Nestled in between the beach and the sound is a picturesque barrier island in North Carolina aptly named Figure Eight Island. This coastal southern paradise is an ocean lover’s dream and a creative inspiration, thanks to its vibrant blue waters that sparkle in the sun, nearly white sands and pops of lush green vegetation scattered around the island. In fact, the natural beauty of the colorful seascape was exactly what inspired the designer Lindsey Cheek of Gathered, a full-service interior design firm and shop in Wilmington, North Carolina, when she was called on to design one of the beachfront homes.
Lita and Lonney Mills knew that when they could finally upgrade their kitchen they'd fill it with the tones and sparkle of the Pacific Ocean.
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Jupiter Island, FL, is a contemporary residence that is both polished and sophisticated. Designed by architect Mitchell O’Neil and interior designer H. Allen Holmes for an adventurous Annapolis, MD couple, this resort-inspired custom home is the ultimate seaside experience.
It's here! Our favorite time of year when we can look back on a year's worth of stunning kitchen and bath designs featuring recycled glass surfaces. From the beach to the city, talented designers are using crushed glass counters and mosaic tiles to create interiors with historic charm, coastal vibes and modern moods. (An amazing amount of style variety in this year's designs.)
What do you give a homeowner who loves bold primary colors? A clean white canvas and ALL the cobalt blue.
Located in beachfront Tequesta, Fl, Patty Anderson of Waterview Kitchens is used to designing bright coastal kitchens with a sea glass look and feel. But this Jupiter, Fl luxury beach condo packed the most color punch of them all. The ocean loving homeowner Gayle Fravel already had a bold palette of yellow, blue and red against crisp white. So when it came time to do a kitchen update her daughter Lindsey Diebler who is an interior designer said, “Mom, you have got to check out Vetrazzo.”
Out on California’s Central Coast in Avila Beach, there’s a beach getaway with a design that’s stunning both for what it incorporates and what it omits. When designer Stephanie Rothbauer envisioned the total home renovation, which started off as just a bathroom (don’t they all), she turned to her surroundings for inspiration.
And in San Luis Obispo County that means foggy days and soft color neutrals of sand and shells and rugged browns of weathered wooden piers. More sunbleached driftwood than twinkling turquoise. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) The designer used it all to create a luxury, sustainable retreat with recycled glass kitchen countertops reflecting the subtle sparkle of the Pacific.
“I wanted a coastal feel, not screaming beach,” Rothbauer said “I chose tones natural to the local environment.”
Her interior which incorporates Vetrazzo’s Martini Flint recycled glass countertops in the kitchen, three bathrooms and a fireplace hearth, is all about mixing materials: concrete flooring, plaster and wood walls, wood veneer doors, recycled glass tiles and even porcelain tile on the stair risers, all in a sandy palette.
Like a blue water beach vacation, the appeal of the coastal kitchen endures through seasons and trends. But we all know a few beachy kitchens that we’d like to forget (hello shellacked seashells and driftwood art) that were more tourist t-shirt shop than tranquil retreat.
You want your beach inspired kitchen to be everything that is day at the beach - light, warmth, fresh air and a cool splash of color. More homage to the sea than a picture of it. Let's take a look at three classic coastal designs that bring a breeze of summer without the fisherman’s net and starfish appliques.
Recycled Glass Countertops
Vetrazzo recycled glass surfaces were hatched in Berkeley, CA in 1996. With 16 of our colors boasting Cradle to Cradle Silver certification, our commitment to sustainability is more transparent than ever.
Truly a great American innovation, Vetrazzo is the original recycled glass surface proudly made in America.