Full of Charm and Character

Nicollet’s For The Home adds a little funk to farmhouse style

This beautiful Dutch colonial home needed a kitchen to match its personality. Designer Amanda Giuliano of Nicolette’s For The Home wanted to keep the small space open and airy as well as give the room a little funk with some unique touches.

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To start, Giuliano chose to do beaded white inset cabinetry by Arbor Mills for the perimeter. She felt the house warranted a traditional feel and wanted stacked upper wall cabinets to embellish the higher ceilings. She chose to go with Basic White paint by Arbor Mills for the perimeter cabinetry but a custom Sherwin Williams paint for the island, Black Fox.

Giuliano chose a traditional hardware shape, however, she ­modernized the kitchen by selecting stained brass finishes. Another stunning feature of this kitchen is the streamlined hood that was delicately placed between the timeless wall cabinets. Shiplap is a must-have element in any farmhouse kitchen and Giuliano utilized hints of shiplap all around this space. The custom side panels are perfectly detailed with shiplap and cross mullions. The coffee bar, hands down, is the cherry on top. Arbor Mills helped bring Giuliano’s vision to life by creating the distressed layered look on the oversized stiles and rails. Painted Tradewind by Sherwin Williams, a pale blue, Giuliano accented the soft colors with stained knotty alder. The quaint coffee bar boasts a four foot single drawer with custom drawer organizing inserts.

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Finally, the details to dress up the space meant that the overall palette needed to be very neutral. An imperfect subway tile in a taupe-like gray was chosen and accented by darker grout to coordinate with the countertop selections. The island top is Skara Brae by Cambria due to how well the stone matched with the island paint color. The veining in the quartz top also had the same taupe-like gray as the backsplash making it a flawless marriage of tones. The white perimeter cabinetry was dazzled with Calypso by Silestone which was the exact contrast the space needed without looking harsh.

Of course this incredible kitchen is loaded with storage. Giuliano was able to include a blind magic corner unit, cutlery divider, double pail wastebasket, tray divider, two adjustable roll outs and deep drawer storage. Even though the space was small, Giuliano knew that the appropriate sized appliances would make this space feel that much larger which is why a 30-inch, built-in Thermador refrigerator was utilized. This kitchen is the ideal blend of fashion meeting function.

Seaside Escape

Take outdoor entertaining to another level with Atlantic Outdoor Living & Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens

Set in the peaceful and quiet setting of Amagansett in East Hampton, this seaside home is steps away from the beach where salt air and ocean breezes confirm summer has arrived.

The home is optimized for outdoor entertaining. It includes a duo-level deck that expands the space vertically from a lower deck surrounding the in-ground pool giving rise to an upper level where a covered, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen designed and installed by Atlantic Outdoor Living awaits the guests! Comparable to an indoor version, this luxury outdoor kitchen consists of stainless steel cabinetry by Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens.

The Key West style doors are powder-coated in Java II to protect the stainless steel from the corrosive elements of ocean air, while bringing color and style to the space. It is equipped with a two-drawer, panel-ready refrigerator inviting easy access to cold beverages and is placed close to an outdoor ice maker. A trash pull helps keep rubbish removal discreet yet readily available. The ample food prep counters flanking the conventional grill are made from Dekton by Cosentino and are UV-resistant and non-porous, which easily stave off staining ­– even from spilled red wine. The inclusion of a versa power burner, with a convenient pot-filler faucet, easily accommodates a family-size lobster bake.

The kitchen’s overall light weight and design create the perfect addition to any deck, rooftop or patio space – extending everyone’s summer!

Gather Here

A magnificent East End retreat from Artista Kitchen Designs

Photography by Ilir Rizaj

Michael Mangino from Artista Kitchens and Charles Nostrand of Exquisite Interiors collaborated to create this gourmet kitchen and entertainment space that fulfilled the dreams of these homeowners, including the household chef.

Brookhaven by Wood-Mode cabinetry is the anchor of this kitchen. The modified shaker door style, Edgemont Recessed in Nordic White on Maple, surrounds the space and is accented by the maple island stained in Matte Storm Cloud.

This space is perfect for cooking, entertaining and relaxing, which is exactly what these homeowners needed to balance their hectic lifestyle. The open shelves and glass cabinetry add a subtle touch of elegance with a casual feel.

Professional appliances, paneled refrigeration and dishwashers (perimeter and island) and a custom hood enhance the function and beauty of this expertly designed space. With seating for five on the island and a large kitchen table, there is ample space for everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company and the chef’s creations.  

