by Natalie Weinstein, Allied ASID, IDS
Photography by Jack Ader/Images for Presentation
When a lovely young couple came calling at our design firm, we knew after the first meeting it would be a fun collaboration. Their home was custom built in a cul-de-sac of new homes on the North Shore of Suffolk County and the builder, Jim Fox of Woods Edge Properties, created a light, bright, spacious residence with custom woodworking and architectural details to enhance every space.
Accustomed to either building or renovating with our clients, “move-in” conditions with white architectural trim throughout and soft neutral paint colors was a dream come true for creating an “instant home.” In short order, carpets and furniture were selected and delivered, fabrics were chosen for window treatments, art and accessories arrived in droves to be selected on site. In less than two months, this 6,000 square foot home was readied for move-in including a bonus suite for one set of snowbird grandparents.
Thomasville had the lion’s share of furniture orders and the trucks kept coming (they are such a great source)! The adorable kids, however, had to have rooms that reflected their own personality, especially little Adrianna, our little princess.
The unfinished lower level of this house was such a great space. We took a breather from whirlwind “Phase 1” to reflect on what would make everyone happy there. Mom wanted a large and very organized playroom for the kids, dad wanted a sports bar and home theatre space. The kids wanted video games and I wanted everyone to have a candy counter and a “soda shop” seating area. We all got what we wanted as everyone picked the posters and sports memorabilia of this family’s favorite team (can you guess what it is?). The lower level now looks like a continuation of the main floors of the home with a fun twist and is a true “walk out” to the fabulous backyard; perfect for a young family and their friends and relatives.
This mom and dad did it right. They didn’t wait for their young children to grow up to create a beautiful and gracious home. Instead, they taught them – now – to respect and appreciate the beautiful things around them, the public spaces and their own rooms as well. They knew that their children, ages 4, 6 and 9, would benefit best by learning early how important their home is and how they should value it.
Fun gatherings, seasonal parties and get togethers are all part of this family’s dynamic. “Home” is not only a place of which to be proud – but the center for a life well lived for the whole family.
“Faced with the challenge of turning our dream house into our dream home, we called on Natalie Weinstein. While meeting with Natalie for the first time, her enthusiasm for design was evident through the personal stories she shared with us. Immediately, we knew she would embrace this home as if it were her own,” remarked the clients. “Backed by a phenomenal team, Natalie walked us through a seamless design experience. It was amazing to watch her work her magic, from fabrics to furniture and everything in between. Not only does Natalie have extensive experience and knowledge, but it’s her passion and attention to detail that really sets her apart. Our house is now a home!”