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.


Coastal Inspiration from Riverhead Building Supply      

Kitchen and bath designer Mikayla Valois of Riverhead Building Supply knew this was going to be a fun project as soon as she stepped into the client’s home to measure. Her eye was immediately drawn to the most incredible chairs at the dining table. “They were fun, funky and colorful,” says Valois.

The objective for this project was to open up the space and bring in some color. The homeowner wanted to get rid of her dining table and incorporate a large island. To do so without making the space too tight, a wall between the kitchen and living room was removed. This allowed Valois to include a large island in the design without overwhelming the space.

This eye-catching kitchen features Landmark Fine Cabinetry by Tedd Wood with French Quarter Reverse Raised Panel doors and slab drawer fronts. Being located right on the water, blue was the natural color choice for the painted finish. Sherwin Williams “Composed” was the perfect color selection to brighten up this coastal kitchen. Several details, such as the wood rangehood and the decorative legs on the island, were added to the cabinetry to achieve a furniture look. An open bookcase was added at the end, and includes a custom toe-kick detail that was repeated on the pantry. The microwave was incorporated into another pantry cabinet, at counter height, to make it both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

White shiplap and faux beams on the tall ceilings tie this kitchen space together, creating a wonderful balance to the bold color of the cabinetry.

In the bathroom, the vanity features Medallion Gold Line Cabinetry in Maple with Sonoma Reverse Raised Panel Door Style and five-piece drawer fronts. The cabinets are finished in Bliss Classic paint, a smooth enamel in light turquoise.

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Subdued Sophistication

Aladdin Remodelers lightens and brightens the heart of the home
Photography by Steve Geraci/ReflexPhoto.com

This kitchen renovation was designed by Michael Graziano, CKD, CBD, a 50 year veteran certified kitchen and bath designer and owner of Aladdin Remodelers located in Massapequa Park. This family wanted a kitchen that was not so ordinary, but still highly functional.

A wall was removed to add space to the kitchen and create the ever-popular open floor plan. The layout allows for plenty of work space by the range and the sink area while keeping a very desirable work triangle. A large center island equips the kitchen with abundant storage and functionality with seating for 5-6 people while also serving as additional prep space and a buffet server.

The wood flooring extends to the dining room area of this newly created great room. The ceiling was opened to an angular “tray” ceiling with indirect perimeter lighting providing architectural interest.

Aladdin’s designers provide design as well as decorating ideas to complete a very positive remodeling experience.

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 Ilir Rizaj

“Terrific!” is how this Oyster Bay Cove family of four describes their Artista kitchen.

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Artista Kitchen Designs and POMA Construction teamed up again to create and build a kitchen that has everything a cook, entertainer and family could hope for.

The Wood-Mode Alexandria recessed, 1-inch thick inset panel door is the backbone of this kitchen design. The Vintage Nordic White finish on the perimeter and Vintage Latte finish on the island combine and coordinate for a transitional and warm living space. The “X” Medallion doors on the upper cabinetry are complimented by the same profile on the island end panels. Arts and Crafts routed posts, also with the Alexandria door profile, offer beauty and stability for this over 8 feet of island space.

Refrigeration and freezer space, each 30 inches wide and 7 feet tall, are side-by-side and paneled in the same door style. These large appliances are flanked by tall, pull-out pantries and hide-away cabinets, which hold all of the small appliances frequently used by the family.

Seating for four on the island enables this family to sit together for many meals and also serves as a great space for preparing and entertaining large gatherings of family and friends. “I love to cook and I cook even more now,” remarks the client. “We love our kitchen and spend so much time in this space that the family dog now has a bed in the kitchen, so we are always all together.”

Artista Kitchen Designs and POMA Construction worked closely together on all aspects of this kitchen from design to install, creating a space that this whole family will enjoy for many years to come.

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.”


“Recently, a previous client came to me to let me know she was building a new home on a fabulous spot on the open water located on the South Shore,” said Marilyn Rose of Marilyn H. Rose Interiors. “Ultimately it will become their retirement retreat, but for now, it’s a summer and weekend getaway home.”

