Los Angeles designer Jeff Andrews talks kitchens, creativity, and California cool.
Describe your creative process.
JA: It's constantly evolving. I'm usually inspired by fabric, tile, or a piece of art or pottery, and my vision takes form from there.
How has southern California shaped your work?
JA: I've had to get serious about outdoor living—exterior rooms should have all the same amenities as their indoor counterparts.
What's your favorite room to design?
JA: Baths. I just finished one in Lake Tahoe where I used at least 10 different materials. You can't be afraid to mix stone, ceramic, glass, wood, and metal.
Best material for kitchen countertops?
JA: Caesarstone—it comes in great shades. I go with Blizzard when I want something stark and Oyster when I need something with a kick. I'm also obsessed with Basalt Black.
Coastal homeowners are preparing for summer. what should they do first?
JA: Bring in some fresh flowers. I really like using long grasses and loose leaves in beach houses; they bring a more casual, indigenous element to interiors.
You're raising a toast to the coast. What's in your hand?
JA: Champagne with a splash of St. Germain.