We love the idea of mixing wood with industrial material, such as stainless steel and stone tops. Woods just instantly warm it up...
In this kitchen for example, the wooden barstools are mixed with a white modern top. The contrast is terrific.
If you like this mid-century barstool, a similiar one can be found here.
The barstool is $450 with free shipping. It comes in two finishes-walnut (shown here) and expresso.