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Kitchen with a Wood Island

This gorgeous kitchen centers on a focal-point wood island that sets the tone for the vintage-style space.

Once isolated from the rest of the house, the kitchen in this 1924 home is now spacious and open. Combining four chopped-up rooms into one created enough space to install a 10-foot-long wood island as the centerpiece of the kitchen. Filled with storage, seating, and cooking amenities, the wood island is both beautiful and hardworking.

The wood island, built to resemble an antique haberdashery chest, sets the tone for the rest of the vintage details incorporated into the kitchen. Steel-and-parchment pendants hang above the island, flooding it with light. A prep sink at one end of the island conveniently provides a spot across from the refrigerator to wash vegetables or fruit.

An acid wash aged hardware on perimeter cabinets and the limestone slab topping the island. Crisp white perimeter cabinets keep the open kitchen light and bright, as do the Calacatta marble countertops and backsplash. The abundance of white also contrasts with the kitchen's wood island, giving it greater emphasis.

Along an outer wall, an apron-front sink and a mercury-glass light fixture continue the vintage vibe. A trio of windows brings in plenty of natural light. By placing the sink and dishwasher at one end of the kitchen, the homeowners created a separate cleanup zone away from the work core.

To incorporate the modern convenience of a television into their vintage kitchen, the homeowners designed a built-in that resembles a breakfront, a common feature in old kitchens. The piece's wood finish matches that of the island, and the dark color also helps the TV to blend in. Other cabinetry conceals computer equipment and a snack fridge, which is tucked into the island.

New French doors open to the backyard and patio, giving the homeowners and their children easy access to the outdoor space. Connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces also provides extra convenience when entertaining. Guests can freely move between the patio and the kitchen for comfortable mingling. Having outdoor access from the kitchen also makes grilling handy.

Among the kitchen conveniences, cabinetry outfitted for computer equipment and cell phone charging turns the pass-through to the dining room into an ultraorganized hub for daily routines.

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