I'll go on. This kitchen embraces the no-upper-cabinets design without looking too austere or modern; plus, the owners didn't replace cabinets with shelves, as so many people do, where piles of dishes just look ripe for frequent dusting.
There are some beautiful un-kitchen-like accessories here—the rug, the artwork, the lamp, the Buddha head, the owl. Some of these might have been placed by a stylist for the photo shoot, sure, but I like them. They make the space feel a little old and a lot sophisticated. It works for me.
And here's the big thing: This kitchen isn't huge. Yes, it's a nice, open space with a very substantial island. But the counter space doesn't run for miles, and the cabinets are few. There's no dramatic, look-at-me pendant lighting. This looks somewhat attainable.
What do you think? What does your perfect kitchen look like?
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