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Room Design by Gwen Nagorsky, ASID

It’s a fact of life: families grow and change. The adorable bedroom that functioned so well as your child progressed from toddler through elementary school just doesn’t make the grade in the pre-teen years. What happens to the teenager’s bedroom and all that high school paraphernalia when they go off to college? What happens when the child returns home either as a guest or more permanent fixture? And, as the kids’ needs are changing, the parents often have an expanding wish list such as a home office, a personal retreat, or a place for overnight guests. All of this creates design challenges that can try the patience and tax the imagination of most homeowners. Some expert help will ease the pain. Transforming a childhood room into a preteen retreat can be the most challenging scenario of all, reports interior designer Gwen Nagorsky, ASID. This is because, as the project proceeds, there are two people to please—the child and the parent. “There are particular challenges,” says Nagorsky, “if the child is a true tween, which means about 12 years old. There is a big difference between designing for that age and designing for a 14 or 15-year-old, who has a better understanding of what he or she wants in their environment. Teens are generally more stable in their tastes and want a room designed for them. But a tween is more vulnerable to peer pressure and wants a room that his/her friends will like. And then there’s mom . . . who wants her child to be happy about the outcome but also wants a room that the kid can grow into.” There is a sensitive dynamic between the designer, the tween and the parent. “I treat the tween as a grownup and

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help guide both of them through the process. My goal is to create a space that, with a few tweaks, can carry the young person through from high school to college.” One of Nagorsky’s favorite transition projects was for a tween who had lived in a girly, feminine room since she was a toddler and now wanted something cool and hip. The original room was mostly pale greens and pinks with cream wall-to-wall carpeting. The new color scheme is a complete departure: red, brown and white with touches of yellow. The young client had also developed severe allergies so the idea of wall-to-wall carpet had to go. In its place, Nagorsky installed a bamboo floor and an area rug that can be easily shaken out and cleaned. The tween choose all the accessories, many of them things she made as she was learning to sew. The result is very natural and comfortable – the right colors, the right image – that pleases both mom and tween and can be easily updated as the tween’s taste evolves. When the children of long-time clients grew to college age and beyond, interior designer Jeffrey Brooks, Allied ASID, had a different challenge. He was called upon to help the client rethink the spaces while also creating a place where both the son and the daughter could return home for extended periods of time and feel comfortable. The son’s room was an L-shaped space on the top floor of the home. It started life as a playroom, and then became a teenage boy’s room. Mom’s primary requirement for the new space: “get rid of the color brown. . . and the mess!” Brooks turned it into two complimentary spaces – a study for the lady of the house and a guest room with a daybed. When the son came home for extended visits, pocket doors

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created two completely separate and private areas so that while the son had a bedroom the mother still had her study. For the daughter, a downstairs bedroom was transformed into a suite – bedroom, dressing room and bath – that would give her some private space on her long visits home and also serve as wonderful guest quarters. Brooks introduced touches that were special to the daughter. On the bed is a lace patchwork pillow made by her grandmother from her christening dress. Grandmother’s heirloom oil lamp was electrified to create a special bedside lamp. A large chest of drawers in the dressing area is storage for the daughter’s things, even when she’s not at home. Within the sleeping area, Brooks added a chest that conceals the television set. The drawers underneath are for guests.

Says Brooks, “Turning a space upside down often only happens when a fresh pair of eyes, not your own, comes on the scene. A designer can also look at the architecture and see what the possibilities are within the current footprint of the home.” The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) sponsors a referral service for consumers interested in obtaining the services of a qualified professional interior designer. For residential and commercial referrals, visit the ASID New Jersey Chapter’s statewide designer directory at





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Meet a couple who merged their households in a second marriage for both, and thanks to an intuitive designer, found a fresh storybook start



for young newlyweds, it takes big love, perspective and open minds to selflessly consolidate two lives – so think of the challenge it could present if the bride and groom have each been previously married for a long time, widowed and have put down roots in their respective houses for years. Lost and Found Enter Judy and Steve Pashall. Both lost their spouses to illness in 2006, Judy after 17 years of marriage, Steve after eight. Neither had children. They met later that year when Steve, 64, went to a bereavement group at a synagogue in Manalapan, with a little prodding from a couple of his cousins, women who worried about him feeling blue. He spotted Judy, 51, across the room, later found out her name, got her number with a little internet sleuthing, and called her. “She didn’t remember me,” Steve says with a laugh. But they arranged a date – dinner at a restaurant in Colts Neck – and things went well. On May 4, 2009, they were married at Temple Beth Miriam in Elberon, with a reception following at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank, on the Navesink River.






