Fishing for Space
This Bronxville, N.Y., home once lacked the space and efficiency needed for a busy family. Designer Jason Landau of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.-based Amazing Spaces stepped in to open the space and give it character.
“The first challenge was repurposing the flow of the house to make more sense,” said Landau. “The second challenge was trying to figure out how to integrate their TV idea into the island so that it worked for the family room.”
Hidden at the end of the island, a television faces the family room – previously the dining space – and helps to connect the home in a more open layout.
Identical walnut cabinets on either side of the doorway store pantry items, making up for the lack of storage space in the room.
Blue glass subway tile and nautical pendant lights play on a watery theme, inspired by the kitchen’s reef-style fish tank.
A granite countertop with a leathery texture and blue touches corresponds with the backsplash and the lights.
“They used to have a saltwater tank, and when they saw one in my office, they asked whether they could somehow incorporate another into the design,” said Landau. “Once we locked in on that, the other watery tones came in. We embellished on it being in the kitchen.”