Thursday, April 14, 2022

Styling the Kitchen Island & More

Classic Style Home


My kitchen island is arriving in a few hours and I am quite excited. I have been thinking about how I will style it and was looking at some kitchens I have posted about for inspiration. Unfortunately, the vast majority are clearly staged just for the photo shoot. As you will see below, I will not be daily slicing bread, watermelon, buying a cart full of lemons, limes, apples, plantains, artichokes, or in the case of one photo below, the entire produce department. 


Mark D. Sikes


Michelle Nussbaumer


Mark D. Sikes


Debi Davis


Amanda Lindroth


Southern Living


Amie Corley


Hannah Gurney

Here is my island in case you would like a refresher. Click on the captions to link.


Crate and Barrel French Kitchen Island

My thoughts are to style it with a blue and white ginger jar that I can leave as is or fill with palm fronds from my garden or cut flowers from Publix. And perhaps a great tray and a candle. I love trays - they make everything look purposeful and organized.

Here are my favorite candles to use in the kitchen. A well chosen candle in the kitchen can really help with cooking smells - think light and clean when looking for a kitchen candle and not too floral - citrus works well.


Trapp Orange Vanilla


Nest New York Linen


Nest Rattan Grapefruit

Speaking of "rattan," who watched the season premiere of "Unsellable Houses" on Tuesday night? The twins were sprucing up what may be the worst house they have ever tackled, and when they were staging it, Lyndsay introduced us to the apparently very exotic "rattan" which she completely mispronounced and the producers even put the definition of rattan up on the screen. Is the Pacific Northwest that out of touch or just them? I thought it was very funny. I can't believe that the average HGTV viewer has never heard of rattan.

Here is my favorite tray and it is rattan - LOL!


Serena & Lily Scallop Tray


And Amanda Lindroth's wonderful Island Trays are on a great sale - I have 4 and use them all over the house.


Island Trays

On another subject, Mark Sikes has a brand new collection for Anthropologie named Poppy after his French Bulldog. My favorite piece in the collaboration is his Poppy Planter.


Mark D. Sikes for Anthropologie 


Mark D. Sikes Poppy Planter


You can see the entire collection here.

Easter weekend is coming and that means the snowbirds will start heading north and Venice will return to being a peaceful and funky little beach town.







20 comments:

  1. I looked for the show you mentioned and watched it. It was painful. Rattan being mispronounced just added to the pain. SMH

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  2. Nancy.Keyes.DesignApril 14, 2022 at 10:21 AM

    When a prospective client tells me they "saw it on HGTV", I tell them I have retired. Which is mostly true, but I take a couple of well loved projects from time to time.

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    1. I have seen enough shiplap on HGTV to last ten lifetimes.

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    2. Nancy.Keyes.DesignApril 15, 2022 at 10:25 AM

      A 100+ year old carriage house was torn down across the street. Being replaced by an enormous, you guessed it, "A European Farmhouse", white shiplap, black metal windows and enough outdoor lighting to land an airplane!

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    3. Fortunately where I lived in NOVA those homes are generally historically protected. Such a shame to see them torn down to be replace by a nouveau riche monstrosity.

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  3. Definitely the twins' lack of knowledge...

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  4. I use a vintage silver tray on my island and change out styling seasonally. Always a candle, flowers, etc. I like the tray because it’s very easy to move everything when you need the counter space for a project or dinner

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  5. I think that photographers or stylists or interior designers, for that matter, do that because a picture is a like a narrative - it tells a story.

    I've never heard of the show, Unsellable Houses. I'll have to check it out. That's so funny about their pronunciation of the word "rattan". (I don't think it's an entire geographic area that is suffering from lack of knowledge about how a word should be pronounced - I think it's just them.)

    So many beautiful kitchens, and kitchen islands. I love the legs on that country table in Amie Corley's kitchen

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    1. It's a great show, but their background is as real estate agents, not design.

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  6. Oh my gosh. This is yet another reason why I haven't watched HGTV in years. There is so much to watch/read that is more in step with "real life" than HGTV! Rattan has been hot, hot for ages and in every shelter mag out there. Good grief. I just can't.

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    1. I love HGTV and there are lots of great shows well worth watching.

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  7. I'll admit that my beloved Pacific Northwest is not the design capital of the world, but most of us do know what "rattan" is!

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  8. Had to chuckle at your description of these perfect kitchens with their "just cut" ripe fruit and bushel baskets full of limes and artichokes. Honestly! Do they think we believe it?

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    1. I get styling, but some of these are over the top.

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