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Amy Holl Ahearn is a Certified Kitchen Designer and freelance writer. She owns her own Interior Design business specializing in designing with cabinetry for every room in the home. Amy currently lives in Bernardsville with her husband Jimmy and LuLu the cat.

Jessica Vilotti has been working in the field of marketing communications since 2005. She has a passion for writing and produces freelance articles in her free time. She enjoys writing about topics including lifestyle, entertainment, exercise, fitness and nutrition. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The Pennsylvania State University and resides in Philadelphia with her family.

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After producing television commercials for Young & Rubicam and a stint as Revlon’s Creative Director, Henry Kuryla was a founding Principle of Renning, Kuryla, Lieberman, Flynn Inc. (RKLF), which introduced Clairol Herbal Essence to the world. He then started Arc Films Inc., where he produced, wrote and directed commercials and documentaries. He has also written real-estate advertorials for The New York Times.

Judy L. Miller, Allied Member ASID is a designer with over 18 years of diverse design experience including residential, commercial, set design, custom yacht and for the past 16 years private aircraft interiors. She has taught Interior Design at two NJ colleges and has been a guest interior product expert on QVC. Her work has been featured in local, national and international publications. She is wife & mother of two beautiful daughters.


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Anne Marie Soto is both a freelance writer and a public relations/marketing consultant. Her clients in the design field include the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.

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Built in 1790 | Designer Janis Evans lives in a Far Hills home that originally served as a country getaway.

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anis Evans, Allied ASID lives in a Far Hills home that originally served as a country getaway. Built in 1790, the home sported two additions – one from the 1800s and one from the 1960s. The restoration took a year and was accomplished before Evans and her family moved in. Her aim was to honor the authenticity and integrity of the home, which meant getting rid of the 1960s bathrooms and kitchen. Upstairs, small rooms were the norm when the home was built. She took these smaller areas and recombined them into suites without significantly altering the home’s footprint. Reclaiming and recycling was an important part of her restoration. A slate slab found on the property became a desktop; bricks found when they dug up an oil tank were reused in construction. Working closely with a painter and a refinisher, the designer used reclaimed wood for the floors. Grime covered the wood paneling in the library. Rather than refinishing it, Evans had an expert come in and carefully remove the layers of dirt. Ditto for the Views of North America wallpaper, based on engravings of the 1820s. Here, too, Evans had an expert come in and remove the grime. “It still has cracks and yellowed corners,” reports Evans, “but it has history and authenticity.”




When creating a 21st century living space in a historic home, there are several different approaches one can take, suggests Mark Polo, Allied ASID. The first one is a strict period approach, which can be a bit like an architectural dig. You never know what you’ll uncover! Lots of research is involved – books, newspapers, historical societies, etc. How much you do depends on how dogged you want to be. The strict period approach also means staying true to the proportions of the original elements. For example, in a strict Victorian restoration, formality reigns. The second approach is a mix of periods. Polo’s own home is a Georgian Victorian with Dutch influences, so a design mixture suits it well. Contemporary is the third approach – which falls under the category of renovation, rather than restoration, where you keep the period background while simplifying the design approach. Even in a strict restoration, today’s homeowners want modern conveniences, like whole house speakers, central air conditioning, and more. “These things should be carefully planned for at the start of the restoration process,” says Mark, “so that it is all sensitively done and not immediately apparent as you enter the rooms.” Anthony Feo, Allied ASID, who has been involved in restoring countless 100-year-old+ houses, warns that “old houses can be very expensive to fix. Many people think some paint and wallpaper is all it takes to ‘restore’ a property. Look at the mechanicals first. Bring in an expert to inspect the house from the ground up. There is no sense to making it pretty and then have to tear it out and make repairs. Electrical, plumbing and heating systems should all be inspected as well as basic construction, the roof, windows, doors and fireplaces...everything right down to the paint that could be lead-based and toxic.” “Do all your homework,” he continues. “Some cities and towns have strict rules on what you can do and can’t do with the outside of your home. Certain historic districts have to approve any changes you might like to make, including paint colors, windows, doors, fences, even out buildings and driveways.” Historic restorations can present all sorts of surprises. It could be finding animal carcasses, newspapers and bottles in the wall, as Janis Evans did, or horsehair and old diaries, as Barbara Schoenfeld did. Mark Polo tells the tale of purchasing fabric to be used in the restored living room only to discover a smaller version of the exact same print when demolishing the pantry walls. It was confirmation that he was inadvertently on the right track! Anthony Feo speaks of a bathtub that a previous owner thought was too heavy to move so they just built around it! So what advice do these seasoned professionals have for anyone who dreams of restoring a historic property? “Research the house and the period, the wall coverings, the floors and more so you don’t lose the historical richness of the place,” says Schoenfeld. “An interior designer can help you set priorities, develop a plan, and recognize a realistic time frame. He or she can also prepare you for the conditions you’ll have to tolerate while the work is going on.” “Find contractors and painters who love and specialize in old houses,” says Evans, who was blessed with a painter who removed all the old hardware and took it home to soak overnight. “And understand that there are trade-offs in the decisions you make.” As an example, she chose to retain her home’s original windows and doors – beautiful, but not as energy efficient as new ones would be. However, the home’s five fireplaces keep it warm in winter and because the property is full of old trees that shade the house, the central air conditioning is hardly needed. “You have to be careful that the people you choose to work with, understand the project because they may be making decisions you are unaware of,” cautions Mark Polo. “And, since each historic restoration is different, when you are hiring an interior designer, look at his/her portfolio for variety. You want a good interior designer who is energized by the challenge of a specific task.” Finally, he says, “living through it can be a challenge. If possible, live someplace else until it is almost done. Otherwise, the open walls, the dust, the thousands of decisions will all increase your stress level.” “Renovation doesn’t happen over-night,” says Feo. “Sometimes a project can seem overwhelming. Unless you have lots of cash on hand, plan your renovation in stages. Make a priority list. Most of the time, you will want to take care of the construction part first. Decide which rooms or spaces are important – I call these sane spaces. These are rooms you can go and hide in, shutting yourself off from the chaos that might surround you. I remember one of the first houses we renovated. The one and only bathroom had to be replaced. Neither one of us thought about the daily routine of getting up in the morning to shower and shave. We became members of the local health club the day after the toilet was removed!” “But,” Feo continues, “there is an upside to this renovation process. Every house has been different – everything from farmhouses to run-down estates with carriage houses and swimming pools, even a ‘chicken coop.’ I can’t tell you the satisfaction one feels once a project is finally completed. It has always been exciting to go back and look at the before pictures. Countless times I would say to myself ‘what were we thinking?’ But in the It’s a great feeling to see an old house come back to life. Or even proudly say ‘we saved this one from a wrecking ball.’ Too many homes over the centuries have been lost and it’s wonderful to see more and more people taking an interest and sharing the love of restoring a piece of history.”

Living through a historic renovation is challenging, disorienting and – ultimately – extremely rewarding. Barbara Schoenfeld, ASID, who restored and lives in an 1831 Federal farmhouse, declares, “you gotta

love it!”

“An old house,” she continues, “is almost a living organism. If it could speak to you, the stories it would tell! Old homes are full of surprises. Getting involved with one is like having a child – despite all your careful planning, you don’t know what you’re going to get...and dealing with it will definitely be unmapped territory.”



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A slate slab found on the property became a desktop. [ Reclaiming and recycling was an important part of Evans’ restoration. ]

SOURCES: Janis Evans Allied ASID, Janis Evans Interior Design Group, Far Hills N.J. (908) 234-0550 • Anthony Feo Allied ASID, Houndstooth Interior Design, Oldwick N.J. (908) 669-4475, • Mark Polo Polo M.A., Boonton N.J. (973) 402-7400, • Barbara Schoenfeld ASID, Robinson Interiors LLC, Freehold N.J. (732) 577-2848,

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Personal and professional attributes of a Greenbaum Interiors LLC - Susan Greenbaum Gross preservationist? Patience and What is driving people to choose to preserve and restore? an intense level of focus on I believe there will be a resurgence in this industry from both an economical the details of a green consciousness, and heirloom appreciation perspective. People will piece.

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realize the value of restoring these pieces. People will realize you can

What are the professional challenges that you encounter? Finding skilled crafts people with experience.

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Inspired by his father’s work in construction, Matt started out as an art focused business, creating mirrors out of old windows. They began sourcing materials globally and extracting historically significant elements from buildings, constantly on the hunt for new architecture and decorative elements.

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Society is getting more into restoration as a whole. We love what we do.

Go Green movement. Romans were re-using architectural elements throughout their history. It’s now becoming more prevalent in modern society. Reuse, Reduce, landfill waste, etc. are all elements that come into play. In many instances, it’s easier and more cost effective to restore rather than build new. New construction materials are not as high quality as old materials being made in China, such as dry wall and flake board.

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• Government needs to step in and help people out who want to pursue this option and possibly subsidize the projects, in order to encourage people to choose this route. Shaving emissions, building materials, etc... it’s a trickle-down effect. Recycling the Past, LLC 381 North Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 609.660.6790

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Stained Glass SINCE 1857.

J&R Lamb Studios, Inc. is the oldest continuously operating facility in the U.S.

The United States is getting old. Our buildings and their envelopes

that protect them need to be maintained. Windows are an integral part of a building and whether we restore them to their original condition or preserve them in their current condition, they need care. Think of the centuries old buildings in Europe and see how

they have been taken care of by local, church and government organizations and one can better understand the enormous undertaking needed by Americans. Most stained glass windows have a life span on average of approximately 100 years.

• (Old painted glass or Lamb and Tiffany Opalescent drapery glass cannot be replaced.) The latest trend in stained glass restoration is to replace the lead cames that hold the valuable art glass together. One must understand that the sole purpose of the lead is to contain the art glass; the lead came is replaceable but not the glass. One must have patience during the process & knowledge of materials and where and when the window was made is essential.

Donald Samick / President The J & R Lamb Studios, Inc. 436 West Main Street, Wyckoff, NJ 201.891.8585 FYI

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As Curator of Collections at the Historical Society of Princeton

, one of my jobs is to assist people with research. Many researchers come to HSP to find photographs, architectural drawings, manuscript materials, and business correspondence that will help them with their historic preservation projects. Researchers might be restoring their homes, rehabilitating historic buildings for new uses, or writing books about architecture. Most people that I’ve met who are restoring their

old homes are motivated by a passion for history and a desire to be historically accurate. We try to make this process as easy as possible by having many of our photographs available for people to search through our online collections database. Researchers can also find materials by setting up an appointment with me and working directly with our collections. Historical Society of Princeton Locations: Bainbridge House 158 Nassau Street & Updike Farmstead 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 609.921.6748

Historic preservation is an eternally optimistic, inspiring field intent on improving present and future quality of life through the appreciation of our built and cultural heritage , says Kaitlin O’Shea from Preservation Pink. “One challenge of experts in the field, is how to present preservation to the public as an approachable, applicable subject.”



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- since 1909 John Wohner has 30 years experience working in a 4th generation custom shop, trained under master cabinet makers and artists.

Professionally, you must have the education to do the work, a scientific mind to engineer a solution, and experience to do it right. And finally, a love and respect for the arts to bring it alive. Personally you must be able to communicate effectively with your team and above all with the client. As a client you must explain your reasons for preservation both in the moment and in the future. With this in mind, the preservationist can best prepare for the task of restoring the hidden beauty of old. Technology is constantly evolving. Artists have a greater variety of tools and materials available that makes restoration processes more affordable and durable. From high tech laser scanning to restorative epoxies.