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• An uncluttered kitchen design – with cherry wood and granite – that gives Judy freedom to make the Italian foods, cakes and pies that are her specialties without feeling cramped and crowded. •Counter stools covered with indoor/outdoor fabric for easy maintenance. (“I gave them a sample, and they poured coffee on it, to make sure you could wash it off,” says Rich.) • Sleek flat-screen TV and sound system. •A patio, for meals or afternoon lemonade alfresco.



Designs for a Healthy Merger The couple debated finding a new home, but decided to settle instead into Judy’s four-bedroom Manalapan house and sell Steve’s Oceanport residence; they liked the idea of her one-level ranch with a little brook in the back, and the tranquil neighborhood. Besides, Judy is still commuting to her long-time job at Dow Jones; Steve is a retired Prudential corporate claims consultant. When they enlisted the help of designer Sheila Rich, it became clear early on that one of the smartest things they could do was to take down the wall between the kitchen and family room. “The house didn’t work for Steve and Judy, and they didn’t know why until I suggested opening the rooms and the doorways,” says Rich. She also added pantries to each side of the sliding patio doors for food storage and kitchen supplies. “I couldn’t see Judy when I sat down and watched TV in the family room and she was cooking,” says Steve. “We knew that wall had to go. I wanted to be able to communicate.” Rich installed an island in the kitchen, where the Pashalls eat their meals. “Sheila was a tremendous quarterback. We never could have done it without her,” Steve says. “At first, I thought we could do it on our own and Judy said, ‘Are you nuts?’ That’s one of the only things we disagreed on.” Rich also knew it was important to streamline every detail. “The house just needed a renovation so Steve and Judy can age in it gracefully,” says Rich. “I call it senior living.” The details she orchestrated during the one-year project: recessed lights on dimmers in every room; levers on faucets (easier to manage than handles as we get older); and an open layout that will work for all ages, from strollers to the occasional rolling walker. At the same time, she added new, young details, including stainless-steel appliances, state-of-

the-art technology, all new area rugs and fresh hardwood floors. Something Old, Something New “It’s usually self-protection when you don’t want to part with things,” say Steve. “We didn’t have that. It’s all just stuff. And we considered this a new beginning for both of us.” He says it was helpful to talk about it and put the issues out on the table. They didn’t hold onto too much. “The furniture was almost all optional. Most of it could go to the curb,” he adds, noting that it cost him almost $2,000 to unpack his basement, crowded with things from his belated wife, her daughter and his mother-in-law. He put a few things in storage. And Judy gave her brother a lot of her furniture that didn’t work anymore. “It was a big help that neither one of us was defensive,” says Steve. “You don’t even know why you’re keeping some of this junk. The relevance is long gone.” Some things that did stay – like Steve’s comfy club chair and ottoman – got a makeover. Rich reupholstered them in earth-tone striped chenille, so cozy that their dog, Lady (originally Steve’s pet) has made herself at home on them, too. Judy was on the same page about scaling back. “I didn’t have a hard time parting with my possessions or my old way of living. I was excited for us to have a fresh start and realize our dream,” she says. “Steve is wonderful. I’m telling you, he’s really my shining star. I’m so glad we met.” Swing Space During the construction, the Pashalls and Lady had to be very flexible, one of the first tests of their compatibility. They had to cook and eat in the garage for about three months in the fall while the kitchen remodel was underway.

SUBURBANRENEWAL MANALAPAN NJ “Cooking dinner was a challenge,” says Judy. “We bought a microwave, but in the end we mostly ate dinner out and used it for breakfast and lunch. We also grilled sometimes and ate outside.” It was particularly hard because she cooks every night after work. “I like having control over what we’re eating,” she says. “When you eat out, it’s just a lot of additives, and salt, and too much seasoning.” One possible secret to their success: Judy is the second oldest in a large family, with five sisters and four brothers, and Steve has one older sister. Like the perfect cocktail, they were ready to be stirred and shaken, not so set in their ways that they couldn’t blend their two distinct flavors for a great balance. Steve says he made it a point to learn not to be cluttered. “Judy is a neatnik,” he notes. “I made myself do it.” In love and marriage – and interior design – flexibility is key. “They really are so happy, which makes me happy,” says Rich. “They already made the decision that they were going to grow old together in this house.”


