Whole house design by New Age Interiors
Photography by Noel Allum
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
“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
“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.”
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.”