• No doubt the economy has had a great influence on restoration. The throw away attitude of the past has been replaced with a desire for permanence and value. Look at the green trend. What’s more green than keeping things in use? Using natural traditional materials? We are getting away from the cheap, fake, look alike furnishings and celebrating the pieces of the past that are well made and worth reviving. FYI

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What is the age range of the rugs that are in need of restoration?

The age is not the problem; more important is how the rug has been tread on. – Kazem Fatahi / Owner After each piece is carefully restored, there is no trace of irregularity.

Our founding father, Forenc Wohner established the business back in Europe. Specializing in fireplace mantle restorations, hand carved period mirrors and custom hardwood doors.

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Are the original materials incorporated in the restoration process?

Yes. Matching its fibers, colors and patterns is no easy task; however our skilled professionals are known for their great attention to detail and craftsmanship. – KF

Is the value of the rug compromised once it’s restored?

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No. It is like teeth, it is best to take care of them regularly than to have to replace them! – KF With our expertise, tools and talent we can restore any piece to looking the way it did before.

Some recommendations from Kazem Fatahi – Clean the rug every 3-5 years • Use the right pad and change it every 5-7 years • Rotate the rug every year to get even traffic • Repair the rug as soon as you notice any problem


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Bol Architecture

Alexander A. Bol is the founding principal of . He received his architectural degree from Pratt Institute and is a registered architect in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. He has provided design services for a wide range of historic sites

including Drumthwacket (the Governor’s Residence), The Bernards Inn (Bernardsville), The Publick House (Chester), The Dusenberry House (Chatham) and the original home constructed by Stewart Hartshorn when he started the community of Short Hills.


Typically the greatest challenges with restoration projects are the budget restraints. Refinishing deteriorated floors, walls, ceilings, etc. and reproducing missing casings, chair rails, balusters etc., is more costly than purchasing stock items. Certainly contracts cannot be awarded based solely on low bids. attributes of a preservationist: The

architect must truly enjoy the history of the building. Every time I visit a historic



building, I speculate on why various features were designed and how the original occupants lived and entertained there.

In many cases property owners are directed toward restoration and preservation by the communities. Most urban and numerous suburban towns now have historic districts and/or preservation committees that review proposed changes to the older structures under their jurisdiction. Bol Architecture 251 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 908.464.9100


Mostly everything on the farm —

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eople invariably say the same thing about Sweet Sourland Farm. “This place feels like a different world.” Upon pulling off Route 518, a major road that funnels commuters from Pennsylvania to Central Jersey, those who have come for homemade maple syrup find themselves on a gravel driveway, greeted by Tibetan prayer flags waving in the wind. Beautiful wooden structures highlight a sloping landscape, until the farm transitions into the forest it borders. Solar panels grace several of the rooftops. Depending on the season, goats graze in a pasture, songbirds relax on a fence post, or earthy smoke rises from the chimney of the sugarhouse. Wind chimes are heard jangling, no matter where you travel on the property. At this small farm in Hopewell Township, NJ, the ambiance didn’t just happen by chance. It is by design. “They say in gardening you should have ‘outside rooms’ in your garden,” says Chuck Katzenbach, the farmer here. “Our whole place is an outside room. You come in the driveway, and you’re in a different room.” To call Katzenbach a farmer is simplifying things a bit. In the late 60s, he studied religion at Princeton University, but spent much of his time painting and thinking about art. He figured he might go into public relations or law, but instead ended up working construction. Soon he had his own construction company, designing, building, and renovating homes throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. When Katzenbach wasn’t building for others, he built for himself. “I can’t help myself,” he says. “I have a passion for putting stuff together. The only thing that holds me back is I know that anything I build, the township will come running in and tax me like crazy. So I have to watch what I build.” Katzenbach, now 63, has been semi-retired for 13 years, and he devotes much of this busy retirement to small-scale farming activities, including maple sugaring, raising meat goats, and harvesting lumber from the property’s plantation of white pine trees. Mostly everything on the farm — the goat shed, the sugar house, the workshop – he built by hand, often using recycled materials from on and off the farm. That includes his house, which is a Moravian log home that was disassembled in Berks County, Pa., before it was to be destroyed by a dam project. In 1984, Katzenbach bought the pieces and figured out how to put them back together. “My father called it the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle,” Katzenbach recalls. Fortunately for Chuck Katzenbach, his wife, Bru, has been tirelessly supportive of his penchant for building, tinkering, and using the farm for many diverse purposes all at once. “It’s a whole fabric of energy, food production, independence,” Bru says. “And that’s basically our motivator. He’s created a whole environment according to his aesthetics, and our shared aesthetics, and it is a special, beautiful place.” The exploration of aesthetics remains central to Katzenbach’s life. When he’s not building something, tapping maple trees or feeding goats, he’s often found in his studio painting colorful, swirling geometric patterns on re-purposed sheets of glass, a style that appears to be all his own. “I work mostly oil on glass, which is kind of an unusual medium,” he says. “I’ve always worked off of a center core. I’ve always liked pieces that help you to focus. It’s almost a working meditation for me when I paint.” Another Katzenbach hallmark is to blur the boundary between artwork and an artwork’s frame. At a recent gallery exhibit in Lambertville, NJ, Katzenbach used old bicycle wheels to frame circular paintings that resemble colorful bicycle spokes. Much of his artwork lives in the third dimension, and because he uses glass so often, it tends to stare back. Katzenbach concludes, “If you can catch a person with something that just grabs them, and they start looking at it, and they go in it a little bit more, and a little bit further, and a little bit deeper, you hope you can touch them.” In the end, Chuck Katzenbach just hopes he can persuade people to slow down for a moment, and focus.

Righty or Lefty? Righty. Beverage of Choice? Cranberry and water. Favorite Food? Breads. Favorite Local Restaurant? Dosa Grill, North Brunswick. Prefer Intimate Dinners or Large Gatherings? Intimate. If You Could Have Dinner With Anyone in History, With Whom Would It Be? Buddha. If You Could Have Dinner With Anyone Living, With Whom Would It Be? The Dalai Llama.


Chuck Katzenbach’s artwork can be viewed at the Artist’s Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. More info: Sweet Sourland Farm 90 Lambertville Hopewell Road Hopewell, NJ 08525 609-466-9241


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Or at least the wallpaper can. In 1990, the Carters set out to develop an active collection of historically accurate wallpapers with the express purpose of providing this unusual but necessary service to curators and preservationists. Since then, their son Paul has joined the family-run business, taking over the general management. Carter & Company’s historical wallpapers are reproduced from documents that are sometimes little more than wallpaper fragments found in rat’s nests or 19th century black and white photographs. The Carters don’t use computers to replicate original patterns. All work is done painstakingly by hand, from the master drawing through hand-cut separations, color-mixing and silk-screen printing. As in all fine art, there are indefinable qualities that bring these works of art to life, an essence that cannot be “scanned”. The long and arduous process of recreating these wallpapers requires artistic skill, a highly developed understanding of color, and infinite patience in order to duplicate the original pattern exactly as it was. While Carter & Company is a small business, their projects can be large. They’ve just recently completed wallpapering the sets of the upcoming Steven Spielberg biographical drama Lincoln. Argine said the Lincoln project is a good example of the kind of eye for detail they have to have in their line of work. Much like forensics, they had to establish the actual size of Lincoln’s head in a tattered photo in order to establish the authentic size of the wallpaper border behind him. Although American designs dominate – following the trail of settlers in the Midwest, Colorado, California and Alaska, their growing collection includes unusual Anglo-Japanese designs and several wallpaper patterns from England and France. Currently, the collection includes over 300 patterns. All wallpapers are available to order • 18-inch width rolls • Prices are based solely on number of colors used • Visit their site at • 1.804.254.4777





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The home, once a 9,500 square-foot Tudor, now a sprawling Victorian, includes large balconies - one with a huge brick fireplace, a heated floor and a sunken Jacuzzi – spacious rooms with hardwood floors, an elevator from the 1930s, even an indoor basketball court.

ut then again, what the Morristown-based restaurateur likes is real, great, collectible art; the kind of art that people now visit his spacious home to buy for their own collections. American art for Design, owned by Chutko and managed by his girlfriend, Linda Tartaglia, is a private, appointment-only art gallery. In every room is art. Hanging, propped up, framed and unframed, all sizes, all shapes, all colors, the art is the focal point of the home, which is itself a focal point. The whole effect is a juxtaposition of an art gallery that doubles as a home, and home that’s also an art gallery. There is little additional décor and even the furniture, save for Chutko’s office from which he runs several Papa John’s pizza shops and the newly opened Don’s, is minimal. Part of what makes Chutko’s art collection so notable is the artists whose


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work is showcased. These are the artists known only to hard-core aficionados. Whether overlooked, forgotten over time, or otherwise overshadowed by their more commercially successful peers, these works have found their way out of obscurity and into Chutko’s possession. Chutko first got into art collecting in 1990, while attending a football game at DelBarton, his alma mater. He was talking with a friend who had left school to become an artist. He showed Chutko some photographs of his work, and later introduced him to an art collector in Morristown. “It just resonated with me,” Chutko said. “I have never been formally trained in art, but my eye started to develop as I bought pieces I liked.” He started collecting pieces from the 50s and began to favor works of the Pennsylvania Impressionists, a movement from the early part of the 20th century that Chutko describes as “a little more rugged and not as cutesy and pretty as Monet.” The artist most prominently featured in Chutko’s gallery is Marjorie Strider, the first female pop artist. One wall on the main floor of the house was built specifically for a triptych by Strider, a contemporary of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The piece, called “Beach Girl,” features a pin-up model in a yellow bikini, complete with threedimensional breasts. Strider, whom Chutko says is regarded as the Georgia O’Keefe of pop art, was a celebrated artist in the 60s and was featured on the cover of the Village Voice six times before fading into relative obscurity. (The gallery where she was exhibiting threw her out after she wanted to make the necessary changes to her work that would enable her to grow as an artist.) Now in her late 70s and still living and working in New York, Strider has been rediscovered, in large part due to Chutko, who now owns all but two pieces of her work. She has since been featured in prominent art magazines, and an art critic for New York Magazine wrote that her work should be in a museum, not a private collection. “I used to just collect, but now I love sharing it with other collectors,” Chutko said. “Sometimes people will see a piece and know nothing about the artist, then end up collecting their work, which is where I started.”

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Whether we crave small-town magic or big-time mountains, we all have our hearts set on something different when we house-hunt in the Garden State.


MAyberry Time Travel A day spent in Chester is like an afternoon with Andy and Aunt Bee. The town is a magnet for Sunday drives, pumpkin-picking and ice cream eating, and is loved for its American-as-apple-pie architecture. Bill Byrne, architect for Byrne Design Associates, works and lives in Chester. “You get the great classic Main Street here that people really long for these days,” he says. It’s lined with antique shops, new and historic restaurants and a sweet spot called Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor. “Taylor’s is really a landmark,” says Byrne. “Families walk or drive over. It feels like you’re going back in time. And to say I like the vanilla sounds boring, but it’s just so good. It’s homemade.”Chester residents and builders guard the town’s traditions, too. “The historic committee is very diligent,” says Byrne, who says most homes stay true to the late 1800s architecture. His office is in a restored home that was built around 1870 – the wide-plank pine floors are still intact. And the work Byrne does in the Chester/Mendham area is time-sensitive. “I’ve always liked classic American architecture,” he says. “I’m into wraparound porches, not contemporary arches.” This is fertile farm country, too. There’s a community garden, where residents can pay a small fee to farm a plot of land in a shared space—and the town’s growing – Text by Alice Garbarini Hurley Photographs by Bill Byrne agritourism draws visitors to corn mazes and the annual summer Peach Festival.

