brilliant use of space. I would use hangers to hang delicates and other things to dry. In a mud room/laundry room, hooks would be great to hang wet jackets and snow pants.