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/

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.