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There’s a reason why presidents and senators choose vacation spots like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. These quiet New England towns offer peaceful solitude – the perfect place to escape from the stresses of the world and reconnect with family and friends in elegant yet relaxed surroundings. In 2006, a 50-something businessman who had recently sold his distribution company dreamed of retreating to his own New England or Hamptons beach paradise. But with children and family nearby, he wasn’t in a position to move out of the state. Instead, he sold his Bergen County home and purchased a newly built cedar-shake Nantucket-style colonial in affluent Rumson, New Jersey.

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hen I purchased the home, I viewed it as a summer retreat,” he said. “It’s one of those houses that if you want to be surrounded by family and friends, it lends itself to that. But there are enough private places, so that if you want to cuddle up with a favorite book, you’re able to do that too.” It took the buyer only about two minutes to decide to purchase the still unfinished home at 42 Wardell Avenue – which, at the time, was about 90 percent completed. The new homeowner made a handful of upgrades, including replacing fixtures and adding granite countertops and higher-end appliances to the kitchen. He also invested several hundred thousand in landscaping, most notably a pond, ornamental pear trees and exotic evergreens. When it came time to decorate the 4,600-square-foot home, the owner opted for simple elegant pieces in warm hues of ivory, beige and brown. He likens the home – both interior and exterior – to the Hamptons beach house featured in the 2003 romantic comedy “Something’s Gotta Give,” starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. From an architectural standpoint, the highlight of the four-bedroom home is the open airy layout that lets in an abundance of light. The home features seven full-length double-glass doors, making it easy to enjoy the outdoors from virtually any first-floor room. “Whenever anyone walks in the house, they always say how bright the home is and how many windows it has,” he said. “I always have the blinds open. The first thing I do every morning is let the sun shine in.” At its heart, the home is designed for living. The spacious rooms are arranged to create an inclusive and inviting atmosphere whether cooking, entertaining or whiling away a lazy weekend afternoon.

In the summer, the owner is fond of hosting family and friends at outdoor barbeques and get-togethers. The home features a game room, wet bar, two fireplaces (one gas and one wood burning), spa-like master bathroom and partially finished basement. One of the more dramatic elements is a circular room, now used as a music/rehearsal room. And while the home is the perfect place to entertain, it’s also conducive for day-to-day living. It features a laundry room conveniently located right off the master bedroom, as well as large closets, spacious attic with ample storage, and an oversized three-car garage. Home to legendary musician Bruce Springsteen, Rumson, while not as well known as the Hamptons or Martha’s Vineyard, is no less charming or gracious. The home is situated on a quiet block shared by many young families. And even though it’s not a beach-front property, it is just one-half block from one of Monmouth County’s most prized recreational destinations: the Navesink River. “There are walkways right on the Navesink River that are very beautiful and tranquil,” the homeowner said. “One of the nicest features is the long walkway around the park. It really makes you feel like you’re in a remote area.”


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hen they built this home, the owners of 14 Marie Major Drive envisioned a welcoming estate on a wide swath of country property – in an upscale town where their three children could get a fine education and the family could live long sunny days, entertaining, playing tennis and swimming, all just 15 miles away by car from glittery midtown Manhattan. “We designed our home with a lot of attention and we’ve maintained it impeccably. We update things constantly. Our tennis court was redone two years ago, along with the pool and the exterior stucco. Everything is really looked after,” says the homeowner, an artist whose oil paintings grace the walls. You can picture her dabbling to get the perfect palette. “I love the movement in oil, because you can build up color,” she says. She, her husband and decorators built up the layers of beauty quite carefully in every detail of this estate modeled on a Tuscan home. You’ll find soaring ceilings and dramatic use of exotic stone, woods, copper, slate and onyx. Outside, breathe deeply on the 2.2 acres and picture white climbing hydrangeas by the deck, a purple cloak of wisteria on the terrace in spring, ornamental cherry trees and a lily-covered Japanese koi pond by the pool. SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW “Ours is possibly the only post-modern home in Alpine,” she says. “We found ways to combine classic with new. Post-modern never gets old.”Fireplaces are a timeless detail, but the ones here are anything but traditional, except that the chimneys are copper-clad outside. In the media

room/office, the fireplace apron is fashioned from stone with striking fossils of trilobites – ocean life dating back millions of years. And the most warmly received hearths of all are in the adjoining kitchen and family room, where a two-sided raised fireplace shows a different chic mantel depending on which room you’re in. RARE FINDS The modern two-floor guest wing with spiral staircase has its own inside entrance near the living room; the quarters are so private, they feel like a luxury boutique hotel. The art gallery, bathed in natural light, is an impressive asset and the formal dining room beckons with floor-to-ceiling windows and 21 princely built-in drawers for your silver service. In the sleek kitchen, the floor is stunning China Lotus fossilized stone. “I handpicked every stone like it was in a palette,” the artist says. Best of all, there’s another smaller, fully equipped kitchen right off the main one. The littler “cucina” has a glass pass-through for caterers and is also wildly appealing to families with personal chefs or divided dietary restrictions that require them to keep kosher, eat vegetarian or embrace a gluten-free diet. The great hall, an open, airy space that doubles as a conservatory in winter, was designed to let the sun shine through expansive windows and a pyramid skylight. “The Egyptians believed that the pyramid point brings in healing properties,” the artist notes. Check that off as one more picture-perfect detail in this tranquil Alpine masterpiece. Life is good.


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Alpine is a mecca for those who want privacy and luxe space yet it also extends a safe, small-town feeling – neighbors pass at the post office when they go to get their mail. Last year, named Alpine’s zip code, 07620, the priciest in the country based on median home prices, surpassing California’s elite 94027. The best news, though, is that despite the price of a golden house key here, Alpine’s property tax rate is the lowest in Bergen County. For additional photos and information on this and other ASP1RE featured homes, go to


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On a quiet rural country lane, in a picture perfect setting, sits a meticulously restored early American Colonial beauty that overlooks an enormous pond with a weeping willow tree, a rushing brook and waterfall. This classic, architectural gem, circa 1760, was originally a storage facility at one of the local Bailey family’s grist and sawmills. And like almost every wooden mill across America at that time, it was destroyed by fire. This is the only structure that survived. Its massive frame was built with slow, labor-intensive, post-and-beam construction, using heavy timbers joined by wooden pegs and hand-made nails. It was converted into a single-family residence in the early 19th century when balloon-frame construction was invented. Using two major innovations of the Industrial Revolution—pre-cut milled lumber and mass-produced, factory-made nails— this newer, faster, more economical method of construction changed building techniques everywhere forever. Originally the entrance and main rooms were on the second floor, because the front of the house was set into the side of a hill. The bedrooms were above on the third floor and below, the ground floor was left unfinished for decades. In the 1930s the kitchen was moved downstairs and soon the other rooms followed. Thirteen years ago, this wonderful property had been languishing on the market for some time. It had become somewhat of a white elephant, because over the years previous owners put their own imprint on the interior, which included among other misguided choices, painting the hand-crafted chestnut paneling a bright shade of baby blue and covering over a fireplace with a bookcase. Prospective buyers thought it needed far too much work to make it conducive for today’s family lifestyle. The current homeowner, who was previously a stay-at-home-mom and a corporate wife, was looking for a country home large enough to accommodate her ever-growing family. Now, out on her own after a 42-year marriage, she was also looking for a hands-on project. She remembered her first impression, “I was absolutely stunned by the gorgeous setting and the classically beautiful proportions of the house, but having worked on a few other fixer-uppers, I could tell this wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. I needed time to try and figure out how to bring it up to date, but to be mindful that the renovation be true to the tenets of early American Colonial design.” Since the house had been generating little to no interest whatsoever on the market, the seller shrewdly offered her complete access to the property whenever she wanted. She took him up on his offer and spent the next year trying to see if it was possible to bring the property back to life without breaking the bank. “It was a tough decision because the house really needed a lot of work.



All my friends and family thought I should just tear it down and start over. But I knew if I didn’t rescue this wonderful treasure, the next person to come along and fall in love with this beautiful spot would indeed tear it down. Picturing a McMansion on this historic site sealed my determination.” She bought the property and with the help of local craftsmen began the renovation; replacing the roof, taking down walls to make the rooms more free flowing, adding closet space, widening doorways and updating the baths, kitchen and all the mechanicals. And talk about hands on. Everyone thought the original windows which had really seen better days should be replaced with newer models. She thought otherwise, and personally, with her very own hands, restored every single, original, hand-blown, wavy-glass window in the house. There were 40 in all. In 1903, Stately Homes of America described the American colonial style as “houses of quiet people of good taste.” Apropos, this house features every hallmark of traditional, early American colonial design, with its mix of small and wide plank pine, chestnut and oak floors, chestnut moldings and trim, huge stone fireplaces, handcrafted cabinetry and the original hand-blown windows. It is truly like stepping back in time. Now, with 12-rooms, five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and five fireplaces on three full floors of living space, the restoration is really something to behold. The spacious living room with oak floors, fireplace, multiple seating areas, and antique one-of-a-kind sleigh coffee table, overlooks the pond and the willow tree. The authentic, period dining room with its Windsor chairs, rag rug, walk-in fireplace, and hand-forged, wrought-iron chandelier is straight out of Williamsburg. The breakfast room with another huge, stone fireplace with a brick oven, and period chestnut paneling rescued from the original mill owner’s private home, is adjacent to a designer, country kitchen with every modern-day amenity. Upstairs is the master suite, with a fireplace, sitting room, and master bath with luxurious soaking tub, plus two bedrooms with en-suite baths. On the third floor there is an office and two more bedrooms that share a bath. A greenhouse, a workshop and three-car garage with a two-bedroom apartment above, also occupy the property. On ten beautifully landscaped acres, in addition to the pond with the weeping willow, the running brook that the kids swim in all summer, and the waterfall, are multi-level, terraced gardens with stone steps, walls and patios. The proud homeowner said, “It’s taken me over a decade, and a king’s ransom, to make this all look as if I didn’t do a thing; like it’s been here forever. It’s very satisfying to know this historic jewel is here for a new generation to experience and enjoy. That’s really the payoff.”



The spacious living room with oak floors, fireplace, multiple seating areas, and antique one-of-a-kind sleigh coffee table overlooks the pond and the willow tree.


The authentic period dining room with its Windsor chairs, rag rug, walk-in fireplace, and hand-forged, wrought-iron chandelier is straight out of Williamsburg. / The breakfast room with another huge, stone fireplace with a brick oven, and period chestnut paneling rescued from the original mill owners private home.



