Aren't the countertops just so...beautiful? It reminds me of science class. Not that I really liked science class or anything.
(Photo from: http://www.vermontsoapstone.com/soapstone_ctexamples.asp)
The other thing I've recently been thinking about is a butcher block area. Even with the eventual demolition of a wall in our kitchen nook area to make the kitchen bigger we will not have enough room for an island or anything like that. So I was thinking a butcher block corner. Like this:
Kind of cool, uh? Okay, enough dreaming...I'm starting to get depressed. :)