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Studio Dearborn Sweeps Kitchen Design Category at Westchester Home Design Awards

Our very own interior designer Sarah Robertson took home both of the top kitchen design awards at the 2018 Westchester Home Design Awards.

Judges chose kitchens designed by Robertson as winners in both the Modern and Traditional kitchen design categories. The Westchester Home Design Awards were announced on April 5 in a gala ceremony headlined by special guest Christopher Peacock.  

Sarah’s winning modern kitchen is a Sleepy Hollow gut-and-remodel in collaboration with Stoll & Stoll Architects. She transformed the space by changing the footprint to reveal sweeping views of the Hudson River. The serene and functional envelope is defined by sleek expanses of character oak, white glass base cabinetry, and glass nano-walls.

modern kitchen with vintage rug by studio dearborn

The top traditional kitchen was a project the designer knew intimately: her own home kitchen in Mamaroneck. Her husband’s family acquired the circa 1920s Craftsman-style house in 1940. But by the time the designer and her young family moved in, it was sorely in need of a refresh.

She expanded the kitchen by taking over a bathroom and part of the family room, then added a bank of windows over the kitchen sink, plus custom cabinetry in two different finishes and floating walnut shelves over a tiled wall. The space artfully mixes vintage and traditional elements, says Stacy Kunstel who judged the competition.

She noted that despite the symmetry and Shaker cabinets, the black accents take Robertson’s design beyond the traditional white kitchen. “The look is much more transitional than kitchens from even five years ago,” said Kunstel, an editor with Traditional Home and co-founder of Dunes and Duchess.  “It looks like a kitchen that was designed to live in, not just cook in.”

Photo credit: Adam Kane Macchia and Tim Lenz

Robertson was featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Westchester Home. The interior designer and her team specialize in designing beautiful and functional kitchens, mudrooms, bath suites, and pool houses with custom cabinetry and rich details. She’s an expert at maximizing every bit of available space with hidden storage.