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Open Sesame an open floor plan lends this home to any style, and the living is easy.




franklin lakes of new jersey As a world traveler, admirer and collector of the arts, homeowner Suzanne Levy designed this house around pieces of furniture and art that she and her husband Mark collected over the years. The new home was kept within much the same footprint as the previous house, but the entire house has been redone. The original house was a 1950’s expanded ranch with no hallways, which didn’t lend it to showing art. So the couple designed and built a new home; the result is this contemporary Colonial with gables, dormers and a steeply pitched roof, partially clad in a textured stone in gold and grey tones. Together with the wide bluestone walkway, the exterior is earthy yet sophisticated; a look that fits in with the natural setting of the home upon a rise. Text by Amy Holl Ahearn Photography by Front Door Photography/Ryan Damiano


CUSTOM CONTEMPORARY COLONIALFRANKLIN LAKES NJ Suzanne enlisted the help of Poggenpohl to execute her vision of the kitchen in a contemporary vein. The kitchen is designed with modern doors in a natural cherry veneer. The ceiling has a tray, embedded with LED-colored lighting, creating chromotherapy; a sense of well-being and calmness. The floors are large-sized ceramic tile with radiant heating. Discreet patterns appear here and there to add emphasis. The countertop, honed and textured black granite, wraps the top and sides of the nearly ten foot long island. A stainless steel chimney hood is anchored over the professional-style cooktop in the island; the duo then neatly balanced by a 42-inch built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator on one wall, and a stainless steel appliance garage on the opposite wall. A double Wolf oven and ergonomically raised, paneled dishwasher complete the high-end fittings. The kitchen easily accommodates two cooks or a caterer; the extra wide aisles allow for unencumbered tasks at any workstation. In an interior room off the kitchen is the homeowner’s office. The study area contains three separate computer areas with storage above and below for each of Suzanne’s two daughters and a separate space for her businesses. The offices create a “T” in the area behind the kitchen, producing a galley office and a straight wall office. Just off the kitchen is the family room with its fireplace surrounded by a striking stone and glass tile. Another tray ceiling outlines the seating area below, and frames the handsome light fixture. Ample windows on two sides flood the room with natural light. There’s a wet bar in one corner of the family room which straddles both family room and pass-through from the front hall to the kitchen. With seating on the living room side, the working side is positioned prominently in the hallway opposite a floor-to-ceiling row of frosted glass display cases illuminated from the inside. The effect of the light’s translucence and nearopaqueness is quite stunning. But let’s be clear here. Lighting was an integral and ever-present thought in Suzanne’s mind when designing this home. There are no random lamps here and there; no haphazardly tossed cans in the ceiling; no afterthought. Every lighting fixture in its type, shape, placement, angle, niche, texture and brightness was carefully thought out and exquisitely executed. Suzanne has taken great care and effort to create a comprehensive lighting experience within the home. The design of this home was Post-Modern with a geometric bent, in that the rooms have vertical and horizontal elements which create not only visual interest, but form a revealing effect, whereby you feel one room is leading to another, exposing open space with natural light pouring in one room, flowing to the next. The dining room which is one of the front rooms has plentiful natural light, warm cherry wood flooring and a built-in drop-down server of quarter-sawn oak. Another sweet element of the dining room is a lighted art niche. Across the foyer, three large windows in the front living room offset a wood burning fireplace with a stone façade the entire length of its wall. The first-floor bath has a large walkin shower and a trough cement sink custom-made for the homeowner, which she designed. There’s a separate entrance to the studio/in-law suite/au pair suite - take your pick - the space is versatile yet conforming. A three season back porch, with an octagonal shape, finishes off the first floor. Its windows overlook a built-in pool, waterfall, and travertine stone patio. There is a hookup for a wet bar. The back room off the kitchen and back porch are well-suited as a maid’s quarters or au pair room. Stackable laundry and plenty of floor to ceiling storage add further functionality to the space. A well-designed full bath with a Carrera marble vanity top and a pebble shower floor invites the bather to quiet pampering. The homeowner definitely has her favorite materials which were used in the fitting-out of this home. They include glass, ceramic tile, natural stone, concrete, various woods and even cork. The mixing and intermingling of these materials required a masterful and steady eye. With a home this size it would have been easy to overdo any one element superfluously, but this homeowner cum designer used restraint and discernment when tapping her materials. We pass back through the front hall with its ceramic slate tile in a bold, oversized scale. As we climb the stairs to the second floor a custom metal banister interwoven with metal branches leads the way. Once arrived, we are met with golden, gleaming bamboo wood flooring throughout the hallway of the second-floor, a large section of which hallway is open to the front foyer. There are three separate suites on the second story, complete with laundry room. The Master Suite is a dream. As you walk in you step onto soundabsorbing cork flooring and a huge dressing area. From this space radiates the Master Bedroom, Master Bath, and His and Hers walk-in closets. The Master Bedroom itself has textured carpet, a tray ceiling with LED Chroma lights (as in the kitchen) and a large window with perfectly appointed silhouette window treatments. 62





The dining room which is one of the front rooms has plentiful natural light, warm cherry wood flooring and a built-in drop-down server of quarter-sawn oak.




“It’s almost like a car, it’s obscene,” said the homeowner as she sidled up to the tub.

Recessed over the bed is more lighting. The Master Bath is spa-like in its size and fittings, with cabinetry by Poggenpohl. There is a detached water closet with more frosted glass enclosing you in privacy. The large walk-in shower has a rain shower head and handheld shower, along with an integrated bench. It is surrounded by frosted glass. The tub is what is referred to in the design industry, as “sculptural”, a stand-alone Contemporary art form that is the focal point of the room. “It’s almost like a car, it’s obscene,” was the quote from the homeowner as she sidled up to the tub. Of course the blue slate floor has radiant heating. His and hers sinks occupy either side of the room with complementary his and hers storage. There is plenty of room in there for two at a time, with room to spare. Having traveled extensively, including Rwanda, Cambodia, Israel, Europe, India and China, the couple collects wherever they go and bring their treasures back home. The homeowner’s parents were very artsy and traveled, “Wherever there was a landing strip for a twin-engine plane they would go.” She likens her parents to Charles and Ray Eames, the fabulous designer couple who were at the forefront of Mid-Century Modern design. That design sensibility is totally reflected in the furnishings and artwork that Suzanne and Mark have collected. Getting back to the rest of the suite, his closet is an impressive 11’ x 15’, with ample drawers, an island and abundant shoe storage; a man could get lost in this closet. It could double as a man cave. Her closet is even bigger. Large and L-shaped and very bright, the storage is more extensive than His and the island much bigger. The present homeowner also has a desk and chaise in her closet, which fit quite comfortably. The lighting is bright and plentiful, and is enhanced by a small eyebrow window in the front of the house. Not far off the master suite is another bedroom with a full bath and adjoining sitting room. This bedroom is accessed by a couple of stairs that are illuminated from the sides. As we make our way down the hallway off to the right in the front of the house is a large, bright laundry room. The laundry room is a well-designed “wet room” with a drain in the middle of the artistically tiled floor. There is abundant storage via base and wall cabinetry, and a deep laundry tub. At the other end of the house is the third suite which consists of a large bedroom, large full bath and a walk-in custom closet with an architectural porthole window. This window, according to the homeowner, was worth designing not only for its aesthetic value to the outside of the home, but inside the window provides natural light to the closet. This detail of the window in the closet evokes the design and charm reminiscent of homes built in a bygone era when craftsmanship ruled the day. Suzanne felt that and wanted to capture that feeling in this home. And she has succeeded splendidly. The bathroom has classic black and white tile throughout, and is fitted out for even the most discerning teenager or in-law. The bedroom has wall-to-wall leopard carpeting which works quite well in the space; and a niche in the corner with a builtin desk is perfect for concentrated study or for writing those long put off letters. A three car garage with maintenance-free flooring and a large finished basement with plenty of storage and closets make this house the perfect fit for a large, active family, or a sports enthusiast or hobbyist. The house and grounds easily accommodate large crowds for concerts, which the homeowner gives on a regular basis. Crestron® surround-sound is installed on the entire first floor, the basement and the Master Suite. An old friend, musician James Maddoch, was rediscovered and enticed to play at the home, which he did, both indoors and out, on several occasions. The family holds their holidays here, where 30 people in the kitchen for dinner is not uncommon, and there being no need for the “kids’ table” because a long table stretched out can reach all the way into the dining room. Light and space are testament to the Post-modern design sensibility embraced by the homeowner. Although the spaces can lend themselves to a more contemporary aesthetic, there is no doubt traditional furnishings could move right in to this immaculate home. In function and form, this home is a treasure. For additional photos and information on this and other ASP1RE featured homes, go to



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PAYITFORWARD hey’ve been cheered on and admired. They’ve competed on sunny spring days and in stormy weather. They’ve been photographed, petted and admired. They’ve made some people millionaires and sent others home with empty pockets. But through it all, thoroughbreds run. And run. And run. Until, in fact, they can’t run any more. That’s when ReRun gets involved. “Our mission is the race off the racetrack,” Laurie Condurso-Lane says of the organization that aides and cares for thoroughbreds after their established race days are over. The goal isn’t auction or a slaughterhouse for these impressive animals: instead, with ReRun it’s to define a new life away from the track. And what a life many of them have. They go on to be show jumpers, trail horses or, if injured, spend their days in green pastures. It is a life filled with warmth, friendship, love and a bond that only a horse and owner share. Yet in the Tri-state region, the law of supply and demand is evident. Because there are so many tracks, the retired thoroughbreds are not truly valued. “They’re easy to come by around here and so they’re not a unique species,” says Condurso-Lane. “People in the show community turn their nose up to a horse off the racetrack but they don’t realize how incredible these animals can be. They don’t even give them a chance.” Thankfully for the thoroughbreds, with the help of ReRun, that attitude is slowly evolving. “In the south, especially the Carolinas, a thoroughbred off the track is something people are in awe of because there are no tracks there.” In fact, it was 17 years ago when Condurso-Lane was placing her own family’s racehorse that she first encountered the ReRun program. Her dad is a jockey and the family owns horses, but not a farm. And so when one of their favorites, Mexiteriat, grandson of the famed Secretariat, was retired from the track, they wanted a good home. The challenge was great. He was a bit of a handful, often disagreeing with show ponies, and he needed space. Mexiteriat ultimately went to Emma’s farm in Kentucky, a 50-acre facility filled with lots of love and four other ReRun horses. “After talking with the ReRun co-founder, I realized there’s nothing like this here for people in our situation,” says Condurso-Lane. Since each ReRun program is unique to a state, she decided to start a chapter in New Jersey. The need was immediate, and only continues to expand, especially now that ReRun has been named the on-site program for Monmouth Racetrack. “I’m so happy NCRA is saying tracks have to be responsible and Monmouth has really stepped up to the plate. They do whatever they can.” But a shift

in thoroughbred racing, from a seasonal to year-round sport is impacting the animals. ReRun’s load has grown from an inaugural two in 1995 to its current caseload average of 20. “If you go back to the old way of racing that li’l guy just ran forever. They’d race at the track for four months and lay them up – they rested on the farm. But now these horses are run 12-months a year. Of course they’re going to break down,” says Condurso-Lane. The typical retirement age has gone from nine to five. She believes part of the shift is because ownership trends have changed. “They’re not horse people, they’re more like young stock market people. They listen to the trainer and a lot of the new owners don’t know a trainer has a financial gain to keep a horse running.” She would like to see ownership requirements include plans for a horse’s care after the track, a type of 401K. “I’m a little jaded, but my feeling is we’re not educating owners well enough. They’re probably going to be left with an end product that is not going to produce, and the horses wind up getting the short end of the stick.” So that’s where ReRun steps in. At any given time the non-profit group has a six-to-nine member board that is driven by nothing more than a love of horses. Since there is no staff, the organization relies on the volunteer board members for its direction and success in caring for the horses and fundraising, which includes an annual horse show and a golf outing. “None of our people ever really leave; they’re so passionate about what they do. Even when their term is up they’re still very involved.” ReRun services in New Jersey include rehabilitation, placement in foster farms and satellite farms and, of course, veterinarian services. Of course, the health of the horses once they leave the tracks varies greatly. “Some horses coming off are so torn up there’s nothing left of them,” says Condurso-Lane. In a worst-case scenario, they are euthanized. Others become pasture horses, where owners feed, pet and groom them simply because they love horses. But in a down economy, it’s a luxury few people can afford, and ReRun has felt the impact trying to place the beautiful animals. “Over the course of 16 years I’ve worn every hat at ReRun, but I’ve always been adoption coordinator,” says Condurso-Lane. “When they come into the program I look in on them and know who they are. I’m the paper shuffler, but the farm managers are just phenomenal. They’re out there every day mucking out the stalls. They’re just incredible.” They care, feed and board the ReRun horse until the real goal is achieved and a permanent home can be found for the thoroughbred. “For some people the sport of horse racing is their first love,” says Condurso-Lane. “But we really need to separate loving the animal from the sport.”

