For an authentic feel, Blair chose materials, such as the kitchen's iridescent mosiac tile backsplash, capiz shell pendant
light fixture, and îpe hardwood floors, for their tropical island style. "What gives them their modern edge is the way they
are used," he says. Blair ran the tile all the way to the ceiling; chose large-scale fixtures; and paired the dark wood floors
with all-white walls, countertops, and cabinetry to give the classic materials a touch of the unexpected.