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  • SPECIAL PROJECT FEATURE: Woodland Modern

    Nestled atop a wooded ridge in the Hudson Highlands, the architect-owner envisioned a reinterpretation of the renowned mid-century experimental “Case Study Homes”. This modern vision of original materials, as well as creating a clear outdoor-indoor connection, were priorities for the design. Heart pine on the ceiling references the forested surroundings. The island and wall cabinets are distinctive: natural walnut quarter-sawn…

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  • To Thine Own Self Be True

    William Shakespeare wrote these words for Polonius in “Hamlet”. But old Willie was by no means the only writer to urge us to follow a road less traveled. In 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” noted, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer”. Renowned “Beat Generation” novelist and poet…

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  • SPECIAL EVENT FEATURE: The Truffle Dinner

      On November 14th, Autumn’s abundance of truffles arrived at Bilotta and Artistic Tile’s A&D Building showrooms for forty special guests. The extravagant seven course Truffle Dinner, paired with a sommelier’s wine selections and live jazz, created an unforgettable night. Let the Good Times Roll Live music set the mood for the evening, one rich in flavor and company. Cheers!…

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  • Have a Seat

    There are many reasons why homeowners decide to embark on the daunting project of a kitchen renovation: disintegrating cabinetry; outdated styling; water damage from a leak; or even the need for a new refrigerator that won’t fit into the old space. But overwhelmingly the most frequent impetus is the desire for a larger cooking and gathering space. We didn’t always…

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  • SPECIAL PROJECT FEATURE: Multi-Material Master Class

    This dazzling kitchen proves that contemporary design doesn’t necessarily need to be monochromatic white on white. Several different finishes and materials combine to achieve a bold modern aesthetic; two species of dark wood veneers were used, along with stainless steel and glass door wall cabinets. As part of this whole-house update of a traditional Tudor, the 12-foot island is bigger…

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  • The Fifth Wall

    Designers and architects have long considered the ceiling to be the fifth wall of a room, worthy of as much attention as you’d pay to the other four walls. This is not a new concept. Prehistoric man filled every surface of his cave with depictions of his everyday life. One of Michelangelo’s greatest works of art was his ceiling for…

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  • SPECIAL PROJECT FEATURE: The Zen Zone

    Every day is a spa day in this transcendent contemporary master bath. Centering the soothing soaking tub in the window-lined bay maximizes the views of the surrounding landscape, reinforcing the illusion of bathing in the trees. A pale color palette for cabinetry and stone creates a restful, serene environment. The asymmetrically balanced space is anchored by a makeup area to…

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  • Kitchen Jewelry

    “Jewelry is a personal thing. It should tell a story about the person who’s wearing it.” (Unattributed quote, as seen on Pinterest.) Decorative hardware – knobs, pulls and, in some cases, hinges – is the jewelry of your kitchen design. While the selection of hardware is often one of the last choices we make, it is by no means an…

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  • SPECIAL PROJECT FEATURE: Eclectic Sophistication

    Click Here to Join Our Mailing List. Here is proof positive that classic, contemporary and rustic can all live together in perfect harmony. Inset cabinetry and a mixed-metal custom hood are firmly planted in traditional style. An iconic mid-century Saarinen-like “Tulip” pedestal table is paired with Lucite dining chairs and sleek brass bar stools for a surprising modern counterpoint. The unique island…

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  • Kitchens for Kids

    Labor Day: the unofficial last hurrah of summer. For me, it’s always been a bad news/good news holiday. Since I grew up in Buffalo, I dreaded the imminent return of the area’s harsh winters; but my summers weren’t exactly action-packed and I was a nerd, so I eagerly anticipated the resumption of school. As a parent, I was saddened by…

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