The farm sink on the perimeter and the prep sink on the island create an easy flow from appetizers to dessert and give the homeowners the ability to cook, dine and mingle at every gathering.  This kitchen is cozy enough for a small dinner party or can host a large gathering of friends and family.

These East End homeowners fully participated in the remodeling process and together with Artista and Exquisite Interiors, their retreat is everything they envisioned and more.

Comfortably Classic

Stunning Sag Harbor space by Lakeville Kitchens & Baths

Lakeville Kitchen and Bath’s designer, Katheen Fredrich, teamed up with renowned builder Prendergast Development, Inc., to create a comfortable and warm, modern farmhouse kitchen in Sag Harbor, NY. The task was to design a clean and fresh looking kitchen with versatile appeal that would satisfy any buyer.

Medallion’s Platinum Line was the cabinetry of choice. The Santa Cruz, flush inset door in White Icing paint kept that classic feel, but the design of a clean ceiling and base molding detail added to the modern aesthetic.

The stacked cabinetry reaches a beautiful 9 1/2-foot beadboard ceiling. Impressive stainless steel appliances contrast with the soft white cabinetry while the natural, wide plank white oak flooring adds warmth to the overall space.

The 9 foot island is designed with plenty of storage space and seating and a gorgeous view of the backyard waterfall. Finishing it all off is a stunning 2 inch thick Britannica quartz countertop
by Cambria, subtle marble backsplash tiles and hardware in a pewter finish.

The new homeowner will enjoy this beautifully designed Lakeville kitchen for years
to come.

Modern Organic Kitchen

Showcase Kitchens Inspires
by Hillary Grossman


caption for main pic - Natural light from the windows and skylights showcase the custom book-matched vertical grain walnut cabinets - making the kitchen a warm and inviting spot for guests and chefs alike.

Wolf range and hood became the axis of the room in this one-of-a-kind kitchen with custom, book-matched vertical grain walnut cabinets imported from Italy.  Mother of pearl backsplash creates spa like feel.   

Wolf range and hood became the axis of the room in this one-of-a-kind kitchen with custom, book-matched vertical grain walnut cabinets imported from Italy.  Mother of pearl backsplash creates spa like feel.


“I wanted to enter the kitchen and feel relaxed,” the homeowner explained. The couple took over the home, modeled after a Frank Lloyd Wright house, from their parents. The kitchen, which was long and narrow, was opened up to create one space for the kitchen, living and dining rooms.

With the help of John Starck, kitchen designer and president at Showcase Kitchens of
Manhasset, the couple’s dream became a reality.

“Part of the inspiration,” explained Starck, “was to align the skylights to the center of the island. Also, the hood and range became the axis of the room, with windows on both sides, further opening the space to make the outside more inviting.”

“This truly is an export/import kitchen,” Starck continued. “American walnut logs were exported to Italy in order to build custom cabinets which were then imported back into the United States to be installed.”

The family who spends a lot of time cooking loves their Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. But the Wolf Steam Oven is by far their favorite appliance.

The family who spends a lot of time cooking loves their Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. But the Wolf Steam Oven is by far their favorite appliance.

“We’re floored by the island,” the homeowner raved. “The wood, Quartzite countertop and the functionality of the second sink and dishwasher all make the space perfect. There is nothing I would change!”

The homeowner also added, “Showcase was so accommodating and responsive. They work so well with you and other professionals. John encouraged me to add a steam oven to modernize the kitchen and I am so glad I listened. It is my favorite appliance.”

Modern Bliss

Written and photographed by Alexandra Young

Soothing tones, clean lines and a touch of texture complete this blissful kitchen in East Hampton. During this remodel, the homeowner wanted to break away from conventional kitchen trends and embrace a bold look. With this aspiration in mind, designer Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works knew she needed to push boundaries without going to extremes.

Kelly’s base objective was to incorporate a shaker door style in a transitional way. “I decided to think outside the box, quite literally, by making a box with it,” she said. By further framing the cabinets with panels in the same finish, she created a modern yet minimalistic look.

The client then visited Plesser’s Luxury Appliances of Southampton where he was assisted by manager Robert Nielsen. After hearing the client’s vision, Robert knew a Bertazzoni chimney hood would lend itself to the cabinet framing with its sleek contemporary style and glass touch controls. The hood’s powerful but quiet motor maintains this kitchen’s calming effect.

A waterfall island top further compliments these features. The slabs were chosen for their soft pattern and brightening effect. Plesser’s Bertazzoni convection speed oven was added to the right side run of cabinets. Working as a standard oven or microwave makes this a go-to appliance for a busy kitchen. In addition, this oven also possesses the ability to be mounted flush with cabinets for a seamless look which was necessary for this project.

