A live-edge kitchen island in this contemporary home was the inspiration for incorporating live-edge wood in the living room mantel, a detail that links the two rooms together and adds a unique design to the home.
With a live-edge walnut counter, this open kitchen straddles the line between rustic and contemporary styles. The same goes for the other side of the island, where polished concrete and a chrome sink give the owners room to prep dinner and wash dishes after.
Streamlined stainless steel appliances are built into a wall of white cabinetry, maximizing function and efficiency in this neutral contemporary kitchen. A unique custom island features a countertop of live-edge walnut, warming up the room and creating a cool conversation piece.
Huerta included a suite of surprising details to bring historical and personal relevance to the client's dream space. For example, the island topper was actually made from the client's former live-edge dining table — a piece that was too big to bring into her new home. Now it creates a cool contrast to the stainless bar stools.
This live-edge wood kitchen counter was designed to be the rustic kitchen's focal point. A durable top coat makes it practical and easy to maintain. Opposite the counter, pets get pampered with a special feeding and water station. A water spigot under the counter is for easy water bowl refills.
Beautiful upper and lower cabinets offer tons of storage, while a beautiful live-edge countertop coordinates with the warm hardwood floor in this neutral kitchen. A combination of recessed and under-cabinet lighting really helps this transitional kitchen shine.
Under-cabinet lighting can make your kitchen feel a bit more homey, especially if you don’t have a chandelier or pendant lighting. Lighting is probably the fastest changing aspect of building right now with the introduction of many new LED fixtures, says Brad Cruickshank, owner of Atlanta-based Cruickshank Remodeling. Under-cabinet LEDs are great, too, he says. “No more flickering fluorescents and no more burning your hand on halogen or xenon lamps,” he says.
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.
Looking to use your kitchen island as a breakfast bar but too short on space to make it work? Consider having your countertop material rounded at the edge. This still offers enough overhang for use as an eat-in area, but won't protrude into the kitchen as much as a full square or rectangle.