This is a kitchen space that looks like it was made for home cooking. I can almost smells the rich smells of hardwood and gravy. I know that may sound strange, but those are the two sensory elements that are evoked for me when I look at this kitchen design. With the large island you can do what this designer has done and place flowers and accessories on it, or it would be perfect for kitchen prep as you make a large, family meal. I love the color spectrum form dark brown to white speckled marble on the island, as it adds a nice range.