Photos by Aggie Cholewka
Modern and Bright
Designer: Lisa Tessler, Link Interiors
The Goal: “Dina and Eric’s goal was to build a kitchen that can hold 10 kids at any given moment and then be ready for a dinner party,” says designer Lisa Tessler of her clients the Grossmans. Dina is the owner of the Great Stuff chain of stores, while her husband is an Orthopedic Surgeon in Manhattan. As working parents with three children (in elementary, middle, and high school), they needed a high-performing kitchen with storage and durability — “no crying over a spilled drink here.”
Tessler helped them transform a small galley into a space suited for big family gatherings, equipped with a double wall oven and a range. Focusing on easy-living mixed with modern style, Tessler spec’d large gray porcelain tiles for the floor, undulated white subway tile on the walls, black pietra cardoza counters, and custom cabinetry by Modern Classics.
Frosted glass cabinets on either side of the sink lend an element of sheen while concealing what’s inside; an appliance garage conceals the toaster, coffee maker, and more. The island is finished in wood laminate, which tolerates the wear and tear of kids’ shoes rubbing up against it.
|Best Seats in the House | The Saarinen oval table with brushed metal base can seat up to 10, and the Eames chairs around it are wipeable black fiberglass. “One swipe of paper towel and anything comes off.” Faux leather bar stools from CB2 at the island are equally low maintenance.
Metals of Honor | Black-and-brass faucets from Brizo with mesh spouts and handles “are like the crown jewels of the kitchen” and coordinate with the black cabinet pulls.
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Sunny Outlook | Yellow pendants from Urban Electric give the kitchen personality and reflect the fun nature of the homeowners, says Tessler. “They remind me of a ray of sunshine every time you walk into the kitchen.”
Photos by Adam Kane Macchia
An Eclectic Mix
Designer: Sarah Robertson, Studio Dearborn
Architect: Howard Albert
General Contractor: Daniel Cores, Elite Construction
Interior Decorating: Katharine Dufault, State of the Art Consulting & Design
The Goal: This kitchen in a 1920s Tudor belonging to an empty nester couple needed updating and modernizing via a design that would respect the architectural details of the home.
Enter Sarah Robertson, who, along with architect Howard Albert, helped expand the kitchen, creating a smart layout with clever storage features and an eating area that offers both breakfast table and island seating. Plans called for doubling the size of the kitchen and adding windows for better light.
“We kept the cabinetry quite simple so that the original architecture could be the feature,” says Robertson. The team replicated moldings and casings from the rest of the house in the new kitchen, picking up on the warm wood tones on the island, range hood, flooring, and doors, all complemented by brass hardware from Schoolhouse. “They’ve done a lovely job of keeping everything very restored but original,” and the new kitchen feels light and bright even as it blends seamlessly with the Tudor style.
Photos by Philip Ennis
A New Take
Designer: Danielle Florie, Senior Designer, Bilotta Kitchens of Mount Kisco
The Goal: The family that cooks together has the most fun — especially when their kitchen is equipped with four ovens and tons of workspace. After a first-floor renovation of a home for a couple with four grown children, the new kitchen features high-tech appliances purchased through Royal Green and a custom island with a connected table to seat family, friends, and cooking spectators. An old dining room was eliminated, and the whole area was transformed into one open, L-shaped space with a bar and family room.
“They wanted to expand the kitchen and have more of an entertaining room for their family gatherings,” says designer Danielle Florie. She designed the kitchen so that two or three people can work at the same time, with a full sink in the island that’s big enough for cleaning vegetables or washing pots and pans.
Photos by Stefan Radtke
Feminine and Masculine
Designer: Deanne Walczak, 360 Degree Design
Contractor: ADC Group Inc.
Where: Rye Brook
The Goal: This luxe bathroom in an Arts and Crafts-style house in Rye Brook occupies some serious square footage, which designer Deanna Walczak put to excellent use. The clean look features many wood elements that complement the home overall, which Walczak says is “straight out of a Frank Lloyd Wright book.” She kept the loo — a high-end toilet imported from Europe — in a separate room, with a barn door for privacy, a must-have for the homeowners.
A custom acacia wood vanity built by From Chef to Table adds a wow factor and anchors the space; it’s topped with Glassos from CCS Stone and organic gray vessel sinks that pick up on the tones in the floor. Walczak spec’d a custom super-subtle pale blue for the walls and sourced a clawfoot tub (her client’s preference) with an art deco feel. She created schematics of the room to help the homeowners feel confident in decision making.
Photos by Emily Sidoti
Light and Airy
Designer: Cami Luppino, Lulu Home Design
Carpenter: Peters Carpentry
Contractor: Joe Luppino, Luppino Builder’s Corp.
The Goal: When a couple with two young boys moved up to the burbs from New York City, they wanted to renovate their newly purchased 1930s farmhouse without changing the footprint. They hired Lulu Home Design to tackle the job, including a complete overhaul of their master suite. For this master bath, the team borrowed the space of a closet in the bedroom (and built his-and-hers wardrobes) to make room for shelving and a cabinet that fit under the steeply pitched roof.
“The goal was to keep it very spalike and Zen,” says designer Cami Luppino, who selected an eye-catching chevron marble for the floor in an otherwise understated white and gray space. The wife, who’s a yoga instructor at a top studio in the city, likes to take baths every day, so the BainUltra tub was a priority. A small side table encourages long soaks. “It depends on the day whether there’s wine or a book on that table — or both,” says Luppino.