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Like the proverbial the-chicken-or-the-egg question, there is no right answer. Either approach can yield beautiful results. We spoke with several interior designers, all members of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, to get their take on this question. What we learned was that there are many factors that come into play. Sometimes the client already owns the rug — it might be an antique or a sentimental family heirloom or the result of an “I fell in love with it” purchase or a budgetary decision. Sometimes the room has an unusual configuration or an architectural feature, such as a fireplace hearth, which juts into the space. These scenarios can call for an unusual shape.

If the rug in question is a family heirloom or an antique, it is usually the room’s starting point. “Rugs that are handed down have a lovely faded quality,” observes Darryl Tucker, ASID, Helicon Hall Design Associates in Fort Lee. “Even some new Oriental rugs are designed to have that washed-out, antique look. The key to working with them is to use tones of the colors in the rug, rather than matching the colors exactly. It makes for a more interesting interior.” Using tones can also be a good solution for other types of existing rugs. Such was the case when Pamela Wilson-Bajramoska, ASID, owner of Ambience Interiors in Sparta, designed a girl’s bedroom. Before Wilson-Bajramoska was called in, the client fell in love with and purchased a beautiful dhurrie “statement” rug. Since the client wasn’t fond of a mix of patterns, her challenge was to find fabrics that enhanced the rug, while being submissive to it. This type of solution requires the discerning eye of an interior designer.



DESIGNSENSE For Rona Spiegel, ASID, Lifestyle Interior Designs, Ltd. in Englewood Cliffs, the rug usually comes first. Her philosophy is that in a well put-together room, one thing shouldn’t stand out. Since the rug takes up a large portion of the space, what you do on the floor can be the most important decision in the room. If the rug is chosen towards the end of the project, it can be difficult to find a “ready-made” one in the perfect colors. In that case, Spiegel recommends working with your interior designer to create a custom rug. There are several ways to do this. The designer can work with a company that has an inventory of design drawings. The pattern is selected, then the colors. Each section of the pattern is numbered. The process is sort of like the paint by numbers kits many of us used as kids except that almost any color can be assigned each section of the design. This is the more costly way to produce a custom rug. The second method involves a computerized system whereby you plug in the color numbers and the computer provides a rendering for approval. Color selection is more limited than the previous option, and you have less flexibility as to where the colors go but the rug is less costly. The pattern may also be a combination of loop and pile. Since pile color looks lighter than loop color, it’s a way for your designer to make one color look like two. Of course, color is not the only reason to go the custom route. “Standard rug sizes can be ill fitting in many room settings,” says Susan Barbieri, ASID, Susan Barbieri Interior Design LLC in Hawthorne. “The wrong size can also present a tripping hazard and become a nuisance to walk around. A custom size rug can be an excellent and practical solution.” And sometimes a rug will capture your attention but just not be right for the space, observes Barbieri. “For a recent project, the homeowners and I sat down together and designed a rug based on a pattern we had seen in a NYC

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ileen Goff knows her way around her spacious Fort Lee co-op. After all, she’s lived there for 23 years, ever since she and her husband, sold their family home to scale back to simpler living.

“Most of my life, I was a person who could see. I know chartreuse from lime green, because I saw all those things. I know all those things,” says Goff, who lost her vision completely in 1992, due to a progressive eye disease. “But this isn’t a case where Maureen helped a blind lady make a nice apartment. We made every single decision together.” Maureen is designer Maureen McMahon — of Interiors, designs by Maureen McMahon in Englewood — who worked closely with Goff to select every item. They started with one room and then ended up redoing the whole apartment. They traveled to New York City — just over the George Washington Bridge, one block from Goff’s apartment — many times to comb the market for lighting fixtures and furniture. They spent many nights discussing and debating details over wine and shrimp, after Goff returned from work at her job as founding director and CEO of a nonprofit human service agency called Heightened Independence and Progress, where she’s worked for 31 years. The agency’s mission is “Empowering people with disabilities to achieve independent living through outreach, advocacy and education.” a textured life Goff says she’s always loved being well-dressed. She opens the door to greet this reporter in elegantly tailored rich cocoabrown pants and a beautiful blouse. “I want my home to be well-dressed, too,” she says. “It’s important to me. It makes a statement about who I am.” Texture is a passion. “I love texture. Number one, it helps me see things better. And number two, it adds a richness in my mind,” says Goff. After they chose a modern Justin David beige and black upholstery for the 20-year-old sectional sofa in the living room, the two settled on copper as the accent color. “It’s unique, uplifting and warm,” says the homeowner. Soon, with McMahon’s help, she selected copper Ultrasuede pillows with a striking grid of black leather strips crisscrossing the fabric. Then they found dramatic fired-copper artwork for the entry hall, and in time, redid the master bathroom into a symphony in copper, from the gleaming fixtures to the hammered copper vanity. Goff chose forgiving Corian rather than luxe marble for the vanity top just in case she knocked something over that could stain. “We both came up with everything together,” says Goff. “Maureen never said, ‘This is nice. You should take it.’ She wanted me to feel the textures. She described absolutely everything in detail, the color shades, the finishes, the designs.” “It was extremely enjoyable for me,” says McMahon. “Eileen wanted things that were unique and beautiful. She didn’t want people to walk in and see things they had seen elsewhere.” They hunted down furniture, accessories and wall coverings that have an added dimension, giving pleasure to the touch. The upholstered headboard above Goff’s bed is trimmed in soft suede, and even her jewel box is upholstered to match. The kitchen cabinet handles were updated with sleek artisan stone handles. Sumptuous leather abounds; the dining room chairs are nubby ostrich leather; the office chair luscious orange; and the sleeper bed in the guest room is smooth caramel.

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knowing home by heart Goff knows every detail in every place — from the red vase by the window to the leather Crate & Barrel desk chair in the ideal shade of red to give the guest room a little punch. It’s a find she’s particularly proud of — she told McMahon she really wanted a red chair there. She reaches for wineglasses in the blonde lacquer wall unit in the living room. She knows exactly what the shelves and drawers hold. “I’ve always been a very independent person in my life. It’s always been very important to me. I think everyone should be self-sufficient and want to reach for the moon and get as close as possible,” says Goff. She canoes, and crosscountry skied for years—healing from a broken leg last year won’t hold her back. She’s merely switching to snowshoeing for now. Goff has lived on her own since her husband passed five years ago. She has a system in place that gives her a second set of eyes. Her watch has a Braille face, and she has a talking calculator. Her microwave has special Braille buttons. She knows the computer keyboard well, but has software assistance technology — an automated voice reads emails and scanned snail mail to her. She sews Braille labels into her clothing — they might say BK for black or BL for blue. She owns a car and hires a driver to take her to work. “I’m a person who is blind. It’s not a bad word. But most people have never had a conversation with a person who doesn’t see,” says Goff. “The truth is, most of what you do in your life, I do in my life.” “Do I know the layout of my apartment? Yes, of course I do,” says Goff. “Do I bump into things? Sometimes. You pay attention to other senses when one is lost.” Part of the redesign, for example, was to close off the apartment terrace and turn it into a home office. “I wanted to be able to sit there on a Sunday morning and feel the sun on my face and have a cup of coffee,” she says. match made in heaven The two women met in the 1980s, through a mutual friend. They sat next to each other at a wedding in a modern Catholic church. “Maureen described the stained-glass windows to me, and the pews,” says Goff. “She told me there were tons of white roses all over the church. We never could have worked together as partners if I didn’t have trust in her. We both wanted to create a thing of beauty.” “And the good thing about it is, we’re still great friends,” says McMahon. Maureen McMahon, Allied Member ASID Interiors 85 E. Hamilton Avenue, Englewood NJ 07631 (201) 541-6666

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It is a lifestyle adaptation. Closets are a big deal. People are really into closets — requiring design functionality and beauty. Some want to have their breakfast in the dressing room; others want to watch the news. I really listen. I have to understand my clients and how they live. Everybody’s different and this business is very personal — it’s your closet. Some people redesign an existing one; some repurpose a spare room. One woman told me she wanted to be able to sit by the window in her dressing room and read a book. Another told me her husband was waking her up in the morning, so we built him a closet down the hall where he could turn on the TV, have a cup of coffee and relax without bothering his wife. It is an extension of your home. Form follows function. You’re looking for something beautiful to enhance the home, whether your style is contemporary or traditional. I’ve designed closets priced in the six or seven digits, and smaller projects nearer to New York City, like Hoboken, Jersey City and West New York. A new closet is absolutely a home improvement.

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It elevates clothes into eye candy and honors your culture. Some of my clients have a lot of saris, so I’ve designed

closets that allow them to hang prominently. They look beautiful through the closed glass doors. Some of my clients don’t wear shoes in their homes, so I’ve designed streamlined shoe storage systems in the garage.

You gain hidden comforts. I like to put benches under

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You completely reinvent a tired space. I transformed an old dressing room, adjacent to the master bedroom on one side and the bathroom on the other, into a beautiful bamboo dressing room for a couple in Norwalk, Connecticut. The space just had rods for hanging clothes and wire shelving for folded clothes, shoes and handbags. I installed all new cabinetry, 24 inches deep, and made sure there was plenty of room left for them to move around comfortably, get dressed and sit at the vanity.

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closets meet your specific needs; they’re not generic. No one wants a standard blasé closet anymore. We turned an ordinary adjoining his-and-hers closet into a high-end custom design at a house by the shore with a water view. This dressing room was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. The space is about 20 feet by 20 feet, and we used custom-stained cherry — some woodcolored, some ivory — and gold leaf on the nine-foot ceiling. We put in granite and marble countertops, crown moldings, carpeting and space for the television. Money was no object. A great dressing room is worth every penny. We finished this one on Christmas Eve — it was their best present.

It shows off your fine fashion taste. The homeowner wanted an

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was created mainly for the woman, because she had so many accessories. I sat down with her to go through her entire inventory of clothing, purses and jewelry. She had more handbags than I’ve ever seen. Packed wire bins were everywhere. I built a special compartment for everything including a vanity desk with a rolling seven-drawer jewelry cart underneath and cedar drawers for sweaters. I take pride in developing a personal relationship with my clients. A great dressing room is not only well-built. It makes the client happy.

