Ribbons of stainless steel bind the granite countertops, slimming the stone’s profile. Notches at either end of the island aid circulation and provide leeway for the breakfast table ( welcome display space). Upper stop short of the ceiling in the European manner, producing a pleasing shadow line. Floors are Bellarita marble, laid in a herringbone pattern, like parquetry. “It’s traditional, but in a modern way,” observes homeowner Ellendee Pepper.