In response to your comments about the other kitchen picture — and since we all agree that dark blue painted cabinetry is surprisingly bad ass, I offer you this:
The layout of the cabinet wall is more similar to mine with the window in the middle (though mine is wider). I (awkwardly) changed the black countertop to stainless steel-ish. I’m kind of loving the wood cabinets with painted doors, something we could definitely do here because the cabinet structure is solid wood.
On the open shelving: my thought is to use the shelving similarly to how restaurant kitchens use theirs – as a temporary storage location for the stuff you use every day. So, I wouldn’t display anything, but I would have coffee cups hanging under the open shelves on the right side near the fridge and coffee maker; I’d stack plates and serving dishes near the stove on the left.
And then there’s this:
I am completely in love with this (and no, I don’t know where I got it because I SUCK). Stainless-steel counters, bookshelves, and that little bitty set of drawers between the dishwasher and wall… I could do that. I want that. Please.
In my case, the little bitty drawers would fit between a new (normal-width) stove and the wall to fill the gap in the 42″ wide opening. Since I’d have a stove where this pic has a dishwasher, the dish rack is out, but the bookshelves?