A Poolside "Staycation"

by Natalie Weinstein

The first round of decorating began in the main home’s kitchen and family room. Soft greys and beiges with crisp white moldings and bookcases enhance the ideal place for this young family to congregate.

What could be better than having the comforts of your own home while escaping the cares of the world by a pool and in a pool house with every amenity including your own kitchen, changing room, bath, T.V., comfy seating and fireplace?

The kitchen/eating area looking out on the backyard and pool was designed with practicality in mind incorporating a casual wood table top, easy to clean chair seats and rug and plenty of space for ­highchair and riding toys.

This perfect hang-out and get-away is in this family’s own backyard. The lovely North Shore home of an adorable couple with two children under the age of three, has the added bonus of a backyard pool house. The added bonus, for me, was the bright and beautiful young mom whose input and cooperation made this second round of decorating (the first was the kitchen and family room of the main house) so much fun.

The pool house feeling and color scheme was light, white and bright, with touches of soft grays and navies. The fabrics were treated and the rug was selected, both for durability and a fun element. There will be lots of activity around the pool during the summer with other young families and friends – but this pool house will be a go-to-destination all year ‘round.

The new cabana pool house, adjacent to the main residence, designed for all weather enjoyment, boasts a contemporary hologram fireplace with a large screen T.V., kitchen and bath.

Here’s what this client had to say about it: “Natalie Weinstein and her team at Natalie Weinstein Design Associates have been an extreme pleasure to work with. Natalie has helped guide me through the design process on several projects within our home with the most recent being our summer pool cabana. We knew the cabana was going to be a big project so we reached out to Natalie for her expertise in interior design to help in creating the perfect summer spot for fun and relaxation. Natalie and her team laid out every design detail with us and made the design process exciting and enjoyable. We are so happy with the way the space has turned out and know that it would not have been possible without the help of Natalie and her team. Thank you!”

Soft & Serene

Marlaina Teich - beautifully family friendly

by Jessica Robb

This Manhasset home is the quintessential stunner for anyone considering a full home renovation. The Garvin family was searching for a designer experienced with large-scale renovations and they found the perfect match with interior designer Marlaina Teich.

Working closely with the architecture firm Hierarchy Architects as well as Bargail Construction was key. The village of Munsey Park can be a difficult village to build in with zoning footprints that are fairly tight. Maximizing every inch of space to its best function was the priority.  One area of the home was particularly tricky. The original living room was an extremely long rectangle, which made for an awkward furniture layout and truly hindered the use of the space. Hierarchy proposed a two-sided fireplace to divide the space, flanked by beautiful French doors. Now, there is a wonderful living room with four custom swivel chairs, set up “chat style” where the Garvin’s enjoy cocktails with their guests, while on the other side of the fireplace, the kids are happily hanging out in the great room playing and watching TV. Reducing the original large rectangular living room and making a smaller proportioned “clubroom” allowed for more space in the family room and kitchen as one connected contemporary space.

Considering the Garvin’s lifestyle when designing their home was the first step in Marlaina’s process. From furniture layouts and finish selections for everything from flooring to hardware, cabinetry, hard surfaces and soft, everything was selected taking the client’s needs and desires into account. The Garvin’s have two young children and an active lifestyle so choosing fabrics and finishes that were not only beautiful but extremely family friendly was important. The color palette of sandy neutrals and soft ocean blues was specified to create a serene, calming environment that provides a respite to the lively lifestyle the family enjoys.

One favorite touch is the expansive kitchen, designed with Showcase Kitchens of Manhasset, that pours out directly into the family room allowing for the flow of family and guests while entertaining. White cabinetry and countertops and touches of soft blue remind the family of vacations spent on the North Fork and encourages a fresh, open feel to the space. The large center island is perfect for prepping large meals and for an easy place for family and friends to gather.

Having long relationships with many quality manufacturers – both locally and throughout the country – in every realm of design including furniture, hardware, lighting, rugs and wallcoverings, make creating custom furnishings a breeze. Almost every piece of furniture in the Garvin’s newly renovated home was custom sized, designed and finished specifically for them. Marlaina loved working closely with the Garvin’s to create a home that is truly perfect for them from the ground up. The Garvin’s felt the same way, saying, “We absolutely loved working with Marlaina. She took all of our ideas and made them better. She is a complete professional and the process was smooth – and FUN! – from start to finish.”

Fits to a T

New Age captures family dynamic
Photography by Ken Hild

Moving into a home with an open floor plan necessitates a well thought out plan in order to create a balanced flow. When the Jarit family moved into their home on Eastern Long Island, they enlisted the expertise of Melissa Fenigstein and Linda Pravata-Fenigstein of New Age Interiors, Inc. to assist them in navigating this challenging undertaking.

This cozy music room encourages the musicians of the family to practice or gather with friends for an acoustic jam session.


Dramatic great room yet warm and inviting. Generous sofas from Hickory White and a chair and a half from John Richard offers ample seating for friends and family.

Together with Melissa and Linda, they collaborated to come up with a plan to create an environment that was comfortable, practical and good-looking for this family with two growing boys. Both boys enjoy playing instruments, so it was imperative for them to have a space for their lessons and practice time. In place of a formal living room, a custom library unit with cozy seating and space for the musicians to practice and company to gather was created.

The family loves to spend time together watching movies and sporting events. The great room must have plenty of seating to accommodate their family and friends. Even with its 20 foot ceiling, the room is cozy. The double story drapes accentuate the height but the soft, neutral colors bring the eye back down to the seating area which is warmed by the gas fireplace.   

Ultimate custom multi-media room lets family and friends enjoy their sporting events in luxury with a side game of shuffleboard.  


With the family’s allure for sports, Melissa and Linda couldn’t stop there. They crafted a multi-media room on the lower level. Here, friends and family gather to witness sporting events with ultimate viewing and can enjoy a game of shuffleboard as well.

For the more formal occasions, the dining room, furnished with a 70” table from Hickory White and adorned by a unique light fixture from Global Views, continues with warm wall colors and rich wood tones. A metallic leather on the chair seats was chosen for its beauty and practicality.

Elegant and welcoming dining room. Textured wallcovering coordinates with metallic leather chair seats; perfect for practical living with style.

Son, Hayden’s room reflects his love of music and guitars specifically.


Son, Austin, treasures the great outdoors with a serene waterfall and meandering brook.


The boys had total input on their room designs. Guitars are Hayden’s passion, so his room sports a larger than life guitar that lives on the wall by his bed. Austin prefers to venture into the woods near the meandering brook and calming waterfall. These rooms will grow with them as they do.

The Jarit family couldn’t be happier with their home. “It fits our lifestyle to a T,” exclaims Jennifer Jarit. Both parties agree that it was a pleasure to work together.