~Island Dreaming~

On this snowy January day, I'm sitting in front of a toasty fire, dreaming of an island.
No, not a tropical island; our kitchen island.

Our kitchen cabinets are made of Hickory. Hickory has an interesting grain and the natural color is beautiful, either left as is or stained. We chose to have our cabinets stained.
I began thinking about a paint treatment for the island a couple of years ago. I love the look of Hickory, but would like to have some contrast in this area of the kitchen. There are 2 or three accent pieces, done in black, in the hearth room and breakfast room. I have a few black accessories in the kitchen . After mulling it over, I'm leaning toward a distressed black, for the island.
The March issue of Traditional Home magazine arrived yesterday. On page 113 I found an island, in a Santa Fe home, done primarily in a distressed red. I love it, but I don't believe this treatment would work well, in our more traditional country kitchen. Perhaps I'll save page 113 in an idea file.
What are your island thoughts and ideas? I'd love to hear them!

I contributed two photos to this week's Thematic Photographic, hosted by Carmi at Written, inc. The window photo and this photo of trees in shadow on snow, taken from the hearth room window, can also be seen at Snapshots from the Back Porch, my photo blog. The Theme is Simple.
The storm that passed through, left around 6 or 7 inches of snow, mixed with sleet. There was more accumulation a few miles south of us. Even farther south, ice has done much damage. Power is still out, in many areas. Having been through several ice storms, we know the devastating effects. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this storm!