Thursday

~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!

55 comments:

Twice as Nice said...

I have natural hickory cabinets. I love them too. I don't have an island but I would love one. I like when the island is a different color and for you I think the black would be beautiful.

I'm glad the storm wasn't as bad for you and that you still have power. Your pictures are amazing.

Kathy said...

I like cherry..it's just so pretty to me. By the way, I had NO idea you had a photo blog. Way to go Me. LOL Beautiful pictures! (I'm now following you there as well) Have a great day Pat! Love, Kathy

Anonymous said...

Yes i heard many are without power and are going to be without for awhile, same thing happened back in December in MA parts were out for 12 days !! I too feel for them...it has been a brutal Winter all over huh ??

Great photos pat...

I will have to check out page 113, I think the contrast would be nice and black would be the way I'd go too for your kitchen, not red.

Stay warm,
Kathy :)

Dana and Daisy said...

Hi Pat, thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers yesterday.

I've been thinking of a contrasting color to my island also. But I have black granite on the island, so I was thinking black would be too dark. i also have black appliances except for the fridge. My cabinets are medium oak. I'm actually perplexed what color to choose. Perhaps because what I'd really like is a whole new kitchen!

Adrienne said...

Hi Pat -
I had no idea how gorgeous hickory can be! Thanks for sharing your cabinets with us. I'd love to completely gut our kitchen and start over and when I do I'll seriously consider hickory cabinets, thanks to you. Until then I'll work on finishing the redo of our kitchen, using our old cabinets made white.

I think your island would be gorgeous distressed black. It would definitely be a focal piece and I doubt you would ever regret painting it.

Thanks for including us in your island dreams.
~Adrienne~

Terri and Bob said...

The snow and ice are awful around the state. I am taking some bottled water to the folks around Hermann that don't have water.

I love the island and I think distressed black is the way to go. I have seen that done in other homes on the home tour and it is so beautiful.

Love the snow tree pictures.

~ Lor said...

Your home is beautiful the way it is. If you're looking for a change, the black distressed look seems like it would be a good way to go. Love your blog and decorating! ~ Lori

nat2377 said...

I'm in agreement with everyone else - the distressed black sounds fabulous and I think if you let the stained hickory color show through from underneath, it would tie the island together with your other cabinets.
I have done this in some homes - by rubbing clear/white candle wax on the areas that I want to show through - then the paint doesn't stick to those areas and when you remove the wax, your original color peeks through. You just have to be sure to make yourself a little diagram so that you know where you put the wax.
Good luck! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

bj said...

I just got my issue of T.H. and have not even opened it. Of course, i turned to Pg. 113 and almost fell out of my easy chair...that red island is so beautiful, i just HAVE to have one!! just like it!! I am in love...but, i don't have that much room in my tiny kitchen so it would have to be scaled down a lot.
My daughter is thinking of doing her island in distressed black...
I will show her YOUR pictures if you decide to do the black...would the red just not work? and why??
'Course, you know how much I love red...but I like black, too...whatever you decide on, it will be beautiful....

marty39 said...

Beautiful kitchen. I also love the island in a different color and the black would be gorgeous. I have an island and I left the cabinets the same but changed the countertop to a chocolate and cream granite. I like the way the two tones of that make the kitchen look different. I can't wait to see what you decide. Hugs, Marty

Tootsie said...

Your kitchen is beautiful! I agree about the island being a different color...it is nice to mix things up a bit!

NWlambear said...

Lovely pictures Pat! My husband and I both love photography. I'll be following you on your blog. I just began my photo Blog recently. Your island??? I'm leaning toward the distressed black... Stay warm!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Pat! Well, I love the cabinets whether you paint or not, but I would think what you're planning sounds great!

I love your photographs. Both are lovely as are all of your photographs. I think they fit the theme very nicely.

I'm thankful you have your power, and I pray for those who don't. I was caught in an ice storm years ago when my mother was in the hospital, and the driving was treacherous. Thankfully, the hospital never had a problem, but getting in and out of the parking lot was something else. I've never had to drive in it before, and my sister and I were quite nervous, skidding around on hills and things. I pray everyone is safe there.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Rose Mary said...

A tropical island sounds good right now! I don't have an island in my kitchen, or even room for one, so guess I'll have to keep dreaming!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hi pat, that fire looks so inviting. Hope you are keeping warm!

Judy said...

My brother is in Kentucky and they are really iced in! He was going to Nashville yesterday to buy another generator...I feel for ya'll and hope your weather gets better soon. Just think: I'll be in Mexico soaking up the rays in 3 weeks!

I think painting/distressing your island would look wonderful but then again, I'm a fan of painting and distressing big time! If you didn't want to do the black, you could always use another color as your accent and streak it with a little black using a dry brush treatment. I'm sure whatever you decide will be beautiful.