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Arielle Mark is the owner and art advisor of Mark Gallery. Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Arielle developed a passion for art at a very young age. She studied art history at the Sorbonne in Paris. Arielle has traveled extensively around the world for both business and pleasure, developing and nurturing long-lasting relationships with many artists. She and her husband, Andrei have been avid art collectors for over 15 years. Arielle brings to Mark Gallery a wealth of knowledge, a true passion for fine art, and a genuine desire to make fine art accessible to everyone. 26



Scott A. Broadfoot is the owner of Broadfoot & Broadfoot – A Collection of Fine Art. Celebrating 20 years of quality service and artistic diversity, Mr. Broadfoot has directed the collection’s operation since opening in June, 1992. While the individual work reflects the artist’s persona, the entire collection is a statement about Mr. Broadfoot himself. It is clearly focused on the art aficionado, whether he or she is a serious collector or one who just stops in to appreciate fine art.

Kathleen Palmer

is the owner of Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery. Kathleen worked in the corporate world, before opening her gallery in 2005. Kathleen has received the “Excellence in Arts Award” from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission in 2006. The award was given for her exemplary dedication to encouraging arts in the community, volunteerism and philanthropy. She started the BernARTsville Art Walk, which draws 200-600 people to the gallery nine Friday evenings a year.



What is the focus in your gallery? Scott: Broadfoot & Broadfoot

Arielle: Mark Gallery

Kathleen: Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery

Our gallery specializes in contemporary abstract art with a strong focus in sculpture. However, the twenty-seven artists that we currently represent are a cross section of all genres.

Most of the art at our gallery is contemporary, but we are able to procure more traditional pieces for our clients. The work is diverse in both media and subject matters. One can find small works as well as very large ones; abstract works, landscapes and figurative paintings and drawings; oil, acrylic and encaustic (wax based) paintings, pastel works on paper, drawings, sculptures and photographs.

The paintings in the gallery are mostly traditional, realist and some impressionist work. I have found a market segment in this area that enjoys art and want to connect with the subject matter. They want to buy pieces that they can live with and enjoy every day.

Share your process of accessing art. Scott:



We make studio tours, which are a great way to see a large body of an artist’s work, but customarily the artists come to us. We often generate over 200 solicitations for representation a week so careful selection is required. Although the majority of artists in the collection are from the tri-state area, a number are from across the United States and Canada.

We chose our artists very carefully. Some I have known and collected for a long time; some we found at art fairs and museums or gallery exhibitions; some were recommended by other artists or clients, and some approach us directly. We are also always busy researching to find new and exciting acquisitions.

I receive 6-8 requests for representation a month. I choose carefully. I know my market, the type of decorating styles they use in their homes, their taste in color and preference in subject matter. I choose paintings of local scenes and things that I think my clientele will feel comfortable living with in their home. I seldom reject any pieces brought to me by the artists that I work with. The gallery has a very good reputation and very good reasonably priced art.

Oscar Wilde once said, “A work of art is Is there something specific that you look for? Scott:


Selecting the art for Broadfoot & Broadfoot is the most favorite part of my job and allows me to be creative. I am a real stickler on craftsmanship. The art that you will find in either gallery is the same as the art you will find in my homes. I look at the piece’s color, form, balance and overall energy; work that I find exciting and intellectual. When you walk into either Collection, I hope you will find them to be a true delight. I spend a lot of time designing the layout of each gallery. It is a great compliment to me when someone comes in and spends time just looking.

When choosing pieces of art, I look for the skill and talent of the artist. I like to show works of art that challenge the owners and intrigue them for a lifetime. I also look for inherent beauty in the piece. I consider price, and I look for artists that I feel are established, but underpriced.

Do you deal directly with the artist?

Kathleen: We hang the gallery several times per year. I look for color, composition and subject matter. I don’t carry abstract pieces because that style doesn’t typically appeal to the clients in my area. I work with several realist painters, such as Gary Godbee and Thomas Valenti who are both recognized for their work in N J. I was introduced to art glass by Jake Pfeiffer, an artist who specializes in glass blowing, whom I met when he was around 16 years old. I now represent 8 glass artists and am a member of the Glass Arts Society.




We always prefer to deal directly with the artist, however, in many situations that is not possible. Regardless of who we deal with, the gallery adheres to a professional protocol.

We always deal directly with the artist, and with most we have developed close relationships and friendships. It is very important to us and the artists, that there is a high level of comfort, trust and respect between the artist and the gallery. We also deal directly with owners and dealers. Sometimes a client is looking for a piece by an artist we do not represent directly, or for a certain type or style of work we do not carry at the gallery. In those situations we either contact specific artists or, if they are represented exclusively by other galleries, or are deceased, we work with other dealers and owners.

I work directly with the artists and currently represent 26 of them. All but 4 of the artists live in the area, although I get requests from people all over the world. Sometimes I take in second market work, but only pieces done by artists that I represent.




