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Meet Westchester’s Home Design Awards Finalists & Winners

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Glean inspiration from these 59 fantastic and inspiring home designs, chosen from hundreds of submissions throughout Westchester County.

Best Use of ColorBest Use of a New TrendBest Use of a Small SpaceChildren’s RoomCloset/Organizational SpaceDining RoomEntryLibrary/Home OfficeLiving SpaceMaster SuiteModern BathModern KitchenMudroomPool HousePowder RoomSpecialty RoomTraditional BathTraditional KitchenWhole Home ArchitectureWhole Home Design

– Best Use of Color –

Photo by Hulya Kolabas

Malka Helft
Think Chic Interiors

Designed for twin girls, this nursery in a New Rochelle home was designed to be cheerful and whimsical yet sophisticated. The color palette was chosen to reflect a happy vibe. The ceiling was painted a bright, modern pink to add a dramatic flair to the space, which ties in well with the colors of the custom window treatments and accessories throughout the room, providing elegant contrast to the dark-wood cribs. The crisp white allows the colors to really pop.

Contributor: EC Builders

Photo by Anthony Morena, Tree Falls Photography

WINNER: Christine Wetzel
Christine Wetzel Design

Originally built in 1874, this Victorian-turned-English Tudor in Pleasantville underwent a large renovation, including this kitchen. The pastel hues of the cabinetry, chairs, and accessories are a departure from the colors typically used in kitchens: whites, grays, and other neutrals. Three separate soothing colors were chosen for this eclectic look. Darker rustic wood was chosen to create balance on a multi-toned, peaceful palette, and copper finishes were used throughout, instead of the standard chrome or nickel.

Photo by Anthony Morena

Photo by Anthony Morena

Christine Wetzel

Inspiration: To create a fun atmosphere in the kitchen (the heart of the home), while still keeping it soothing, by utilizing “beauty” tones to evoke an air of “vacation.”

How did the client’s vision influence the project? My client is a mom of two teenage boys who love to eat. She also entertains often. We bumped out the back of the house to enlarge the kitchen, added a mudroom, and a covered porch with a large porch-swing bed. It is now a destination for all to come and relax.

My client was extremely involved in the entire design process. We combed antiques shows from Texas to Massachusetts to procure found objects to incorporate into the design, creating a sense of whimsy while remaining “green” in design. The island lighting fixtures are reclaimed peanut pickers. It was a win-win situation.

Contributors: All*Star Woodworking, Peter Cuneo; McCormack Contracting, Mike McCormack; James Coleman Architecture Studio, James Coleman; LaVern Kittsley

Photo by Brian Madden

Kimberly Tutera Martelli
KTM Architect

The goal of this project in Larchmont was to bring a mid-century master bath into this century. This involved a bold choice of color and pattern: a deep-emerald tile in a graphic hexagonal pattern was chosen as the feature wall of the bath. The matte-black fixtures and crisp white tub, countertop, and stonework are offset by the handcrafted green terracotta tiles.

Contributor: GPS Construction


– Best Use of a New Trend –

Photos by Kyle J. Caldwell

Barrett Oswald
Barrett Oswald Designs

At this waterside home in Larchmont, the trend of natural and sustainable materials was embraced. The neutral colors, alongside the jute rug, rattan light fixture, and oak table, all create a natural backdrop for the light and bright dining space.

Photo by Mick Hales

WINNER: Jennifer Howard
JWH Design & Cabinetry

In Larchmont, this Tudor kitchen boasts trendy mixed-metal details, open shelving, reclaimed rustic beams, warm paint hues, and sleek countertops. These elements combine synergistically to make this charming space an ideal representation of the “back to nature” motif.

Photo by Mick Hales

Photo by Mick Hales

Photo by Mick Hales

Photo by Mick Hales

Christine Wetzel

How did the client’s vision influence the project? This client was an architect moving from California to Larchmont. She wanted to transform a dark Tudor and include an open, functional kitchen. We incorporated mixed metals while bringing in natural colors and textures. We used walnut countertops, iron hardware, and reclaimed wood beams from our own millshop.

Photo by Emily Sidoti Photography

Debra Kling
Debra Kling Colour Consultant

The organic and tropical themes, colors, and textures are the trends boasted in this Pelham Manor dining room. Banana-leaf wallpaper displays greenery, bringing nature with it. Also on display is a green organic pattern, reminiscent of a spray of leaves, as shown on the lacquered console. Plants and floral displays, a sepia-toned rope table lamp, African hemp table runner, raffia basket filled with picnic supplies, and a found robin’s nest add to the tropical theme. The organic tones and textures mix with the blue-greens found in a natural environment.


– Best Use of a Small Space –

Photo by Ilir Rizaj

Alexa Kazim
Atelier 616 Interiors, LLC

This colorful 10′ × 12′ space was being used for storage before the homeowners decided to put a home gym on the same level as the master bedroom of their Pelham residence. To contrast the serene color palette displayed in the rest of the home, a vibrant green, with a wrapped racing stripe, was chosen to evoke and encourage movement. To maximize the space, an upright rack of free weights, a compact treadmill, cable weight system, and acrylic floating shelves were included. The tiny home-workout space includes such exercise amenities as Wi-Fi speakers and towels, like you might find in a luxurious hotel gym.

