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

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Photographs can vividly convey the beauty of a well designed space but what isn’t always apparent is the quality of life issues that interior design can address. Could you talk a bit about how good design can make life easier, better, more enjoyable? Sherman: There is more to a room than a pretty face. Who will live in the space? How long will they be there? How will the space evolve with them? These are all the things that good design takes into consideration. What type of materials will be used? Are there kids and pets and lots of parties? Will the fabrics need to be protected with sealers? Can the carpets be easily cleaned? Are they commercial-grade to stand up to use with kids and pets? Are there allergies to consider? I personally used all no-VOC paints in our house because I am very sensitive to allergens and have asthma concerns. If everyone cannot comfortably use a room, it doesn’t make sense to have it. I remember walking into a client’s home to see beautiful rooms roped off. When I asked why, the client told me they were afraid to let the kids in-they might harm the fabrics or the wall covering! Draznin: Good design is based on the layout of the room and if it functions to meet your needs. The  balance of color and materials and selecting furnishings that are proportionate to the size of the room play a large part into  also making a room look beautiful. This takes a trained eye to make it all work together. Selecting individual pieces  is more creative that using a “set of furniture”. A good floor plan where furniture does not block passageways and is the right size is critical. Lighting designed for both ambience and tasks at hand makes the space useful as well as beautiful.

With so much available on the Internet, it’s tempting for consumers to bypass designers and surf the Web for the best possible “deals.” What are the pitfalls of doing this? Draznin: On the Internet, it’s hard to judge the quality of what you are ordering and you don’t get a true depiction of the fabric colors or the wood tone. If the item arrives damaged, you don’t have the leverage that a designer does with a resource that he/she uses frequently. And if the item arrives and you don’t like it, the cost of return shipping is very high. Sherman: A client of mine put it best. Her husband asked why they needed a designer when the wife has such good taste. She replied that she knows what she likes but does not know what would work in her rooms. She wanted to avoid the possibility that something would not be perfect. Another client had a resistant spouse who finally relented and hired me because it was less costly than all of the incorrect items they ordered on their own. He decided that it would be wonderful to get it right the first time.




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Draznin: In terms of spaces, I’m seeing a high demand for home offices. Although laptops and micro electronics let you work from anywhere in the home, with so many people working remotely, it’s a privacy issue. Master bedroom suites with generous closet space and great rooms/family rooms that focus on the TV are also in demand. In general, clients today are looking for high quality, good style and easy functionality. They are no longer looking for bells and whistles, just for the sake of bragging about owning them. Sherman: I agree! Disposable interiors are a thing of the past. They are looking for good design that is not extravagant but well made and, if possible, made in the U.S. I’m seeing a greater need for custom materials suitable to the clients’ lifestyles, rather than mass produced products you can find anywhere. There are, of course, some items that have high appeal today. These include LED lighting, no-VOC paints, concrete counters, and natural woods.

You’ve both served as president (Sherman) and immediate past president (Draznin) of the ASID NJ Chapter. Why do you feel it is important for a designer to belong to a professional organization? How does that ultimately benefit the designer’s clients? Draznin: The ASID membership includes both designers and industry sources. As a result, relationships develop so that designers know the face behind a product or service . . . which ultimately benefits the client. In addition, to maintain membership in ASID, designers must take a designated number of courses on a variety of topics such as trends in design, new products and applications, code revisions, health, safety and welfare issues, and more. Sherman: There is a level of professional practice when you work with a designer who is held to the high design and ethical standards of an association like ASID. The education, the practical experience and the professional relationships ASID members bring to a project is beneficial to the client. Program events, networking, sharing design ideas with other designers, talking about the business of interior design, as well as the support and education provided by our industry partners are valuable parts of one’s development as a design professional. ASID is an organization of more than 30,000 members nationally. It is a source of information, education, and opportunities you cannot find anywhere else.

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Martin Grodman, The National Sales Manager for Hospitality & Design at American Brass & Crystal, lives in Sea Bright with his wife and two children – a four-year-old and a seven-month-old. The family’s townhome community was devastated by the storm. “We lost everything on the first floor,” he said. “We knew it was going to be severe, but not like this.” Now the family is trying to rebuild their lives. Workmen had to rip out the walls on the first floor, and replace water heaters and the furnace. “The reconstruction is still going on,” he said, adding that his wife is bearing much more of the load as she is home with the kids and the workmen all day. The family’s first post-storm blessing came when the friend of a friend offered to let them stay in her condo in Long Branch for no money other than her condo fees and utilities. “She was looking to help someone, and luckily, I became that someone,” he said. Moving to nearby Long Branch meant the couple’s four-year-old daughter could keep going to her preschool and keep some sense of normalcy in her day to day life. But while it helps, she isn’t fooled. “She keeps saying, ‘I want to go home. I miss my room. I miss my bed.’ It’s heartbreaking,” Martin said. “But the whole experience has been characterbuilding. It’s been emotionally trying and very difficult, but times like this are when you see the kindness of people, an outpouring of love and support from people who want to help. It’s just been remarkable. It was a hellish experience, but I think everybody was able to look around later and see that there are others who have it much worse. So as bad as it was, we still know how much worse it could have been.” REALD E S I G N

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With true New Jersey strength and pride, residents and business owners in the New Providence area joined forces and sent furniture to those at the Shore who lost all or nearly everything in Hurricane Sandy. “Refurnish the Shore” is the result of the combined efforts of Sherry of Joel and Sherry’s Paintin Place, a decorative art studio, in Belmar, Realtor Roxanne Giacalone of Keller Williams Realty and Carla Poppolino, a design associate from Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors in New Providence. Sherry posted on her “Everyone has really gotten behind this, but it’s not too surprising. New Facebook page that Paintin Providence is a town that steps up to the plate when it comes to helping Place was doing a “paint out,” repainting donated furniture our neighbors.” – Gary Kapner, New Providence Borough Councilman that would then be distributed to those in need in Brick and Belmar. When Roxanne saw it, she knew she wanted to get involved. She contacted her lifelong friend, Carla, and asked if Creative Wallcoverings & REALE S TAT E Interiors would like to be a part of it, so Carla took it to her bosses, Rachel and Gary Kapner. Gloria Nilson Realtors At this point, the project began to take on a life of its own. CW&I rallied their landlord, who authorized them the use of an empty storage space to Realty Check List collect the donated furniture. Jeff Harrington of Harrington Movers in Basking Gloria Nilson Realtors, which has 18 offices in New Jersey, had its share Ridge offered them a truck to deliver the furniture to Paintin Place. Accent of damage when the storm hit – 13 of those offices are in shore communities Printing Solutions of New Providence printed flyers. Meanwhile in Belmar, the affecting two-thirds of their agents. building opposite Paintin Place was offered to Sherry to store the newly painted “So many towns were devastated, and most of our offices had no power, furniture. phone, or internet…our tech guy, George Noble, was out and about, going from “Belmar, where I live, was one of the worst hit areas,” Sherry said. “When office to office to get things back up and running,” said Heidi Dittloff, marketing we decided to do this, almost right away the whole front of the store was manager. “We also changed the front page of our website from the main graphic covered with donated furniture. We bring pieces into the shop, paint them, and to a link that took the consumer to a page that ran updates on Sandy, and take them back across the street to storage until they can be delivered.” our website became a resource center with a Google crisis map. Most people Carla pointed out that the project also keeps perfectly good furniture from during the storm only had cell phones so we needed to make sure that the going into a landfill, and helps those who lost so much in the hurricane begin communications were up on mobile as well as the internet. We built a closed to rebuild their lives. Many insurance companies don’t pay for the contents of Facebook page for our managers to post housing availability and updates on the homes damaged in floods or other natural disasters, and as Roxanne pointed storm for internal use and information. The posts really assisted our internal out, sometimes all it takes is a dresser to help someone who has been living out community.”  of a suitcase feel a returning sense of normalcy. “Our CEO, Dick Schlott, and his wife, Kim, held an emergency meeting in Volunteers have been stepping up to help paint, some a piece at a time, some Middletown to touch base with all the managers to help everyone understand working for hours. where the company’s infrastructure stood and what needed to be done,” she “It’s really just so wonderful to watch everyone get involved in this,” Sherry said. “Dick wanted to make sure our internal community of employees and said. “So many people lost so much.” agents were safe and had shelter.”  The painting will continue at Paintin Place for as long as necessary, Sherry said. All the while employees organized clothing, toiletries and emergency food For more information on helping with painting, contact: or call drives to collect for others in their community who fared much worse. (732) 414-1011. “It was an interesting week, to say the least,” Heidi said. magazine

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Fried chicken? Pan-cooked greens that drip Southern hospitality in every bite? Really? Yes, really! If you think these are fat-laden favorites you have to forsake, then you haven’t met Chef Danielle Saunders, whose soul-fusion style has charmed everyone from Sean “P. Diddy” Combs to Oprah Winfrey. But one of the sweetest surprises about this rising culinary star from Bergen County is that she has managed to lose 50 pounds and drop four dress sizes over the last two years, while cooking grits with lobster and steak sliders along the way. How is that even possible? We sat down with Chef Saunders to hear her story and learn her secrets. GRANDMA’S HELPER Saunders’s mother is from Charleston, South Carolina and her father hails from New Orleans. The hands-on soul food lessons started for the chef at age five. She helped her grandmother, Ernestine Morgan, make family dinners and Sunday church suppers in Upper Manhattan. Ernestine grew up with a dozen brothers and sisters on a farm in the South; among other things, she showed her granddaughter how to tightly roll collard greens before cutting them.



