Island Vibes: Our Favorite Kitchen Islands & Why We Love Them!

Jan 31, 2018

A kitchen island...the epitome of a perfect place to sit down with a cup of coffee as you begin your day, or on the contrary, with a glass of wine as you're winding down in the evening. 

As stylish as they are functional, the kitchen island is a stunning anchor to any cooking space. Most importantly, when family and friends visit, the island is a common ground to chit-chat & prep dishes. Since islands are so prominent in today's home, it only makes sense to design them as functional, versatile, and as personalized as possible. 

We're daydreaming about the picturesque remodel featured in Studio McGee's Windsong Project (pictured above) - those marble counters, black cone pendants & the stainless hood are a kitchen lover's dream! 

Traditional Style 


Here's another view of the Studio McGee remodel. Not only does this island look stunning, but it offers unique storage!  

To maximize an island, always consider what it needs to do for the space. Does the kitchen lack storage? Do we want room for other functions, such as a sink or lots of room to prepare delicious meals?

We love the farmhouse sink installed here, especially with the bridge faucet. 

Another obsession of ours: open shelving. A picture says a thousand words...


Image above via Studio McGee (last one we promise!)

A Vintage Feel 


Want a little old with the new? We love mixing antique pieces and modern kitchen cabinetry for a cultured, sophisticated look. The vintage island pictured above (via Apartment Therapy) adds so much character to the room; we especially like the way it compliments the other design elements in the space and vise versa. 

As a side note, when selecting vintage and antique pieces for kitchen islands make sure they are a good working height.  


Can't find your perfect vintage island? Find your best local craftsman and have it made to your specifications. This "made to look old" island (complete with a smooth butcher block top) fits perfectly with the country style of this kitchen, and the blending of deep, moody greens is the perfect "artistic" design choice. Lastly, take note of the floor - ♡ herringbone!

Image above via Domino

An Island on Wheels


Don't have room for a large island?  Some spaces don't have the ability to accommodate a full sized stationary island. In this design, a portable kitchen island saves the day! These cute designs offer the same multi-purpose advantages as built-in islands—without being stuck in one place or obstructing traffic. There’s no need to sacrifice style in a smaller space! 

We're adoring this airy, open kitchen above via Becki Owens.


One more for good measure! This masculine-feeling kitchen  island, designed by Grant K. Gibson, has stayed with us ever since we laid eyes on it—we're loving the navy, wood and grey components. The perfect foreground for exceptional counter stools that tie it all together! Get these beauties by Cherner here. 

Hope this inspires! xx Mackenzie & Company

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