Blue + white kitchen perfection: White cabinets, blue tile, Norman Cherner stools, originally uploaded by xJavierx.
Interior designer Carl D'Aquino and architect Francine Monaco used a swath of blue glass tile ('Azure' by Glacier, available at Town & Country Flooring) in this seaside New Jersey kitchen. The walnut barstools are by Norman Cherner; the Cicatrice de Luxe chandelier is by Philippe Starck for Flos.
Using blue was a way of "making the house look really beachy without having lots of shells and coral and nautical things," said one of the owners.
The kitchen counters are made of Lavastone, a natural material with a nearly indestructible glaze (see pyrolave.com). The light blue color complements the much darker blue of the glass tile.
Viking stove; cabinets are from St. Charles Kitchens of New York, Inc. (stcharlesofnewyork.com); flooring is from tncflooring.com.
Photo by Peter Murdock, Metropolitan Home, July/August 2008.