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Dirt clinging to the roots of fresh vegetables, plus shovels, and a watering can.

Waste Not, Want Not

Kermit the Frog once proclaimed, “It’s not easy bein’ green”. Back in the late 18th century, when “Waste not, want not” first appeared in print, it probably wasn’t that easy to be fastidiously frugal. Nonetheless, it’s apparent that our ancestors believed in the wisdom of conserving resources, long before modern man began to debate the […]

Traditional kitchen with gray herringbone tile floor, white custom cabinets, brass hardware and black gloss accents.

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 […]

Two happy children with chefs hats and aprons clap hands in the kitchen.

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 […]

A frazzled home cook pulls a smoking, burnt turkey from the oven.

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 […]

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

A Tour of the 8th Annual Art of the Table

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 […]

Eggplant Purple Bilotta Cabinetry

Colour My World

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Custom arch-shaped marble hearth features open stainless shelving and oversized stainless hood.

Statement-Making Surfaces

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 […]

Rutt walnut kitchen cabinet drawer with dovetail joints.

Everything AND the Kitchen Sink

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 […]

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

Spring Cleaning in the Kitchen

“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 […]

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