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aleearaya

The first photo is beautiful, except for the staging - they have too many tchotchkes on the 2nd island. Just the orchids would have been less distracting to the beautiful hood : )

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Webado Webada

Maybe it's a beautiful hood, but it seems to me it hangs too low and you could hit your head on it. Also it appears not to be above the cooker where it wold be useful and I'd wonder why.

Agree with the comment on staging. This adds another kind of clutter to the point the surface are of the island canot be viewed as functional if you always have to put away the "decor".

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Jonny Quest

I was not a fan of islands but understand their appeal. But the kitchen in my first home had no counter space for cooking and prepping food. I was on a bit of budget and did not have many options to expand. I bought a free-standing Island with a butcher block top and it worked very well. My latest home has more counter space but I find that my aging back and the counters are a bit uncomfortable. Im tall so I tend to have to bend a little to get things done. Prepping food is just not good. I’d switched to prepping seated but that is no better. I’m glad I held on to this small island when I moved because it’s come in handy as the height is more comfortable. It’s also now on wheels so it’s only in place when I need it and shifts out of the way when there’s one person cooking and another cleaning. Would I love to have something more permanent, yes but I’m not sure I want to rip out my kitchen cabinets to get it. I am a fan of these cabinets as they were built in Nappanee Indiana and are very good quality. Not a fan of peninsulas but I have one. If I could remove that and figure the cabinet without getting ripping out the remaining cabinets I would be happy. Would I use a cabinet maker for that? Any ideas?

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