I am so grateful to have found my forever friend, Saintly Sir. He is the sweetest boy and I love him dearly. He is not only sweet but willing, intelligent and absolutely gorgeous. His personality is like no other. He has recently started to run over to the fence when he sees me or when I call him. It’s so cute and he seems to be so happy. “Saintly Sir”

If it were not for ReRun, I would never have found him. • PO Box 113 Helmetta, NJ 08828 • 732-521-1370 •


Floor Plans


First Floor

Upon approach to the long, tree-lined driveway, one gets the immediate sense of


Greenbaum Interiors

2. Dreyer’s Design Gallery 3. Barbara Ostrom Associates 4. M. Frederick, LLC 5. Interior Decisions, Inc.


6. Papyrus Home Design LLC

7. Pabrique LLC 8.

Kenneth/Davis, Inc.


Butler’s of Far Hills, Inc.

having traveled back in time to arrive at a

10. Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors, Ltd.

centuries-old Elizabethan Tudor castle in the


English countryside with an imposing fortified

entrance and majestic stained glass windows

Morgan House Interiors


13. Spring Street Dezigns

Lane’s End Decorative Arts

haute bungalow

stretching high upon its façade. It was a time when monarchs reigned supreme and gallant

knights on horses stood guard...welcome to

Second Floor


The Women’s Association of Morristown

Medical Center proudly presents its 16th Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens at Glynallyn. Proceeds will be directed toward the new Inpatient Hospice

and Palliative Care Center at Morristown Medical Center.


Nancee Brown Interiors


British Home Emporium


Danielle Ann Millican, Inc.


Houndstooth LLC


Jodie O’ Designs, LLC


Diane Durocher Interiors, Inc.


Interiors at 40 Main


M. R. Sferra Interior Design


Curren Design Associates, Inc.




Hastings Designs


Anthony Albert Studios



Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery


Fun House Furnishings & Design


Accents by Design


Susan Cohan Gardens, LLC


Re-Feather Your Nest Decorating LLC


Lori Jacobsen Design / The Repurposed Home

Designer Sales Office NJ ASID Student Affairs Committee


Canterbury Design


La Jolie Maison


Mediterranean Tile & Marble


Stirling Interiors


Patina Painted Finishes & Murals

Glynallyn Floor Plans courtesy of Kapuscinski-Luongo Architects

Third Floor

24. Broadfoot & Broadfoot 25. Kerry Seely Design 26. Maria Bevill Interiors 27. Gacek Design Group 28. Linda Benson Interiors 29. Affordable Closets Plus, LLC 30. Olsen Design

Garden Site Plan 1. Cashman Landscape


Management and Design Inc.

2. Nature’s Apprentice, LLC 3. Finishing Touch Landscape Construction 4.

Sterling Horticultural Services

5. The Potted Garden 6. Back to Nature 7. Garden State Groundskeeping, Inc. 8. Cording Landscape Design 9. 10. 11.

Tree-Tech, Inc. Lakeland Landscaping Company John Cortese Mason Contractors Davies Associates Landscape Architects Spademan Fabrications, LLC


Forlenza Landscape & Lawn Care, LLC


NatureScape Lighting


Grounds Keeper, inc. CST Design Group, LLC


Curb Appeal Design LLC


The Fredco Group, LLC


Laracca Landscaping Glynallyn Garden Site Plan courtesy of Cording Landscape Design


Glynallyn Primer

M IM Designer Profiles For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond to and balance one another. AndrĂŠe Putman


MIM 2012 Marketing & Journal Sponsor All Mansion In May before photographs courtesy of Wing Wong, Memories TTL 70


Sagri Freiber


What I like best about participating at the Mansion In May is the unique challenges it always presents. For the Glynallyn Drawing Room one wall was offset in two directions with respect to the fireplace. I overcame this problem by installing a floor-to-ceiling fascia around the fireplace. Not only does the Mansion in May offer us the opportunity to demonstrate our talent but we are doing it all for a worthy cause. Sagri Freiber is known for designing elegant interiors. She works closely with her clients to create unique spaces that reflect their individuality andstyle. Accents by Design offers full-service decorative and design services including extraordinary custom-made window treatments, and specially selected accents for the home in the English and French traditions. 2493 Lamington Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921 (908) 234-9425 •


Anthony Passanante CKD, CBD, Allied ASID

Anthony Albert Studios

THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 31 Anthony Passanante Anthony Albert Studios TUDOR GLAM

Most of my inspiration for this bathroom came from the beautiful architecture of this home. I felt the space needed to be fresh and glamorous. I / was 3 chose the check pattern floor for it’s classic style and the texture that it brings to the space. The color palette for the wall finishes were taken from paragraphs these tiles. A sheen was given to the dark ceiling to have a reflective quality and the walls remain lighter to keep the space fresh and have contrast too long to with the cabinetry. / A rich walnut with burled center panels was chosen for the cabinetry. The cabinet doors have multiple panels that you will see do that in the architecture through out the interior of the home. The linen cabinet has a Gothic arch top with a leaded motif antique mirror as the center panel. This Gothic arch you will see repeated through out this home. The crown detail on this cabinet resembles brackets on the exterior and the marble top gives it a unique feel. / You will see a lot of beautiful antique mirror being used here. It gives the space a more glamorous feel with a contemporary flare. Crystal hardware for the cabinetry was used and crystal for the light sconces and chandelier. With a lot of cool colors here, I felt the space needed a punch of color. You can see this in the draped fabric and a few other accessories through out this space.

“Inspiration is all around us, we just have to find it”


The many varying ceiling heights and odd shaped walls made this bathroom a very challenging space to design. Using a unique color palette gives the space a classic and fresh look. Walnut custom cabinetry was designed for a tailored fit, adorned with Carrara marble. I slightly divided the space with draped fabric that brings texture and a punch of color to the space.


201.857.2868 40 East Prospect Street Waldwick, NJ

OUR INTERIORS 40 East Prospect Street, Waldwick, NJ 07463 • 201.857.2868 • THANK YOU Tile – Mediterranean Tile & Marble; Countertops – Artistic Marble & Granite Surfaces; Bath Fixtures – Hardware Designs; Mirrors – Artique Glass Studio; Wall Finishes – Studio 18; Lighting – Lightwaves; Fabric – Belmont Shade & Drapery; Architectural Woodcarvings – Art For Everyday Art Work – Brian Klutch

Barbara Ostrom

Barbara Ostrom Associates THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 3

When I first walked into this enormous space, my first impression was that I had been transported back in time to 16th Century Elizabethan England. Rather than feeling daunted, I felt invigorated by the challenge to make this room the most livable, desired room in the house. Faced with authentic rustic, Tudor architecture and a soaring 40’ high beamed ceiling, with antique timbers forming graphic patterns on the stucco walls, I could not wait to bring in bold pieces of furniture and gorgeous colors to transform the starkness into the 21st century.

212-465-1808 • 201-529-0444 1 International Blvd, Suite 209, Mahwah NJ


Nina Karamallis

British Home Emporium THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 15 Teri Castelo

Jihan Tannous

Sarah Fuchsman Valerie Matthews

Jill Goret


Our biggest challenge has been to restore the room back to its’ original beauty while honoring the integrity of the craftsmanship and design. The bathroom presented seen and unseen obstacles from plumbing to the creation of a design that harmonizes with the era, whilst serving the needs of the 21st century living. 973.443.0303 91 Main Street, Madison NJ


Rachel Kapner

Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors

Lois Darling

Mary LaVecchia Virginia Liberato

THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 10 The room we designed at the Glynallyn Mansion was the size of a small walk-in closet, had windows with no character and unusual coloring, we brought our design expertise creating a stylish space keeping with the integrity of the house. Let’s have a conversation on how to turn your vision into a reality. From start to finish you can be rest assured that every aspect of your living space will be handled with professionalism, creativity and quality. Design services include everything from design consultation to design detailing giving you a unique and functional home.


908-665.7997 • 560 Central Ave., New Providence NJ


Diane Durocher

Diane Durocher Interiors THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 19


Our main challenge for Mrs. Allen’s Room was the numerous doors which face the entry. By placing the half-tester canopy bed on this wall we created a dramatic focal point, while allowing easy circulation into the adjacent dressing room. Painting the walls and trim a warm gray unified the space and offered the perfect backdrop for the lush fabrics. Crown molding in creamy white frames the silver arabesque wallcovering on the ceiling, creating interest while repeating the Tudor motif of Glynallyn.

Diane Durocher Interiors 201.825.3832 Ramsey, NJ •




Frank Davis

Finishing Touch Landscape Construction THE MIM CHALLENGE space 3 Frank Davis, founder of Finishing Touch Landscape Construction, has been bringing professional and creative designs to Northern New Jersey for over 30 years. His team provides an expertise in both landscape and hardscape design. Visit to view additional services. Frank Davis donates his time to several charitable organizations and keeps clients 100% satisfied! Finishing Touch can be reviewed on Angie’s List and is associated with several professional organizations.


From casual to formal, commercial and residential – we handle every detail of your landscape vision and make it a reality.

973.492.0016 • 136 Lincoln Road, Kinnelon, NJ 07405 •



Jane Connell & Jennifer Connell

Fun House Furnishings & Design THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 33 There were several challenges that came along with this room. It was long and narrow, which makes it difficult to fit large furniture pieces. The house has its own style, and we wanted to create a design that was modern, but at the same time, was suitable for the house. The house has all its historic attributes, including a protruding radiator and stained glass windows with bright colors that we had to incorporate into our design. We designed a guest room that you might actually use in a house as grand as this one.


973.543.6429 6 East Main Street, Mendham NJ


Charles G. Dobbs

Greenbaum Interiors Charles Dobbs

Before Greebaum Interiors HANDSOME LITTLE DEVIL

THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 1 This year Charles has been invited to decorate the Foyer and Entry Hall at Glynallyn. These spaces feature Tudor period paneling and Gothic stained glass. Though rather dark, and requiring several traffic paths, Charles has brightened the space with traditional patterns in vivid colors. He has also designed a clever layout to accommodate the flow of visitors. Custom designed furniture as well as antiques and fine reproductions are all from Greenbaum Interiors.

