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Monday, December 21, 2015

Island Style

At this time of the year, whether we like it or not, we tend to spend a great deal of time in our kitchens. The season of festivities means gatherings of friends and family which usually revolves around food. Our kitchens, which are perfectly adequate during the rest of the year, suddenly seem far too small for the amount of people and food populating them!

Don't you envy the size of this kitchen island with all the fabulous space around it? You could easily accommodate 10 people around it, all chopping, stirring, carving and assembling, while you just issue orders with a glass of wine in hand. Sounds like my type of food prep!

I also like this idea of neighbouring islands - one for food prep and one for laying out the completed dishes.

One of the important features of a great kitchen island is to have the right lighting above it. It not only has to be functional, but beautiful as well. No spot lights please!

  Whether you opt for a pair of lanterns....




 ....a gorgeous chandelier...

 ....some hanging pendant lights....

 ...possibly with an industrial edge...

....or a double pendant to make a real statement.


 You could choose something more contemporary...


 ....maybe a wooden version...

....or even a glamourous Tiffany style....

....but whatever the style of your island and the state of your lighting, I wish you many wonderful hours in your kitchen with all your favourite people!



 All these lights are available from 
Look out for their Christmas Specials.

Till next time

Sharon x


  1. Sharon,
    I loved everyone of these kitchen islands---and the kitchens attached! I can only dream of a kitchen with this kind of room for prep and plating. :-) Enjoy your holiday.

  2. Gorgeous! I'd love a nice looking kitchen island like some of these. The first one is probably my favorite, just because of that beautiful mint green.