Special treasures are front and center. A great dressing room isn’t

just a place to store and conceal items; it can be very interesting from an architectural standpoint, too. This couple had special items they wanted to display, so I built four open cubbies and mounted them to the top wall of the dressing room, over the vanity mirror and sink. They also like Japanese art and architecture, and have traditional shoji screens (made from cherry, tiger maple and Japanese paper) throughout their home, so they commissioned me to make two sliding shoji doors for the entry openings to their dressing room. The adjacent master bedroom has Japanese prints on the wall.

It’s green. I use bamboo for most of my work. It’s environmentally sustainable — it grows much faster than trees. It’s very hard, too, so it’s durable but also smooth to the touch. I even build furniture and entertainment centers out of it. I use both the caramel and blonde varieties but the most popular so far has been the caramel, for its nice warm color.

dressing room with a high ceiling, we put in an electronic pull-down bar so the wife could reach her dresses. We built custom shelves for her shoes.

You get a good mirror image.

We often install a tri-fold mirror so our clients can see the front and back of each outfit.

The design inspires you to keep things neat. The layout should be

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Client: Retired woman Description: The clean look is in keeping with the client’s contemporary taste and desire for a spa-like feel.

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Client: Empty Nesters Description: My design intention was to reinvent a space that kept pace with these empty nesters who live in a relaxed, open-door style.

This contemporary home underwent a complete renovation upon purchase by our client. This dressing and vanity area is located in the client’s master suite. It is a transitional space between the master bedroom and master bathroom.

The gut and renovation of a 4500 sq. ft. residence overlooking the East River included the creation of a new Dressing Room. Three side-by-side closets, as well as the former archway, were torn out. Built -in closets now line the alcove. These are constructed of Reeded Mahogany with Zebra Wood inlay and custom-cast square pulls featuring Anne Sachs glass tile. Because the ceiling above the dressing area needed to house the HVAC system for this wing of the apartment, the ceiling is actually a drop-down panel, allowing access to the equipment. That meant that I needed to light the dressing area from some alternative point. The crown of the cabinets is a running section of louvers. Behind the louvers, LEDs supply lighting and split the beams of illumination for a prism effect. When the closet doors open, the interior of the cabinets light at the top and middle sections for even task lighting. All of the doors are mirrored so each pair becomes an ideal dressing space. The upper reaches of the closets are fitted with lit, drop-down hanging rods for long term and offseason garments. Radius end sections of the closets open to reveal cubbies for shoes, handbags, and belts.

Previously, this space was a walk-in closet. We designed custom cabinets and drawers of Ash wood. We also added a custom floating Ash vanity with a granite top and sink. The floor is green slate with amber glass tile accents.

Location: Short Hills, NJ Conceptual Design: “Her” Boudoir/Dressing Room by Satomi Yoshida-Katz,

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Client: Professional Couple Description: My vision for this expansive room was to blend its dramatic allure with an inviting, relaxed ambiance. With endless possibilities for what was once a boxed-in attic space, her boudoir/dressing room, adjacent to a newly updated master bathroom, becomes the focal point of the house. Blending natural stones and Swedish-style white grey washed hardwood floors were key elements in creating the modern, yet classic and feminine appeal of this project, without yielding to obvious trends or themes. Endeavoring to bring respite from the busy world to the client’s home, I anticipated a space that emphasized modern and rich elegant details without disturbing their current home decors and interiors. A large walk-in dressing room (so called her Boudoir), and rich dark-stained wood cabinetries combined with a soothing color palette, create a deliciously indulgent space. The soft curvilinear Italian glass chandelier and one of a kind fine art help soften the aesthetics. Maximum storage space is essential and adds the real function to this room. WWW.ASPIRENJ.COM


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Steel determination.

Once upon a time, two generations ago, a fourteen year old girl stood on Atlantic City’s Steel Pier and sang her songs to the gathered crowd. They loved her voice and her confident presence. So spellbinding was her talent, she was asked to sing in the main theater, typically the domain of adults with big names. Text by Barbara Gref

Desiree Nigrelli began her career performing at the age of seven. Every Sunday for seven years, she along with other children, would sing and dance on a Philadelphia TV show, The Children’s Hour. At age fourteen, she was performing on Atlantic City’s Steel Pier. From there, she built on her professional career, singing with Frankie Avalon in the famous clubs and venues of Philadelphia, and eventually singing with Bobby Rydell, Tony Bennett and others of that golden era. Though Desiree loved performing, her dad, a professor at Villanova, told her to look beyond the stage. He stressed education first. So, rather than traveling to New York, for a Broadway audition, Desiree heeded her father’s advice and headed off to college. While in college, she met and married her husband, Marty. They settled down and had a daughter, Brigette. Desiree decided to put family first and stay at home to raise her child, however, while at home, she remained involved in the arts; choreographing her daughter’s school shows. Eventually, when Brigette was old enough, Desiree returned to work, outside the home. That Nigrelli was born to achieve is clear. As a business woman in real estate investment, she rose to the ranks of CEO and became a motivational speaker to others in business. For many years she modeled for John Robert Powers Modeling, where she went on to become a consultant and eventually Director of Public Relations. In her 50s, she competed as a show equestrian. And at 63, she put her design skills to use, when she and her husband bought and restored a 100-year-old home in Atlantic City’s historic Chelsea section. This last feat holds special significance for Desiree. To her, Atlantic City is not just another town by the side of the sea. After all, she lived there as a child, during its glory days. Those were the days when women in their finery

What do you do in your spare time? It’s been a long time since I have had any, but I enjoy biking, race walking, reading, playing chess. I also love being around horses. Righty or Lefty? Righty Cocktail of choice? A good red wine! Favorite dish to make for guests? Russian rolled steak with mushrooms and garlic. Favorite dinner music? I love classical, but depending on the meal I love contemporary, too.

and men looking smart would stroll proudly down the Boardwalk. Those were the days of wealth and status in the city as well as the heyday of the Miss America pageant – a fixture here for more than 80 years, until it was moved to Vegas in 2006. “Those were the days of elegance,” said Nigrelli. Soon, Nigrelli herself was being pursued to enter the Senior Ms. New Jersey pageant. Many times Desiree had declined the offer, however, last year, her daughter, Brigette encouraged her to enter. “You have all the unique qualities, and you love to sing.” And that was true. “It just took a little courage,” she says of her decision to join the pageant. According to Nigrelli,” I just wanted to sing again. I wanted to be back on stage.” When her granddaughter said, “Nonna, I want to hear you on stage, you must do it,” the deal was sealed. So, one early afternoon in June, Desiree slipped into a silver sequined evening gown, picked up a microphone and performed for five judges to a sold out crowd at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. At 68, Nigrelli wowed the judges with her stage presence and poise and delivered what witnesses have called a sultry and perfect version of Patsy Kline’s “Crazy.” From a field of 13 women, all over 60, Nigrelli was crowned. She was back in her old skin. Desiree Nigrelli sees herself as a work in progress. “I’m not in this to say, ‘Look who I am,’” says the determined pageant queen. As she tells it, there is plenty of work to be done. “I became passionate about becoming a motivational force to seniors. I feel that seniors are valuable resources.” She is sensitive to their circumstances and hopes to be able to “encourage them to fulfill their hopes and dreams.” Coming from someone whose experience began with the Steel Pier, her crown speaks volumes of her steel determination and a passion to match.

Do you prefer large dinners or intimate gatherings? I prefer intimate gatherings so that I can give individual attention to each guest. Also, conversations last longer as we watch the candles burn. Most memorable dinner to date? The night I was engaged to my husband, Martin. He took me to a little place in Philadelphia called “The Maurice” (no longer there). It was a combination of all private little dining rooms – so romantic – and as I picked up my glass of Champagne, there in the bottom of the glass, sat my diamond engagement ring (1964).










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limit Goodrich Interiors, Cabin Systems-Booth Veneers,

specializes in providing the highest quality exotic wood veneer for the most exclusive projects including yachts, private jets, Heads of State aircraft and luxury residences worldwide.

Interview by Judy L. Miller

Cabinetry in a Falcon 7x aircraft. Photo by Bud Shannon, courtesy of Dassault Falcon Jet.




The company, started by high school teachers Carl and Kathie Booth, began in the mid 1970s in a garage in New Albany, Indiana. They provided veneer for custom made furniture and high end speaker panels, custom guitar faces, store fixtures and architectural projects. Soon they were approached by an aviation company, asking if they could provide plywood that wouldn’t burn in order to meet FAA regulations. That request lead the company into the industry that was to become their primary business.

Patricia Raisor, Business Unit Director of Booth Veneers: Our people are artists, and we think of our products as if each was a one of a kind piece of art. Each log is special and each panel we make is unparalleled.

Mike Cundiff, Sales Manager responsible for Customer Service and Program Management has been with Booth Veneers for 21 years. He has worked in every area of the company from manufacturing and quality control to purchasing the logs for their inventory. Mike visited with me to tell me about their fabulous products and unique specialty. “More than likely, anyone who has flown on a private/business jet in the past two decades is familiar with our product,” commented Mike.

What is the process for selecting a veneer log and where do you get them? Mike: In our business, inventory is everything. In order to serve our customers, we carry nearly 10,000,000 sq. ft. of veneer in more than 150 different species and cuts. Our veneer comes from every continent except Antarctica and we seek only the best logs. Our customer’s have a very discerning eye. They have stayed in the finest hotels, eaten in the finest restaurants and they have flown on private jets with exotic wood interiors. If they want a rare Elm Burl, we will find it. If they want a Bog Oak log that has been at the bottom of the Rhine River since 2,000 years before Christ, we have it. Nothing is out of the realm of possibilities for our customers.

to be very involved and will visit our facility to personally inspect the logs. We welcome personal involvement on the part of the customer, as it greatly increases their satisfaction with the final product. In one instance, we had a couple who had made their fortune as home builders. They were wonderful people who visited our facility, had a great time selecting their log and communicating directly without technicians, exactly what their vision was for their aircraft.

What is a typical order size? Mike: Our primary business is providing high quality custom made plywood for the aviation industry. A typical order for a private business jet is less than 4,000 sq ft of material with each piece blueprint matched to fit a particular piece on the project. On the other hand, a private 747, for instance, can involve more than 20,000 sq ft of veneer and each piece is hand crafted with the same attention afforded a single table top.

