I just finished a kitchen island in this amazing house. It looks like it came straight out of some European countryside. Here is the back of the house as you drive up the hill after being buzzed in through the gate. (I think she said they have 8 acres.)
This is the front.
Here's the el that connects to the garages.
The interior is just as amazing. But it was built in the 90s when all the cabinetry was made to look alike. There's tons of millwork and cabinets in the kitchen 'area' (about the size of my first house) and it all looks the same, so it all fades into itself. The designer wanted the island to be a distressed black to set it apart and give some depth to the kitchen. So here's before:
Here's after. The hardware wasn't on yet, but it's clean and simple in a rubbed bronze.
The bookcase and bar.
To give you a little taste of the rest of the house, here are some pictures of the sunroom. The homewoner did this ceiling herself! There are two of these fixtures.Very cool, rusted patina with prisms and candles in them.