April 18, 2016

Our Kitchen Island

Happy Monday! Spring has finally come to Michigan and we had a wonderful weekend helping our daughter and son in law pick out some new flowering bushes for their yard and get them planted. 

I'm also adding lots of Spring to our house these days! I have always loved florals and I've been getting some old favorites out and adding them back into our decor.

Our kitchen island has always been a fun place to decorate. It's in the very center of our main floor and you can see it from the living room and dining room and even parts of it from the family room, so I like to change it with the seasons.

I got this beautiful bunch of alstroemeria at the grocery store this week. When I was looking up the spelling I saw that they're poisonous so maybe they're not the best choice for the kitchen! Ha!

I got this little chalk board at Tuesday Morning when we were in Auburn, AL. I managed to fit it in my suitcase and bring it back home! lol It was a little brighter turquoise than this when I bought it and I gave it a coat of SW Interesting Aqua.
It's perfect for a simple message or to help me remember what's important.
This part of our island is right above our sink. If you're like me, you spend a lot of time right here so it's nice to have things here you enjoy.
I got this set of canisters many years ago at HomeGoods.
Our island divides our kitchen, dining room and family room. It's shaped kind of like a 'Y.'
It's always a challenge to try and make the center of it look nice from all directions and I have to travel all around it to clean it. I can't reach the whole thing from one side.
I have always loved this area when we have holidays or family dinners. I can fill this whole counter with snacks and desserts and still have counter space to prepare a meal.

The little wet bar was intended for mixed drinks and there used to be an ice maker in this area. It didn't work when we bought the house and when we redid our kitchen, we took it out and built a niche in this area. This picture is a flash back to when I had this area painted brown. I am really liking the blue now.
We have added some fun changes to our living room lately. I'm adding some Spring to the decor and will be back soon to show you the room.

Have a wonderful day!
love and blessings~
"Behold, I will set your stones in turquoise, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires. I will make your summits of rubies and your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones."
Isaiah 54:11,12

27 comments:

  1. Lynda I love this, your kitchen is dreamy. Love this sweet vignette over the sink, because yes it is so sweet to enjoy lovely memories, while making even more beautiful blessing in the "heart of the home".

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  2. I really like your kitchen! It is so unique and great for entertaining and decorating!

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    1. Thank you, Deanna! We love the openness of our house. But you never want any dirty dishes in the sink with this floor plan! ;)

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  3. I love this view of your kitchen! It so beautiful and you have such charming pretties!

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  4. What a wonderful kitchen - I love the glass shelves! Happy Monday!

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  5. Lynda, I just love your kitchen! You have done a wonderful job decorating it with your special touch!! It's gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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    1. Thanks so much, Jody! Thanks for visiting and commenting~
      love and blessings~

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  6. I could spend hours in your kitchen, Lynda!! I miss an open kitchen so much!

    Thank you so much for linking up at Sweet Inspiration party!

    Enjoy your week!

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  7. Your kitchen is so beautiful!!! I love the little chalk board.....so sweet.
    ~Des

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  8. Lynda, what a lovely kitchen and a great island space for entertaining or better said, " showing hospitality"! I live in NE Al, about 2 1/2 hours from Auburn!
    Blessings,
    Pam @ Everyday Living

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    1. Thank you, Pam! We lived in Auburn for 5 years while my husband got his Phd and we visit every year. God willing, he is going to be down there quite a bit this summer and I may come down too. I will let you know and maybe we can meet!
      love and blessings~

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  9. Loving the size of your kitchen and the touches of blue! Those canisters you bought and the sign look wonderful. Plus I am loving the light that comes in, really beautiful.

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  10. Lynda what an absolute delight this post is!!! Thank you so very much for joining the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I adore your new wee chalkboard.

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  11. You have such an interesting shaped island.....very nice! It looks like you really have fun decorating it with plenty of room for vignettes without decreasing your work space. Thanks for sharing!

    Carol

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    1. Thank you, Carol! When my daughter was in college, she had a group of girls come over to bake cookies. One of the girls exclaimed, "Oh, my mom would love all your counter space!" lol We appreciate our kitchen.

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  12. I just found your blog and love your style and what you have done with your home. Can you tell me why you only painted part of your island? I have never seen this done before and it is very pretty.

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    1. Thank you, Zoe! Our island is very big. I wanted just a touch of blue. WE had added feet to make sections look like cabinets so I made a blue cabinet!
      love and blessings~

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  13. The kitchen is the family hub of our home, and your showing us how to update it is simply amazing! Updating knickknacks and vases can improve any kitchen. My sons hand-painted vases for my kitchen, and they enjoy picking flowers from my garden to fill their vases. The cute chalkboard is a perfect addition that I will be adding also.

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