Friday, August 29, 2008

Island Hopping......


LOL, I wish I could say I meant "Island hopping" in the real sense, like off the coast of Italy, now that would be nice :)...... but instead, ive been searching blogs for beautiful and unusual Kitchen Islands ;) I have some friends that gave the ok to show pics of their creative islands and I was so impressed by such inspiring ideas, I just had to share!! Enjoy....


The first one above and below belongs to my friend Bekah, she is such a talented Decorator, and what a fabulous pink island she created!! It shows you that you dont need to buy what the stores have, if you cant find a great store island, make one out of a dresser, a table or anything you'd like! Great job Bekah
This Kitchen below and Island belongs to the fabulous Kelly over at Rose Vine Cottage, ....Kellys Kitchen is one of my all time favorites, she is so talented and so sweet too. You've got to click on the pics and make them bigger to see her gorgeous kitchen and explore it for every detail !

Her idea for an Island is so quaint and sooo cottagey! You are a "Decorating Genius" Kelly! Thanks for letting me share your beautiful Kitchen!

I love all her little touches!

This one below is simply Gorgeous! You can see more of it over at My Romantic Home, this belonged to someone she knew, But Cindy's blog is Stunning and beautifully done page after page! And her home that she features is chock full of her inspiring talents!....This Island is such a pretty color! Soft Blue ;)...Its neat how the butcher block is the top and a console acts as the Island! very cool!


More of this pretty kitchen!
This next one is so simple and Vintagey!! What a Gorgeous kitchen too! To see more of this one and the story of its origins go to Restyled Home and see her beautiful blog!
I love all the colors in this one, I grabbed the idea to add a towel bar to my own island from this picture below, last year I converted my childhood desk into a kitchen Island, I added a base to make it higher and casters so I could move it....then when I saw this, on went the towel bar ;)

and of course , lol, Islands can also function as other things in the kitchen , I love this idea below! great space saver!
and last but not least, lol, my kitchen Island, Ive taken pics of it before for my first post, but just turned it the other way in my kitchen for fun and a different look ;)
Hope you all have a nice Labor Day weekend! and thanks as always for being such good friends and leaving such nice comments too!!

~ Hugs ~ Cynthia

27 comments:

Jannet said...

Yeah we all love Bekah's island, sooo awesome!! the other kitchens are amazing too, I wish I had the room for an island. The blue one is my favorite and the kitchen with the towel bar is so me!
and you know that I'm totaly in love with your kitchen ;) xoxo, Jannet

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Cyn,
Well you did an awesome job with your island hopping and I am so honored. Thank you I had so much fun on the tour and I love your friend Bekahs kitchen! I also have used a dresser in my kitchen for an island and it was almost the same color pink! Now it makes me want to put it back in there again! LOL. Oh and I can't forget to mention your sweet kitchen that I just adore! All of the kitchens were just beautiful.
Hugs~Kelly

Debbie Kay said...

Cynthia:

I love your kitchen and I totally love your style. Great ideas for islands, I am moving into a smaller place soon and you have inspired me to make use of a piece I have now for an island in my new little kitchen.

Thanks,

Debbie Kay

For the Love of Cottage said...

Hi Cynthia,
I love love love islands, however my kitchen is just too narrow. I tried having one, I had one that was actually an old counter and it was awesome but it just ate up my kitchen so I sold it. And I adore Kelly's kitchen, it is so well done. I love your island too, the color is perfect.

Also, I wanted to thank you for your recent comments on my blog, coming from an interior designer, I was very flattered.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

restyled home said...

Thanks for showing my kitchen island...the photo of the blue kitchen with the black island! It is actually a proper island, built by my husband for out tenth anniversary. It is fashioned after the old candy counters of yesteryear, and I wouldn't trade it for the world! It may change colour someday, but it will always move house with me.

I also love the pink island, and the robin's egg blue one...so gorgeous!! Your blog is so lovely, too!!

Linda

Lee Laurie said...

Your island is amazing! I wish that I had room for one. I have a big farmer's table in my kitchen. It takes up all of the room. I love your ideas.

joanie said...

Love seeing so many things used as islands. All of them look great. I for one appreciate seeing these great ideas from creative people, and should I copy one of them, remember that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

Joanie

Nancy said...

