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INTERIORS Alice Garbarini Hurley is a freelance writer whose work appears regularly in Good Housekeeping magazine. She has also written for In Style, Country Living, The New York Times, Vogue Knitting, iVillage.com and Greenwich and Westport magazines in Connecticut.
Theresa Keegan is an award-winning journalist. Her work has appeared in USA Today, the Miami Herald, Newsday, the Albany Times Union and on NPR.
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Judy L. Miller, Allied Member ASID is a designer with over 18 years of diverse design experience including the past 16 years of private aircraft interiors. She has taught Interior Design at two NJ colleges and has been a guest interior product expert on QVC.
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From Garden State to Sunshine State In our shrinking world, an interior designer no longer needs to be based in the same geographic locale as the project. With so many people from our region relocating to Florida — either full- or part-time — New Jersey interior designers are increasingly called to help create a beautiful new space for these migrating New Jerseyans.
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ometimes, the designer and the client have an existing relationship. In that case, the designer is already familiar with the client’s taste and lifestyle, which can help make the transition seamless. But even if it is a new relationship, the opportunity to get to know the client on his/her home turf gives the designer some special insights that makes the relocation easier. But Florida isn’t New Jersey. Some things are definitely different. So we asked several designers, all members of the New Jersey Chapter of ASID who also work in Florida, to share their experiences and expertise. Stricter building codes are a critical difference between the two states, observes Joan Ravasy, ASID. “Florida,” she reports, “is a hurricane-centric place. Building codes are extraordinary; contractors have to be licensed and insured—and prove it every step of the way.” While interior walls can be plaster or sheetrock, exteriors are commonly cinderblock construction. Everything, right down to the types of screws and nails used, is scrutinized to withstand the elements. Essentially, homes need to be constructed as fortresses to withstand rain, wind, and flying debris. Even garage doors are carefully regulated. “They must be hurricane-rated,” states Ravasy. “In Florida, the garage is actually one of the most vulnerable parts of the house. If it is blown out in a storm, stuff in the house can be sucked out and destroyed.” What we call homeowners insurance here in New Jersey is, in Florida, called hazard insurance. So everything, right down to the type of roof, how it is installed, and the spacing of the nails, is key. When she ordered hurricane-rated windows for a recent project, she had to produce paperwork to prove to the town that the people she hired to install the windows were licensed and certified to do this particular type of work. Meeting
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AGH: Who were the most glamorous influences in your life? What made those people glamorous? VP: Like Oprah Winfrey, who found her life-changing version of glamour in the newsroom of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, I found glamour in something that wasn’t intended at all to be glamorous: the portrayal of New York intellectual life in a memoir by the long-time editor of the intellectual magazine Commentary, which I read in college. The book, called Making It, was actually something of an exposé, revealing the ambition and careerist jockeying of people who presumed they were above all that. But I found the picture of people making a living writing and editing journals of ideas, and discussing politics and literature at dinner parties, completely entrancing. It was what I wanted to be when I grew up. I forgot that I didn’t want to live in New York and had no facility at throwing dinner parties. Glamour always depends on editing out the flaws. But, with a few adjustments, I did manage to achieve a more compatible version of that life.
AGH: Can glamour be witnessed in a person and in his or her surroundings (home, car, etc.)? VP: Glamour is like humor. It’s something you feel, not something you possess. It emerges when an audience reacts to an object (an image, idea, person, artifact). You find a person, a house, or a car glamorous because of what they represent to you. That doesn’t mean that person thinks of herself or her own life as glamorous. In fact, since glamour always depends on hiding the flaws, we generally don’t see our own lives as glamorous – we know all the drawbacks – even if they look that way to other people. AGH: Who are some of the most glamorous actors/celebs today and why? VP: Among the celebrities I discuss in the book are Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, Cate Blanchett, even after all these years Michael Jordan. Barack Obama was intensely glamorous in 2008, but there’s nothing like actually being president to make glamour dissipate. One thing they have in common is that they largely keep their mouths shut. They’re in the public eye but they have a kind of reserve about their personal lives and inner life. (Angelina Jolie wasn’t like that in her younger days, and she wasn’t as glamorous either.) Beyoncé and Jay Z are glamorous, and they’ve managed to maintain distance even while sharing some of their private moments in a very controlled way. Right now I’m fascinated by the glamour of Kerry Washington, who is becoming a new icon – what “Grace Kelly” looks like in the 21st century. Her glamour comes in part from her own beauty and red carpet style and in part from the confusion of the actress with the character of Olivia Pope, who represents a new sort of elegant, feminine badass, to use Washington’s word. The emergence of black women as glamorous icons even for white audiences is something new and interesting. AGH: Is glamour often understated rather than overdone? Are small diamond studs glamorous? A rope of pearls? Or is it all about who's wearing them and how she carries them off? VP: What people find glamorous depends on who they are, so to some people obvious luxury is glamorous while it’s a turnoff to others. Elizabeth Taylor was glamorous in the mid-twentieth century because she seemed able to deny herself nothing and get away with it, while Grace Kelly was glamorous in her taste and refinement. Both were wealthy, famous, and beautiful, but they appealed to different people with different ideals. That said, glamour always requires an element of grace and sprezzatura – nonchalance, or the “art that conceals art” – so if you look like you’re trying too hard you won’t be glamorous. AGH: If some trappings of glamour can be bought, what websites would we go to? VP: For virtual window shopping, I like net-a-porter.com and 1stDibs.com. For buying, I use RueLaLa.com. Pinterest is great for assembling your own ideas of ideal style. But it really depends on what resonates with you. There’s a whole world of great vintage shops and vintage-oriented blogs, for instance, and many people find more glamour there than in mainstream sites.
glamour. AGH: Did you have a glamorous childhood? VP: I grew up in Greenville, SC, and had a happy but not especially glamorous childhood. No one I grew up would have considered my life glamorous. I was a middle-class nerd.
AGH: What makes you feel glamorous? VP: I rarely feel glamorous, since I know all the flaws in myself and my life, but sometimes when I’m walking along on a spring evening in L.A., with the mock orange and jasmine perfuming the soft air, life here does seem pretty glamorous.
AGH: Tell us about the gorgeous book cover. VP: The photo is by Toni Frissell, a fashion and war photographer in the 1940s and ‘50s. (She was the photographer at Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s wedding and also took photos of the Tuskegee Airmen.) It originally appeared in the February 1947 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Frissell gave her archive to the Library of Congress, putting her photographs in the public domain. Very early on in my research I went through her photos on the library’s website and was entranced by that one. It captures glamour in a powerful and timeless way. The fact that nobody can immediately tell who, when, or where it is adds to its allure. Mystery is an essential element of glamour. I don’t in fact know who the model was, but I know from the description in Harper’s Bazaar that she is wearing a tennis ensemble by Carolyn Schnurer, who was a pioneer of American sportswear, and that the photo was not taken in Palm Springs, as I’d imagined, but in Haiti.
Righty or lefty? Righty. Cocktail of choice? Prosecco, not a cocktail. Favorite restaurant? Quattro Leoni in Florence. Great food, nice people. And Osteria Mamma in Hollywood. Prefer intimate dinners or large gatherings? Whichever offers the most interesting conversation. Favorite dinner music? Something quiet enough to talk without screaming. Most glamorous person you know? Maybe Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of architecture and design and the director of R&D at the Museum of Modern Art. My friend Joan Kron, who covers plastic surgery for Allure and is constantly reinventing her career; most recently getting into documentary film, which is also pretty glamorous. As a mutual friend said, “I want to be Joan.” If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be? David Hume. Aside from being one of the most brilliant people who ever lived, he was a famously charming dinner companion. If you could have dinner with anyone living, who would it be? Tough question. One of the great things about my career is I’ve had a chance to meet a lot of my intellectual heroes, so it would have to be someone who is both likely to be interesting to converse with and inaccessible. Maybe Oliver Sacks, or Joss Whedon, both of whom I’ve heard speak. Or if you wanted to go for someone classically “glamorous,” maybe Cate Blanchett. Most glamorous hotel? The most glamorous hotel is some place you haven’t stayed that exists in your imagination. But the most glamorous hotel I have in fact stayed in is probably the Mandarin Oriental in New York, because of the views of the city it offers. While doing research for my book, I also toured the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai shortly before it reopened in 2010, and I’d love to see the final results. Most glamorous fragrance? En Passant from Frederic Malle, because it reminds me of Florence, where I first bought it. And Chanel No. 5, which may be a cliché, but still seems like 20th century ideals of modernity and sophistication in a bottle.
Model in Silverblue Mink, 1956, copyright Virginia Thoren, courtesy of June Bateman Fine Art and The Virginia Thoren Collection at the Pratt Institute Libraries.
Curved sofa and fireplace Photograph by Grey Crawford. Interior design by Darryl Wilson.
AGH: Is glamour on the rise in our culture? VP: It’s not at a high point but probably is rising compared to where it was a few years ago, but most of all it’s constantly taking new forms. AGH: Does glamour decrease with age? VP: Unlike charisma or style, glamour isn’t a personal quality. It’s in the audience’s mind. On the one hand, people don’t like the idea of being old, so it’s hard for someone older to be glamorous, and many glamorous icons died young or, like Greta Garbo, disappeared from public view while they were still young. On the other hand, especially as lifespan increases, people long for models of successful, active aging, so it’s possible for someone to be glamorous in that
sense: I want to be like that when I get older. For example Joan Kron, who was born in 1928 and helped promote artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein when I was in kindergarten. She’s someone of great style and appreciation for beauty, but what makes her glamorous is the way she keeps reinventing her career. AGH: Does glamour have a place in the boardroom and business world? VP: As a persuasive art, glamour is hugely important in marketing. Much of Apple’s success, to take an obvious example, is based on the glamour of its products and the glamour and charisma (not the same thing) of Steve Jobs when he returned to run the company.
The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, coming November 5, 2013 To order go to: http://bit.ly/XHRu9R www.vpostrel.com
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Conceptual encounter Phenom designer selects stylized design for a classic space Text by Judy L. Miller Photography by Vanessa DeLeon
A graduate of Berkeley College and FIT, Vanessa started her career working in her family’s furniture business before forming Vanessa DeLeon Associates. No stranger to the camera, DeLeon’s design work has been featured on several design shows, HGTV’s Designer’s Challenge, Generation Renovation and most recently, Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network.