Judy

Sharon said...

I loved your photos and that fire does look so warm.
I agree with everyone else, black
Glad that you are warm and safe
God bless

beth at aunties said...

I also love the look of a contrasting island. The distressd black sounds so pretty with your granite and the warmth fo your Hickory cabinets.
What ever you choose will be gorgeous. You have impeccable taste.
I hope you both feel better soon and the winter gunk leavs quickly.
I am also glad the the storm didn't affect you as bad as some. I hope the poser is turned on for all soon. It is just too cold in the northern states right now. I am glad we get the snow and not the freezing ice. Stay warm and cozy:)
Your pictures are amazing!
♥♥♥

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, I'm a fan of a contrasting island too (just wish I had one!) and think the distressed black will fit right in your home. I think you'll love that!

Stay warm & safe in all that weather! Thanks for stopping by the Whistlestop post. I knew you would enjoy that.

Becca Watson said...

I love your snow pictures. I would rather of had snow.. Since I moved to the south, I miss the snow a lot. I didn't think much of it before..

As far as kitchen islands go, I would love to have one. Not sure how I would want it decrated, but I know I want one..

BECKY said...

I think the distressed black would be very striking! It seems like something you'd do, too!! A little unexpected, but elegant!!
Whatever you do will ROCK!! :o) Always does!!
Blessings,
Becky

bj said...

Ya know, Pat...it seems my postings are the easiest of all..I generally do a week's worth, pre-schedule them and try (TRY) not to do any more until the end of the week. Of course, something great is always turning up and I don't want to wait until the next week to post...sometimes, therefore, I do rearrange things. But, most of the time, I leave them for the week. I have never, not once, had a posting block...I am always so full of ideas that they tumble over ea. other.
For me, it is the visiting that gets me in trouble...I will get half my bed made, think of some one that was planning to post something, I go in and click on her blog and then, 3 hours later, I look up and....my bed is still not made...and a zillion other things. I seem to just lose myself. My daughter says she does the same so I guess I am not crazy..tee hee...Blog Crazy, that's what I am...it is so dang much fun, I get such great ideas, recipes...just peeking into someone elses life, I guess....
IS THERE A CURE? or DO WE EVER REALLY WANT ONE!! I think not...
*smiles
xo bj

Sheila said...

My son's new home as the off white cabinets with the weathered finish and their island is distressed black & I love it! I think with your other black accent pieces the black would work for you.

We got 12 inches of snow here in South Central Indiana...with an inch layer of ice sandwiched in between. Come on Spring!

bfs ~ "Mimi" said...

The ironic thing about old furniture that was painted, is that it is the paint which preserved it. We don't have an island, but would love one! The thought of 'painting' any wood chills me ~ but truly, I think that whichever way you go will be lovely, because you have such AMAZING taste in decorating and design.

As for me, I'm fretting over a great need to paint our entire house AND redo the kitchen cabinets. They are oak, but were stained a whitewashed stain when we bought the home. To remove all of that would be a huge project (if I wanted to stain them more a natural look). It would demand inside and outside stripping and refinishing.

I just don't know what to do. Now do you see why I can't advise you!? ;-)

Tamara Jansen said...

Oh my, you have some serious weather issues to contend with.....if I was you,I'd be dreaming of that tropical island :)

Chrissie said...

I first saw hickory cabinets during an open house we went to last year. I was very impressed with the look -- clean and rich.

I absolutely adore the look of natural wood cabinets with an accent piece (in your case, the island). I think black would be beautiful. I agree red may be too much, but as I've admired other pictures of your rooms -- I'm sure you could tastefully make it work.

Let us know the results -- I frequently stop back to check out your photos. As we get ready to hopefully build a home in 2009, you are giving me great ideas!

Helen said...

I love the idea of using black for the island ...........

salmagundi said...

I saw that island in TH and was attracted to it - she is one of my favorite designers, Linda Applewhite. She is amazing at the use of color. I do think your island would be perfect painted black - your house is so elegant and sophisticated but comfortable looking - just calls for black. Sally

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Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Pat! I thought of you as I watched the weather and wondered how you were faring! Glad that you are warm and well! :) The snow pictures are stunning!

I would love to do something new with my island, too! Not that brave yet! :)

Take care in all that snow and ice! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Lisa said...

Oh my what a decision. I think the distressed black would be awesome. BUT, I have to admit, I always cringe when someone paints beautiful cabinets. I know how you feel though. Change is good and a little thing like that would make you feel like you have a whole new kitchen.

A Hint of Home said...

Decisions, decisions. I looking at doing our counter tops in the future and I feel your pain. I think black would stand the test of time but you have to be happy with your choice.

jeanne said...

