I've taken banana bread just about as far as it can go with David Lebovitz's Banana Upside Down Cake. It's wonderful.
I've been thinking about old Victorian homes that come with linen closets and butler's pantries and broom closets. There have been several great articles in Martha on making your own hidden storage - a craft space from two bookcases and an office in an armoire. I like this "origami living" style.