Do you supply other products? Mike: We provide hardwood lumber for trim to accompany our veneers and recently added, laser cutting custom inlay sand multi species marquetry logos to incorporate into the designs.

Is the veneer FSC certified? Mike: We carry an FSC Chain of Custody certificate for customers who are interested in purchasing logs from managed natural resources. We consider veneer by its very nature to be an environmentally friendly product. Using thin veneer allows us to stretch the limited resource for its visual beauty, while relying on less expensive and often more sustainable products as substrates.

Walk me through the design and selection process for a veneer. Mike: Most projects start with an interior designer calling our Program Managers to request samples for a project. They discuss the size of the project, the type of veneer they are considering and their vision of color and texture of the veneer desired. Our Program Managers have a combined 75 years of experience in the field and are experts who understand the unique characteristics of the many different species available. Once a veneer has been identified, we begin looking to our inventory for suitable logs. If nothing in stock fits the description, our log buyers will begin visiting suppliers to locate appropriate options. Our log buyers travel the world to find just the right log and have spent more than 30 years developing a trusted network of mills and suppliers that know the quality for which we are looking. The final step in the veneer selection process is the presentation of a sample from the actual log to be used on the project. Our customers want to do more than specify a species of veneer; they want to specify the individual log that will be used. We want our customers to know what they are getting and we spend a great deal of time and effort in the selection phase of the project. Once the log is chosen, we move into the manufacturing phase. Attention to detail and the highest quality are our priorities. Our highly skilled artisans evaluate the log and the drawings before they cut a single piece of veneer. Because each piece is made by hand to fit a specific part, any mistake can be costly and lead to remaking several panels to maintain the flow and sequence of the project. This can be compounded because each log has a finite amount of wood that was personally approved by the customer and running out is not an option.

Do you only work with Interior Designers? Mike: Every project has an interior designer and all aviation companies have an in-house design team. Our long term presence in the industry, allows us to get to know the designers and have great relationships with them. Often the principle customer, such as a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, will want


Veneer is a thin covering over another surface.


is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures.

Substrates refer to the backing material the decorative face veneer is applied to. The decorative face veneer provides little or no substantive support to the plywood. It’s simply there to be pretty. The backing material (substrate) provides the structural integrity and carries most of the fire retardant properties of the product. 


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Looks can be deceiving. From the outside, 100 Essex Road in Summit is a quaint picture-perfect colonial, the type of home that conjures images straight out of The Saturday Evening Post. But peek inside, and the canary-yellow house reveals a heart and soul that is 100 percent sleek, sophisticated and ultra-modern – far more Piet Mondrian than Norman Rockwell. So, when the homeowners – recent transplants from the big city who still had a longing for urban life – first laid eyes on photos of this 2003 custom-built masterpiece, they practically bought it sight unseen. “We were on a cruise when our broker emailed us the photos,” the wife said. “Fortunately, we got back in time for the open house. We showed up early and said ‘we’ll take it,’ and agreed to pay full price. It was the fastest closing in the history of the brokerage firm.” 32



A MODERNOASIS City Chic in Summit Text by Bonnie Clark Photography courtesy of Lois Schneider Realtor






The five-bedroom home is a perfect fit for the couple and their two young children. The wife, a successful abstract artist who sells her paintings to international buyers, has a studio in the city, but also uses the three-car garage as a place to paint. She is particularly fond of the abundance of light and the simple clean lines of the home. One of her favorite features is the octagonal breakfast nook, a shape that also repeats on the second floor sitting area adjacent to the master bedroom. Other dramatic elements include dark stained oak-wood floors that contrast to stark white walls, a two-story foyer with double staircase, and etched-glass French doors that open to a music room. “Everything is connected,” the wife said. “You walk in the front door and you can see the whole house. The kids like to play hide-and-seek; and I can see them from every room. It’s really very special.” The original owners were builders who owned a furniture and interior design business. They conceived and built their “dream home,” accenting the place with items and special touches such as a chandelier over the top island in the kitchen. “They really had a sophisticated eye,” the wife said. “There was a lot of Italian, edgy design pieces. Everything was very modern and chic.” When the family moved in, they made only a few very modest alterations, lightening the color of the walls to show off the wife’s bold and vivid paintings, and adding sheer window treatments to let in more natural light. The homeowners adhere to a “less is more” philosophy, with every item carefully selected according to functionality, shape, color and texture. The spacious “great room,” which features a gas fireplace and 11-foot ceiling, is breathtaking in its simplicity, containing only a few choice pieces of furniture: a low and sleek green oval sofa and ottoman, a bright “S”shaped red chair, and a cedar indoor children’s play slide. But the home is not just a good place to display modern art and furniture. This is a home that was designed both for everyday living and elaborate entertaining. The fully equipped gourmet kitchen, which features slate tile flooring, professional-grade appliances, granite countertops and a gracious center island, is a welcoming place for friends and family to gather.




Everything is connected,” the wife said. “You walk in the front door and you can see the whole house. The kids like to play hide-and-seek; and I can see them from every room. It’s really very special.




“We like to entertain,” the wife said. “We will often cook six-course meals and mingle over the island and in the breakfast room before sitting down to a formal dinner.” She also likes to infuse old-fashioned touches with more modern pieces, likening her design philosophy to how most of us conduct our day-to-day lives. “Even in an age of email, we still send hand-written notes from time to time,” she adds. When it comes to state-of-the-art infrastructure, 100 Essex is as smart as it is stylish, laden with high-tech features, including multi-zone cooling, central air, instant heat in the children’s bathroom and four-zone radiant heat, which allows family members to comfortably walk around barefoot, as is customary in their Far-East culture. “We have toasted feet 365 days out of the year,” the wife said. “I really like that.” Conducive for living, working and playing, 100 Essex Road boasts a finished basement with playroom, media room, wet bar and au pair/maid’s quarters, a first-floor study, music room, five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, along with unique details and high-end finishes located throughout. Outside, the three-tiered mahogany deck overlooks a beautifully landscaped backyard with lush trees, plants and colorful flowers. Located in close proximity to schools, downtown and the NJ Transit train station, the neighborhood is largely populated with young families. It is also within walking distance of parks and playgrounds. In fact, the couple says that they often take the kids for walks in the stroller to meet with friends and neighbors – much as they used to do when they lived in New York City and San Francisco. “I’ve never felt like I was in a suburban area,” she said. “Socially, that is very important to me.”

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nce upon a time,

a man and a woman fell in love and started a family, which became the center of their world. As the family grew, their love of that family grew exponentially.

Now grandparents, with their children grown, they decided to create a domestic paradise where “everyone can visit and find a special thing that they love to do, and do it.” As a location they chose the highest point in Alpine, on one of the most desirable streets in town. On my recent visit there, one would never guess that this was ever anything but an Eden. “The whole place was a pile of rock,” recalls the agent who sold them the land. This devoted couple worked hand in hand to create the ideal living space leaving nothing to chance. As a prominent commercial builder in Manhattan, the nature of homeowners work indicates that everything he touches should not only meet, but exceed all of the standards for what would make a sturdy structure, and a perfect home. He wrote the architectural plans and oversaw the construction

of the home. She arranged the interior décor to perfection. The result is a structurally incomparable and decoratively impeccable design. The stone patio outside houses a saltwater pool and overlooks the rambling grounds that extend for more than 3.2 acres, exhibiting a variety of plantings that all seem as if they were part of mother nature’s plan. There were pool toys strewn about from the grandchildren having recently been there. I can just imagine the likely refrain of, “Can we go to grandma’s house?” being a common one. The massive embrace of this home is a world where no one has been left out. Upstairs are seven bedroom suites, all designed with a specific purpose in mind. At the far end of the hall, just past the third staircase, is the one where the couple with the youngest baby stays, as it has a built-in-nursery, and a light soothing design right down to the powder white marble bath. Beside the “newest baby” suite is an in-law apartment, complete with a custom office, circular foyer, full living room, granite and stainless efficiency kitchen, gorgeous custom bathroom, and small step-up library. With a design rivaling any modern princess fantasy, is an en-suite guest room. The wife has excelled in refinement and accommodation. Even the housekeeper’s quarters include a bathroom with Botticino




marble and Jerusalem tumbled marble with mosaic trim. There is the first floor master suite where, in addition to ample space, fine touches have been added, such as private access to the indoor saltwater pool – which sits inside an exquisite gallery where a vast skylight mirrors the length of the pool. An original Joe Brown mural adorns the wall opposite a series of French doors. The wife’s touch is clearly felt throughout the home; where possible and appropriate, her love of horses has been included in the décor. The great room’s dramatic domed ceiling includes another hand-painted mural by Joe Brown in an ethereal equestrian theme. It is countered by a more whimsical variation of a nod to the equine in one of the upstairs bedroom suites meant for her granddaughters, where an actual carousel horse holds court on one end of the large room. Despite the pristine marble and magnificent moldings, the distinguished great room is a room one can easily melt into the sofa and get lost in the expansive view of the sky just beyond the terrace. “It’s like the home hugs you,” remarked a friend of the family. Everything, from the overstuffed plush, semi-circle seating banquets around the breakfast table, to the billiards room with rich tones of wood and inviting conversation area beside the beautiful marble fireplace, has been chosen to be useful and inviting. The bottom floor of the home is dedicated to pursuing hobbies. An incredible indoor play world which houses a few of those “special things,” including a full indoor basketball court with baskets on hydraulic lifts, serviceable yet chic men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, a 12-person movie theater with plump, plush seats, and a two-lane bowling alley. Apparently, when the bowling alley arrived, the boxes in which it came were all stamped “Camp David.” When asked how he ended up with the bowling alley that was meant for the President, the homeowner simply replied, “I guess they got my check first.” On the far end of the basement, there is a large, impeccable workshop wherein many an elf would happily whittle away the day. Also, the doors to the lower level are purposely wide enough so that the owner can pull his mini Bobcat machine into the room he built down there to house it. Of course, he might just choose to put it in one of the eight garages, or keep it by the golf cart that is stored under the coffered ceiling motor court when it is not making the rounds of the grounds. This fairy tale home is a dream come true, where people really do live happily ever after.

