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Italian tile spices up a South Shore kitchen

In a Cohasset kitchen with salt-marsh views, an unexpected vacation souvenir dazzles.

Jessica Delaney

When a client asked for an opinion about a place in Cohasset she and her husband were thinking of buying, Norwell-based designer Maggie Jerde knew just the one she meant. “I’d always admired this house from the outside,” Jerde says. The couple, who have two young children and another on the way, wound up purchasing the home. They called on Jerde to create a bright and airy kitchen that was also warm. Jerde says, “She imagined something really fresh, with an underlying Mediterranean tone.” None of the hand-painted porcelain tiles the homeowner considered resonated — until the vacationing family stumbled upon a tiny tile shop on the coast of Italy. “She said she knew immediately that her future tile would be there,” says Jerde. “It’s the star of the kitchen.”

1 Honed Calacatta gold subway tile goes all the way up the wall. Jerde says, “It’s practical, and more interesting than a plain old white kitchen.”


2 A pair of octagonal gilded-iron lanterns from Circa Lighting are a nautical nod to the home’s coastal location. “They take on a different shape depending on where you stand,” says Jerde.

3 Small sconces with burnished-metal shades from Rejuvenation hold their own against the pendants and satisfy the homeowner’s desire to incorporate an element with a historic feel.

4 Oversize 8-inch pulls on the cabinets on either side of the sink emphasize the tall, linear shapes along the wall. The hardware has an unlacquered brass finish that will change over time.

5 Jerde replaced awkward brackets with sturdy posts on the front of the island, which has a Calacatta gold marble top. “Many clients go for Caesarstone, but these homeowners are fine with some wear and staining,” Jerde says.

6 The stools from CB2 with seats of woven sea grass met three criteria: the material adds a textural element, the spare black legs don’t distract from the tile, and the low profile doesn’t block the view.


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