command central to the kitchen," she says. The couple also stores their large collection of magazines and travel books in the home office. "We are constantly dreaming of our next adventure," says Ellis.An abstract painting by Ellis' mom, Robyn Donovan, gives the black and white space some color and texture
well. A central diffusing light — like the one on this fan — is a simple way to provide general illumination. The larger the diffuser, the softer the light. Ceiling fan lights generally do not provide as much light as a same-size pendant light, so keep that in mind when you're planning an outdoor lighting
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allowing this central space to flow with the rest of the house. "We really enjoyed mixing the old and new," says Whitten. "This kitchen has all of the modern conveniences in a traditional space."Cabinets: Knickerbocker Woodworking; flooring: antique heart pine, Goodwin flooringContractor: Knickerbocker GroupMore:
creates a central working space so that multiple people can be cooking and prepping food at the same time.The butcher block island and reclaimed barn wood cabinets are juxtaposed with fossilized limestone counters and a painted beadboard ceiling.Pot rack with pendant lights: custom, Paul Ferrante; range:
cooktop is central. Make sure you zone the kitchen for cooking and for socializing. "If you can keep circulation from crisscrossing the chef's work zone, it really helps to keep the kitchen feeling and functioning more efficiently," says McKinney.