Design Notes: Restraint can be a beautiful thing, especially when it leads to a kitchen that is minimal without looking cold. Sure, with high ceilings and plenty of floor space, this room could have contained a more grandly-designed kitchen. But instead the designer eschewed wall cabinets and embraced simplicity and flexibility while still projecting a welcoming appearance. This kitchen for two has a row of base cabinets against the wall, and features movable containers under the island that provide a little extra storage. Speaking of the island, architect Stacy Eisenmann said it features an "industrial material palette to coordinate [with the] existing house detail," and its lack of traditional cabinets enhances the kitchen's open appearance.