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RSVP “I learned later that there was a French term for what my Nana taught me – chiffonade,” says Saunders, who paid her way through cooking school by working in the Nordstrom women’s shoe department at Garden State Plaza every night. After graduating, she interned with pioneering Chef Anne Rosenzweig at the Lobster Club, which was a favorite on New York’s Upper East Side. In 2011, she became the first female AfricanAmerican winner of Food Network’s heated “Chopped” challenge and the first woman to win its championship chef competition. “Pretty much everything I do, my Nana showed me and I elevate it. She didn’t realize it, but what she taught me is endless. She loved to cook and loved to feed people,” says Saunders. Lucky for her, her grandfather, Gernal Morgan, left her 250 handwritten recipes – and Saunders is in the process of making them all. She even has a digital cookbook in the works, which will feature videos of her cooking. AN ANGEL’S LIGHT TOUCH With Ernestine as her muse, Saunders honors her Southern roots but in a less decadent way. “I’ve embraced soul fusion cooking,” says Saunders. “Yet the key is to make things healthier.” She has swapped lard and white flour for coconut oil, chickpea flour and quinoa flour. So when she was invited to cook at the prestigious Soho House New York Cookhouse event last year, one thing she made was sweet potato pecan praline bread pudding, a new take on the bread pudding her grandmother made. “It was really, really good. When my grandma showed me how to do it, she used canned pineapple, raisins and bags of shredded coconut,” says Saunders. “I feel bread pudding is a poor man’s dessert, but I’ve been able to make it fresher and healthier. I’ve learned to replace the ingredients while preserving the delicious taste.” For starters, she replaced some of the fat with coconut oil and folded in mashed sweet potatoes for down-home flavor and an irresistibly spoonable crumb. In other desserts, she has swapped white flour for coconut flour, which is lower in carbs and higher in fiber. But what about fried chicken, a classic go-to comfort food? “One of my tricks for fried chicken is to use self-rising flour for unbelieveable crunch, or a nutritious garbanzo bean or quinoa flour for dredging,” says Saunders. SLENDERIZING HER DAILY EATING PLAN “If I showed you my driver’s license photo, you wouldn’t believe it was me,” says Saunders about her steady 50-pound loss over the last two years.

“I’m a size eight now, but was cutting the size out of my clothes before,” she adds. Her meals now involve small, planned-out portions throughout the day and sweets in moderation. After a busy workday, she treats herself to her take on greens fresh spinach sautéed with garlic in a little bit of coconut oil, sprinkled with cracked pepper and Himalayan pink salt – quinoa or a brown rice blend and a piece of fish. “I have a sporadic sweet tooth,” she says. “The key to moderation is having something within reach that you can eat.” In her case, it’s a small cup of frozen yogurt from a neighborhood shop. Certain foods, though, stay in their original rich and perfect state and Saunders indulges in them from time to time, as a treat. “Some things, like macaroni and cheese, are hard to make healthier. Some you don’t want to change,” she says. Her go-to shop for premium groceries is Fairway in Paramus, especially for its great cheese and coffee selections. “I go there and make my macaroni and cheese the best I can make it,” she says. She also uses eggless noodles vs. elbow macaroni for her favorite results. WORKING IT But how about when she’s cooking for clients all day? For one thing, her clients want to eat healthy and slim down, too. For another, her portions of steak sliders and lobster with grits – favorites at cooking events – are small but delectable. “I helped Mr. Sean Combs lose eighteen pounds through juicing and other healthy changes,” she says. She has also worked as resident chef in the office of high-profile nutritionist Oz Garcia. “I felt I had to look the part,” she says. “And my body had been speaking to me all along. Basically, I’m supposed to be vegetarian. I love vegetables and fish and grains. These are the things I need to have a healthy life. I also have a higher energy level now.” She still works for Dr. Garcia on an asneeded basis for clients who want chef services. CARRYING ON THE FAMILY TRADITION Every Sunday, the chef’s big family still has Sunday dinner, just like when Ernestine was around. “We feed anywhere from fifteen to twenty people. It’s definitely a tradition my grandmother started. You’re not allowed to miss it unless you’re out of town,” she says. “We pretty much take turns at cooking, rotating among the ladies in the family – but we are always one another’s sous chefs.” Last Thanksgiving, the family dinner featured 21 homemade pies as beautiful as any artwork – in sweet potato and apple, the house favorites. “Everyone got a pie for a parting gift,” she says. That’s one meal we’d love to attend.

Righty or lefty? I’m a lefty. Cocktail of choice? Patrón and pineapple juice with a twist of lime. Favorite food? dogs with onions in sauce. Favorite local restaurant? Houston’s is my fave local go-to spot. It’s super close and the food is simple and to the point. Prefer intimate dinners or large gatherings? I’m so used to large gatherings...I think those are easier to pull off. Favorite dinner music? An eclectic mix of Sade/U2/Prince/Lenny Kravitz/Phil Collins would be heaven to me at any dinner party. Most memorable dinner to date? Most memorable dinner for me would have to be one of my first events where Maya Angelou was the guest of honor in an intimate setting. She gave me and the staff a speech on how well we served and the beauty of being able to humble oneself to do a job that has always had a negative stigma of being subservient. Having her compliment my work and take the time to speak with me validated my chosen profession. If you could have dinner with anyone from your past, who would it be?

My grandparents...I have so many questions! If you could have dinner with anyone living, who would it be? Nelson Mandela. If you could cook for anyone, who would it be? President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.




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Faith and Hope Zimmerman, AIA Zimmerman Architects D e n v i l l e The case in point which sparked controversy occurred between a couple who had contracted with a male architect. The plans included a master bath sans linen closet, much to the wife’s chagrin. The wife protested; the architect scoffed. The architect ignored his client’s stated wish for more storage, as it intruded upon the sanctity of his design. He did not get the job. The reason why this man was fired is quite simple: he did not listen to his client, more specifically the wife. He regarded her request as seemingly unworthy of consideration. Which might beg the question: Is architecture as practiced by men and women a different animal altogether? In essence: “Is there a ‘Feminine’ architecture?” Well, yes. Women approach their work with a different sensibility then men do. They impart their experiences of raising children, nurturing husbands and homes into their designs and relationships. Relationships were the core of my conversation with Faith and Hope Zimmerman, Denville-based twin sister architects who

have been in the business for 22 years. They emphasize, relationships are most important, in how the spaces affect social interactions and how they can foster them or cut them off. The Zimmermans concur that women recognize the need for intimate spaces in the home; little nooks and crannies which break up the monotony of four walls; often it is a place of retreat. Nurturing client relationships is not imposing your will upon them, nor telling them that their vision is wrong. The art of listening comes easily for women, as they are the more innately empathetic sex. The Zimmermans’ clients say, “It’s as if you’ve read my mind!” “No,” they say, “you told me.” Generally speaking, women tend to know when to share and when to listen. Ultimately, a woman’s communication skills, or lack thereof, can make or break her status in the world of hardhats and entrenched notions regarding gender roles. “Being a good communicator involves more than just being clear;



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you need to be responsible for the other person listening,” says Diana L. Hoffman, AIA, of Hoffman Architects in Summit. That is radical! Yet, so true. Listening is the key underlying aspect, and helps to inform designs and decisions. Early in her career, Faith Zimmerman was working as an associate at a larger firm. Her boss, a man, sent her to a jobsite with the admonishment, “Don’t say anything!” Much to her credit, she did not heed his words, and later gained a lifelong client. Having the confidence of their ability enables the Zimmermans to tell their clients if they feel the client is mistaken. They tell the client they feel they will hate it. They tell the client why. They build trust and competence as the experts (not know-it-alls) they are.


Often women fail at male-dominated firms for reasons that are amenable; or perhaps larger firms take too long to recognize sound female talent. Women also find it hard to be critiqued. As a result, there is a dearth of women, especially at the top, of large male-dominated firms. Perhaps she is too timid in the field? Maybe she needs more confidence during presentations? The reasons are as varied as the women who claim them. Diana Hoffman saw potential in two female recruits that she had hired. However, one was overly sensitive. Ms. Hoffman told the other woman, to be her coach, and mentor. She made one woman almost responsible for the success of the other! Not only did the too-sensitive intern improve and thrive, the very act of mentoring her colleague enabled the other, more outgoing architect to strengthen her own talents and capabilities. Win-win. Both women are dynamic contributors to the firm’s success. Ms. Hoffman is also a firm believer in ongoing education for her employees. She might send an associate to work with a structural engineer for the day so they can learn the process, and thus be more effective in their architectural work. She requires her employees take a daily lunch hour. The benefits of being able to disconnect for an hour and recharge are tangible in the work produced and genial atmosphere of the firm. The Zimmermans relate to their clients on a personal level as well, often inviting their clients’ input as a partner in design. Women are inclusive, and they realize that intelligent, savvy clients want their contribution regarding a large financial investment to be more than just economic. So, yes, Virginia, there is a feminine architecture. It is inclusive, considering the client’s wants and needs, regardless of how they sound at the outset. It is engaging and nurturing, mindful of solving the problem to the approval of the client. As the Zimmerman twins summed it up at the beginning of our meeting, “If it’s beautiful and wonderful, but if it doesn’t work, then you didn’t succeed.” Amen, sisters!

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FEMALE PRINCIPLES Ileana Martin-Novoa, R.A. Katz-Novoa Architects M i l l b u r n A few years ago I was retained to design a study room for an autistic boy, a small but very inspiring project because of the implication of the space. I renovated an existing screenedin porch adjacent to the kitchen, creating a space with uninterrupted play area and interesting windows. Because autistic individuals feel most comfortable with expected routines, I included a vestibule with cubbies and good storage to enhance the sense of organization within the space. To my delight, the addition has become my lovely young client’s favorite place to do homework, play and hang out!

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I do not think that I have a Female philosophy; in fact I am not sure what that is. Generally speaking I think Architecture is neither male nor female (with some notable exceptions). I am certain, however, that in the design process I take a female approach to problem solving and analyzing the way people occupy a space and relate to each other. In addressing family needs in a residence, for example, I am very aware of the evolution of lifestyle in a family with the passage of years and strive to have designs which anticipate and effortlessly accommodate that.

