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Uniquely Bold Kitchen Backsplash

By Lindsey |

Echoing its beachy backdrop, this modern kitchen designed by Rosella Gonzalez of Jackson Design and Remodeling, gets a playfully coastal twist with a multicolored geometric tile backsplash.

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Tile Shown: Elongated Diamonds in Boundary Waters, Calcite, Jade, and Magnetite // Design & Photos: Jackson Design and Remodeling

We caught up with Rosella to learn more about her background, design tips, and her process designing this project. Keep reading for her full interview!

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About Rosella Gonzalez:
Rosella, a Senior Interior Designer for Jackson Design and Remodeling, is a talented, award-winning professional with a strong architectural background. She has built her impressive career during more than 13 years of experience in interior design and is responsible for multiple projects that have received regional and national recognition. Rosella is a native of Mexico where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and launched her career with an internship in an architectural design firm. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree, Rosella earned a Master of Science in Architecture from The NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Since Rosella moved to San Diego in 2005, she has worked with clients on projects ranging from bathrooms and kitchens to whole home remodels. Her projects have been honored by ASID (Design Excellence Awards), NARI (CotY Awards), Qualified Remodeler Magazine (Master Design Awards), and the Chrysalis Awards. In addition to being an accomplished professional, Rosella balances her life by having quality time every day with her husband and young children. Family and giving to the community are her two most important values. Rosella goes to an orphanage in Tijuana once a month where she is part of a project called “El Arte alimenta – art nourishes” a non-profit art education program with a mission to support the artistic development and creative thinking of foster children and teenagers.

Rosella's Top 3 Design Tips:

  • Don’t follow the latest trends. Instead, look at the full spectrum of possibilities and identify what truly inspires you, what makes you happy, and what works for your lifestyle. As a designer, I guide clients through their own journey to discover their personal styles. It’s good to take risks!
  • Keep it simple and follow an order. I see interior design as primarily about space planning. It doesn’t matter how awesome a material is, if the space is not designed to capture it well, it will not make an impression. Rhythm is important, too. We have to compose the entire space, not just apply materials in random places. 
  • Splurge when it’s worth it. An artistic and unique piece with meaning to you deserves a larger price tag.

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Tell us more about this project! Is there a story behind it?
The home was designed for a young professional couple with a growing family who plan to live in their home for many years to come. The existing space had some elements the clients appreciated and wanted to preserve but it needed significant transformation to achieve the fresh and rustic Mid-Century Modern feeling they desired. They wanted to live in an open and light-filled space connected to its scenic natural surroundings and accommodating for an active family life. The dramatic transformation of the kitchen started by removing the upper cabinetry and completely redesigning the space planning to create unobstructed ocean views, emphasized by new windows surrounding the corner. Floating shelves and open shelving on the upper cabinetry allow the clients to display favorite dinnerware. Dark gray countertops balance the colorful whimsy of the backsplash. The kitchen, dining and living space are now encompassed in an expansive, airy design with abundant natural light.

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What type of look or aesthetic were you going for in the space?
The design brings an original interpretation to Mid-Century Modern style with natural woods, rustic elements, and bright white surfaces, along with the colorful expression of the customized tile elements.

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How did you come up with your color scheme?
The colors were chosen spontaneously through a process of discovery somewhat influenced by two factors. One, the client had some furniture with hints of this color scheme and plates she wanted to display in similar hues. Secondly, the blues echoed the colors of the ocean view through the windows.

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How did you decide on the Elongated Diamond shape?
We wanted something geometric and architectural but at the same time allowing for an organic pattern with implied motion. We liked these shapes because they were adaptable for an abstract approach.

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How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges? Lessons learned?
The installation process went well. It was exacting and required significant planning and thoughtfulness. First, we laid everything on the floor. Once we got the pattern we wanted, the installers, Classic Marble and Tile, started to pick and place each tile one-by-one in order while I supervised the process.

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Why do you love working with tile?
Designing with tile is like playing with Legos and all the colors of the rainbow. The possibilities are endless with many different shapes, colors and textures. It's a true creative adventure.

About Jackson Design and Remodeling:
Jackson Design and Remodeling (JDR) is celebrating almost 30 years in business and is the largest design build remodeling firm in San Diego. JDR designs and builds new homes, whole home remodels, additions, outdoor living spaces, kitchens, and other areas of the home that encompass clients' unique needs and desires. JDR has been honored with the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics and GuildQuality’s GuildMaster with Highest Distinction Award and recognized by HGTV, Architectural Digest, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine, among many others. 

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