Remember this post from Monday? The entire layout of that kitchen, and my discussion with my friend Andrea, kind of got me on this whole no-island-bandwagon-brigade-parade.
Yes, I did just make that up. Yes, I did get a little carried away. But nonetheless, I’m kind of obsessed with the concept, and thought I’d find a few inspirational photos… No surprise here, they were kind of hard to find. But here’s what I was able to rustle up! Near and dear to my heart is this antique drafting table as an island. Swoonage.
Honestly, the idea of a sans-island layout, kind of stresses me out, because I use mine so much for a painting, or packing lunches, and everything in between…so I think it may just depend on the layout of the kitchen, clever use of space, and getting used to the entire concept…but WOW, This may be my favorite kitchen table+chairs combo EV. HER. I mean, fifty years ago, they did much more in the kitchen than I ever dream of doing, and they got along just fine…so I think its something worth exploring.
These herringbone floors with that lantern, are quite frankly, faint worthy.
Upon closer inspection of this photo, I think I see an island lingering in the back. We’ll just pretend as though it doesn’t have one…and the kitchen looks pretty swell.
Technically, this is an island. More like a hybrid island. I just (of course) am drooling over those beams and that tile..and those lanterns…yep-I’ll take the whole shebang.
This light is certainly different…It reminds me of Chemistry class. Some of these spaces feel a little crowded…and I know you do what you can, in a space. But I feel like the key to pulling this concept off well, is to make it feel and look spacious. The rooms that look the best with this are wide enough to carry it well. To make it feel like a conscious choice rather than oh look, we didn’t have an option, so we shoved fifty chairs in here. The spaces that are the most successful with this, I think, are the ones that carry it well. Like finding the right dress to flatter your body type.
Yes, technically, this is an island. Which could also double as a table…
I’m in love with this table.
This kitchen is amazing. And those chairs would hold up for precisely 1.5 seconds after my children saw them. One word. Ketchup.
This is a bit of a hybrid design of table + island. But isn’t that wood marvelous?
I love the clean, mixed with the distressed and layered. Yes please.
I’ll take that amazing ceiling…
Here’s another ‘hybrid’ version but I like the idea of these two, together. Super functional.
There’s something about the combo of that natural table with the glitz of that chandy.
I don’t really care if it’s considered trendy. I want open shelving. via
So there you have it. Quite a few inspiring photos for you to feast your eyes upon. So spill it + tell me: do you have a kitchen island? How about your table smack dab in the center of the kitchen? Do you think they’re essential? With three kids, I almost think that they are, but it also depends on the function of yours-does it double as a bar area for people to sit? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear…and see!