Tiny kitchen: open shelves make it seem a LOT more spacious than it is. Creative and bold design elements: checkerboard floor, butcher block counters, white cabinets, chocolate walls, colorful roman shade accent. I need a checkered floor!
With its adjustable shelves, the IKEA Mandal headboard is already fairly adaptable, but have you thought of using it in ways other than a headboard? These folks did; perhaps it will inspire you to look at the Mandal with new eyes of possibility.