The kitchen, a quintessential part of every home, is a place of physical nourishment and meaningful memories. Kitchens reflect the home atmosphere as well as its inhabitants. Rockland County is home to a wide array of kitchen styles, and recently, Rivertown Film, in Nyack, New York, held a tour of various, unique, and beautiful Rockland County kitchens.
The kitchens ranged from contemporary countertops and technology, to classic, and absolutely creative kitchen designs. Suzanne Mitchell and Debbie Silverstein, co-chairs of the Kitchen Tour, were responsible for discovering these homes with decadent kitchen décor.
Multiple homes on the tour in the towns of Nyack, Piermont, and Grandview were along the river and had gorgeous views of the water. In addition to the fantastic outdoor scenery, some of the highlights of the tour included a 1910 English Tudor on North Broadway that still has the original American Chestnut Floors and paneling, a butler’s pantry with all of the original service call buttons, and a silver sink.
Opposite of this traditional style, a home in the modern style on Tweed Boulevard was shown with sandblasted granite countertops, an under-counter two-temperature wine refrigerator, and a drop-down from the ceiling rotating television ceiling for entertaining.
Each kitchen was different from the last, and each had it’s own distinctive characteristics as well as story. A few of the houses have been used as film locations, as well as in kitchen advertisements, and one is currently owned by a film writer and director.
Rivertown Film president, Natasha Rabin, and Kitchen Tour Chairs Debbie Silverstein and Suzanne Mitchell selected the featured homes and the kitchens. Nyack-based film director Suzanne Mitchell shared that local architect Robert Silarski renovated his own historic home and kitchen on North Broadway, “on a shoestring” budget. “It didn’t cost a lot and looks great.”
He used a Craftsmen tool chest in his kitchen, and Ikea closeout cabinets. He was on hand to answer questions and describe the way he renovated his own and another home on the tour.
The tour provided endless inspiration as well as fascinating facts behind the kitchen designs. Whether renovating, buying a new home, or admiring the different homes, the Kitchen Tour was a insightful and creative way to spend a Saturday.
Erin Maher and Carolyn Johnson contributed to this report