FORMAL LIVING ROOM | Room & Board vintage dyed rug. Ceiling is metallic flowered raised wallpaper by Arte. Acrylic benches. “Pink Rhino” artwork above the sofa by artist Domingo Zapata. Christopher Guy large accent chairs.
esigner Vanessa DeLeon is not afraid of taking chances. Inspired by her role models, Jamie Drake and Kelly Wearstler, DeLeon is always looking for ways to keep her work fresh and unique, describing her signature design style as “Glamilistic” – her combination of classic minimalism with a splash of glamour. Whether it’s a trip to a vintage store or high-end design showroom, DeLeon chooses pieces that encompass her highly stylized contemporary interiors. Hence, when a young family decided to build their Hamptons Style, 21st century Dutch Colonial dream home in Franklin Lakes, NJ, they knew that DeLeon was the ideal designer to make their vision a reality. Construction began in 2011 and took two years from start to finish for the house to transform into a classic space with rustic details for this family of five, including the children; ages two, four and six. DeLeon designed several custom pieces of furniture for the six-bedroom, seven-bath home; among them the rustic dining room table, and Moroccan sofa and bed in the master bedroom. She also designed custom built-in pieces for the office, master bedroom and library, as well as the master bedroom closet. She used wallpaper in almost every room, including a sophisticated floral on the ceiling of the dining room, which juxtaposes the large rustic wood table and rich leather tufted chairs flanking each side. The home is rich with architectural details such as vaulted ceilings as well as miles of white molding around baseboards, doorways and ceilings all lending classic design elements to the space. DeLeon chose to work with a cosmopolitan color palette including shades of taupe & grey with accents in blues and purples. She combined acrylic with wood to create one-of-a-kind pieces such as the coffee table in the living room, and added two floor lamps made of tree branches, a classic tufted velvet sofa and two modern benches with a pop of teal color to
MASTER BEDROOM Alcove | This area is a Moroccan infused eclectic mix. Pendants are by Bella Luna. Phillip Jeffries Wallpaper. A vintage find Moroccan bench strewn with an assortment of Madeline Weinrib pillows. Vintage rug is over-dyed.
DeLeon's knack for combining the sleek and the handmade is exemplified throughout the home. DINING ROOM | Table by artist Palo Samko. Leather with antique gold chairs from Arterior’s. Antique mirror install. Metallic flowered wallpaper is carried over from the living room. Over-dyed turquoise rug. Pendant lighting from Currey & Company.
accent the space. They say the devil is in the details, but DeLeon did not shy away from them in this home, creating custom light fixtures for the kitchen and foyer, providing the perfect ambiance for each space. Custom over-dyed rugs were used in the children’s rooms and library, as well as antique rugs and modern shag rugs in the other bedrooms, exemplifying DeLeon’s knack for combining the sleek with the handmade. The collaborative inspiration for the design was captured in each family member’s favorite space in the home. The mother loved her sons’ rooms, citing the details in the beds and accessories that give the room the finishing touches. The father was thrilled with the master bedroom, which he considers a comfortable sanctuary. The children are no doubt, most thrilled with their playroom, which DeLeon designed to have a full wall as a chalkboard so the children could express their creativity. Whether it’s designing for a young family or a restaurant on TV, DeLeon does not disappoint. Her bold and unique choices bring “Glamilistic” design to the forefront.
To view more interior photos of this design project go to www.aspiremetro.com/vanessadeleon
LIBRARY | White custom bookcase from FEA. Vintage purple rug. Table lacquer with acrylic legs. Behind the bookcase and inside the soffits on the ceiling is lilac wallpaper. The soft Roman Shades on the window coordinate with the cushions on the custom benches. Reupholstered chairs that were passed down from relatives correlate patterns of the room. Custom colored books.
FAMILY ROOM | The room that may receive the most visitors is the main level family room. Filled with a large sectional sofa, plumped up with comfy taupe-colored wool knit “sweater” pillows for lounging. Around the room are collectibles with organic shapes that the owner may swap with other objects to recall her travels. It’s not hard to imagine a large, extended family lounging here, enjoying a football game or some Scrabble while little ones run about. Sectional Sofa and Rug by Restoration Hardware. Tribal Carved Wood Accent Table.
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tailored fit The Elegant Abode design team creates a seamless interior Text by Susan Alai
Photography by Emily Gilbert
in the details, both large and small, that make a space warm and welcoming.
input comes in the understanding of spatial priorities and knowing how to make the most of a space, no matter its configuration.
FAMILY ROOM | Opposite the family room sectional sits Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Maya Chair and Anthropologie table.
The Elegant Abode Design Team
GRAND LIVING ROOM | A glamorous silk-tufted Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams Chesterfield Sofa and mirrored furniture set the mood for the formal living room. The coffee table is Bernhardt. The striking ‘swash’ oil painting is by the designer.
Ariana Villalta (on right) grew up in Brooklyn absorbing the culture of New York City through trips with her parents, both school teachers, to observe fine art on display at various venues including; The Met, The Cloisters and Guggenheim Museum. Prior to taking a job in Asia where she designed commercial-grade furniture for the hospitality industry, Ariana spent a year in London as an art student. Her partner, Alison Vanderpool (on left), had another type of New York experience, having been raised in the historic Rochester area near the Erie Canal where her father, a builder and general contractor, exposed her to the nuts and bolts of new construction and old home renovation. She and her brother assisted their father as he gutted and renovated the historic home they grew up in. Soon after graduating with a communications degree from the University of Buffalo, Alison realized her true passion was design and continued her studies at the New York School of Interior Design. By the time the two women were in their late twenties, they had met up at a high-end Manhattan design firm and had begun exchanging ideas and concepts on projects on which they were working. The more they talked, the friendlier they became, appreciating each other’s expertise and long-term goals for success and personal happiness. Before long the selfproclaimed “homebodies” were discussing starting a business together. In 2011 they took the plunge, starting The Elegant Abode, a name Alison had conjured up for a blog she was writing featuring her ideas, finds and favorite objects. “Having lived in different places has cultivated my eclectic taste,” explained Ariana. “We like to always mix high and low objects to create a lived-in feel.”
KITCHEN NOOK | In a buttress next to the kitchen sits a small, round white dining table atop a twisted branch base. Windows in the room are covered with white silk curtains sided with linen roll-up shades to allow for privacy. It was a space where the homeowners felt they needed to enjoy smaller, informal family meals such as breakfast and lunch. Chapparral Table. Chairs are McGuire. Sisal rug.
MASTER BEDROOM | A freshly painted antique mirror sits atop a Parsons Vanity with an Ethan Allen Armchair. Vanguard Brea Bed. Crate and Barrel nightstands. Restoration Hardware duvet. Custom pillows.
The duo feels they must be open-minded in learning their clients’ needs and personal tastes. Their client on this project had a real love of high-style design touches. project | Outfit a new home on Long Island’s North Shore with plenty of style, comfort and amenities to meet the needs of a growing young family. The location in toney Manhasset made it comfortable for the homeowner who spent her childhood locally. She works in a family business and travels frequently so there were many things to take into consideration. space | A new build with 5,000 square feet for a working couple with a baby on the way and plenty of family living nearby to join them for holidays and socializing. Since the raw space was completely constructed from the outset, The Elegant Abode team was able to take the project from start to finish in about six months. “We try to build off a neutral palette to keep the space soothing and the home an oasis,” said Ariana.
HOME OFFICE | A glass William Sonoma Home Trestle Desk beside a rustic Viva Terra Chest provide an eclectic feel.
the layout | Two stories, 6 bedrooms and 5 baths, with a below ground level basement space complete with a movie theater and spacious room to play. style | Suburban comfort with a dose of sophistication. The owner enjoys glamorous things and wanted her home to reflect her appreciation of beauty while also balancing her family’s need for practical and useable space. “We feel every client teaches us something when we listen to their requests,” said Ariana.
the bottom line | "Whether it’s '50s Danish Modern or a client’s Indian ethnicity or another’s love of English Garden, we always start by listening to their requests. The best clients to work for are open-minded and willing to give new, fun things a try,” said Ariana.
DINING ROOM | A glittering crystal chandelier dresses up the spacious dining room that is anchored by a very large custommade Robert Allen walnut dining table built to seat many family members at important gatherings. Silk French pleat drapes and damask wallpaper all in shades of creams soften the dining chairs.
KITCHEN | The clientsâ€™ request for a chandelier in the capacious kitchen make the space whimsical and offset the strong edges and solid feel of the dark wood cabinetry. Glass-fronted white wall cabinets are an uplifting element that combines utility with plenty of display space for special objects. Woven shades allow for light control.
NURSERY | The Ouef Sparrow Crib and Monte Design Joya Rocker sit on a DwellStudio rug.
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savvy design: style that's retrospective Text by Amy Holl Ahearn
THE RAYBURN | Photography by Kraig Kalashian
THE BARKER | Rendering by KKAD
THE DAVIDSON | Photography by Kraig Kalashian
FOUNDATIONS | Built on poured concrete foundations with full walk-out basements when feasible, the homes are clad in cement board siding in a highly textured wood pattern. The shapes of the seven different models vary, but they are all in the Modern vein, sporting cathedral and flat rooflines; one model has a full flat roof complete with roof deck. Another style, The Barris, is a U-shaped structure with an interior courtyard.
POCONO MODERN OFFICES Conference room | Photography by Kraig Kalashian
t is not often that one's hobby turns into a lucrative side business , but
that is exactly what happened to Kraig Kalashian. The established area architect of Kraig Kalashian Architecture & Design, his firm concentrates on residential, retail and hospitality design, securing steady work from West Coast clients. That regular revenue stream gives Kalashian the luxury to design homes in the nearby Poconos, specifically in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, under the auspices of his second company, Pocono Modern. The Poconos are a stunning array of mountains, valleys, rivers and gorges located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Comprising nearly 2400 square miles at a peak elevation of just less than 2700 feet, the word Pocono literally means “stream between two mountains” in Lenape. The Delaware and Lehigh Rivers influence much of the area’s recreational activities. Under the ever watchful eye of Kalashian, Pocono Modern has evolved into a flourishing architectural/design firm-cum-storefront. Pocono Modern takes on smaller, intimate projects, many of which are weekend and thus, second, homes. Kalashian eschews the banal, stereotypical "Poconos" dwellings, which are often rough and rustic structures indigenous to the area as old hunting and fishing shacks. He designs homes with open floor plans that are modern, contemporary, and energy-and-budget-efficient. His company designs and builds about two annually. Actively sought out by prospective and past clients, PM has a waiting list of at least a year. Built on poured concrete foundations with full walk-out basements when feasible, the homes are clad in cement board siding in a highly textured wood pattern. The shapes of the seven different models vary, but they are all in the Modern vein, sporting cathedral and flat rooflines; one model has a full flat roof complete with roof deck. Photography by Ty Mattson
Living Room | An easy to maintain, monochromatic palette extends from the dining area to the living room. Photography by Kraig Kalashian
THE EUBANKS Another style, the Barris, is a U-shaped structure with an interior courtyard. Kalashian designs from the inside out. He specifies all of the interiors, including cabinetry, furnishings, lighting fixtures, flooring, doors, and artwork, all the while keeping in mind his clients’ budget and working within those constraints. He is egalitarian in choosing his sources, which include Knoll, Ikea, and Roost (to the trade only), among others. What he does not outsource he produces in-house. A steward of natural resources, Kalashian pours his own concrete for vanities, tabletops, mantles and countertops. The wood components are made from reclaimed wood that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. They are finished with water-based stains which are completely free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). The result is a low maintenance home for vacations and weekends, or even year-round, where family and guests can gather, unplug and bask in the beauty about them.
