This seems like a perfect shelf and cabinet layout based on our spacing. Could work nicely if face of fireplace were raw or white brick. Crown molding look? (not sure what to call fireplace surround) may be too formal but generally like.
WITH SPACE COMES FUNCTION — A kitchen is ideally suited for a multipurpose island when all of the cooking and cleaning zones, as well as the appliances, can be located on the inside. The outside then becomes a comfortable place for meals, socializing, and