I would like to see a selection of butcher blocks. Specifically I am looking for one which allows for a seating capacity around a storage unit - do you have any I can just access by website as I am in Peoria, Illinois.
Thank you for your help.
Pat, this is a good question. Butcher blocks help create more storage and workspace in the kitchen, and they can be good for limited dining space too.
The one at the top of the page is an antique from one of our house tours: CHI House Tour: Christy & John's Logan Square Bungalow. You might be able to find an old piece like this on Craigslist or in the classifieds.
The one directly above is also from a house tour: AT Europe: Paris - Chez Debra. We love this one and would like to hunt at flea markets for something like it! A couple more suggestions below...
• Crate & Barrel has some nice big kitchen islands, like the Somerset Kitchen Island. Plenty of storage and also a big top - you could use barstools for seating.
• Maxwell wrote about the IKEA Groland butcher block which also could function as a dining space. One caveat: you MUST oil this piece and use bee's oil wax to preserve the wood.
Any more suggestions for Pat?