Are pieces taken on consignment? If so, how long are they displayed? Scott:



Not all work is taken on consignment. Some pieces we purchase directly. The terms of the contract are usually done on an individual basis. The gallery makes a decision based on the best solution for all involved (artist, owner, broker, etc.).

We take most of our artwork on consignment, but we also purchase some pieces directly from the artists. The consignment period varies, but is at least 6 months and more typically one year. After that, the gallery and the artist decide together which pieces to return to the artist in exchange for other works. We have a new exhibition about every 6-8 weeks. Once the show finishes, we keep most of the unsold work at least until the end of the consignment period. After that time, if a piece has not been sold by another gallery, we can still retrieve it. Clients, often, come back months after a show to buy a piece they saw during an exhibit.

Yes, all of the artwork is taken on consignment, typically for 6 months. As our gallery shows are seasonal, we would not often show beach scenes during the winter or snow scenes in the summer. The intention of the gallery is to give local artists a place to show their artwork, which they never had before. All of the painters that we work with live within 20 miles of the gallery.

What called you to the profession?




It was actually something that I just stepped into. As my uncles from Scotland say, “my bums landed in the butter”. I do have several degrees in art history but never really thought I would own two successful Collections.

From very early on, even as a young teenager, I was drawn to art and the art world. I started going to museums and art galleries and befriended many artists. I grew up in Munich, Germany and studied art history at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Having recently retired from my IT career, I was managing a property for my husband. The property initially housed 7 artists who painted and exhibited privately. After 5 of the artists moved away, 2 artists remained and rather than close up shop, I decided to open the gallery. The name Studio 7 is homage to the original 7 artists who started in the space.

the unique result of a unique temperament”. Broadfoot & Broadfoot A Collection of Fine Art

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Our average price range seems to be $2,000 to $20,000 however we have sold works in excess of $135,000 and as little as $200.

Mark Gallery Located in the heart of downtown Englewood, New Jersey at 11 Grand Avenue 201-568-6275

The artwork at our gallery is priced anywhere between several hundred dollars up to about $40,000. The majority of the work ranges between $2,000 and $15,000. Our lowest priced sale was around $700 and our highest $38,000. We have also co-brokered sales of works of art by artists not directly represented by us that had much higher price tags. If we are authenticating artwork by an outside artist, those pieces are priced anywhere from $10,000 to several million dollars.

Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery Located in the quaint town of Bernardsville, New Jersey at 5 Morristown Road 908-630-9770

Our prices vary anywhere from the smallest blown glass Christmas ornament for $30 up to the largest bronze and blown glass sculpture that sold for $14,000.



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Vinyl Is Final Text by Barbara Gref


ack on August 27 of last year, when many others in northern New Jersey were buying bottled water and stocking up on food, Tommie Freda was emptying shelves and hauling carton after carton of vinyl from his basement at top speed. Even as the flood waters from historic Hurricane Irene lapped up to Tommie’s place, he continued his mission. His wife and daughter chipped in, too. After all, moving 8,000 mostly vintage record albums is no joke. In the end Mother Nature scored about 150 albums, and Tommie Freda breathed a sigh of relief. Freda’s vinyl collection of 8,000 LPs and some 1,000 singles was mostly intact. For Freda, these are not simply old discs that had spun on any number of turntables over the years, they are more. Many of the LPs represent passages in Freda’s life; they embody a fair amount of personal and national history as well. “It’s been a hobby of mine my whole life, ever since the Beatles,” says Freda. Today, he has every album he ever owned (minus the 150 the hurricane took). Tommie’s collecting days go back to 1964. That was the year Tommie turned 12 and the year he got his first album: Hard Days Night. It came from S. Klein on the Square in downtown Newark. Those are the kind of details you just don’t forget. Freda still talks about that day with the sense of magic he felt at the time. There was the album and then along came his first singles: “Thank You Girl” by the Beatles and “Can’t You See That She’s Mine” by the Dave Clark Five. A large portion of Freda’s collection covers the ’50s and ’60s. When he speaks of the crème de la crème he’s talking the Beatles, the Kinks, and the Rolling Stones.

