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.
White walls, large windows and a pretty pendant ensure that this kitchen is bright and airy for meal prep. Meanwhile, a cheerful blue accent wall, wood island and plaid stool all give the space a charming country touch.
No home would be complete without a space where the owners can gather with friends and family. This kitchen works overtime by pairing the island with a dining set, so the chefs can easily chat with their guests.
This midcentury kitchen has everything: a stainless stove and range hood, a large island with an eat-in counter, ample cabinetry and a formal dining space just steps away. Four metallic barstools complete the space.
This farmhouse overlooking the Snoqualmie River Valley in Washington now has the open, airy feel of a fire look-out tower in a national forest. The wall that previously stood between the kitchen and dining room were removed, which allowed the family to add a continuous ribbon of windows around the space. These windows allow tons of natural light into the space and help make it more sustainable. As a tribute to the beautiful forest around them, the family had a custom kitchen island crafted specifically for this space.
In this sleek kitchen, wood shelves and a wood island soften the starkness of the minimalist modern design. Keeping the items on the open shelves within the same color palette helps the display from looking cluttered.
A rustic island made of butternut wood and topped with soapstone sits beneath a pair of industrial lights in this stunning transitional kitchen. A stainless steel hood and gas range contribute to the industrial feel, while classic white cabinets and beige subway tiles give the space a traditional touch.
A diverse mix of materials gives this kitchen its style. The focal point is the island with a glass tile accent wall and floating wood bar top. Honed black countertops pair nicely with the stainless steel appliances and dark-finished cabinetry.
It was important to this family that they have a space in their home to host their quilting lessons, so the kitchen was designed with that in mind. The over sized kitchen island made the perfect space for that, but they needed a durable material for the countertops. Enter Bubinga wood. Bubinga wood is an African hardwood that is not only beautiful, but is also extremely durable. This kitchen countertop is cut from a slab of Bubinga wood that is three inches thick, making it plenty durable to sustain the wear and tear of beginning quilters.