Photo by Digital Homes Photography

Jennifer McCabe
Duck Egg Blue Interior Design

Originally an unused and somewhat awkward space off the master bedroom, this was transformed into a reading nook with a sunny outlook on the yard. The window seat was designed with adjoining bookcases and soft furnishings, for a cozy seating area. Millwork was fashioned to complement the home’s existing architecture. The seat lid opens to provide storage for bedding and blankets.

Contributor: JM Contracting & Custom Carpentry

Photo by Emily Sidoti Photography

WINNER: Erin & Meghan Hackett
Hackett Interiors

Originally considered dead space, this custom reading nook is tucked into the side of the living room, providing additional seating. The cushions are upholstered in performance fabrics with plush pillows. Roman shades allow for privacy yet admit light. The rich textures create an inviting space in this Bronxville home.

Erin & Meghan Hackett

Erin & Meghan Hackett

Inspiration: This space belongs to a young family with two children under the age of 5. This is their “everything” room: a place to relax and entertain. This particular space was dead, so the architect made great use of it, creating a custom daybed with built-in shelving. Our client was going for a Moroccan vibe, so we tried to incorporate that into everything — we added wallpaper to the backs of the bookshelves, and the paper had a subtle Moroccan motif, as did all of the textiles and accessories. Overall, it’s a cozy spot and adds a ton of additional seating and living space.

Contributors: Louis Campana Architects, Louis Campana; Summit Woodworkers LLC


– Children’s Room –

Photos by Lo Austin

Erika Mercurio
Erika Mercurio Design

To create a hang out space for the children of this Rye home, a young kids’ playroom was transformed into a tween-friendly environment, where adults could also enjoy. A bar (that primarily functions as a candy bar/movie snack area for now) was created as it can transition into an actual bar in the future. A built-in eating nook was created that could also serve as a study area or poker playing area for adults. A wrap-around couch functions as cozy seating for watching movies. A completely custom gaming pod that has four reclining seats, access to multiple gaming systems, see through “sun roof,” popcorn and drink holders, and LED lighting is unique addition.

Photo by Adam Kane Macchia

Carla Zinman
Round Hill Design

This children‘s room in Armonk is a well-executed, functional play space, designed to express creativity and encourage arts and crafts, in addition to touting basketball and overall learning. The room features plenty of natural sunlight to stimulate little minds, with storage on the walls for neatness. Design elements include buffalo-plaid floor tiles and an orange rubber pendent.

Contributor: David Scott Parker Architects; Significant Homes, LLC

Photos by Holya Kolabas

WINNER: Malka Helft
Think Chic Interiors

This bedroom in New Rochelle was influenced by the design ideas of a first-grade boy. While stars were placed above the bed, the designer did not want the room to have a strong theme. The idea for the room was that it could grow with the young boy. With built-ins and plenty of storage, the room, which originally had an awkward shape to it, became stylish and functional. Since there was little closet space, a captain’s bed was built with two pull-out drawers: One is for a trundle, and the other is for storage. Because it is higher than a typical bed, a ladder was built on the wall to climb up the side. All of the hardware was made by the designer herself; she polished the copper fittings, cut them, and put them together. A light fixture was created to match.

Photo by Huya Kolabas

Photo by Huya Kolabas

Malka HelftInspiration: This room belongs to a 5-year-old boy who was about to become a big brother and was in need of a “big boy” room. The parents wanted a room that would not only make him feel big but would also grow with him. We chose a theme that spoke to him yet could grow with him: astronomy and outer space. Elements of this theme can be spotted in the astronaut duvet cover and pillow, the artwork up on the walls, and the navy ceiling above the bed, dotted with silver stars.

Challenges: The room had its issues: very little storage and an odd-shaped nook with a window set so high that a child couldn’t see out of it. It was clear that the only way to make this room work would be by customizing every single element. A built-in was made to store clothing, books, and to function as a desk. The nook was turned into a bed, trundle, storage combo, with shelving under the window for both books and a night-light. The entire built-in was painted a deep navy, while the interior of the shelves was in teal.


– Closet/Organizational Space –

Photos by Jim Fuhrmann

Jason Landau
Amazing Spaces

This 125 sq ft multifunctional space in Chappaqua serves as a side entrance, mudroom, laundry room, and walk-in pantry. The mudroom features a coat closet, shoe storage, and a bench, as well as hooks for hats, bags, and coats. The opposite wall showcases the laundry equipment and sink. A front-loading washer and dryer allow for a folding counter above. The walk-in pantry includes a second refrigerator and dry-food storage. A library ladder with handrails ensures the upper storage is easily accessible and safe for the homeowners to use.

Contributor: Sunrise Building & Remodeling

Photo by Stefan Radtke

WINNER: Marilena Viscogliosi
California Closets New York

This outdoor she-shed in Carmel was designed in the Natural finish from California Closets’ Albero collection, to replicate the natural characteristics of wood grain. Functioning as a workspace to create art, this quaint backyard getaway features ample organizational storage to house a variety of art supplies. Shallow drawers for storing paper, pull-out shelving for utensil storage, and shallow rimmed shelving for easy-to-reach paint tubes allow both open and closed storage, and a customizable space.

Marilena Viscogliosi

Inspiration: The client was looking for a private space away from the home, where she could create and be in nature. This is her weekend retreat from NYC. I have an art background, so I had a good sense of how an artist moves in their space and needs to function.

