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If home repairs and redos are on your list of New Year resolutions, don’t wait one minute longer. It’s time to show your home some love with the help of Westchester’s home improvement pros! Their recommended solutions not only will help address your issues, but also make your home more desirable when it’s time to sell. So, dive in — one project at a time. Your home will thank you!


Challenge: I’m renovating my bathroom. Is it really necessary to include an interior designer in the process?

Solution: “An interior designer is a vital resource when planning any bathroom renovation. Not only is it important to develop a lighting plan prior to any work being started, the interior designer can create a relaxing and functional space with appropriately styled Tile design for your needs. When planning for lighting, choose fixtures that you love and will stand the test of time. A talented designer will encourage you to think beyond standard utilitarian bathroom fixtures and realize that the sky is the limit with your choices. Even the most basic of porcelain tile can look stellar when mixed with different sizes, grouts, and materials to create a truly custom look. Don’t sell your project short; use your designer for as many phases of your project as you can.”

Melissa Adams Gruber, Owner
Adams Interior Design
30 Appalachian West • Hopewell Junction

Challenge: Help! No one in my family can agree on how our extra bedroom should be used! I need office space, my husband prefers a guest room for his parents’ visits, and my children want a room with a second TV. What’s the best solution?

Solution: “Don’t fret! The good news is you have a spare room to argue over. A custom solution is the BEST solution for a space that has to serve many purposes! And, everyone can be happy. Custom cabinet solutions coupled with a media cabinet can purpose the room for both you and your children. On an opposing wall you can incorporate a Murphy Bed that will accommodate your in-laws’ overnight stay and tuck away when not in use! Building these custom components to suit your needs will maximize your space and function to best serve you and your family.”

Joanne Palumbo, Allied ASID, Design Consultant
California Closets
16 Saw Mill River Rd • Hawthorne

Challenge: When I drive up to my home at night, it looks dark and unwelcoming to my friends and neighbors. How can I improve it?

Solution: “Call Design Lighting by Marks to design and install landscape lighting effortlessly with understated and elegant effects. With more than 42 years’ experience of designing lighting systems and thousands of installations across the tri-state area, we can quickly transform your home from dreary to inviting. The designer will work with you to design the lighting solution that works best for your needs and budget that also delivers a soft, elegant, and understated effect to any installation. We preassemble your entire lighting system in our facility and, with our own employees, electricians, and landscapers, install it seamlessly within a single day. You do nothing. We do everything. You, your friends, and neighbors will enjoy coming to your home with its new, warm, welcoming glow. Call us — your home will thank you.”

Mark A. Mosello, Owner
Design Lighting by Marks
246 Selleck St • Stamford, CT
203.674.8038 • 914.747.7777




Challenge: What is “transitional” kitchen design and why is it so popular?

Solution: “Many homeowners are now opting for a ‘transitional design’ for their cabinetry, countertops, and accessories when renovating their kitchens. By definition, transitional design is an update on a classic. Today’s transitional designs incorporate a modern flair with clean lines, and a sophisticated, streamlined look. Adding accent colors to islands and specialty pieces in the kitchen is very popular and adds a personal touch. The return of brushed brass hardware on paint colors like navy blue and dark grays definitely makes a wow statement. Hidden charging stations for devices, automated interior drawer and cabinetry lighting, built-in appliances like coffee makers help address modern family needs. In my opinion, transitional design has become so popular because of the serenity it offers — the soft lines, smooth textures, and clutter-free environment help us relax from our often hectic lives.”

Rob Stonbely, Vice President
Kitchen and Bath Source
50 Virginia Rd • White Plains

Q: What is the most versatile refrigeration solution if I’m seeking seamless integration into my kitchen?

A: “Whether you’re looking for a 42-inch replacement refrigerator, or working on a new kitchen design, the Dacor Four-Door FreshZone Plus French Door Refrigerator is an ideal solution. Designed to fit classic 41½-inch wide, 24-inch deep cutouts, the unit can also be installed fully flush in a 42-inch full-width, 25-inch deep opening. The panel-ready refrigerator accommodates custom wood paneling, or silver or graphite stainless steel panel kits. While most French door refrigerators have horizontal bottom freezer drawers, Dacor’s solution features counter-height vertical freezer doors for seamless alignment with surrounding cabinetry.”

Michael Magnani, Director Product Marketing, Refrigeration, Dacor
Leiberts Royal Green Appliance, Authorized Dacor Dealer
228 E Post Rd • White Plains

Challenge: Is it worthwhile to consider smart technology when updating window treatments?

Solution: “Our designers encourage customers to consider smart technology for their windows early in their renovation. For example, the user-friendly new Hunter Douglas PowerView system makes it easy to operate motorized window coverings from an iPad, iPhone, or Android at home and remotely. The system can be operated from the PowerView App or through two different Pebble controls — a Pebble Remote Control or a Pebble Scene Controller. Simply touching the ‘Good Morning’ scene raises the kitchen and living room shades for a gentle, warm wake-up, while tapping ‘Good Night’ can lower all shades for maximum privacy and security. Or, like clockwork, individual and group window coverings can be programmed for security, energy efficiency, and personal preference.”

Kimberly Scappaticci, Design Director
Wallauer Design Center
30 Virginia Rd • White Plains


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