Angie wrote in yesterday looking for some inspiration for her kitchen reno:
"I am going to be renovating my 112 yr old home soon. Though the home, itself, is very traditional (10 ft ceilings, gorgeous casings and moldings, wood floors throughout) my personal tastes and decor tend toward a bit more modern. Problem: I am torn between the practicality, functionality and look of a large center island (I just love a dark brown island topped with narrow black and white marble). On the other hand, we lived in Europe for a while and I cannot get the images of old farm tables in the kitchens (surrounded by wooden and upholstered chairs) out of my head. I realize that there are advantages to both. However, I rarely see kitchens with an old farm table (in lieu of an island) in magazines these days. I know what I am getting if I go with the island, but would love to see images of old farm tables in modern kitchens. Help! And thanks!!!" I wrote back to tell her how much I ADORE a harvest table paired with modern chairs, which she loves too. I found some photos of both harvest(somewhat) tables in modern(ish) kitchens and some dark wood islands - but which to choose???!!!