Living Room | Vintage mid-century chairs flank the tiled fireplace wall. Beyond, glass sliders open to an expansive deck. Photography by Kraig Kalashian
A sharp Baby Boomer will realize the
common denominator of the Models’ names; they are named after “old pearly-toothed
game show hosts” of the late 1960s, 70s and early 80s that were as ubiquitous on TV then as reality shows are now.
SEVEN MODERN MODELS The Davidson – 4 bdrm, 3 ba with over 4000 sq ft indoors and 700 sq ft outdoors. | The Barker – 4 bdrm, 2 ½ ba with a 2-car garage and roof deck | The Martindale – Custom 2100 sq ft. | The Eubanks – 3 bdrm, 2 ba, openplan at 1400 sq ft. | The Rayburn – Slender, 3 bdrm, 2½ ba that “hugs the landscape.” Long and lean 2300 sq ft with 700 sq ft outdoor space. | The Clark – The “ultimate luxury crash pad” most economical with 3 bdrm, 1 ba at 1100 sq ft. | The Barris – U-shaped plan around a central interior courtyard, configured as either 3 or 4 bdrms.
Dining Area | A view towards the built-in millwork that serves as the dining room storage center as well as the bar. Photography by Kraig Kalashian
Dining Area | A simple drum fixture marks the dining room. Beyond, the wall-mounted fireplace grounds the living room. Photography by Kraig Kalashian
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dually noted Narofsky Architecture is a marriage of love and design.
Taylor Residence, Tucson, AZ Sketch by Stuart Narofsky
n the continuum that is American Architecture, the Modern Movement has of late gained more traction in suburban building. For those seeking a fresh and environmentally viable approach to residential design and construction, the Modern Style has come to the forefront. A style long rejected or simply ignored by the vast assemblage of Northeasterners, with the exception of a few pockets here and there, Modernism is not the first choice on the East Coast as it is on the West. But Text by Amy Holl Ahearn happily, that is rapidly changing as young, middle-aged and old alike are choosing to live in dwellings that are a complete departure from the Dutch Colonials and Cape Cods that are as ubiquitous in New York City’s outlying suburbs as SUV’s. No conversation can be had with regard to Modernism in the NYC Metro area in the last 25 years that does not include Stuart Narofsky of Narofsky Architecture. He's been published, awarded prizes, has taught, lectured, exhibited in Milan, Italy, headed up Manhattan’s AIA chapter, and so on. The man is the quintessential architect: doodling, drawing, revising, analyzing.
“Over time the influences on design change but are considered no less important than influences that never change.” – Stuart Narofsky
In 2000, he was featured in a Newsday article entitled, “Thinking Outside the Box.” Narofsky practically invented thinking outside the box, because that is how his mind works. As a kid from the projects of Queens, Stuart Narofsky may not have at first seemed a likely candidate for such a lofty profession. However, he was a quick study and enthusiastic about his prospects in this illustrious industry. Narofsky received his formal architectural training and degree at New York Institute of Technology (NY Tech) during the chaotic and provocative 1970s. He would, in short time, fully embrace the teachings of the Bauhaus, and the edict of Walter Gropius, its revered founder, to "start from zero" which means, “Start from an open analysis of the problem to attain ‘form’." He is a Modernist intrinsically. His firm is both a personal and professional enterprise. The team of Narofsky and his wife and business partner, Jennifer Rusch, is a complementary collaboration of like minds pursuing different avenues of the same industry. Rusch, also a NY Techtrained architect, is principal of interiors through ways2design, the sister company, and prefers to focus her attention, skill and expertise to the fitting out of the interiors, specifying “green” products whenever she can. “Green” is certainly the bent of the firm, as Narofsky elucidated how they use the wood from the felled trees on the jobsite for a house’s flooring. Rusch likewise is constantly sourcing new materials from home and abroad; currently she is specifying some “green” rock from Spain for exterior cladding. As a husband-and-wife team Narofsky and Rusch each do their part perfectly to round out the firm. Nevertheless, it is not all lollipops and roses. Since they do not have a precedent per se Narofsky Architects starts from “zero” for each new project. "It's hell for us,” Narofsky states, somewhat wryly. “We don't pull something out of a drawer." Many architects start with a precedent. They have a triedand-true "model" that is modified, ornamented, fenestrated, and so on, but they basically keep to standard forms and apply the standard embellishments, give or take, according to the client's budget. Then there is Narofsky. To say he is in a class by himself is stating the obvious. A 25-year veteran of the New York City metro architectural arena, Narofsky has talked of a prototype but… by his own admission, “Nothing is the same – there is no prototype. There is however a study of what's appropriate for the client and the site.” In the design and development stage - a “big deal” in their process - the house “evolves on its own; like a kit of parts," says Rusch. It works. For Narofsky, his method of operation begins with pen to paper using oilskin or paper napkins, sketching the germ of an idea and actually working from there. His process is primal, natural, instinctive. He is constantly rethinking the space. The homes they design and build are sited first and then, with the flexibility of the open space, or possibility thereof, Narofsky has the ability to take apart and change and modify his plan to fit the way his client lives. He designs and develops properties along the lines of materials and client need, rather than a singular style. Accordingly, he comes to a project from a totally different perspective which, he says, "is good for the industry; it mixes things up.” He's got young, hip and rich developers from New York courting him to design and develop their project on Long Island Sound over the next five years. His designs are so cutting edge and well, cool, they embody a timeless, classic, yet contemporary Modernism. What you get from him will be a building that is new and different and modern and endowed with great design. Staying true to what they do, their firm grows by word-ofmouth. Narofsky Architects is probably the best non-kept secret in the New York City area.
Many architects start with a precedent. Narofsky Architecture has a tried-and-true "model" that is modified, ornamented, fenestrated, and so on.
STAIRCASE | Liss Residence, Millneck, NY Photography by Phillip Ennis
EXTERIOR | Liss Residence, NY Photography by Phillip Ennis
EXTERIOR | Koondel Residence, Great Neck, NY Photography by Ber Murphy
EXTERIOR | Cooper Residence, NY Photography by Phillip Ennis
DINING ROOM | Cooper Residence, NY Photography by Phillip Ennis
STAIRS | Koondel Residence, Great Neck, NY Photography by Ber Murphy
Narofsky's process is primal, natural, instinctive. He is constantly rethinking the space.
GREEN ROOF | Kerns-McCall Residence, Port Washington, NY Photography by Phillip Ennis
KITCHEN | Liss Residence, Millneck, NY Photography by Phillip Ennis
LIVING ROOM | Merin Residence, New York, NY Photography by Phillip Ennis
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Andrea Mihalik is chair of the board
FRAMEWORK Text by Ellie Sywak
The door to her sun-filled studio is covered in inspiration. Newspaper clippings, art, anthropology, and design websites all inform her creative process.
Andrea Mihalik, a former award-winning photojournalist with The Philadelphia Daily News for 12 years, made the choice to change careers in order to spend more time with her family — although it was not immediately apparent what her next endeavor would be. Mihalik, a graduate of the Tyler School of Art where she studied photography, eventually decided that she would focus on the stockpile of antique chairs in her garage. Well-served by her drawing, designing and sculpting skills Mihalik attended an upholstering class in NYC and interned at the BDDW furniture company in Philadelphia to hone her skills. Ever the adaptable artist, Mihalik is now the brain and hands behind Wild Chairy Studio, a Philadelphia-based company specializing in reupholstered chairs. However these are no ordinary chairs. Mihalik lovingly constructs each one with the highest quality materials and blends her colorful creative vision with unique tactile experiences. Mihalik makes roughly 30 - 40 chairs a year for independent clients and also finds time to work on her own projects. She can have several projects, all at different stages, going at once. Yet every day, as a devoted mother of three, she fulfills her original intent and makes her way home in time for dinner — where the children sometimes help her name her creations. When creating her own pieces Andrea begins the process with chairs from estate sales, friends, auctions, or curbsides, all in various stages of disrepair. She is one of few upholsterers in the country who still observes traditional upholstering methods. Installing the springs by hand, and tying horsehair (she never uses foam or materials that will harm the environment), and twine she eventually prepares the chair seat, arms, or back with cotton prior to finding a fabric that speaks to her — which sometimes can take months. Conversely, while looking for fabrics, she may find a piece that she loves and knows she wants to use, which will then go on the wall of her studio for inspiration until the perfect chair comes along. The
process cannot be rushed. Andrea believes that “creativity comes at the weirdest moment, and you don’t know when a great idea is going to pop into your head”. For commissioned pieces the process is more collaborative. Mihalik likes to get to know both the client and the space that the chair will be living in. One of her favorite questions to ask clients is whether they would describe themselves as “organic or geometric.“ This provides insight as to the shapes and styles that best fit the individual. Clients send pictures of the spaces in which the chairs will live, colors that they enjoy, as well as artwork they love, for inspiration. Andrea reciprocates with pictures of chair frames, designs, and fabric samples. Eventually, the ideas become solid realities as one-of-akind pieces. Mihalik shows and sells her chairs around the East Coast; at the Foundry in Washington, DC, The Architectural Digest Home and Design Show, and One Kings Lane. She is an involved member of the colorful Philadelphia arts community. She also runs the business side of Wild Chairy and hopes to extend her already strong online presence to tap into new markets in the coming years. Keen to pass on her knowledge of upholstery to her intern, she is an example of the constant tug-of-war between artistic expression, running a business, and maintaining a rich personal life.
Andrea speaks Italian, and the names of several of her chairs have Italian origins.
Each item is a durable and fully functional work of art.
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river currents urban renewal
225 GRAND | Jersey City, NJ Photography by Evan Joseph
h o b o k e n jerseycity palisades p a r k paterson beacon,ny yonkers,ny Text by Theresa Keegan
Forget glacial activity. The latest Hudson River transformation is not geologic, but rather societal, as the shoreline’s abandoned warehouses and dilapidated structures are being transformed into vibrant, active, thriving communities. Steel and glass towers are emerging along the banks of the Hudson like the Phoenix rising, breathing new life – and opportunities – into the region. “The transformation of Hoboken and Jersey City was inevitable,” said Jacqueline Urgo, president of The Marketing Directors, Inc., which specializes in real estate marketing, sales and leasing. Amazing views of Manhattan’s skyline, easy transportation and new, thoughtful structures that create not just housing, but a lifestyle, are just some of the reasons why New Jersey, especially Hudson County, is boasting its own “Gold Coast” communities. “Sometimes I do pinch myself and wonder if it’s real,” developer Jonathan Kushner, of the Kushner Real Estate Group said of some of the sites his company has developed. “They’ve gone from run-down areas to viable, thriving communities.” The fact that the family-run development company is involved in an entire project, from securing sites, developing and leasing them, means long-term goals are winning out over fast turn-around profits. Analysts believe such stability is critical when an area is in transition.