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But he collects other eras, too, including the more current Social Distortion. Yes, Tommie specializes in rock and roll, but he’s got blues and country as well. What he does not have is jazz and classical. “No jazz,” he emphasizes. Freda built his collection the old fashioned way. He rarely shops the internet, but you will find him at yard sales, estate sales and record shows. You could certainly run into him at Princeton Record Exchange or at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ. He’s a collector’s collector in many ways, delighting in suddenly coming across that one Zappa album he did not have or finding an out-of-the-blue copy of Cream’s Disraeli Gears for $5 at a garage sale. And that’s the other thing about Tommie Freda – he’s not about the pristine. It’s the bargain and the fun find that makes him smile. A record that’s priced at $5 or $6 is what he’ll buy, just for the pleasure of having it, not because it’s in mint condition or has never been played. Though he has three turntables and the bulk of his collection is indeed vinyl, he is not a purist in that way either. In addition to his vintage LPs, he owns some 4,000 CDs and loves to pop one in as he drives. He is in it for the music. “Music makes you feel young,” he says. “It just brings you right back to those days when you first heard the song.” His love extends to live performances as well and he sees and feels just as much history and happiness there. He’s seen Dylan 10 times, and Springsteen 15 times (if you are from Jersey, it’s a must; Springsteen’s “in your blood” he says). Freda has seen all the Beatles, separately, at least once and caught John Lennon when he played with Elton John at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving 1974 for

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a d e r F e i m m o T what turned out to be Lennon’s last performance. Months earlier, Freda was at the Garden in January 1973 the night the war in Vietnam ended. “The lights came up and Neil Young walked out on stage and said, “The war is over.” Freda has delved into other collectibles at various points in his life: comics, baseball cards, but he’s always come back to music. One upside of collecting LPs is the fabulous art that graces the covers. As a canvas, nothing else comes close to the big 12 ½-inch square foldouts that envelop the LPs. On CDs, the small scale cannot do justice to the art and on download, well, it’s just not there. Freda, who has a degree in painting and illustration, is especially appreciative of great album cover artists like Roger Dean, the master artist behind many of the Yes albums. He once traded an oil painting he’d done of the Tales from Topographic Oceans cover for a guitar. “I’ll buy an album based on the cover art,” Freda reports. Ultimately, though, it’s what’s inside the jacket that gets to the heart of it. “Music makes me feel good,” says Freda. “I enjoy the happiness that music has brought me and [collecting] is just an extension of that.” He even likes that crackly sound that is often heard as the stylus makes its way across the grooved black expanse of an LP. Yeah, he’s hooked, right down to the tactile of experience of picking up an album and placing it on the spinning platter. “There’s nothing like holding a record in your hands.” As for the future of his collection, Freda says he’s rebuilding the basement and all those shelves and then he’ll move the 8,000 albums back into their home. After that, “I’ll just keep collecting,” he says.

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conteNt Custom design and an extraordinary attention to detail are the hallmarks of a designer’s hillside home in Mendham.

After moving from Manhattan to start a family, an accomplished designer and her financier husband soon outgrew their 200-year old farmhouse in Harding. Flexing her unique design skills (her resume includes: illustrative, food and fashion styling and overseeing her own line of clothing) she drew up plans for an expansion, but much to her dismay found out that their historic farmhouse was subject to a whole host of crippling restrictions. They decided to look for another home. Having grown up in Southern California she wanted a bright home filled with sunlight that would blend the indoors with the outdoors. After an exhaustive search which came up short, it was decided to look for a property and build a house she would design. They fell in love with a secluded site on a sunny hill surrounded by woodlands in Mendham. Little did they realize, the vast amount of work needed to reconfigure the land to create a space flat enough to build a house with outdoor entertaining and recreation areas, gardens and a pool. When all the heavy equipment and seemingly endless parade of trucks bringing landfill were gone, they were able to build. Today their dream home is nestled on over 7.5 park-like acres with complete privacy, rolling lawns, a stream, open meadows and multi-level hillside gardens. While the exterior of the 15-room, 12,000 square foot residence brings to mind a large, sprawling Mediterranean-style villa high above the ocean in Santa Barbara, its interior with three fireplaces, six bedrooms and ten baths is contemporary with expansive walls to display their art collection and an open floor plan with easy access to all the outdoor living areas.



“A seamless flow from the inside out was our objective,” said the designer. ”It works not only from a family perspective – raising our three children, but also for entertaining large groups of people.” Amenities abound. It’s impossible not to notice the extraordinary attention that has been paid to the homes many custom-designed details. Throughout the residence’s first floor, white, wide plank oak flooring has been customized for each space – stained in the living room, bordered with limestone in the dining room, accented with stainless steel in the kitchen and inlaid with river rock in the hall galleries. The lighting which literally bathes the house in a soft, warm glow was also custom designed by the homeowner. She utilized every means possible, including recessed lighting, up lighting, directional lighting and kick lighting on stairs, in addition to skylights, sconces and chandeliers. “I’ve always customized everything I’ve ever done from clothing to furniture, accessories and interiors,” she said. “I don’t know any other way to work.” Custom design is also quite evident in the soaring, two-story entry foyer. With its curved Venetian-plaster accented walls, limestone floor with mother-of-pearl inlays, and stunning oak staircase with a custom hand-forged filigree railing. The evanescent, cone-shaped chandeliers above were designed in collaboration with a lighting company in Brooklyn. Off the entry foyer are a spacious state-of-the-art media room and a perfectfor-entertaining living room complete with a handsome wood-burning fireplace, banquette seating and an amenity-rich, fully-equipped bar with stainless-steel counters and sink, an ice maker, 2 refrigerators, a wine fridge and dishwasher.


