2024 is the year of the kitchen island. From giant islands to round islands, the feature is undergoing a glamorous makeover. In Kate Hudson's kitchen, the island is less about design and more about volume: the actress has two kitchen islands. One is a traditional kitchen island, while the other is an extended breakfast bar.
Double island kitchens are gaining traction in the design world. In fact, in our exclusive interview with Martha Stewart, she told us that she also has two islands: one for cooking and one for eating. This seems to be the same model that Kate Hudson has followed, turning her kitchen into a space that is both highly functional and perfect for socialization.
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'If the space allows, a kitchen with double islands, one being for cooking and the other for eating, is perfect for a homeowner who truly sees the kitchen as the heart of the home,' says Whitney Tingle, Director of Interior Design at Christopher Architecture & Interiors. She continues, 'A place where everyone can gather, eat, commune, and live.'
Whitney Tingle is the Director of Interior Design at nationally recognized firm Christopher Architecture & Interiors. Whitney is a registered interior designer with over fourteen years of experience in both commercial and residential design.
'In many ways, the kitchen is the informal social center of the home,' says Jennifer Ebert, digital editor of Homes & Gardens. 'Choosing two kitchen islands over just one for cooking as Kate Hudson has done makes this family and friend time a priority. It turns cooking and eating into a group experience, even at casual meals like breakfast,' Jennifer says.
Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.
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Whitney continues on the idea of the double kitchen island, stating: 'Being a designer of high-end homes, you want to create spaces where people truly live. Where memories are made, where conversations and laughter occur. When you couple that intention with the purpose of a kitchen and the heart behind food and preparing a meal for people you love, there is no better design than a double island.'
Shop the Kate Hudson Kitchen Edit
Kitchen islands aside, we can tap into Kate Hudson's kitchen with these picks below.
This set of Azulejos will make a statement in any kitchen, especially when paired with vibrant green cabinets. They are authentic Azulejos from the early 20th century.
These pans are made from durable brass and copper for a unique, vibrant look. They're designed to ensure perfectly cooked food every time.
Double the island, double the fun. Next time we design a kitchen island, we're following Kate Hudson's lead and opting for two.
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I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.
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