Their house was built in the late 1800's. It was originally a school house. The windows start at 24" off the floor and run almost to the ceiling. It begged for a nicely designed 'farm kitchen'.
Extra wide frames on all the doors and drawer fronts. Shaker simplicity (no molding inside the panels (doors, drawer fronts and side walls) with deep (3/4") recesses.
The island's top in rock maple from wider planks (we fabricated it). Not simply pre-made butcher block slabs. You'll notice the top's cut out for vegetable chopping waste, etc. and the large, waste bag lined basket that pulls-out from behind the door beneath the cut out.
We elected to use 'fire slate' for the counter tops. It's the counter tops used in your high school science lab. It's dull rounded appearance looked 'dated' in a way that seemed perfectly appropriate for this very old, country 'school house' home.