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A Lake ide Family Affair

Interior designer Sam Ciardi reinvented a sixties ranch house with his sister by his side – now it’s a stunning Shingle Style built for casual, elegant living Text by Alice Garbarini Hurley



Photography by Peter Rymwid

Interior Design by Sam Ciardi of A&R Interiors

Foyer | The entry foyer, like the lady of the house, exudes a simple charm and grace. Intentionally understated, its warmth envelops you in a soft embrace. The dramatic scale of the paneled staircase was softened through the absence of any unnecessary ornamentation. A classic wood framed settee in warm tones of rusts and reds greets the guest with a comfortable seat, while the giant rusted carriagehouse lantern hovering high above provides a warm glow of ambient light. Living Room | Four transitional velvet club chairs gathered around a mirrored cocktail table provide the simple floor plan for the room. The living room, sophisticated in its rich textures and finishes, highlighted by the medallion wallpaper and sheer panels with silk hems, is an adult sanctuary in the busy family living space. WWW.ASPIRENJ.COM




DENVILLE, NEW JERSEY IS A STORYBOOK TOWN WITH PEACEFUL POCKETS OF NATURE, LIKE THE WINDING CEDAR LAKE SECTION – WHERE ONE MIGHT SEE DEER AND BEAR CUBS. THE ENCLAVE IS HOME TO ROBIN AND RICK WINSTEAD AND THEIR STILL EXPANDING FAMILY. The Morris Knolls High School sweethearts have three grown daughters, a young son and a young grandson. When they renovated a 1960s ranch home – rebuilding it from the ground up – they envisioned a gracious space for formal holiday dinners but something casual enough for kid energy, too. Enter Sam Ciardi, Robin’s younger brother and the visionary who transformed this old house into everything his sister could ever want. “I know exactly what Robin’s taste is,” says Ciardi. “She has always loved the beach and water, so it was important that the house was open and airy.” Now, the three-bedroom residence with huge family room is so spacious that Robin and Rick hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 24. “I still can’t believe it’s my house,” says his sister. “I love it. It’s very comfortable and very easy.” The sun-washed kitchen is userfriendly, a magnet for everyone, and the whole house is so pretty that you will never want to leave. The new home is modeled after classic Shingle Style on the outside – a fashion that lake and seashore houses took on in the late 1800s and at the turn of the 20th century. Inside, it’s furnished in an eclectic mix of easy pieces for stress-free family living. BROTHERLY LOVE The house is multigenerational but Ciardi set up a placid, fern green “quiet room” especially for his sister – based on her and her three daughters likes – in the formal living room. It’s a chic oasis. “The rest of the house is for everyone,” says Ciardi. “But this room is feminine.” It features four velvet club chairs around a cocktail table, four framed fashion illustrations, sheer linen drapes with silk bottoms (“like a dress,” he says), and pretty wallpaper with a medallion, urn and fleur-de-lis pattern that looks vintage but is 100 percent green, made from recycled paper. Ciardi had the perfect contribution for the formal dining room. “I had a farmhouse out in Pennsylvania and stumbled upon this hand-painted Limoges china from the 1700s,” he says. The colors and pattern echo the embroidered linen window treatments, so he knew the china had a new home, on full display on open shelves. Embossed wallpaper and other textured treatments are one of Ciardi’s signatures here. “It’s very important to me with new construction. I hate to see sheetrock after sheetrock after sheetrock.” In their quest to use mostly American-made products, the siblings chose a gleaming persimmon enamel BlueStar stove manufactured in Reading, Pennsylvania. The backsplash is glass mosaic with copper notes. Even the kitchen lighting is a perfect fit, from the vintage-style pendants over the island to the bright, whimsical garden-leaf details on the chandelier over the ample kitchen table. The soothing bedroom plays on the tranquil water blues the homeowner loves; the silver-leafed canopy bed is set off against a dreamy blue demilune against the wall. Ciardi has an eye for every style detail. His background includes a five-year stint in Los Angeles as executive design director of the mary-kateandashley brand, where he oversaw the fashion, bed and bath, and lighting lines. But for now he came back to his Jersey roots to create the ultimate family affair.

Dining Room | The reverse board and batten paneled walls create texture and interest and add immediate warmth and ambiance to the room. A grand display cabinet filled with family heirlooms is a dramatic backdrop for the dark wood table and linen upholstered chairs. Beautifully crafted, embroidered linen roman shades filter the sunlight, filling the room with a heavenly glow. A single crystal chain added to a simple bronze chandelier hints quietly that this is, perhaps, a more formal space, but the brown and white cowhide under the table and chairs might somehow disagree. Working Nook | A large drafting table of French walnut nestled in a quiet corner of the kitchen provides the perfect nook for homework and school projects. On weekends, the adjustable table can be leveled to make extra space for entertaining family and friends. WWW.ASPIRENJ.COM


Kitchen | In the clean, crisp centralized prep and cooking area, all appliances are sleekly concealed – except for the BlueStar range, customized in rich persimmon enamel. “We wanted to avoid the harsh industrial feel of stainless steel,” says the designer. Copper faucets and hardware complement the warm palette, which all began with the perfect olive green shade for the custom cabinetry. A beadboard backsplash and freestanding butcher block washed in creamy white add simplicity and function to this country kitchen.

Siblings Sam and Robin

Pretty Rugged | Sam Ciardi knew the house would get a lot of use from this big family, so he built in lowmaintenance safeguards:

• A lot of the furniture in the main living areas is distressed wood, including the large console by the front door and the bar stools at the kitchen counter. “If somebody bangs into it, you rub a little Old English on it and that’s it,” says Ciardi. • To avoid crunches on busy mornings and create a calm alcove, the coffee maker is out of the main traffic flow. The coffee bar and wine bar are in the butler’s pantry off the kitchen. • A French walnut drafting table doubles as a great spot to do homework or school projects and a bar for entertaining. Photo courtesy of Sam Ciardi



Photo courtesy of Sam Ciardi

S U B U R B A N IT HAPPENED AT THE MOVIES This redesign project started at the Denville Theatre; Sam Ciardi is a designer on staff at A&R Interiors, based in the refurbished art-deco spot. It’s now a showroom with cozy room vignettes, a finely edited collection of furnishings and accessories and libraries of swatches that make custom selections easy and fun. A&R Interiors – which works directly with homeowners and also sells wholesale to the trade – was founded by former opera singer Adrienne Rich, who bought the theatre in the 1970s. She had the gold velvet seats removed and the sloping floor evened out but you can still see the ticket booth, a grand staircase, the vintage LOUNGE sign and the old stage lights, remnants of a thousand Saturday nights at the silver screen. Rich opened the doors to her new business in 1980 and runs it with her daughter, Allyson Rich Morren, who says she sees a huge shift in how we decorate now. “People are cocooning. Everybody’s home much more, but they’re spending hundreds or even thousands buying furniture on the internet and it’s the wrong piece. Then you have to design

R E N E W A L a whole room around it,” she said. “My sister’s whole house was outfitted by A&R Interiors,” says Ciardi. “Everything from the carpets to the furniture. It’s a misconception that working with a designer will be more expensive. When you want to see other options, designers have everything at their fingertips.” A&R Interiors is open until 8pm on Thursdays, which was the perfect time for busy Winstead to steal away and focus on the home of her dreams. “Every Thursday night for two years, she came in,” says her brother. “We started with olive-colored cabinets in the kitchen and then went on to detail after detail. She trusted me.” A&R Interiors generally offers 30 percent off manufacturer’s suggested retail price as a courtesy to all customers. Services include upholstery, flooring, paint consultations, window treatments, custom lighting, wallpaper, and carpeting. The theatre space has gift and retail items too, from houndstooth throws to trellis chairs, and recently introduced kitchen and bath design.

Master Bedroom | Masculinity and femininity blend to create a master bedroom that reflects both husband and wife. A palette of warm and cool colors provides peace and tranquility. An overscaled yet graceful silver-leafed king bed is the focal point, banked on one side with a pair of matching walnut chests, and on the other by a hand-carved demilune with a coat of smoky blue paint. Contrasting textures of velvets, silks, and linens are incorporated into the custom window treatments and bedding.




Control Your Lighting

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A well planned lighting scheme should include four basic layers of light to design a space that is both pleasing to the eye and functional. Task, accent, ambient and decorative light working together can unify all the elements of the room. Your lighting plan will not be effective MFA, Parsons School of without some type of control. A room needs Design Architectural Lighting to have both bright areas and shadows to create interest. This is done with various forms of controls – starting with an inexpensive wall box dimmer, an individual room control panel (a multiple scene controller), or a high-end whole-house control system. If there are more then a few wall switches in a room, it may be preferable to use a control panel. It eliminates the rows of switches by incorporating them into one panel, enabling the lights to be preset for various moods. At a touch of a button, the lighting scene previously set can be recreated. It also prevents children, visitors and workers from changing your preferred settings. A whole-house system can integrate all the interior and exterior lighting, A/V, HVAC and security systems. In a large residence, this has become a standard when building the home. Enhance your interiors by selecting one type or a combination of lighting controls to achieve the desired effect; and save lighting energy at the same time.

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Would you share one of your more interesting collaborations with us?

I have worked with many interesting people along the way. Working on high-end residences exposes me to some very high profile customers. I have worked with athletes, musicians, CEOs and executives in all different lines of business as well as owners and creators of some very well marketed consumer goods businesses that we all know. One project I worked on that was really interesting was a “Natatorium”. This was a large addition to an already beautiful residence that housed a basketball court, indoor pool, gym, bar, lounge, steam cave, and a tree house. I used many different light sources, such as up-lights on beams and in-ground floor lights to achieve a resort feel. LED lights were used throughout all of the ceiling drop pendants to keep the heat factor down and lessen the difficulty of changing bulbs 30’ over a pool.

What are some specifics on the application of lighting?

Lighting is probably the most important aspect to a room. There are certain guidelines that I follow for sizing and positioning of fixtures but it is not set in stone. I like to think outside the box and try to create a mood or feeling using multiple light sources in each room. For example in a kitchen I like to use fixtures (pendants and chandeliers) for aesthetics, recessed lighting for general down-lighting and highlighting, and task lighting (under counter and cove lighting) for lighting workspaces and washing light upwards over the cabinets. Using these together with dimmers or a scene control system creates a room with unlimited possibilities.

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Typically, what is your role on a project?

I work with architects, designers, builders, electricians, and homeowners. I can take a project from the early design stages working with the architect (before they even break ground), to selling the material to the contractor (recessed lighting, dimming control systems), to working with the designer on the decorative fixtures (chandeliers, sconces, outdoor lanterns, etc.), to working with the landscape architect on the design and supply of the landscape lighting. I am there from the beginning to the end.

INSTALLING PENDANT LIGHTING – any hard-and-fast rules?” This is a question that would have to be answered on a job by job basis. Pendants are hung over islands, bars, counters, and tables. My feeling is pendants should not be hung too high. You do not want to be looking up into the pendant’s light. Most people use pendants because they like how they look when they are lit so I like to hang them just over eye level when you are either sitting or standing at that particular space so everybody can appreciate them.

What is currently trending on the lighting front?

