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Westchester Butler’s Pantry

I just love the historical presence of a main kitchen with a Butler’s pantry as an elegant staging area just before entering a dining room. As I have discussed in the past, most of my inspiration comes from the aesthetic of many historical Butlers’ pantries. I was fortunate in that the existing space for the … Read the full article

Kykuit

I spend a lot of time traveling to different homes that were primarily built during The Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was a Period of time in United States history that lasted from around 1879 to about 1905. Not too long after the civil war, this era was one of very rapid economic growth in … Read the full article

Glenmere Mansion

In 1911 the Glenmere mansion, overlooking Glenmere Lake, just fifty miles northwest of New York City in Orange County, New York, was built by New York City real estate developer Robert Wilson Goelet , on the grounds of his sprawling estate in Sugar Loaf, a hamlet of the town of Chester, New York. Goelet commissioned … Read the full article

Family Kitchen

This magnificent Westchester County home built in the late 1920s is now a part of the historic register. We were hired by the homeowner to design the back of house, which consists of mud room, pool kitchen, main kitchen, and butler’s pantry. Architect Bana Choura did a fabulous job incorporating the old garage and old … Read the full article

18th Century Millwork

In Design and Build a Great 18th Century Room author Jeff Knudsen writes, “In this age of specialization, disciplines are often disconnected; the designer designs, the cabinet maker builds, and the installer installs. As a result, continuity is lost and quality often suffers.” In other words, the quality of the millwork can easily be lost … Read the full article