Endless inspiration in hundreds of entries in 19 categories, with 59 finalists — which will win this year’s coveted Design Awards?
See who made the cut and join us on June 23 to see who takes home the top prizes.
Dobbs Ferry • Built in 1815, this house was altered and given a modern farmhouse aesthetic. It got an informal and inviting family living space, while meeting the rigorous Passive House standards of energy efficiency.
The house was in poor condition when the homeowners bought it. It originally had an odd layout of rooms intended for workers on the estate and apple farm, but it also had some distinctive features — 24-inch-thick stone walls with slate sills, a living room with a beamed ceiling and fireplace surround of Delft tile — that needed to be preserved.
The lower level had low ceilings and lacked natural light. It was reconfigured and expanded so the family could access a terrace and views of the surrounding hillside. The concrete slabs were lowered to increase ceiling height, the stone walls were underpinned, and two single-story additions were built to provide a new kitchen, dining room, family room, bath, and mudroom.
Greenburgh • On a newly subdivided lot, a young family wanted a farmhouse with traditional style and modern conveniences. The exterior of the house gives the presence of an early 1900s New England home, complete with covered porch, metal standing-seam roof, rafter tails, and barn-style garage.
Wide-plank white oak floors were left natural, paneled walls are white, and vibrant paint accents lend color. Adjacent to the center hall is the main feature of the home, the vaulted-ceiling kitchen and adjoining breakfast area. This space connects to the family room, informal dining room, and exterior entertainment areas, bringing everyone together.
A dormer in the vaulted ceiling washes natural light over the kitchen’s gray cabinets, natural stone counters, hand-painted concrete tile, and white oak beams. In the family room, trusses bring an intimate scale to the grand space, which is anchored by the floor-to-ceiling fireplace finished with Venetian plaster. Blackened steel and glass sliding doors keep the space visually open to the kitchen while still offering the option of separating the spaces. The interior gives way to a fresh spin on farmhouse style.
The fun, easy atmosphere continues to the rear of the house, where the covered porch includes a swinging bed, and an outdoor kitchen complements the poolside screened-in porch.
Contributor: Osbee Industries and Lang Pools
Larchmont • The clients purchased a historic Victorian house on the shoreline in southern Westchester that was originally used as a lodge. The house was neglected and in extreme disrepair, yet some of the outstanding original features remained.
The architect designed additions to the first floor, creating an open living space to allow for expansive views of the large property and Long Island Sound. The spiral staircase became the centerpiece of the interior renovation. From the entry, the staircase winds up and in front of a new, curved wall fitted with windows providing views of the garden, dock, and harbor. The second-floor bedrooms had elaborate moldings, window surrounds, and inlaid floors that were brought back to their original glamour.
The bathrooms were reconfigured but retain a historical reference while being updated for today’s lifestyle. Original wainscoting and custom fittings were restored. A wall of glass doors looking out to Long Island Sound and the pool highlight breathtaking vistas. Balconies and terraces were added or restored to balance the exterior.
An arbor now links the main house to the former carriage house, which functions as a pool house and three-car garage after being lifted off its foundation and turned 180 degrees to position the former stables to face the street. Cabana facilities provide easy relaxation during three seasons.
Rye • This new 4,645-sq-ft home floats above the water and has views from every room. The open floor plan lends itself to elegant seaside living. The first-floor spaces flow into each other and have architectural details to give each its own function and personality.
The kitchen includes island seating for four plus a table nook for family meals. Throughout the house there are huge windows and French doors that let in light. Coffered ceilings, custom millwork, and hand-scraped French white oak floors are thoughtful details that enhance the charm of the house.
Contributors: Rex Gedney and Niles Fredrickson, Crozier-Gedney Architects; Robert Howard, JWH Construction Management; Lisa Hynes, Stage to Show
Chappaqua • For this house, the team was asked to reimagine a classic center hall Colonial with a transitional twist. The designer honored the existing architecture by accentuating the trim molding with a new palette.
The existing cherry floors were darkened, giving the space more contrast. The designer used a tonal approach to color but also introduced various textures and forms to provide visual impact and continuity through the spaces.
Lacquer, additional millwork, wall coverings, and high-performance fabrics allow this home look warm and elevated but function in an approachable, family-friendly way.