LED is the topic that everyone keeps bringing up these days. It has been around for a long time but it is just breaking ground into the marketplace. I have spent the last 5 years educating myself on this new technology. It is hard to keep up with because like computers and smartphones new developments are happening all the time. There are many factors to consider when you are buying LED lights – they include color temperature, Lumen output, and lifespan. One really nice feature in LED lighting that was just developed is a recessed fixture with “warm dim” feature. This allows recessed lighting to be dimmed from 3000k temperature (standard nice bright light) down to 2000k temperature (soft yellow mood light). This feature allows dimming the way most people are used to. When standard LED fixtures are dimmed they become less bright but the color remains the same. LED lighting is also starting to become more affordable and will continue to do so as it becomes more popular.

What do you bring to the job?

I have over twenty five years’ worth of experience in the lighting industry. I owned and operated a large lighting showroom for many years. I worked on the manufacturing side of the business for a short stint. I have many contacts not only on the selling side but I have a very close relationship with all of the manufacturers as well. When I design a lighting package I can put a budget together at phase one that everybody is comfortable with and I can sell this package as well to the builder or homeowner. This saves everybody time and money in the long run. Also being involved from the get go lets me design the architectural lighting package in conjunction with the decorative lighting package (which I can also supply) to create the best visual environment. Working with high-end clients and designers has given me an opportunity to do a lot of custom lighting applications. I have many factories and artists with whom I work. The options are endless. My motto is if you can draw it for me I can make it for you.

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Pure as the driven snow – that’s the decorating scheme in this pristine penthouse. What could be a better backdrop for a cherished art collection?

Text by Alice Garbarini Hurley



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Interior Design by Arthur Simon, ASID, NJCID, Designs for Interiors

Henni and John Kessler love white,

which is obvious with the first step into their penthouse suite. Sleek white leather stools are lined up at a frosted glass bar. The floors throughout the three-bedroom, three-andone-half baths hideaway are delicious white glass – you can visualize guests in Manolo Blahniks and Gucci loafers stepping in for cocktail hour. Even the kitchen countertops are made from thick white “brushed-sugar” marble. “Obviously, I like white. It’s so clean-looking, and it shows off my art,” says Henni. Married for 40 years, she and John travel widely and started collecting art 13 years ago. They have flown in remarkable treasures from South America and Europe, and continue to acquire more. So they turned to Arthur Simon, ASID, NJCID of Designs for Interiors in Springfield, New Jersey – an old friend who worked on their former residence in Short Hills – to transform the space they bought in the Vizcaya, a luxury residence in West Orange. The goal: create an impeccable white canvas as a backdrop for the art. After all, why own fabulous pieces if you can’t feast your eyes on them every day? “We decided let’s go white, and Henni and John were thrilled with the results,” says Simon. “I’ve done white before, but not to this extent. It was fun.” Eclectic and vivid, the paintings and sculptures are displayed in every room and hallway. You can’t walk by “100 Walking Men” a large metal sculpture by Cuban artist Damian Aquiles, without stopping to study it. Fashionable paintings by Gerson Leiber (husband to handbag designer Judith Leiber) also grace the walls. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg; the Kesslers own pieces from Austria, Buenos Aires, Paris and other faraway places. WWW.ASPIRENJ.COM


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veins in it. I wanted it to be as white as white can be.



A POP OF COLOR But it’s not just the art collection that adds punch and interest. Other favorite treasures play against the white, including kitchen knives in a rainbow of colors, arranged near the gleaming stainless steel stove, and Henni’s glittery, jewelencrusted Judith Leiber clutch bags. They’re displayed on the artfully beveled glass shelves of a nineteenth century wood curio cabinet in the master bedroom. In the bathrooms, pale aqua glass tile is cool and soothing. “It looks almost like water to me,” says Simon. The Kessler colorful china of choice? Royal Crown Derby, which Henni has also gathered piece by piece. Some of the fine china is set out in the master bedroom as gorgeous decorating accessories. And in some areas, the white is set off by fine sycamore wood. The tables in the dining area are crafted from it, and a his and hers home office boasts two glass-topped sycamore desks, two sleek Apple computers and two white leather chairs.   KEEP IT CLEAN The Kesslers do have a loyal housekeeper, who does everything from help tend the white orchids to ever so carefully clean the delicate spoon dress sculpture with a light feather duster. But they are also tidy by nature. “We are very, very neat,” says Henni. “Very neat. It’s not a problem. We do two loads of laundry every day. When I come in from outside, I take my shoes off when I get to the white wall-to-wall carpeting. If red wine spills on the marble in the kitchen, I wipe it up right away.” After all, white is her favorite color. “I handpicked every slab of that marble with Arthur,” says Henni. “I didn’t want many veins in it. I wanted it to be as white as white can be.” Mission accomplished.



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The Kesslers’ blanca theme carries through to the smallest details. Benjamin Moore Decorators White paint on all woodwork, walls and ceilings. A row of fresh potted white orchids in the living room. White woven vinyl furniture on the terrace, which overlooks South Mountain Reservation.

All white towels and bed linens. 38 impeccable white cotton and linen blouses in Henni’s closet. A squirt of clear or white liquid hand soap and water to clean kitchen countertops. “White marble is very soft, “ says Henni. “Detergent can ruin it.”

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Founded by Stubby and Maria Warmbold in 1991, CitiLog uses wood from urban trees to produce a number of products that are then sold back to those in the community. It’s a concept called “upcycling;” a practice that has been gaining traction recently as more people discover that material ordinarily bound for the landfill can be repurposed into new and useful products.



*Brownfields are abandoned or The focus of CitiLog is to save the thousands of trees that are cut down each year due to disease, age, clearing for development or, as with Hurricane Sandy, storm damage. CitiLog takes those trees from municipalities or tree contractors in the area and upcycles them into finished wood products. They don’t charge for drop-off, so there are no hauling and disposal costs to municipalities. “The development stemmed from the importance of sequestering carbon,” Stubby said. “When trees are ground up for mulch or sent to a landfill, the decaying wood releases carbon into the atmosphere. When trees are repurposed into finished wood products, the carbon is locked into place for the existing life of the new product, reducing the environmental impact on future generations.” The CitiLog site, once an abandoned brownfield*, straddles the border of Newark and East Orange. It is piled high with logs. “We usually get between six and eight loads a day,” Maria explained. “The week after Hurricane Sandy, we were getting 20-plus loads every day. The phone just didn’t stop ringing.” Drop-offs may have started to slow a bit, but things are still buzzing at CitiLog, as word gets out about the environmental wonderland the Warmbolds are running. “One of the most important things we do here is to keep the wood local,” Stubby said. “We keep it in the community.” When customers upcycle their own trees, they are tagged to ensure the final product is made from them. As an environmental resource for Newark and the neighboring municipalities, the town council of Secaucus, for example, unanimously passed a recent ordinance mandating that all fallen trees in the town must be sent to them to be upcycled. The ordinance is part of the Secaucus’ Upcycling Initiative. Another strong commitment to local communities the Warmbolds ascribe to, is supporting prison re-entry efforts, by hiring ex-offenders and providing job training to underprivileged youth. With this program in place, current and former incarcerated residents can transition back into the work force – not an easy task for anyone. They also gain valuable job skills. “We want to keep the jobs here in the city,” Stubby said. “Our whole operation is based on keeping everything local.” Maria added that the faith and trust they put into their employees is part of the process of helping them get back on track. “One of the most important aspects of this is that this gives them somewhere to go,” she said. “Most of the time, they want to find their way back to the right path, they just need a road map.” “That’s the past,” Stubby added. “Today is today. We don’t look back.” John Sowell, longtime local politician and community leader, now works for the Warmbolds as director of site operations. John champions Stubby and Maria. “They are great people to work for,” said Sowell. “They have a good operation here, and they really care about these kids.” Maria returns the compliment and says, “He’s tough on them when he needs to be, and they listen to him and respect him.” The Warmbolds commitment to the next generation doesn’t end here. They are developing an educational outreach program for neighboring schools in which students will take tours of the facility, and lesson plans will include the importance of upcycling and other sustainable practices. Students will learn about the full life cycle of trees, and each student will be given their own sapling to take home and plant. “This is a business model we want to take coast to coast,” Stubby said. “We believe in what we do here, and we want to see it take off and help other communities as well.” Stubby said he intends to expand the CitiLog Newark model to other disadvantaged cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore and Camden. 40


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In December 2012, the Warmbolds were awarded a contract to provide carbon offsets to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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With a blend of old and new, this Union County town is the kind of place where more singles and young families are looking for a home, community, and a new reality in a region of the country where the economic climate is vastly different than it was 10 years ago.


arried over into halcyon days from the old Elizabethtown Tract, Westfield is tucked under Summit, with the shimmering Watchung Mountains in the distance. The town earned its name when early 18th century settlers took to the fields west of Elizabeth, to a farming community aptly called the Township of Westfields. It included today’s Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Fanwood, Clark, Cranford, Garwood, and the beloved, present-day Westfield, founded in 1794. In 1994, Westfield’s bicentennial celebrations were marked with the revival of the town clock which started ticking in 1886 and stopped sometime in the 1930s. This grand gesture highlighted the community’s love and pride for the historic town. Also commemorating the bicentennial was the Fanfare for Westfield. An arrangement commissioned by the town’s very own renowned, professional symphony orchestra. In the past ten years, Westfield’s schools and cultural institutions continue improving, winning awards and flourishing. The

town won the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust in 2004, and garnered two national landscaping awards from America in

Bloom in 2010 despite the hottest and driest summer on record.

Imagine living every day in a very special place with broad, tree-lined streets, handsome and many historical, grand homes, lushly landscaped lawns, distinguished neighborhoods, and a pedestrian-friendly downtown district. Imagine living every day in a community that values culture, recreation and education. – Mayor Andy Skibitsky


In the iconic city center, the old mingles with the new. Two hundred retail establishments and 40 restaurants are carefully regulated by the Downtown Westfield Corporation in conjunction with the National Trust to serve just over 8,000 resident families, as well as shoppers and diners from all over NJ. Over a third of downtown retailers, from boutique stores like Mademoiselle, to national chains such as Lord & Taylor, have existed in Westfield for over twenty-five years. Wine enthusiasts from Marlton, Edgewater, Millburn, Paramus, Shrewsbury Township, Florham Park, and Wayne may all tell you begrudgingly that Westfield is the only town in NJ (besides Princeton) with a Trader Joe’s that was awarded one of the company’s only two, coveted Garden State liquor licenses. From American Bistros to Asian Fusion, Westfield offers the casual diner and the foodie alike a wide array of premium choices; including a few compelling reasons to leave room for dessert.

