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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

Kitchen for a Sunny Seaside Retreat

This kitchen remodel took it’s inspiration from some wooden wall art with a boating motif. The room needed updating but there was a desire to keep some of the home’s cozy personality. The artwork and charts reflected  the home owners’ love of the sea and created a wonderful pallette for texture and color. We decided to keep the old natural pine panelling, painting it a sunny shade of Benjamin Moore  MACADAMIA NUT 191. Cabinetry with “pegged doors” from Dura Supreme was chosen to keep with the rustic textural theme. Stainless appliances with a more contemporary hood style add visual interst and give the room an eclectic balance of elements. Cambria solid surface counters in “Canterbury” color and mosiacs with copper accents in the backsplash add vibrancy to the look. Sunny, warm, functional space by the sea…………..

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

Deck The Halls!

Merry Christmas! Sharing these photos at this special time of year gives me great pleasure. To me, Merry Christmas is an affectionate greeting to be shared with love throughout the season. The pride in the eyes of children displaying their homemade decorations, the joy of baking christmas cookies with loved ones (great recipe for lemon christmas cookies) , singing carols in the neighborhood, the decorating and oh, yes, the shopping…. bring us joy but the true spirit of all the Holy Days is sharing love with friends and family and remembering those that are less fortunate. So…..Merry Christmas and deck the halls with boughs of holly, happiness, love and joy!

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

Richly Remodeled………

Everything about this Long Island, New York, kitchen is indeed Lovely! As part of a design team including A.B. Lake Construction, Bruce Spenadel AIA (architect for project including kitchen addition and other remodeling enhancements), Introspect Interiors (tile, granite, paint, lighting and fabric selection), I was responsible for space planning, window placement, cabinetry design, banquette and bookcase design, molding design and implementation of all. I wanted the cabinetry to have a sense of importance, a feeling of richness as the room was to have high ceilings and tall windows. Working with an existing commercial hood, commercial grade range and subzero refrigerator, I decided to forgo reuse of the stainless hood and instead used a wood hood and devised a way to panel the refrigerator to add warmth. With the hood as a center focal point, I used large scale cabinet doors and trims to create balance. The room also incorporates a  table area that includes a wall of cabinetry with a banquette bench and bookshelves that not only allow for additional seating and storage but also add rich personality with cookbooks and personal momentos. Finished room…………..yes, rich and lovely…..

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

Long Island, NY…….”Linda Cookin’ Good”

This kitchen remodel comprises elements of rustic finishes, antiques and  contemporary architecture with the vaulted ceiling. The owners wanted an open airy space complementing the adjoining family room with a rustic theme, soft beigy rose tones and rustic knotty alder wood cabinetry. Cookin’ good!

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

Dining In……….

When designing a spatially challenged suburban kitchen, I often have a conversation that starts something like this,  “I want to eat in my kitchen but I have no room. I don’t want to just stick a table against the wall and I don’t like the idea of a breakfast bar where we are all line up…….it isn’t conversational. What can I do?” My favorite solution is some variation of what I like to call a “dine in peninsula”.  This solution provides a conversational place to have a meal while adding off meal time working counter and additional storage. This home in Garden City, New York is an example of a simple, but decorative and functional “dine in” space. The use of glass cabinetry gives it personality and the “chandette” adds warmth and intimacy.

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

Her Room For Everything………….

                                      Her “room for everything” is a room that incorporates attractive storage for the “stuff” that just happens……..a desk to keep the clutter of catalogs, recipes and scrapbooking projects out of the kitchen, a place to sew, a place for toys to amuse the granchildren, a place not far from the kitchen to print emails, new cooking and entertaining ideas, a place for household files, a place for post cards and notes………well, simply “everything”. We chose a rich dark walnut wood complemented by happy light teal fabric corkboard and wallpaper to create her soothing space. The innocent looking desk consists of custom cabinetry that incorporates a rollout printer station, a place for the sewing machine with it’s own hidden rollout table and plenty of other storage. We also incorporated lots of open shelving for family photos, trophies, figurines, momentos and books. Our finished product is visually inviting and super functional.

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

Kitchen Cohesiveness

I like to think of decorating as creating an outfit for a room. Of course, it does have to be an outfit you will not mind wearing for a good, long while. Seriously, though, the care one takes to coordinate an outfit is quite similar to room decorating. Just because you “like it” doesn’t means it works! Too many accessories, more than one large bold pattern and colors that are not complimentary will take down even the best of the individual items being used. Cohesive design where each item has not only a purpose but is in proper scale and has  a good relationship with the other items in the room, will make a room inviting no matter what the style.  The selection of flooring, cabinetry, counters, backsplash, and wall color can really be done in any order as long as each element builds upon the last. Take into account colors and themes from adjoining rooms as well. This will help to create a flow in the home that really shows off a sense of style. Kitchens require special attention as plumbing and electric codes as well as appliance clearances all have to be taken into account while creating a visually pleasing, functional space.  It is my opinion that a good ” kitchen designer” will guide you to find your style and showcase your unique treasures while creating that cohesion that makes a room really special.

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

The pallette to the left incorporates soothing neutral tones of cream for walls, tile flooring and cabinetry, while adding color and texture with the gold stone for the counters and stone and glass linear mosiac for the backsplash.