Joseph Brown Murals & Fine Art Joseph Brown started his painting career at the age of 11 doing murals represented by Vail Fine Art and Beaver Creek Fine Art. He briefly attended Boston University continued his painting career. Works attributed to Joseph Brown include a painting at the National Holocaust Museum, and mural at the Ramada Resort Deauville Hotel (FL), among others. He has completed dozens of massive murals and paintings found in mansions and upscale residences. His love for art is evident in each piece he creates. Joseph Brown’s clients include: Oprah Winfrey, Mary Higgins Clark, Alonzo Mourning.

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“It’s like the home hugs you,” remarked a friend of the family.





Text by Amy Holl Ahearn Photography by Joe Amato




brilliance In a town known for stately Georgian mansions, a Modern treasure provides a diversion in the woods.


from a wood around a corner is the property; a modern temple to contemporary architecture. Barely peeking out from behind copious vegetation, you first enter through an iron gate that opens before you. Drive around the circular driveway and pass a center medallion of greenery and a specimen tree to the entrance. Enter into a vaulted storey to lightness and space; a sunlight-filled capacious entryway with a series of clerestory windows casting light onto modern artwork and gleaming limed oak floors. A discreet powder room with marble floor and glass countertop with vessel sink occupies a corner of the foyer. A right or left turn around the center column of wall and a great room of more light and space is presented, whose outside back wall is flanked by floor to ceiling windows. Beyond these windows and patio doors is a spectacular view of the bluestone patio-encased pool. As your eye travels WWW.ASPIRENJ.COM





Having come from a California ranch house, upon entering the property, the wife happily exclaimed,

“This is my house, grown up! “ past the diving board beckoning the blue water, a perfectly situated pergola framed by lush greenery, completes the composition. Now, some architects have a house in their mind’s eye they want to build, and search for the perfect site. In the case of this property, architect Kurt Anderson first saw the site, and the idea of the house took shape. Mr. Anderson saw this wooded locale in 1984 and it spoke to him. It spoke of calm and serenity, nature and peace. The home literally grew out of the setting in a composed, orderly, symmetrical manner. The low, lean lines of the house and garage are juxtaposed brilliantly with the “orderly” forest (Mr. Anderson’s term) which encompasses them. The buildings emerge from the wood organically, gradually presenting themselves. The structures are integral yet separate, entities of the entire landscape. Mr. Anderson designed the home in 1985 for his wife and himself, and they lived there with their collections until 1993, when the current owners purchased the home. To the extent that the property was built not only to house the Andersons, but their antique furniture and classical art collections as well, speaks to the open, aerie-like feeling of the space. Throughout the home’s front rooms, white walls and windows – floor-to-ceiling and clerestory – provide the perfect backdrop and natural lighting for works of art of every imaginable medium. A 1960 graduate of MIT, Mr. Anderson’s style of architecture was influenced by the “Big Three” (his term) of Modernism – Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Mies Van Der Rohe. Mr. Anderson enjoyed the original serenity of the site, complemented by the symmetry of the home, as a perfect backdrop to his collections. The current homeowners definitely felt that the modern aesthetics of the house and their design sensibilities were compatible. They themselves are collectors. Having come from a California ranch house, upon entering the property, the wife happily exclaimed, “This is my house, grown up!” Several works of a favorite painter and family friend, Jan DeRuth, hang prominently around the main spaces. Oversized canvasses of well-heeled partiers, including the homeowner himself, dancing, drinking, and laughing welcome visitors. Other gems of the present owners’ collections include an original Eames chair and ottoman, a Lucite octagonal dining table, intricately

carved Chinese elm fretwork, and a Keith Haring painting. The kitchen is a contemporary cook’s dream. Designed after their arrival, the expansive room has abundant counter space in the form of Black Galaxy granite, contrasting the golden solid maple cabinetry accented with black. Professional style stainless-steel appliances underscore the fact that this is very much a serious working kitchen. The large scale ceramic floors are a bold statement of geometry, scale and texture in the modern space. In 1997, an additional wing, now housing the Master Suite, back gallery and open library, was added to the left side of the home by local architect Andrew Sheldon. The library’s “deconstructed” walls, which morph into stair-stepped bookshelves, house the owners’ vast collection of books. The room also boasts a fireplace and ample natural light for the bibliophile. This cozy space is attached to a back gallery, which leads through a series of turns to the master suite, with a set of French doors accessing the backyard and pool. The master bedroom feels like a treehouse, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows on 3 sides, surrounded by foliage in myriad shades of green and peeking out onto the pool and patio. The master bath is awash in crema marfil marble, bright and cheery with adjacent walk-in closets. The pool, patio and pergola installations, completed at the time of the addition, is the setting for many parties – including a surprise wedding anniversary their children hosted at the home for their parents. Well grown now, the children set the tone for this milestone event by framing the patio with Tiki torches, floating candles in the pool, and placing cool votives around the pergola and patio. The house and grounds easily absorbed the 40-plus guests in attendance. The overall feel of the property is that of an upscale neighborhood art gallery. A collector’s canvas, the house is comfortable yet sophisticated, the light and space allow the visitor to view art collections effortlessly, up close and personal. And so, Modernism comes of age in Princeton.

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Text by C. E. Dow Photography by Bob Skinner




perfect space – one that harkens back to the craftsmanship of a bygone era, suffused in the style and sophistication of a culture renowned for its elegance – can only be called complete when that woman walks from room to room, feeling the comfort of continuity. She knows that no matter which direction she may look, her eyes will be rewarded with just compensation for a laborious, yet lovingly undertaken process.



Being dedicated to the idea of modeling an estate after a very particular French style without being confined by the stricture that it could imply requires vision. Modeling her home after two specific French chateaus, Le Lude for its highly Louis XVI Neoclassicism and Azay-le-Rideau for its sheer beauty... “This met my goal of a French flavor as somewhat less exacting and more contemporary for today’s daily living and entertaining while retaining the entire splendor and charm of the era.” Indeed, an ideal example of that meeting point of modern convenience and elevated culture is the kitchen. Here begins the motif of lattice-work wood, which is perfectly offset by the custom cabinets, which this discriminating woman had brought in from Boylestown, Pennsylvania. The theme of lattice is repeated in the solarium style breakfast nook, as well as the morning room, where it is used to conceal more custom storage and an electronic entertainment centerpiece. Interesting aspects of the design, which were created simultaneously alongside the actual construction of the home so as to allow for the ultimate “flow”, include a pair of nearly four-foot-tall crystals flanking the dining room fireplace and a brilliant gallery that runs nearly the full width of the house across the first floor capped on either side by a full wall of mirrors. In the great room, tray ceilings create glorious angles with the full two-story high windows, which are draped to perfection by the enveloping window treatments made of Scalamandre fabrics. A columned threshold divides the great room from the front hall, off of which there is a formal living room, set up for conversation. It appears to come directly out of a novel from the Romantic Era. As if to provide that direct balance of which the woman previously spoke, directly across from the clever sitting room is the essential television area. Of course, it simply would not do, in keeping with balance, to create one of those oversized entertainment areas in which all of the furniture points to the gigantic plasma prominently featured as the focus of the entire room. No, our woman is quite a bit more practical than that. Sure, this entertainment room boasts the requisite large-screen television, but the custom cabinetry with beautifully carved wood panels creates a more palatable space for when one may wish to simply enjoy the beauty of the sprawling back yard just outside the French doors while sipping something prepared in the attached pub kitchen. At the far end of that aforementioned hallway is the formidable office, rich in texture with coffered ceiling, formal chairs, and mahogany bookshelves which house responsible-looking texts and overlook the children’s play area just outside the window. The house’s volume is incredible; remarkable ceiling heights accent the visionary design concepts – the textures of the various wallpapers add warmth and interest to what could be cavernous space in the hands of an unskilled designer/homeowner. To that point: if one makes a grand space, she must also know how to tame it… And in no other room in the house is that talent more apparent than in the master suite wing, where swooping crystal chandeliers draw the eye up like beacons, so as not to miss the dramatic windows that exceed the already-impressive ceiling height as they push up to create the characteristic architectural overhangs so immediately identifiable with the chateau manors from which our lady drew so much inspiration. The walkout private slate veranda offers a bird’s eye view of the backyard pool, play set, and guest house. Often, one judges a home by its closet space – particularly that of the master suite; this one does not disappoint. Walk past the poudre and mirrored wall to the walk-in where there is an oversized island/dresser. The master bathroom is just as impressive with gold faucets, Jacuzzi tub, and sinks bordered by colonnades; but what really sets it apart is the shower that runs the entire length of the far wall. The kids’ wing of the upstairs mirrors the master suite wing and is tucked behind carved wood doors. Accommodating in its deviation to the rest of the house’s style, one of the en-suite bedrooms offers a slightly different take, while the other two bedrooms that share a Jack n’ Jill style bathroom offer adherence to the French style, but in completely hip, chic ways evocative of a respectful, yet fresh, approach to the design. If one were to walk down the staircase from the second floor, they would find what most people wished they meant when they used the euphemism

Modeling her home after two specific French chateaus, Le Lude for its

highly Louis XVI Neoclassicism and Azay-le-Rideau for its sheer beauty... “lower level.” The movie theater has a small stage area and a heavily coffered ceiling overhead. The detail in the woodwork is incredibly intricate; the detail and dedication from the top two floors is anything but spared down here. Meander down the hall alongside the theater and discover the mini arcade. Head back in the other direction and notice the home gym, which is larger than most and has a mirrored wall. The bottom floor is finished off with housekeepers’ quarters. It would be impossible to do justice to the solid design and flow of the home without giving proper respect to the grounds, where in the back of the home an incredible stone patio offers plenty of opportunity for indoor/outdoor living in the warmer months. The large pool has a calming waterfall, as well as a sitting bench in the water which stretches from the low to the deep end. Both the main and the guest house are coated in hard-coat masonry stucco; inside the latter, a soothing beach theme is refined yet comfortable with a working masonry fireplace, high ceilings, changing room, bathroom and laundry, and access to the outdoor wet bar. As I walk past the bar and back around to the front of the home, I regard the windows and their drapes, from which I am now separated by thick panes of glass. I hope I will not struggle to remember the exact designs and textures. When I reach the front, I take an extra moment to savor the view from such a pristine vantage point, and then wander over to the lily pond in the front of the home, just past the paver driveway. I offer a long look to the bulrushes before turning back to face the home once again. I think to myself, “She did it. The woman was really able to create perfection.”