Contributor: Anthony Loddo General Contracting, inc.
Larchmont • This Mediterranean-inspired Colonial in Larchmont has a mix of style influences. During renovation, the design team focused on brightening the walls, expanding openings between rooms, and introducing black windows to create a more modern canvas.
However, the team was also mindful to keep the house connected to its traditional roots. The original beauty of the home was honored by refurbishing existing built-ins, reintroducing iron railings inside and out, and reinforcing the arched doors and windows in the office and den. By combining the old with the new, there is more flexibility in furnishings and each room has a unique identity.
From the bold tribal wallpaper in the office to the classic design of the kitchen, interest and contrast is everywhere. The end result is a house that is equally fresh and timeless.
Ardsley • This his-and-hers master walk-in closet was designed in the Dove finish from California Closet’s LuxeMatte collection. It features clean lines and includes a variety of accessories, such as valet rods and tie racks. It functions to meet a variety of organizational needs for both husband and wife.
Scarsdale • This wardrobe was designed in California Closet’s luxury Italian finish from the Tesoro collection. Called Ash, the finish offers a unique play of wood textures and color contrasts.
The clean and contemporary wardrobe design features custom drawers, shelves, and hanging space. The large scale of the master bedroom presented an opportunity to thoughtfully and effectively create an area that meets the client’s custom needs.
Contributor: Angela Telles
Larchmont • Formerly a sunroom, this space was converted into a specialty room for tweens. The designer added built-in storage under the TV and two homework stations under the windows.
A dark and bold paint sets a cool vibe and is balanced with natural textures in the sofa, rug, and ottomans. Overall, the space is a powerful statement yet still comfortable for kids of all ages.
Larchmont • This tiny hall bath provides lots of function for the whole family. A “corner” on the glass adds a few critical inches for showering and opens the space visually. The niche under the roof eaves is captured for a bench.
Storage is abundant: Shelves over the toilet keep towels on hand and a tall cabinet and vanity has six drawers, a tilt-out hamper, and roll-outs above for easy access.
White Plains • This small house was in need of a renovation when newlyweds moving from Manhattan purchased it. The designer transformed the master bedroom into an open-concept kitchen with gray, white, and brass details.
The designer’s favorite part is the backsplash: Carrara marble with touches of brass. A new door leads to the backyard.
Contributors: Javier Valencia, Buena Vista Home Improvements and Wallace J. Toscano
Larchmont • A young family moving from Manhattan to their first home in Westchester County found this prewar Colonial in Larchmont in need of a serious overhaul. After a complete gut and rework of the whole house, the designer created a compact, colorful kitchen open to the family room.
A nautical indigo was chosen for the island and tall storage cabinets, with a subtle warm gray on the perimeter. Colorful concrete tiles were carried all the way up the counters to inject pattern and whimsy; brass fixtures and hardware strike a handsome contrast with the indigo color scheme.
Contributors: Greg Lewis, Lewis and Lewis; Daniel Cores, Elite Construction
Mount Kisco • A young boy’s bold character and love for animals called for a bedroom filled with color and whimsy. The multicolor swirl rug adds liveliness and establishes the palette for the overall room.
The team layered the room with lots of color and pattern by using a bright dinosaur duvet, geometric pillows, and happy artwork above the bed and dresser. For storage, a robot-shaped bookcase sits to the left of the window.
Larchmont • This graceful 1920s Tudor desperately needed a new kitchen after being home to a family of four for nearly 20 years. After both children left for college, the parents finally built the kitchen they’d long dreamed of.
A soft blue — the clients’ favorite hue — is the featured island color. Handmade clay tiles in blue, taupe, and white lend the backsplash graceful pattern and harmonize with the island.
Satin brass hardware, faucet, and lighting bring warmth to what could have felt like a cool space. Midcentury-style velvet counter stools stand vibrant against the blue island.
Contributor: Anthony Cafero
Armonk • The goal for this project was to create the ultimate teenage girl’s bedroom. A custom 60-inch-deep window seat was built for friends to lounge or sleep on.
A nook with recessed lighting near the bed was added for personal items; a glam ceiling gives it the wow factor.
