This kitchen is the heart of a stunning shingle-style new construction. Although the home is new, we introduced original design elements in its creation, striving for an authentic New England feel. The “centerpiece” of this kitchen is what appears to be an antique wall unit displaying the family’s fine crystal. In reality, this piece was built from simple knotty pine and soapstone and was beautifully stained to create its rustic feel. Building an original piece instead of purchasing an antique allowed us to specify the ideal size of the unit to work within the cabinet configuration. It also saved a significant amount of the budget. Note the use of the wide bead-board on its back vertical wall. This is repeated again within the cabinetry’s open shelving, where it is painted white. The deep farm sink reinforces the rural affect but the crackled creamy-white subway tile on the walls introduces an unexpected contemporary freshness that keeps the kitchen design from appearing too traditional.