One of the first priorities was to design the kitchen, so Marilyn went to Artista Kitchen Designs in Huntington and met with owner Michael Mangino. After several meetings, it was decided that a vintage white cabinet enhanced and given depth with a wire brush applied glaze would suit the space best. Raised panel doors mixed with complementary recessed panel drawers add visual interest.     

“The Minoan pattern tile used in the backsplash reminded us of waves,” explained Marilyn. “We felt it reflected the water just outside the kitchen windows.” The island was done using a contrasting cherry wood in a brown stain with a black glaze. To unify the space, all counters and the island were topped with an unusual granite called Typhoon Bordeaux which gives incredible dimension and depth to the entire area. Country French counter stools in an antique white finish with sea glass color fabric on the seats recalls the water as well as reflects the color scheme of the adjoining family room.

“All in all, the clients were thrilled with the finished product, remarked Marilyn, “and we ultimately went on to work on the rest of the house.”

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.

HOUSE's Best of Kitchens & Baths

Artista Kitchen Designs

Ilir Razaj Photography

Enticing, bright, warm, stylish and an amazing blend of color is just some of what can be said about this Greenlawn, NY kitchen. Artista Kitchen Designs designer, Patricia Venechanos, worked closely with these homeowners to incorporate numerous design elements, color and functionality in this open-concept floorplan.

Wood-Mode’s one-inch thick Toulan door with raised panels on the perimeter in a rich Black Forest on Cherry finish and recessed panels on the island in a contrasting Vintage white on Maple finish anchors the style of this kitchen. The paneling of the refrigerator and dishwasher enhance the custom furniture feel while incorporating all of the modern appliances throughout. The angled island accented with wainscoting allows for ease of meal preparation, serving, entertaining and even seating for family dinners.

The abundance of cabinetry with deep drawers, pull-outs and accessories within the cabinets themselves add to this kitchen’s functionality. The attention to detail – beaded top trim with crown and decorative moulding, beveled light valance moulding, decorative valances and baseboard moulding – pulls together the entire kitchen. Generous lighting sources, including natural, under counter and overhead, enhance the blending of colors throughout.

“This kitchen is everything we’ve ever dreamed of,” remarked the homeowners, and Artista Kitchen Designs ­fulfilled this dream.

Bisulk Kitchens

Photography by Steve Geraci/ReflexPhoto.com

A few years after completing a very successful kitchen project for this client’s primary residence, it was an easy return to Brad Berkoff, CKD, of Bisulk Kitchens for his skillfulness in designing, supplying and installing a new kitchen for their summer home on the North Fork of Long Island. 

The architect’s floor plan of the kitchen’s perimeter was fairly large. Starting the design process with the homeowners prior to construction enabled the concept of the kitchen plan to serve as the outline in arranging for the proper window sizes and positioning, as well as door locations and entryways leading into adjacent rooms. 

A priority in developing this true entertainer’s kitchen included the desire to feature a well functioning work space while allowing for multiple areas where guests can congregate without getting in the cook’s way. Plenty of guest seating was incorporated on the back of the island and rear of the peninsula. A full bar area located within the kitchen and a large butler’s pantry adjacent to the kitchen allow for an array of additional display items and closed door storage.

Symmetry and positioning of appliances, kitchen accessories and work stations all played an important role in the preliminary and final planning stages of this project. 

Berkoff worked closely with Keith Mazzei, the project interior designer, as well as the crew of brothers Joseph and James Nicotra, the home builders.

Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry’s Regency line of cabinetry was selected in a frameless recessed panel door style for its timeless ­elegance. The linen color paint helps maintain a softer, clean look around the kitchen perimeter while the contrasting blue paint with an antique glazed finish adds charm and personality.

D'Alessio Inspired Architectural Design

The element in this rendering makes evident the artistic passion of Andrea D’Alessio, D’Alessio Inspired Architectural Designs. The exquisite detail of this European chef’s kitchen makes a bold statement with handcrafted cherry and butternut cabinets with hand-carved ornamental embellishments. Each design and carving is personally selected by Andrea D’Alessio to compliment both the style and proportion of the design.

