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Design Inspiration: Freestanding Kitchen Islands

The other day, I posted {THIS} picture on Facebook, which got me thinking about freestanding kitchen islands.  While not all kitchens are built with islands, some have the space to accommodate one and a freestanding island is the perfect solution!  It gives you move working surface and storage without requiring a remodel.  Win-win!  And you should think of it as a piece of furniture, meaning that it doesn’t have to match your existing kitchen cabinets in terms of color or style.  This means that you can update the look and feel of your kitchen by adding to it, as opposed to changing it.

 

There are so many options available for freestanding islands in terms of size, shape, and storage and just because your kitchen might now have one now, doesn’t mean you can’t add one, even if space is limited.  You can repurpose something else into an island, buy one ready-made, or even make one yourself!

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Repurposed

Just because something wasn’t intended for use as an island doesn’t mean you can’t use it as one!  A narrow table, an old dresser, or even a vintage sideboard can all work as a kitchen island so long as they are properly sealed.  One of my favorite freestanding islands is from designer Annie Brahler.  She added rear cabinets and a marble top to a vintage demilune cabinet to create a unique and charming center island to this gorgeous kitchen!

 

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{via HGTV.com}

 

New

There are some great retail options if you’re looking for a kitchen island that is done and ready to put right into place.  Here’s a look at some of my favorites.

 

DIY

If you’re handy, making your own island is also an option.  Plus, this gives you the ability to make it to your exact specifications!

Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof has a great option if your space is limited.  You can check out her full tutorial {HERE}.

 

Whitney from Shanty2Chic has an awesome tutorial for creating a Pottery Barn inspired island!  Find the details {HERE}.

 

If you don’t want to start completely from scratch, Courtney at Golden Boys & Me has a fantastic tutorial for an IKEA Billy bookcase hack.  Such a great idea!

 

 

 

So if you could use a little more storage in your kitchen, consider adding an island that fits your needs and reflects your style!

 

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Gorgeous Flatware to Inspire!

You might already know that I have a love of flatware, particularly mismatched, silver flatware.  It’s not just the feel in my hand that I love, but also how it looks, which is why I often showcase flatware in my decorating.  Anything that is functional and beautiful is a win-win in my book!  So today’s post is all about the Pottery Barn Maxfield flatware that Hubby recently bought me for my 40th.  He knew it’s been on my Wish List for many years and I was thrilled when I opened this gift!  {Note: This is NOT a sponsored post – just sharing something I love!}

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One of my goals in 2016 is to improve my photography, so what better way to practice than to photograph my new flatware!  After all, doesn’t everyone take pictures of forks and spoons?!  Well, maybe not, but I just couldn’t resist showing off these new additions to my home and practice my photography skills.

TIDBITS & TWINE Vintage Mismatched Flatware

 

The Maxfield flatware is made of silver-coated nickel, so it will tarnish over time, further giving it the illusion of vintage flatware {although, this does also mean more maintenance and upkeep}.  Each of the five pieces in the set has a different design, with tiny crowns embossed on the dinner fork and teaspoon to spark images of hotel insignias and family crests.

TIDBITS & TWINE Vintage Flatware and Ironstone Blue & White

 

Since my set is still new, it is bright and shiny and has an almost white appearance to it, but I know it will darken over time.  This is our new everyday flatware, so it will get quite a bit of use and already I’ve enjoyed using each of the pieces.  The flatware is very sturdy and heavy, making it feel quite grand!

TIDBITS & TWINE Pottery Barn Maxfield Flatware Place Setting

 

 

I’ll try not to overwhelm you with pictures of flatware in the coming months, but I’ll admit this set is a beauty to photograph and I had so much fun playing around with different settings and vignettes.

TIDBITS & TWINE Vintage Flatware, Roses & Boxwood

 

 

I have a new camera that I’m just starting to learn how to use, but until then, I’m using my old camera.  Even so, I hope to improve my photographs this year because photography is one of my favorite parts about blogging!

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The Best of 2015 {Top 10 Reader Favorites}

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that your New Year is off to a good start!  I realize this post is a bit late in coming, but I took some time off to spend with my family to celebrate Christmas and my big 4-0 {yikes!}.   As you might remember, I asked Hubby for wainscoting for my birthday and I can’t wait to share with you what he actually got me!

But before I jump into my plans for 2016, I thought we’d take a look back at the best of 2015 with some of your favorites.  If you’re a regular reader, you might find something you missed and if you’re new to the blog, this is a great way to get an overview!  Your Top 10 Favorite Posts included room  makeovers, home updates, and decorating tips so let’s count them down!

 

 

10. MY PANTRY MAKEOVER {BEFORE & AFTER}

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but yes, this is the true BEFORE!

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9. DECORATING STYLES DEFINED {PART 2}

Decorating Styles Part 2

 

8. HOW TO MAKE EASTER BUNNY FOOTPRINTS

Easter isn’t too far off so Pin it now to use later!

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7. DECORATING A STAIRCASE {IDEAS & INSPIRATION}

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{via House Beautiful}

 

6. SMALL-SCALE DECORATING IDEAS FOR EMPTY CORNER SPACES

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5. 10 CLEVER USES FOR CORBELS {AROUND THE HOUSE}

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4. DINING TABLE DECOR {FOR AN EVERYDAY LOOK}

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3. GUEST BATHROOM MAKEOVER {REVEAL}

This transformation still amazes me…

A guest bathroom transformation: from builder-grade to beautiful! Beadboard ceiling, wallpaper, sconces, marble floors, and a vanity converted from a vintage dresser!

 

2. DECORATING STYLES DEFINED {PART 1}

Decorating Styles Part 1

 

 

And the most read post of 2015….

 

1. 10 DECORATIVE IDEAS FOR NON-WORKING FIREPLACES

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You can find lots more articles by subject on the blog by looking at the Decorating Ideas section.  You can also search by date in the Archives shown in the right-hand sidebar.

Thank you so much for following my blog and keeping me inspired!  2016 will be a big year for projects and I can’t wait to share them with you!

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