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  • Playing Favorites

    People ask us all the time, “What’s your favorite kitchen?” We can’t answer that question; it would be akin to asking you to choose your favorite child! Each of your kids is unique, and you love them all equally. So too with our designs! STOP!!!! (Cue the sound of screeching brakes.) You might not be willing to admit to that…

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  • Kitchen Resolutions

    Kitchen Resolutions: Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Those promises from New Year’s Eve Have long been left behind!   After weeks (months?) of shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, cleaning and decking your halls, the holidays are finally over! You’ve survived the onslaught of relatives and their alcohol-fueled arguments. You’ve packed away your decorations and taken down…

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  • Holiday Kitchen Calamities

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas And the cook was so busy. All the chopping and prepping Could make you quite dizzy! But when the big day dawned And the oven didn’t light, It was clear a ruined dinner Would be this family’s plight. I’m sure we’ve all experienced our share of holiday culinary close calls and catastrophes. And our Bilotta…

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  • A Tour of the 8th Annual Art of the Table

    “Tobacco Leaf” pattern place setting by Mottahedeh with gold flatware on a gold place mat

    Whenever I am staring at a blank piece of paper (yes, I’m old – I still write on a pad of paper!), I always turn to the holy grail of creative inspiration: Google. Just for kicks I googled “8th Anniversary”. Lo and behold, three of the four items listed were pottery, linens and bronze. What a coincidence! Because at Bilotta’s 8th…

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  • Colour My World

    Eggplant Purple Bilotta Cabinetry

    The Debate of Color vs. Classic White in Kitchens: In 1971 (ok, so I’m dating myself), this iconic song by the band “Chicago” could be heard on airwaves and at weddings across the country. Now, 47 years later, Bilotta designers will be talking instead about coloring your kitchen. Senior designer Randy O’Kane and design assistant Debbie Karipides both believe there…

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  • A Tour of the Tablescapes – Art of the Table Westchester 2018

    Transitional kitchen designed by Lifestyles and Interiors by Lisa and decorated with festive lime and white paper lanterns.

    One of the first things people are anxious to do after completing their dream kitchen is to invite guests over for dinner. But when you entertain, are you a slave to your go-to tablescape with all your treasured linens, place setting, and service pieces? (Guilty as charged!) If so, then this event is going to be a real eye-opener! From…

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  • Statement-Making Surfaces

    Marble brick hearth designed around stainless hood features arch and built-in stainless shelves. Range is flanked by white-painted custom kitchen cabinets.

    There’s a reason why so many customers come into our showroom describing the type of countertops and backsplashes they’ve been dreaming about before they ever mention the cabinets. Though most designers wait to address those surfaces until after the kitchen layout is finalized and cabinetry materials and finishes have been chosen, customers realize that the countertops and backsplashes have a…

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  • Everything AND the Kitchen Sink

    Rutt walnut kitchen cabinet drawer with dovetail joints.

    Our homes are now smart, and we willingly share our lives with Alexa, Siri and Google assistant. In our cars, Bluetooth and back up cameras are commonplace, and we’re now clamoring for blind spot monitoring, collision warning and rear cross- traffic alerts. Yes, we love our bells and whistles! So why wouldn’t you expect to have them in your new…

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  • Spring Cleaning in the Kitchen

    Container of kitchen cleaning products: spray bottles, soap lemon and lavender.

    “I dusted once. It came back. I am not falling for that again….” (as seen on Facebook, author unknown) You know those people who love to clean? Yea, me neither. Now, don’t misunderstand me: you could pop in on me unexpectedly and always find my house neat and tidy. But most of my dusting and vacuuming occurs on an as-needed…

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  • Kitchen Renovation: How to Get Started & Speed up the Process

    Architect and designer review kitchen plans and color chips.

    So what’s the most frequently asked question our designers get asked when customers first visit our showrooms? “How do I get started?” The second most frequently asked question? “How can we speed up the process?” Here are some tips to help you accomplish both! This first suggestion may seem painfully obvious, but you’d be surprised: have some idea of what…

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