Make Vintage Modern

Designer Blair Gordon tells us how he gave a vintage Key West cottage some modern style.

Rethink Function
Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Rethink Function

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.


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