Contributor: Classical Builders
Mount Kisco • As one of three boys, a twin wanted his room to have its own identity. The designer chose fun elements to match his spunky personality. The ceiling was covered with a lively, geometric wallpaper that contains red and blue triangles.
The gray-blue paint on the walls and a gray rug balance out the bold elements. A custom window seat is a cozy reading spot and offers plenty of storage.
Contributor: Henry Agudelo, Architectural Woodworking
Bronxville • For this girl’s bedroom, the designer used Mally Skok wallpaper and fabric, a custom Coleen Rider semiflush pendant, Oliver Street swing-arm sconces, and custom monogrammed Legacy Linens on the bed. Patterns and textures flow seamlessly, proving that blue is for girls, too!
Larchmont • This dining room is an ideal setup for both formal and informal occasions. Every feature in the space plays a unique role. The antiqued mirrored walls above the bar add a traditional elegance and complement, rather than compete with, more modern elements, like the chandelier. The seating arrangement is equally inviting for a feast or quiet breakfast.
Katonah • The team was charged with adding a second story to this modern farmhouse and designed an eye-catching steel staircase with stainless steel cabling to serve as a beautiful architectural backdrop. Textural pendants soften the design and bring the eye up to the staircase.
Simple furnishings with a low profile include chairs with rounded backs and woven seats to balance the sleek lines of the space. Details such as the large-scale artwork, asymmetrical mirror, pillows, and black windows add to the simple elegance of this anything-but-ordinary space.
Contributor: J. Nolan Contracting Corp.
Chappaqua • Repeating forms brought this layered dining room to the next level. The neutral palette allowed the custom geometric rug to take center stage and ground the space.
The pattern was thoughtfully continued through the chair backs and sheer draperies, as well as the undulating, whimsical chandelier. Restraint coupled with perfect natural light makes you want to pull up a seat.
Rye • This two-story foyer features a curved staircase of black steel and French white oak. The painted shiplap installed horizontally adds coziness to the space. A pair of large-scale pendant lights by Visual Comfort mix the black and nickel finishes used throughout the home; a pendant tucked below the radius overhang lights the stairwell below. A circular stair from the second floor provides access to the mahogany rooftop deck offering dramatic 360-degree views.
Chappaqua • A very narrow entry foyer was thoughtfully designed to include open and airy pieces to give the illusion of more space. The brushed stainless demilune mimics the gentle curve of both the staircase clad in a lively animal print and the shagreen bench beyond. The delicate surface-mount fixtures add a hint of glamour, while the elegantly styled console with abstract art by artist Angel Simeone welcomes guests.
Rye • A classic center hall Colonial with a twist, this project was part of a 1920s farmhouse renovation. Contemporary art in bright colors packs a punch in a historical entry with a traditional patterned carpet in modern colors over ebony wood floors.
Contributors: Rye Art Gallery; Quality Coatings; Carpet Trends
Scarsdale • This home office was designed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The clients wanted it be to a place to hang out outside the main living areas. It was set up so that multiple family members can take advantage of the large workspace or the kids can lounge while mom and dad are working.
The built-in desk and cabinetry were designed for maximum surface area, shelving for books, and overhead storage for supplies. The TV has its own spot within the shelving, and a drawer keeps a printer out of sight.
Larchmont • A previously unused seating area was remodeled into a striking workspace that demands attention. The room was designed around a tribal-pattern wallpaper that sets the tone for the rest of the space.
Large windows, dark trim, and built-in bookshelves add to the drama, while the leather, wood, and archways pull in the feel of the home and allow this space to naturally flow into adjacent spaces.
Chappaqua This home office was elevated by layering moody, monochromatic gray tones. Striving for both form and function, custom cabinetry has the same dark tones; it hide files, a printer, and supplies.
All of the chairs swivel, so guests can adjust their viewpoint and there is a laptop perch under the light-filled window.
Contributor: Anthony Loddo, General Contracting
Scarsdale • A Scarsdale couple needed an organized and bright space where they could both work from home. They needed two workstations and lots of storage. They also wanted the space to double as a den for watching TV and movies. An L-shaped built-in contains two desks with plenty of drawers and cabinets in between.
