Wednesday, January 30, 2008
love is a rock
love is an island.
a simon and garfunkel song. do you know it? i used to play it over and over again on my dad's jukebox when i was about ten years old. and a rock feels no pain. and an island never dies. i think it is a funny song to love so much.
we live in a farmhouse style home. this picture is a glimpse of the back. see, that is why i have always thought we needed a farmhouse kitchen. i never thought the kitchen was farmhouse enough. i like when a home's interior and exterior make sense together. so as we plan some changes in the kitchen, i am trying to make as many farmhouse additions as i can. right now we are picking out a center island. and it isn't easy. if you know of a great island, please share it with me. or if you have an island, what do you like/not like about it? i would really appreciate your help!

merci, merci!
  posted at 7:11 AM  

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Mama Lisa said...

we had an island with loads of storage which i loved and bead board(or wayne's coating)on the side which looked very antiquated. i have seen islands with those small wash sinks that came in handy too for washing vegetables and dirty little hands.

At 10:00 AM, Blogger serendipitylovesnewyork said...

I'm not sure if it's the style your looking for but the island in the kitchen from the film, Somethings Gotta Give is gorgeous, I want that kitchen, have fun shopping around.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

My parents had Simon and Garfunkel records too! Funny what we grew up listening to! I love center islands that have shelves for cookbooks. Right now I have to go our room with the bookshelves to retrieve all my cookbooks. And we are looking at Silestone for our center island right now... can put hot pans on it and it doesn't need sealed or anything...though granite is sealed these days too.

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Ashley said... s&g. my fave is 'feelin' groovy', (no deeds to do no promises to i love you, all is groooooooovy!) in fact, i think i may try and put that on my phone. fun! okay. i've got some islands to show you. and i went on hgtv's rate my space to find them and looked at kitchens on there, great ideas. i like the islands that are all even steven ; )...ya know, like no high parts, just all one level. i also like the island color to be different from the cabinet color. aaaaaanyway...CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT!!! smile!

At 1:43 PM, Blogger homedaisy said...

ohh, something's gotta give was so beautiful. great thoughts! and yes, even steven, and i want shelves too for cookbooks and beadboard, love beadboard...i really appreciate your help...keep it coming :)

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Holly said...

I love my island. I have a very farmhousey house and kitchen too. My island is about 7 feet across, has an overhang for counter height barstools (awesome for kids hangin out with me in the kitchen, but not under my feet and later for homework, etc). I also have huge, wide, deep drawers in it where I store my pots and pans. I have hardly any lower cabinets in my kitchen, more drawers because who wants to stoop down on your hands and knees and search for something, I'd rather pull it out and just reach down for it. I also have a trash can in a lower cabinet that my husband is going to make into a pull out drawer that just LOOKS like a cabinet. Those are my tips. Have fun. I love your kitchen now, I can't wait to see it done!

At 6:42 AM, Blogger chriskauf said...

I built my island and I love it , it's huge , I love the wood top but would have it changed to soap stone if budgets permitted, that would make it great for baking.I love all the closed storage and glass doors as they reflect the light ,I origionally kept two sections open but it just looked cluttered, I wish it had one outlet.I could not live without a big island, its the center of the home for sure, where everyone gathers.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Katie said...

I am in the plannings of my new kitchen as well, and "farmhousey" is what I, too, am going for. One thing I have decided I want for my new island is: a cubby hole for the microwave. I currently have a gigantic eye-sore of a microwave hanging above the stove. I can barely fit my stockpots on the stove...grrr! I also want in my island one of those big tall drawers you pull out for the trashcan to sit on. On another note, like Holly said about her kitchen, I have been planning MOSTLY drawers on the lower cabinets. It sounds kinda odd, but really think about how much space is wasted in those big deep least there's a lot of wasted space in mine! Keep us posted as you make your plans and decisions ... I love this stuff!

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Libby said...

I do not have a kitchen island so I cannot advise. But I have friends that do, so I'll inquire.

I always liked The Boxer. :)

At 10:06 AM, Blogger PAT said...

That song is now in my head!

We have a large island. There is a pull out shelf for a good size trash can or two small ones. The microwave is in the island, above a pull out drawer, I use for pots and pans. This is beside the trash can pullout. on the other side of the pullout are pullout shelves, with a door, I use for plastic containers. On the opposite side of the island are shallow cabinets, I use for cleaning supplies, etc. We have a breakfast bar, so chose to use the entire island for storage, rather than have an area for stools. Maureen at Penchants Ponderings and Posies, on my blog list, has an amazing island. Absolutely gorgeous. Her cabinets are maple, I believe. The island is painted. Just beautiful!


At 4:46 PM, Blogger Beth said...

I love my's full of drawers and BIG !!!
the best piece of advice I can give is to make sure you have lots of room for barstools !! We can really only get 3 under ours and we always have way more people in the kitchen than that !!
I think my shelving for cookbooks is a waste of space...I'd rather have another barstool there !

but we didn't build this house, so we have what we have !

At 2:57 PM, Blogger NAME: CIELO said...

(on reading some of your comments): I want the house on the film "something’s Gotta Give"... (lol) Just beautiful! I don't remember the kitchen island, thought but I'm sure yours will turn out just fine.


At 6:58 AM, Blogger paige said...

can't wait to see what you pick out!

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Farmgirl Cyn said...

We bought a small, old buffet for $40 at a re-sale shop, painted it a creamy yellow, covered it with a large piece of butcher block with rounded edges, and voila! It has two small drawers at the top, one large drawer underneath, and two cupboard doors below that. Perfect for all our homeschool needs. We extended the butcher block about 1 ft over one side of the buffet, so we are able to put 2 bar stools up to it. I love it. And it cost us less than $100.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Camilla at home said...

Maybe you can get som inspiration here and here I have got some pictures (and links) from Somethings gotta give in my blog, also from the kitchen...Good luck with the planning!


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