The upper cabinets are wrapped with a Desert Wood panel while the doors were painted in a Chai Latte finish. The mix of textures contrast with each other and gives the dramatic result the homeowner was looking for.     

Kelly brought the Desert Wood finish over to the bar, where she created open shelves for added flair. The neutral colors of both rooms create the perfect base to play with colorful accessories such as the bright, bold oversized painting.

Kelly and Robert turned a vision into reality with the completion of this project; exceeding expectations by understanding a kitchen is only successful with maximum functionality. By combining key components of cabinetry and appliances, they produced a tranquil space for the homeowner to share with family and friends.


Photography by Alexandra Young

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When sophistication meets rustic farmhouse, the result becomes a charming kitchen in East Hampton. Designer Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works knew immediately that the room should be unique, but not over designed. This main objective, combined with Truxel Homes Jeff Ulrich’s admiration for panel work, stemmed the idea of a farmhouse kitchen; the style being cohesive to both desires.

With the aesthetic decided upon, the rest fell eloquently into place. Truxel Homes managed to find reclaimed barn wood from 1885 Pennsylvania, which was chosen for the flooring. Fieldstone Cabinetry’s unique shade of cream lends a luminous glow to the room. By centering a custom hood between two windows, Kelly was able to create a strong focal point. She also knew a bookcase would be the perfect addition to the end of this run; the colorful bindings of numerous cookbooks bringing personality to the room.

The length of hutch cabinet serves as a statement piece, with glass upper cabinets reflecting warm light that floods in through the windows. Custom toe-kicks were artfully placed to lend a furniture feel to the cabinets. A hard working central island incorporates a dishwasher hidden behind a drawer and door panel, sink, wine refrigerator, waste pull out, additional storage and seating for three. The Grothouse cherry island top brings texture to the kitchen while tying in the flooring.

“I’ve been surrounded by nature’s best living in Sag Harbor most of my life,” says Kelly. “Following the principle of form follows function, I always incorporate details making each client’s kitchen their own. I love what I do; being creative based on clients wants, needs and budget.”

Drinking in the Waterfront View

West Islip home showcases beautiful Lakeville kitchen

Moving a young family is no easy task, and building a new home certainly raises the stakes.

The homeowners of this stunning waterfront West Islip home can absolutely attest to the importance of the interplay among these ever present factors: good weather, material lead-times, labor availability and budget. Eventually, it all came together and this dream home became a reality.

Early on, their contractor sent them to Lakeville Kitchen & Bath, with blueprints in hand. They arrived at Lakeville’s Lindenhurst showroom, which features full size kitchens meant to inspire. The homeowners met designer Jonathan Desimini, who had been recommended by their friends as well as their contractor.

The kitchen design itself came together quickly. Honoring the spacious open feel of the house, the open-air kitchen is the hub of the home and seamlessly flows into the eat-in kitchen area and adjacent living room. The kitchen provides open walkways so work can remain in progress, even while guests or family gather.

From the onset, the kitchen would feature a painted white finish. However, to give the kitchen a more striking visual appearance, it was decided to use an accent color, which influenced the homeowners’ selection of cabinetry manufacturer. Falling in love with the Appaloosa finish from the Medallion Cabinetry Platinum Series on the Wellington beaded Inset door style on day one, the selection of the island, hood and wine bar was easily made.

The perimeter of the kitchen needed to blend the aged heirloom appearance of the accent pieces, while still giving the bright clean feeling of a white kitchen. Toward this end, Crystal Cabinetry’s Designer White paint with a Pewter highlight on the Woodbury door style was selected. Crystal’s highlight process gave a delicate accent without the heavy appearance of glazing found in most other manufacturers. Using Encore, Crystal’s frameless cabinet construction option, the homeowners were able to maximize their storage in this area with the full access storage that the cabinets provide.

The homeowners, with designer Jonathan Desimini’s helpful guidance, selected Medallion Cabinetry and Crystal Cabinetry to provide a palate that works together harmoniously to create a kitchen that they’ll love for years to come.



Riverhead Building Supply Design Showroom uses space to full advantage

This apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is blessed with an abundance of natural light. When it came time to remodel the kitchen, the client’s desire to take full advantage of that lighting was integral to their plans. Upon meeting with the client, Amanda Giuliano of Riverhead Building Supply Design Showroom recognized her client’s taste for art, natural wood tones, clean lines and worldly influences. Amanda’s walk-through with the client helped to identify the specific needs and wants for the kitchen, including enjoying the natural light from the kitchen’s single window. The shape of the space presented several design obstacles. The architect for this project, German Barrios of German Barrios Design, was an amazing creative partner. Working together helped them to showcase this home’s potential.

