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Bilotta Co-Hosts Dine & Design On 9

On April 11, 2018 Bilotta Kitchens, Miele and ARTISTIC TILE hosted a private progressive dinner titled “Dine & Design on 9” in collaboration with Cottages & Gardens Magazine. The evening began with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live music in Bilotta's New York City showroom located on the 9th floor of the A&D Building and then progressed to a sit-down dinner at Miele down the hall. The night culminated with dessert, after-dinner drinks and live jazz in ARTISTIC TILE’s showroom.

Chef Alex Garfinkel of Balboa Catering & Supper Club prepared the farm-to-table feast in Miele's live kitchen, and guests were able to watch the preparation of his delectable cuisine. Lead architects and interior designers from Manhattan and Westchester mingled with the partners, management teams and designers from Bilotta, Miele and ARTISTIC TILE as well as Kendell Cronstom, editor-in-chief of NC&G and HC&G magazine. All photography shown below is by ©LandinoPhoto for NYC&G.

 

On April 5, 2018 Westchester Home hosted an events ceremony at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College to announce the winners of their annual Home Design Awards. The event was attended by over 200 of New York’s most renowned architects, designers, landscapers and building professionals.

Older, dated bathroom with outdoor views.

Before: Bathroom before design work.

Westchester Home Design Award winner for Best Modern Bathroom - modern bathroom features a soaking tub positioned to have nearly full surround views of the outdoors. Wide plank light porcelain tile and washed oak laminate flat panel cabinetry adds to the spa like feeling of the space. Design by RitaLuisa Garcés of Bilotta Kitchens and Scott Hirshson, AIA, of Hirshson ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN.

After: Design award winner for Best Modern Bathroom.

RitaLuisa Garcés, Senior Designer of Bilotta Kitchens, along with Scott Hirshson, AIA of Hirshson ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, won the design award for Best Modern Bathroom for their collaborative work on the Sussberg Bath project.

There were two primary client objectives for this project. First and foremost, the client wanted a calm, serene environment, balancing clean lines with quiet stone and soft colored cabinets. The design team opted for a washed oak, wood-like laminate in a flat panel with a horizontal grain, a softer palette than plain white yet still just as bright. Secondly, since they have always used the bathtub every day, selecting the right soaking tub and positioning it to maximize space and view to the surrounding trees was very important. With the windows surrounding the tub, the peacefulness of the outside envelops the homeowner into a further the spa-like environment. For the sinks and faucetry the team opted for the Sigma Collection from Klaffs. They selected a brushed finish so as to not overpower the soft, matte finish of the cabinetry. For the hardware from Du Verre, they opted for a dark finish to complement the black iron window frames (which is repeated throughout the house) and then continued that color in the decorative lighting fixtures. For the countertops and flooring Rita and Scott met with Artistic Tile to control the variability of the Dolomite lot for both the cut stone and slab materials.

Westchester Home Design Best Modern Kitchen Finalist - modern kitchen opens up into living room / dining room space. Hardwood flooring throughout. Design by Paula Greer, CKD, of Bilotta Kitchens.

Finalist for Best Modern Kitchen

Westchester Home Design Best Modern Kitchen Finalist - modern kitchen features a 20-foot island with seating, white polished Pental countertops and Calcutta gold backsplash. Fully custom cabinetry by Bilotta features a combination of finishes - dark horizontal grain, mixed with a horizontal grainier pattern as well as steel and glass. Design by Paula Greer, CKD, of Bilotta Kitchens.

Finalist for Best Modern Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Greer, CKD and Senior Designer of Bilotta Kitchens, was named a finalist for Best Modern Kitchen for her work on the Simpson Kitchen project.

In this project, the homeowners are a professional couple with three teenage boys, all with busy weekday schedules and a desire to entertain on the weekends. They really “use” the kitchen – they love to cook, as do their mothers who visit frequently with cookbooks in tow. So appliance selection and prep space was key. The house is a large, Tudor-style home, beautiful but in need of updating. The homeowners wanted to maintain the authentic details of the house except for the kitchen which was originally a small galley, closed off with little access to other living areas. They decided to fully gut the space and start fresh with a more modern aesthetic. Three smaller rooms were opened up to create one large area consisting of the kitchen, family, and dining areas. The 12-foot island is larger than the entire kitchen was pre-renovation.

The most significant design challenge was to accommodate the "must have” appliance list with a limited amount of wall space and still provide adequate storage. A combination of finishes were used – dark horizontal grain cabinetry mixed with a horizontal, grainier pattern for the island and range wall (horizontal patterns were used to emphasize the length of the room). The steel and glass wall cabinets lighten up the back wall. To counterbalance the dark cabinetry, Paula used white polished Pental Quartz countertops and Calcutta gold backsplash throughout the space except for behind the range. The range wall is the most used area and the focal point of the room. The backsplash is Artistic Tile’s Kyoto collection in the steel metallic finish. The 48-inch professional series range is flanked by spice drawers, a large pantry (left), and the 30-inch refrigerator (right). A secondary sink was placed behind the chef with a custom made walnut knife block and knife drawer for easy food prep. The opposite end of the island is for “entertaining” – with the bar, tall freezer column, and wine cooler. Every possible inch of space was used for some sort of storage or appliance. Delicate pendant lights from Bocci were added above the island to complete the design. The combination of the kitchen, dining, and living room easily allows for a dinner party or gathering of up to 30 people.