As the entrance, “Handsome Little Devil” sets the stage for the experience that is Glynallyn. An eclectic mix of Elizabethan, Georgeian, and Contemporary, this room is ment to reflect the American connoisseure of the early 1900”s. / The space is conceived as a Turn of the Century / too long for version of the family room; cozy and comforable, whimsical yet posh. The room takes its name from the Italian Renaissance style pedestal next 3 paragraphs to the sofa, depicting a rather decadent figure of a horned devil, pitchfork and all. / Many of the antiques in the room were European, illustrating the fashion for wealthy Americans in the early 20th Century to travel the continent and bring back treasures. The sofa and the console table were designed by Mr. Dobbs specifically for the room. All additional furnishings are from the Greebaum Interiors custom workshops, or the Greenbaum collection of antiques.

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973.279.3000 • Historic HQ: 101 Washington Street, Paterson, NJ 973.425.5500 • Country Mile House 1105 Mt. Kemble Ave. Rt. 202, Morristown, NJ 1105 Mount Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960 • 973.425.5500 • THANK YOU All Furnishings, Carpets, Antiques, Art and Accessories: Greenbaum Interiors. Tapestry: Stark Fabric. Velvet Stripe: Rubelli. Tiger Print: Cowtan and Tout. Mohair: S. Harris. Tie Backs: Vervain. Paint: Stark Paint.



Fred Root

Houndstooth Interior Design THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 17

Fred Root is owner and lead designer of Houndstooth Interior Design, a firm known for its charming, classic interiors. Fred’s timeless and thoughtful designs – and those of his accomplished team – effortlessly combine a sense of quality and comfort. Highly professionally qualified and with a portfolio that covers more than 25 years of experience, Fred transforms residences in New York, New Jersey, Florida and London. He has won countless design awards and honors as well as the loyalty of his clients. Fred is actively involved in several philanthropic projects, here are just a few: amFAR, Handicapped Riders of Somerset Hills, United States Equestrian Team and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare.


908.669.4785 • PO Box 125, 10 Joliet Street, Oldwick NJ •


Karla Trincanello, Allied ASID, NJ CID #21ID000022

Interior Decisions, Inc.

THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 5 The room was originally a covered porch with fireplace. Owners added removable windows/door for year round use and designer requested them removed to original open porch. Dark wood beams,908-669-4785 brick walls and terracotta floor were not to be touched. Karla envisioned a cozy hideaway, opened to the lovely grounds with sheer view motorized shades allowing access to the grounds softened with linen drapery, comfortable furniture, elegant lighting and a sense of privacy. A Hidden Respite!


INTERIOR DECISIONS, INC. 973.765.9013 140 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park NJ •


Lori Jacobsen

Lori Jacobsen Design LLC THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 37


Lori Jacobsen, Allied ASID, CGP designs aesthetically pleasing and functional interior spaces using a green conscience. She is a Certified Green Professional, active member in the United States Green Building Council and is a licensed Home Improvement Contractor in New Jersey. For ”The Bauhaus Room” in the Glynallyn Mansion, Lori met the challenge of turning a thoroughfare into a customized private area/bedroom.

201.452.4599 15 Ashland Drive, Montville NJ • 74





Mary Sferra, ASID, CID

M.R. Sferra Interior Design THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 21

The challenge for the room “17 Going on 30” was to add a youthful, but sophisticated personality to the room while incorporating and enhancing the architectural elements within the space. The larger challenge, however was the renovation of the Daughter’s adjoining Bath requiring us to work around a bathroom that had only a soaking tub and two windows within the tub area.


Mary Sferra has been creating fine residential and commercial interiors in the tri-state area for more than 25 years. Her company, M.R. Sferra Interior Design, takes pride in the ability to listen and deliver thoughtful, elegant design solutions that capture the personality, needs and taste of each unique client. Innovative solutions, from custom-designed furniture and cabinetry to distinctive color palettes with specialty finishes, are hallmarks of her work.

M.R. Sferra Interior Design

Thoughtful Elegant Unique Design Solutions 201.384.8965 • 463 Jefferson Avenue, Haworth NJ •

Susan Hayes

Re-Feather Your Nest Decorating, LLC THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 36 Susan Hayes Re-Feather Your Nest Decorating, LLC THE ENCHANTED CASTLE

This was not the space that Re-Feather Your Nest bid on, but when the committee asked us to look at the laundry room because no one bid on that space, we knew we were in for a challenge. The room was a dark laundry room with no exterior window and one window in the middle of the room that looked into another design space. As I stood in the room and wondered what I could do with the space, the window suddenly transformed into a puppet stage and the laundry room quickly evolved into a children’s playroom where a child’s imagination will soar and dreams will come true. The Castle Glynallyn with all its beauty and regal design enabled us to recreate a castle within for any child to become a King or Queen. From the elegant make believe area to the King and Queens Throne any child will feel they have found that perfect little getaway space -The Enchanted Castle.


“Oh the Places You’ll Go!”

What happens when you get the laundry room and its a 16 1/2’ x 7’ room with a large interior window in the middle of the wall? What a challenge! Susan carefully considered her options in this closet-size room. Glynallyn certainly didn’t need another sitting area, so it will now have an official Marionette Stage in the new child’s playroom complete with a handcrafted throne and a silver knight protecting its precious inhabitants The Enchanted Castle Imaginarium.










908.879.2495 • 4 Bird Song Court, Chester, NJ 07930 • 4 Bird Song Court, Chester, NJ 07930 • 908.879.2495 • THANK YOU Denise Montero, Creative Art Director, Project Team, faux painter, (painting, building); V2K, Window, Decor & More, Michelle Gonnella, Project Team, (window treatments); Piya Jain, Interior Design student (rendering), Toys with Love, (toys), Staianos Furniture, (furniture), Beck Construction, Richard Leopold, (project contractor), M&D Painting, Matt DiMarco, (painting), Worldwide Wholesale Carpet and Flooring, (carpeting).









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Robin LaMonte, Associate ASID

Rooms Revamped, Inc. THE MIM CHALLENGE ROOM 38 The room ”ENTRÉ ROUGE” at Glynallyn was designed as a collaboration between members of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) interior designers, students coming from the 5 colleges in New Jersey where Interior Design is a major, and our Industry Partners.

Design Students American Society of Interior Design ENTRÉ ROUGE

The meaning of “Enter Red” is to introduce our interior design students who are members of the premier interior design community of ASID. / too long (American Society of Interior Design). The students who worked on this room come from the five colleges where Interior Design is a major. The for multiple colleges represented are: Kean University, New Jersey institute of Technology, Berkeley, Brookdale Community, and Raritan Valley Community paragraphs College. / The students were under the guidance of ASID members Robin LaMonte, Gwen Nagorsky, and Jeffrey Brooks. Robin is the Student Affairs Committee Chair, Gwen is the professional liaison to NJIT, and Jeffrey is the professional liaison to Kean. / We chose the red theme because red is the color of ASID’s logo. / We wanted the guests to see how talented our future interior designers are and to come away with an appreciation of how current designers mentor the next generation.

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“We are very proud of our commitment to mentor our future interior designers and having them be a part of this wonderful show house experience is one I shall always treasure. “ 38

Rooms Revamped, Inc. 30 Cameron Court, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 908-766-9575


30 Cameron Court, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 • 908.766.9575 • THANK YOU This room was designed and furnished by only members of the ASID community of designers and Industry Partners. Sean Benetin of Millwork and More for the Macassar ebony credenza Michael O’Brien of Painttek for painting and wallpapering our room; ThibautT Wallpaper for the zebra print Wallcovering; Nancy Feindt for representing Arnitex; Highland Art Gallery for donating a painting in our room; Mary Rita Williams of Stark Fabric and Wallcoverings for the paint; Patricia Martins of Arnitex for the Casadeco Wallcoverings; Heather Pallotta of Studio Eighteen the faux painted canvas zebra rug; A and R design showroom for all the furniture.; Jeffrey Brooks for the red Tibetan wool rug from Royal Intercontinental

Jeffrey Brooks

Jeffrey Brooks Interior Design ABOUT US

Jeffrey Brooks takes a dream and turns it into a reality with his designs. With meticulous attention to detail each client is provided with a space that is uniquely their own. Jeffrey is an allied member of ASID and is a licensed home improvement contractor in New Jersey. Jeffrey’s work has appeared in Veranda, The New York Times, NY Spaces, Design NJ, and on “The View”. Jeffrey had the wonderful opportunity to mentor students at NJ ASID as they worked on the “ENTRÉ ROUGE” (Room 38) at the Glynallyn Mansion.

908-876-4408 • •

Gwen Nagorsky, ASID

Directions in Design, Inc. For 30 years, Gwen Nagorsky has been bringing her sense of style and sophistication to both residential and commercial interiors. Gwen is a professional member of ASID serving as the Liaison to the students at NJIT, is a member of NKBA and serves on the board of the N.J. Association of Women Business OwnersMorris Chapter. Gwen has enjoyed this opportunity to mentor the students in their collaborative work on ”ENTRÉ ROUGE” (Room 38) at the Glynallyn Mansion.

directions in design, inc. 908.852.4228 76



Allyson Rich-Morren

A&R Interiors ABOUT US

For over 35 years, A & R Interiors has been bringing New Jersey full-service design. Knowledgeable experienced designers are matched with customers to help them bring their dream to a reality. A & R’s clients end up with a home that is customized to fit their style and personalities, integrating a complete design for windows, walls, furniture & accessories. A & R designers take pride in every detail of the project from the In-Home consultation to floor plans, fabrics, furnishings lighting and more.

973.625.8950 • 26 Broadway, Denville, NJ • •

Lori Apgar, Tommie Freda, Donna Dwyre

Cove Carpet One Floor & Home ABOUT US

Showroom located downtown Summit, has been a leading source for carpet, area rugs and flooring for 45-years. Second generation team of siblings, Tommie Freda, Donna Dwyre and Lori Apgar have for 25-years continued the Cove Carpet tradition of tremendous value, committed service and outstanding installation capabilities. The assortment of product remains the largest in the area. The Cove atmosphere is always friendly, knowledgeable and professional.

908-273-0220 • 335 SPRIN GFIEL D AV EN UE, SUMMIT N J w w w .covecarpetones

• Carpet • Area Rugs • Designer Remnants • Hardwood Flooring & Refinishing • Carpet Cleaning • Vinyl Tile

Fabienne Louis

Creative Touch Design Studio ABOUT US

Creative Touch is the premier destination for your home design needs with a wide variety of fashion-forward handmade rugs, furniture and decorative accessories. Discover the newest introduction of fabulous handmade rugs made of Sari silk, Bamboo silk and the eco-friendly collections of dyed vintage patchworks. Creative Touch offers designer assistance services with a private office to meet with clients. Creative Touch is pleased to participate at the Glynallyn Mansion and to support the new Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Center project at Morristown Medical Center.

Creative Touch Design Studio 100 Park Plaza Drive, Suite 214 N, Secaucus, NJ 201.468-0246 •

• Direct importer of fine handmade rugs • Large selection of new to antique, modern to traditional pieces • Variety of custom made options • Commercial and residential projects • Visit our online gallery for new introductions • National and international delivery


Ann-Britt Paulsen

Duxiana ABOUT US

DUXIANA has a commitment to improve life through better sleep with the finest of materials and craftsmanship. The DUX Bed completes the sleep experience with the ultimate in luxury and comfort. DUXIANA carries an extensive collection of fine linens from Sferra Bros., St. Geneve, Bonjour of Switzerland/Schlossberg, Home Treasure, Christian Fischbacher, and Brahms Mount. Duxiana worked closely with several designers providing them with fabulous displays in the Glynallyn Mansion; Diane Durocher, Lori Jacobsen, Frederick Root and Mary Sferra.


