For designer Toni Sabatino’s client, having the kitchen situated to her shorter height was important. “We wanted the ability to bring the outdoors in with more glass and outside access,” added Sabatino, who is the founder of New York City-based Toni Sabatino Style. “I suggested opening the back wall up with two 10-ft. glass sliding doors.”
Sabatino worked to transform this dated and dark kitchen into both a more functional and comfortable space for her client, as well as a modern and glamorous one.
More openness and light was also created with a recessed ceiling above the island, where three pendant lights hang.
“That ambient light [from the pendants] makes my client happy,” said Sabatino, adding that a skylight was not possible because of the home’s roof ridges.
Because of the client’s shorter height, Sabatino had custom cabinets made so that the height of the counters is 33.5 inches.
Instead of using a range, Sabatino installed a cooktop and two wall ovens to make it easier for her client to reach items.
The backsplash was chosen for its warm, neutral tones. Installing the backsplash on the entire wall gives the kitchen the hint of luxuriousness that the design team wanted.
“We wanted a dramatic ceiling element and interesting ambient lighting so I designed a recessed ceiling above the island,” said Sabatino.