Is there any color combination more beloved than blue and white? For this ocean-side house in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, the designer only had to look outdoors for inspiration. “The client loves the color blue, which we thought was a perfect play off the white sand and blue water backdrop,” says Amy Johnson, owner of the aptly named Beach Chic Design. “But we wanted to give the kitchen a contemporary feeling to enhance the rest of the house, which is a little more traditional.”

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As a kitchen not afraid to show off some bold choices, this blue agate backsplash and blue-glass countertop on the island are joined by white cabinetry and marble perimeter counters. Mirrored doors lead to a catering pantry.

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Designer Amy Johnson removed an existing wall to open up the kitchen to a sitting room with views of the Atlantic ocean. The house is located just steps away from Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, one of Florida’s top luxury resorts.

Ponte Vedra kitchen

A newly added window seat adds more charm to the remodel. Says the designer, “Doesn’t everyone want company while working in the kitchen? We created the custom window seating as an extension to the adjacent sitting room.”

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The use of natural blue agate for a backsplash gives the wall an artistic look.

Amy and builder Victory Homes & Development, Inc. started from scratch on this remodel, taking the room down to the studs for better space-planning. They removed the wall between the sitting room and kitchen and added new doors and windows to optimize the back porch and ocean view.

The designer chose cabinetry in a timeless white, going for a Shaker style, but from there things got more bold. A backsplash in blue agate (backlit for extra drama) provides an artistic focal point, paired with a glass island countertop in a rich indigo blue. “When a client loves color, we like to utilize pops of color, but typically in an organic way,” says Amy. She added other glam touches in the form of acrylic cabinetry hardware, mirrored doors, and a Murano glass light fixture with just the right amount of bling.

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Roman shades made of white linen and trim by Samuel and Sons contribute softness to the room.

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Acrylic cabinet pulls from First Impressions International are an ethereal touch.

Patterned pillows liven up the window seat.

Patterned pillows liven up the window seat.

A built-in bar features a matching backlit agate backsplash and Sub-Zero beverage/wine refrigerator.

Other aspects of the space are informal and appropriately “beachy.” Cypress paneling in a vertical pattern had been in the previous space, so the designer decided to keep that look. The new sitting area is all about relaxing, with slip-covered swivel chairs and wooden side tables, all decorated in colors of the sand and sea.

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“The cabinetry below the art hosts a coffee bar, which is another feature we love to add to kitchens,” says Amy. The coffee bar contains refrigeration drawers  as well as storage.

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Four swivel chairs are joined by a coffee table and side tables by Made Goods. White oak hardwood floors wear a custom driftwood finish.

The light fixture is a custom Murano glass chandelier, imported from Italy.

The light fixture is a custom Murano glass chandelier, imported from Italy.

Amy was careful to evenly weigh the mix of high-end and casual. “We wanted to balance the drama of the agate backsplash with the simplicity of white cabinetry and counters,” she says. Amy also made sure the kitchen area was less about appliances and more about style. Says the designer, “The Murano glass chandelier and art above the coffee bar played into our belief that a kitchen should be a beautiful space that you just happen to cook in.” And we’d say she successfully achieved that look!

Many thanks to Jessie Preza Photography for today’s beautiful photos.

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