201.670.4488 63 Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ

Erik Luthy

Exceptional Flooring Concepts ABOUT US

Exceptional Flooring Concepts had a grand job in a short time frame when they took the 9,000 square feet and 60 stairs of the Glynallyn Mansion and transformed them to a thing of beauty. They were heavily worn and had extensive water damage. The 108 year old hardwood floors were brought to life with customized repairs, by weaving new boards to the old wood and intricate stain matching. Exceptional Flooring Concepts dedication and passion for excellence is what shines in their work.

241Knolls Cedar Knolls Rd. Cedar Knolls N.J. 07927 241 Cedar Road, Cedar Knolls NJ 07927 phone 973.585.7635 973.585.7637 PH 973.585.7635 |•FAXfax 973-5857637

Exceptional Flooring Concepts has been serving Morris County and beyond for over 17 years. Our quality and value will be second to none. When it comes to flooring put your best foot forward. Whether you are looking for Classic Elegance, Casual Contemporary or Eco Friendly we have your solutions. Our in Melissa McNamara, Resident Designer house certified installers handle Carpet, Area Rugs, Hardwood Installation and Dustless Refinishing. Visit our elaborate showroom open by appointment to our customers, designers and the trade only.

Garden Cottage


Step into the Garden Cottage and you will find a warm and inviting atmosphere. There are two locations to explore that are filled with an extensive collection of outdoor furniture, garden accessories, indoor furnishings, indoor accessories and seasonal items. During the spring and summer months we specialize in unique outdoor furniture. Let us help you turn your outdoor space into a vacation spot right in your own backyard. Garden Cottage worked with The Fredco Croup and Garden State Groundskeeping to bring some wonderful items to the Glynallyn Mansion.

973.425.0949 • 1211 Mt. Kemble Avenue (Route 202), Morristown, NJ 973.227.1010 • 305B Fairfield Avenue,Fairfield, NJ 78


Ron Augustine, Manager of Bergenfield Showroom

General Plumbing Supply ABOUT US

In the Glynallyn Mansion, we supplied all of the fixtures, faucets, etc. for the bathroom designed by Mary Sferra. For over 100 years GPS has been providing the highest quality products buy knowledgeable staff to the most discernible clients. Come visit one of our 12 locations throughout North & Central New Jersey with 6 Kitchen and Bath Design Showrooms located in Edison, Morris Plains, Bayonne, Hawthorne, Bergenfield and Orange. One of our experienced kitchen and bath designers can recommend the industry’s best faucets, fixtures and cabinetry. Checkout products by American Standard, Toto, Grohe, Rohl, StarMark Cabinetry, and Jacuzzi just to name a few.

12 Locations in New Jersey 800-CALL-GPS

Daniel Schwartz, President & CEO

KARL’S Appliance

Don’t Just See the Selection... Experience It in Karl’s Designer Showrooms


Karl’s customers experience unmatched expertise, knowledge, service, selection, price and attention to detail - no matter what the size of the purchase. This is why Karl’s is New Jersey’s premier dealer of brand name and designer appliances. All of our designer showrooms, with real-life displays, will help you envision just the look and feel you’ve always wanted in your own home. Karl’s, Experience IS the Difference

888-98-KARLS • 6 NJ Locations: Fairfield | Madison | Paramus NEW! | Orange* | Sparta | Montclair  *Pay Only 3.5% Sales Tax in our Orange Store.

Fred Farra

Michelangelo Designs The Designers Source

Michelangelo Designs is a leader in Italian furniture since 1985 with a 75,000 square foot facility in NJ boasting the highest standards in luxury style and sophistication. We offer our clientele three centuries of furniture under one roof. Traditional/Baroque/Art Deco/Contemporary styles all offered to you directly from the most upscale suppliers such as Angelo Cappellini, Silik, Bianchini, Serafino, Marelli, Mantellassi, Compar, PSM, Opera Contemporary and more. Michelangelo designs for all of the USA. No wonder we are known in the industry as the cure for the common.


Kazem Fatahi

Summit Rug ABOUT US

Summit Rug brings you stylish works of art to suit every taste with their extensive collections of fabrics. They use only the finest Tibetan wool and silk, hand woven exclusively by experienced artisans. Fabrics included are silk, wool, a combination of wool and silk, viscose, banana leaf, mohair wool, natural and their newly created Flat Weave Natural Wool Collection. Their dedication to each individual project ensures quality and satisfaction.

SUMMITRUG 908-696-1117 • 25 Olcott Square (RT 202), Bernardsville NJ

David Mozes

Virtue Tile ABOUT US

Shop where the designers shop. For over 50 years Virtue Tile has been bringing exceptional service and the finest products by talented craftsman. Virtue Tile has a deep-rooted design background in tiles; our expertise will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. We carry a vast array of products for your kitchen and bath and if we don’t have it we can get it. Come visit our showroom to see the amazing collection of handcrafted ceramic, natural stone, glass, metal and porcelain tiles.

908.273.6936 • 800.222.3163 • 160 Broad Street, Summit NJ •


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fine furnishings, interior design, and decoration since 1952 Historic HQ - 101 Washington Street Paterson, NJ

973-279-3000 (140,000 sq. ft. Showrooms and Workrooms)

Country Mile House - 1105 Mt. Kemble Ave. Rt. 202 Morristown, NJ

973-425-5500 (7,500 sq. ft. Showroom)


Private gathering & art show ASP1RE NJ magazine and American art for Design, a private art gallery in Morristown, co-hosted an invitation only private gathering on February 8th. Designers participating in the Mansion In May Designer Show House & Gardens were supported by owner Mike Chutko to commission artwork for use at Glynallyn Castle. Among the designers enjoying sliders and french fries from Don’s Restaurant in Morristown were realtors, local business owners, arts enthusiasts and friends. View Video at

Mike Chutko, Owner of American art for Design with Joan Eisen, Steve Mandel; Publisher of ASP1RE NJ magazine and Juliana Thomsen of Duxiana

Steve Mandel, Donna Dwyre and Tommie Freda of Cove Carpet One Floor & Home

Amy Holl Ahearn, CKD with Fabienne Louis & Baki Ildiz of Creative Touch Design Studio and Steve Mandel

Sue Patterson of American art for Design and Designer Aileen Edwards

Fred & Mona Farra of Michaelangelo Designs with Steve Mandel and Mike Chutko

Greg Dwyer and Photographer Wing Wong

2012 MANSION IN MAY Designer BRUNCH The Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) held a Designer Brunch at Glynallyn, home of the 2012 MIM Designer Showhouse & Gardens on January 10th where ASP1RE NJ magazine was formally introduced as Marketing and Journal Sponsor. Over 40 designers shared great food and company as they celebrated their selection as the Glynallyn restoration dream team. View Slide Show at Kimberly Lawless of ASP1RE NJ magazine and Chris Kaefer of Madison Jaguar

Fine Art Painters Coleen Gallo with Heather Pallotta of Studio Eighteen

Nathalie Dennis; MIM 2012 Co-Chair, Virginia Liberato of Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors, Steve Mandel and Patricia Vrana, MIM 2012 Journal Ad Sales Commitee

Designers Daniel Mattrocci and Laura Kessler

Mansion In May 2012 Ad Campaign created by ASP1RE NJ magazine

Designers Pamela Woodgate (Stirling Interiors) and Karen Norton



John Turpin & Jill Turpin of Turpin Realty with Steve Mandel

Mansion In May 2012 Ad Campaign

Kim Harwanko, MIM 2012 Journal Commitee


WAMMC President Beth Wipperman

Anthony Feo, Pam Hillner & Fred Root of Houndstooth Interior Design

Scott Seibold (Canterbury Designs), Anthony Feo (Houndstooth), Jim Dove (Canterbury Designs)

Mansion In May Co-Chairs, Dannette Merchant & Nathalie Dennis

Charles Dobbs of Greenbaum Interiors & Sue Kieman

Ray McGrogan, President of Card Choice Intl. with Peter Michelotti of Community Bank of Bergen County

Jeffrey B. Haines, Butler’s of Far Hills

Designers Mary Sferra & Barbara Ostrom

Photographer Wing Wong

Kim Harwanko & Patricia Vrana

Carpenter Joe Turner

Robin LaMonte, ASID NJ Student Affairs Chair & design student Nora Hamade

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A private compound located on a tranquil corner of the Navesink River in Middletown’s historic section of Locust. Classic property includes an elegant main house plus a carriage house and a boat house. Outdoor and indoor pools, squash court, dock, close to the beach and the Manhattan fast ferries. Marketed by Gloria Nilson Gloria’s Office 732-842-6181 Offered at $4,950,000 445 Locust Point Road | Middletown, NJ

A Rumson classic that defines a gracious era. 1929 Estate of grand scale and proportion on one of Rumson’s most sought after streets. Echoes of Gatsby whisper from fine details, pistol grip windows, grand fireplaces, and a sunken paneled living room. Recent renovations. 1.83 Acres pool. Own a legend! Marketed by Gloria Nilson Gloria Nilson’s Office 732 842 8161 Offered at $2,350,000 71 Navesink Avenue | Rumson, NJ

An independently owned and operated firm.

Unique waterfront estate on almost an acre of property on prestigious Dutchman’s Point. This home is on the open water with spectacular views, 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and open floor plan. Also featured are a heated pool, pool house with 3 dressing rooms and full bath, an entertaining area, hot tub, dock, jet skis and basketball court. This home will surpass your expectations. Marketed by Joanne Boston Bay Head Office 732 295 8099 Offered at $4,400,000 300 Dutchmans Point Road | Brick, NJ

Amazing vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and Manhattan skyline. Extraordinary construction techniques & materials demonstrate owners’ commitment to quality. Access to high speed ferry, beach, fine dining & more will please today’s discriminating buyer. Marketed by Gloria Nilson Gloria Nilson’s Office 732-842-6181 Offered at $2,150,000 17 Beacon Hill Road | Middletown, NJ

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Spring Lake, NJ $4,950,000. Stunning architectural detail & craftsmanship. Energy-efficient home with luxury amenities is only blocks to the ocean! Karen Skola, Spring Lake Office, 732 449 3200.

Rumson, NJ $3,695,000. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this private custom built 7000 sq. ft. estate situated on 3.77 acres with 7 fireplaces and guest house. Jane Heller, Rumson Office, 732 530 2800.

Monmouth Beach, NJ $2,200,000. Quintessential beach home is city chic! One of the most stunning homes in all of prestigious Monmouth Beach, 3 houses from the beach. Mario Venancio, Rumson Office, 732 530 2800.

Princeton, NJ $2,100,000. Majestic evergreens and lush specimen trees present an arboretum-like setting for this stunning modern house in sought-after Pretty Brook. Judy Stier, Princeton Office 609 921 2600.

Fair Haven, NJ $1,295,000. Stunning Colonial features open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, custom woodwork, impressive master suite, finished basement and patio. Pamela Girard, Rumson Office, 732 530 2800.

Montgomery Township, NJ $1,249,000. Elegant home with designer touches, formal living room with marble fireplace and formal dining with coffered ceiling. Ellen Lefkowitz, Princeton Office 609 921 2600.

Skillman, NJ $999,000. Custom 5 bedroom, 5 full bath Colonial on premium lot has countless upgrades, high-end finishes and designer details abound. Marc Geller, Princeton Junction Office 609 452 2188.

Fair Haven, NJ $995,000. “River Oaks� center hall Colonial at the end of a private cul-de-sac with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living and dining rooms. Geralyn Behring, Rumson Office 732 530 2800.