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Westfield also prides itself on offering robust services for students with special needs and disabilities.

Half the population of Westfield commutes between Westfield and NYC either by car or New Jersey Transit. Trains from Westfield’s South Avenue Train Station run steadily during commuting hours, taking fifty-five minutes on average to reach New York Penn Station, with a transfer at Newark Penn Station. Alternatively, NJ Transit operates the No. 113 bus out of Westfield, with terminal points at the Westfield South Avenue Train Station and Port Authority approximately fifty-five minutes one-way. The No. 114 and 117 buses also run express services from stops along Route 22, at the northern edge of town. Route 22 offers driving commuters ready access to I-78 and the Garden State Parkway and Newark Liberty International Airport.


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824 Cedar Terrace, Westfield Offered at $1,150,000

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Impressive 13 room, 6 Bedroom, 4.2 bath Colonial/ Tudor home with impressive attention to detail thru-out. Featuring a 2006 Renovation and Addition by Anthony James Construction. Newly renovated in 2012 Spa-like Master and Guest baths. Fantastic gourmet center island kitchen with professional grade appliances. 3rd floor Bedroom Suite with sitting room/office & private bath; Finished Rec. Room on Lower Level w/wine cellar. A magnificent residence!

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Spectacular 14 room, 6 bedroom, 4-1/2 bath Center Hall Colonial offers comfortable elegance from the moment you step into the welcoming foyer. Located in one of Westfield’s noteworthy neighborhoods, this stunning residence is situated on nearly an acre of professionally landscaped grounds with an impressive 3 Brandt Court, Westfield 12-A Breeze Knoll Drive, Westfield circular drive, a private back yard, and flagstone patio. Loaded with Offered at $1,399,000 Offered at $1,950,000 beautiful amenities, including an artist’s loft, this home is sure to please!

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Westfield, NJ - Enchanting Custom Cape with Historic Carriage House

Private courtyard entrance reveals a rich interior that is superlative in design and detail. Living room has two-story beamed ceiling, sky lights and fireplace framed by bookcases. Gorgeous updated baths feature: Dolmya onyx, stone, mosaic and ceramic tile. Soapstone farm sink plus SS appliances grace the kitchen. Family and dining rooms share a dual fireplace. Secluded patio sits adjacent to carriage house, now a converted two-car garage with loft. $875,000

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Nestled in the heart of Wychwood with recent renovations that tastefully combine traditional style with modern amenities. Spacious rooms impart an inviting, open flow. Fabulous gourmet kitchen boasts custom cabinets, granite counters plus wet bar and opens to a separate dining area and a sun-lit family room. $1,175,000

Watchung, NJ Stately Custom Tudor Marble two-story foyer with skylights opens to stunning living room with cathedral ceilings, double fireplace & French doors to deck and yard. Elegant formal dining room leads to gourmet kitchen, breakfast and family rooms. Wine cellars, pool and hot tub are ideal for entertaining! $1,175,000


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Building Ethos Local builders craft a Basking Ridge home with grace and character

Text by Christy Potter and Martha McDonnell



Photography by Kerry Malloy and Susan Debbie

First Floor

147 South Finley embodies Scandic Builders passion and commitment to fine home building within Downtown Basking Ridge, a vibrant, community-focused, upscale village in Bernard’s Township New Jersey. Second Floor

Third Floor

Lower Level

It was the character of Basking Ridge and the houses surrounding the site at 147 South Finley that inspired the look of the Scandic home, a 14-room, three-floor Dutch colonial with a carriage house situated on the very rare find of one private acre. The concept was to build a truly custom, high-end home, and for it to fit into the area,” explained Mads Jepsen, Scandic founder. “We wanted it to incorporate our signature and innovative style and reverence toward responsible fine home building. Additionally, we wanted it to be the house of the future, offering state of the art technologies, such as a home automation systems controlling temperature, security, audio, lighting, video and ultra-efficient geothermal HVAC systems.” Martha McDonnell, broker with Lois Schneider Realtor, said “the home is a true reflection of Scandic Builders’ commitment to excellence.” She said the company, which in 2003 expanded to include Mads’ brother, Kimo, “is known for its old-world craftsmanship and impeccable design sensibility.” “It is Scandic’s mission to produce distinctive, well designed and executed new construction and renovation projects” said Sari Jepsen, one of the firm’s owners. “Drawing from our many years of collective experience and the utilization of the finest materials and systems available to builders today, we build a truly custom home. Every detail in the house at 147 South Finley was custom designed and built on site by highly skilled master carpenters, millworkers, masons and engineers. Also, the interior had to offer a feeling of elegance and high touch, as well as casual comfort, suitable for any and all lifestyles.”  The first floor has all the traditional rooms – a classic New England kitchen complete with Wolf 48”gas range; a beautifully appointed living room; a mudroom; a see-through, two sided Rumford designed fireplace; library/study powder room. The second floor features a generous landing area with four bedrooms branching off, as well as a library/sitting room, and master bedroom suite featuring custom built-ins and a second-floor laundry room. The third floor is dedicated to a beautiful multi-purpose room, another full bath, and a bunk room, finished with custom mahogany millwork, four double beds and shelving units. Even the basement is designed for luxury and versatility and includes a home theater with soundproof walls, pub and wine room, exercise room and full bath. The two story carriage house continues with the same level of sophistication and design elements consistent with the main house. With the Scandic finishing touches now in place, the house on South Finley is complete except for the one final detail: a family to call it home. 

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Sub-zero refrigerator Delft tile Liebherr beverage center hydronic heating Circa Lighting and cooling Classic New England kitchen designed Kountry Kraft by Sawhorse Kitchens of Millburn

custom cabinetry polished nickel Rohl Faucet

Stealth Invisible speakers Toto

Pennsylvania wall stone 70KW generator by Generac

Miele dishwasher

12 Ton GeoStar and Geothermal technology

A valanced opening to the designer kitchen features a hidden motorized panel that can be closed for privacy. The kitchen is classic New England-style with Alpine White cabinetry and soft closure drawers, honed Danby marble perimeter countertops, Delft Dutch tile backsplash, butcher block-style solid walnut center island top, professional-grade appliances.



Clockwise The open concept living room/kitchen/ sun room is at the heart of the home, designed for today’s modern lifestyle. A focal see-through fireplace is shared with the sun room on the other side, featuring a recessed surround that houses a TV flanked by custom built-ins and hidden surround sound speakers. Staircase with custom wainscoting and white oak floors. Located on 3rd Floor: Wet bar, beverage center and dishwasher drawer. The marble-clad master bath offers a separately-zoned washroom, separate shower area and main room with freestanding porcelain tub and double vanity. 3rd Floor: Multi-purpose room with horizontal shiplap paneling beneath Venetian plaster walls and custom mahogany arched beams create a nautical theme, while a unique bunk room features four custom mahogany built-in beds and a sliding shiplap mahogany door with round porthole. This generous pantry has custom cabinetry and decorative oval window on the 1st Floor.

Scandic Builders Inc. is a member of the New Jersey Home Builders Association and the United States Green Building Council. They are certified by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, specialized geothermal heating and cooling professionals and proficient in the LEED certification system.

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“We wanted to create a look that felt fresh and modern, without abandoning the home’s classic architecture and setting.” Rach el Kil berg


Text by Bonnie Clark

Photography by Nettie Einhorn/Jersey Girl Photos, LLC.

City Dwellers Bring Sophistication to Quaint Peninsula Town



When it comes to buying real estate, Rachel and Jay Kilberg live by the familiar expression: location, location, location. Now residents of Rumson, the couple and their two young children recently traded in their swanky Tribeca condominium and weekend home in Bridgehampton, NY for a sweeping colonial in this picturesque peninsula town. “Our strategy is always to buy in the best neighborhood possible,” said Jay, a real estate broker who has renovated and sold a number of his own properties. “We were looking for more room and a backyard – and just fell in love with Rumson. The feeling is more Hamptons than suburban.” The couple chose Rumson after scoping out upscale towns across the tristate area – from Greenwich and Westport to Chappaqua and Short Hills. With Rumson, the Kilbergs found their ideal: large properties (many built at turnof-the-century for wealthy New Yorkers), close proximity to the beach, great schools and restaurants, and a quick 45-minute commute into Manhattan via the high-speed ferry. They settled into a 7,700-square-foot shingle-style colonial situated on three-and-a-quarter acres in the heart of Rumson’s estate section. Built in 2007, the six-bedroom home was originally constructed for the homebuilder’s family and boasts attractive layouts, large windows, lots of light, French doors and spectacular views of the magnificent property. The couple was especially fond of the first-floor master guest suite – ideal for visiting grandparents – and the double-sided fireplace adjoining the living room and formal dining room. Another highlight was that all six bedrooms had their own ensuite bathrooms. For the Kilbergs, 138 Rumson Road certainly had the right bones. Now, all the couple needed to do was to infuse a sense of city chic into their idyllic country estate. “We wanted to create a look that felt fresh and modern, without abandoning the home’s classic architecture and setting,” Rachel said. Though Rachel had a clear vision, she enlisted the help of two talented local interior designers – Jill Marie Perosi and Rina Carrolli – to turn her vision into a reality. Working with her decorators, Rachel put great care and attention into choosing paint colors, light fixtures, and furnishing the rooms. Many of the rooms are adorned with art the couple acquired in New York and on their travels abroad. Other dramatic features include custom-made animalskin rugs and a turn-of-the-century baby grand piano passed on to the couple by Rachel’s family. Upstairs, the Kilbergs created dream bedrooms for the kids: a perfectly pink princess room for their daughter, five-and-a-half, and a travel-themed

“It’s like living in a park,” said Jay, the homeowner, who was primarily in charge of overseeing the landscaping. “The backyard steps were originally part of the 30-acre Jacob Schiff estate’s formal gardens.”



