We eliminated the creepy closet, added built ins on either side of the fireplace, exposed and
re-pointed the brick
We exposed the original beams in the ceiling
The beams are still my favorite feature. The only problem with it is that you can't have recessed lighting. Tracks are one of the only options and I don't think they look so bad. We butted up dark tracks against the dark beam and they blend very well.
We're still deciding on furniture placement and unpacking boxes. Hopefully I can show you a lived in look in a few weeks/months :)