Instead of heavy kitchen islands, I love the use of great English tables. Its not like you need alot of storage underneath. Also, Open shelves, instead of closed cupboards & cabinets is so much nicer. Feels better, more open & clean.
English ironstone, Picardie glassware, and an antique pharmacy scale line the kitchen shelves. The pine butcher's block came with the house. Bright idea: A gingham paper tablecloth from West Elm, affixed with magnets, peps up a plain fridge.