Project description: The studio space complements the client’s art, and that was the intention for this functioning workspace. Every inch of the space was carefully considered.


– Dining Room –

Photos by Marco Ricca

WINNER: Anelle Gandelman
A-List Interiors

This dining room in Scarsdale was designed as a contemporary space with a glamorous edge. Layered textures and a striking palette of black, white, gray, and gold create an eye-catching room that feels inviting yet not too conventional.

Anelle Gandelman

Inspiration: The client wanted us to use black, white, and gold, so we incorporated those colors into the design while creating an inviting space that would work well for intimate family dinners, as well as more formal dinner parties.

How did the client’s vision influence the project? The clients are a family of four, and the husband grew up in a more traditional home. The family wanted something more contemporary, with a younger fresher feel and glamorous edge.

Project description: The project had been a spec house, so it was very generic. Our job was to create the ultimate custom interior, to bring the clients’ aesthetic to life.

Photo by Paul Johnson Photography

Cami Luppino & Alana Irwin
Lulu HOME

For this Scarsdale dining room, a neutral color palette and sophisticated custom furnishings were the focus. The elegant entertaining space is actually quite family-friendly and durable due to performance fabrics and the thoughtfully chosen sculptural dining tabletop.

Photo by Mark Roskams

Marie Lo Iacono
Maria Lo Iacono Interiors

In this newly built Rye construction, the dining room combines modern elegance with classic traditional style. The gleaming polished-wood surface of the table provides a platform for contemporary or antique chinaware when paired with the dining chairs, upholstered in a combination of regal magenta velvet and casual tweed. The modern chandelier adds a fresh effect to the table. The walls are a warm neutral that complement the pops of color, and the window treatment is a ripple fold.

Contributor: Joyce Dorazio


– Entry –

Photo by Kirt Washington

Ira Grandberg
Grandberg & Associates Architects

Before a renovation, this Georgian-style house, built in the early 2000s, featured an entry hall with a traditional circular staircase with an oval ceiling tray. The revamping of the entry hall included a redesign of the staircase, which involved a reorganization of the circulation axes. A new direct stairwell, new skylight lighting tray, and refined detailing create the current light and airy entrance it is now.

CONTRIBUTORS: ABC Construction; studioMRD, Mika Raja-Dell‘Anno; Erica Crisses Designs, Erica Crisses; Union Adorn, Lauren Caron

Photo by Kyle J. Caldwell

WINNER: Erin Coren & Lina Galvao
Curated Nest Interiors

In this Rye entryway, a combination of linear-pattern grasscloth wallpaper, custom furniture with clean lines, and lacquer details were incorporated for a clean aesthetic, adding character and color to this new-construction home.

Erin Coren & Lina Galvāo

Erin Coren & Lina Galvāo

Inspiration: This was a typical client, where one spouse wanted one thing and the other wanted something totally different. She loves color and whimsy; he loves contemporary and serious. Our approach was to blend the two preferences, drawing inspiration from various photos that inspired the couple. Some were heavy on pattern and color; others were gray and elegant. Our approach was take a traditionally masculine color, blue, and make it playful but still with clean, modern lines. We integrated luxe textiles and wallpaper, to tie in the glam feel, while not overdoing it on pattern. The light struck us as especially whimsical.

Photo by Adam Kane Macchia

Jaime Willey
Divine Eye Design

A black-framed steel all-glass door was selected to open up the space and allow light to filter through the entry. As the entrance to the home is high above street level, and there is a private entry hall, the open-frame door was ideal. As guests can see into the entry, the designer wanted the door to the mudroom to be a piece of artwork. All other elements were kept simple, in black and white, including the black Moroccan semi-flush overhead light with gold inner rim.

Contributor: WhiteGate Millworks LLC, Liam Winters; Tinaj Construction Corp.


– Library/Home Office –

Photos by Brad Stein Photography

WINNER: Rasoslav Opacic
Radoslav Opacic Architects

Traditional dark walnut was used throughout this majestic Scarsdale library, whose high ceilings influenced the design. The result is a wall of bookshelves, walnut wall panels, windows, and French doors that extend 10 feet skyward. Recessed ceiling panels between the walnut beams bring the eye upward. The custom-designed fireplace is black marble. The French doors behind the desk lead one out to a formal garden with a koi pond. On the opposite wall, the oversized walnut doors, when open, are designed to sit as wall panels, connecting the library to the adjacent billiard room.

Photo by Kyle J. Caldwell

Photo by Kyle J. Caldwell

Radoslav Opacic

Project description: One unique feature of this residential library is its majestic height. The design consistently emphasizes the size and dignity of the room. Dark walnut is used throughout, lending gravitas to the space. The wall of bookshelves, the walnut wall panels, and the windows and French doors all extend up to a 10-foot-high datum point, while recessed ceiling panels between the walnut beams bring the eye upward. The custom-designed fireplace is black marble, and the French doors behind the desk lead one out to a formal garden.

On the opposite wall, there is a pair of oversized walnut doors that, when open, are designed to sit as wall panels, allowing for an inviting connection between the library and the adjacent billiard room.

Contributors: Cum Laude Group Inc.; Willey Design, John Willey

Photo by Kyle J. Caldwell

Shannon Murray

Shannon Murray Interiors

This light and bright home office in Rye features a clean aesthetic, with a soft color palette and Phillip Jeffries grasscloth. The muted blue/ gray tones create a serene feel for the space, and the woodwork was painted in a complementary color. With windows and an overhead lighting fixture, the room has plenty of light.