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Pieces Dream of a

The former estate of the late Henry Clay Frick 11 in Alpine, New Jersey is without a doubt, a luxurious English manor like no other.

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he lush landscape of the former family Frick estate built on the border of Alpine and Demarest is a mix of unspoiled, virgin woodlands and incredibly beautiful manicured grounds. Henry Clay Frick II saw his vision come to fruition over a half century ago. With 12.7 original acres, and 11 different purchases over the years – the property grew to 64 acres – 37 in Alpine and 27 in Demarest. Being the last surviving member of the Frick family to have lived in the historic, 1914 Beaux-Arts mansion on Fifth Avenue which now houses The Frick Collection, he was a connoisseur of fine architecture which is evident in the grand, 13,000 square foot English manor house he built in the style of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580). The estate’s iconic main residence incorporates all the hallmarks of his Palladio’s sensibility including double loggias, Venetian windows, columns, dovecotes, pilasters, pediments and porticos. No expense was spared. With its original, meticulously-handcrafted architectural details, the luxurious 15-room mansion with four fireplaces is filled with elegant, old-world amenities that would be almost impossible to replicate today, including its grand staircase, graceful archways, coffered ceilings and marble hallways. The main property also includes a formal dining room, sun room, private study, a grand master suite and six bedrooms all with marble baths. There is a spacious, beautifully-proportioned living room with tall Palladian windows overlooking an apple orchard; on a piece of property that many think is one of the most beautiful they have ever seen. There is also a three-bedroom carriage house with a great room and a huge fireplace, a studio, staff quarters, a pool and a three-car garage. Frick was also an avid naturalist who had the means, the skill and the ability to create a private, personal arboretum. It is a lush, horticultural treasure with ornamental and century-old specimen trees, sculpted boxwood, a magnificent, formal English garden with prized heirloom roses, and sweeping sylvan vista’s for as far as the eye can see. He diverted a stream to make a pond for his gorgeous bevy of snow-white swans and kept it stocked with small mouth bass and carp. Every morning one of his gardeners would fish for his lunch. He added handsome stone walls, stairways and terraces, and built a huge aviary with a brook running through. Aviaries which date back to the 1800s originally were constructed as attractions in zoological parks to draw visitors. Frick built his own private aviary to indulge his passion for birds and his interest in the preservation of endangered species.

He also planted an apple orchard. It’s been said that one of his very favorite times of the year was early spring when as everything else was just starting to bud, the orchard would burst into full bloom. Not only was it a sight to behold, but the lovely, clean, fresh, fragrance of the apple blossoms would waft through the house, and when a slight breeze came up, it would send their delicate white petals floating to the ground as if it were snowing in May. Fascinated by wildlife, (he once kept a live black snake in his desk at St. Paul’s), Frick was a trustee of prominent wildlife and research institutions including the Wildlife Conservation Society and the American Museum of Natural History. He carried on his family’s personal commitment to saving wildlife and their habitat by providing critical operating support for the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium. He was also the guardian of his grandfather’s legacy, both as a trustee and board president of The Frick Collection. In 2005, the aging Dr. Frick and his family decided it was time to pass their beloved sanctuary on for another generation to enjoy. In what amounted to the single largest home sale in the United States that year, Richard Kurtz, an Alpine resident and a prominent real-estate developer, who founded and owns the Englewood Cliffs-based Kamson Corporation, purchased the 64-acre estate for $58 million. As part of his deal with Kurtz, Dr. Frick could live on the estate until his death. He passed away in 2007 at the age of 87. “Given its pedigree and its incredibly close proximity to New York City, this piece of property is without a doubt, some of the most valuable private real estate in North America,” Kurtz stated. Now on 14 acres, the former Frick estate which was restored in the 1990s, is part of The Estates at Alpine, an exclusive, private community with 24-hour security. Unquestionably, Dr. Frick did not lead a life of leisure. Like many born into wealthy families, he saw that from great advantage, arises even greater responsibility. He has shared his contributions to medicine, art and the environment, with the world, but the most tangible part of his legacy, is the beautiful, old-world country retreat he created parcel by parcel on Closter Dock Road in the rolling hills of Alpine, New Jersey.


Henry Clay Frick II was the sole grandson of Henry Clay Frick, the legendary industrialist, financier, art collector and founder of The Frick Collection in New York. He however, chose a far different path in life. He was a noted physician, surgeon and professor at Columbia University who served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in post-World War II and two tours of duty as a volunteer field surgeon at the height of the Vietnam War.

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Appeal The K. Hovnanian family, of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. share memories of growing up on the shores of the Shrewsbury River.

Legend has it that on the shores of the Shrewsbury River in the early 1900’s, not too far from the current day Sea Bright Bridge, a young boy picked up a bottle from the sand and declared to his father that he had found a bottle full of old sea water. The father opened the bottle, sniffed at it, and said, “That’s not water, that’s rum son!” Hence began the beloved tales involving Harbourage, the big yellow home at 29 Ward Avenue in Rumson. A few generations ago, in fact, a stable was found, practically underground, in the now neighboring property of 25 Ward Avenue. It is said to have stored rum brought over from across the water during prohibition. This tale gives new light to the name of the old restaurant “The Rum Runner”.

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Harbourage today is a two-story, 11,470 square foot home with 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and 6 car garage, poised on 4.7 acres. It used to have three floors and two turrets and included the majority of the two neighboring properties. In fact, there was a grand formal ballroom on one side of the home which is now gone. In Rumson: Shaping a Superlative Suburb by Randall Gabrielan, it states that a home named Harbourage at 29 Ward Ave. was built in the 1870’s by E. Boudinot Colt, remodeled in 1884 by Malcom Graham and named by The Register as one of the most elegant homes on the Bluff. J. Fredrick Talcott (1866-1944), purchased the property in 1917 and enlarged it further. Some of the work, such as the cozy octagonal shaped library, is said to have been done by

Photography by John Perotta


the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. “Because of its wonderful fireplace, in the winter we would all crowd into the octagonalshaped library, one of the smallest rooms in the house. It was actually the whole family’s favorite room,” recalls one of the daughters. Mr. Talcott, who is famous in his own right as a pioneer of the textile business in New York City and whose family members include descendants of Cornelius Vanderbilt, wrote a book, Swift and Still Water, of which a signed copy is deeded to remain in the library of the home. Victor Shaheen bought the estate in 1956 and enjoyed it with his large family until the Kevork Hovnanian family moved in. Looking for a place to raise their family, Mr. and Mrs. K. Hovnanian, the founder of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., the largest homebuilder in New Jersey and the sixth largest in the United States, acquired this waterfront

property in 1972. Harbourage has served the ever-growing Hovnanian family well. Generations have grown up enjoying an idyllic life on the water. One daughter, a self-described “water rat” recalls spending day after day with her brother, waterskiing on the Shrewsbury River and exploring the Navesink River’s many islands. She also loved to fish off the deep-water dock for blues, and striped bass with her father out in the Atlantic. Mr. and Mrs. K. Hovnanian opened the doors of their home to friends and family alike. The house was always alive with activity, from grand parties and huge wedding celebrations to games of family football on the back lawn. Many a family dog have enjoyed a cruise down the river on an ice drift in the winter or stealing a pear from the 80 year old trees in the side yard. The brick arbor, home to concord grapes, has seen many casual dinners with the outdoor kitchen and grill close by. The sides of the property have a blue spruce planted for every Christmas the K. Hovnanians have celebrated in the house. Stepping into this sea-side sanctuary will at the same time remind you of a by-gone era and invite you to partake in a warm and fruitful future.

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after before


There are , and then there are sisters, the ones who are there with a shoulder to cry on, who can turn frowns into laughs, and in the case of Liz Balogh, who arrive with a blanket, a pillow, and even a whole arsenal of new room dĂŠcor to make the tough times a bit easier. Written by Theresa Keegan 54


PAYITFORWARD “Long after all of us are gone this can still be going forward and helping people,” Liz Balogh says of the non-profit group she started called Lin’s Linens, Inc. The premise of the program converts one room, in homes of women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment, into a sanctuary of calm, where personal healing and strength-building can take place. Balogh started the program after dealing with her own sister’s cancer. Lin Salerno was diagnosed in 1997, with breast cancer, went into treatment, battled the disease and continued on with her busy life. Her days were punctuated by work and her real passion: horseback riding. Family gatherings with her four siblings marked the holidays and passing years. But four years ago a doctor’s visit confirmed the worst: The cancer was back, this time in Lin’s bones. A fighter, Salerno was ready to undergo treatment yet again. She was ready for the chemo, the radiation, the ongoing body scans. But what she didn’t expect was that upon returning home following her first treatment, she found Liz had been busy plying her decorative magic in Lin’s bedroom in Clark, NJ. The tired patient returned home to discover her newly decorated bedroom. “My sister made my bed look like a cloud,” she recalls. New pillows, comforters and soft linens transformed the bed. “I felt so loved and comforted when I crawled into that bed. I just wanted everybody out so I could sleep.” That loving touch enhanced her healing process, says Salerno, “I felt very nurtured and special. “Every time I got into that bed I felt as if my sister was hugging me. When you’re down and feel crummy any sense of feeling special goes out the window, but this action reminded me that I’m loved – and it still does.” It was exactly the outcome Balogh had hoped for – especially since Lin received a diagnosis that with Stage 4 cancer she will forever be on a treatment regimen.  “When Lin was initially re-diagnosed, I just felt there had to be something else I could do to create that mind, body, spirit connection I feel is necessary to heal,” recalls Balogh. It was an especially challenging task, given her sister’s active, go-get ‘em passion for life. “Despite the treatments, the only time Lin would’ve been in bed to rest was through kicking and fighting.” But the inviting setting gave her the opportunity to rest and have her body recuperate. “It just made so much of a difference,” Salerno says of the bedroom overhaul, “and this is from someone who really doesn’t place importance on that kind of thing…before this I knew nothing of thread count. If I was exfoliating while I was sleeping because the sheets were so rough, I thought that was good time management.”



