Interior Designers' Favorite Design Projects: Stephen and Gail Huberman of SGH Designs Inc.

a custom creation

Designers: Stephen and Gail Huberman
SGH Designs Inc.
Pound Ridge (914) 764-8042;

The concrete fireplace created by Brooks Custom in Mount Kisco is a striking focal point in the master bedroom; walls are covered with padded gabardine.

Artfully arranged wood from Lake Placid flanks the mahoghany fireplace; the Venetian plaster walls are adorned with hand drawings made with a fine-tipped marker.

The designers’ favorite room, the dining room, features condensed Masonite panels attached to the walls that were spray-lacquered red; gold-leaf diamonds accent each panel.

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The Venetian plaster walls in the bathroom are hand-painted; mirrors are custom. The Hubermans had the Ann Sacks limestone distressed and wrapped the tray ceiling with mahoghany flooring. Silver tea paper on the ceiling adds an ethereal glow. Reflected in the mirror is the stainless-steel tub set against a wall of pebbles.

The rosewood desk with an onyx top is the star of this study. Walls are nubuck suede; carpet by Stark.

Husband-and-wife team Stephen and Gail Huberman transformed a one-year-old traditional house into this dream home, filled with custom designs.

Why is this your favorite design project?
“The client knew exactly what she wanted—and it was exactly what we wanted to do. She gave us free reign and we ran with it. If you hire a designer you have faith and confidence in, and are able to com-municate with him or her, the outcome will be great.”

Which room is most unusual?
“The dining room—we wanted to do something really different. We asked the client, ‘Can you live with a red room?’ And we took it from there. Now, we like to come and just sit in this room.”

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How long did this project take?
“Two years from beginning to end. We’ve become good friends with the clients in the process.”

What was the most dramatic transformation?
“The master bath was huge with a lot of unused space in the middle. We reconfigured it with his-and-hers vanities projecting out into that open space and had a stainless-steel tub custom-made as the focal point. Now we think it is the most spectacular room we’ve ever done.”

Is there anything you wish you had done
“No—it’s perfect as it is!”

Photography by Bruce Buck

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