225 GRAND LOBBY | Jersey City, NJ Photography by Evan Joseph
TRIO CONDOMINIUMS LIVING AREA | Palisades Park, NJ Photography by Don Pearse
TRIO CONDOMINIUMS KITCHEN | Palisades Park, NJ Photography by Don Pearse
When KRE opened 225 Grand in Jersey City in 2010, a new level of amenities and architectural expectations were established for the region. Now, rooftop pools, fitness centers, lounges and hightech interactive lobbies are the norm. And there’s a burgeoning population that has expanded well past just commuting 20-30 year-olds who couldn’t afford Manhattan. “The towns along New Jersey’s Gold Coast are really fine places to live,” says Kushner. The numbers support his sentiment. New buildings have two and even three-bedroom options. In Jersey City alone, more than 2,500 units are under construction and plans for another 11,000 units have been approved. In nearby Hoboken the altered skyline has created real, on-theground improvements. “It’s walkable and that’s one of the biggest reasons it’s been so successful,” Urgo says of the new developments. “It just continues to expand.” And everyone cites the rapid transit options to Manhattan, via boat, PATH train, even the tunnels, as a critical component. “I couldn’t say we’d be doing what we’re doing if New York City wasn’t there,” says Kushner. And the fact it can be done at almost 50% less than in Manhattan $45 a square foot, as opposed to the $85 a square foot that the Big Apple commands – means many people are now calling the area home. Boomers and empty-
Amazing views of Manhattan’s skyline, easy transportation and new, thoughtful structures that create not just housing, but a lifestyle, are just some of the reasons why New Jersey, especially Hudson County, is boasting its own “Gold Coast” communities.
nesters are neighbors to young singles, and the diversity is both welcome and stabilizing for areas once abandoned once that factory whistle blew. But not all the new energy is found in the glistening steel and glass towers. Amid the original factory buildings and warehouses, thousands of artists are discovering amazing studio space up and down the Hudson. At the Art Factory in Paterson a textile mill has been brought back to life by and for artists. “It is a beautiful deep story everywhere you look with the tall ceilings and the huge windows,” said painter and sculptor Donata Garsia who oversees the facility. “Artists are just here working day and night. It’s full of life.” It’s exactly the type of facility she wanted as an end destination on her popular art walks, which she’d been conducting for over a decade throughout Manhattan. When she initially approached the owner/developer David Garsia about opening the Paterson site for artists, David didn’t know what he was in for. Yes, it required installing common areas with things such as a ceramic, wood, metal and photo studios. They needed screened backdrops and lights for video shoots. It meant building individual studios for artists who wanted their own spaces. And it meant established artists were suddenly flooding in from SoHo, Chelsea and Dumbo and new artists were taking classes in everything from intro to painting to airbrush techniques. But probably the greatest surprise for David was falling in love with Donata and getting married, an outcome neither anticipated. “He is a true businessman,” says Donata. “It’s like arts and commerce coming together. Without his business mind, this never would have happened.” That mixing of his grounding force and her visionary approach has transformed Art Factory into a destination. “I don’t think it would be possible without this great combination coming together,” said Donata.
ART FACTORY GALLERY | Paterson, NJ
ART FACTORY | Paterson, NJ
At the Art Factory in Paterson a textile mill has been brought back to life by and for artists. “It is a beautiful deep story everywhere you look with the tall ceilings and the huge windows,” said painter and sculptor Donata Garsia who oversees the facility.
ince 1952, Greenbaum Interiors has called Historic Paterson home. Today plans are being made to open a new operation in Bergen County. A complete conversion of the Paterson location into a Design Factory Showroom featuring 30,000 sq. ft. of exceptional home furnishings, rugs, and carpets from around the world; highlighting Made in New Jersey Fine Furniture and Upholstery by our world-class artisans has taken place.
The Greenbaum Artisans create one-of-a-kind custom furniture for our clients that cannot be found in the marketplace and continue to present the finest home furnishings from our global resources and everything you need to create a beautiful home or work place that reflects your style with their talented Interior Design team and our Trade Division. With locations in Historic Paterson and Harding Township, Greenbaum Interiors continues to serve the finest homeowners and Interior Designers in the Tri-State area for over 62 years. Greenbaum continues the passion of design, quality and service. A lot has changed through the years, but the Greenbaum Interiors tradition and desire to showcase only the Best designs and provide exceptional quality and service has remained; as we continuously evolve to benefit our customers.
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ROUNDHOUSE 2EM LOUNGE | Beacon, NY Photography by Eric Laignel
The Roundhouse in Beacon, NY, is a former factory on the waterfall. It has been transformed, using the best of the old historic buildings and melding it with the finest of todayâ€™s amenities.
ROUNDHOUSE SWIFT RESTAURANT | Beacon, NY Photography by Eric Laignel
ROUNDHOUSE | Beacon, NY Photography by Eric Laignel
The vision to see what can be is the root of success for projects all along the Hudson. The best of them pay tribute to the history of the area as well as look to the future. In Beacon, when Dia: Beacon opened in 2003, the museum embraced the structure which was a former manufacturing site for Nabisco Biscuit Co. Wooden floors, brick walls, huge rooms and windows set for maximum light were as much a feature as the art. But behind the glamour of an art museum lies a city that in the mid-1980s boasted nothing more than a boarded-up Main Street. It was developer Ron Sauers and his wife Ronnie who rendered money, labor and hope into a town that many had abandoned. Sauers, who passed away in 2011, credited the beautiful architecture and prime location (close enough to the city for a day trip and an established stop on Metro-North) as fundamental building blocks for success. His vision was spot-on. Today, not only is Dia: Beacon continuing to draw tens of thousands of visitors a year, historic Main Street boasts beautiful buildings filled with exciting stores and galleries. Pedestrians are treated to numerous dining options and at the end of the street, near the falls; the Roundhouse is a beacon to all. This multi-faceted facility – a boutique hotel and restaurant – is attracting both residents and out-oftowners. It’s booked for weddings every weekend through December and when the spa opens in 2014 it’s expected demand for mid-week use will also increase. The former factory on the waterfall has been transformed, using the best of the old historic buildings and melding it with the finest of today’s amenities. Many believe embracing, rather than tearing down the old structures is a critical component of the Hudson Renaissance. But, it is much more than that. In Yonkers, during the early 1990s it was not an easy task to improve the decaying, abandoned structures along the water and train routes. Some city leaders believed it would be better to flatten the past and start anew. Others, such as current council president Chuck Lesnick, then director of economic development, believed in looking backward to move forward, and that required turning to the river and historic buildings. Docks were revitalized. Parks were created. The Otis Elevator company factory was converted to a library. “We have tensions,” said Lesnick. “Some merchants want to readapt and some want to tear down. I think there’s a balance and a place for both.” The mixed approach seems to be working. The Kawasaki plant is building new MTA trains. Apartments are within walking distance to the train station and restaurants and stores are opening up. The revitalized setting, as evident throughout the Hudson’s shores, creates opportunities. “My basic approach is not everyone wants to live the way Baby Boomers have lived, with two cars and a picket fence,” said New Jersey’s Kushner. “There are new options out there and I think people are really ready for them.”
The Boys and Girls Clubs
The luxury rental building at 18 Park in Jersey City boasts a unique resident: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County. They will own their facility as a commercial condo unit. “This opportunity has motivated and inspired all of us,” said Gary Greenburg, executive director of the organization. “I’m honored they could include us in the building.” In return, developers Ironstate Development Company and Kushner Real Estate Group bought the existing club, and some zoning ordinances were altered so their development could proceed. The new club will be situated on the first two-floors of 18 Park. “The leaders of the two companies already have tremendous respect for our organization and the miracles we work,” said Greenburg. In addition to the new state-of-the-art club, the non-profit organization will be allowed to keep any proceeds from the sale of their existing facility that are not used in the new construction. Greenburg says the developers’ expertise is keeping construction costs to a minimum, and the modern and efficient infrastructure should directly reduce operating expenses when they move in 2014. “All the money we save will go directly into programs,” said Greenburg. Already popular, with over 400 kids in its summer program, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County expects the new facility will bring in even more youth for its after-school program. New basketball courts with glass windows, computer labs, classrooms, art and dance studios are just some of the features included in the 35,000 square-foot-building. It will be surrounded by, but have a separate entrance from, 18 Park. “It’s like a city within a city,” says Greenburg. “When the kids come in there they’re going to think they’re in a palace.”
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1796 Farmhouse. 1796 RESTORED ANTIQUE FARMHOUSE A L E X A N D R I A T O W N S H I P, N J
From the street, one would never know the spaciousness of the house — the façade closest to the road is the stucco stone that made up the original 1,000 sq. foot farmhouse. As designer Michael Hagerty puts it, “You don’t know the actual size of the house until you’re invited inside.”
Text by Ellie Sywak
Photography by Realty Network Elite
hen the homeowner planned extensive renovations to her property in Alexandria Township, NJ, she never expected the process to take so long, nor that it would be so rewarding. With the help of designer Michael Hagerty of White Dog Studios, she has created a 5,000 square foot masterpiece that emphasizes the evolution of the home. The original stone farmhouse was built in 1796, and the current renovation appreciates the progression from historic farmhouse to an updated country house. In the older section of the home, which flows naturally into the newer sections, the original pine flooring was preserved. Reclaimed pine floorboards and re-sawn yellow pine were used in the newer sections. The effect makes the house a warm, inviting space, 62
â€œWhen designing the kitchen, the aim was to go above and beyond. The island in the center of the kitchen features a twoinch thick slab of marble giving the impression of a French pastry counter. State-of-the-art equipment, including a professionalgrade Wolf stove, Sub Zero refrigerator, and Dornbracht sink fixtures elegantly fit the needs of a professional kitchen. Custom cabinetry, including built in floor-to-ceiling glass-front cabinets complete the furnishings. One wall of the kitchen features Moroccan tile in a blue/green shade.â€?
Among Hagerty’s contributions to the renovation is a signature beehive fireplace in the great room. The rest of the home appears to wrap around this central feature.
Other charming features of the antique farmhouse that were maintained are the two winder staircases. At the owner’s request an updated, open, wide central staircase was added, so now the winder staircases lead to a second floor bedroom and loft space.
notwithstanding the 12 foot ceilings and extensive glass in the newer sections. Other charming features of the antique farmhouse that were maintained are the two winder staircases. At the owner’s request an updated, open, wide central staircase was added, so now the winder staircases lead to a second floor bedroom and loft space. The hardware and fixtures throughout the original farmhouse were replicated by a blacksmith in Pennsylvania, and include a traditional pin-lock system on the custom made front door. Slabs of French limestone, acquired from Exquisite Surfaces in NYC, and salvaged from French castles and manors, were mud-set in the sunroom and mudroom. Upstairs in the master bathroom, they are most notably in the steam shower which includes an installed stone bench and a window. The appeal of architecturally salvaged limestone is that the slabs’ surface is already polished and worn by its previous use, creating a smooth soft surface. But the most striking stone feature is the antique mantel around the gas fireplace in the master bedroom — this limestone was reclaimed from a Spanish castle. The second floor space had to be structurally re-engineered to support the massive weight of this piece, but the majestic effect anchors the entire room. Among Hagerty’s contributions to the renovation is a signature beehive fireplace in the great room. It sits on the corner of the larger, more traditional fireplace, but is turned to have its open face oriented towards the dining room. The idea of a warm hearth being the center of an inviting home is one that strongly speaks to Hagerty, and the rest of the home appears to wrap around this central feature. The beehive fireplace also serves as a fully functioning oven, and cooks food much like a culinary brick oven would.
