Tommy Smythe's Former Bistro Kitchen
A Shaker style with timeless accents.
Sticking with a vintage theme, Tommy centred a vintage butternut (white walnut) table instead of an island. He purchased it for a mere $400 in Prince Edward County, Ont. "It feels warmer than an island — sometimes they can look so monolithic and cold — and it pairs beautifully with the cabinetry," he says. "It reminds me of my grandmother's cottage kitchen. Plus, you don't need to sit at stools, and I think there's something nice about having your feet on the ground." The table is marked with several rings and bears someone's carved initials, so Tommy doesn't mind chopping vegetables right on it — that just adds to the patina.