Waste not, want not: Instead of heading to the lumber yard, more and more furniture designers are looking to the past for their materials. This Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island, $475, from Herb’s Furnishings is one great example. Handcrafted of 100% reclaimed wood from Baltimore, Md., the island’s frame is crafted from old beams, and its shelves are reclaimed pine paneling. The butcher's block top is made of reclaimed hardwood flooring, which is sealed with food-safe mineral oil and beeswax. The island sits on leveling stems to ensure a flat cutting surface, and it includes a steel bar with S hooks for hanging pots and other utensils.
The large island in this white, transitional kitchen is sleek and multifunctional, with cabinetry at one end and comfortable seating at the other. The flat top creates an ideal workspace for cooking, dining, homework or crafting, and a modern chandelier illuminates the task area. A slatted wood ceiling with beams brings a casual vibe to the elegant space.
This sleek, modern kitchen features an island with white cabinets, a flat top stove and marble bar. The kitchen opens into the living room and dining area where four bronze, globe pendant lights hang above the wooden trestle table.
A wide doorway connects this transitional kitchen to the formal dining room beyond. The large center island features a flat top, with storage at one end and seating at the other. Meanwhile, a modern chandelier provides illumination for cooking, dining, homework and more. All white cabinetry and millwork give the space a clean, crisp look.
The black tile floor adds a dark detail against this kitchen's white ceiling, walls and cabinets. The island's cabinet doors blend seamlessly into the island's exotic wood. A sculptural stainless steel range hood hangs above the flat-top stove.
This 4400 sq. ft. Atlanta flat offers the finest updates in the kitchen, with marble counter tops and island, a stainless steel range and hood, and neutral toned cabinets that conceal the refrigerator and dishwasher.