Adjacent to the stainless steel bar with a sandblasted etched glass top lit with LEDS, is a distinctive, customdesigned dome and chandelier over an elegant, swirling, stainlesssteel staircase leading to the lower level. Here is a billiard room, music room, gym, recreation room with a climbing wall and a 4,000-bottle temperaturecontrolled wine cellar and cigar closet. “It’s just the most wonderful house for entertaining. We’ve hosted a wedding here, and ent er t ained over 2 0 0 people for our annual Christmas party and numerous charity events and fundraisers,” the homeowner said. “Caterers especially love the kitchen.” The dream kitchen boasts two islands, granite counters, a walk-in pantry and every high-end appliance including; two Sub-Zero refrigerator/ freezers, an indoor grill and a Dacor double convection oven. Off the kitchen, are both the breakfast area and the family room. The grand master suite and four unique bedroom suites with full baths are upstairs. There is also an in-law suite/office. Designed with the same attention to detail as the residence, the sundrenched property features mature, beautifully landscaped, multi-terraced grounds carved out of the hillside. It incorporates a pool, an arbor, stone walls, stairways, terraces, patios and a rose garden. “Don’t forget the peonies!” the homeowner interjected. “They’re my pride and joy. We always look forward to peony weekend, right around Memorial Day, when my 300-plus plants collected over the years are in full bloom. It‘s a knockout! No question, all the planning, hard work, time and effort were well worth it. In every sense it’s all a dream come true!”



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An Authentic Northern Italian Country Villa Adds Richness to New Jersey’s Horse Country Text by Bonnie Clark

Photography by John Perrotta


a home that makes the heart yearn for all things Italian – Vivaldi, Da Vinci, Brunello di Montalcino. Set on 4 acres in Colts Neck, 187 Heyers Mill Road is a palatial Northern Italian country villa that offers every authentic architectural and design element, from stately Corinthian columns to interior crown moldings, and most dramatically, the piazza with outdoor kitchen and living room.




or homeowners Lance and Ellen Primis, the four-year process of designing and building the villa was the culmination of a lifetime spent traveling to Italy and designing homes around the world. “This was our sixth or seventh home,” said Mr. Primis, former COO and president of The New York Times Company. “We knew this would be our last new construction, so we poured everything we wanted into it and were thrilled with the way it turned out.” In 2003, the couple purchased the 4-acre property, which, at the time, housed a small cottage and horse barn. When construction began two years later, the homeowners set up temporary residence in the cottage, allowing them to supervise and weigh in on even the smallest detail. The goal was to build a truly authentic Northern Italian country villa. They chose rustic materials such as woods and limestone in hues of light yellow and gold to give a sense of age to the home. In keeping with tradition, materials at the base of the home are rougher and become more refined as the home gets closer to the Heavens. Rising 7-to-10 feet from street grade, the seven-bedroom, 10-bath villa is constructed from ArcusStone, a limestone mix that provides the look of limestone, but requires minimal maintenance. Other notable features include 18-foot ceilings on the ground floor, curved edges, a 30-foot tower that brings light to the kitchen and a master bathroom with a 4-by-8-foot glass-plate window overlooking a beautifully landscaped private garden. The home was even designed to track the course of the sun during the summer months. “We wanted to create the feeling like you are someplace else,” Mr. Primis said. “We love the exterior look that we created.” Of course, the highlight of this architectural gem is the piazza, which provides the ultimate indoor/outdoor environment. The literal and figurative centerpiece of the home, the piazza boasts an outdoor kitchen and living room with fireplace