One wall has upper bookshelves where objects and art can be neatly displayed. Metallic turquoise-and-chartreuse dragonfly wallpaper makes the room feel cozy and special.
Contributor: Henry Agudelo, Architectural Woodworking
Scarsdale • This living room was part of a larger gut renovation of a 6,000-sq-ft, 1950s home. The clients, a young couple with twin girls, wanted to update the house and its interiors while retaining some of the period details, such as the original fireplace. The goal was to create a tailored space that would be inviting and warm.
The clients wanted a functional living room, rather than a formal living room that was never used. Three zones include a seating area in front of the fireplace, a game table for card games on one end, and a chaise that serves as the perfect reading nook on the other.
Bedford • For this living space, the designer created an open furniture layout that emphasizes the views and serves as a gathering space for family and friends. A custom sectional sofa, loved for its comfort and scale, was reimagined by the designer as a chaise and two sofas. It was reupholstered in a casual, modern textile and thoughtfully positioned around the magnificent lakefront views. Fabrics in taupe and muted blue reflect the vistas. The blue is a reference to Blue Heron Lake.
Contributors: Sely Gandarillas, Associate AIA; Tina Schwab, Interior Design Associate; Samantha Marino, Design Liaison; Miranda Girard, Sorelle Gallery; New England Antique Lumber
Katonah • Sunken living rooms can sometimes look like an afterthought. This living room, however, now speaks for itself and no one is feeling bad for it. The focal point of the room is the exquisite fireplace with wraparound paneling.
Other additions to the room include 8-foot French doors, 10-foot floor-to-ceiling custom bookshelves, and white oak beams that run the length of the room. The space is more formal than the adjacent den, but the furnishings are comfortable and allow the family to use this room as either a formal or informal gathering place.
Contributor: J. Nolan Construction Corp.
Katonah • Part of a whole-house renovation, the master suite was designed to bring the beautiful grounds indoors with soothing greens. Wavy mosaic tile in the master bathroom mimics falling water. Wallpaper on the ceiling in the master bedroom draws the eye up.
Contributor: Steven Secon
Mount Kisco • This custom master suite includes a palette that is soft but makes a statement. Oversize abstract artwork adds bold color; modern furnishings and custom bedding add contemporary notes against the traditional woodwork. The design offers fun and sophistication.
Contributor: John Cruz
Katonah • The goal of this project was to create a master suite oasis. The reclaimed wood beams on two walls act like a crown and frame out the ceiling without being too heavy.
There are his-and-hers closets, and the master bath is bigger than most bedrooms. The master bath floor is a showstopper and makes the beautiful double vanity and freestanding tub shine.
Contributor: J. Nolan Construction Corp.
Armonk • This elegant, modern master bathroom features clean lines with a large picture window that provides a painting-like view of the backyard for someone soaking in the Bain Ultra tub.
Bronze hardware and accessories give the space a luxurious feel. White gloss textured Porcelanosa tiles create interest, and a mirror on a barn-style door adds extra dimension. The custom vanities with generous drawers make the bathroom feel grand.
Contributor: Woodstone Builders
Rye • The goal for this master bath was to maximize storage and function with clean fittings and finishes. Porcelain slab floors and shower walls set a calm palette. Two colors on the floating vanity enhance the hardwareless drawers. Frosted glass on the toilet-room door provides privacy.
Contributor: Robert Howard, JWH Construction Management
Larchmont • The client was inspired by California modern baths on Instagram and requested a black accent wall and a floating walnut vanity. Marble counters and floor inject some vulnerability into the master bath’s clean aesthetic.
Contributors: Greg Lewis and Daniel Cores, Elite Construction
Rye • After living in their house for nearly 20 years, the homeowners embarked on their second renovation of this kitchen. A small addition at the rear of the house has large windows that allow light to flood the contemporary space and those inside to see the backyard.
Gray-blue glass uppers punctuate pale, rift oak cabinetry, bringing in color and reflecting light. A tiny mosaic from Artistic Tile picks up on the blue theme and adds texture and pattern to the calm space.
Contributors: Stacey Klein; Peter Cole; Rye Marble
Rye Brook • What was originally a dark kitchen with no natural light and odd ceiling heights was transformed into a modern, functional kitchen with lots of light. The use of white upper cabinets along with the Compac quartz waterfall countertops and backsplash in Arabescato white kept the design fresh and open.