Photo by Tom Sibley

Mimi Fong
Luminosus Designs

In this new-construction center-hall Colonial in Rye, the home office features custom cabinets and felt wallpaper with baseball stitching, for a unique feel. The blue hue of the desk, door, and windows lends to a colorful space. A split-system Mitsubishi air conditioning unit was installed in the office to allow for a temp-controlled room.

Contributor: Marquis Painting


– Living Space –

Photo by Regan Wood Photography

Claire Paquin
Clean Design Partners

This large, double-height space is the main living room in this 1920s Tudor revival home in Rye. For a family of avid readers, the bookshelves and window seat to curl-up-and-read-by were musts. The furniture is formal, livable, and functional, with the curved sofa and octagonal cocktail table adding interest to the room. The color palette of salmon and berry is fresh and distinctive. The black-lacquered grand piano, limestone mantel, and modern stainless-steel pool table all work together to create a modern yet inviting space.

Contributor: EC Builders

Photo by Jen Painter

WINNER: Julia Oddo
TC Interiors

This living space in Yonkers is a kid-and pet-friendly room for a family of five. The airy space features custom wainscoting that adds a layer of sophistication to the room. The fireplace was transformed by the Calacatta book-matched masterpiece. The two sofas on either side of the fireplace provide ample seating, with movable custom ottomans in between.

Julia Oddo

Inspiration: We were inspired by a picture in a magazine, which had a similar vibe but was more relaxed in a sense of the setting. We wanted something more luxurious.

How did the client’s vision influence the project? They are a family of five with two dogs. They love to entertain and wanted a place where they could all hang out. My client had a strong opinion of what she wanted to have, and we worked together very well, bouncing ideas of each other and selecting finishes.

Project description: Custom wainscot molding added a base layer to the room. The fireplace underwent quite a transformation into a stunning Calacatta book-matched masterpiece.

Contributor: Tommy Kolitsopoulos

Photo by Emily Sidoti Photography

Erin & Meghan Hackett
Hackett Interiors

This living room in a restored Bronxville center-hall Colonial features a neutral palette and reflects the traditional elements in the home while remaining suitable for the young family who live there. Furniture with classic lines was mixed with modern elements, including the artwork.


– Master Suite –

Photos by Stefan Radtke

Scott Hirshson
Hirshson Architecture + Design

This master suite in Chappaqua began with the complete renovation of the existing bathroom in a new, five-fixture configuration, enlarged walk-in closets by California Closets New York, and a serene bedroom. An alabaster chandelier was placed above the king-sized bed complete with custom pillows in fabrics from Romo and Osborne & Little, and linens from Matouk. Corner seating covered in a white boucle contrasts with the rich hues of the Jab fabric on the drapery panels. Lucite and polished-nickel finials on the drapery rods connect to the finish of the bedside tables and lamps.

Contributor: H&Y Construction Inc.

Photos by Julie Brimberg

WINNER: Suzanne Goldberg
SBG Design, Inc.

For the master suite that was part of the renovation of this 70-year-old Tudor in Scarsdale, the overall goal was to keep the integrity of the Tudor style yet add a lighter, softer, contemporary feel. The designer combined a calm and soothing color palette of neutrals with luxurious textiles and furnishings. Lighting is from Hudson Valley Lighting; the carpet is Stark; and wallcoverings are Phillip Jeffries.

Suzanne Goldberg

Project description: These are clients I have been working with for 20 years. Both of their children are grown, so it is just the two of them in this grand house. A few years ago, they thought about moving, then realized there was nothing they loved as much, so they renovated instead. The master suite was upgraded with a calm and soothing color palette of neutrals, with luxe textiles and furnishings.

Contributors: Rye Builder, Joe Viger; Rosamund A. Young

Photos by Emily Sidoti Photography

Kim Mitchell
KAM Design

This master bedroom suite in Larchmont was a complete-gut apartment reno. The luxe space features a color palette including plum and lavender. The organic chinoiserie drapery pattern is a nod to the couple’s travels in Asia. The tiered, petal-like glass discs of the chandelier relate to the drapery pattern while creating a dramatic focal point. A seating/reading nook was created to include lower drawers and upper-cabinet storage. A frosted-glass pocket door brings light to the room, as does an integrated LED step light. The marble envelops the floors and walls, and creates an added layer of depth, as well as a clean, fresh look that pairs with the vanity and linen tower’s subtle wood grain.


– Modern Bath –

Photos by Stefan Radtke

Scott Hirshson
Hirshson Architecture + Design

This sophisticated retreat is located within the eves of this Chappaqua home. Two vanities are on the end walls with a soaking tub set against a dormer. Opposite the tub, a water closet with a milk glass door mirrors the new steam shower. A marble border follows the perimeter of the bathroom and mosaic flooring. Oak vanities with marble tops, polished nickel fittings from Kallista, and Kelly Wearstler sconces pair with wallcoverings from Osborne & Little and an ethereal Oly Studio chandelier. Accessories from Waterworks complete the spa-like bath.

Contributors: H&Y Contruction Inc.


Photos by Daniel Millstein

Jennifer Howard
JWH Design & Cabinetry

A combination of modern, clean lines with warm tones is the palette for this Rye bath which features glass countertops, a freestanding tub on wood platform, frosted glass, and marble mosaics in a frameless shower surround. The radiant heat adds another layer of warmth through the vanity area, shower floor, and separate water closet.

