I know I say it all the time, but I love kitchens. They are my favorite room in the house. And they're all different depending on where you are and what's important to you. If you're lucky enough to have one on the coast, I think it needs to be a space where you can entertain your guests with dinner and cocktails but also a place where you can wear bathing suits, have sandy toes and fry the fish you just caught off the beach. I knew as soon as Alex and I started working on this home that it would be inspired by our natural surroundings. We spend a lot of time outside and love the soft, natural colors of the sand, weathered wood and blue water.
For our Seagrove Beach House kitchen, I started with the backsplash. I usually start designing a space by choosing the part that has the fewest options (tile and lighting) and then work my way out to the areas that are easier to customize (like paint colors, hardware, accessories). I wanted to use a coastal but classic pattern and when I found this blue and white marble mosaic I knew it was the perfect choice. The large gold pendants provide a nice color contrast and the whole space is then tied together with the larger areas of cabinetry. We started with our signature warm wood on the kitchen island and hood. Alex went to work finding all of gorgeous cypress. It's all natural- no stain. Try as we might, there is just no substitute for the real deal when it comes to beautifully colored cypress.
I wanted this beach house kitchen to feel sunny, bright and open, so I decided to paint the cabinets on the back wall. We kept the interior of the glass front cabinet lined with black cypress which gives it extra detail and depth. Soft gold hardware completes the space with an extra sunny touch.
Old Seagrove Homes was created out of a chance meeting one summer night on a roof deck overlooking the beach in 2007. While Alex was already running a construction company, Cynthia had studied fine arts and design. Three children and many projects later, the couple knew that what had started out as a construction company, was quickly growing into something much more. Today, Alex and Cynthia Rice work together as a design team, building inspiring homes from conception to construction and custom finishes. Thanks for following along with us!