When a top designer works with stylish materials, amazing things happen.
Story by Barry Kaufman + Photos by Lisa Staff
It’s a dream team that has helped transform the Lowcountry, one beautiful home at a time. On one end of this partnership is interior designer Kelly Caron, whose inspired designs have created an entirely new language in luxury, as instantly recognizable as it is stunning. On the other end, the team at Savannah Surfaces, with their deep roster of fantastic products, build on that inspiration with a foundation of quality and style.
“We’ve been working with Kelly Caron on a lot of her projects, going back nearly 10 years,” said Jessica Cheek, who runs the interior side of Savannah Surfaces. “Kelly and I have such a great relationship, it’s almost like I can read where she’s trying to go, which really helps me find that material to pull in a ‘wow factor.’”
This Hilton Head Island home demonstrates beautifully the magic in that partnership, taking Caron’s signature pairing of crisp white and lush blues and setting it in dazzling surfaces whose textures and colors create true coastal beauty.
The theme that runs throughout the house is one of blue-accented coastal grandeur with just enough edge to make it stand out, and the downstairs powder room exemplifies this. Set in a mosaic honeycomb of Symphony Agate glass tiles, this eye-catching accent wall was designed to capture not just the color of the Lowcountry but its natural lines.
“They really wanted to punch up that space, and that material really evokes the look of oyster shells, which plays up the coastal Lowcountry look while carrying that thread of blue throughout the house,” said Cheek.
The elegant marble bathroom seen here was designed with the homeowners’ daughters in mind, informed by her sense of style.
“The large marble tiles on the wall came from a very specific vision that she wanted,” said Cheek.
The crisp white of the tiles in this bathroom are a contrast to the colorful, funky vibes that carry through to the home’s other bathrooms, such as in the bunk room bathroom. Here vibrant geometry runs through Urbana Wood tiles set in an array of shades of blue. “We wanted to have a little fun in there with the pattern and the way the blues and grays weave throughout.”
The kitchen’s gorgeous backsplash brings in a subdued nod to the colorful throughline that informs the house’s look, pulling in Grey Glass Tile in a horizontal running bond pattern that reflects just a hint of sky. The subtlety of this color is matched by the way ripples in the tile’s grain evokes the sea.
“It’s a really cool smokey glass tile that almost looks like waves and water, which speaks to the Coastal vibe throughout the house,” said Cheek.
The fascinating transition between outdoor and indoor living is laid elegantly bare on the wide covered patio in an accent wall above the fireplace that bridges the look of surfaces in both.
“It’s a really pretty glass tile that carries that blue from the inside and is coordinated with the waterline tile in the pool,” said Cheek. The eye-catching pattern of Agate Martini Umbria Pearl tiles both above the fireplace and pool create a brilliantly subtle touch that transitions between indoors and outdoors as beautifully as it does between fire and water.