Not All Kitchens Need An Island

So we went round and round trying to figure out how to configure this kitchen with an island. Island are all the rage, right? Everyone wants a kitchen island these days. But with the shape of this kitchen and the step down into the family room there was just simply no way for me to configure it. I literally had sleepless nights over this kitchen, and it's design, but in the end I LOVE it! 

And so... the peninsula stayed, the windows got closed up, the sink and stove got flip flopped, the ceiling got bumped up to 8 foot height, the pantry, pocket door to the dining, and the entrance to the hall all got the boot.  I really like how it turned out and I don't miss having an island in here at all. I LOVE the juxtaposition of the feminine aspects, the marble backsplash, and the off-white shaker cabinets with the masculine walnut butcher block countertops, dark wood floor and stainless steel appliances. The wood and white together is really beautiful. All of the appliances are KitchenAid and have an industrial feel to them, especially the awesome handles. The farmhouse sink is from IKEA, and will from now on be the standard go to sink for us, it's substantial and good quality without breaking the bank.  The custom wooden range hood cover {thank you Pinterest} was a fun project for our buddy Josh, I think he'll be building more of these in the future, it really just finishes off the kitchen design perfectly.