When designing the kitchen, the aim was to go above and beyond. The island in the center of the kitchen features a two-inch thick slab of marble giving the impression of a French pastry counter. State-of-the-art equipment, including a professional-grade Wolf stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Dornbracht sink fixtures elegantly fit the needs of a professional kitchen. Custom cabinetry, including built in floor-to-ceiling glass-front cabinets complete the furnishings. One wall of the kitchen features Moroccan tile in a blue/ green shade. When the farmhouse was built, it sat on 300 acres. Now, almost 300 years later, the property on Myler Road spans 10 1/2 acres, mostly extending behind the house. The back façade is predominantly glass to take in the sunlight and views of the grounds primarily left alone to allow for a more organic and natural feel. The massive barn, if one doesn’t wish to house horses or equipment, could be renovated into a beautiful guest house. The pond on the property is fed by underground springs and is fully stocked with fish. It is flanked by a willow tree that was planted when the homeowner moved in. Long live this evolution.
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hilltop couture Spring Meadow Mansion is Steeped in Architectural and Scenic Grandeur Text by Bonnie Clark Photography by Prominent Properties/Jeremy Cook
2006 CUSTOM EUROPEAN STYLE ESTATE MENDHAM BOROUGH,NJ
DINING ROOM | “I loved the carvings and moldings in Versailles and wanted a home with a lot of architectural detail.”
ocated on 17 spectacular acres in Mendham Borough and overlooking Sisters of Charity Monastery, Spring Meadow Mansion, singularly redefines the notion of “dream home.” Finished in 2006, the 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom home is regal and ornate – modeled after the Palace of Versailles and boasting a multitude of intricate details such as Parisian sconces and lighting treatments, antique doorknobs and mahogany flooring, to name a few. But, contrary to the more formal design elements of the home, Spring Meadow Mansion is also a place of peace and solitude, providing an escape from the rigors of everyday life – whether relaxing beside the heated swimming pool, growing vegetables in the Hartley greenhouse or strolling through the apple orchard with 21 organic apple trees – part of 13 1/3 farm-assessed acres attached to the property. The owners, a 57-year-old business executive, and a 55-year-old stay-at-home mom, spent three years designing and decorating the home, thoughtfully selecting even the smallest elements such as nickel back-plates, crystal hinges, copper ceilings and a gutter system with copper and solid-brass brackets. Drawn to the neoclassical work of architect Robert Adam, the mom was determined to bring a sense of age to the newly constructed home, opting for honed marble, antique silver finishes and colors in cool shades and tones. “I wanted the home to feel like it was built years ago,” the mom said. “I loved the carvings and moldings in Versailles and wanted a home with a lot of architectural detail.” The basic flow of the home is loosely based on a design by Scholz Homes, a company that develops architectural plans for luxury properties. Using the plan as a rough guide, she set to work making the home her own, turning one of the then-seven bedrooms into a master bathroom, part of a newly created luxurious master bedroom suite. Upstairs, on the third floor, there is a stained-glass studio. Throughout the three-year build out, the mom did most of the interior design herself, consulting with an architect/designer friend on overhead lighting and other key pieces
while scouring the Internet in search of rare, antique treasures. To create a sense of intimacy, yet ensure that the rooms would be a substantial size, each bedroom, as well as the family room and library, contains a wood burning fireplace with a gas starter. For his part, the business executive took a lead role in designing several rooms, including the English Style media room, poolroom and library, along with the basement area, which features a lounge, wine room, recreation room, gym and the workshop; originally designated as a space for the business executive to create handcrafted furniture. “I wanted to make it feel warm and comfortable and complete,” he said, noting that the lounge is his favorite room in the home. This architectural masterpiece boasts a chef’s kitchen, equipped with a dual-fuel French-top stove made in Burgundy and an assortment of top-of-the-line appliances. Throughout the years, the kitchen has served as an intimate gathering place, ideal for preparing family meals made from garden-grown vegetables. On the flip side, the kitchen also doubles as nerve center for elaborate celebrations, which have included a bat mitzvah reception, as well as 50th and 80th birthday parties. Further adding to the allure of the home, Spring Meadow Mansion is a modern “smart house,” with wireless audio, Lutron lighting systems and interior fiberglass insulation, among other state-of-the-art features. The home has additional unique elements, including a safe room with escape hatch leading to the backyard and a fully electric dumbwaiter. The owners even put in a fence set in a 9-inch cement curve to prevent their three whippets from digging out of the yard. As impressive as the architectural details are, one of the most exquisite features is the spectacular view. Sitting in the family room, the owners will often unwind near the handcarved fireplace mantel, gazing out in the distance beyond to the monastery and apple orchard. The third-floor balcony also boasts dazzling 180-degree views. “You can see other homes in the distance, but it’s basically private,” the business executive said. “Waking up every day to that view and your own piece of the planet is pretty amazing.”
LIVING ROOM | Design incorporates colors in cool shades and tones.
ENGLISH-STYLE LIBRARY | To create a sense of intimacy, yet ensure that the rooms would be a substantial size, each bedroom, as well as the family room and library, contains a wood burning fireplace with a gas starter.
KITCHEN | One of the highlights of this architectural masterpiece is the chefâ€™s kitchen, equipped with a dual-fuel French-top stove made in Burgundy and an assortment of top-of-the-line appliances.
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a son and Geniene Polukord designed this modern home from the ground up over the last seven years — and they mean literally from the ground up. They incorporated hundreds of rocks from the 10-acre property into the new build, from country stone walls to the long, inviting driveway border. “It’s very rocky around here,” says Jason. “I spent a lot of days on the Bobcat in the woods to pick the rocks that fit. I did all the landscaping and excavation.” He has a known eye for fit and style — for leaving no stone unturned. Jason is sales director for Slate & Stone clothing, a new menswear line sold at Nordstrom and available online soon at slateandstoneclothing.com. The concrete radiant-heated floor in the large entry room is
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couple add a cool industrial edge to this house on a hill in Princeton Text by Alice Garbarini Hurley Photography by Virtual Access Tours/ Michael Basch
Slate & Stone hip; so is the high stainless-steel table in the breakfast nook and the concrete accent wall by the entry, around which, in the wintertime, Jason stacks wood. (“We’re getting ready to start splitting firewood again,” he says. You can tell he likes the task. And his personal style is urban classic/original, too — short-sleeved plaid shirt, jeans, black sneakers.) “We wanted to keep it all natural,” says Geniene. “Almost like a sanctuary,” says Jason, finishing her sentence. Their shared vision comes together in a retreat from the hectic world — a place they’ve loved raising their young children, hosting parties and welcoming house guests. They built two expansive master suites, three
“We wanted to keep it all natural,” says Geniene. “Almost like a sanctuary,” says Jason, finishing her sentence.
2011 CUSTOM CONTEMPORARY PRINCETON,NJ
rooftop fiberglass decks, two sleek and spare home offices, walk-in closets and showers and a fully loaded contemporary kitchen. Two huge wood-burning Rumford fireplaces, one in each family room, cleanly and efficiently heat the high-ceilinged home. Jason’s link to the fashion business influenced other details, too. One walk-in closet has what the couple calls a “showroom feel,” with places to display crisp jackets and Burberry Brit bottles. And their name for the passage that leads from one side of the house to the other? “We call it the catwalk,” Geniene points out with a smile. CITY & COUNTRY “I grew up in this area, right down the road,” says Geniene. “We always loved it because you’re close to everything, like Philly and New York, but you have your privacy at home.” Behind the home — and you can see it from the soaking tubs — is an expanse of preserved land that can’t be excavated. The family sees gentle storybook deer, and up to 20 wild turkeys marching in a line. But in under 15 minutes, they can be in Princeton proper for shopping and dining or to catch the train to Penn Station. The couple envisioned the home to accommodate extended family. They even put in an elevator shaft that goes from the garage to the second floor; you’d just have to install the elevator.
WINDOWS ON THE WORLD Everywhere you turn, a new perspective; the home has 135 windows. “We have our own artwork — the view from outside,” says Geniene. It’s a beautiful way to see any weather, from raindrops to swirling snowflakes. Come Christmas, the couple puts up four trees, including a 14-footer on the first floor and uses the second kitchen to line up all the sugarplum sweets and treats for their big holiday parties. SEEING DOUBLE Two is better than one. There are two ovens and a cool full-size fridge side by side with a full-size freezer. Not enough? How about two full kitchens, because, remember, the home was built with extended family in mind? And, to put a stylish spin on doing laundry, two large-capacity navy blue appliances in the laundry room: your washer and dryer. Another stunning twin feature: double oval bowl bathroom sinks in beautiful frosted aqua glass, for another touch of tranquility in a soaring house with every amenity. Rock me tender, indeed.
SKIPPING STONES — NATURE’S BEST ELEMENTS | White oak flooring — 6,000 square feet of it | Pretty oyster shell tile around the Rumford fireplaces; looks magical (and as lovely as fashionable jewelry) whether or not a fire is glowing in the hearth | For decking, ipe (pronounced ee-pay) hardwood, a durable pick from Brazil that weathers well and should last for decades
Come Christmas, the couple puts up four trees, including a 14-footer on the first floor and uses the second kitchen to line up all the sugar-plum sweets and treats for their big holiday parties.
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THE UPSCALE DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURAL TEAM KENNETH/ DAVIS UPDATED THIS HISTORIC COUNTRY HOME IN A STYLISH TOUR DE FORCE, PRESERVING THE OLD BUT EMBRACING THE NEW.
His & History: taste meets tradition
1870 WILLOW MANOR GREEK REVIVAL ESTATE POMPTON PLAINS, NJ
Left: Davis F. Tamburin, RA, AIA, Right: Kenneth J.P. Wilkinson III, CID, and Bentley the Tibetan Spaniel
very good story starts with a single thread that is stitched into a tale told again and again — as does this one. The Ackerson Mead Clark House, now known as Willow Manor, was built in 1870 as a country estate. The Clarks in the name were thread barons, who had brought thread to the United States from Scotland. Thread was like spun gold back then, as home sewing machines had just been fine-tuned. And as the family’s fortune grew, so did their stable of residences, including not just this estate but also a city house in Newark, a hunting lodge in Sparta, and a weekend home in Bernardsville. Flash forward 129 years to 1999, when Davis F. Tamburin and Kenneth J.P. Wilkinson III bought the property and began to carefully restore it inside and out in a labor of love that spanned nearly 14 years. GARDEN PARTY On a sunny day in late August, Tamburin and Wilkinson welcome a writer to their home and grounds. Known for their style as interior designers — and landscape designers, architects, special event planners, even high-end personal shoppers — they’re both wearing shorts that look as if they were flown in from Nantucket, white shirts, fine footwear. The tour of the gated property begins in the garden, by the oval pool surrounded by tall swaying grasses. The men point out the lovely weeping willow tree that inspired the Willow Manor name — and the pergola, right next to the expansive outdoor grill, which they use for outdoor parties. They talk of the red apples that grow in the fall, the four seasons statues from France (summer, fall, winter, spring), and the garden fountains. And don’t miss the meditation garden, “where we cut all our flowers and herbs, including lavender, rosemary, and thyme,” says Tamburin, the spruce trees, and the formal rose garden with boxwood borders, like ribbon around a present, that Tamburin gave Wilkinson for his 40th birthday. “Three of the trees are original,” says Tamburin. “We brought in everything else.” They clearly love nature.
