Modern Marvel

Sleek and serene from joy Lee

Joy Lee, Korean born interior designer, graduate of Metropolitan Institute of Design and creator of Joy's Journey in Design, completed a nine month redesign of a home in Old Westbury along with her associate designer, Ryon Son.

The house, a 6,000 square foot, 12 room contemporary built in the 1980s, received an entire makeover with an ultra-modernism-to-the-extreme edge. This ranch style home consists of five bedrooms with an open floor plan for the kitchen, dining and living room space. The first floor also has a library, sewing room, two closets and three baths. The basement features a movie theater, two offices, five seat wet bar, hot/cold wet sauna and full bath.

The Belleville double-door entryway, featuring a contemporary leaf design and a starburst Sputnik chandelier, leads to the 350 square foot kitchen. Laminated cabinets with 18 inch chrome handles, quartz island countertop and ultra white laminated floor tile illustrates the avant-garde style. Miele appliances integrate with the contemporary approach and five leatherette, tangerine orange chairs around the Caja tulip table provide a pop of color.

The clients’ love of literature and biographies led Lee to create a space to reflect the Trinity University Library in Dublin by installing a photo-mural vaulting 17 feet entirely on a single wall.

Bookshelves house 1500 volumes as well as sculptures of the clients’ literary favorites. The academic-inspired space includes a reclaimed wood counter desk with functional cabinet maker reading lamps, reading point ceiling lights and computer station for each family member. Masterful guidance through Lee’s choice of accessories are a 1930s era Remington typewriter, rotary phone, circa 1900 sailing ship models, a wooden library bookstand for oversized books and antique cigar boxes. Two leather Burnhardt chairs with ottomans and an 80-inch, three-seat sofa finish off the room. A round leather chandelier illuminates and further enhances the space.

The dining area has a 9-foot custom quartz table top with chrome legs and seating for 10. The width is custom to 36 inches for easy sharing of dinner dishes prepared daily by the client. Chairs are ultra white from Crystal. Diamond shaped sconces and a Hinkley chrome and crystal chandelier add a hint of romance to this ultra-luxe space.

Culturally for the client, a separate hot and cold wet bath/sauna was installed with space for the entire family. The sauna houses a waterproof TV, an open duel shower booth and all surround LED blue lights. The steam sauna goes up to 120 degrees.

Finesse Landscaping Design Triumph

Eric Hagenbruch shows his artistry

The desire of this home owner was to have no more grass at this home in Hampton Bays. Landscape artist, Eric Hagenbruch, owner of Finesse LandscapeDesign, who has been creating natural landscapes for over 35 years was hired to do this job. The homeowners had just completed a major renovation and were ready for something unusual on the front lawn.

The area was a challenge for Hagenbruch with a space approximately 35 feet by 30 feet on a slight incline. Asked about the project, Hagenbruch chuckled, “I like inclines because I can have stone walls and, of course, stone steps.”

Hagenbruch said as soon as he pulled up to this house, he had the idea for a small boulder walkway with a few steps up the hill to a boulder patio which would meander over to the driveway. In locations where there is no stone, there would be trees, shrubs and perennials. The real challenge was convincing his clients. After multiple meetings, the homeowners decided to give Hagenbruch carte blanche!

“I am extremely happy with the work Eric did; he has become one of the family,” said the wife. “Growing up in Holland, I grew up with a love of flowers. This garden is a soulful place for me which allows me to feel nature all around me. Thanks to Eric and his crew for all of the creativity that went into the project.”

There were many challenges at this property. The biggest was to install plants that were deer resistant. “There are plenty of plants that deer just don’t like,” explains Hagenbruch. “During production, new plants were brought in daily. There was no place to put bulk items so only what was needed for the day was brought to the property.”

Before the stone walls and paths were to be installed, all the clay soil had to be removed. The new planting beds got a custom compost soil mixture to enjoy their new home in the landscape.

“Everywhere you look there are interesting, unusual and fragrant plants,” says Hagenbruch.

One of perennials, Allium “millenium” is a butterfly magnet. This allium is interesting through multiple seasons. Magnolia, also known as “Little Gem” has a delicious fragrance when you are walking along the stone paths. This front yard garden was designed to show color all year long.  Hagenbruch says with every house he works on his goal is to have color all four seasons. Many plants have foliage that changes color during the cooler months.

The homeowners are excited every time they go out to their summer home to see what’s blooming each and every weekend.

There is a variegated ajuga ground cover which can take foot traffic along the side of the house into the backyard. It surrounds an interesting natural stone lantern found at Mother Earth’s Nursery in East Northport, New York, which was placed along the path. 

Hagenbruch says every outdoor lighting project L.I. Custom Design Group does always comes out absolutely amazing. 

Every year more and more clients are removing their lawns and replacing them with flower gardens and/or edible gardens. These type of gardens, once established, use less water and of course no lawn chemicals.

Perimeter Edge Beauty by Gibbons Pools

This perimeter edge beauty was one of 14 awards won by Gibbons Pools from the Long Island Pool & Spa Association (see rest of award winners in "The Great Outdoors" section).

With its 360-degree perimeter overflow design, this pool provides a stunning mirror effect dramatically reflecting the surrounding foliage.

Coping in Zimbabwe block absolute granite is polished to a high gloss finish. Adding depth and enhancing the reflective quality, the interior finish is made up of dark stone imported from Australia. This stone was chosen for its very soft characteristic making it the best choice for foot comfort.

The sun ledge, a feature once exclusive to high end resorts, is the ideal spot to keep cool while lounging. Duck out of the sun and enjoy a beverage at the bar under the shade structure. The New York bluestone patio provides plenty of space to lounge, entertain and socialize.

Adding a unique element and striking visual effect, two fire bowls sit atop Westchester piers and are controlled via the cloud.

Totally maintenance free, the self-cleaning water quality system is completely cloud-controlled as well. LED lighting offers a rainbow of color choice to fit your mood which can be controlled right from your smart phone.

Incorporating sustainable, earth and pet-friendly materials, Gibbons Pools was recognized as a Top 50 Builder by Pool & Spa News.