“Where people are going more modern in their kitchens, we are bringing back a bygone era,” comments D’Alessio. “We’ve created our own line of cabinetry inspired by Italian and French architecture; all of the wood and stone is imported from Europe but we design and manufacture everything in house.” 

Every inch of this space exhibits impeccable composition starting from the ground up. The floor is carved and shaped from over a dozen types of marbles, metals and gold tiles. Cabinetry with hand carved cartouches on 1 1/4 inch solid wood doors and gold leaf finishes anchors the center as well as lines the perimeter. Atop the handcrafted cabinetry are counter surfaces created from Lapis Iazuli, a deep-blue, semi-precious stone directly mined and shipped for D’Alessio from the Middle East. Leaded glass ceiling mosaics, Italian glass chandeliers hand-crafted in Venice, carved and gilded crown moldings and marble statuaries represent a family legacy. 

Appliances are no less elegant. A European, craftsman-carved 6’x9’ armoire houses the refrigerator while the massive range is shadowed by a hand-carved marble hood imported from Spain. Handmade gilded gold hinges and rock crystal hardware give even the smallest detail an ornamental quality.

“Our authenticity is unparalleled,” remarks D’Alessio. “We’re creating old-world opulence with modern amenities for the ultra-luxury market.”

Elite Kitchens & Baths

Photography by Busch Studios

The Sharbani family, owners of Elite Kitchen & Bath and Express Contracting, customized a beautiful remodeling job for a wonderful couple 20 years ago. Several months ago, the same couple stopped in their Manhasset showroom and asked Elite to create a new kitchen for them. Elite/Express was delighted to help their client own a new gorgeous Rutt kitchen. 

The Sharbanis, engineers by trade, had to think outside the box to fulfill their clients' desire for an island in the kitchen as the original space was narrow. The solution was to move the adjacent basement staircase to a much more convenient location which widened the kitchen by 3.5 feet. Voila; the island was now ­possible! 

Enlarging the opening leading from the hallway to the kitchen. ensured the “wow” factor for family and friends entering the space. 

Geri Giordano, senior designer at Elite, maintained the breakfast nook as an extension of the kitchen. The Rutt cabinet is classic in nature and the client loves the cheeriness of white. The design stresses universality, comfort and ease of mobility between spaces. 

Glass doors on the upper panels create interest and the ability to add color to the kitchen. The client loves making crafts with her four grandchildren; she can now rotate her crafts and colors behind the well lit glass cabinets. 

The couple entertains often and wanted a serving area near the dining room. Geri designed a hutch at the end of the kitchen, directly behind the dining room. So practical and pretty! Three complementary backsplashes add a unique, interesting touch. Happy clients make Elite & Express delighted again.

Stephen Fanuka
DIY Network's Million Dollar Contractor

Elizabeth Pash was not only my client for this kitchen renovation, she was also the interior designer for the project. Her store, Elizabeth Pash Antiques & Decoration, is located in Locust Valley and also at the 1stdibs Showroom in the NY Design Center. This was personal for her ­– very personal.     

The kitchen was huge by NYC standards and had a pantry. The first challenge was the timeline; the building was going to be replacing its elevators soon – if we didn't meet the deadline before the elevators closed down, we would have to wait for the elevators to be finished and that would mean no kitchen for this family of five until then. 

In order to get this job done on time and have it built exactly as she imagined, we would need to plan this job on paper before anything would get started. We needed to know what were the lead times for things like fixtures, stone, lights etc. In some cases, we needed to choose items that were in stock and ready for delivery. Being flexible can be the difference between finishing the job and building a relationship or failing and having an enemy for life.     

We also had to leave some time for changes that we both knew would happen as we went along. One thing that was to our advantage – we were keeping the appliances all in the same location and the footprint was not changing. 

Usually I insist on waiting to build cabinets utill demolition is completed, but a good contractor always has to flexible. We needed to finish before those elevators stopped working for four months.  

