In this kitchen, a large window provides lots of natural light to the mostly wooden kitchen. Exposed shelves are used to store recipe books, and the kitchen has achieved a contemporary look by not including hardware on the cabinets.
Love big block/brick in the kitchen. I would build this as the divider between kitchen and living room, with a cook stove on one side and a regular wood-burner on the other. The warmed stone would help keep the house warm long after fires were out.