The lower cabinets are a durable melamine textured wood (good for the two young boys in the family) and are in keeping with the lovely wooded backyard setting.
Contributor: Pat DeGiorgio, Majestic Kitchens & Baths
Katonah • This kitchen was relocated to the opposite side of the house to take advantage of more space and light. The exterior and interior elevations were changed to include two large black windows, which broke up the large countertop and framed out the range wall beautifully.
White cabinets complement the rest of the house; a band of reclaimed wood adds warmth and texture to the space. The pendants and sconces over the window are finished in brass.
Contributor: J. Nolan Construction Corp.
Rye • This traditional mudroom has classic lines, thanks to its trim details and bluestone floor, but it also features modern touches, including the black hardware and pendant light. The mudroom serves as a secondary entry and back stairway with three entry points: front yard, rear yard, and garage.
It features Dutch doors for the front and rear entries creating a natural breezeway when they are open. The walls are lined with painted, vertical tongue and groove for a finished, informal, but durable look. It is chock full of storage options, making this space stylish and functional for a young and busy family on the go.
Contributor: Kathleen Walsh Interiors
Scarsdale • The homeowners have three young children and before renovating a large portion of the first floor had no mudroom to speak of. To ensure the mudroom had ease of access, the designer relocated the house’s side entrance. The design team chose durable, porcelain floor tiles and added a luxurious electric heat mat underneath.
A wall-to-wall built-in was designed to provide individual storage for each family member. There are also two closets, ample hooks, shelves with baskets for smaller items, and a countertop that is the perfect place to catch a purse, keys, and mail.
Contributor: Henry Agudelo Architectural Woodworking
Chappaqua • Prior to renovation, this home had a narrow and inefficient mudroom. Its two small closets did not provide enough storage for the growing family. A new addition to the garage allowed the team to expand the mudroom by 4 feet.
This provided the space needed for adequate storage and a laundry room. The first of two areas includes a laundry, pantry, slop sink, cleaning supply storage, and a nook for the family dog’s bowls.
The second area is accessible by an exterior entrance, the laundry area, and the kitchen; it includes a combination of open and closed storage.
Scarsdale • This pool and pool house were recently added to the grounds of a Colonial Revival built in the early 1900s. The arched transom with spider design, the use of slate on the roof, bead board on the ceiling inside, and the round tapered columns are all found on the main house and inspired the design here.
The architect wanted the pool house to feel as if it was built at the time the original house was completed while offering all the features of a modern pool house.
Contributors: Frank Giuliano and Cardillo Pools
Pound Ridge • What was once a pool in a sad, unlandscaped setting is now a serene space for the homeowners to sit, barbecue, and find shade. The homeowners didn’t want a pool house, so the designer built a pergola for relaxing and entertaining. And because the pool is used at night, the team added dramatic lighting.
Pound Ridge • This 1,000-sq-ft pool house was designed to complement the French Country-style main residence. A great room with a cathedral ceiling with timber beams comprises a living area, dining area, and kitchen. The remaining spaces are a bathroom, mechanical room, and storage room.
Contributor: Rob Knorr, Nordic Construction
Chappaqua • Marrying masculine and feminine touches, this powder room is tone on tone. The moody space is balanced with glamour: a crystal chandelier, architectural hardware, and an oversize brass mirror that reflects a small amount of natural light.
Scarsdale • This powder room was part of a gut renovation of a 6,000-sq-ft, 1950s house. The bathroom sits right off the mudroom, so it needed to be durable and more relaxed than a formal powder room. The design concept began with the live-edge walnut slab; a tile accent wall creates a beautiful but practical focal point.
Rye • Soft and industrial features come together nicely in this modern powder room, which is part of a new home. The palette is shades of navy, and the space features navy trim coordinating with navy grasscloth with a hint of silver. The designer chose an industrial faucet alongside a shiny, metal sink and dark gray counter with metal mirror.
Scarsdale • This bright and cheerful laundry room makes the mundane task of washing and folding clothes much more enjoyable. Originally, the space was a large, open area at the end of the second-floor hallway that served no purpose.