room complete with wall-sized map of the world for their son, four. Down the hall, Rachel transformed what used to be a home gym into a children’s library filled with books, puzzles and art supplies. “We have a fully finished basement where the kids can run around and go crazy,” Rachel said. “So I thought it would be nice to have a quiet place where they can sit and read a book or do a puzzle.” The master bedroom boasts all the requisite high-end amenities: spa-like bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and radiant heat, French doors leading to a private covered terrace, his and hers walk-in closets. Aside from the interiors, the Kilbergs also concentrated on the grounds and engaged landscape architect Alain Belilty of Vision Landscape and Design to transform the property. The primary focus was to create a spectacular sweeping lawn. To provide additional privacy, they planted 8-foot-high privet hedges along the entire front of the property. Other improvements included a new columned entry, a driveway made from gravel that matches the exterior of the home, a bluestone walkway leading to the front door and colorful plantings. Originally part of the 30-acre estate owned by Jacob Schiff, a wealthy 19thcentury-born banker, businessman and philanthropist, the property sits on exquisite greenery and features an open backyard with rows of 150-year-old specimen trees. “It’s like living in a park,” said Jay, who was primarily in charge of overseeing the landscaping. “The backyard steps were originally part of the estate’s formal gardens.” As the proverbial cherry atop the sundae, the home even comes with deeded access to Linden Lane, a quiet pathway that leads through the rear yard to the center of the peninsula. Jay and the family often stroll or bike along the peaceful country road. When it comes to weekends, the Kilbergs have plenty of options – whether riding their bikes to the beach, cooking out on the built-in gas grill or hosting a dinner party for 20 guests. Rachel, a gourmet cook, will frequently prepare elaborate meals for family and friends in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. “We wanted a home that was beautiful, but also warm and family friendly,” Jay said. “We didn’t want to feel like we were living in a museum.” With top-notch schools, parks and restaurants (even David Burke’s Fromagerie), Rumson has all the comforts of city living – with only a one-mile commute to the beach. Three years after bidding adieu to life in the big city, the Kilbergs have no regrets.

SOURCES: Landscape Architect, Alain Belilty, Vision Landscape and Design • Interior Designers, Jill Marie Perosi Interior Design, Rina Carrolli Interior Design

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A Princeton Estate Creates Equilibrium




Text by Bonnie Clark Photography by Robert Manella

“The previous owners wanted the guesthouse to feel like a separate vacation home,” said architect Max Hayden. “They really liked the beautiful trees and so we tried to nestle the house in the context of the existing landscape.”


On a quiet cul-de-sac in Princeton, a tree-lined estate reveals the ultimate retreat – a three-acre, two-home refuge inspired by an intriguing mix of old-world charm and new-world sensibility. At first glance, the property appears ideally suited to the French-Provincial countryside. The main home, originally built in the 1950s, features traditional elements such as large windows, steeped pitched roof and French doors leading to a stone terrace and expansive backyard. Venture beyond the main house, through a garden gate and along a winding stone pathway, and the scene takes on a decidedly different picture. Built in 1998, the guesthouse – the newest addition to the grounds – is patterned after vacation homes commonly found in Bermuda and the Carolina lowlands. In fact, the current owner, who had previously lived in a rural area, was initially drawn to the property for its lush and tranquil landscaping and grounds, which include specimen trees and forsythia bushes, along with pool, stone walls and outdoor fireplace. Two sides of the same coin, the homes are unique yet also relate to one another in form and function. At both the main house and the guesthouse, French doors provide a fluid contour between indoors and outdoors. In the guesthouse, an airy feeling is magnified through the open, cedar-paneled ceilings and floorto-ceiling stone fireplace. Light too is an important element. The homeowner painted the walls of the main home in a soft Mother-of-Pearl white. Throughout the day, natural light dances off the walls, bathing the rooms in hues of green, yellow and pink. In addition to peace and serenity, the property also exudes touches of whimsy. When the previous owners built the guesthouse in the 90s, they commissioned local artist Ani Rosskam to paint an expansive mural of the Atlantic City boardwalk in the finished basement. Dubbed the bunkroom, the area was designed specifically for the former owners’ grandchildren. Emblazoned on all four walls, the bright and colorful mural features a beach scene running along the length of the room, which is enhanced with furnishings such as a lighthouse cabinet, tented bunk beds, and a lifeguard seat dresser. The current homeowner has also added fanciful objects. In the Great Room at the guesthouse, the centerpiece is a glass table with a base made from white oak-root found in a Northern California forest. For birthday parties and other occasions, the family will often create intricate scenes inside the base, using army men figurines and dinosaurs, as well as balloons and flowers.



“We always have our eyes open for something special,” the homeowner said. “If we find something that really moves us, we will make it work with what we already have.”



Describing the family’s style as eclectic, the homeowner has decorated both homes with a mix of old and new pieces in warm, velvety fabrics and lighter colors and textures. One of the homeowner’s favorite objects is a modern-looking table, which, ironically, once belonged to her grandmother. Nowadays, it provides a comfy place for the family’s pets to curl up and take a nap as family members read or study in the living room. “We always have our eyes open for something special,” the homeowner said. “If we find something that really moves us, we will make it work with what we already have. Over the years, we have frequently lived with empty rooms while waiting to find just the right pieces to fill them.” Throughout nine years the homeowner has lived at the property, the family has enjoyed all forms of entertaining – from quiet meals spent lazing in the kitchen of the main house (which was remodeled to provide a more open, family friendly layout) to hosting classes and meetings in the library, and of

course, large elaborate affairs held indoors, outdoors or a combination of both. The basement of the main home even holds a catering kitchen and wine cellar. Drawn to the home for its sense of privacy, the homeowner also enjoys being a part of the larger Princeton community, often taking in concerts, theatrical productions or sports events at Princeton University – located a 15-minute walk from the home – and shopping or dining at Palmer Square, the town’s main hub, situated across the street from the university. The homeowner is also fond of strolling through the town’s beautiful parks and park-like neighborhoods along the D&R Canal and in the woods surrounding Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Studies. “Just when I think I have seen all the nooks and crannies around Princeton, someone will introduce me to a new place to walk that is more beautiful than the last,” the homeowner said.

In the guesthouse, an airy feeling is magnified through the open, cedar-paneled ceilings and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. For additional photos and information on this and other ASP1RE featured homes, go to WWW.ASPIRENJ.COM




View From Edge




A couple who are private collectors were looking for a home close to, but not in Manhattan where they could live surrounded by their art. Their previous homes have all been traditional, but they wanted to switch things up, or as some might say pare things down. They wanted their collection to live in a clean, simple, free-flowing space with great views. “We’ve always been quite happy living in traditional smaller homes, but we wanted to live and entertain in a gallery-like space where our collection could be properly exhibited. My husband and I wanted a change; we wanted to try something new. I think it was Phillip Johnson who said, ‘Keep it simple, keep it clean.’ We decided to try our hand at minimal.” They were looking for a raw, unfinished space; a blank canvas if you will, with high ceilings, expansive free-flowing spaces and walls of glass from floor to ceiling with fantastic views. It took a while to fill this tall order. Finally it came together when they found an unfinished 6,000 sq. ft., five-story townhouse in an exclusive Edgewater compound overlooking the Hudson River with wonderful views of both Manhattan and the George Washington Bridge. This sprawling four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath residence has terraces on every level, river views from every room, an elevator, a huge 800 sq. ft. rooftop deck and a glass-enclosed gym which looks out over the Hudson. Construction took nine months to complete and the result was a stylish example of elegant and minimal design. The main floor on the entry level is for entertaining. A gracious formal living room with a handsome stone fireplace flows into the family room and through the dining room adjacent to the sleek, top-of-the-line, designer kitchen.

This luxury Edgewater townhouse p r o v i d e s a n e a s y, open space with lively views of Manhattan

Text by Henry Kuryla

Photography by Peter Cook



From the luxurious burnished Brazilian cherry wood floors, to the gallery lighting, the marble baths with their intricate glass mosaics, and seemingly miles and miles of billowing, translucent, floor-to-ceiling drapery, everything is custom. As are all the finishes. The sculptural furniture was designed for each individual room. As if in a gallery it is placed in the center of the space and surrounded by walls filled with art. Many of the other furnishings and accessories were commissioned from local artists and artisans. Above on the bedroom level is the grand master suite with a luxurious marble bath and huge walkin closet, plus two more bedrooms with ensuite marble baths. The two lower levels with access to an outdoor patio, have a media room, game room, a fully-equipped gym and another ensuite bedroom. When we asked the lady of the house where her favorite spot was she said, “It’s on the top floor with that incredible view. All glass on three sides, this beautiful room high above the Hudson is a sun-filled solarium by day and by night a wonderful penthouse under the stars.” When asked why they chose to live on the Gold Coast rather than in Manhattan, her answer was, “We adore the city, but we’d rather look at it, than live in it. Here we get to gaze on the incredible island of Manhattan every day, from morning to night, around the clock. And, we’re only 15 minutes away! I’d say we have the best of both worlds.”

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Elegant living ready for you. Gloria Nilson REALTORS®, Real Living Celebrates One Billion Dollar Sales Mark Gloria Nilson REALTORS®, Real Living, including RLS Realtors, announces they have reached a signicant achievement by closing more than one billion dollars in sales volume for 2012. This milestone reects both the hard work of the dedicated sales professionals at Gloria Nilson and the continuous upward trend of the housing market. “Our commitment has always been to our clients and customers and about having the best team of sales associates in the industry and this remarkable accomplishment exists because of their dedication,” said Dick Schlott, owner of Gloria Nilson REALTORS. “We are so proud to have reached this one billion dollar milestone and are excited for continued growth in the New Year.” “At Gloria Nilson REALTORS, our philosophy - through our Premier Service - is a way of doing business that sets us apart from our competitors while giving our clients a powerful advantage in the marketplace,” said Pat Bell, President of Gloria Nilson REALTORS.” Gloria Nilson REALTORS®, Real Living, owned by Dick Schlott, has serviced the most discerning buyers and sellers of residential real estate in New Jersey for more than 30 years with 19 ofces and more than 700 sales associates throughout the state. Also operating as RLS REALTORS®, Real Living®, a Real Living franchise owned by Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices, Gloria Nilson REALTORS and its afliates have long served as one of the Garden State’s preeminent real estate rms. Our experienced sales professionals are experts in their markets, and are committed to uncompromising customer service.

