I like the idea of doing a shelf under the island on one side (not viewed from den) to put cookbooks, etc., but still have cabinets underneath for pots, pans, etc.
actually really like this. had not thought of quite this layout with sofa at end of table but could work very well. do not like the wood panelling on the island however
...this open-plan kitchen/living room area has spun traditional interior design on its head with a wooden roof and shiny white flooring. Surprisingly, this seems to work!