The biggest challenge by far was the kitchen and family room. The home owners realized that the lighting was a big issue, so windows and french doors were added back into the room, as well as three large lighting fixtures.
The mediterranean style is a combination of Spanish and Italian influences. I personally prefer leaning towards the Italian. This ceiling is clearly more Spanish in origin. Just feel its a bit overpowering.
What about instead of second stove & micro up, they are down, and we have TWO full "pantry" units together - so all food is together and cooking is closer at hand in mid kitchen (thinking Ikea design #3 10.20.2012)