When you walk into Alison’s kitchen it feels like a familiar friend. It’s casual, relaxed and absolutely charming… words I would also use to describe Alison. It’s funny how a persons sense of style is reflected their own home. How you feel and think about yourself certainly shows up in the walls around you. When Alison renovated her kitchen, she kept the lines straight, simple and clean. Her island is the show stopper in the room and for good reason. It’s perhaps one of the most important locations in the house. She choose Benjamin Moore’s Hail Navy paint and it really anchors the room and gives it depth without overpowering the other details in the rest of the kitchen.
Islands are where most of the work in the kitchen takes place and a lot of design thought needs to happen here. Alison relocated her sink to her island as well as her dishwasher – this placement helps with food prep and clean up. It also serves as a gathering place for her family. It’s the first place her teenagers congregate to when they come home from school, it’s where many meals are made and served, and lots of conversations happen.
Islands are also the first stopping ground for groceries, keys and other chaos that come into our homes. We expect a lot o of islands and making sure they have personality in their design is key. It’s often said that a kitchen table makes a house a home, but I beg to differ. The Island is the landing place of personality.