Ted Allen & Barry Rice's Top Kitchen Ideas
Barry Rice likes honed Pietra de Cardoza because "it's strong and stain-resistant, like granite, but it has a more natural look."
He also installed slightly yellowish "Avalon White" tiles from Subway Ceramics up to the ceiling, to help the modern kitchen feel more in sync with a 19th-century house. $13 per sq ft; subwaytile.com.
Photo © Lucy Schaeffer.