Of course, for us, the project is the fun of it, and we've taken our time filling the room (photo 1), starting with 100-year-old French terra-cotta tiles, which we put down as flooring. Slate countertops, vintage kitchen curios, and an antique cupboard followed. This time, however, we refused to be slaves to history. The piece de resistance is an aqua 1930s sink purchased at a tag sale; the Garland restaurant range was a bargain from a retiring restaurateur. And our latest indulgence—a 53" × 78" island topped with Bianca Carrara marble—makes the final transition from almost there to perfect. This house will probably be our last.