The designer strategically divided the space to create two distinct and functional rooms: a gym and a laundry room. When you walk into the laundry room, tangerine wallpaper welcomes you. A wall of built-in cabinetry stores everything needed to wash, dry, and fold.
A hanging clothes bar above the machines is the perfect place to let delicate items air-dry. The white penny round backsplash and round opaque flush mounts were inspired by the white dots in the wallpaper pattern.
Contributor: Henry Agudelo, Architectural Woodworking
Eastchester • A custom installed two-lane bowling alley showcasing professional components, custom 10-foot television at end of the lanes, and specialty audio and lighting displays. This room also features a lounge area complete with show and bowling ball display.
Scarsdale • A space for family relaxation and reflection, this room is the ideal complement to the restful tone of the first-floor of this home with warm colors, comfortable and dog-friendly furniture, fun fabric textures, and a custom window seat and library shelves.
Bedford • This room was built to be the kids’ playroom. The space has tall ceilings and an amazing view to the rolling backyard. A glass railing was installed to capture the beauty of the property. The designer added built-in bunk beds and Lina chairs to allow the space to be more flexible.
Contributors: Jay Levy and Pat Morrisey
Greenburgh • The homeowner loved the idea that this new master bathroom would have enough space to lounge in. The designers expanded on that idea, making the bathroom feel comfortable and cozy, like a sitting room. The space is washed in natural light, which highlights the vaulted ceiling and exposed wood beams.
The furniture-inspired vanity and makeup table, made of white oak with inlaid painted panels and topped with marble, add to the warmth of the space. A freestanding tub provides a place to relax, and a large glass and marble shower completes the room without being imposing.
Rye • Traditional cabinetry details and matching panels in a soft palette provide an updated look in this gorgeous waterfront home. A freestanding tub looks out at the magnificent outdoor scene. Sconces around the recessed mirrored medicine cabinets complete the look and function.
Contributor: Crozier-Gedney Architects
Rye • Designed to be light and bright, this master bath has a dramatic arched window with a window seat. The seat separates the individual sink vanities, while a separate, small personal vanity is built into a window dormer with views of the water. A freestanding tub matches the accent stone in the frameless glass shower.
Contributor: Kathleen Walsh Interiors
Larchmont • This 1920s Colonial Revival had tremendous historic charm but a dated and cramped 1980s kitchen. The homeowners wanted an eat-in kitchen with sunlight; a big island for meal prep; and a clean, British traditional vibe that would resonate with the house’s architecture. The wall and tall cabinetry is a sophisticated greige; blue-black base cabinetry grounds the space.
Throughout the kitchen, solid brass hardware sourced from a small foundry in the U.K. has an aged, worn look but a fresh, clean profile. The custom wood countertop on the bar was stained to match the original birch doors of the home, wall cabinets feature vintage-style hardware, and bead board interiors are painted to match the island.
Rye • Part of a home renovation for a family with six kids, a large kitchen with lots of storage and substantial fridge/freezer capacity was a must. The designer used a dark stain on the upper cabinet doors to break up the otherwise all-white cabinets. Hard-working quartz has a clean marble look; a soft nickel hood and shelving and a hexagon-shaped backsplash pull it all together.
Contributors: Steven Secon and Kitchen Solutions
Larchmont • A grand Larchmont Tudor with original millwork and details was ready for a new kitchen after the homeowners were done raising their children and spending decades cooking in a cramped, dark space.
Designers bumped out the kitchen to open up the room, and new millwork was designed to bring the original Tudor charm into the modernized space. A geometric Ann Sacks tile introduces texture and interest.
Contributors: Howard Albert and Daniel Cores, Elite Construction
Greenburgh • In the center of this new, modern-day farmhouse is the main feature of the home: a vaulted-ceiling kitchen and adjoining breakfast area. This space connects to the family room, informal dining room, and exterior entertainment areas, bringing everyone together.
A dormer in the vaulted ceiling washes natural light over the kitchen’s gray cabinets, natural stone counters, hand-painted concrete tile, and white oak beams. The wide-plank white oak floors, left natural, continue throughout the home. The kitchen has views of the rear porch and yard, providing a seamless connection to the pool area and screened-in porch complete with outdoor kitchen.