This reminds me of my first flat. Classic Victorian house interior with an original fireplace, books in the alcove. However I wasn't stylish enough to have those wonderfully chic grey walls with high white accents.
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DIY Vintage Milk Crate Turned into Unique Ottoman Tutorial -- could use the plain wooden crates found at a craft store, plus thick or heavyweight fabric, foam, plywood. Could also add hinges to make the top open for storage inside!