fireplace - we potentially like the idea of floor to ceiling stone if it could fit within the style of the home, it would definitely be a departure from the other fireplaces and we would still want more traditional touches in the mantle, etc, this was just one of the few examples we found in a space without a high ceiling.
I had originally envisioned some kind of tin ceiling accent in the butler's pantry, but if we are opening up the wall to the kitchen along the counter, this may no longer make sense. It is too busy to put all over as in this photo (in my opinion), but if we do end up keeping the pantry slightly closed off, I think it could be interesting.
Likes: Interesting kitchen island, contrast dark island with lighter kitchen, monochromatic wooden details, overall neutral warm palatte, simple coffered ceiling in square pattern (don't like on the diagonal like in this photo - also not for in our kitchen but possibly the family room). Dislike: oven hood as focal point, a little busy, cabinets don't go to the ceiling.
Hi Michael, I've been going over storage space and kitchen island seating; realistically it feels like the most comfortable way to get 5 seats to the island without moving a wall is to do 4'x8' island and place seats in an L-shape with the fifth seat tucked in along the side of the island opposite the fridge; I don't love the aesthetic of the assymmetry but I was thinking that possibly tucking a backless seat into a nook would kind of keep it visually symmetrical, figuring most of the time you are looking at the island from the living room when not in use (not sure if I am explaining this well, I am going to include another photo where you see three stools tucked in; essentially I was thinking of doing that but only for the one side stool. I think if we are losing storage to create light on either side of the existing sink, I don't want to also lose where the garage door counter is now, but could afford to lose the half-cabinet required for seating overhang for the side stool. Does that make sense?
This type of window is kind of what I envision as one solution in the kitchen to the fact that we will never have a nice view; I would want it to be the actual window, not something hanging in front of the window like in this picture, but the lines/shape are what I am talking about as a way to let the light in, but stop your eye from going out to the neighbor's yard.
LIke: the overall mix of warm grays and woodtone, contrasting island, cabinets with molding to ceiling. Don't want farm sink.
Wood kitchen island adds nice warmth, beautiful woodgrain. Cabinets are a little too cold-white, but overall we both like this general look. I don't want a sink on my kitchen island, nor do I want subway tiles.
Like: contrasting island with lighter kitchen; cabinets go to the ceiling, island stone is neutral but not busy or boring Dislike: gold accents