As Southern Ontario gets hit with an ice storm in the middle of April, I'm dreaming of island life, but not the kind of island life most people would be dreaming of as ice pellets and freezing rain hit the windows and streets ... I'm dreaming of kitchen islands! Kitchen islands with loads of storage for dishes and linens, stools for family and guests to perch on while they help get dinner ready or catch up on life and a big apron-front farmhouse sink for soaking the pots and pans overnight after an amazing meal! (Confession: We don't always wake up to a clean kitchen at the farm!)
We met with our kitchen designers, Bloomsbury Kitchens, on Friday to go over the first set of detailed drawings. They're such great mind-readers and have a solid understanding of the mood and overall look we're going for in the kitchen (as well as the practical needs of the space), that I think we only need one more turn of the drawings and we'll be ready to sign-off so we can still meet our June installation goal!
The island designs need the least amount of tweaking. The island will anchor the space (pardon the pun) at a ridiculously long 10 feet, with two stools at either end. Due to the new barn beams that will be going into the space to address the structural issues raised by the window damage and elevator removal, we have to move the island towards the table and hutch by about 5 inches so that we can still fit two stools at either end of the island. I've included two photos of the current island drawings so that it's easier to follow along!
The functional side of our island houses an apron sink (we're leaning towards the FIRA sink above which has a bit of a modern/Scandinavian look, although we may end up going with a more traditional farmhouse sink like the one in the above deVol inspiration kitchen), a dishwasher (there's a second dishwasher on the wall with the range for when we have a large group at the farm) and a four-bin waste and recycling pull-out cabinet (I'm abnormally excited about this particular feature!). The rest of the drawers on this side of our island are false drawers so that the stools can tuck in at either end.
The other side of the island (which is one of the first things you will see when you enter the room) features four banks of drawers (again, two of them are false to accommodate the stools), lending it an apothecary vibe. The middle of the island has two open shelves for displaying antiques, collectables and platters, etc. I can't wait to style it with our antique wooden dough bowl and some of the copper and ironstone pieces that came with the farm. The only change we're making to the island is we're going to make the two middle drawers above the open shelving one extra-wide drawer. This is for budget reasons (I had to reduce the total number of drawers in the space - drawers are crazy expensive!) and to make the island look less choppy.
The island base will be painted in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue (as will the rest of the beadboard and furniture-style pieces in the kitchen). I was toying with using a stained light wood on the open shelving for a bit of contrast, but on reflection decided that our display pieces will "pop" more against the dark blue colour.
We haven't landed on materials for the countertops yet, but we're leaning towards a mix of finishes such as wood and light stone on the various surfaces. We're also trying to pick lighting for the space and have been looking at gooseneck- and pendant-style barn lights, but it's so hard to make a decision when there are so many options, sizes and colours on the market! Let me know if you have any ideas for our countertops and lighting or any suppliers you recommend we check out.