Photos by Curtis Lew

WINNER: Susan Marocco
Susan Marocco Interiors

In this contemporary bath in Chappaqua, the shower and flooring are the bold statements. During the renovation of this space, a wall had been removed to expand the bathroom into an alcove within the master bedroom. The water closet was relocated, and the former dressing area was removed, which allowed for the oversized shower. Pocket doors to enter the bathroom optimize the space.

Susan Marocco

Inspiration: The black-grid shower door, which creates a contemporary vibe. The black-and-white color scheme of the room followed.

How did the client’s vision influence the project? We designed and renovated the master bath for a young couple with two girls who had recently moved from Brooklyn. Collaborating and listening to and observing how the client lives and what their likes and dislikes are was how the vision for the black-and-white bathroom evolved.

Project description: Contemporary, fun, and a better use of space.

Contributor: Amodeo Contracting


– Modern Kitchen –

Photo by Adam Kane Macchia

Jaime Willey
Divine Eye Design

The goal of this project in Larchmont was to create a light space. As vaulted ceilings were a must for the homeowner, the kitchen was an addition to the main house: a farmhouse built in 1837. The windows chosen were the largest that could fit into the space to frame the stove and hood. The modern kitchen boasts accents like beams with custom iron plating, shiplap on the walls and back of the island, and a Shaws farmhouse sink with a classic chrome faucet to maintain a farmhouse element.

Contributors: William G. Winters Architect PC; WhiteGate Millworks, Liam Winters; Tinaj Construction Corp.

Photo by Paul Johnson Photography

Cami Luppino & Alana Irwin
Lulu HOME

The designers approached this full-gut kitchen reno in Bedford with the intent of maximizing views to the rear landscape. The goal was to design a modern country kitchen for a busy family. Elements such as black statement lighting and hardware are combined with more traditional oak-wood features. Custom-designed furnishings include a family-friendly, channeled, vinyl banquette and dining table. Rhythm was created by installing faux-oak beams, a shiplap hood, and a detailed quartzite waterfall island.

Contributor: Noble Construction, Bernie Keuhl

Photo by Zdravko Cota

WINNER: Leah Diamond
LEICHT Westchester | Greenwich

The homeowner wanted to created a beach-like environment in this Scarsdale space, with a corresponding color palette. To foster a light and airy mood, the Leicht kitchen model that was chosen was Bondi in Arctic. The design includes all-white cabinetry; thick, white Caesarstone countertops; and a backsplash reminiscent of sand. Matte-black hardware anchors the lighter tones and helps ground the space. There is abundant light in the room, from both natural sources — through windows, doors, and skylights — and built-in LED lighting in the cabinetry, to continue the warm beach theme.

Photo by Zdravko Cota

Photo by Zdravko Cota

Leah Diamond

Inspiration: The beach. The husband is Australian, and the clients were inspired by the climate and atmosphere of his home country. They wanted a light and bright room, so the color scheme reflects that, with the white cabinetry and countertops, and the sand-colored, textured backsplash.”

Photo by Zdravko Cota

Photo by Zdravko Cota

How did the client’s vision influence the project? The clients are a young family with school-age children. Therefore, the materials chosen were all very durable, easy to maintain, yet with an elegance that will last over time as the family matures and grows with the space. They wanted a large multifunctional island, to eat at, play on, do homework around, and socialize around. It was important that the kitchen’s design interacted with the rest of the open floor plan of the home.


– Mudroom –

Photo by Brad Stein Photography

Janet Roseff
ROSEFFLANE Architecture

The owners needed a second, less formal entrance to their small Dobbs Ferry home and requested abundant and varied storage for their five person family. This mudroom addition was designed in conjunction with a new covered patio. With just under a 10-foot-high ceiling, the room provides ample closets for hanging, four built-in wood cubbies, deep storage areas above, and a custom wood unit to provide shelves for storage bins. To access the high storage, a custom steel rail was installed at the seven-foot datum height to support a rolling steel library ladder. Relocating the laundry from the existing cramped basement, allowed for a stackable washer/dryer area behind the doors at the end of the cubbies. Radiant heating under the porcelain tile floor keeps the space warm and dry.

Contributor: MJS Contracting Corp

Photo by Lo Austin

Kerry Jacobs
Manor+Woods

The owners of this Larchmont home desired a functional yet stylish mudroom to welcome their young children and friends. Cheerful yet classic wallpaper from Thibaut was chosen, while storage is plentiful, in the form of a bench for kids to kick off their shoes and above-door open bins for seasonal items.

Photo by Adam Kane Macchia

WINNER: Tami Wassong
Tami Wassong Interiors

As the first floor of this Larchmont home did not have a mudroom prior to this renovation, the designers incorporated a new entry to fashion a mudroom that would accommodate the homeowners: a family with three young boys. The space offers plenty of storage: with one side of the room geared for the boys‘ belongings and the other for the parents‘. Graphic ceramic tiles were chosen to liven the space and wall-to-wall built-ins were incorporated. Ample hooks, shelves, baskets and a countertop for daily drop off of keys, bags, and mail make for a practical space.

Tami Wassong

Project description: This mudroom accommodates the lifestyle of the homeowners: a family of five, with three very active young boys. The room features plenty of storage for both the boys and parents, including built-ins to minimize clutter. Graphic elements, like the ceramic tiles, liven the practical space.