A New Story

EL Design Studio's Inspired Coastal Kitchen
Ellen Lopez, CKD  
2017 NKBA 50th Anniversary Design Competition

Photography by James Governali

“The needs of my clients’ beachfront kitchen were straightforward yet challenging to fulfill,” said Ellen Lopez, owner of EL Design Studio in Hicksville. “It involved fashioning a warm, intimate environment within a generously open space while merging a traditional style with an organic, beachy feel.”

Eye-catching wall behind range suggests the waves of the sea.

Eye-catching wall behind range suggests the waves of the sea.

The subtle swirling patterns of the Cambria quartz countertops brought the movement of waves and glimmer of sand. The rugged texture and warm tone of the plank tile floor completes the feeling. The finished look has implications of the beach yet maintains a sense of grace.

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“My biggest challenge was taking an extra-large space and turning it into a functional work triangle,” remarked Lopez. The solution came from using refrigerator and freezer columns; by breaking up the units, more space was used while keeping the fundamental elements of the triangle intact.

A set of counter stools are perfectly graceful in their shape with driftwood legs and soft, blue upholstery. Combining these accents with the elegance of the raw design of the space gave the clients’ home a new story and a new purpose.




Classic white cabinets and cursed oak, oversized island provide the perfect balance between the elegant space and the relaxed vibe of the view. Refrigerator/freezer columns add flow to a second work space so guests can lend a hand.



Contemporary Cottage

Riverhead Building Supply delivers flow and functionality

The design goal for this East Hampton cottage was to achieve a simple, clean look while ­improving the fluidity of the space. To create a better flow, the Riverhead Building Supply kitchen design team went to work. A structural support that could not be moved presented a challenge that the design team was able to blend into the final layout.

With simplicity in mind, a beaded inset shaker door with a soft gray palette was used to balance the white countertop tile and wall paint. The cabinets are from Tedd Wood Fine Cabinetry. The door style is the Gettysburg reversed-raised center panel in Monument Grey paint. A flat stock molding was used to build a crown detail for the upper cabinets to keep the design crisp.

The dining nook has a custom L-shaped bench with plenty of storage inside. A modern style table and chairs complete the look.

The cabinetry used along the wall of the formal dining room is from Tedd Wood’s semi-custom line, Landmark. Accented by a casual wallpaper and marble countertop, the interior designer chose a bold darker gray color called Flagstone to make the bar area pop! This Hamptons cottage maintains its light and airy feel with contemporary flare and functionality.

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Memories in the making from Studio D Interiors

Bringing light and airy Hampton style living to Woodmere, NY, was the goal for this family of four in their new 5,000 square foot home. Ed Singer and Robyn Singer-Dror of Studio D Interiors used a very soft, modern palette of greys and whites throughout the home, with pops of color such as teals and soft blues, in order to bring in a beachy, yet elegant vibe to the space.

This home is an example of more and more families beginning their big renovations when most of the kids are going to be leaving the nest. It is important for these families to have space to entertain future spouses and grandchildren, so the homes are built larger than the original family house.

The living and dining rooms are open bringing together airy, modern living with rich transitional details, moldings and furnishings. “We wanted to bring a pop of color into the living room,” explains Singer-Dror, “so we used a custom artist to paint teal Stucco Venezia accents inside of the coffered ceiling.” To balance out the boldness of that ceiling, layers of grey and white textures in the drapery and the rest of the wall finishes were used throughout the room. The dining room chandelier, custom made by Shakuff Lighting, while modern in style, is elegant and combines well with the transitional architecture of the space.

The entry hall floor is a light grey porcelain tile laid on a diagonal to visually open up the hallway and create movement. The walls are a custom grey Stucco Venezia that continues up the double height entrance to the second floor.

The wainscot in the hall was carried up the stair wall to enrich the look, and if you look closely, you can even see a hidden door built into that wall for a storage and coat closet. Another custom Shakuff light fixture hangs in the entrance and offers an ethereal light to the space.

The kitchen and family room also follow an open plan concept, similar to the living and dining room. It is a place where the family can hang out, entertain and be together. The family room TV wall unit was custom designed in a mix of a white painted finish, contrasting wood grain doors and back wall paneling in a warm, light grey tone. The soft blue walls in the room add a touch of contrast as well suggesting a soft, beachy vibe in the home.

The kosher kitchen stays light and airy with mostly white cabinetry. It is accented by a medium grey wood island and wet bar, all from Woodmode. The backsplash is a white marble mosaic that merges with a super white marble countertop and light grey porcelain floor tile.

The final product is an elegant, yet livable home that this family can continue to grow into and create more lasting memories.



Architect: Leonard W. Jacobs, AIA/NCARB

Interior Design: Ed Singer & Robyn Singer-Dror of Studio D Interiors, LLC

Photography: Hulya Kolabas Photography

Just Rewards

Marilyn H. Rose Interiors creates timeless charm and elegance
Story by Randi Edelson | Photography by Stacey P. Walker

The approach to the front of the home is architecturally beautiful with pillars and widows walks. The client also installed a koi pond and waterfall, creating a fabulous point of interest.

For interior designers Marilyn H. Rose and Stacey P. Walker, of Marilyn H. Rose Interiors, the opportunity to collaborate and design a home reflective of the luxury and beauty of the Hamptons, was one of their most rewarding to date.

The project began 16 years ago, when Marilyn H. Rose Interiors was contacted by clients who wanted to enlist the designers’ help in creating their dream home in the Hamptons. Fortunately, the house was still under construction when the design process began, which allowed for architectural changes to be made at that time.

This light and cheerful kitchen was where the design process began. The cabinets are a soft glazed cream color, with dark green marble on the counters.

The design process began in the heart of the home, the kitchen; the central location for entertaining. It was important to create a space where the client’s family could gather together and create memories for years to come. To achieve the light and cheerful kitchen they desired, Marilyn and Stacey opted for soft-glazed cream cabinetry, contrasted with dark green serpentine stone countertops in Vermont Verde marble. Incorporating fun and function into their design, the lighting fixture selected, one of the kitchen’s main focal points, doubles as a pot rack displaying the client’s gorgeous collection of copper cookware.

Bright and cheery, the dining room has a very inviting feeling for a lovely family dinner and highlights a beautiful fireplace.

