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.
Gorgeous Kitchen - beautiful natural wood cabinetry, stone work above stove & travertine flooring. Amazing Windows too! --> I would add a pop of color in the tiles behind the stove and include a bigger island but otherwise love this