Contributor: First Class Woodworking


– Pool House –

Photo by Arnold Wile & Associates

Arnold Wile
Arnold Wile & Associates

This pool and pool house in Harrison were built for a family with young children who wanted a resort-like area that was equally suited to family time or entertaining as many as 50 guests. The patio around the pool extends to the outdoor entertainment space, with a bar, kitchen, and TV, as well as a covered outdoor lounge area. The interior of the pool house features a great room with a 17-foot ceiling, and kitchen, dining, and lounge areas. There is also a changing area and separate shower and toilet rooms to keep wet feet out of the main house. A storage room completes the approximately 600 sq. ft. structure.

Contributors: John Jay Landscape Design; Albert Group Landscaping & Swimming Pools

Photo by Brad Stein Photography

WINNER: Radoslav Opacic
Radoslav Opacic Architects

This cabana in Scarsdale is a new, freestanding structure on a five-acre property. The walls on both the front and rear of the cabana are oversized sliding-glass panels that can be fully retracted to create an open-air pavilion from which to enjoy the pool to the east and the lavish vegetable garden to the west. On its exterior, the cabana carries elements of the main house, including the hipped slate roof with integrated gutters. On the interior, the tall tray ceiling is illuminated by a hidden lighting cove above the wall’s crown molding. The side walls are designed as large panels of white oak with a driftwood finish. The cabana features a kitchenette, storage cabinets and closets, a bathroom, and dressing area.

Photo by Brad Stein Photography

Photo by Brad Stein Photography

Photo by Brad Stein Photography

Photo by Brad Stein Photography

Radoslav Opacic

Project description: This cabana is a new, freestanding structure with walls on both the front and rear of the cabana that are oversized sliding-glass panels that can be fully retracted to create an open-air pavilion from which to enjoy the pool to the east and the vegetable garden to the west. The cabana features a kitchenette, storage cabinets and closets, a bathroom, and a dressing area. On its exterior, the cabana carries elements of the main house.

Contributors: Cum Laude Group Inc.; John Doyle; Willey Design, John Willey

Photos by Sean Jancski

Sean Jancski
Sean Jancski Landscape Architects

The design intent of this Harrison pool and pool house was to create a unified yard, taking into account the existing topography and rock ledges. The shape of the pool mimics the natural shape of boulders. The disappearing edge of the pool creates a feeling of a natural water’s edge that blends into the landscape. The infinity raised spa protrudes through the pool patio, spilling into the pool and creating a gentle and soothing sound of a waterfall. The serpentine retaining wall winds through the landscape, unifying the pool patio, lawn, and planted areas.

Contributors: Tarva Diroma; Shoreline Pools; Paul Shainberg Architects;


– Powder Room –

Photo by Adam Kane Macchia

WINNER: Tami Wassong
Tami Wassong Interiors

This was a small but powerful powder room in a traditional Victorian in Larchmont that was modernized with integrated floating sink, modern hardware and fittings, and one-of-a-kind designed wallpaper to make this space a beautiful room.

Photo by Adam Kane Macchia

Photo by Adam Kane Macchia

Tami Wassong

Project description: This small, powerful powder room is in a traditional Victorian in Larchmont. The room was modernized with an integrated floating sink, modern hardware and fittings, and one-of-a-kind designed wallpaper to make this space a spectacular room.

Contributor: First Class Woodworking

Photo by Chaun Ding

Lara Michelle
Lara Michelle Interiors, Inc.

In this statement powder room in Rye Brook, the top part of the wall is adorned with striking wallpaper, while the bottom part features white wood paneling to balance out the busy pattern above. The gold leafing in the wallpaper matches the gold faucet, mirror frame, and shelf framing. The floors are tiled in a large 24″ × 24″ Calacatta tile, and the bath features a white pedestal sink and toilet.

Contributor: Golden Crown Contractors, Inc.;

Photo by David Macaluso

Claudia Tejeda
Claudia Giselle Design LLC

The homeowners of this Briarcliff Manor house wanted a powder room that was both timeless and bold, so a black-and-white color palette was chosen, along with an abstract wallpaper from John Rosselli & Associates, to give this small space a big personality. Classic elements, like the marble herringbone floor pattern, marble pedestal vanity sink, and the wood wainscoting, are complemented by a contemporary brass mirror, an oil-rubbed bronze alabaster sconce and surface mount fixture, with matte-black plumbing fixtures and accessories.


– Specialty Room –

Photos by Adam Kane Macchia

WINNER: Carla Zinman
Round Hill Design

In this sophisticated home theater, large bookcases, sleek library lights, and a soft, tailored, plaid wall covering (Savile Suiting Plaid in Antique on Grey by Phillip Jeffries) lend elegance and style. Big music fans, the homeowners plan to stream concerts, as well as enjoy movies and sporting events. The back wall is lined with vinyl records that are meaningful to the occupant and add an element of color to the space, along with the pillows and ottomans, which keep the room fun and playful. Shelves are decorated with vintage cameras, an antique typewriter, and some old adventure books. The room is also equipped with a hidden door, which leads to an area with a private golf simulator.