The dining room was designed to maintain the bright and cheery personality of kitchen. At its entrance, built-in cabinets were installed to create additional storage space for the client’s dinnerware and a beautiful fireplace was designed to serve as the room’s focal point. The simplicity of the drapery was created to complement the tones of the wallcovering and highlights the client’s beautifully landscaped view.

This bright sunroom is the family’s go-to space for breakfast, lunch or just gathering.

Sixteen years ago, an unusual addition to any residence was a home elevator. This caused a lot of interest in local newspapers and magazines, followed by many interviews. To complete this area, it was then faux finished by a local artist.       

For the clients, it was important for the beauty of the outside to be compatible with the inside. While nature’s inspiration can be seen throughout the home, it is most visible in the design of the sun room. To maximize the use of natural sunlight, the rooms’ windows were largely left untreated. Beautifully draped swags were designed to enhance the lower tier of windows, and were created using a floral fabric in hues of green and red. Florals were also incorporated into the fabric of the arm chairs, as well as used to accent and accessorize the room.

The warm and inviting master bedroom is still au courant even though it was done 16 years ago. The homeowner still adores it and its design stands the test of time.

The elegance and charm of floral patterns and prints were carried into the design of the client’s master bedroom and bath. Custom bed and window treatments, as well as wallcoverings, accent both rooms in a mix of soft greens and pinks.

In the master bath, careful attention was paid to the moldings and millwork framing the bathroom and bathtub, and topiaries were used to incorporate the beauty of the outdoor gardens.

A gilded mirror, crystal and silver candlesticks and topiaries adorn the fireplace mantle.

One of the final rooms to be designed was the home’s great room, a true collaboration between designer and client! The room’s color scheme was derived from the chair fabric – a pattern the client fell in love with. Pulling from the soft neutrals of the fabric, the walls were painted in a soft dove grey, and a light taupe was used to accent the built-in niches. The color palette extends into all of the upholstery and pillows, as well as the window treatments and area rug. Being sure not to take away from the tall windows, and the abundance of sunlight they bring, the window treatment consists solely of side panels, hanging from beautifully decorative rods and rings. In this room, it was all about small details, with big impact. The chandeliers were faux-finished and four separate paint colors were hand-selected to highlight and accent the intricate detailing of the fireplace. The mantel was accessorized by using a mix of silver and crystal candlesticks, as well as two topiaries. A gilded mirror sits above the mantel, reflecting the beautiful chandeliers, and light in the room.

This little bar area was created from a small coat closet in the great room. Its location was convenient for entertaining guests.

Serving as a wonderful place to entertain guests, a coat closet in the great room was converted into a bar area, complete with upper and lower cabinets for storage, and a countertop with a built-in sink.

As the clients also have a large family with a lot of grandchildren to entertain, the home’s lower level was converted into a recreation room complete with a pool table, card table, movie theater and popcorn machine.

Our client’s have a large family with grandchildren, so this lower level area was made into a recreation room. A great hangout on a rainy day!

One of the greatest joys as a designer is creating a space for memories to be made. The design of this home perfectly represents the client’s elegance and charm and will remain as timeless as the moments shared here.

Long Island Pool and Spa Association Awards

The Long Island Pool and Spa Association Awards gala is the highlight of the year for LIPSA and signifies what is best in the pool design industry. HOUSE magazine is proud to display the exceptional work from some of the companies involved.

BEST IN SHOW/Gold - Custom Spa
Swimming Pools by Jack Anthony

Silver - Custom Spa
Metamorphosis Landscape Design

Gold - Vinyl Freeform
Swimming Pools by Jack Anthony

Silver - Vinyl Freeform
True Blue Swimming Pools

Bronze - Vinyl Freeform
Swimming Pools by Jack Anthony

Gold - Vinyl Traditional
True Blue Swimming Pools

Bronze - Vanishing Edge or Perimeter
Swimming Pools by Jack Anthony

Gold - Water Feature with Pool
Metamorphosis Landscape Design

Gold - Renovations      Silver - Water Feature with Pool
Aqua Coastal, Inc.

Gold - Pool/Spa Combo Gunite        Silver - Gunite Freeform
Swimming Pools by Jack Anthony

Silver - Pool/Spa Combo Vinyl
True Blue Swimming Pools

Gold - Stand Alone Water Feature
Metamorphosis Landscape Design

North Shore Oasis by Angelo Tuosto Design Group

Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association Award - Silver
Active Use Area over $100,000

Photography by Michael Rosano

A timeless look was achieved using all natural stone products. To break up the brick on the house a Champlain natural stone veneer was installed on the center part of the house. A large specimen cut leaf Japanese maple is placed at the top of the raised pool wall to as a focal point in the landscape.


"When we first met with the homeowner, it was made very clear that he and his wife were looking for their own home retreat and resort," explains Angelo Tuosto, Angelo Tuosto Design Group. The house was newly constructed and they just moved from a much smaller property. With two young children and a big family, they wanted a design that was all inclusive.

The homeowners preferred a more formal approach to both the interior and exterior of the home and wanted a “timeless look” that would reflect in the landscape. The new construction gave the designer’s a clean canvas to work with.

The veneer used on the house was brought into the landscape on the raised pool wall and spa as well as the outdoor bar and kitchen. A lush and seasonal planting palate brings this home resort together.


Underneath the cabana, Pennsylvania thermal Bluestone is used to break up the marble on the pool and dining terraces. Architectural detail is highlighted with crown moldings, columns and a stained bead board for the ceiling.


The theme or goal of the design was to create “rooms” within the yard. The first being the main “dining” area with outdoor kitchen that was in close proximity to the house kitchen and could be used all year long. The second room would be the “living room” which focused on the covered cabana. The third room was the “entertaining” area where the pool and pool terrace would be situated.

"This was an exciting project for our team; we had to think out of the box and tastefully include all of the homeowner’s desires," said Tuosto. "Most importantly, the key was to not overload the property but make it a beautiful, functional space for the homeowners to enjoy. We know they will truly enjoy this yard with their family for many years to come!"

A free form shaped pool was designed with a curved pool terrace that works off the shape of the pool. Bluestone paths with lawn joints soften the hardscape.

Ultra Modern Kitchen on the Bay by Showcase Kitchens

Photography by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

Destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, the Emmy Award-winning television producer had to completely rebuild his home on the South Oyster Bay in Massapequa. Starting from scratch, he decided to move the kitchen and living space up to the second floor so he could take advantage of the incredible water views.