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My REALTOR®? Gloria Nilson, Real Living® of course. 68 Egbert Street, Bay Head, NJ Commanding Views of Bay Head Harbor and Barnegat Bay. This historic ve bedroom, three and a half bath home is a rare bay-front nd! A classic Colonial nestled on a private street in a landscaped setting. A newer bulkhead and the deep water dock with custom patios makes outdoor living a pleasure. Being sold ”As Is”. There was NO structural damage from Hurricane Sandy, the rst oor needs your attention and details. Only 2 blocks to the Atlantic Ocean. $2,600,000. Marketed by Karen A. Hewson Gloria Nilson, Realtors®, Real Living® Bay Head Office, 732-295-8099

46 Cranbury Neck Road, Cranbury, NJ Few properties enjoy such a privileged position, sited on 14 acres (13 farm assessed), with four exible outbuildings, paddock, pool and tennis along with peaceful, pastoral vistas. Couple that with the charm of an antique farmhouse originally built in the early 1900’s, expanded in the 1960’s and once again in 1989, and the offering is like nothing else you’ll nd in Cranbury today. Age old trees frame the timeless landscape upon approach down a long gravel drive that culminates in a generous parking court. A pillared wraparound porch is shaded from the sun providing a wonderful place to enjoy a good book on a summer’s day. Period character is found in the main vestibule where terracotta oors amble into the dining room tucked behind pocket doors. A front to back library anks the other side of the foyer with rich woodwork, a replace and walls of bookcases to satisfy even the most voracious reader. Beyond, nd a magnicent great room addition with a sun porch, three sets of French doors leading to private grounds and a handy wet bar. Highlights include a magnicent great room addition, splendid multi-room master suite with private deck and a stylish kitchen with top line appliances. Five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms include an au pair or guest suite near the mudroom. Extraordinary! $1,650,000 Marketed by Nuala Anne Passannante and Marcia Graves Gloria Nilson, Realtors®, Real Living® Princeton Office, 609-921-2600

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Middletown, NJ Exclusive Navesink Riverfront. Exquisite custom masterpiece offers sweeping staircases, soaring windows, intricate moldings, chef’s kitchen, pub, 5 replaces, full –length balconies, dock & boardwalk. $8,950,000 Gloria Nilson, Gloria’s Office 732-842-6181

Princeton, NJ The stately grace and elegance of this magnicent home exudes a feeling of European sophistication. Glamorous in every detail, this home is set on a beautiful, private lot in the coveted Brooks Bend enclave. $2,800,000 Judith Stier, Princeton Office 609-921-2600

Rumson, NJ Spectacular 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath custom home located on a bulk headed waterfront lot. Situated high enough to escape any water damage due to Sandy. You’ll never want to leave the picturesque setting. $2,175,000 Virginia Boileau, Rumson Office 732-530-2800

Princeton, NJ Tucked away on a quiet street in the Pretty Brook area of Princeton is a classic brick house set above the Stony Brook with breathtaking views. Lush specimen trees and plantings offer total privacy. $1,595,000 Judith Stier, Princeton Office 609-921-2600

Middletown, NJ This private enclave of three homes sits majestically above Monmouth Avenue on it’s own private lane. A spectacular custom home with open oor plan, stylish decor and high quality features. $1,450,000 Bridget DiMisa Bruno, Rumson Office 732-530-2800

Sea Girt, NJ Beautifully maintained by decorator owner, a cook’s delight kitchen with granite counters, Viking Stove, Bosh Dishwasher. Easy distance to town and beach, enjoy the best of the Jersey Shore. $1,295,000 Andrea Patterson, Spring Lake Office 732-449-3200

Princeton, NJ Walk to Battleeld State Park from your back door! This stone-front, 4 bedroom, 41/2 bath, spacious Colonial sits back from the road upon a gently sloped, 1.6 acre lot. $1,235,000 Anne Nosnitsky, Princeton Office 609-921-2600

Oceanport, NJ Fabulous 1 acre of prime riverfront property. First oor of home needs renishing due to storm damage, second oor, exterior and grounds are immaculate. Riverfront at an unbeatable price! $799,000 Mario Venancio, Rumson Office 732-530-2800

Hopewell Twp , NJ Custom home with quality craftsmanship on 2 acres with views of the historic Delaware River. It showcases a wonderful lifestyle for entertaining and is centrally located between Philly & NYC. $649,900 Mary Beth Puzio, Princeton Office 609-921-2600

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My REALTOR®? RLS, Real Living® of course. 6 Kenworthy Court, Far Hills, NJ In the prestigious yet quaint village of Liberty Corner you’ll nd, Kenworthy Court, a new upscale community development set among New Jersey’s most luxurious estates in Bernards Township. The land is a pristine parcel, 34 acres of farmland with lush green pastures, embedded within a tranquil woodland setting. Purchased in the early 1950’s, this picturesque well-nurtured country farm brings you back to nature, peaceful and the name, preserves the historical signicance of the original owners. Carefully divided into ve parcels along a country lane, two have been sold, one is currently under construction with two lots available to construct your dream home. The larger 8-acre parcel with an antique farmhouse, barns, pastures and pond offers a building envelope for a grand new home with the option to reorient the driveway from the lane or use the existing driveway off Liberty Corner Road. The land continues to be assessed with llamas and alpacas grazing in the elds. Another 4-acre lot is also available adjacent to the farm. Painstaking detail has been paid to every inch of the property development, such as the stone faced storm drains and stone bridge to compliment the country setting. All utilities are underground. $5,950,000 Marketed by Nancy Kenworthy RLS, Realtors®, Real Living® Bernardsville Office, 908-221-1212

28-3 Post Kennel Drive, Bernardsville Boro, NJ A perfect Somerset County location! A charming ve bedroom, ve and two half-bath custom Colonial is situated along Bernardsville Mountain. Among historic homes and luxurious estates, this property expands across 5 plus acres of woodland in solitude. A quality, well maintained home, each room has equally exquisite design elements. Enjoy the oversized kitchen with granite counter tops and hidden TV in large center island merely two of the design gems in this home. Three wood burning replaces including in the study/family room with French doors that open to the kitchen. Discover dormer windows, his and her baths and cedar closets in the master bedroom. Entertain outdoors with two-tiered wrap around blue stone patio with stone fashioned gas grill; light bottom Gunite pool with separate pool house featuring a full kitchen, bath and family room. Au Pair Suite. Three-car heated garage. Close to train lines and major highway entrances. Far Hills mailing address. $1,650,000 Marketed by Stephanie Glickman RLS, Realtors®, Real Living® Bernardsville Office, 908-221-1212

10 Acres–Hidden Acres Estate

Saddle River $6,995,000 Once in a lifetime

opportunity to own a glorious 10 acre estate, in the most private setting in town. A 600’+ long driveway leads to this notable gated, brick estate of approx. 11,000sf. 30’+ by 30’+ state of the art brand new kitchen with massive breakfast room, incredible master bath. A showroom 4 car garage, pool, spa & separate guesthouse are just a few of the amenities in this hidden paradise.


Upper Saddle River $2,195,000 Gated

entry and paver drive leads to this stone and stucco showplace with wrought iron enhancements. Estate setting of over 3 acres offering panoramic views. Fabulous state of the art kitchen and baths, and elegant woodworking throughout. Newly finished lower level with spectacular wine cellar, theater area, pub, recreation room, and bath. 3 car showroom garage with lift.

Saddle River 4+ Acres–Red Rock Estate $3,295,000 Nestled into a spectacular park-

like setting, this home offers 4+ acres of tranquility. A Frank Lloyd Wright inspired gem offers sweeping panoramic views. With spa-like baths, gourmet kitchen, multi-room master suite, an indoor pool/ spa, enclosed atrium and open floorplan offer the most discerning buyer the rarest of opportunities. This is truly a home for all seasons!

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Saddle River $5,250,000 Elegantly appointed grand French manor with hard coat European stucco exterior. Beautiful woodworking throughout, high ceilings, state of the art home theater, and a wonderful floor plan for entertaining. The oversized 2.6 acre setting includes a full service year round guesthouse/ cabana (kitchen/family room (bedroom) with fpl, full bath and laundry). Heated pool/spa, 4-car garage and generator.

18 miles from Manhattan!

26 Acres

Mahwah $3,995,000 A remarkable 26 acre

rural setting with extraordinary panoramic views of the Ramapo mountains for miles around. A one acre pond, brook, walking trails and nature as far as the eye can see. Expansive 4 bedroom main house with a 1930’s log cabin offering additional living space. Approximately .9 mile long drive up to get to the main house. An inspiring retreat within 40 minutes of Manhattan.

Saddle River Baronial Manor $4,495,000 A resort setting surrounds this grand all brick manor with slate roof. Fabulous pool/spa, gazebo and regulation lighted tennis court on manicured property. Large rooms, great flow for entertaining. 4 car garage on grade with additional garage space for the avid car collector. Great opportunity for the discerning buyer. information deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions.


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

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

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

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

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

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Luxury in Short Hills, New Jersey

Sitting on just under an acre, with over 9,000 square feet of beautiful space, is this professional athlete’s home. One block from town pool, park, tennis and Par 3 golf course, this gem feels like new, and has every amenity for $2,750,000. Daniel Cannizzo 973-865-4144

All stone English Manor on over an acre of lushly manicured grounds in prime Old Short Hills location. Over 12,000 square feet of pure elegance on all 4 floors. A deep calm on a private cul-de-sac with 4 car garage for $4,500,000. Karen Bigos 201-417-1600

Short Hills Specialists with 40+ years of combined Home Towne Experience TOWNE REALTY GROUP Licensed Realtors, Independently Owned & Operated


Dreaming of the Pool Season in Short Hills, NJ H ILLS, NJ

MANHATTAN Easy and elegant living, this all brick expansive ranch offers one floor living with an amazing master BR suite, featuring his & her baths, and opening to a private pool & hot tub on a quiet cul-de-sac. Fabulous entertaining inside and out on three levels of gracious space + a 4 car garage. Maintained to perfection!



Sitting on 1.5 lush acres in one of the most prestigious ions inExpanded Old Short Hills, is Cottage on ž acre estate-like grounds Old Short his grand 1920’sincolonial with Hills with wooded beamed ceilings, several distinct bedroom raciousness of aand bygone w/billiards room en-suites a guest overlooking the pool and park-like property. $2,500,000



A touch of Italy - like no other, this 5 BR, 4.1 bath home is unique beyond description. Grand yet warm, walls of windows open to a terrace with bubbling fountain, abundant flowers & pool. Plan your next party here!

