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Situated in the heart of Excelsior, the Sitting Room studio and showroom is widely known for its outstanding services and impressive talent when it comes to interior design. The company caters to a wide variety of clients and can assist with all types of transitions, such as the shift from a full house to an empty nest. Founder and designer Kate Regan recently created a classic yet cozy retreat for a couple adjusting to their new empty-nester lifestyle.

With the kids out of the house, the Mahalichs were no longer in need of the extra square footage. Working with Regan, they were able to make their new Excelsior home their own. Keeping the clients’ needs and goals in mind, she designed a breathtaking abode perfect for the empty-nester lifestyle.

The Library

Filled with natural light and beautiful millwork, the first-floor library was designed specifically for Teri Mahalich as a spot where she can admire her book collection and also escape with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. “In the mornings, I absolutely love to come in here to have my coffee, read the newspaper and watch the Today Show,” she says.

The Upstairs Landing

By design, the second-floor landing does not come into use in everyday living; it was made to feel very separate from the rest of the home. Offering two bedrooms and two bathrooms, it’s the ideal space for guests. “It’s perfect for when the kids come home,” Mahalich says. “They still have a spot that is comfy and homey.”

The Master Bath

The main-floor master bath displays the impressive talent Regan has for filling a compact space with architectural detail. It features stunning floor-to-ceiling wood-paneled walls, marble countertops, mosaic shower tile and a beautiful vintage mirror. “With smaller rooms, we had the ability to put in the highest quality materials,” the designer notes.

 The Bar and Wine Cellar

Regan designed the lower level for entertaining, with a huge bar, a large-screen television and even shuffleboard. What truly completes the space is the wine cellar. It was made to look and feel like an original foundation wall by using the same limestone materials from the home’s exterior.

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