The kitchen and sunken living room overlook South Oyster Bay. The sleek lines and Cambria “Whitney” Quartz countertop compliment the magnificent views.

The milky glass tile backsplash is the perfect place to display the homeowner’s surviving Emmy Award. His other 12 were destroyed in Superstorm Sandy.

“I’m constantly traveling,” the homeowner explained. “I’ve stayed in beautiful high-end hotels and resorts and I wanted the same soothing spa like look and feel for my house.” Michael Rosenberg, kitchen designer and partner at Showcase Kitchen of Massapequa, transformed his vision into reality. “The homeowner came into the showroom with very particular ideas for his kitchen,” remarked Rosenberg, “including a specific type of Italian high gloss lacquer cabinet. We gave him exactly the look and feel he wanted.”

The design includes opaque frosted glass doors, which flank the Wolf range, a milky glass backsplash, thick mitered waterfall Cambria “Whitney” Quartz countertops, stainless steel toe
kicks and a paneled Sub Zero refrigerator.

Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchen, provided an eye-catching look for every element of this kitchen including stainless steel toe kicks and 3-inch thick mitered waterfall Quartz countertop on the center island.

Steve DeMarco from Old World Construction did the installation. “I love working with Showcase,” he explained. “Mike is one of the best designers out there. Clients love him.”

Admiration and respect was key in this kitchen project, as expressed by all three gentlemen. The homeowner said it best, “This was the best and easiest experience imaginable.”

It takes an Emmy Award-worthy team to create an Emmy Award-worthy kitchen.

Kean Development's Tower House at Olde Towne

The Hamptons, always the summer scene, are a collection of beachside villages that have grown into chic, rural havens. Dune and sky, sea and shore, light and shadow, the East End bears a magical, poetic soul. An artist’s treasure, the natural light is remarkable. Olde Towne is Kean Development’s spectacular Southampton estate, a world away from Manhattan. This unique enclave is a dynamic conversation between old and new, traditional and modern, one where Kean’s hallmark style dominates.

The kitchen/breakfast room/great room complex is the perfect everyday gathering spot for the family and invites ­casual get ­togethers with friends.

Olde Towne lies within Southampton’s estate section, equally convenient to the beach and charming village. Bound by vivid meadowland, wildflowers and protected preserve, the estate land is pristine. Kean has designed and constructed three superbly distinctive residences: Twin Peaks, Tower House and Summer House. Complete with pools, pool houses, sports courts and lavish amenities; these fully appointed and furnished residences are stunning examples of the exceptional work on which Kean Development has built its exemplary 30-year reputation.

“Tower House” is the second striking residence to be completed in Kean Development’s estate. A delightful shingle-style home, Tower House proudly conveys provincial charm and sophistication, dominated by a three-story windowed tower, crowned with a shingled, bell-shaped roof. The tower holds a broad, beautifully illuminated, curved staircase spanning the home’s three floors.

The living room offers a coffered ceiling and gas “Lido White” marble fireplace. The adjacent dining room features a coffered ceiling and mirrored walls.

An amalgam of modern and traditional elements and clean lines garnish the open interior. The exposed second-story staircase with a ribbon of dark mahogany above the curved balustrade prefaces the living and dining rooms.

Off the foyer lies the generous junior master with en-suite marble bath, Toto water closet, decorative tub and steam shower. The billiard room offers tall windows and pickled oak and linen studded walls. The adjacent bar features a floating “Gray V-Cut” Onyx-topped wet bar with nickel sink, tabby and high gloss paneled walls, a “Classic White Quartzite” marble fireplace and glass doors off the loggia.

The paneled kitchen is a signature Kean delight, trimmed in high gloss cabinetry and a fabulous “Carrera” porcelain center island.

Down the broad hallway is the kitchen/great room with a glass-front walk-in refrigerator. The adjoining breakfast room offers a peaked ceiling and tall, transomed windows overlooking the pool house and rear grounds. A vaulted, paneled ceiling, sliding glass doors, and a “Satin White” marble fireplace articulate the family room. The elevator services all three floors.

The sumptuousmaster suite is an intimate haven filled with warmth and luxury.

In the master bath, a steam shower, Toto water closet, decorative tub, linear fireplace and two separate vanities detail this marble oasis.

The extensive lower level boasts a wide paneled walls and a handsome clubroom bar with full back bar and marvelous bronze agate-topped bar. The adjoining sitting room overlooks the glass walled wine closet and outfitted gym.

The second floor includes spacious bedrooms with en-suite marble baths, outfitted closets, decorative ceilings and tall windows. The master bedroom suite boasts a vaulted master bedroom with decorative window seat, white marble fireplace, balcony, two walk-in closets and a marble master bath.     

The lower level features a porcelain tile floor and expansive clubroom bar with an illuminated, agate-topped bar. The theatre offers plush reclining lounges and shooting star-studded ceiling. The lounge area, full gym and spa, wine closet and two generous bedrooms complete this floor.

The grounds offer 4+ acres of lush lawn showcasing colorful gardens, a sunken sports court and fragrant privet hedge.

The pool cabana lies off the pergola-covered terrace with sunken, seated fire pit; spa and in-pool sun-shelves. A marble kitchenette, lounge and two full baths detail the pool house.


Waterfront tranquility by Keith Mazzei

Photography by Ric Marder Imagery

The hustle and bustle of Nassau County has an energy all its own. For this family, it’s their primary residence. But when the decision was made to purchase a vacation home, they wanted that busy lifestyle to come to a screeching halt so they can spend time together as a family, breathing in the tranquility that a waterfront home can bring.     

Sand and sea inside and outside. Fun pillows adorned with Robert Allen fabric add the finishing touches to this nautically inspired great room.

Particularly fond of the North Shore of Long Island, this family found an ideal piece of paradise. The home, situated directly on the beach, was tired. They would design and build their dream home on their ideal piece of property that fits the bill for the slower and more peaceful coastal lifestyle that they had been longing for. 

They secured an architect and a designer, Keith Mazzei, to start the process. The family’s main home is a very traditional center hall colonial. However, this couple longed for something transitional and open, to take full-advantage of the sweeping views of the water. 

