The kitchen is actually finished! (well, minus a few minor details) It doesn't seem real to me and I've yet to get really excited because it has been such a stressful process. But, it turned out exactly how I had envisioned it and our contractor didn't leave any small detail unfinished. What he lost in time management, he made up for in perfectionism. :) I love how the parquet floor turned out...it is almost the exact color of the rest of our wood floors so that worked out well. The sink is a dream...so big! Washing large items is sooo much easier now, especially with the tall faucet.
Here are a few pics...I haven't put out all of my decorative items yet, but you get the idea.