by Donna De Palma
Environmental designer, Dani Polidor, owner of Suite Artistry, an interior design firm with offices at Barn Bazaar in Pittsford, prides herself on coming up with out-of-the-box solutions to her clients design needs.
Whether it’s a fire engine red, custom-designed, U-shaped bar like the one in Dani’s office or an artfully-inspired accent wall of lime green cabinets, Polidor’s design statements are tastefully integrated into clean, sophisticated design.
Her European roots shows in the materials, appliances and fixtures she sources. Born in Germany, growing up in Toronto and here in Pittsford, NY, since 2006, she brings an eclectic sensibility to her unique design skills.
A kitchen redesign she took on recently in one example of the rare yet thoroughly modern materials she selects. “I sourced pear wood, smoked oak and bird’s eye maple from Aurora, NY, for a contemporary kitchen remodel for active empty nesters in Pittsford who love to entertain in their kitchen,” Polidor says.
“A rosewood granite countertop was used for a two-tier 3’ X 10’ island with a sunken 6” X 60” Kohler trough sink. Just behind the island, a second island of black granite called Blue Butterfly—it features tiny blue dots— adds more work space and another area of interest,” she says.
Polidor selected a two-tier island to conceal glasses and empty bottles when entertaining. “I’m always thinking about functionality when I’m planning a space,” she says.
Polidor and her team knocked out a wall between the kitchen and dining room to reconfigure the space and concealed a post in the pantry to create the open feel in this upscale redesign.
A travertine porcelain tile floor—24” X 24” tiles installed at a 45 degree angle—gives the space a clean feel. Warm tones of wood and granite throughout are finished with modern accents: a glass top table, industrial blue dining chairs and contemporary Italian bar stools with formed oak seat and square chrome base.
Polidor installed a sliding glass door to replace a window enhancing natural light in the room. Elongated LED pendant lights over the island, hidden speakers and a SONOS home automation system were added.
She also remodeled the couple’s powder room and laundry room just off the kitchen to complete her redesign. The powder room features an oversize pedestal sink and crystal light fixtures for added bling.
Suite Artistry provides custom cabinetry and millwork and is a supplier of Miele appliances. From dining furniture to custom closets and soft lighting, Polidor helps her clients discover the right combination of style, material and color.
She says, “The rooms in your home should reflect who you are. If you’re looking for fine interiors, or space planning, and want the feel of a boutique interior design studio, I’m here to help.”
“My clients want a home that works but they don’t want to compromise on style. I say, ‘We can do both.’ It’s about finding creative solutions to space planning, then integrating design that’s functional and timeless.”