Come with us on a tour of House Tweaking blog founder Dana Miller's rehabbed Ikea kitchen in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

The new design is anchored by a nine-foot-long, walnut-topped island. Above it, Dana suspended a trio of clear Glass Globe Pendants from West Elm.

Dana knew that she wanted a “tuxedo” kitchen: dark lower cabinets to ground the space and white upper shelves and cabinets to keep things light.

The kitchen is in constant use–that’s Dana and her young daughter.

The island’s walnut counter provides a warm contrast to the Kashmir white granite counters in the rest of the kitchen.

“I really wanted the kitchen to feel like an extension of the living space instead of a kitchen thrown into a living room,” Dana says. “To achieve this, we continued the engineered hardwood flooring into the kitchen.”

The Ikea cabinetry is a mix of two styles: Ramsjö base cabinets and Lidingö solid and glass-fronted upper cabinets, both with Värde nickle-plated pulls.

One end of the kitchen serves as a home office.

On the back wall, to keep the room from feeling crowded, Dana introduced open shelves instead of upper cabinets.