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Because We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute…….

kids ornamentsDecorating this grand and stylish home for the Holidays each year has become part of my Christmas tradition. The Christmas tree, in particular, is always so special. When we started, 10 years ago, the tree had a grand, department store look, with huge, gold dipped pine cones, bows of ribbon and sparkly, red garland. As the years have passed, the addition of paper angels and stars, class pictures attached to paper trees, and the like, have adorned the tree and given it an intimate family feel. The pride and joy seen in the eyes of the child artisans as I climb the ladder and hang their wares in places of importance, really warms my heart. So go ahead! Hang up those paper wreaths made with love and “Have yourself a merry little Christmas NOW!”

Holidays………..Sabatino Style…..

GINGERBREADWell, another Holiday Season is upon us and again I find myself feeling grateful for all the joy the season brings. I remind myself to slow down, smell the gingerbread, and try not to do it all in one day. Having two adult children on different sides of the country, and making time for all those in what I refer to as our “OPEN family”,  (as someone that experienced divorce as an adult and a child I do not like the term  “broken family”),  is a balancing act that can actually add to the fun . Traveling out west to bake cookies with my daughter and grandson and creating a holiday meal in her home is a special joy even if it is a week and a half before Christmas Day. Seeing my grandson proudly smile as we displayed all the homemade decorations and watching him lick the chocolate from his fingers as we decorated gingerbread men will be memories I will always cherish. Christmas day will be spent with my son, mother and our crew back in New York… and each day in between will be spent wishing friends, associates and strangers, too, all the joy the season brings…  MERRY CHRISTMAS!……….

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Red Accents

I love red! The warm, vibrant, spicy feel of red can make such a dramatic difference in a room.  Faced with a tall viually imposing wall, I chose to add molding details and touches of red to add visual interest. The pattern on the wall creates relevance and balance by framing the art work and sconces. This staircase had started with an ordinary brown oak and black iron railing. Removing the wood tops of the ballisters and adding decorative glass balls added some whimsical detail to the railing and the red paint with some metallic accenting really give it a custom feel. Repeating this vibrant accent color creates a relationship with the other red accents in the space giving the open floorplan a visual flow.

TONI SABATINO       tonisab@optonline.net      516-972-5455

HOUZZ.COM ……SLIDE SHOW


In an earlier post, I noted that HOUZZ.COM is not just a website, but an interactive community dedicated to decorating, design and remodeling. I am thrilled to share this slide show widget. I created my first HOUZZ "ideabook" of ventilation ideas as the area above the range is often a kitchen focal point. It is a collection of kitchens I have done featuring various ideas for what we commonly call hoods. Use the arrow tab to see each of my ideabooks. Some are my work and one is photos I enjoyed so much, I saved them in an idea book I called "FUN STUFF", followed by other groups of products for future reference. I hope you enjoy it and are inspired to create your own idea books. Happy HOUZZING!!!! It is truly addicting.
TONI SABATINO              tonisab@optonline.net               516-972-5455

Subtle Sparkle…..Kitchen Addition

Working with this client was wonderful. She came to me through an architect friend to create her dream kitchen. My client has wonderful taste, preferring soft subtle hues and rich texture and detail. She wanted a pallette of soft greys with dark wood and white for contrast. An addition would give us the space we needed but marrying ceiling heights and choosing and locating windows to create something truly special was the challenge.  I created a kitchen “L” as a work triangle, a large island and a window wall incorporating a table height counter and long glass cabinets to showcase the windows and frame the view to the yard. The creation of a contemporary “mantle hood” with sheetrock structure and stainless and tile detail give an up to date but unique feel. The glass backsplash and hood detail add that “subtle sparkle” that makes the room really special. Dream kitchen…….and dream client!