Read more about the 2018 Home Design Award winners.

 

Bilotta Kitchens was highlighted in a recent article in Architectural Digest. The article discusses the benefits of donating used cabinets, appliances and fixtures following a kitchen renovation to a leading non-profit organization in the field, Renovation Angel.

Donating used kitchen fixtures offers several benefits, such as environmental stewardship, the creation of jobs and the ability to include these donations on income tax returns. As an added bonus, Renovation Angel offers insured removal of these items from the renovation site and then re-sells them on their website. The organization puts the proceeds from the sale toward a variety of important programs focused on helping at-risk youth, social entrepreneurship and addiction recovery, among others.

In the article, Jim Bilotta Jr. explains that Bilotta Kitchens has been using Renovation Angel for many years on many client kitchen renovations. He adds that Bilotta’s clients like the fact that their kitchen implements will be re-used, and that they are offered significant tax advantage for their donations.

Jim underscores the fact that Renovation Angel is intimately involved with drug addiction and rehabilitation centers in the greater New York area. With the opioid epidemic factoring so prominently within every aspect of society, Renovation Angel’s work is extremely important.

Read the full article in Architectural Digest here.

 

In the Deanna Kory Designs 2018 Spring Newsletter, designer and co-owner of Bilotta Kitchens, Regina Bilotta discusses the role of the kitchen as an asset for the resale value of a home. Whether or not you plan to sell your home in the near future, kitchen remodels qualify as “money well spent”, according to many experts. A remodeled kitchen can positively impact the resale value of your home, as well as providing you as the homeowner with a lot of personal satisfaction in the meantime.

Regina cautions homeowners who intend to sell their home within five years of a remodel to select from materials, furniture and accessories that will appeal to potential buyers. In these cases, it’s wise to choose a neutral color palette and design with a “resale-conscious” aesthetic. Regina suggest maintaining clean lines and choosing a fresh, white kitchen with soft color undertones like gray, blue or taupe.

Other recommendations include designing with a “less is more” philosophy for decor and accessories and giving consideration to functionality. For example, the addition of an island can create more work space in the kitchen. Cabinetry with clean and simple lines and countertops that are made from manufactured stone-based materials are both options that will look attractive and will withstand the test of time. Extras like pull-out drawers, built-in spice racks and lit cabinet interiors are all value-added features that may help entice potential home buyers.

Read the full article to learn more about Regina’s pro design recommendations.

 

Westchester HOME - Winter 2018 - Bold and Blue - Read all about this royal blue and walnut kitchen by design team Jane Bell of Jane Bell Interior Design and Jeni Spaeth of Bilotta Kitchens. Situated in a White Plains Penthouse, with views all the way to Manhattan, the "Symphony Blue has a vibrancy and warmth to it that make it a feature, softening the somewhat industrial feel of the open walls of glass", says Jeni. Click here to read the full story.

 

If you missed Bilotta's 7th Annual Art of the Table event with Traditional Home and Replacements, Ltd., you can still take a virtual tour of the five elegantly styled kitchen vignettes outfitted by Rajni Alex of Rajni Alex Design, Rayman Boozer of Apartment 48, Jennifer Flanders of Jennifer Flanders, Inc., Julie Schuster of Julie Schuster Design Studio, and Asler Valero of Asler Valero Interior Design. This annual event celebrates the fusion of design, art, and lifestyle, incorporating exquisite tabletop collections within five distinctive vignettes in Bilotta's A&D Building showroom in Manhattan.

This coverage is brought to you by Tori Mellott of The Editor at Large. Tori is the Senior Design & Market Editor at Traditional Home.

 

The best kitchens and baths combine high functionality with beautiful, lasting design. A kitchen and bath design team relies on a variety of skills from design and planning to fabrication, project management and customer service. We’re thrilled to announce that we were awarded Westchester Magazine’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Design” for 2017 by both the magazine’s editors and its readers. Visit our Mamaroneck or Mount Kisco showrooms to see examples of our fully custom kitchen and bath designs.

Read more about our 2017 Best of Westchester awards.
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coversmallKitchen + Bath Ideas - Fall 2015 - Room with a View "Prioritizing a pristine Central Park view meant executing a smart design in a compact space." - Megan Boettcher, writer Read all about Bilotta's Tom Vecchio and his design of a small New York City kitchen with big views.

Click here for the full article.

 

000 TraditionalHome-Sept15 (dragged) Traditional Home - September 2015 - Pattern Play

"An artful mix of finishes, shapes, and styles invigorates a neutral tone-on-tone palette." - Amy Elbert, Traditional Home

Read all about Bilotta senior designer, RitaLuisa Garcés, and her collaboration with founder and CEO of Artistic Tile, Nancy Epstein, on the design of Nancy's son's kitchen.

Click here for the full story and photos.

 

 

 

Traditional Home coverTraditional Home - February 2015 - Dazzling Updated Kitchen

A kitchen published in Traditional home 23 years ago makes a dazzling return!

"Cherry cabinets and polished-brass hardware were traditional with a capital T back in 1992, when this Manhattan kitchen was featured in Traditional Home. But tradition speaks a different language in 2015—lighter, brighter, and with fewer fussy details, says New York City Bilotta kitchen designer RitaLuisa Garcés who designed this kitchen in collaboration with Bilotta designer, Tabitha Tepe." -Amy Elbert, Traditional Home

Click here for the full article and "before & after" photos.

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