Our biggest challenge was finding the slabs for the counter and backsplash. Both Liz and I knew that the wrong stone could ruin the look of the kitchen. We wanted Bookmatched Calacatta marble. We started by having my friends at ABC Worldwide send pictures which we complimented  with five visits to the yard utill we finally found what we were looking for. To save time and money we used 3/4” thick stone and had it mitered to look like 2 1/2" thick stone. Nickel trim and hardware was added to a few cabinet doors.

The best part of the design? The pantry was painted in a high gloss paint and antique mirrors added onto the door panels. Most people may have veered toward making it look the same as the kitchen. That would have been too easy (with no time left on the clock). 

In the end, we built something special. Elizabeth and her family have some great stories to remember over dinner. More important, I get to do this with another family tomorrow. 

Florence Building Supply

Nick Ryan Photography

Chris and Lauren Renna, proud parents of two active sons, had an existing kitchen that was not working for the busy lifestyle of their growing family. It was small with limited counter space and inadequate storage but mainly, just didn’t have that open, inviting, “heart of the home” kind of feeling. So began the process of designing for the needs of this young family.

Keith Stowby, design consultant for Florence Building Materials, designed their new kitchen around a planned 10 foot bump out, dramatically increasing the possibilities for the straight line ranch. A triangular island worked well in this space and was embraced by Chris and Lauren because of its unusual shape and positioning. 

Ivy Creek, a Pennsylvania Dutch cabinet shop in Lancaster PA, was quickly selected for their excellence in producing inset painted cabinetry, careful attention to detail and overall quality. With details like “true divided lites” on display cabinetry, joining of multiple cabinets by the shop and flexibility in finish options, it was clear that Ivy Creek was the cabinet product to use. 

Mike Callahan of Callahan Construction, was selected as the general contractor. His talented team of carpenters and related trades quickly executed the design, bringing details into the project like dramatic coffered ­ceilings while minimizing impact to non-construction zones of
the home.

Excellent guidance by Brian Nathan of Appliance World helped the Renna’s with their selection of fine Thermador ­cooking and refrigeration units, coordinating the stainless steel flush integrated appliances with the clean lines of the inset recessed panel Dove White and Kendal Grey island cabinetry.

In addition to this group of talented professionals was the capable Maria Previti of Portico Tile & Bath who provided stunning selections of porcelain wood planked tile flooring, granite counters and tile backsplash.

Once again the experience of professional design, production, coordination and installation produced a beautiful kitchen that will provide years of enjoyment and pride for this grateful family. 

Green Art Kitchen • Bath • Home

Photography by Stephanie Kurtzman

Rustic charm and subtle hints of modern design come together in this beautiful home on the South Shore of Long Island.  While the style and sophistication says “Hamptons,” this home is about 60 miles and several beaches away in Nassau County.

The homeowners, Marty and Robin, are incredibly proud of their kitchen, designed and supplied by Green Art of Freeport, NY. “We wanted to continue the antique theme found throughout our home,” says Robin, “but at the same time, incorporate some modern utility.”

The room boasts DuraSupreme cabinets from floor to ceiling in Antique White with Espresso Glaze – a color that coordinates with their dining room set just a few feet away – along with oil-rubbed bronze knobs and handles for a distinctive look. Installing glass doors and lights in the top row makes for an artistic touch, allowing more ornate pieces to be seen.  The cabinets surround the center island as well, which houses the Wolf cooktop with a down draft that recesses into the counter when not in use, proving that classic and contemporary can coexist.

Under-cabinet lighting creates a better view when working on the granite countertops and is also the perfect location for power strips and charging stations. “This is both an elegant and functional approach as wall outlets tend to cause wire damage or become unusable when they are directly behind an appliance,” says Helen Murray, certified kitchen designer at Green Art. “And, to put it simply, they are not very pretty to look at!” 

The under-mounted Blanco sink and Moen brushed nickel faucet set against the tumbled Limestone backsplash tile is another reminder of the contrasting yet harmonious concept of this kitchen. A Thermador refrigerator takes on the same design as the cabinets, keeping the aesthetics consistent and making this kitchen a true work of art.

