Island of Comfort and Joy

Islands are both helpful and functional, but that doesn’t mean that their settings can’t be stylish! Use your island as your kitchen’s centerpiece this holiday season, bringing a spark of joy (and a serving of food) to every guest and loved one. St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles gave three local design shops the task of decorating the blank slate of a kitchen island and transforming it into a holiday miracle. They used their design genius in a luxury kitchen designed by The Kemp Homes Co.

By Moe Godat   

Photography by Kim Dillon

Location: Kemp Signature Homes


Autumn Adoration by Garden Party Florists & Gifts | This centerpiece is sure to get your guests in the mood for fall festivities. Decorative velvet pumpkins in various fall colors surround the magnificent centerpiece made of fresh magnolia, King Protea flowers and feathers. Bright greenery in silver vases keep the color even and appealing. Elegant serving trays of silver are there to hold your fare, and the buffalo check napkins ringed in gold and silver bring the design together. Just light the candles and voila! Let the party commence.

Whimsical Forest Wonderland by The White Rabbit | It may be too cold to go out and enjoy nature, but that doesn’t mean that nature can’t come inside! Instead of ole’ Saint Nick, a metal red sleigh nestled in greenery brings good tidings and finger foods. A cheery golden squirrel serves you his favorite dish from the center of the table, his habitat alight with candles and tapers of various sizes. Silver stars and ornaments peek out from behind pinecones and berries, and tall metal lanterns with large candles stand tall near the rear.

Merry & Bright by Rusted Chandelier | With pops of pink and baubles galore, this isn’t your average Christmas setting! Holiday garland with bright ornaments and handmade bows run the length of this island setting, leading the eye straight to a centerpiece of illuminated Christmas trees. Meticulously designed place settings come complete with rounded candles placed on white cutting boards, while pink candles in gold candelabras keep the scene merry and bright. Take a seat on comfortably added pillows secured with ribbon, and enjoy the meal to come!