Keith had a clear vision for the main living room. Working closely with the architect and builder, he wanted to remove the entire back wall of the home. Three sliders and an oversized glass door were installed for easy access to Long Island’s famous waterfront views. Next, this sun-drenched living space would get a coffered ceiling with crisp white moldings and a splash of blue to emulate the water that was achieved with a textured wall-covering. Keith’s decorating in this room is unmistakably beachy with a sophistication that was just right.

Crisp, white cabinetry enhances the cool blue center island with marble countertops.

The post-modern, clean-lined kitchen would most certainly have white cabinets, however, Keith fabulously infused the blue pop of color onto a few accent cabinets, the butler’s pantry and center island. White marble adorns all of the counter spaces and Keith chose chrome for all of the fixtures with a white subway glass backsplash that shines in any kind of light. The eating areas, strategically situated in the back of the kitchen, sit in a perfect nook, again, with a wall of windows to take in the spectacular views. 

The clients have a great appreciation for art, so Keith brought in Anita Abrams from Accetra Arts to visit the home and suggest different styles of art for the various rooms. The artwork is a beautiful backdrop and adds life to each space. 

Inspiration for this room was the client’s existing artwork. Pairing Kravet’s grasscloth wall covering with a custom mirror and bold linen panels creates a warm dining experience.

Amazingly different from their main home, Keith captured this family’s cool, coastal vibe perfectly. 

Completely Livable

Whole house design by New Age Interiors
Photography by Noel Allum

Next to the elegant staircase, is a beautiful antiqued mirror console and wall hung mirror.

The task of building a 6000 square foot home in the suburbs of Long Island was a bit daunting for this young family of four. To accomplish this undertaking, they turned to New Age Interiors, Inc. to guide them every step of the way. It’s an understatement to say this family is thrilled with the end result and are lavish in their praise for Melissa Fenigstein and Linda Pravata-Fenigstein, co-owners of the Syosset based company.

“The Kohn family wanted a home that was completely livable,” says Fenigstein.

“I never wanted those off-limit rooms,” Dr. Kohn explained. “Melissa turned a house with a 22-foot ceiling into a warm and cozy home – that was essential. We wanted to have a practical and comfortable home.”

Rather than create a formal living room, New Age Interiors designed a bar room and sitting area. Custom-made bar unit has stunning iridescent mosaic tile, backlit panels and cozy seating allows for expedient entertaining.

What comes to mind in describing this center hall colonial is bright and inviting. Walking through the entrance, guests are greeted by a warm gray stone floor flanked by complementing wood floors, a sweeping iron and wood staircase that leads up to the second floor and a custom iron and handcrafted glass hurricane chandelier. To the left of the foyer is a bar room and to the right a dining room. “Decorated in shades of gray, creams and black, the bar sitting area has the ambiance of a posh lounge with a speak
easy mystery to it,” notes Pravata-Fenigstein.

The dining room to the right is a lesson in exquisite sophistication. Centered is a custom 80-inch dark espresso round dining table surrounded by platinum toned wood chairs. The faux finished ceiling balances the large scale wall covering. “I love the two over-sized mirrors that reflect the beautiful silver and crystal chandelier,” Dr. Kohn commented.

“For a family that puts a premium on being consummate hosts, this is an important facet of the house,” says Fenigstein.

The dining room opens to the foyer and kitchen. A custom-made 80-inch round dining table with chairs in platinum finish. The attractive detail on the back of the chairs adds grace and complements the delicate crystal ribbon feature of the chandelier. Two large scale mirrors enhance the wallcovering and faux painted ceiling.

Grand eat-in kitchen overlooking the magnificent outdoor gardens. Complementing marbles combined with a poured concrete table top are attention-grabbing features. New Age Interiors used contrast wood and metal finishes to create further interest.

Beyond the foyer is the kitchen with an extravagantly sized center island – an oasis for food preparation. Whether whipping up a quick breakfast to serve at the marble counter or dinner seated at the custom poured concrete table top, family and friends feast on their surroundings.

­Family room off the kitchen with dark gray coffered ceiling. An iron and hand-blown glass light fixture meshes with the continuity of the ceiling. The fireplace with the opposing sofas and leather recliners is welcoming.

The family room is off the kitchen, and “it completes the flow of rooms for entertaining,” Pravata-Fenigstein notes. At the far end of the room is a gas fireplace with TV above. Two opposing sofas with contrast pleats give everyone a view of both the fireplace and the TV while keeping the space open and inviting.

“The contrast pleat detail is a great option when sofas will be floating,” explains Fenigstein. “The deep taupe coffered ceiling brings depth and drama to the room,” Pravata-Fenigstein adds. The sisal area rug grounds the sofas and leather recliners provide additional warmth and texture with a nod to durability, since this room leads to the outdoor living space. “It’s the attention to details that gives me a sense of joy in this room,” says Dr. Kohn.

With Dr. Kohn’s penchant for entertaining in her backyard when the temperature rises, creating an impressive outdoor space was an imperative. “Melissa nailed it!” exclaims Dr. Kohn. “We lead very busy lives, so when we spend time at home we want to feel like we’re at a resort.”

Splashes of color abound in this outdoor living space. Accommodations were made for ample lounging around the pool.

“I brought all the comforts of being inside to the outdoor environment,” says Fenigstein.

“Everything from the fireplace and the TV above to the furniture and fabrics as well as the fan under the pergola, are all rated for outdoor use,” adds Pravata-Fenigstein

The private master sanctuary. This sitting room off the master bedroom is a welcome retreat at the end of the day or early morning. A thick shag rug grounds a petite sectional with chaise and storage tufted ottoman covered in a metallic vinyl. The custom wall unit with gas fireplace is the ultimate luxury.

“It’s bright, cheery and cozy – all the necessities for outdoor living,” states Dr. Kohn. “We love to watch Met games by the fire and roast marshmallows. When we are not entertaining for friends, we are enjoying it ourselves.”

A shaped tufted headboard in the master bedroom is covered in a raw silk. The mirrored nightstands, gold and crystal lamps with their laser cut and crystal shades add a touch of graceful charm.This room blends romance and elegance with a soft palette of gray and gold.