TONI SABATINO

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Westhampton Beach Kitchen for the “19th Hole”

This remodel is of an old Westhampton house that has had many additions over the years. The kitchen had some character from original rustic beams at the entrance but the cabinets, formica counters and painted tile backsplash had a dated feel. The owner had a wish list of appliances including a 48″ commercial range, big refrigerator, ice maker, warming drawer, built in microwave and two dishwashers. We rearranged the floorplan to accomodate all of the appliances and also allow for a breakfast bar with 5 stools, a tv for the cook to watch “Food Network”, and a spot for the phone and a water cooler. A shade of buttermilk yellow with espresso glaze and beautiful Ayers Green granite give the room a unique updated feel. Owl glass pendants from tech lighting and a fun mosaic tile splash finish off the look.

TONI SABATINO                          tonisab@optonline.net                       516-972-5455

DESIGN On LINE…e.Magazine…HOUZZ.COM….


houzz interior design ideas     This GREEN ‘BADGE” is linked to my profile and photos at WWW.HOUZZ.COM a newish online magazine. I find this to be such a brilliant concept and was thrilled to meet owner, innovator, CEO-ess  and self described “design junkie” Adi Tatarko at an event in NYC recently. I see people like my successful 26 year old daughter sit and swipe with an ipad and really have no need for printed magazines. This site is not only an online magazine but a community, a forum for learning, sharing your knowledge and exposing  your work to the worldwide masses. I am thrilled to be a part of the HOUZZ community and wish Adi and her team continued success as her venture derived from personal passion becomes a worldwide phenomenon.

TONI SABATINO                  tonisab@optonline.net                     516-972-5455

Click the green badge to visit my HOUZZ profile and view some of my projects…….

Dreaming of Delft…………

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Delft, with stunning cobalt blue and white, was the dream of my client whenever she thought about remodeling her kitchen. The crisp, blue and white motif were in every photo she showed me during our initial consultation. We put together a set of sample materials that came together beautifully with rich, dark, cherry cabinetry, carrera marble counters, terra cotta floor tiles with cobalt blue accents and……….yes, her beloved Delft accenting the blue and white ceramic tile backsplash. Our plan included providing generous space for the family kitchen table and a place for TV and electronics, as well as built in microwave, wood hood for the ventilation system and an appliance garage for those everyday must have kitchen items that generally clutter up the counter. Our complete project has a homey but crisp, sophistocated look in keeping with the center hall colonial style of the architecture and suits the lifestyle and kitchen dreams of my lovely client.

Renovation alterations and installation by CUMMINGS AND SONS.

TONI SABATINO                                             tonisab@optonline.net                                       516-972-5455

His and Hers…( or house therapy for the therapists…)

Working for a couple that have quite different visions of their kitchen needs is always a challenge but can be a pleasure! In this case, a lovely women wanted a “pretty, country French feel” and her counterpart was looking for something “industrious and manly…..you know, for serious cooking”…(Oddly enough, they are both therapists and have a major impact in helping people make sense of their lives…Could I help them make sense of their kitchen?)…. Here, we have certainly accomplished all goals. The integration of a French patterned golden travertine floor, stunning Blue Bahia counters, stainless appliances (including a “real” commercial range), whimsical pendants and creamy wood tones create a warm, lovely environment that satisfies both “Him and Her”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TONI SABATINO                          tonisab@optonline.net                               516-972-5455

Another Suburban Remodel Lives Happily Ever After…….

Updating a home can become very expensive, and the ability to make reasonable dreams come true within a reasonable budget is one of my best “Fairy Houzz Mother” tricks…..Dark cabinets don’t have to make the kitchen look smaller. This kitchen was a 1980’s white formica laminate with radius ends and a truly dated look. This alder wood cabinetry in a rich dark finish mixed with sunny golden tones creates warmth without giving the kitchen a “closed in” feel. Reworking the plan within the existing footprint created more storage and a better work flow without the expense of an addition….and so both the budget and the kitchen lived happily ever after……

TONI SABATINO     tonisab@optonline.net    516-972-5455

Installation by Ross Portenoy,         

 Touch of Class Home Improvements, Long Island, NY