The change in the bedroom created a change in Lin, and Balogh was inspired. “When I saw how it worked for her I thought, why stop with my sister? There are women everywhere who could benefit from this care.” And so in June 2010, the non-profit agency Lin’s Linens was born. As a professional interior designer and owner of Chrysaliz Design in Toms River, Balogh, knew she had the expertise and skill to overhaul a room. But the additional challenge of raising funds, establishing a non-profit and securing volunteers and supporting helpers was new territory. But her siblings willingly jumped on board, as have numerous leaders in the design world, and other cancer support programs. (See side bar). The agency, on average, completes a room every six weeks, which includes interviewing the recipient, known as a “Program Sister,” finding the interior items, and then coordinating a focused, three-day makeover. The result has been phenomenal and so far 12 other “Program Sisters” have enjoyed the generosity of Lin’s Linens. One mother of young children had her living room redone, so she could spend time with her family while recouping from treatments. Another “Program Sister” had a room converted to a beach theme, to recall childhood memories on the shore. Another woman who loved the tropics wanted bright colors on the walls. The potential matches and renovation requests are limitless. Balogh offered that since women are so often the caregivers and nurturers in a home, they are often the last to be taken care of. Although families want to help when a primary caregiver is battling cancer, they often don’t even know where to begin. Men often step to the plate and help with young children and even household chores, but the deep healing process that taps a woman’s energy, and even sometimes her spirit, is often not addressed. “People sometimes think design can be frivolous,” says Balogh, “but if we can go into a home and know when we leave that there’s going to be a big difference in the way this person is going to live, well, that’s pretty amazing.”


The success of Lin’s Linens depends on the generosity of many people, from business sponsors to independent helpers. Everyone from Sherwin Williams Paint to Mark Calogero of Designer’s Resource in Lodi, lend support. “Mark is so generous with his time and his product,” says Liz Balogh, president of the non-profit. “He helps me with everything to do with window treatments…he is amazing.” Electrician Mark McStay of Electric Miracles helps whenever re-wiring is needed in a room, and other professionals from seamstresses to suppliers help when asked. But one partnership that is cherished by Lin’s Linens is that created with Michelle Gannon of Mary’s Place by the Sea. The bed and breakfast in Ocean Grove provides a sanctuary for women being treated for cancer and is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus. The lovely Victorian B & B offers women free stays, a chance to relax, renew or even just reflect on their lives and treatments. Balogh will often send “Program Sisters” to the facility while their rooms are being renovated, and she is also designing a treatment room for the waterfront site. “We help each other out,” Balogh says. “We’ve all gotten together and said ‘We have to nurture people.’ We work together to make things happen.”

Family Photo left to right: LeeAnn Scanlon, Tom Salerno, Liz Balogh, Lin Salerno, Tim Salerno. WWW.ASPIRENJ.COM


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‘Hidden Acres Estate’

Saddle River


Ten acres! A 600+ long driveway leads to this notable gated, 7/8 bedroom, 6.5 bath, brick estate of apr. 11,000 sf, on 9.8 flat acres. Main residence offers a living rm, library/fpl, banquet dining hall, great rm/fpl & more. 4-car showroom garage with carriage doors and stone floors. Large stone veranda, heated lagoon pool, separate spa with stone patio & heated guesthouse with w/full kitchen, service bar, marble/ onyx bath, living room & bedroom.

Palatial Manor



A palatial grand brick manor, custom built with a gated, fenced, manicured and oversized lot offering formal gardens, a Japanese tea house, gazebo, pagoda and fountains. The elegant and beautifully appointed interior is ideal for large scale entertaining and is further enhanced with an indoor pool. A new stateof-the-art kitchen, 2-story entry and 2 story great room both with iron balustrade are just a few of the numerous features.

in a class By itself

Saddle River


young (December 1999), all brick manor majestically situated on prime 2 acre cul de sac street. No expense spared in the construction of this home by Seasons Development. coffered ceilings, stone and wood flooring, radiant and hydronic hot air heat, state-of-theart custom kitchen and baths, elevator, home theater. Gated and fenced lush 2 acres with pool/spa and cabana. Garages can house 8 cars.

Saddle River

Baronial Manor


A resort setting surrounds this grand all brick manor with slate roof. Fabulous pool/spa, gazebo and regulation tennis court. Manicured property, mature plantings and trees. Large rooms offer a great flow for entertaining. High volume throughout and a bedroom setup ideal for extended family. 4-car garage with additional garage space for the avid car collector. Great opportunity for the buyer desiring a large-scale lifestyle!

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Franklin Lakes


Franklin Lakes







Premier Franklin Lakes Location on 1 level acre 5BR, 4.2 BA, Superior attention to detail in every room. HUGE GR, Library, LR, DR, Large EIK, MBR with Sitting room, Guest Suite, Rec room, Library, 3FP, 3 car gar, SMART home system for the savvy buyer looking for a beautiful home with today’s technology!

Top Quality CUSTOM Construction awaits you at this NEW Colonial Manor Home. Beautiful Trim/Millwork, Custom 8’ Mahogany Double, Entry Doors, Stone & Hardie Exterior, Custom 8’ Interior Doors & Wood Casings, Coffered Ceiling in DR, Open Stair with Bridge overlooking 2-Story Fam Rm & Foyer, Select Hardwood Oak Floors, Gourmet Kitchen w/ Viking Appliances, 6-Zone Sound/ Smart System, 5BR, 4BA, Large 1st floor BR/full BA, 3-car gar.

Combine Ramsey CC living, (club side), & this completely renovated CH colonial, with fine decor & amenities galore & you just may have found your dream home! 4 BR’s, +2 bonus rms, 3 fbths, fin basement w/play rm & gym, front & side lazy day porches. Combine all this & you have an elegant, spacious & well maintained ‘must see’ home.



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A HOME YOU WILL LOVE! Set on a lushly landscaped. One Flat Acre. This home offers 6BR, 3FB, huge eat-in Kitchen with granite counters and extra large family room. Simply a beautiful home! Priced well for this size and neighborhood.

LUXURY PLUS VALUE! Builder’s own home – Fantastic Rio Vista location. Fireplace warms the chef’s kitchen w/commercial stainless appliances, Granite, and radiant heated floors. Sun room for peaceful days, 2 family rooms, huge dining room, cherry library, 2 stairways – too numerous to list.

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Ho-Ho-Kus 201-447-6600

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Washington Township


MAGESTIC CUSTOM GEORGIAN! Located on a hill bordering the town of HoHoKus. The owners of this amazing custom home carefully selected this site to build their dream. Large, inviting rooms, flow freely and feature marble, tile or hardwood floors. Awe inspiring outdoor spaces formed by custom stone work.

Ramsey 201-825-4200

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Manasquan Riverfront Contemporary

Live in main house and build another! Set on this Manasquan River sub-dividable lot is a custom contemporary with every modern amenity. It includes: 75’ on the water, riparian rights, 130’ dock, complete with 2 boat lifts, personal watercraft dock and 2 lifts. The open floor plan holds panoramic views from every room. The custom gourmet kitchen, living room with fossiled double-sided fireplace, private guest wing and backyard complete with your own private beach make this a shore paradise! Marketed by Barbara Ann Milano Point Pleasant Office, 732 899 3700 Offered at $2,999,000 2631 River Road Point Pleasant NJ An independently owned and operated firm.

Crème de la Crème!

Live your dreams in the Jersey shore’s finest. Architectural detail and design are surpassed only by magnificent ocean views. There is plenty of room in this stunning 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. Incredible craftsmanship and superior quality enhance the open floor plan of this ocean front home. Marketed by Gina Mroczkowski Point Pleasant Office 732 899 3700 Offered at $2,300,000 8 Water St Point Pleasant Beach NJ

Graceful Riverfront Estate

Private curved driveway leads to this stunning riverfront estate. Graceful presence, elegant design and outstanding craftsmanship—set on 1.98 acres of park-like property with panoramic views of the Navesink River, bulkhead, dock, pool with bluestone patio and more! Marketed by Mario Venancio Rumson Office 732 530 2800 Offered at $2,999,000 123 Grange Avenue Fair Haven NJ

Tucked Away…

In a coveted Princeton neighborhood and ideally situated on a spectacular 2+ acre lot, this expanded Cape offers a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary flair. The graceful lines of this classic floor plan includes a 2-story foyer adjoining living and dining rooms, a family room as well as an updated kitchen with an inviting dining area. Marketed by Michelle Needham Princeton Office 609 921 2600 Offered at $1,195,000 41 Fairway Drive Princeton NJ An independently owned and operated firm.

Unsurpassed Tranquility Drive down a winding private lane to this elegant custom built villa situated on 3.77 lush acres. Built in 2004 with over 7,000 square feet of living space, 5 bedrooms each with private bath plus separate guest house featuring living room, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2 car garage. Marketed by Jane Heller Rumson Office 732 530 2800 Offered at $3,725,000 3 Linden Lane Rumson NJ

Little Silver Waterfront

Elegant best describes this custom home with a Mediterranean flair. Special features include ecofriendly bamboo floors, oak floors, 4 fireplaces, detailed moldings, and arched doorways. Situated on over an acre of manicured grounds, with pool, deep water dock, and riparian grant. Marketed by Bridget DiMisa Bruno Rumson Office 732 530 2800 Offered at $1,999,999 27 Pine Drive Little Silver NJ

Nantucket-Style Waterfront

Custom Anderson-Campanella designed waterfront home located on cul-de-sac with charming architectural details. Perfect floor plan for large family with sleeping quarters on 3 levels. Bluestone patio with outdoor fireplace, 250’ bulkhead & dock.

Marketed by Jane Heller Rumson Office 732 530 2800 Offered at $3,250,000 13 River Edge Drive Rumson NJ

Monmouth Beach Retreat This magnificent redesigned and expanded riverfront Shore Colonial is truly a quintessential family vacation home in this popular seaside village. Breathtaking river and ocean views from almost every room, it offers an exquisite infinity pool, expansive dock, charming porches & balconies to enjoy the views. Marketed by Barbara Fendelander Rumson Office 732 530 2800 Offered at $6,500,000 136-A Ocean Avenue Monmouth Beach NJ

Enjoy Lagoon and Bay Views!