Hi Pat, I laughed when you said kitchen island. I seriously thought an island in the sun. Especially with the snow photo you posted. I too have an island which is stained like the rest of my cabinets. I like the contrast of paint. Beverly painted her island a raspberry color. It does look nice. However, I think your idea of slightly distressed black would look great. You already have a few black accent pieces. I think the decision to paint stained wood is a tough one. What ever you decide I know will be great. You are a decorator Pat. You 'know' what looks right. Good luck.

Hugs...Jeanne

City Mouse said...

The distressed red sounds neat. I love kitchen islands. The hickory is really beautiful too. Anyhow, just wanted to say hello and thanks for the great posts- I read back some, and your pics are just beautiful too. I actually found my way here via just flipping through Blogger.

imjacobsmom said...

I've always dreamt of an island in my kitchen but alas I don't have the room. If I could have an island, mine would be sage green. But if you have black elements throughout your home, I may opt to stay that course. I notice that your countertop is pretty light. The colors may not be true, because my Silestone never appears as it's true color on my kitchen RMS pics. It always looks lighter and paler than it truly is. Yep, I think that I would choose black. ~ Robyn

Light and Voices said...

Distressed black island is the way to go! I have put your photo blog in my favorites too.
Joyce

yellowfarmhouse said...

Oh I love the picture of the snow with the bare trees shadowed in the snow - really pretty. My new island will be red with my cabinets being a cream color. I think black is a great choice and will look beautiful with your cabinets. It's so much fun to see you make changes to your lake place and your beautiful home. can't believe you can improve on the perfection, but you do :)

Karen

Suzanne said...

Pretty snow photos!
I'm partial to the deep red cabinet color since that is the color we painted the butcher block/island cabinet in our kitchen.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pat, I had to rush out pick up my copy this evening. lol.. I really like black. I think it's a great grounding color.. I'll be looking forward to see what you decide..hugs ~lynne~

~CC Catherine said...

The Hickory cabinets are gorgeous! I think a black center island would be gorgeous with the hickory! Great share! ~CC Catherine

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi Pat! Sweetie I know that what ever you decide to do with the island bench will be fabulous! I have an island bench in my kitchen too and that was the main selling point for me when I looked at this house. lol They're wonderful! Wishing you and J a really lovely and relaxing weekend sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Martha said...

I like the idea of the island being different that the rest of the cabinets -- both in color and countertop. Our cabinets are painted so our island is stained. Both have marble but the cabinets have white carrera while the island is grey.

I haven't got my Traditional Home yet but I'll look for that page when I do get it.

IMO, I think red is more country than black.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Black would be lovely...or red...or yellow...sagey green...

Anything would be beautiful in your space!

Beverly said...

I was overcome with island dreams a few years ago. I painted our island raspberry, and I love it. My mother (who lives with us) had a hissy when I told her what I was going to do, but now she likes it, too.

I can't wait to see your island redo.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I love black cabinets in a kitchen so I vote for the distressed black on the island. I think that would be a great contrasting color.

Manuela

meggie said...

Oh Pat, I just love visiting here. I dont get here often enough these days... so many blogs to read, so little time!

Charla -For the Sake of TIme said...

Pat,
I love the idea of the black as contrast. I had a painter in "our town" re-do our oak cabinets to a cream with a coffee brown stain. They are just beautiful. Our mutual friend Becky can tell you about them and you are welcome to look. He is quite talented and has a real flair for working with wood. Let me know!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh try the black Pat. I love black right now.

Deb said...

Hi Pat! I know that when you decide, it will be beautiful! Deb

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pat,
I love your fire picture!

I have a friend that has an island, and hers has some type of wood countertop which is a beautiful contrast to the granite on the other counters. Her cabinets are painted...the hickory cabinets look great!

Kat said...

Scootch over a bit Pat....I wanna share the fire! How cozy this looks.
I like black. Im thinking of black for my island too but we will see.
Im sure whatever you choose will look fabulous. It always does!

Star's Fault said...

Our cabinets are antiqued oak, and I did our big square kitchen island in antiqued ivory with a black granite top. It stands like a jewel in the middle of the kitchen and I simply love it. The builder thought I was nuts, until they finished the whole kitchen install. Then they all stood back and admired their handiwork! Boys....

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Kris said...

Your home is lovely.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Pat I do believe that your kitchen island would look great in distressed black as a contrast to the other cabinets. It seems to be a popular, modern treatment.
Is there any way you could wrap a black cloth around the island and see the overall effect before you change it?
I'm looking forward to your photos when you are decide!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

While I'd love to be on a tropical island, your hickory island is rocking my socks! What a beautiful wood...I love it. I think I'd have to leave it, but understand where you're coming from...I want to paint a wood vanity in my bathroom to modernize it. Unfortunately, my landlord doesn't share my enthusiasm. ;-)