Mid-Century Ranch with soaring ceilings, walls of windows & glorious new, luscious landscaping around a pool off the master bedroom suite. Totally redone inside & out with possible home office or mother/daughter layout.



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Exclusive Compound


Timeless & Classic Architecture

This exclusive 4 acre gated compound nestled in the prestigious town of Alpine just 7 miles from New York City. The main residence offers 16 rooms, luxurious master suite plus 5 en-suite bedrooms. The guest house offers a great room for entertaining, 4 fireplaces, home theater and 4 guest suites. The main house is connected to the guest residence by a indoor Olympic-size pool and spa. This resort like compound is completed with lighted tennis court. This rare property is offered for sale or rent just 7 miles from New York City. Price upon request.

Timeless & classic architecture define this new Georgian Colonial Manor set on a manicured acre w/pool, stone driveway & patio w/fpl. This residence offers over 9760 sq. ft. of welldesigned & well-appointed living space. The dramatic two story entrance foyer sets the tone for the 1st level with 10’ ceilings, mahogany library w/fpl., great room w/fpl., custom gourmet kitchen with granite counters and commercial grade appliances. Serene & tranquil master suite w/fpl., sitting area and luxurious bath plus 6 en-suite bedrooms & 8 full and 2 half designer baths. The finished lower level is complete with wet bar, wine cellar, gym, 2 baths and home theater. Price upon request.



New Construction

The Ultimate in Design and Quality!

Located on Tenafly’s prestigious East Hill! This stately South Hampton style Colonial offers over 7000 sq. ft. of luxurious living with 16 rooms, 6 en-suite bedrooms, architecturally paneled Library, warm and inviting family room with fireplace and French doors leading to the stone patio, 10’ ceilings with detailed moldings, custom Poggenpohl kitchen with SubZero & Wolf appliances and breakfast room with detailed vaulted ceiling overlooking the private grounds. The second level offers a serene and tranquil master suite with foyer, sitting room, fireplace and luxurious marble master bath plus 4 additional bedrooms and designer en-site baths. Finished lower level with large windows, recreation room, media room, gym, bedroom with private bath plus powder room. Set on a private, level acre backing to the nature center. Enjoy Tenafly’s award winning schools and close proximity to New York City. Price upon request.

Rosemarie Campi Broker - Sales Associate

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Luxury abounds in this dramatic and elegant 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath town house built with the finest craftsmanship and extraordinary attention to detail. The captivating Hudson River and New York skyline views can be enjoyed from every level and the outdoor spaces can be accessed from every level. The exceptional floor plan offers everything from a large and gracious living room, comfortable family room, outstanding kitchen, media room and the gym exits to a private patio. The serene master suite is complete with marble bath. The additional 4 bedrooms have en-suite baths. The roof-top deck with amazing views is ideal for relaxing and casual entertaining. Enjoy this carefree lifestyle just 5 minutes from NYC. Price upon request.

Peggy Mann Realtor/Sales Associate

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Short Hills, New Jersey This 1880s custom Manor home is one of 45 exquisite homes originally built by Stewart Hartshorn on 13 acres of prime Short Hills land that he purchased to preserve the area’s natural beauty. This historic Hartshorn House enjoys the elegance of its day, with the allure of 21st century amenities – seven bedrooms, five decorative fireplaces, majestic high ceilings, five-zone heating and air conditioning, an in-ground pool, plus a carriage house with guest quarters and home office. Offered at $2,950,000

Summit, New Jersey This elegant turn-of-the-century Grand Dame, beautifully restored and updated to 21st-century standards is set on .89 acre of property, ideally located just blocks to elementary school, downtown and New York City trains. Special features include four fireplaces, great room with cathedral ceiling, chef’s kitchen, master suite with fireside sitting room, custom-fitted dressing closet and master bath with high ceilings. A loft above the garage features two-room guest quarters or home office with full bath. Offered at $2,350,000

Livingston, New Jersey

Summit, New Jersey

This magnificent custom home offers exquisite architectural detailing and grand open spaces with two sweeping bridal staircases, soaring ceilings and majestic Palladian-style windows. A banquetsized formal dining room, music room and first-floor master suite with fireside master study add elegance. Added features include state-of-the-art mechanical systems, sound proof home theatre with arm chair seating, heated in-ground pool with spa and water feature, plus exceptional grounds with a sculpture garden, gazebo and specimen trees. Offered at $3,250,000

This superb 1904 Georgian Revival Estate has been meticulously updated with extraordinary architectural detailing and the finest amenities. Comfort blends with five-star elegance in a fireside library and banquet dining room, entertainment-scale living room, family room with Atriumtopped windows, gourmet kitchen, lower level gym, authentic wine cellar/tasting room, three-car heated garage. Enjoy a retreat-like setting in its tiered gardens with heated in-ground pool and guest cottage, complete with a putting green. Offered at $5,850,000

Short Hills, New Jersey Masterfully built with every conceivable amenity, this impressive 2012 custom center hall Colonial offers 7,000 sq. ft. of grand interior spaces. Superb architectural features set the tone, featuring a twostory reception foyer, dramatic double staircase with a gallery that overlooks a soaring two-story great room with mahogany coffered ceiling and massive focal fireplace. Sophisticated mechanical systems include a built-in gas 17kW generator to protect the home from power outages. Offered at $2,250,000

Summit, New Jersey Handsome curb appeal and a commanding street presence make a first impression for this refined Colonial home where clean architectural lines and beautiful symmetry are dictated by its soughtafter classic center hall floor plan. Lovely grounds include bluestone terrace framed by a natural row of boxwoods that overlooks an expansive lawn and wooded area beyond. The finished lower level offers additional leisure living, complete with a wine cellar and tasting room. Offered at $1,895,000

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ELBOW ROOM Eco-friendly plumbing supplies make homebuilding easier on the earth and the wallet Interview by Christy Potter

ASP1RE NJ magazine talked with Glen Salny, salesman in the Morris Plains showroom of General Plumbing Supply, a company that has been at the forefront of eco-friendly products and Mary Premtaj, an agent with Prominent Properties / Sotheby’s International Realty in Franklin Lakes to find out about the role ecofriendly products play in new construction. Glen has been in the business for 30 years, and Mary has been a real estate agent for 11 years. Both have watched as environmental awareness and eco-friendly products have become part of the mainstream.


Mary Premtaj

General Plumbing Supply has been a leading resource to contractors for top-of-the-line plumbing, heating, HVAC, and industrial supplies for over 100 years. In 1910, Charles S. Goldberg started what came to b e k n o wn a s Goldberg Plumbing Supply in Bayonne, Tub by Porcher NJ, and since then we’ve grown over three generations to become one of the largest distributors on the East Coast. Sink by Toto

Recent reports from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show home energy consumption increasing out to 2030. The department estimates that in that time, home energy use will be up more than 25 percent and most of that will come from single-family homes, where energy use will rise by 30 percent.

More people are interested in “going green” these days, but the reality can be overwhelming. Where’s a good place to start?

Glen: “Plumbing is a basic place to start. Efficiency is the key to lowering energy costs, whether it’s installing solar or tankless water heaters or more efficient boiler systems. Even ceiling and exhaust fans have become more energy-efficient. We carry Broan and Nutone, and they’re all quiet and high-efficiency, so they’ll save you money while still doing a good job.” Mary: “Many appliances are high efficiency and green. Everyone likes that. It lowers the utility bills, which makes everybody happy. From a resale prospective, such appliances are considered an upgrade. Extremely ecofriendly HVAC methods like geothermal systems are great but very expensive. Far more cost-effective are simple appliance replacements.” So you’ve both mentioned energy savings and money savings, which sounds great, but doesn’t “energy efficient” usually mean “doesn’t work as well”?

Glen: “All our toilets now are 1.6 gallons and most are going to 1.28 gallons per flush. Both American Standard and Toto, the brands we carry, are always developing stronger flushes with less water and they happen to work very well. Ecologically speaking, you’re wasting less water. It’s the same with faucets. They have special aerators on them that limit the flow of water with the same strength. It’s all in an effort to save water and I can’t tell the difference. The stream is just as strong. Even the showerheads are powerful. Hansgrohe has developed a system that uses sucked-in air to propel the water through with an amazing amount of force. Garbage disposals are also quieter and use less power. General Plumbing Supply carries Insinkerator, a longtrusted name in garbage disposals, and the new models use less electricity even though they have plenty of horsepower.” Let’s expand beyond plumbing and appliances and talk about what else people can do to incorporate green living into the homes they’re building or remodeling.

Glen: “Countertops made with sustainable materials are becoming more common. GPS offers a composite material that’s 85 percent natural quartz with a binder, so it’s compressed. With this type of material, you’re not quarrying yards and yards of granite out of the hillside. Also it’s uniform and each piece looks exactly like the sample you’re shown, unlike regular stone. We sell quite a bit of it. Vanity companies are also using recycled and sustainable materials, with finishes that are less toxic. These materials are becoming readily available.” Mary: It’s interesting, but I find that today’s buyers are “mindful” but not totally motivated (yet) to commit and thus convert to the extensive levels of “eco-friendly” alternatives. What we can definitely keep in mind, though, is that the wholesale industry at large is producing more and more earth-conscious products that in turn, the buyer will invest in. One of the many positive elements of selling a home to new owners is that the new owners always do work on the house, so they inject money into the system and purchase various new products of this nature. They could include things like windows, exterior shingles or hard-plank…solar panels are wonderful, but aesthetic concerns are limiting their use in areas where I do business.” You’ve been in your business a long time. How have products and people’s awareness, become more eco-friendly over the years?

Mary: “As time goes on and people are more consistent in this thinking, things will start to click. It’s a process. We haven’t been energy conscious in this country – we don’t know what that feels like. As the economy picks up, I think people will see that there are more opportunities to incorporate these energy-saving measures into their homes, both existing homes and new construction, and that the cost is worth it.”

General Plumbing Supply 1-800-Call-GPS 12 Trade Locations: Edison, Bayonne, Morris Plains, Hawthorne, Middletown, Union, Ridgefield, Dover, Orange, Tenafly, Lakewood and Matawan Showrooms: Edison, Bayonne, Morris Plains, Hawthorne, Orange, Bergenfield, Lakewood and Matawan Mary Premtaj, Prominent Properties | Sotheby’s International Realty 201.410.8022




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