Marilyn H. Rose Interiors

Photography by Noel Allum

“When I first met my client,  she walked into my office carrying a scale model of a beautiful house,” said Marilyn Rose. “She explained that it was a replica of her dream home that was being built in Muttontown.” 

Part of the total creation of this project was the designing of the kitchen. The client did a lot of homework and research on various kitchen companies and concluded that Clive Christian had the concepts she admired most. The client had beautiful china so she chose cabinets with glass doors to showcase her lovely collection.

Unlike other kitchen companies that finish their cabinets in their factories, Clive Christian finishes and glazes their pieces on site. This allows the client to have some control over the glazing process. The color used was a soft maze strie over cream. Marilyn used a faux finish on the walls that would complement the cabinets. Granite counter tops were off white with veins of grey creating a soft contrast to the ­cabinetry.

After all the cabinets and details were chosen, Marilyn and her client explored antique shops seeking unique hardware (as shown the refrigerator doors) and lighting fixtures. A fabulous billiard fixture for over the island, which had all its original globes, created a major focal point in the center of the room. 

The tile backsplash is embellished with a custom painted wine motif which adds a colorful accent as well as a very personal touch; each bottle’s label has the year that one of the couple’s children was born. The husband is also a wine connoisseur, so this has a more significant meaning. 

All and all, the clients were thrilled with the outcome of the kitchen as it completed their
wish list as well as their vision.

Packard Cabinetry

Photography by Matthew Adams

This lovely fieldstone home is nestled in the heart of Old Brookville along with many historic structures of similar stature.   

The spacious layout and 10-foot ceiling of the kitchen and family room belies the historic facade. Yet the warm tones of the dark stained reclaimed planks of flooring combined with the natural stone fireplaces reflect the feeling of the historic period. The fieldstone pizza oven at the kitchen end of the room is mirrored with a paneled fireplace on the opposite end.  

The design team at Packard developed several work zones so various members of the family could participate in food preparation simultaneously. The 10 foot island makes a delightful middle point for the activity of a busy household. Multiple work spaces flank the prep sink on the island as well as two cook zones. The primary cook zone is at the conventional 48 inch Wolf Range and a secondary cook zone is at the wood burning pizza oven. The wood hearth surrounding the range has pull-out spice shelves with stainless steel 30" refrigerator and freezer on each side. 

This is truly a cook's dream kitchen! The clean-up area provides a double sink with two dishwashers. This windowed wall elevation reflects the facade of the home with two lovely curvilinear glass doors which provide a variety of functional yet beautiful storage. The cabinetry is a traditional style with a recessed panel door and drawer style, finished with a white paint. The natural light permeating from the northerly window and door schematic heightens the light cabinetry, countertop and backsplash. The total effect is contemporary yet entirely classic.

Showcase Kitchens

Photography by Ric Marder Imagery

An expansive center island that is situated below the coffered ceiling anchors a kitchen that has become the family’s focal point. High back chairs were the husband’s must have. Starck, a proponent of natural materials, suggested the Brazilian Superwhite Quartzite countertops for durability while having a marble appearance. The large-scale damask Roman window treatment softly accents the large window while complementing the coloration of the walls.

The six-burner Wolf range with double ovens is any cook’s dream. It is topped off with a customized hood range with a unique nailhead detail designed by Showcase Kitchens. Design elements were selected by Sabrina Simon. Timeless white subway tile is used throughout for the backsplash and allows the cooking area to be the focal point.

“The smartest decision we ever made was in hiring John Starck of Showcase Kitchens,” says the homeowner. Starck actually met them seven years ago when the couple moved into their Tudor-style home. They had loved their friends’ kitchen that he had done and when the couple was ready to finally renovate, they called Starck. “John knew how to reconfigure the entire ground floor stylistically as well as structurally. He designed an openness and flow that made sense for our family of four. He was our ‘go-to’ person for everything.” 

The timeless classic white kitchen exceeded the owners’ expectations. The wife is an avid cook so had many ideas but needed them pulled together. Based on Starck’s vision, the kitchen has everything they originally wanted and more. “John gave us beautiful illustrations so we had a visual that helped in making important decisions. He even educated us on all the appliances; he was always right.” 

