Wooden beams attached to island create an intimate eating space. 15 Rustic Kitchen Design Photos - this is great! Would do that cabinet color on the walls, white cabinets, emerald island, and stacked stone or stone subway tile backsplash
Beadboard ceiling - to cover the ugly popcorn ceiling. Only trouble is: very tall vaulted ceiling might be more difficult. I actually like this idea, but don't know how well it would work in my house. I have UGLY ceiling tiles.