Dreaming about a Kitchen Update

I love my kitchen. Its a galley style space with a good working triangle (sink, fridge stove) and nice light.  We have a little eat-in area where my family can gather while I tinker with food and beverages. My floors are wood and the cabinets are white. Overall, it's lovely.

There are a few things, though, that I'd love to change about the space. My goal would be to update the look of the kitchen, create some more visual interest and keep it fresh, white and clean. One would be to replace my vinyl counter tops.  I'm thinking about butcher block.  I love the look of it and some of my favorite working kitchens have butcher block. When my husband and I were in Italy, we stayed at a Hermitage that had a guest kitchen for our use. I loved the butcher block counter tops backed with a tile back splash.  Thoughts? Do any of you have experience with butcher block counter tops that you'd care to share with me?  I'm seriously considering it.

The second thing I'd like to do is (you guessed it) a tile backsplash. I don't want to do anything crazy, although Moroccan Arabesque tiles in white or blue did cross my mind. But I think white, clean, fresh subway tiles would be best in my small-ish kitchen. Thoughts?

And finally, my sink and my fridge are currently leaking.  I'd love to replace the sink and faucet with an open style white porcelain basin. Our current sink is divided into two and I don't really care for that style. And for the fridge - in my dream world, we'd get one that has two doors side to side to save space in the kitchen. I'm always opening our huge fridge door, which opens all the way to the other wall, blocks the entrance to the kitchen and stops up the works.


 Here are some photos from my inspiration file:

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