Amanda recommended Landmark cabinetry by Tedd Wood Fine Cabinetry. This is a semi-custom line, allowing the designer the flexibility to add custom aspects only where necessary. The result for the client is beautiful cabinetry with superior functionality that does not impact the budget. The door style is Yellowstone with a reversed raised center panel. The door frame is a simple shaker style with a slight bullnose on the interior lip profile on the frame. The cabinets are quarter sawn oak in a light stain called Dovetone.

Using the space to its full advantage, Amanda created ample storage. Included are tray dividers, roll-outs, pot drawer storage, a broom closet, two pantries, double pail wastebasket, wine bottle storage, cutlery dividers and stacked cabinetry for additional storage. The kitchen also houses a gourmet suite of appliances, two beverage centers and a built-in coffee maker. 

The warmth of the wood tones against the stainless steel, cool grey elongated subway tile and quartzite countertops are a perfect blend between subtlety and attraction and reflect the natural light. This fashion forward space maintains its sensibility while showcasing the home’s elegance, art, color and personality. 

Classic with a Twist

Showcase Baths captures the moment
by Barbara L. Dixon | Photography by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

Tom Fox designed a spacious shower that runs the width of the room as he did with the vanity wall. Custom-designed Carrara marble throughout with a seamless glass enclosure creates optimal visual space. At one end is a showerhead; at the other, a hand-held shower is flexible whether standing or sitting.

When neighbors began talking over the fence and introducing themselves, both families learned that Fox Diehl Architects was handling their renovations. Life is full of ‘small worlds’ whether next door or across the globe. In this case, the homeowners had gotten the kitchen they wanted in their renovation working with Showcase Kitchens so they turned to Showcase Baths and their principal designer, Maria Sergio to collaborate with Fox and themselves. 

A classic deck mounted Lefroy Brooks fixture is the perfect accompaniment to the Maxx Free standing soaking tub.

In the renovation of the house, Fox extended the new master bath over the kitchen and part of the family room. The house is adjacent to a small village park. Opening up the space to the views beyond and centering a large soaking tub anchored the room and made the views a wanted additional design element.

The classic grey and white coloration in the master bath is timeless. It is even an integral part of the custom-designed shower, making it seamless with the overall space.



“The homeowners had good taste and nice furnishings,” Fox says. “They had a clear palette of materials and knew from the beginning what they wanted.” As Sergio further explains, “I always do a wish list with clients, getting a sense of their taste level. I then pull samples of what I think will work in the space but ultimately it is their bathroom, and they put the final stamp on the space.” The end result is a classic and tailored master bath that will be relevant for years to come.

Industrial Chic

by Tyler Wisler - Celebrity interior designer, tastemaker and TV personality as seen on HGTV's Design Star

My inspiration for this kitchen came from the Artesso® Kitchen Collection by Brizo®, and the faucet specifically – inspired by early 20th century metal works. The design is industrial, yet refined, and really a statement piece.

I channeled this influence into paying homage to the forged metal architecture and translated that into everyday living. An old warehouse was the perfect setting to bring my vision to life, but the challenge with this modern aesthetic is that it can become almost sterile with an abundance of steel. I upheld the integrity of the space with the exposed brick and steel spiral staircase, but added a twist by incorporating natural elements to break up the monotony of precise lines and angles.

The walnut slab countertop with its live edge, which waterfalls over the cabinets, is unexpected and works beautifully with the Artesso bar faucet in Brilliance® Polished Nickel, transforming the island into the focal point of the room.

I love herringbone flooring for the added dimension and coupled with the walnut countertops, creates organic, visual texture. The AGA Legacy 36 inch Dual Fuel range and Marvel Professional 36 inch French door counter depth refrigerator in black steel with enamel finish blend perfectly with the sophisticated contemporary design.

Creating movement in the space was key – the details draw the eye around the room and complement each other. This project started with a faucet inspired by factories and iron-workings, and grew into a stunning, industrial
chic space.

White Hot

Coastal contemporary by Aladdin Remodelers

Photography by Steve Geraci/ReflexPhoto.com

This seaside house has clean modern lines and called for a kitchen with an edgy style and sleek features while also incorporating a beachy feel. Designed by Michael Graziano, CKD, of Aladdin Remodelers in Massapequa Park, NY, this fabulous kitchen intigrates a fresh, white Wood-Mode cabinetry pallette which is enhanced by the architectural details presented by the existing structure.      

The bright Nordic White cabinet color is offset perfectly by the cherry hardwood floors which ground the space. Solid, sand-colored quartz countertops bring “the beach” and is not only beautiful but also maintainence free and extremely durable.

