When the owners of this kitchen
, Eileen Eisele and Greg Ruccio, moved into their 1906 Shingle-style house, the existing space was dysfunctional. A professional photo stylist, Eileen knew she could create a warmer mood with just a few changes in the visual landscape. Now, with its warm finishes and artful details, the once yawning room is intimate.
Eileen loved the idea of using reclaimed wood for its timeworn patina, so their architect used it for an island that marries modern efficiency and vintage styling. The dishwasher and pullout trash bin are totally concealed behind wood panels. Open-shelf storage allows access to the microwave on one side and, on another, provides a foothold for anyone who wants to sidle up to the counter for a snack or keep the cook company.