Carla Zinman

Project description: The concept behind this movie room was to create a cozy, sophisticated space that didn’t look like a movie theater. The homeowners are big music fans and they planned to use the space to stream concerts as well as enjoy movies and sporting events. The back wall features some of the owner’s vinyl record collection. The shelves are decorated with vintage cameras, an antique typewriter, and some old adventure books. The binding of the books features some of the owner’s favorite movie quotes. The space also has vintage Disney flip-books framed in long horizontal frames. All the custom art in this space was created by Round Hill Design.

Contributors: David Scott Parker Architects; Significant Homes LLC; Realm.

Photo by Brad Stein Photography

Radoslav Opacic
Radoslav Opacic Architects

This basement wine cellar (with refrigerated storage rooms) houses a vast collection of wines and features a comfortable gathering area for tasting events that can accommodate up to 12. Although the house is newly constructed, the homeowners wanted the cellar to have the ambience of an old, seasoned winery. The perimeter of the entertaining area is defined by a series of foundation piers in the same brick as the house. Black steel beams, a barrel-vaulted ceiling, and an oak, custom-designed tabletop add character. The two flanking wine-storage rooms — one for reds, one for whites — can be seen through custom steel doors between brick piers. A small kitchenette is behind a sliding wood door.

Contributor: Cum Laude Group Inc.

Photos by Peter Krupenye

Carol Kurth
Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors

A deteriorated barn structure was transformed into this modern athletic space, Homeplate Barn. The sports barn preserved the original footprint of the structure and was fashioned with barn-red shingle cladding and standing-seam metal roofing. The renovated barn features a polished concrete floor and reclaimed wood details. The recreation sports court/batting-cage area doubles as large entertainment space with dramatic steel and glass doors.

Contributors: Christine Lent; Diana Wawrzaszek; Couno Engineering; RC Torre; Michael and Sons Nurseries;


– Traditional Bath –

Photo by D. Wang Photo

Hope Scully
HHS Associates

For this complete master-bath renovation in White Plains, the homeowner wanted to maintain the existing L-shaped layout, so the designer created two separate vanity zones, with one having a bedroom-vanity feel with plenty of extra storage. The custom-cerused rift-oak wood vanities combine with creamy finishes and touches of warm brass lighting. The result is a classic, cozy, and inviting retreat.

Contributors: Westchester Premier Builders Inc; Culin & Colella, Inc.

Photo by Emily Sidoti

Kim Mitchell
KAM Design

This whimsical feminine bathroom in Larchmont was designed for sisters to share. The homeowners desired a bold and youthful design incorporating pink hues. The modern twist on classic chinoiserie wallpaper was bordered with striated pink tile. The border mimics the striations in the background of the wallpaper and acts as a frame for the mural feature wall, which is reflected in the vanity mirrors. The wallcovering continues behind the double-sink vanity accented by a branched sconce and mirrored medicine cabinets. Green-glass penny tile adorns the floors, while pink-linen window treatments provide privacy. The polished-chrome fixtures and hardware give the space a touch of shine.

Photo by Emily Sidoti

WINNER: Lauren Johnson
Lauren Johnson Interiors

This project in Purchase was a renovation that combined a dressing area and an old existing bathroom to create this roomy space. The neutral bath features a freestanding tub, a double vanity (faucets from Kallista and hardware from Waterworks), a statement-making tile by Artistic Tile, and plenty of storage space. An oversized mirror and wall lights provide a well-lit space to get ready.

Lauren Johnson

Inspiration: We wanted to expand the original, and rather small, master bathroom of a 1940s, classic Georgian, but all agreed that we wanted the renovation to look like it was there forever and original to the home.

I was my own client. I have a love affair with our old house and have been working on it for the past 10 years. This room was no different in that you’d never know when it was designed or renovated, because we stayed true to the architecture and bones of the home.


– Traditional Kitchen –

Photo by Kirt Washington

WINNER: Randy O’Kane & Ira Grandberg
Bilotta Kitchens and Grandberg & Associates Architects

This spacious kitchen in Scarsdale exudes a calm, clean, and classic feel. The details were the focus: fluted Bendheim low-iron Pyramid textured glass, Lacanche French range in matte black with brass trim, and a custom hood. The homeowners decided to forgo cabinet and countertop surfaces on the exterior wall next to the dining alcove (a thoughtful addition) so that they could have a large table for the family to gather. This allows a tremendous amount of natural light from the windows to keep the kitchen bright, so a soft gray was chosen for the custom Bilotta cabinetry. The kitchen also features a Wolf microwave drawer and warming drawer and SubZero wine cooler.

Photo by Kirt Washington

Photo by Kirt Washington

Randy O’Kane & Ira Grandberg

Randy O’Kane & Ira Grandberg

Inspiration: The kitchen was designed so that there would be a new visual axis from the redesigned family room to the kitchen, with the island as a focal point.

How did the client’s vision influence the project? The challenge was to “scale” this large space so that the flow and detailing made for a pleasant experience without embellishing the kitchen with “made-up” detailing. The space had to be a transitional design, to blend the traditional architectural shell with the contemporary interior.

Contributors: ABC Construction; Erica Crisses Designs, Erica Crisses; Union Adorn, Lauren Caron

Photo by Brian Madden

Jonathan Desmini & Kimberly Tutera Martelli
Majestic Kitchens & Baths and KTM Architect

Set in a 1900s Dutch Colonial with soaring ceilings and rich stained floors is a newly minted open-concept kitchen and dining area. The layout provides generous room to navigate between spaces, and the large peninsula can accommodate many people and activities. The refined white cabinetry is complemented by the darker-gray island and built-in bar. The fluted range hood, bespoke cabinets, and finely crafted pulls honor the formal bones of the home, while the chevron backsplash pattern in a soft blue subway tile keeps it playful and modern. The quartz countertops feature rich veining.

