Ultra-Sleek Scarsdale Home by Eve Robinson Associates

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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.

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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.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).