LUXE EXTRAS | A luggage room — where Wilkinson keeps his cherished collection of Louis Vuitton satchels and totes. A cozy china pantry between the study and kitchen, to store goldrimmed dishes and antique cocktail glasses but also to serve as a bar. It’s the perfect place to put a bottle of Pimm’s (to make timeless Pimm’s Cup) and a jar of tiny olives for six o’clock martinis. Tumbled marble countertops in the kitchen because, as Tamburin says, “We didn’t want something typical.”
TABLE MANNERS In the kitchen, the promised “light lunch” turns out to be plump crab cakes served with fresh greens, rustic bread, butter, and goblets of iced lemonade. The meal is served in the breakfast nook, which is dressed in green and nestled next to a wood-burning fireplace from 1906. The dog, a Tibetan Spaniel named Bentley (“like the car,” says Wilkinson, “but he’s actually from Tibet”) is happy to stand by and greet the houseguest, too. The world stops, as cloth napkins are unfolded and placed on laps, lemonade is poured. The two have even trained people in the art of serving elegant meals and entertaining. “Today everybody is so busy and crazy — we teach them how to use their home,” says Tamburin. “Otherwise, it’s like having a beautiful car and not knowing how to drive it.” Case in point: The fancy pastries served after lunch are arranged, like art, on a ruffle-edge, cut-glass pedestal platter. HOUSE PROUD “When we started renovating, we found that that there had been five additions on the original house,” says Tamburin. But even as they added their own touch, they preserved the 19th century treasures, including ornate ceiling medallions in the dining room and study, which look like icing on a cake. “We mixed contemporary with traditional, and English with French,” says Wilkinson, pointing to a beautiful little pink tufted chair from Paris in one of the three guest bedrooms. In the living room, the original marble fireplaces are a backdrop for a natural sisal rug and zebra-print chairs. Tamburin and Wilkinson are practiced at design challenges. “We’ve done yachts and a jet. We transformed a stable into a beautiful home in Connecticut. And we’ve done a lot of work in the Hamptons,” says Wilkinson. The original front exterior Greek revival colonnade, main staircase, 1870s marble fireplaces, and many of the architectural details and moldings remain intact. In the handsome study, the wideplank pumpkin pine floor and corner cupboard remain. Willow Manor was first a plantation-style home in farm country; it was added to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Register of Historic Places in 1981. It has ample workspace, a full three-bedroom guest apartment, and several decks and terraces.
WHITE LIGHT The couple added a contemporary master bedroom suite, all in white. It has a deck from which they can see the July Fourth fireworks over the Hudson, and an Egyptian marble bathroom featuring a spa shower and sleek Kenneth/Davis cabinetry. In the light, bright kitchen, the couple took out the drop ceiling and Formica countertops and raised the ceiling. In the formal dining room, which seats 12, they removed the thick, swirly stucco — it was so chunky and spiky that they jokingly called it “The Cliffs of Dover.” But they left the ornate medallion around the chandelier, again mixing original with new. The double living room incorporates two rooms, each a mirror image of the other, from the chairs to the mantels. Above the fireplaces, the homeowners added custom-designed, gold-leaf trumeau mirrors, inspired by 18th century French designs. And, in the end, historic does meet modern. The home features a sound system throughout, an irrigation sprinkler system, and lots of other 21st century comforts.
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The idyllic location of this Montgomery Twp. Center Hall, bordered by the Cherry Valley golf course, conceals its crowning feature. Finished in 2012, the home underwent an energyefficient renovation including the installation of a 24 kw solar system which generates enough clean energy to service the 4800 sq. ft. property. High-efficiency 9 watt lighting, imported from Europe, boasts a 40,000 hour lifespan. New windows grace every room, from the bay window in the living room to the French doors in the dining room and den. Cherry cabinets and top-ofthe-line appliances refine the vaulted kitchen. Glass doors from the breakfast area and family room overlook the salt water pool, lap pool, and cabana. Upstairs, the two room master suite joins three bedrooms, a hallway bathroom, and a versatile loft space. Marketed by Gregory Harvell, Robbinsville Office: 609-259-2711. $1,960,000
Built by the current owners in 2011, this Franklin Twp. masterpiece is a holistic balance of environmentally sensible design and contemporary, integrated living. From the over 130 energy efficient windows to the three fiber glass roof top decks, every element incorporates the outside world into the everyday. Ten foot ceilings enhance the expansive floor plan while oak hardwood floors infuse refinement. Both the family and living rooms boast Rumford fireplaces and the entry way contains a radiant floor system. The dining room adjoins a state-of-the-art kitchen while a second prep kitchen next to the library accommodates overflow. Two first floor masters complement three bedrooms on the second level. Two bathrooms, dry sauna, and loft finish the floor. Close to downtown Princeton and NYC transportation. Marketed by Randy Snyder, Princeton Office: 609-921-2600. $1,649,000
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Situated atop a peaceful rise at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this custom built Holmdel Twp. home delivers resort-style living on one lush acre. ooded surroundings forge a private backdrop for the landscaped yard, featuring a pool, spa, and multi-level patio. Marble flooring and coiffured ceilings refine the space, details replicated in the dining room. 12 ceilings and oak floors accent the library and family room. The designer kitchen offers a granite center island, breakfast bar, and Chef s grade appliances. full bathroom services the pool area, while sets of French doors flow onto covered porches. Floor-to-ceiling windows brighten the master suite, furnished with a stately marble bathroom. first floor bedroom suite supplements bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the second level. Marketed by Bobbie Maitoglou, Holmdel Office: 7 2-946- 200. $1,699,000
Natural beauty abounds in this 9 acre compound boasting an updated stone front Colonial c.19 0 , guest house, 2 ponds, and a pool. Careful attention was paid to seasonality during the landscaping, resulting in a wonderland of color starting with the spring s bulbs and ending with the winter s hardscape. nside, a center hall introduces rough hewn timbers, exposed beams, and random width flooring. Period details continue in the dining room, accented by 1 of 4 fireplaces, and into the wood-paneled library. n the living room, 4 sets of French doors spill out into the patio. The professionally equipped kitchen opens into a breakfast room and solarium. first floor en suite bedroom complements a master suite, 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and an office on the second level. This Princeton Twp. sanctuary is perfect for artists, gatherings or weekend retreats. Marketed by nn earns, Princeton Office: 609-921-2600. Price upon request.
Nestled within the heart of horse country these 45 bucolic acres are oned for construction of a luxury estate and equine facilities, commands breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Marketed by Stacy Butewic and inda Heffernan, Princeton unction Office: 609-452-2188 .$2,950,000
This brick-front center hall Colonial with 5 bedrooms and .1 bath is one block from Manasquan River and includes Gunite salt water pool, spa, and deeded river access. Old Park section. Marketed by Robbin indsay, Bay Head Office: 7 2-295-8099. $1, 99,000
Recently renovated Colonial enjoys uninterrupted views of Twilight ake. Only 2 blocks from the beach with 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, pool, outdoor shower and updated granite kitchen. Marketed by aren Richard Hewson, Bay Head Office: 7 2-295-8099. $1,299,000
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Historic home c.1740 steeped in charm retains original built-ins, three fireplaces, and a detached carriage house on 2 wooded acres. Beds, Baths, remodeled Chef s grade kitchen. Marketed by Phyllis gno i, Manalapan Office: 7 2-5 6-2000. $978,000
Stately 5 bedroom Colonial with elegant grand foyer with sweeping staircase and palladium windows set on 1 acres.Beautiful moldings, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen with back staircase, master bedroom suite with lavish bath, additional bedroom with en-suite, plus office upstairs. Finished lower level for entertaining with wet bar. Marketed by anice Troiano, Holmdel Office: 7 2-946- 200. $1,075,000
nique, mid-century modern home boasts the clean lines and simple, yet refined, accents of the style. beds, baths, on almost two acres one mile from downtown. Marketed by: Ellen efkowit , Princeton Office: 609-921-2600. $965,000
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Mendham Borough A work of art, this 25-room stone and stucco French-style country manor was built in 2002. 9± private acres with pool, stone chapel and staff apartment. Offered at $6,800,000 Gerry-Jo Cranmer 908-400-2346, Cell
Holland Township Perfectly placed atop a ridge line, this 18,000± sf. residence sits on 125± acres. Expansive views of the Hunterdon County Hills.Offered at $7,900,000 Deborah Smith 908-310-0570, Cell Ellen Guido 908-399-7358, Cell
Mendham Township Exquisite artisan craftsmanship radiates from its 17 rooms & exceptional 5± acres. Privately enclosed on estate cul-de-sac. “Stone View”affords 3 levels of opulent living space. Offered at $2,985,000 Bella Wilgus 908-930-8495, Cell
Bedminster Township Located on 10± prime acres w/ breathtaking views. This elegant Colonial radiates tasteful updates w/ a gourmet kitchen, coffered ceiling family room, sunny garden room & 5 fireplaces. Offered at $4,495,000 Suzan Sletteland 908-812-5191, Cell
Tew s ur Township Tewksbury Currier & Ives style updated 1855 farmhouse, barns, 3± acres of lawns/pastures, about one hour from Manhattan. 2/3 bdr, 2 baths, fireplace & stone springhouse. Offered at $675,000 Catherine Weinstock 908-930-4426, Cell
hester Township Spectacular views, 15 rooms, 5 bdrs, gourmet kitchen, home theater, pool & sports court. 3 finished levels, walk-out lower level, 4-car garage, on 4.69± acres. 47 miles to NYC. Offered at $2,250,000 Ashley Christus 908-625-4116, Cell
re Barns 17± acres in Harding Twp. with 14 stall barn & paddocks. 6-bdr, 6-bath French country home w/ spacious rooms, in-law apt. over 3-car garage, finished basement, pool. Offered at $4,900,000 Lois Olmstead & Aimee Bloom 973-722-6323, Cell
Harding Township Enchanting country retreat, beautifully restored & updated. 4 bedrooms. 2.74± acres of sweeping lawns & pond with dock & fountain, newly rebuilt 2-story, 4-stall barn. Offered at $1,695,000 Lynn Nebel 201-207-6786, Cell
Harding Township Exceptional 2005, 13-room Scandic-built Colonial residence in New Vernon. 5 bdrs, 5 1/2 baths. Interior design by Scott Sanders. Convenient to schools, golf courses & equestrian facilities. Offered at $2,749,000 Gerry-Jo Cranmer 908-400-2346, Cell