and full private bathroom, as well as in-ground heated pool with fountain, hot tub and sun shelf. Two large second-floor terraces overlook the spacious surroundings. Inside the 12,000-square-foot home, an abundance of light floods the firstfloor gallery, which is filled with Mrs. Primis’ own works, mostly oils and acrylic impressionist pieces. An artist who once studied in Northern Italy, Mrs. Primis was largely responsible for designing and decorating the home – which features many unique elements such as multiple islands in the kitchen, archways and a breakfast nook with a hexagonal-shaped ceiling area to echo the shape of the table. “This was a grand project for us,” Mr. Primis said. “We were patient and didn’t mind decision making. It wasn’t unusual for us to take an entire day just to decide on doorknobs.” Aside from the spectacular design and décor, the villa is also fully equipped with the most advanced state-of-the-art technology and systems, including a fully finished basement featuring 14-seat stadium theater with a custom-made, 12-foot screen and top-of-line Sony projector mounted to the ceiling. Not surprisingly, the Primises, who split their time between Colts Neck and Naples, Fla., wanted to create an amenities-rich retreat, where they could spend quality time with their two grown children and three grandchildren. “We love having guests and family,” Mr. Primis said. “No place is off limits. We do lots of eating and grilling outside, enjoying the pool while the kids watch movies and pop popcorn on the popcorn machine.” At the Primis household, there is always room for an extra guest. In addition to the seven bedrooms in the main villa, the property also houses a private guest cottage, which is situated directly over a driveway in a style reminiscent of the Ponte Vecchio. Elaborate entertaining is made easy with a butler’s pantry, rear entrance and an assortment of top-of-the-line appliances.


The crowning glory of the Northern Italian country villa is the impeccably designed landscaping, which is immediately evident upon entering the property and traveling up the driveway lined with 30 cherry trees and stunning exterior lighting. Mr. Primis said the home has become somewhat of an attraction in this affluent suburb, widely known as “New Jersey’s Horse County.” Throughout the build out, many curious onlookers asked to take a look around. And in the last few years, he’s noticed many other homes being built that also adhere to traditional architectural styles. “These old farms provide wonderful sites for people to build homes that fit their vision,” he said. “When you have so much land, it’s great to look at it as an opportunity to really showcase the property.”

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Pretty Brook

Magnificent Gardens Envelop an Expanded Cape Text by Amy Holl Ahearn



Photography by Thomas Grimes/Robert Manella

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A bucolic oasis light-years from the mad dash of Wall Street, Princeton offers not only the cache,

but the milieu for which many families long: a college town close to major hubs, cultural amenities and shopping. Yet along with the erudition for which Princeton is recognized, it also boasts strong property values and the beautiful Mercer County countryside, well-known for its horse country with grassy rolling hills and manicured white fences. So it is no surprise that a retired Wall Street executive purchased the property 21 years ago with a vision – far from the maddening crowd of lower Manhattan. What was his epiphany? “Aha! I can garden!” he exclaimed. He possessed the tenacity to take on the flat, as-yet-unlandscaped 2 ½ acres, but his architect urged him to enlist the help of landscape architect Dennis Hickok of Dennis Hickok Landscape Architecture in Los Angeles, California (and of the Los Angeles Getty Museum). “I can’t use a landscape architect from California!” the homeowner said. Yet, he did. Homeowner and architect spent a week and a half talking and dreaming about the garden. Together they forged a design team that created seven separate gardens on an X-Y axis, which forms the landscape. In addition to mature flora, other features include 2 ponds – one for fishing and one for Koi – a magnolia alee´, moss gardens, pool and c abana, and a Par is ian fountain that he and his photographer wife purchased in Paris. Among their inspirations was the Pretty Brook, which meanders along the namesake road, crossing this way and that, at once over on the right and the next minute on the left. Thusly, a small tributary of the brook skips across the back expanse of the property, delineating the “X” of the dual-axis garden. The homeowner definitely saw potential in the house, which when purchased was a simple Cape Cod on a good, yet uncared for, piece of land. Viewing it now, with the enveloping landscape and beautifully integrated additions, the exterior is a picturesque garden cottage, complete with cedar shake roof and curved stone pathway which leads to a huge, arched arbor


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framing the stunning Parisian fountain. A pair of eyebrow windows winking above the garage adds charming architectural detail often omitted. Inside the home you are met in the foyer with a lustrous brick floor. Off the foyer is the library, a cozy reading room, wrapped floor to ceiling in stunning burled Brazilian mahogany, and completed with a fireplace. Follow the brick floor in either direction and enter the back â&#x20AC;&#x153;gardenâ&#x20AC;? room, a vast open space with a wall of windows flanked by pairs of French doors beckoning you to glimpse the beautiful backyard. But wait. There are still many rooms to explore because, outward appearances notwithstanding, inside is an extensive home of 6 bedrooms and 7 baths, with the usual public rooms giving way to great private and family spaces. Having retired at an early age, the homeowner needed to add on to the original home to accommodate his growing family of four children and 8 grandchildren. The left wing of the original home is the masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retreat. In it are the master suite and study. The master suite consists of the bedroom, complete with greenhouse and hence windows on 3 sides, his and hers baths and closets, and a generously-sized shared sitting/dressing room. On the right side of the home where the newer additions were built is the kitchen, renovated with custom-made warm Shaker cherry cabinets which reach to the ceiling, a large work island with cooktop, and gleaming red oak wood floors. Any serious cook will love the huge, built-in fridge, double ovens and ample counter space with which to work. The breakfast nook has been crowned with a cedar shake turret, and features a divided-light bay window overlooking the circular drive, front path