Photo by Adam Jane Macchia

Sarah Robertson
Studio Dearborn

The renovation of a waterfront Colonial in Larchmont that was prompted by a severe flood resulted in a completely reinvented home. The kitchen overlooks the water and is designed to maximize light and views. The kitchen has plenty of storage: charging drawers, pull-outs for cookware, trays, utensils and condiments, and a customized dog-feeding station. A pantry door was designed to seamlessly integrate into the cabinetry, and an appliance wall makes for a practical design. The range was placed between two windows that overlook the covered porch, and the homeowners’ collection of artisan pieces are displayed on shelving across the windows. The custom zinc hood gives the kitchen a feeling of age.

Contributors: Lewis and Lewis Architects, Paige Lewis; Daniel Cores, Elite Designs


– Whole Home Architecture –

Photos by Tim Lee

Jillian Hayes
Georgio Home

This spacious, modern farmhouse features black Sierra Pacific windows, metal shed roof and gutters, a mixture of vertical batten board and unique square-paneled siding. An oversized, wraparound mahogany porch and large circular driveway allow for a grand entrance into this thoughtfully designed home.

Contributors: Patricia Georgio; Robert Georgio

Photos by Steven Kratchman Architect, PC

Steven Kratchman
Steven Kratchman Architect, PC

This four-bedroom home in Croton-on-Hudson received a top-to-bottom, inside-out renovation. Reflecting the area’s grand farm and estate houses of yesteryear, while staying true to the owner/ architect‘s contemporary style, the redesign utilized clean lines, geometric shapes, monolithic colors, and a signature combination of materials like metal rooves and white stucco exterior walls with black painted trim. The transformation turned a one-and-a-half-story New England Cape into an eye-catching, two-story Cape Dutch-style home in honor of the South African heritage of the owner’s wife.

Contributors: Stell Construction Corp; Hugo Construction Corp

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Photos by Andy Ryan Photographer LLC 2020

home design winners

home design winners

WINNER: Barnard Doran
Taurus Builders Corp.

This custom home in Croton-on-Hudson features expansive views of the Hudson River and unique architectural details that provide character. Balconies and decks abound; a private lawn is surrounded by evergreens. Inside, on the main floor, the banks of windows bring the outside into the open-concept kitchen/family room, dining room, and living room, along with the large home office. The second floor includes a master suite with wraparound windows, capturing the river during the day and the lights from Haverstraw Bay at night. The balance of the second floor includes two more expansive bedrooms and a library. The top floor includes an artist’s retreat and sliders to an impressive rooftop deck with views of the Mario Cuomo Bridge. The finished lower level includes substantial storage space, a powder room, and access to the four-car garage.

Barnard Doran

Inspiration: The inspiration came from wanting to do something different and challenging myself. I looked to the West Coast-Seattle region for the kind of home that would bring some excitement to the area and take in the views from the Hudson River.

Project description: The project was challenging, exciting, hard, and worth every minute.

Contributor: DeMasi Architects P.C.


– Whole Home Design –

home design winners

Photos by Tim Lenz Photography

home design winners

home design winners

home design winners

home design winners

WINNER: Barrett Oswalrd
Barrett Oswald Designs

For this 1920s Tudor in Larchmont, the goal was to contemporize the home while maintaining its architectural integrity, marrying traditional structure with modern design. Lightly dyed fabrics and layered textures are key, deftly playing off of the home’s dramatic features, like the stained-glass windows and dark-wood panels typical of Tudors. The designers examined each room’s arched entrance, as if a frame to a picture, when designing each room, engendering a unique statement within each space.

Barrett Oswald

Inspiration: The goal of this project was to combine traditional architecture and modern design. We designed each room by viewing the arched entrance as a frame to a picture. We took the dramatic features, like stained-glass windows and dark-wood panels, into account and added earthy tones and warm textures to complement, instead of compete with, the original elements.

How did the client’s vision influence the project? Our clients are a family of four who equally love entertaining and quiet nights at home, in front of the fire.

Contributor: NY Renovate

home design winners

Photos by Tim Lenz Photography

home design winners

home design winners

Jennifer Howard
JWH Design & Cabinetry

A top-to-bottom renovation of this Bronxville home ran from the basement to the third floor. The team chipped out the basement level to achieve the nine-foot ceilings for the laundry, home office, and playroom. Southern roots, a Brooklyn brownstone, and the clients’ art gallery ownership inspired the home’s blend of charming traditional details and contemporary flair.

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Photos by Zdravko Cota

home design winners

home design winners

home design winners

Leah Diamond
LEICHT Westchester | Greenwich

This Scarsdale home was gutted and completely renovated with brand-new cabinetry in every room. The designer wanted to create a functional, yet modern and sophisticated, open space for this family with kids. In the kitchen, white lacquer and the Neolith countertop were selected for quick and easy cleanups. Wood veneer adds warmth to the white cabinetry. The formal living room is a sophisticated space that the owners can enjoy with friends and family, and the master bedroom is minimalistic, with a clean aesthetic.


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