hester Township Herb Farm c.1750 stone home extensively renovated & expanded 2012, 5.7± ac, adjoins 500 ac of parkland. 12-room, 5-bdr main house, carriage house w/ 2-bdr apt, 1-bdr cottage. 48 miles to NYC. Offered at $2,745,000 Ashley Christus 908-625-4116, Cell
Mendham Borough French country estate in Spring Hill section, 4 bdrs, 4.5 baths, 3.3± manicured acres w/ IG pool, covered porches, deck, gazebo. 4 fpls, custom kitchen, billiards room w/ wet bar. Offered at $2,100,000 Dorothy Trebus 908-295-9133, Cell
Tew s ur Township Dazzling distant mountain views enhance a handsome brick-faced Georgian Colonial on 9± acres w/ pond. Leaded glass French doors, superb raised paneled walls & millwork, wood floors, 5 fpls. Offered at $1,600,000 Catherine Weinstock 908-930-4426, Cell
Bernards ille Bernardsville Mountain location with handsome stone walls and wonderful 4-bedroom house with slate roof. 1st floor master bedroom with handsome renovated bath. Offered at $1,299,000 Gerry-Jo Cranmer 908-400-2346, Cell
hester Township Exceptional 23-room, 5-bdr custom home set on 5± acres with 2-story barn & sports court. Surrounded by farms & preserved acreage. 50 miles to NYC. Offered at $1,995,000 Ashley Christus 908-625-4116, Cell
hester Township C. 1750 converted-barn 4-bdr home, recently expanded. Bordering Hacklebarney Park with river frontage. Separate cottage & horse barn with garage. 5 mins to village of Chester. Offered at $2,225,000 Kristen Krag 908-334-9382, Cell
Bernards ille French Château-style home situated atop a promontory, w/ winter views of Pleasant Valley on 5± acres. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, pool & bluestone patio in a park-like setting. Offered at $2,395,000 Pamela Goss 908-581-9348, Cell
Harding Township Elegant 12-room, 5-bedroom Colonial on almost 4 acres. Luxurious Harding Township first floor master suite, library, media 4-car Elegant 12-room, 5-bedroom Colonial onroom, almost44 fireplaces, acres. Luxurious garage. Offered at $2,195,000 first floor master suite, library, media room, 4 fireplaces, 4-car Gerry-Jo Cranmer 908-400-2346, Cell garage. Offered at $2,195,000 Gerry-Jo Cranmer 908-400-2346, Cell
eapa ladstone Rockabye Valley in Gladstone. New homes under construction, eapa ladstone 1.85± acres each, close to town and train! Only six opportunities Rockabye Valley in Gladstone. New homes under construction, remain. Priced from $995,000 1.85± acres each, close to town and train! Only six opportunities Elizabeth “BJ” Peck 908-303-8392, Cell remain. Priced from $995,000 Elizabeth “BJ” Peck 908-303-8392, Cell
Harding Township Hartley Farms Colonial Revival, firstTownship time on market. 6 bdrs, 5.3 baths, Harding 3.74± acres w/ pool, pool house, tall oaks, fields. 5 custom fireplaces, Hartley Farms Colonial Revival, first timeopen on market. 6 bdrs, 5.3 baths, spectacular design throughout. Offered 3.74± acres w/ pool,elements pool house, tall oaks, open fields.at5 $4,250,000 custom fireplaces, Robert Sameth Jr. 973-214-5680, spectacular design elements throughout. Offered atCell $4,250,000 Robert Sameth Jr. 973-214-5680, Cell
Ber ele Heights Grand Victorian in desirable Berkeley Heights close to town and Ber ele Heights train. Residence features todays sought after amenities, Grand Victorian in desirable Berkeley Heights close to1.50± townacres, and 8train. bedrooms, 5 fullfeatures and 1 half bathrooms. Offered at $1,295,000 Residence todays sought after amenities, 1.50± acres, Susan 973-879-6088, Cell at $1,295,000 8 bedrooms, 5 full and Barba 1 half bathrooms. Offered Susan Barba 973-879-6088, Cell
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This is truly a home for all seasons! Nestled into a spectacular park-like setting with converging streams, footbridges, nature paths; this home offers 4+ acres of tranquility. A Frank Lloyd Wright inspired gem with sweeping panoramic views, spa-like baths, gourmet kitchen, first floor master bedroom suite. Indoor atrium and pool.
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18 miles from Manhattan! Saddle River Unsurpassed Elegance $4,500,000 Elegantly appointed grand French manor with hard coat European stucco exterior. Beautiful woodworking throughout, high ceilings, state of the art home theater, and a wonderful floor plan for entertaining. The oversized 2+ acre setting includes a full service year round guesthouse/cabana (kitchen/family room (bedroom) with fpl, full bath and laundry). Heated pool/spa, 4-car garage and generator.
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Young, all brick manor on 1.4 acres. High ceilings, custom kitchen, 2-story family room/fireplace, woodworked office-library, elegant master bedroom suite and large media/bonus room. Elaborate wine cellar and 4 car garage.
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A remarkable 26 acre rural setting with extraordinary panoramic views of the Ramapo mountains for miles around. A one acre pond, brook, walking trails and nature as far as the eye can see. Expansive 4 bedroom main house with a 1930’s log cabin offering additional living space.
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18miles milesfrom fromManhattan! Manhattan! 18 Saddle River 6.2 acre Estate $5,995,000 Glorious 6.2 acre estate, in the most private
setting in town. A 600’+ long driveway leads to this notable gated, brick estate of approximately 11,000 square feet. Spectacular 30’+ x 30’+ brand new kitchen with massive breakfast room, incredible master bath & many more designer features: Showroom 4-car garage, pool, spa and seperate guesthouse! Information deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions.
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You cannot get any better than this...All brick 6 plus bedroom custom colonial on 1.84 private lot with gunite salt water pool. Walk out lower level. You must see it!
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Located just 45 minutes from Manhattan, this former famous recording studio has been totally renovated and restored into an 8700 sq. ft. home on a secluded 4.9 acres in the Ramapo Mountains foothills. Private estate backing to 52,000 acres of state parkland.
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Elegant French Chateau
This gated estate is the essence of luxurious living. Set on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped and manicured grounds with pool and formal gardens. The extraordinary architecture is enhanced by the hand-cut stone exterior, slate roof and turrets. This residence offers 14,000 square feet of luxurious living space exquisitely designed and executed to perfection. This home offers, a gracious entrance foyer with pillowed limestone floor and 11’ mahogany entrance doors, library and billiards room with fireplaces and a 2 story great room overlooking the stone terraces and private grounds. The Salerno kitchen is complete with breakfast area & hearth room. The serene master suite with sitting room is the perfect retreat plus 6 additional en-suite bedrooms. The sun-filled lower level offers a home theater, kitchen, gym & wine cellar sure to please the real connoisseur. Price upon request.
Located on Tenafly’s prestigious East Hill! This stately South Hampton style Colonial offers over 7,000 sq. ft. of luxurious living with 16 rooms, 6 en-suite bedrooms, architecturally paneled Library, warm and inviting family room with fireplace and French doors leading to the stone patio, 10’ ceilings with detailed moldings, custom Poggenhohl kitchen with Sub Zero & Wolf appliances and breakfast room with detailed vaulted ceiling overlooking the private grounds. The second level offers a serene and tranquil master suite with foyer, sitting room, fireplace and luxurious marble master bath plus 4 additional bedrooms and designer en-suite baths. Finished lower level with large windows, recreation room, media room, gym, bedroom with private bath plus powder room. Set on a private, level acre backing to the nature center. Enjoy Tenafly’s award winning schools and close proximity to New York City. Price upon request.
Timeless & Classic Architecture
Timeless & classic architecture define this new Georgian Colonial Manor set on a manicured acre w/pool, stone driveway & patio w/fpl. This residence offers over 9,760 sq. ft. of welldesigned & well-appointed living space. The dramatic two story entrance foyer sets the tone for the 1st level with 10’ ceilings, music room w/fpl., great room w/fpl., custom gourmet kitchen with granite counters and commercial grade appliances, family room and office. Serene & tranquil master suite w/fpl., sitting area and luxurious bath plus 6 en-suite bedrooms & 8 full and 2 half designer baths. The finished lower level is complete with wet bar, wine cellar, gym, 2 baths and home theater. Price upon request.
Prestigious Rio Vista
Perfection best describes this Alpine home, set on a private, beautifully landscaped 1.59 acres in prestigious Rio Vista. The ultimate in design and quality is evident the moment you enter this completely redesigned and renovated Alpine home offering 13 rooms, 6 bedrooms & 5 full and 2 half new designer baths. The impressive entrance foyer with graceful circular staircase sets the tone for the first level with extensive architectural moldings and custom details. The gourmet Ulrich kitchen is complete with commercial grade appliances and overlooks the private grounds. The sun-filled lower level offers media area, summer kitchen, gym, wine cellar, bedroom & bath. Price upon request.
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ALEXANDRIA TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY ~ 5 Bdrms, 4 Baths, 1 Half-Bath, Inground Pool and Spa
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This spectacular 1796 stone, stucco and clapboard home overlooks rolling park-like property. Meticulously restored and completely reinvented in 2010. With over 5,000 sq. ft., the home mixes classic style with modern design. It honors the homeâ€™s history with superb craftsmanship and cutting edge convenience. Situated in the rolling Hunterdon County hills of Alexandria Township, New Jersey this home boasts 200-year-old wide plank pine floors, original wooden winder steps, beams and four fireplaces. The beautifully crafted five bedroom home has stone chimneys, slate and copper roofs, hand-made copper lighting, an antique fireplace and mantle from a castle in Spain and a custom-built Beehive oven in the Great Room. It is a Smart Home with Lutron lighting and a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system. Extras include a Private Library and wine cellar. The spacious kitchen has 12 foot ceilings, Dornbracht sink, Wolf professional gas stove, soapstone counters and double sink, Sub-Zero refrigerator and two Asko dishwashers. Five large bedrooms, four full baths and one powder room. Dalle de France Massangis Jaune Clair stone floors are used in the Master bath and antique Dalle de Bougogne stone floors are used in the sunroom and mudroom. The second floor laundry has a Miele washer and dryer and Sub-Zero wine refrigerator. Situated on the 10+ acre property is a fishing pond, a 55 foot Gunite pool and spa, pool house, large bank barn, and original Spring House. This is an incredible property that must be seen to appreciate all the details.