Solidly built home in prestigious neighborhood has open floor plan has stone fireplace, granite, stainless and Jenn-Air grill in kitchen. Cedar impressions siding, 2009 new vinyl bulkhead and Azek deck. Protected deepwater lagoon location. 2nd floor ready for expansion. Marketed by Linda L. Curry Spring Lake Office 732 449 3200 Offered at $1,599,000 230 Curtis Point Drive Mantoloking NJ An independently owned and operated firm.

A Private Gated Entrance‌ ‌leads to quite possibly the finest property in Atlantic Highlands. Approximately. 1.5 acres of spectacular wooded grounds overlooking the NY Skyline and Atlantic Ocean. A separate 2 bedroom guest cottage offers privacy from the main residence plus in-ground pool overlooking NY Skyline. Minutes to NY Ferry and beaches! Marketed by PJ Rotchford Rumson Office 732 530 2800 Offered at $1,475,000 1 Cameron Circle Atlantic Highlands NJ

Rumson Refuge! Lovely home on a quiet cul-de-sac set on 1.02 lush riverfront acres! Watch nature in action from several rooms. Beautifully landscaped. Patio with heated pool, hot tub, cabana and dock! Magnificent river views of nature preserve, Monmouth Beach and Rumson Country Club. Marketed by Geralyn Behring Rumson Office 732 530 2800 Offered at $2,169,000 11 Harbor Drive Rumson NJ

Historic Spring Lake

A Rare Find. A Corner Double Lot!

Separate guest cottage currently used as 2 bedroom rental over 3-car garage. Many modern features, custom kitchen with butler’s pantry, living rm with fireplace & wood floors throughout. Enjoy your morning coffee on your wrap-around porch. Close to beach, town & train! Marketed by Jeanne Mangold-Rhodes Point Pleasant Office 732 899 3700 Offered at $1,699,900 316 Jersey Avenue Spring Lake NJ

Majestic Evergreens, Lush Flowering Trees…

…and a circular driveway welcome you to this traditional 5 bedroom house. Two acres of park-like grounds with gated swimming pool and an expansive yard. This home has all the traditional rooms one would expect plus a spacious, sky-lit year round sunroom overlooking the serene property. Marketed by Judith Stier Princeton Office 609 921 2600 Offered at $1,100,000 Address Upon Request An independently owned and operated firm.

Peace and Serenity on Private Beach This six year new beautiful home is located just steps to a private beach and bay. Entertaining and relaxation go hand in hand with the open floor plan. Plenty of room for guests, each bedroom has it’s own bath. Marketed by Lori J. Juliano Slack Point Pleasant Office 732 899 3700 Offered at $2,500,000 1108 Ocean Avenue Mantoloking NJ

Beautiful Sunsets! Beautiful View! Beautiful sunsets! Beautiful views! Glorious views from almost all rooms overlooking Shippee’s Pond and the Navesink River. Magnificent state of the art renovations, custom details, gourmet kitchen with adjoining family room, master bedroom suite with fireplace and luxurious master bath. Marketed by Elizabeth “BJ” DeBree Rumson Office 732 530 2800 Offered at $1,795,000 40 Laury Drive Fair Haven NJ

Metro Chic!

Magnificent professionally planned and landscaped six plus acres with luxurious pool surrounded by lush terrain. Extraordinary home built for unlimited entertaining offering three levels of comfort, intimacy and sophistication. Beautifully crafted functionality with unexpected architectural surprises in every space of this eight bedroom, eight bath home. Marketed by Nancy Kenworthy Bernardsville Office 908 221 1212 Offered at $2,650,000 Mendham Township

Desirable, Historic Mendham Spectacular 3.8 acres with great vistas is the site for this lovely Colonial design minutes from the center of the historic village, schools, shops and restaurants. Enjoy the sunny breakfast room, in-ground pool and rear patio in this lovely homestead, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac. Large formal living room, four bedrooms, three full plus one half bath and partially finished basement. Marketed by Bryan Seavey Mendham Office 973 543 1000 Offered at $895,000 Mendham Township An independently owned and operated firm.




Stone Country Manor

New Construction

Set on 3+ picturesque acres of property impeccably landscaped and very private. This stately stone manor was custom built with extraordinary attention to detail and quality. This elegant 14 room home offers approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of well-designed and beautifully appointed living space with high ceilings, serene master with fireplace and sitting room plus 5 additional en-suite bedrooms, full summer kitchen and pool. A perfect blend of urban sophistication and country living. Enjoy Rockleigh’s low taxes and close proximity to New York City. Price Upon Request

Located on a cul-de-sac and set on an acre of beautifully landscaped property, this elegant, well designed and well-appointed colonial offers 7,000+ sq. ft. of luxurious living space. The grand two story entrance foyer sets the tone with a graceful circular staircase for the main level with 10’ ceilings, mahogany library with coffered ceiling, custom kitchen with commercial grade appliances, detailed architectural moldings throughout fabulous master suite with fireplace, sitting room and palatial master bath plus 5 additional bedroom suites. Enjoy Upper Saddle River’s award winning school system. Price Upon Request



Urban Sophistication

Simply Perfect

Located on a cul-de-sac, this classic and timeless brick Georgian colonial is set on 2 private acres of property. This truly elegant home offers a well-designed open floor plan with architectural elements throughout perfect for entertaining and comfortable family living. This residence offers a dramatic two story entrance foyer, cherry library, banquette dining room, sun-filled living room and a gourmet kitchen with commercial grade appliances, serene master suite with fabulous master bath plus 4 additional bedroom suites, high ceilings with architectural moldings. True perfection! Price Upon Request

Prestigious East Hill Norwood! Set on a private, manicured acre with pool this colonial is well-maintained, completely renovated and expanded to perfection. This home offers 12 rooms, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 designer baths, fabulous country kitchen with breakfast room, cherry library with fireplace, beautiful master suite with sitting room and luxurious master bath. A perfect blend of urban sophistication and country living just 7 miles from New York City. Price Upon Request

Rosemarie Campi

Peggy Mann

Broker - Sales Associate

Realtor/Sales Associate

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1022 Closter Dock Road, Alpine, NJ 07620 Office: 201.768.9300

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Alpine, NJ $28,000,000 Michele Kolsky-Assatly, Sales Associate MLS 1126434 201-461-5000

Short Hills, NJ $7,999,000 Elaine Pruzon, Sales Associate MLS 2829092 973-376-5200

Harding Township, NJ $7,995,000 Edward Butera, Broker Sales Associate MLS 2818387 973-377-4444

Alexandria Township, NJ Susan Hall, Sales Associate MLS 2866375

Bernards Township, NJ $5,795,000 Jacqueline Rossi, Broker Sales Associate MLS 2832381 973-543-2552

Chester Township, NJ $4,500,000 Flor de Maria Thomas, Sales Associate MLS 2823329 973-543-2552

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$7,500,000 908-735-8080

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Montville, NJ Angela Duke, Sales Associate

$4,399,000 973-267-3030

Middletown, NJ $4,195,000 Pauline Poyner, Sales Associate MLS 21020703 732-842-3200

Harding Township, NJ $3,500,000 Nan Reil & Vincenza Montrone, Sales Associates MLS 2826476 908-766-2900

Harding Township, NJ $3,495,000 Christopher “Chris” Herold, Sales Associate MLS 2834962 908-766-2900

Smoke Rise, Kinnelon, NJ $3,450,000 Carole “Lynn” Brescia, Broker Sales Associate MLS 2885580 201-891-6700

Brielle, NJ $3,099,000 Pamela Farmer, Sales Associate MLS 21121174 732-449-2777

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Sparta, NJ $3,000,000 Joan & Todd Donohue, Sales Associates MLS 2879207 973-729-6111

Bernardsville, NJ $2,995,000 Cynthia Mistretta & Andrea Szott, Sales Associates MLS 2852477 973-543-2552

Pierson Lakes, NY $2,950,000 Yvonne Cohen, Associate Broker MLS 1100439 845-634-0400

Rumson, NJ $2,895,000 Mary Loux “Dubie” McDonnell, Broker Sales Associate MLS 21125458 732-842-3200

Readington Township, NJ $2,850,000 Celeste Amann, Sales Associate MLS 2831577 908-782-6850

Wall, NJ $2,599,900 Pauline Poyner, Sales Associate MLS 21122776 732-842-3200

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Mountain Lakes, NJ $2,500,000 Margaret “Peggy” Lefsky, Sales Associate 973-263-0400

Mendham Township, NJ $2,495,000 Nan Reil & Vincenza Montrone, Sales Associates MLS 2863808 908-766-2900

Kinnelon, NJ $2,399,900 Lisa Masterson, Sales Associate MLS 2836604 973-838-9300

Ridgewood, NJ $2,399,000 Laura Wilson, Sales Associate MLS 1128085 201-445-9400

Ridgewood, NJ $2,395,000 Marilyn Nuber, Broker Sales Associate MLS 1129877 201-327-5050

Pierson Lakes, NY $2,350,000 Yvonne Cohen, Associate Broker MLS 500891 845-634-0400

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Basking Ridge, NJ $2,349,000 Wendy Kestner, Sales Associate MLS 2842300 908-766-2900

Bernardsville, NJ $2,150,000 Nan Reil & Vincenza Montrone, Sales Associates MLS 2832309 908-766-2900

Upper Saddle River, NJ $2,099,000 Riccarda “Ricki” Sellner, Sales Associate MLS 2874694 201-327-8305

Upper Saddle River, NJ $2,095,000 Riccarda “Ricki” Sellner, Sales Associate MLS 2868422 201-327-8305

Bernardsville, NJ $2,000,000 Wendy Kestner, Sales Associate MLS 2862860 908-766-2900

Peapack-Gladstone, NJ STARTING UNDER $2,000,000 Nan Reil & Vincenza Montrone, Sales Associates MLS 2832309 908-766-2900

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Colts Neck, NJ $1,990,000 Adriana D’Agostino, Sales Associate MLS 21116341 732-946-9600

West Orange, NJ $1,975,000 Kathy Gering, Sales Associate MLS 2873808 973-994-4323