Upstairs, away from the rest of the world, is a sitting room off the master bedroom. It is the perfect place to put your feet up on the chaise or tufted storage ottoman for quiet reading, watching TV, or just sitting by the fire.


“At times during this process, I would get deliveries and have some concern about the new pieces fitting in,” remarks Dr. Kohn. “Melissa and Linda – with calm reassurance – would say that I should just live with it for a few days and that we would speak again. Always, and without exception, I would realize that I could not picture living without the new additions. In fact, I can honestly say to this day, I would not change a thing.”

Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association Awards

On the Bay by Schlick Design Group

Gold/Judges Choice Award
Single Family Residence Greater than 1/2 Acre

The project started with an existing house on a long and narrow lot situated on Manhasset Bay. Because of its age, condition, location on site and poor interior layout, the house was demolished. This allowed for an entirely new site development, making it a pleasure for Gary Blum and the Schlick Design team to work on.

More often than not, new construction or renovations are conceived without any (in depth) consideration to the overall site design. This usually results in compromises and costs which could have been avoided if the landscape was developed along with the residence’s design. This is just as critical with smaller projects which may require changes in the new construction or variances in order to make the project viable.

The front entry was designed with a circular drive and a courtyard at the semi-circular front entry landing. This combined with boxwood hedging which brackets the courtyard interrupts the long linear front and provides a sense of arrival at the front door.

The terrace behind the garage overlaps the pool pavement, giving each area, a duplicity of use during large parties. Chaise lounges are opposite the pool’s broad steps and face the bay and afternoon sun across the pool’s negative edge. A pool-side full service pavilion is a place to be in the landscape while an elevated spa’s cascading overflow provides sight and sound. 

The house and its landscape were first intended for use on summer weekends and hosting large gatherings of family and friends. Because of all the amenities and level of comfort that was achieved, the clients find themselves spending considerably less time in Manhattan and more time on the North Shore.


East Hills by Steven Dubner Landscaping

Silver - Single Family Residence Greater than 1/2 Acre
Photography by Bob Retnauer

The challenging space limitations of this property due to the extreme change of grade were turned into an opportunity by creative use of terracing. Management of the six foot grade change over 50 feet was accomplished by dividing areas based on use, while minimizing the need for large quantities of steps. This multiple-level approach allowed for the creation of more functional space than other methods would have made possible.

The primary terrace was placed next to the house kitchen, equipped with a grill and serving area. The pool terrace was set at the basement level, which was utilized as a family room. Located in between, an intermediate terrace was constructed, intended for use as a dancing and social area during parties. The semi-circular transition acts as a counterpoint to the angularity of the rest of the design, spilling into the lawn area. A traditional swimming pool was installed with a uniform depth of five feet, allowing the use of the entire pool during gatherings.

The client expressed a desire for a backyard that had the feeling of a garden, not just a landscape. To achieve this, leyland cypress and nigra arborvitae were planted for privacy with crepe myrtle, hydrangea and a variety of perennials used for foregrounding. Also, a secluded sitting area with an iron fire pit was created to act as a retreat from the more structured landscape elements. While not remote from the rest of the yard in distance, it evokes the sense of being in a less managed and designed space than those adjacent to the house itself.

Nissequogue Getaway by Metamorphosis Landscape Design

Gold - Active Use Area
Photography by Rob Cuni

These days it is not uncommon for homeowners to desire a true stay at home vacation space. When the homeowners of a three acre property in Nissequogue settled into their new home, they realized the potential for an outdoor space that could rival any resort.

Resort-style living can include many activities. Immediate thoughts included a pool, barbecue/bar island and casual seating areas. But this was to be something much more. The barbecue became a full outdoor kitchen, complete with pavilion with custom cabinetry and an extensive list of appliances. Seating for 10 can easily be accommodated here. The existing bluestone patio was extended to allow for extra tables when needed for large gatherings.

A pond was created off the house patio with bench seating providing soothing sounds of running water. This space overlooks the new freeform gunite pool. The pool was expanded to include a beach entry, infinity edge, slide and completed with a grotto and fire bowls. What resort is complete without a built in spa with a spill over?

Connected to the pool area is the smaller pavilion which includes a pool house with a bathroom. Under the overhang is a custom fireplace for warming up after a late night swim. The final touch for this amenity rich space is the outdoor pool table and existing bocce court, complete with lighting for evening games.

Whether entertaining the family on a quiet Sunday afternoon or a major holiday bash, this property is ready to accommodate. The real beauty in this project is the ability to relax anyway you see fit.

Stone Hill by Landscapes by Paul’s Nursery

Silver - Active Use Area

The client’s requests for this rear residence makeover was to remove the existing play set the children had outgrown and install a pool, lounge area and outdoor fireplace.

Wanting to preserve as much lawn space as possible, the client was adamant on placing the pool area as far into the corner as possible. Even if it meant designing past the 25-foot structural set back;  meaning “village variance.” Five-foot high retaining walls would be needed to accommodate the extensive grade that existed. The plus side to the walls – creating privacy from the neighbors.

A Bluestone terrace would then be introduced within the area for ample lounging. A 19’ x 34’ pool was designed inside the 25-foot set back.

The outdoor fireplace, constructed using the same material used on the retaining walls, was built within one of the existing terraces, which hosted an overhead pergola. The pergola and existing steps needed to be modified to accommodate the new fireplace.

Decorative trees and shrubs were added to the existing plantings. With the existing perimeter of evergreens not interfered with during construction and the pool/terrace surrounded by the wall, privacy was easily established. A large specimen Parrotia persica was planted at the top corner for guests entering the area and viewing from down below.Pachysandra would mat the landscape keeping a more open feel within the area. Roses, hydrangeas, daylilies mixed kousa dogwoods and a Japanese maple would complete the ­planting for summer color. Decorative urns are strategically placed within the terrace for ­additional summer color.

Greenlawn by Steven Dubner Landscaping

Silver - Active Use Area

This plot of land lent itself to a linear, symmetrical design that inspired the creation of an expansive vista. Within this space, the client required a series of active use areas that took advantage of the natural surroundings, including a pool, a spa with a spillover trough and dining, entertainment and lounge areas.

