Wow - by the time I got thru posting the pics, I see a lot of responses!!
Thank you all! I'm proud to say that my hubby and I did the entire design ourselves. We started with a block of rooms that didn't work well together and just started knocking out walls and ceilings, putting in new walls, picking out things that we weren't sure would work together.
The cabinets are made of ash but stained a red oak color. The counter is engineering quartz. The floor is porcelain and the back splash is Mexican travertine. We picked the floor not only to be completely water resistant, but to hide dirty paw marks (and it's working very well). The windows went in with the cats and dogs in mind - the birds hang out outside of them. We'll add a cat perch by the windows so that they can look out with ease.
The bar counter by the windows was officially named "The Cat Walk" the day it went in. We decided to allow them on that part of the counter but not anywhere else. It's Koko's favorite spot in the house (she's black and its cool stone).
Yup, this is a dream kitchen and will be my one shot in life at having one. I think we done good!!
(and I watch too many home remodeling shows)