This elegant Scarsdale home, designed by New York-based Eve Robinson Associates, is more than just an ultra-sleek design: it’s uncluttered but at the same time supremely functional for the lively family that lives here, due to some clever furnishing tricks. In the living room, for example, the owners “wanted a television…but didn’t want it”; the TV slides neatly into a compartment in the pure-white wall, from which it can be dropped for viewing, then raised when not in use. A home sound system features docking stations for iPods — invisible “connections” with marvelous results. What you do see in the home is peaceful, light-filled, and open: dining and living areas segue outdoors through glass doors that lead to sun-splashed decks and lawn.
As you amble toward the kitchen, tucked beneath a balcony, what do you see? Another sitting area, complete with cozy fireplace: guests can move freely from one conversational area to another, stopping at the kitchen island for refreshments. Color? Yes, this is far from a bland “neutral” palette: vivid blue in abstract wall art, lime green on a chair, and a striped couch are cheery accents. For quieter moments, a study paneled in dark wood holds its own stone fireplace — and a pair of chairs for intimate chats…or there’s the pink chaise in a sunny nook. A “wood” soaking tub is shaded by bamboo blinds; a distinctly oriental influence shows in the spare lines of the bath and a porch bounded by white pillars and roofed in wood. This is Scarsdale at its best: traditional style in the house façade and up-to-date livability within.