Replaced the kitchen desk area with a big open counter and unobstructed upper wall making a great place to arrange platters of food when you want a buffet-style dinner (like our dinner with guests last evening). By eliminating some of the upper cabinets we are able to take in the great view of the living room. The mosaic climbs all the way to the ceiling here and really adds interest. Pull outs in all the base cabinets provides lots of storage--helping to keep our counters free of clutter.
And finally a panoramic view from the kitchen into the dining room and out to the outdoors. (You can see little Miss Heddie the Havanese. She is confused about all this picture-taking.) Really happy with the outcome of the kitchen!