Like: hard wood floors, white (French White?) cabinetry with the gold/brown granite counters, (really like this color combo) shelves on the end of the bar, stainless appliances, height of stove & microwave seems very functional for tall person like me.
It's what we got going on... The farmhouse sink, the butcher block countertops, the white cabinets, this is the layout of the kitchen, we're getting rid of the island and replacing it with a moveable one. Bye bye side cabinet, as well, for more windows :)
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