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French Provincial-style Expanded Ranch
Superb 1904 Georgian Revival Estate
Summit, NJ ~ Located high atop a private cul-de-sac with enviable panoramic New York City skyline views, this home is beautifully set on lush prime acreage. Breathtaking views are enjoyed from a deck that spans the home. A gracious twostory foyer with bridal staircase sets the tone for its elegant formal rooms to create the perfect atmosphere for greeting guests. Offered at $3,295,000.
Summit, NJ ~ Where comfort blends with five-star elegance in a fireside library and banquet dining room, entertainment-scale living room, family room with Atriumtopped windows, gourmet kitchen, lower level gym, authentic wine cellar/tasting room, three-car heated garage. Enjoy a retreat-like setting in its tiered gardens with heated in-ground pool and guest cottage, complete with a putting green. Offered at $5,450,000.
Old Short Hills Custom Colonial
Brick Center Hall Georgian Colonial
Short Hills, NJ ~ Exquisite grounds and superb architectural details are hallmarks of this stately seven-bedroom Old Short Hills custom Colonial nestled on over an acre of lush, private property. An open concept kitchen and a family room with cathedral ceiling are designed for today’s living. A delightful heated ‘glass house’ enjoys expansive property views. Noteworthy is an in-law suite/apartment with kitchenette, family room and private entry. Offered at $3,299,000.
Summit, NJ ~ Boasting a superb Northside setting and a refined Summit lifestyle, this brick center hall Georgian Colonial is the ticket. The piece-de-resistance is a secluded saltwater pool with bluestone decking couched in lushly landscaped surrounds – creating a fabulous retreat-like setting. Tiered gardens and lawns include a separate play area reserved for the younger set – something for everyone! Offered at $3,750,000.
Former Model offers a long list of upgrades. Offering 3 large bedrooms, formal dining, formal living room, gourmet kitchen with full appliance package, granite counter tops, island-breakfast bar, family room with detailed mahogany wall unit, fire place, tray ceilings with rope lighting and french doors that lead you to the over sized screened lanai and pool area with summer kitchen/ pool bath. Offered at $374,500
you to your screened pavered lanai, with inground pool and jacuzzi. The master suite has a sitting area and french doors for you to enjoy nighttime access to the pooled area. A full furniture package is available. Offered at $309,900
with fountain over looking a private back yard. A newly designed kitchen w/ butlers pantry-granite counter tops- and stainless steel appliances. 3br/2bth and 2 car garage with living sq. ft of 2,064. A furniture package is available.
Set on a beautiful estate golf course lot, this stunning 4BR, 3.5BA home offers a wealth of architectural detail and upgrades throughout. Sculptured ceilings, design niches and plant shelving characterize the living room with gas fireplace. Gourmet kitchen is rich with cabinets, a butlerâ€™s pantry, granite tops with island. The elegant master bedroom/bath area is enhanced by solid wood flooring and a majestic master bath. Gorgeous solar heated pool/spa on the expansive lanai. Offered at $524,000
Captivating views when you walk thru the front doors of this beautiful home in the prestigious gated community of Broadwater. Abundant windows that offer panoramic views of the 42 foot resort style pool area. Gourmet kitchen with full appliance packagegranite counter tops- large center island- butlers pantry- and hand refinished maple cabinets that opens to the oversized family room with fireplace. 3BR/3.5BA, 4 CG & 2 car detached. 5,560 living sqft. Offered at $829,000
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Magnificent 3,100 Sq. Ft. Condominium with Spectacular Views of the Manhattan Skyline
3,100 sf 500 sf of balconies North and south wing 2 bedrooms 3.5 baths Master bedroom en suite 2.6 miles to GWB Outdoor & indoor pool North, South & East exposure
Multi-purpose sports court Palisadium USA Spa & Fitness Center. Latest equipment. Heated lap pool on the Palisades (included in maint.). Walking trails & tennis courts Doorman 24/7 Security person in garage Offered at $999,999
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SADDLE RIVER This European-influenced Chateau is rich in exquisite architectural detail and decorative enhancements. Offering six bedrooms, seven full baths, two powder rooms, seven fireplaces, grand two story entry foyer, formal and informal living rooms with fireplaces, banquet-size formal dining room with fireplace. Two floating staircases and limestone floors throughout. The award winning kitchen’s grandeur is apparent. Three cathedral-like archways, separate breakfast room featuring a hand-painted dome ceiling. Interior loggia, billiard room and cherry library lead to the lower level with theater and projection room, stone wine cellar, gym, banquet kitchen and family room with bar. Slate roof, masonry stucco and stone exterior, the rear yard with stone cabana, in-ground pool, waterfalls with a koi pond, and pergola with a fire pit. This gated masterpiece is nestled in Saddle River’s most sought after Chestnut Ridge area. Offered at $8,888,000 Michael “Mr. Saddle River” Randy Cell: (201) 218-5850
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UPPER SADDLE RIVER Elegant country Manor with tasteful architectural detail on quiet cul-de-sac, professioanlly landscaped, fenced-in, over-sized property. Two story entry foyer, timber vaulted living room/study with fireplace, formal dining room with venetian plaster walls, two story great room with hand-painted built-ins and coffered ceiling, solid cherry doors, six bedrooms en suite plus extra seventh full bath, three half baths, radiant heated floors, gourmet kitchen, food pantry and butler pantry, master suite with fireplace, sitting room and room-size walk-in closet, semi-circular formal staircase continues to finished lower level with wood floors, entertainment room with fireplace, bonus room, bedroom en suite, powder room, sauna, wine cellar. Loggia with barbecue and firepit, incredible views overlooking approximately 20 acres of greenland, antique brick exterior, four chimneys, four masonry fireplaces. Gunite heated, infinity pool with jacuzzi and natural flowing koi pond with fountains, 30 foot all brick waterfall, cabana with kitchen, full bathroom, laundry, heat and air-conditioning, blue stone patio, full, permanent generator. Located in great community, acclaimed school system, easy commute to NYC. Offered at $3,995,000
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Journey Into the Exceptional Lifestyle… Mendham a gated driveway leads to this magni cent European Estate. Resting on 17 acres with breathtaking views overlooking the resort setting with pool and spa, formal gardens with greenhouse, and apple orchard. e home beautifully showcases impeccable attention to detail in every room. is 6 bedroom Estate is the perfect setting for lavish entertaining and intimate gatherings allowing for privacy and relaxation for those at the pinnacle of success. ered at 6,500,000
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The Gist of Juxtaposing Whether people are interested in purchasing a historic home or already own one, they may find themselves facing a dilemma:
How does one juxtapose modern conveniences with the authentic elegance of an antique home?
New Jersey’s architectural landscape is dotted with many historic homes, some of them dating back as far as the 1600s. ASPIRE NJ magazine talked with John Turpin, president of Turpin Realtors in Far Hills, and Jeffrey Butler Haines, president of interior design studio Butler’s of Far Hills, Inc., about different ways homeowners can bring modern touches to an antique home without sacrificing the home’s original character.
John Turpin: All five of our office buildings are very old. In fact, the youngest probably dates from the early 1900s and the oldest as early as the mid -1700s. Like all historic house lovers, we enjoy living and working in spaces that have been inhabited for 100s of years, not only for the warmth and charm they provide, but because they are a part of our history. Additionally, maintaining these wonderful old buildings keeps our communities looking good and contributes to the quaint feel of our villages, one of the elements that people who fall in love with our area are so drawn to.
Is modernizing a historic home prevalent?
Herb Farm c.1750 Chester Township
John Turpin: Generally speaking homes with the most up-to-date appliances, fixtures and systems are the most desirable, and antique homes are no different. Virtually any buyer of an antique home today will want to have it updated to some extent if it is not already. That said, there are plenty of historic homes out there with perfectly serviceable plumbing and electrical systems, so it is not always the case that an antique home must be totally gutted to be brought up to speed. Kitchens, bathrooms and décor, on the other hand, tend to have a much shorter life cycle, so we see those items getting updated as often as every 10 years or so. Jeffrey Butler Haines: I think just for efficiency in most cases, people would prefer to upgrade their older homes which also renders the opportunity to give it a cleaner look. The finishes they pick may be a little less decorative and old-fashioned in flavor. If the appliances need to be replaced anyway, that may be where they start.
I imagine expense becomes a major concern.
Jeffrey Butler Haines
JT: You are absolutely right. It can be very expensive to renovate an older home, and most people do not do it for the return. That said, people generally want to make sure that they are not over-improving a home beyond what it could fetch on the market. If an older home has solid bones and the electrical, heating and plumbing systems are in good shape, one can do a great deal to modernize the feel of the home without spending too much money. Painting, refinishing floors and sharp decor can go a very long way to updating the look of a home. Updating kitchens and baths gets to be a bit pricier, but there again, a home owner has a wide array of options, some of which will not break the bank. Once you get into replacing a home’s major systems the cost really begins to elevate. If you have serious carpentry or masonry issues to address this can get very costly too. In some cases walls must be moved, or new foundation poured to make an older home more suitable for today’s lifestyle and these kinds of improvements are wonderful but expensive. In other cases important structural elements of the home must be replaced or rebuilt as the ravages of time have taken their toll. It all comes down to a homeowner’s specific situation. For those who plan to be in a home for a very long time some of the more involved renovations and expansion make a good deal of sense. JBH: Generally I’m not one for taking down a lot of walls. I think you lose the personality that’s there when you do that, instead I just edit what’s there. I find it’s often a matter of simplicity. Sometimes the older home has had one too many things done to it. Whether it's their trim molding, decorative details, finishes…it just has one or two too many elements. When you stand back and look at the home, you often realize the bones are good you just need to take off one layer and when you take that away it creates cleaner lines and gives you a resting spot for your eye.
Are there options out there for people who want modern conveniences but want them to look old? JT: Absolutely! Reproduction fixtures and building materials are widely available and run the gamut in cost and quality. A true old house lover should be careful to research the type materials that are appropriate for the period house they are refurbishing. For example, many decades ago, perhaps in the 60s or 70s, they made beams meant to replicate the old hewn beams that you sometimes see exposed in a home. The problem with these beams was that they were made from Styrofoam and looked nothing like the original, and if you weren’t careful you could easily poke a hole in them with a finger! In stark contrast to that example, there are many makers of quality lighting and plumbing fixtures and building materials to choose from. There are also many purveyors of re-purposed antique architectural elements, like flooring, sinks, plumbing and lighting fixtures, doors and just about anything you can imagine. Just Google Architectural Salvage and you’ll be amazed!
Talk to me about combining antique and modern aesthetics.
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JT: In my opinion, the contrast of antique and modern is particularly striking. Whether it is antique furniture in a modern home, or contemporary fixtures or appliances alongside hand-hewn beams and wide, worn floor boards, the juxtaposition of old and new is almost always visually appealing. To place a stainless range in a kitchen alongside a beehive oven from the 18th century inevitably leads one to ponder the amazing path our civilization has taken, which is a fun way to live in a home! JBH: I agree. If it’s well done, it can be very exciting. The juxtaposition of modern conveniences in an antique home works well, but it’s a big job of editing what you have and articulating what’s important to you. It’s all a matter of the balance.
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