The natural grade presented opportunities to create a sunken garden, positioning the pool and terrace as such. By raising the height of retaining walls, it was possible to further enhance this effect while still taking advantage of southern sun exposure. Existing trees were trimmed and removed as needed to create a greater sense of space and depth in the yard, while still retaining sufficient screening for privacy. This was further enhanced with plantings of andromeda, rhododendron, azalea and viburnum.

A stepping stone path was created, bordered by three kousa dogwood trees and under-planted with various perennials to provide color and texture through the late spring and summer months. The path invites visitors to escape to a private sitting area, featuring a bench surrounded by woodland ferns.

Adjacent to the house kitchen, a grill, refrigerator and large serving bar were installed, with ample counter space provided. An existing brick patio was reconstructed and expanded upon, defined by a long natural stone sitting wall that also acts as a raised planter garden. Here and around the house, foundation plantings of crepe myrtle, sweetbay magnolia and tree hydrangea set the tone while hosta, astilbe, sedum and nepeta are spread throughout the beds. Boxwoods define the retaining wall edge, reinforcing the sunken garden effect.

Flower Hill by Steven Dubner Landscaping

Silver - Single Family Residence Less Than 1/2 Acre

The challenge presented by the project at Flower Hill was creating a naturalistic entertainment environment while preserving maximum recreational space for the client’s children. Achieving this harmony was key, inspiring a design that emphasized a rich aesthetic appeal while ensuring large open areas of lawn.

While the existing landscape conditions provided a strong foundation of plantings, the presentation was rather rigid, and the intention of the new design was to fulfill the client’s desire for a more natural, informal outdoor space. This was achieved by maintaining the strong screening aspects of the preexisting evergreen plantings, but supplementing them with kousa dogwood, nikko blue hydrangea and a variety of other deciduous trees and shrubs.

Ilex ‘Steeds’ were placed as screens for the pool equipment, and to act as a backdrop for a new perennial garden, which features sedum matron, rosemallow hibiscus, goldenrod, shasta daisy, geranium rozanne, lamium “white Nancy,” astilbe and others. All plants were carefully chosen for their vivid seasonal color and texture and especially for their staggered peak beauty intervals, ensuring continuous interest through all the seasons.

Also integral to the natural focus of the design are the masonry elements, which utilize an organic pool shape, rock-faced bluestone, veneer walls and incorporate several Long Island glacial boulders which were unearthed during the pool excavation. A spa and fire pit are carefully oriented facing the dining room and the sound of falling water permeates the entertaining areas of the house.

Turfless by Schlick Design Group

Silver - Entrance
Photography by Gary Blum

This project involved a 50 year old landscape which was well-designed, but with budget in mind, by the original owner. The plantings had been neglected by subsequent owners which left the house obscured by unruly foliage. The client requested additional parking, as a lower level guest apartment had been added. He also wanted to open up the site and create a clear entry view of the front door. Another important request was to maintain a turfless, woodland garden with enclosure and privacy from the street.

Gary Blum’s first step was to remove over 40 hemlocks which were past their prime and to identify and protect existing mature plantings which could be utilized in the new design scheme. Particular attention was given to retain the high-branched, mature oaks so they would protect the understory plantings in the new garden.

The parking problem was resolved by carving a two car bay into the hillside, forward of the front entry steps. This in effect depressed the parked vehicles making them less obtrusive in the landscape. The slopes around the new parking bay were retained with Long Island boulders and drifts of low-growing ground cover plants.


The treads and risers of the existing entry walk were in good shape and worked well. However, the connecting landings and walkways were repaved in a more practical, solid bluestone instead of the original stepping stones set in pea gravel. Pottery with succulents and cacti accessorize the steps and protect edges.

By carefully selecting plants to be removed, plants to remain and integrating new plantings into the landscape, the site was given renewed vitality. The overgrowth was eliminated while
preserving the woodland tranquility of the previous landscape. Best of all, there is no turf.


Peaceful Garden by Goldberg & Rodler

Gold - Passive Use Area
Photography by Sue Sottera

A Resort Refreshed by Goldberg & Rodler

Silver - Commercial

Huntington Kitchen and Bath

With 30 years of construction and design experience, Huntington Kitchen & Bath not only tackles numerous remodeling challenges but is also mindful that each project is as unique as the homes and families that live in them. 

This beautiful kitchen in Huntington Bay was a complex renovation project and the result of a wonderful collaboration between Donna Paternoster of Designs by Donna, Neal Hoffman RA of Hoffman Grayson Architects, Frank Diliberto CKD, CBD and Candace Acker CKD of Huntington Kitchen and Bath. The project was a complete remodel and update of a 1970s wood paneled modern home. The new kitchen is located within a great room, sharing a commanding view overlooking Huntington Bay. The open design allows for a fluid lifestyle to move easily between the living room, kitchen, eating area and a large deck. 

An exploration of the conceptual foot print of the kitchen space and some detailing had begun, but they needed someone who could complete their vision. Coordinating through showroom appointments, email and drawings, the kitchen quickly began to take shape. The homeowners selected Rutt Hand Crafted Cabinetry for its myriad of finishing possibilities and truly custom options and detailing. The furniture quality cabinetry is finished in a linen paint with glaze, applied to mahogany then sanded through to show the wood grain. It is a wonderful finish applied to a contemporary door style that results in a clean transitional look that has the warmth generated by the visible grain texture, yet does not feel rustic.

The cooktop wall cabinetry soars to a height of over 9 feet, gracefully stepping up to meet the structural ridge support of the cantilevered ceiling. An opposing island was placed to anchor the bar area tall columns, one of which is structural, the other hides the A/C return and outlets. This places a sink facing the view of the harbor and provides seating for four at the end. The remaining wall supports not only the refrigerator and tall oven cabinets, but also provides an area for the main clean up sink with dish storage above.

Working closely together, this design team was able to meet all the clients’ requirements resulting in a wonderful architecturally-styled, timeless kitchen that integrates well with the décor of the entire home.    

Olde Towne, Southampton

Kean Development’s newest Hamptons luxury community

This exclusive setting, steps from the ocean and minutes from the Village in Southampton’s estate section, harbors a lush, mature landscape sculpted with fragrant, towering privet and over 440 specimen trees on 43+ acres bordered by meadow and preserve. As one of the country’s premier design-build companies, Kean is creating a vibrant Hampton’s lifestyle with beautifully appointed residences on 4+ acres with private pools, spas, pool houses and tennis courts. Olde Towne was the largest private land holding in the Village and undoubtedly is Southampton’s most prestigious new address.