Princeton, NJ $995,000. Custom 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in Constitution Hill. Kitchen includes Viking, Bosch and SubZero appliances. Bobette Lister, Princeton Office 609 921 2600.

An independently owned and operated firm.

Magnificent professionally planned 6 plus acres with luxurious pool surrounded by lush terrain. Extraordinary home built for entertaining offering 3 levels of comfort, intimacy and sophistication. Beautifully crafted functionality with architectural surprises in every space of this 6 bedroom, 8 bath home. Marketed by Nancy Kenworthy and Linda Heffernan Bernardsville Office 908 221 1212 Offered at $2,295,000 Mendham Township

Bernards Township, NJ $4,999,000. Beautiful custom home to be built in Far Hills section by renowned Architect Doug Coleman on picturesque lot with countryside views at the end of cul-de-sac. New neighborhood on secluded country lane. Other custom plans available for this charming setting. Nancy Kenworthy and Linda Heffernan, Bernardsville Office 908 221 1212.

Exclusive Member Since 2005

Member Since 1989

Basking Ridge, NJ $986,100. Modern interpretation of 4,400 sq. ft. of designed space, enhanced by room defining furniture. This exotic presentation includes an impressive entry foyer with dramatic interior staircase seamlessly connecting the expansive entertaining level to private living space. Lorraine Hunt Kopacz, Bernardsville Office 908 221 1212.


This superbly crafted 8,500 sq. ft. custom Northside home is in its final phases of completion with exquisite finishes and top notch amenities. Features include 9 ft. ceilings on the first floor, three masonry fireplaces, a high-end custom kitchen, two first-floor powder rooms, all ensuite bedrooms, walk-out lower level media/game room with wet bar, wine room. Sophisticated mechanical systems include four-zone HVAC, three-car attached garage, and more. Set on one+ acre fully landscaped property.

Offered at $4,300,000

SHORT HILLS MANOR HOME Short Hills, New Jersey

This elegant seven bedroom custom Manor home, located in the heart of Old Short Hills was built by famed Stewart Hartshorn as one of the original distinguished homes of the area. Beautifully updated and enhanced, with high-end kitchen, family room with tray ceiling, private study, carriage house with full apartment, and so much more. An idyllic private yard features an inground pool in a country club-like setting, adding cachet and appeal to this historic gem.

Offered at $3,495,000


Summit, New Jersey

Situated on .68 acre, this charming Northside Colonial is distinctively top drawer. The architectural integrity of its 2001 renovation/addition by noted architect, David Rosen, is enhanced with grounds designed by Cording Landscape Design. Lavish embellishments and elegant entertaining are de rigueur in its formal rooms. A designer kitchen boasts heated limestone floors, while the family room features distinctive borders inlaid in its heated hardwood floor. The lower level includes a recreation room, two workout rooms and walk-out garden entries.

Offered at $2,775,000


Beautifully built, this sprawling 1908 Colonial treasure combines the fine architectural detailing of its day with tasteful 21st century renovations in all the places the demanding homebuyer would expect to find. Special features include high ceilings, paneled wainscoting, hardwood floors with mahogany ribboned inlaid borders, dentil moldings and pocket doors that add old world charm. Well-located close to downtown, schools and Mid-Town Direct NYC commuter trains, this fine residence has it all.

Offered at $2,650,000

IDYLLIC LOCALE Summit, New Jersey

This handsome updated 1895 vintage Northside Victorian enjoys the classic architectural features of its day. High ceilings, elaborate moldings, hardwood floors, grand rooms, four decorative fireplaces and oversized windows reign supreme and ensure grandeur, featuring a lovely renovated gourmet kitchen, a spacious lower level recreation room and exercise room for today’s lifestyle. This beauty is nestled on a tree-lined neighborhood street, convenient to downtown, schools, NYC trains.

Offered at $1,795,000


Nestled in the heart of one of Summit’s Northside park-like streets, wonderful location and curb appeal are the ticket for this charming storybook English Colonial, set on over a half acre where lovely grounds with specimen plantings serve as a lovely backdrop. A woodburning fireplace with an historic frieze on its original mantel and trompe l’oeil marble surround, faux-finished walls and raised wall panels set the tone. A sunroom spans the rear of the home with four sets of French doors that open to a brick patio and pretty yard – the perfect venue for private dining al fresco.

Offered at $1,550,000

Franklin lakes

Simply Perfect

True luxury! Completed in 2012 and built to a very high standard this residence is set on 1.26 acres with stone driveway, custom iron fencing surrounds the stone patio, pool with spa and covered outdoor living area. This residence offers over 7000 sq. ft. of luxurious living space, 15 rooms complete with 10’ ceilings, architectural moldings throughout, mahogany library with fireplace, two story great room with fireplace, custom kitchen with commercial grade appliances & breakfast room overlooking the pool and manicured grounds. The fabulous master suite offers a sitting room with fireplace & beautiful marble bath, plus four additional bedrooms with designer baths. True perfection.


Prestigious Tammybrook Estates

Set on 1.5 acres of manicured private grounds this custom built French colonial was designed and built to perfection. Walls of windows capture the incredible sunset and mountain views. The stone terrace overlooks the pool with outdoor fireplace. This home offers extraordinary design with 14 rooms, a gracious front to back foyer, 12’ ceilings with detailed moldings, 6 en-suite bedrooms, architecturally paneled library, 6 fireplaces. The well designed floor plan lends itself to formal entertaining as well as comfortable family living. Great family neighborhood just 7 miles from New York City.


Country Elegance

Custom built in 2001 this stately colonial is located on one of Haworth’s most desirable streets. This elegant residence is set on a half acre of beautifully landscaped grounds and is complete with 13 rooms, a gracious front to back foyer, 5 en-suite bedrooms, high ceilings with detailed moldings, library with fireplace and unique family room with fireplace and French doors leading to a stone patio, custom Salerno kitchen with commercial grade appliances and breakfast area overlooking the manicured grounds. The luxurious master suite is complete with sitting room, fireplace and marble bath. Conveniently located to New York transportation, schools and the town center.


New Construction

Located on Tenafly’s prestigious East Hill! This stately South Hampton style home offers over 7000 sq. ft. of true luxury complete 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 Poggenpohl kitchen with SubZero & Wolf appliances, separated 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. The lower level is finished and bright 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.

New York skyline views

Old Tappan

Breathtaking Water Views

Serene and tranquil with views of Lake Tappan this farmhouse colonial is located in the prestigious Stokes Farm area. Set on one acre with pool & spa this home was designed to capture the beautiful sunsets on Lake Tappan. This residence offers 15 rooms with a well-designed open floor plan, library, 1st floor master suite overlooking the water, high ceilings with architectural moldings throughout. The additional adjoining acre is available to complete a rare 2 acre estate in Old Tappan. Offered at: $1, 750,000

FOrT lee

The Atrium Place

Fort Lee’s premier building! Southeast exposure with incredible river and New York skyline views! Renovated to perfection with the extraordinary attention to detail and quality this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath offers a well designed floor plan, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, designer marble baths, architectural moldings, wood floors, two terraces. The large full length windows capture the New York skyline and breathtaking river views. The Atrium is complete with full gym, indoor pool and outdoor pools and tennis courts. This building is convenient to New York transportation, schools, shopping and Houses of Worship. Offered at $1, 399,000

Circular driveway…Great curb appeal!

Saddle River

English Manor

$2,495,000 Elegantly appointed gracious English manor majestically

situated on prime Chestnut Ridge cul-de-sac and offering updates throughout. Large rooms with an ideal flow for large scale entertaining. Beautiful detailing and elegant woodworking, spectacular master suite with fireplace and sitting room, 3 walk in closets and a luxurious marble bath. 4-car heated garage.

An infinity pool & hot tub highlight the grounds.

Country Elegance

Saddle River $6,595,000 Custom built home on 2 acres. 2-story entry foyer with floating staircase flows into soaring great room. A massive state of the art kitchen is flanked by a large breakfast area that opens to a stone veranda. The master bedroom with fireplace features his and her baths with high-end closet fittings. The lower level offers a media room with fireplace, wine cellar, tasting area and more.

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Hidden Acres Estate on 10 acres

Saddle River $7,495,000 Benefitting the Heart & Vascular Hospital and the Emergency Trauma Department at Hackensack University Medical Center. The spacious rooms in this 11,000 sf residence with 7 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, will be transformed by top interior and landscape designers from New York and New Jersey!


27 Denison Drive Directions: Rt17/East Allendale Rd/Right onto Chestnut Ridge Rd/2nd Left onto Denison

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10am -4pm (closed Mondays) general admission: $30 Group rates available. includes Showhouse Journal. Traditional Home – Media Sponsor Please note that children under six, strollers & pets are not permitted in the Showhouse.

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      

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          

    

 

 

 

     

 

 

 


Interview by Jessica Vilotti

Three generations of dedication, value and expertise

When Virtue Tile opened its doors in the early 1930s, it operated

solely as a brick distributorship, until third generation owner, David Mozes and his father, Arnold, revolutionized the way tile was used. Virtue Tile was among the first to promote the use of ceramic tile for commercial projects through professional designers. Since then, they have worked on projects such as NY City Subway station platforms and track walls, to the outside of office buildings and countless interior projects ranging from bathrooms, food service facilities and hotels. Over the past 15 years, however, Virtue Tile has transformed residences with endless possibilities for remodeling as well as custom home construction. David Mozes, grandson of founder William Virtue, is continually looking for ways to evolve and expand Virtue Tile’s capabilities based on customer needs. He recently sat down with ASP1RE NJ magazine to chat about the business. What’s the most interesting part of your job as owner of Virtue Tile? Without a doubt the most interesting part of the job is sharing the creative excitement of design with customers who have never shopped for tile before or have never renovated a bathroom or kitchen.

Katie Lengyel

Jayne Miller

David Mozes Virtue Tile Co. 160 Broad Street Summit, NJ 07901 908.273.6936 800.222.3163

What’s the hardest project you’ve ever tackled? The hardest and most rewarding perhaps was helping the NY City Transit Authority develop a new track wall system with a panelized tile system. Dealing with bureaucracies and general contractors on public projects can be a nightmare. But when the project is done, it’s wonderful to take a look at it “whizzing” by on the subway. What’s the key to your business success? The key to my success is knowledge of the industry and the customer, the quality and value of the products we sell, and having skilled designers to help our customers make the right decisions. What’s unique about Virtue Tile? Virtue tile benefits from the experience of three dedicated salespeople and designers (including myself) who have a combined experience of more than 60 years. Since we have been here so successfully for so long, many suppliers “old” and “new” come looking to us to sell their products. We have been selling high-end ceramic tile longer than most in New Jersey and we have an exceptional range of products that can clearly fit any budget. We are often “accused” of only having the expensive stuff and, yes, we have some pretty incredible materials that sell for a lot of money. But most of our customers make excellent choices from competitively priced choices that are current, classic and cutting-edge. We make sure we work within everyone’s budget. How does Virtue Tile promote sustainable business practices? We certainly try to find products that have a “green” component to them but not all of them out there have that advantage. We do, however, carry recycled glass tile, recycled leather tile and countertop material that is made partially from recycled glass. Oftentimes, just by nature of the production process, many ceramic and porcelain tiles have a recycled content…a lot of tile that is produced that is not of first quality gets ground up and used again. What inspires you? I am inspired by people who quietly work towards a passionate goal.



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ASPIRE Metro | 2012 May/June  
ASPIRE Metro | 2012 May/June  

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