The 475 square foot kitchen expanded from 225 square feet. A breakfast room is tucked off to the side but still part of the kitchen, and an organized mudroom has a place for everything. Interior designer Sabrina Simon was brought in to add finishing touches, making the lighting and fabric selections seamless in the overall design.

Sterling Kitchen Design

Photography by Denis Sheahan, Jr.

Creating an elegant, ­traditional style kitchen with plenty of storage and counter space was Sterling Kitchen Design’s goal. “At first, stepping into the existing kitchen felt closed in with no work space or significant amount of storage,” remarked Ellen Lagoudes, owner/president of Sterling Kitchen Designs.

Lagoudes suggested ­relocating the sink, which the client was hesitant to do, but moving it allowed for much more storage and counterpace. “It’s also nice to be at the sink and be able to face your guests to have a conversation,” explained Lagoudes. Knocking down the existing wall that divided the seating area from the kitchen made room for a two-level peninsula with seating. Contractor Jeremy Cotty from Homecraft Contracting Corp., built a platform for taller wall cabinets to sit on. This created the ­higher level and now the client has ­storage on both sides of the peninsula.

The homeowner also ­requested a pantry in her kitchen. “Because we were tight on space, I suggested we put the pantry to the right of the refrigerator, have the doors open toward the stove and make the left side of the pantry decorative door panels,” explained Lagoudes. “She absolutely loved the idea.” 

Candlelight Cabinetry, located in Lockport, NY, was chosen for its quality, made-in-the-USA workmanship. The flat panel door style with a small detail and beaded inset face frame are painted Designer White. The exposed hinges ­contrast in antique bronze.

With every inch counting, Sterling Kitchen Designs created an efficient space without ­sacrifcing style or functionality.

Marilyn H. Rose Interiors

A powder room provides a great opportunity to make a creative design statement and an inviting space for guests. “This unique powder room is larger than most,” says Marilyn Rose of Marilyn Rose Interiors, “with enough space for an etagere, accessories and a chair (not shown).” It also allows the space to carry a considerable amount of panache.

Photography by Noel Allum

Vanities come in all shapes and sizes and the powder room is the perfect place to try something unusual. Here, a circular marble top is set upon a round wood pedestal. The architect created the curved wall for more interest and it provides the perfect nook for the vanity. The luxe Sherle Wagner faucet and basin evoke vintage beauty and grace. An oval gilded mirror serves as a glamorous embellishment and looks as though it is floating on the curved wall.

The classic print wallpaper is cream with a soft sea glass blue motif and turns the space into a visual delight. The draperies echo the color pallete and elegant air.

Crystal sconces and antique framed artwork finalize the personal touches. The overall appearance creates a soft and serene feeling.

Stephen Fanuka
DIY Network's Million Dollar Contractor

Sometimes the best interior designers are the ones who come out of nowhere least expected. They're also the ones that inspire you most when you think you know it all. Elizabeth Bolognino, owner of Elizabeth Bolognino Interiors in Brooklyn NY, had a young couple in SoHo who were taking their law exams and getting married just weeks apart who wanted to remodel their master bathroom. 

They wanted a space that would give them a place to forget that hard day. A "staycation" per say. Elizabeth had a rendering that she had drawn but no blueprints to build off and the timeline wouldn’t allow for them; there were 10 weeks before the couple’s exam and nuptuals.

Most NYC buildings only allow work from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday; this building was no exception. Elizabeth had all the plumbing fixtures, lights and even the type of stone picked out already, she just needed a contractor who believed it could be done and who was willing to take a chance without an architectural blue print.

A double vanity, free standing bathtub and a shower enclosure needed to fit in this limited space. The stone was to be bookmatched and centered in the room perfectly. At first glance, I knew we would be tight for space – if we were off an inch when placing that tub, the shower stall would be too small. 

We had some space problems. We measured twice and cut once. We got every fixture set in the perfect location with centimeters to spare. It wasn't easy, but we finished on time and the bathroom came out fabulous. In the end, the clients passed the bar, they got married and started their lives together. It sounds like a story book ending because it is.

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.”