Above and Below: The expansive shingle and stone “Twin Peaks,” set in the heart of the luxury estate community of Olde Town, is an elegant fusion of modern amenities and classic Hampton design.

Of the numerous expansive parcels that Kean is building out, two are under construction and a third, “Twin Peaks,” has been completed. Occupying approximately 15,000 square feet, this classic Hamptons beauty is impeccable.

Set on shy four level, landscaped acres in the heart of Olde Towne, Twin Peaks, is a pristine country house complete with pool, pool house and tennis court. Three levels of sumptuous details reveal refreshing, modern appointments and state of the art amenities. Kean Development’s award winning construction and design cut a sophisticated, contemporary edge.

This extraordinary “Smart House” features a Crestron system with intuitive controls that cater to the owner’s every need. Climate, music, doors, shades, screens, fireplaces, pool and spa temperatures, lighting, security and even Karaoke is controlled via I-Pad and cell phone on or off site.

The grand entry foyer is an elegant statement of reflection and light

Decorated by the celebrated Manhattan firm of Ingrao, Inc., Twin Peaks’ interiors boast an airy, textured, snowy white pallet. Elevations are glossy and mirrored, with superb millwork anchored to floors of white-stained oak. The two-story foyer opens into the living room with gorgeous Lido White bar and fireplace, flowing out onto the expansive loggia through an 18 foot wall of motorized glass doors. The 30 foot loggia has screens that descend from the ceiling at the push of a bottom creating a fabulous, protected alfresco terrace.

The main house is comprised of eight full en-suite bedrooms of which two are master suites, nine full and three half baths, the 2nd floor master suite with his and hers baths, three full staircases, elevator, eight fireplaces, full professional stainless steel chef and traditional kitchens, great room, breakfast room, media room, library and loggia with outdoor fireplace.

Inside and outside become one when floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors open along the entire width of the living space

Above: An ancillary professional chef’s kitchenallows caterers to work out of sight and the family kitchen (below) - a place to gather and entertain

The attached cottage features a full kitchen, living room/dining room and two bedrooms with en suite baths; perfect as a guest or nanny suite.

You won’t be bored on the lower level with a two lane bowling alley, lounge with full bar and billiards

The lower level, accessed by the elevator and all three staircases, is simply amazing. Floored in blue resin, this level has a generous lounge with 75 inch TV and marvelous fireplace set in a polished nickel wall, full blue agate wet bar and back bar; 2-lane professional AMF bowling alley; billiards; gym; sauna; steam room and spa bath with shower; 10-seat theatre; a glass walled, 1,500 bottle stainless steel and mirror clad wine room; two bedrooms with en suite baths; AV room; utility and storage rooms.

The pool house features a great room, lounge, kitchenette, two full baths, a bedroom/changing room and outdoor shower. A generous canopy veils the pool house terrace, providing shade for dining and relaxation.

The pool house complements the home and surroundings but stands out as a work of art with vanishing edge 60’ x 34’ gunite pool

Enjoy putting practice or a friendly competition on the roof with views for miles

The grounds include decorative, automated security gates that open to reveal a manicured, meticulous landscape. The custom swimming pool with a striking negative edge element and oversized spa sit at the edge of the pool house terrace. Submerged sun lounges cool sunbathers in the pool’s novel “beach end.” A convenient BBQ patio, gas fire pit and sunken tennis court, with decorative lattice fencing and a pergola-covered viewing area headline the list of Twin Peak’s outdoor amenities. There is ample space for a golf hole to complement the 3-hole rooftop putting green.

The verdant, treed periphery maintains privacy as well as “Gold Coast” beauty. Olde Towne is a true, private Hampton’s retreat.





Oscar Winning Abode


Geoffrey Bradfield demonstrates pictorial flair

Photography by H. Durston Saylor


    How could one not be somewhat intimidated working for a larger-than-life Oscar-winning director? Anyone who could envision the entire city of ancient Babylon and achieve it on screen, as Oliver Stone did in his epic film “Alexander,” would have high expectations. Luckily, Geoffrey Bradfield is gifted with a cinematic eye and rose to the occasion for the design of this Manhattan apartment. “He hit pretty closely at the beginning,” says Stone. “Geoffrey is a man after my own heart.”

    Being a movie director, the client is accustomed to having film sets constructed overnight and struck down after filming. In a sense, he was expecting a similar schedule with this apartment. Because so much of Bradfield's work is custom and designed by his company, they had to explain that there were certain time frames involved. “Actually, I work best under a deadline and we pulled it off,” pronounced Bradfield.

    Add to this the pressures of a West Coast-based client who was constantly travelling the world filming on location or promoting, it was no small feat. As Bradfield's associate Roric Tobin explains, “We have a lot of clients who can't visualize what we're trying to do.  But Oliver knew immediately. He got it.”

    Stone purchased the apartment whilst filming “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” the sequel to the iconic 1987 touchstone about corporate greed. A native New Yorker who grew up on the East River, he fell in love with this Hudson River setting. The idea was to create an environment not unlike that of a state-room on a yacht. The views from the apartment [being a low floor] of the river are spectacular and Bradfield wanted to take full advantage of these vistas. “I created deep window seats in the open-plan living room and introduced subtle nautical elements, namely the area rug I designed and several of the textiles.” 

    For pure theatricality, four Hollywood style lamps anchor the corners of the living room. Stone required a large table surface in this space, as he likes to spread out his editing materials whilst in production. The dining table obviously serves a double function. The floors are deliberately stained in a red cherry finish not unlike the decks of a yacht.

    Stepping over the threshold, the interior registers immediately as the home of a movie mogul. Bradfield requested movie posters of his roster of acclaimed films and used them liberally in the space. The client loves color, in particular blue and red, which were chosen to accent.

    It was Billy Haines, who knew more than any other decorator about working for Hollywood’s big personalities, who said, “You can gussy-up and hide behind veils and ruffles and suedes, but when you get down to simplicity, the truth comes out. You had better know what you are doing.”  It is obvious that Bradfield can edit and set a studio stage with paramount conviction.