Since it might be a little while before we see the kitchen in its full, completed glory, I thought I'd give you at least an idea of the look we're going for. So here's a little mood board that shows the colors and materials that are speaking to us (that pendant light is particularly speaking to me, by the way):
We're thinking shaker style cabinets in medium brown, gray Corian countertops, and a subway tile backsplash (maybe in white). I'd also like to add a pop of green somewhere, perhaps by incorporating a green tile border into the backsplash. Some modern accessories--like this pendant light and barstool--would finish off the look. The overall effect would be something like this:
Those cabinets in the mood board, by the way, are Ikea's ADEL cabinets. You know how I said earlier that we had kind of written off using Ikea cabinets? Well, we've been reconsidering...more on that later.
* That last photo is from here: Modern-Decors.com