Colonial kitchen, butcher block counters, dark cabinets...
$500 Colonial Kitchen Makeover - before and after pictures of how a dated kitchen was given a facelift - on a budget. This is an awesome post that shows what you can do with paint, creativity and hard work - via The Tale of an Ugly House
maybe this is the solution to the island/table issue? a combo piece that has both options? I like the lower height & that foot ledge is ingenious.
The Workshops of David T. Smith - At Home - St. Louis Magazine Publication
Spanish Style Kitchens | Iron lantern pendants are perfect for a Spanish style kitchen.