Kinnelon, NJ $1,895,000 Lisa Masterson, Sales Associate MLS 2849541 973-838-9300

Watchung, NJ $1,895,000 Jane Cole & Susan Tucker, Sales Associates MLS 2857684 908-754-7511

Holmdel, NJ $1,799,000 Teresa Pavlinetz, Sales Associate MLS 21103351 732-946-9600

Piermont, NY $1,699,900 Noemi Morales, Associate Broker MLS 505914 845-634-0400

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Westfield, NJ $1,690,000 Jill Horowitz Rome, Sales Associate MLS 2852770 908-233-5555

Stockton, NJ $1,550,000 Bruce Gage & Joan Van der Veen, Sales Associates MLS 2841768 908-782-6850

Westfield, NJ $1,500,000 Frank D. Isoldi, Broker Sales Associate MLS 2856098 908-233-5555

Plainfield, NJ $1,500,000 Cynthia Alexander, Sales Associate MLS 2828314 908-233-0065

Chester Township, NJ $1,499,000 Flor de Maria Thomas, Sales Associate MLS 2810153 973-543-2552

Kinnelon Borough, NJ $1,450,000 Cindy Gallagher, Sales Associate MLS 2854640 973-838-9300

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Bridgewater Township, NJ $1,449,900 Theresa “Terry” Londenberg, Sales Associate MLS 2807043 908-658-9000

Green Pond, NJ $1,242,000 Marilyn Lapham, Sales Associate MLS 2847198 908-838-9300

Randolph Township, NJ $1,149,000 Jacqueline Rossi, Broker Sales Associate MLS 2823979 973-543-2552

Randolph Township, NJ $1,139,000 Jacqueline Rossi, Broker Sales Associate MLS 2827527 973-543-2552

Long Branch, NJ $1,095,000 Barbara Scaffidi, Sales Associate MLS 21104098 732-449-2777

$1,090,000 Kinnelon, NJ Nancy Barnett, Sales Associate MLS 2845665 973-838-8400

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Heritage House

Locust Hilltop Estate Perched on 5.5 private acres, “Holly Hill” offers breathtaking panoramic views of the River, Ocean and NYC! Built in 1934, this magnificent estate was recently restored and expanded, while maintaining its original grandeur. Picturesque property includes a Georgian style main house, charming two story pool house, 2 bedroom carriage house, 7 garage bays, lush gardens, patios, a pool and roof-top terrace. The perfect blend of the Gatsby era with all the comforts of modern living! Selected as the 2011 VNA Designer Show House. Offered at $5,400,000.

KAREN MURPHY Sales Associate Cell 732-337-4300 ELIZABETH LUBIN Sales Associate Cell 732-236-9330

Rumson Waterfront Oasis Travel no further than your own backyard for an exquisite resort-like getaway! This home has been totally redone by a designer with attention to EVERY detail. Nestled on 1.7 acres, this private oasis features 7000 SF main house with 5 Bedroom Suites, Pool, Cabana and Deep Water Dock plus a 3 Bedroom Carriage House, perfect for guests or as rental income. Enjoy magnificent views from every corner of this sprawling estate. A rare opportunity to purchase one of Rumson’s hidden treasures! Breathtaking both inside and out! Offered at $4,595,000.

KAREN MURPHY Sales Associate Cell 732-337-4300

23 WEST RIVER ROAD • RUMSON, NEW JERSEY 07760 • 732-842-8100 •


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Heritage House

Locust Hilltop Estate

erched on 5.5 private acres, “Holly Hill” offers breathtaking panoramic views of the River, Ocean and NYC! Built in 1934, this magnificent estate was recently restored and expanded, while maintaining its original Picturesque property includes a Georgian style main house, charming two story pool house, 2 bedroom ouse, 7 garage bays, lush gardens, patios, a pool and roof-top terrace. The perfect blend of the Gatsby era e comforts of modern living! Selected as the 2011 VNA Designer Show House. Offered at $5,900,000.





23 WEST RIVER ROAD • RUMSON, NEW JERSEY 07760 • 732-842-8100


Sales Associate Cell 732.337.4300

Seashore Colonial

This stunning 7100 sq. ft. Seashore Colonial is set on a magestic 1.7 acres in Rumson. Featuring a gracious master bedroom with sitting room and his/her baths and closets. Five bedroom suites, superbly designed kitchen and full finished basement with full bath. Generous sized rooms, spectacular staircase and amazing floor plan. Attention to detail is unsurpassed with beautiful moldings and custom tile selections. Please contact Karen Ball for private showing.

KAREN BALL Sales Associate 732-842-8100 Cell: 732-580-0244

23 WEST RIVER ROAD • RUMSON, NEW JERSEY 07760 • 732-842-8100 •

ONE-OF-A-KIND Summit, New Jersey

Experience European-style splendor on a grand scale, enhanced with lavish stone, granite and marble accents throughout this spacious Colonial estate. Special features include a palatial two-storied foyer with bridal staircase, high-end Tuscan-style kitchen, a formal library, and dramatic master suite with private master terrace, and more. The lower level is ballroom-sized, with hardwood floors, massive stone fireplace and summer kitchen. A sound-proof theatre/screening room with tiered plush seating for twelve is a movie-goer’s dream! MLS# 2867838

Offered at $2,299,000

1 8 9 0 s G R A N D DA M E Summit, New Jersey

The discerning buyer will appreciate the excellent architectural bones of this turn-of-the-century ‘Grand Dame,’ befitting of its 1890 era. Noteworthy is a carriage house set on its envious 1+ acre property that once housed horses and their carriages, with a caretaker’s apartment above that includes a large living area, two bedrooms and a bath. Wonderfully located, with a prime Northside address, this vintage home is a wonderful investment in fine suburban living in Summit! MLS# 2885834

Offered at $2,100,000

S PA C I O U S A N D E L E G A N T Summit, New Jersey

This elegant center hall Colonial offers 21st-century suburban living at its best. Spacious, sun-filled rooms with sparkling hardwood floors are arranged in a pleasing flow to ensure optimum entertaining and comfortable lifestyle. A fabulous designer kitchen is top drawer, featuring a tasteful blend of dark and light wood cabinetry, with a massive island as its centerpiece and an inviting breakfast area that opens out to a slate patio framed by privacy stone walls, lush perennial gardens, mature shade trees and meandering walkways. Sheer delight! MLS# 2886453

Offered at $1,729,000


This 1928 Northside Tudor is enchanting in every way, combining unique English charm and character with fine architectural period detailing throughout. A lovely two-story turreted entry and circular staircase set the flavor for the rest of its gracious rooms, many with arched doorways, stucco walls, random wide-planked floors, diamond-leaded stained glass windows with whimsical detailing, plus custom oak moldings, trims and cabinetry, and so much more. MLS# 2887963

Offered at $1,429,000

sweet american dreams Ann-Britt Paulsen has spent the past twenty years ensuring that her customers get a good night’s sleep. The Duxiana bedding brand has been around since 1926 and their philosophy is to produce the most comfortable and technologically advanced beds on the market. Deep sleep can only be achieved through a full understanding of the needs of the human body. Interview by Jessica Cardonick

As owner of three Duxiana bedding franchises in New Jersey, Ann-Britt Paulsen sat down to have a chat with us about the business. How did you get into the luxury bedding business? Ann-Britt: I was born and raised in Sweden and the DUX BED is a Swedish brand. I moved to the U.S. in 1983. I started out working for DUX Corporate for five years, opening new stores around the country before opening up my first store in Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1990 with my husband. What’s the key to your business success? Ann-Britt: The DUX Bed is a great product and I think I have been successful in coming up with ideas that get that message out. My marketing skills have always been my strong point. In today’s retail environment, creating and nurturing relationships is key.

Ann-Britt Paulsen Red Bank 37 Broad Street Red Bank, NJ 07701 732-450-9011 Ridgewood 63 East Ridgewood Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450 201-670-4488 Summit 354 Springfield Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 908-522-8200



How do you balance your career and personal life? Ann-Britt: It takes a great deal of organization. As a mother of two daughters who were born after I opened our first store in Ridgewood, I’ve had to be there for my children and run a company at the same time. Now that my daughters are older, they are more capable of taking care of themselves. They need me in a different capacity as we prepare for the next stage of their lives…college. Also having strong employees that I can count on, has allowed me more flexibility in my work schedule over the last 17 years, but as a business owner in this competitive climate you cannot take your eye off the business for a minute or you will lose your edge. So, I am constantly balancing my time at home and work to give both the attention they need. What is unique about Duxiana? Ann-Britt: Our customers are extremely important to us. Without their continued patronage I wouldn’t be in business for over 20 years. That being said, we pride ourselves in providing our customers with the attention they deserve. We go the extra mile to make sure they are satisfied and feel the same way about our products as we do. The DUX Bed is designed to give you a better quality of sleep. The construction of the spring system supports your body in a more natural position allowing you to sleep more deeply and wake up more rested. We are selling a product that promotes well-being. Everyone knows how important a good night’s sleep is. More than ever, the DUX Bed is filling an important need for our customers. What inspires you? Ann-Britt: What really inspires me is setting a good example for my daughters. In this economy, I have been able to balance my family life and three retail stores. They have seen success and a few setbacks along the way. From this I push forward and try to learn and grow. Staying positive in these times is a life lesson for my daughters for their future.

green living breathe easy

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of any Breathe Easy cabinet will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation through December 31st, 2011.

GrEEn livinG:

St. Clair Kitchen & Home is dedicated to providing only the safest and most eco-friendly products for our environmentally conscious clients.


Our Breathe Easy Cabinets are custom crafted in a range of styles from environmentally friendly, renewable resources such as FSC certified green woods that are sustainably harvested. Breathe Easy Cabinetry meets the requirements for LEED credits and LEED certification.


Breathe Easy Cabinetry are constructed using non-toxic water based glues with low or no VOC finishes and are formaldehyde free for clean indoor air quality.

Visit our showroom and discover the limitless possibilities for your green building project.

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Time to Relax . . . Relax in your personal spa or sauna and enjoy the tranquility of your private oasis. Visit our showroom and test a water-filled spa. Sit in the form-fitting seats and feel the massage of its oscillating jets. We are proud to be an authorized dealer and warranty center for Sundance速 Spas and Helo速 Saunas.

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