Hi Cynthia, I enjoyed the Island tours...lol:)...I wish I could add a towel bar to the end of mine, but I don't think I would have enough room?? Blessings, Nancy

Liz said...

I love your kitchen! It is so pretty and feminine... My Big G would never go for that... So I have to just enjoy yours!

Thanks for sharing.

~~Liz~~
P.S. I am going to go look at the Rose Vine Cottage now!

Laurie Anne said...

Love the new layout of your blog, so chocolatey. I LOVE the blue island (I'm a total blue girl) and that yellow kitchen... so happy. When we moved in I painted my kitchen 5 times and never could get the right yellow. My oak cabinets looked sooo orangey against the yellow, so I gave up and went with cranberry. Truth, be told, I just waiting for the day when I can redo my kitchen with white cabinets and sunny yellow walls and lots of blue and white just for fun :0)

Angie said...

All those kitchens are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love your new layout and backgrounds - so pretty to look at!

Renee's Reproductions said...

Love all the kitchen photos! Great style!!! Love the shabby island!! awesome new blog layout too! so pretty! Love, Renee

Becky said...

I just found your blog and what an inspiration to help me with my shabby old house kitchen. It is still a work in progress but seeing such good ideas makes me want to tweek several things.
I will be visiting you often.
And I hope we get to know each other well. I can see you have good taste in friends. Kelly is a sweetheart and a very talented lady. You too my dear! Your kitchen is so pretty!
Becky

Sue said...

Love the island hopping post! Kelly's kitchen is one of my favorites too.
When my daughter Dana and I were doing the guest house for my parents house we used an old island in their kitchen too.
Thanks for the kitchen eye candy ~
Hugs,
Sue

Rhondi said...

What a great tour of kitchen islands. One of these days I plan to do something interesting with mine. Hope you have a gret week.
Hugs, Rhondi

For the Love of Cottage said...

Hi Cynthia,
Just stopping by tonight to say hello. I have missed you, you must be really busy decorating for somebody....

Hugs
LeAnn:)

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Cyn,
Please stop by for a visit, you have been tagged.
Hugs~Kelly

Pink Slippers said...

I am SOOO inspired. So much that I need to come back later and re-look at the pictures. (is re-look a word?). Such pretty kitchens there. Wendy

Liz said...

Sigh. These are such lovely pictures! Wish my little kitchen was big enough for an island!

Sue said...

Hi,
Me again. Thanks for the color tip. Great idea to add white to bright paint.
Hugs,
Sue

Nancy said...

Hi Cynthia, Just coming by to check on ya! blessings, nacy

Priscila said...

i love the first pink "island" toooooooooooooooooooooooo cute! I want it for me :)

xoxox
http://casabellachic.blogspot.com/

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Cynthia!

Love the island post! Great islands and your is so darling! In my other home I used my old "bin" table for my island. Now I have it sitting ay the end of my huge island. Not use to a big island but it will do! Just love coming to your blog!!!

Hugs,
Maryjane

MARGARITA BLOOM said...

These are some gorgeous kitchens Cyn!!! I have to say I love yours thought, especially that wall paper and I'm not that big on wallpaper, but that is toooooo fabulous and the white armoire....I would love to have one like that. :)

Holly (Nickname) said...

Hi Cynthia~
I found your blog through Kelly.Beautiful job. I love all of the kitchen pictures you shared with us...major eye candy and very inspiring. I hope you are having a beautiful day!
xxxooo Ruth!

Kelly~Rose Vine Cottage Two said...

Just stopped by to say hi, I've been checking to see if you had your Fall decor posted yet. I just saw a message you left me about my living rm, I had just changed it from the way you suggested, I like it that way but I get tired of it, I do always go back to that layout though(couch facing the window). Thanks for the suggestions.
Hugs~Kelly

VintageJunkie said...

Cyn, your blog looks AMAZING! So warm and inviting! I am still trying to figure out the layout on mine and the font, lol! Oh and THANKS so much for posting pics of my new OLD shabby PINK island! I felt so honored! Hopefully i can figure this all out and post pics on my blog too :)

((HUGS)) Bekah...