The island was inspired by a catalog find that the homeowner loved; the original design needed some improvements. She incorporated electrical outlets in the legs to make the large work surface more functional. She dispensed with cabinet doors on the island to maintain a more open feel. The piece is topped with a rich cherry wood. The large central island incorporates open shelving underneath to allow easy access to trays and serving pieces. The burlap drum shades and cherry island top impart a sense of warmth to the dining area.