And still on the subject of beams, this showhouse country kitchen in North Carolina has lovely pine versions straddling the room via the ceiling. The fridge is built into the cabinetry, which has a distinct Shaker look. The floor’s new but has been varnished to look older in keeping with the style.
Designer: Architect Bill Allison
Designer: Mallory Mathison
This country kitchen has a sweet, simple, old-fashioned look – but it’s been cleverly adapted for 21st century living. Each leg on the kitchen island, for instance, contains electrical outlets for juicers, blenders, phone chargers and laptops. A touch screen allows 12 feet of glass to slide open, revealing a spacious porch.