The Sabathias, who have lived in Alpine since 2009, are a happy and energetic family who cherish the time they get to spend together. CC's baseball schedule with the New York Yankees keeps him on the go and away from home during road trips. Amber is busy with the family's PitCCh In Foundation, a charitable organization the couple started to help inner-city kids in their home state of California and in the tri-state area. Despite the grandeur of the home, it is warm and comfortable and durable – essential elements for a kid-friendly environment.
Amber and CC asked Martin Mitchell of Martin Perri Interiors to create the interior design for their new home. Mitchell, who worked with the Sabathias on their California home, spent six months living in New Jersey to complete the project.
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When CC and Amber Sabathia decided to relocate from California to New Jersey in 2009, they called upon Martin P. Mitchell to help them redesign a home already under construction in Alpine. Mitchell had designed the interiors for the Sabathias' West Coast residence, and he was excited to work with the couple to create a comfortable, distinctive and high-quality expression of their personality, tastes and lifestyle.
The Sabathias were integrally involved throughout the process. In just nine short months, construction and interiors were completed and the growing family moved in – just in time for the World Series.
A signature design element in the Sabathia home is the conservative approach to color in the interiors and the consistent use throughout the home.
"I like to thread a commonality throughout the home so that it flows through all of the spaces," Mitchell says. "I used pattern, texture, shimmer, and for the Sabathias, I wanted to be dramatic. I wanted the beauty of the exotic woods to come through and for each piece to be noticed for its merit.
"In terms of the colors I chose," he says, "I wanted it to feel tranquil and serene with soft shades of aqua and platinum and the sparkle to lend itself to being dramatic in a nice backdrop for the furnishings."
While the home is in the French chateau style, the interiors reflect a contemporary vibe.
An abstract painting by California artist Starlie Sokol Hohne graces the wall in one cluster of seating in the great room, and a fireplace the other. Lounge chairs are cotton brushed velvet with a satin ebony finish and were specially designed to scale – to be comfortable for the tall Sabathias. Occasional tables are high-polish Macassar ebony with glass inset tops. The sofa is a contemporary adaptation of a Deco classic design from Jean Michel Frank. Wallcoverings are Japanese silk string in quartz, and the area rug is custom Tibetan in silk and wool. Woven silk and cotton velvet throw pillows in chocolate and aqua accent the space.
The entry hall table features brushed and polished stainless steel with a double reverse-beveled glass top. Console tables are satin ebony with silver leaf accents and black marble top. A custom wool area rug by Martin Perri Interiors integrates the custom "S" monogram used throughout the house.
The family room is a hub of the home and can be accessed from the breakfast room, great room and foyer. A 500-gallon saltwater aquarium in a shipwreck theme is a focal point of the room, which also features a custom-designed chenille sectional sofa by Martin Perri Interiors, a leather cocktail ottoman with marble inset, contemporary lounge chairs in dark brown leather, a silk and wool geometrics rug, and silk embroidered drapes. Across from the aquarium are a fireplace and plasma screen.
HEART OF THE HOME
When Martin Mitchell signed on to the project, the kitchen was nearing completion. He worked with the Sabathias to select new finishes for the cabinetry and countertops that complemented the colors and finishes for the remainder of the home.
In the dining room, Mitchell wanted to create a space for a formal and elegant dining experience. He chose fabrics and wallcoverings with textural and reflective properties that interplayed with the various light levels and created contrast against the high-gloss Macassar ebony of the dining table and grand buffet. The chairs are Ruhlman-inspired Ile de France Ocean Liner faux Macassar ebony with exotic croc chenille coverings.
A muted warm silver-leaf chandelier and sconces with beveled crystals and a 60-inch mirror of polished stainless steel shimmer against the stripe graphite and silver sage wallcoverings and textured foil ceiling.
The pool is adjacent to the ground-floor entertainment level of the home. The first-floor terrace, with doors to the office, great room and family room, overlooks the space. The pool area includes an outdoor bar and dining area below the terrace, a sitting area shaded by a stylized pergola, and an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. The pool includes wide aquatic stairs for easy access and seating in the shallow end. The raised spa, with three-sided infinity edge, provides a central focus.
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