'Coastal Grandmother' Style Goes Contemporary in This Kitchen Design Plan by Gina Gutierrez
For the 2022 REAL SIMPLE Home, we're taking over a house in Florida's Rosemary Beach community, a relaxed beach community in Northwest Florida. Designer Gina Gutierrez, based in Sebastopol, Calif., is making over the kitchen to give it a low-key beach house look. A color palette that references nautical style (without going overboard) mixes with modern materials to create a kitchen everyone will want to hang out in. Here's how to get the look in your own home.
About the Designer
Gina began designing in 2012, after 15 years as a trainer and gym business partner. Her style is traditional with a twist: She mixes sleek contemporary decor with vintage pieces and gravitates toward bright colors.
The Goal: A Relaxing Kitchen and Dining Area
The challenge, Gina says, is to embrace the home's beach vibes—it's a few minutes' walk from the stove to the sand—without creating a coastal cliché. So she's going with subtle references and a calm palette of mint and navy, evoking the ocean.