Cool Neutrals, Warm Tone

Deborah Martin Designs contrasts color and decorative style on the North Shore
Photography by Timothy Williams

Completed in two consecutive phases, this multi-room renovation was focused on creating elegant and welcoming spaces for a young and very active family. This spacious three-level home is located on a professionally landscaped large property on Long Island’s North Shore.

A gracious entry foyer opening to adjacent spaces features a demi-lune and beveled mirror. To the right of the foyer are the living room and family room dedicated to formal and informal entertainment. The green marble foyer floor and living room fireplace hearth and surround were replaced with Carrera. In the two-story foyer it is installed in a beautiful herringbone pattern.

The color story in the living room evolved from the clients’ embroidered silk window coverings and large area rug. Cool gray neutrals were incorporated with the existing warm tones for a more contemporary vibe. Deborah Martin met the clients’ request for ample seating in both spaces with custom Kravet upholstery. A large tufted persimmon sofa anchors the living room and is flanked by a pair of light gray barrel-back swivel chairs. A fireside wing chair upholstered in sumptuous charcoal velvet and two bespoke skirted ottomans beneath a glass and metal console on the other side of the fireplace offer additional seating. A clementine leather desk chair serving a silver finish writing desk features dressmaker detail covered buttons and matches the custom wood finish on the other seating.

In meeting the clients’ request for additional ambient light, lamps were sourced for the sofa tables and console, and the wing chair is served by a dual-function floor lamp. The cocktail table and other occasional tables as well as the built-ins are minimally accessorized in continuing the light, airy aesthetic. Large coral themed art completes the fireplace focal wall. Shimmery textured wallcovering is an elegant replacement for green painted bookcase walls.

Textiles chosen for the custom ottoman, cornice and pillows extend the warm color story into the family room. Cinder gray leather seating on perpendicular walls surrounds a large storage ottoman which doubles as a footrest. Floor lamps on either side of the sofa provide illumination for reading and other task lighting activities. A plush abstract pattern area rug softens the space and repeats the cool neutral color scheme.

The dining room was completed in the second phase and centered on the redesign of the fireplace. A tall hearth was removed for better circulation, and black granite on the fireplace façade was matched to replace the wood floor beneath and surrounding the former hearth. An oval dining table and long sideboard feature a dark finish and warm metal accents. Host and hostess chairs and eight side chairs were customized in contrasting fabrics and metal elements. A pair of intaglios were installed on walls flanking the French doors which lead to country club grounds and gardens. A stunning oval crystal and brass chandelier is suspended over the dining room table beneath a custom ceiling medallion fabricated in clean concentric oval lines. The chandelier pairs beautifully with long crystal and brass sconces with ivory silk shades. Once again, accessories chosen in neutral ivory tones are kept to a minimum and paired with the intaglios. A large hand-painted Chinoiserie cachepot to the right of the sideboard is home to a lush peace lily.

On the lower amenity level, a bar and beverage area were enhanced with antique mirror. Custom wood shelving was added for display and storage.

The project’s stunning results were achieved by Deborah Martin’s ability to contrast traditional architectural features and millwork with more contemporary furnishings, lighting and accessories. Key spaces in this beautiful home were strategically transformed for enhanced enjoyment by this professional couple
and their family.

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.”