Stainless steel fixtures illuminate the expansive center island while polished hardware nods to the contemporary side. In contrast, the driftwood look of the legs on the island chairs brings a rustic element to the space.

High end appliances include an induction range top and built-in integrated refrigerator.

There is an organic flow between the kitchen and family room where the fireplace mantel and built-ins were designed to complement both spaces. 

“My design team and I are very proud of this project” stated Graziano. “We look forward to others asking for something similar.”

Bright new kitchen with original charm

It was destiny that the Winkelman family live full time in historic Sea Cliff on Long Island’s gold coast – their home has been a part of the family in a roundabout way for many years. “We rented the home during the summers from 1983 to 1990 – our primary residence was in Manhattan,” said Marty Winkelman. “My sister also rented this home as a summer property in 1967,” he added.

    Built in 1927, the original Dutch colonial style home had small rooms and quite a few quirky features including a bathroom located just outside the kitchen, not ideal for any homeowner. While planning their renovation, the Winkelman’s goal was to maintain the integrity of the home’s design while improving its functionality.

    “We have a long standing personal and professional relationship with Chris Van Tuyl of Nassau Suffolk Lumber & Supply. They supplied the materials for our deck and other renovations, so we came to them when we were ready to renovate the kitchen,” Winkelman said.

    The front of the home was expanded to open up the kitchen space and make room for a new bathroom. Two large windows were placed where the previous bathroom used to be. “Chris suggested we go big with the windows, I initially resisted, but now we are so glad we took his advice,” said Winkelman. “The natural light in the space is great.”

    “The original kitchen was brown with honey pine cabinetry. We wanted something light and bright and always admired white kitchens,” he said. The Winkelman’s selected Plain & Fancy cabinetry because of its high quality and great looks – other alternatives didn’t come close according to the homeowners. They chose Plain & Fancy‘s beaded inset, Vogue door style in white enamel. “Plain & Fancy’s custom capabilities were a big plus when dealing with a quirky older home. The biggest challenge was getting everything to fit properly – and that’s where the expertise of designers Cecile Cote and Bob Geiger was wonderfully helpful,” Winkelman said.

    “Most problematic was accomodating the chimney that runs through the center of the house – it’s not straight, but that’s part of its charm,” said Winkelman. The contractor, Larry Byrnes of Precision Carpentry of NY, Inc., did an amazing job according to Winkelman. He cut ‘channels’ into the brick so that the cabinetry could sit flush against the chimney, rather than standing out from it. “A seemingly small detail, but no easy task in an older home – Byrnes’ solution is much more pleasing to the eye.” 

    As with most small kitchens, adequate storage space can be challenging. “Cecile suggested shallow cabinets on the back of the island and we’re very happy that she did – the space is perfect for items that we don’t use on a regular basis,” Winkelman said. The new island was designed larger than the original to accommodate additional seating and create more work/entertaining space.

    Complimenting the white cabinetry are Quartzite countertops in Iceberg from Elegante Stone in Westbury. The backsplash is crafted from 2 x 6 Viscaya Glass tiles in Spirit White with a matte finish, and the flooring is square Saltillo tile (a Mexican red fired clay tile) from Nemo Tile in Westbury. 

    “We are thrilled with the renovation – our home seems bigger and the living space is much better. We’re actually going out to eat less frequently!” said Winkelman.  

Youthful Transitional

Opened and transformed space for a young family by Showcase Kitchens
by Emily Andren
Photography by Ric Marder Imagery

          The homeowners describe their new kitchen as ‘‘youthful transitional’’ which is exactly what they wanted for their family with four young children. Working with architect Pat O’Neill, John Starck, owner of Showcase Kitchens, both based in Manhasset, reconfigured the layout and functionality of a small kitchen, laundry room, maid’s room and bathroom into a beautiful, spacious new kitchen, eating area and family room. 

      “The house was chopped into separate rooms and hallways. The owners wanted it to be an open, friendly space so they could live in every room,” O’Neill explains. 

           The countertops are 1 ¼” quartz. The Franke sink has a white porcelain backsplash. In the graphite blue island is a Linkasink hammered nickel prep sink with a Rohl satin nickel faucet. The white cabinets have inset construction with ¼” bead detailing and overhead mullioned glass doors. The varied-width oak floor was chosen because “it’s a good surface for kids,” the owner says.

           “We worked so well as a team,” says Starck. The owner’s wife was involved in the design decisions. “She brought lots of samples of colors and finishes she had selected,” O’Neill adds 
The new layout gets maximum use and they love every moment in it. And, they comment, “The space between the areas is great for entertaining.”