Rethink your kitchen cabinets completely with an inexpensive photo ledge and sparse open shelving like this beautiful minimalist design. If you don't absolutely need that upper cabinet storage, open shelving keeps your space looking open and airy and your style can be accented with what you add to the shelves - either practical items or simply for aesthetics.
Nice small island with cute open shelves and seating for two. The link doesn't tell you where it's from or if it's a DIY. It would be easy to make and looks like the one from Crate and Barrel I like... Updated remark: I was at Ikea and I believe this island might be from Ikea. It came with a black base as well.