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and gardens. An enclosed breezeway from the original house to the addition is home to a second, galley kitchen or butler’s pantry, laundry facilities, bathroom and multiple closets. Another closet leading into the great/family room hides a wet bar behind folding doors. Not just a great room, not just a family room, this room provides abundant space for dining, TV viewing and gaming. A sizable granite slab creates not only a serving area, but open separation of the main room from the gallery-like hallway which leads to the studio. Wonderfully warm Brazilian cherry floors combine with walls of windows, fireplace, and lushness outside to create a spacious yet cozy retreat for everyone. A score of years has passed since this property was first sighted by the homeowner. As if in tacit reverence to the surroundings, “X” marks the spot where his vision and dreams came to fruition.


A 2000 sq ft studio addition with a separate entrance, offers endless possibilities. It can serve as a teen wing, guest wing or motherin-law wing. An exercise room adjacent to the studio enables a convenient, no-excuses workout.

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REDROCK Text by Alice Garbarini Hurley



Photography by Bob Skinner

A Peace of Paradise


This contemporary castle on a cul-de-sac is a dream retreat from the plugged-in world Stand – or swim, nap, chat, cook or read – anywhere in the expansive Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home at 14 Red Rock Trail in Saddle River and you can’t help but notice the beauty enfolding you; the towering trees, two running brooks, foot bridges, the old stone walls, on the sprawling 4.3-acre estate. One look out the window (and there are windows everywhere) will transport you to a place of balance and peace. “I’ve spent the vast majority of my career in very high-demand, high-stress corporate positions, so I’ve always looked for a home that had an elegant-simplicity and quiet serenity to it,” says homeowner Timothy Pearson, author of 2011 New York Times bestseller The Old Rules of Marketing Are Dead. “To relax on a lounge chair by the pool in the middle of February during a blizzard with the wind howling outside the windows, is about as close as you can get to a snowstorm without actually being in it.” From the striking indoor water wall by the front entrance, which soothes as it flows, to the windowed backsplash in the kitchen, Pearson’s goal was pure and simple. “The whole idea was to take all that sits outside the house and bring it in naturally,” he says. “In all seasons, you hear the movements of nature and the sound of flowing water.” Zen Appeal In his quest to perfect, Pearson did indeed leave some stones unturned—specifically, the old stone walls along some parts of the hill behind the home. And the acres and acres of unspoiled beauty complete with a hidden pond, beckon red-tailed hawks, deer, spry



foxes and flocks of wild turkeys. In the spring comes a lovely surprise under the towering maples, oaks, fir and tulip trees: Thousands of daffodils tip their ruffled hats to mark winter’s thaw. But other stones are new and stunning, carefully handpicked by this artisan. For the water wall and exterior walkways, Pearson chose quarried Tennessee Crab Orchard stone, prized for its layers and coloration. This type of stone was used by early settlers as fireplace brick, and was also reportedly found in Indian burial mounds. The choice seems fitting, given that many expanses of land in Saddle River, including the ones surrounding Red Rock, are as untouched now as they were when Native Americans owned them. Life Is But a Dream Beyond nature’s gentle streams and riches right at your doorstep (and deck edge, patio and more), there’s nurturing here, too. The great room has an expansive Tennessee Crab Orchard stone fireplace that rivals any hearth in an upscale ski lodge. It might be hard to leave the crackling fire in this room, but then again maybe not, since your polished, paneled private office/library right off this space has the same hand-milled cherry floors, along with built-in shelves and a fireplace of its own. Perhaps you too could tap out a best-selling book if you had a home office space like this to inspire you. Red Rock also has a Poggenpohl kitchen – recognized as the oldest kitchen brand in the world – with indoor grill and tunneled skylight. The home invites entertaining, with a formal dining room, large butler’s pantry and curved deck. The master bedroom has a roomy window nook to curl up in for reading and letter-writing, and the indoor spa is fitted with a lap pool, sky light and seven sets of French doors leading to an outdoor atrium. “Every room in the house has a view of the outdoors,” says Pearson. Beyond the master bedroom, the layout includes three luxury-size bedrooms with two baths and huge closets. A second home office makes it easy to envision dual careers without ever commuting. This is a home one never has to leave. It is a piece of paradise.



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Reeves-Reed Arboretum


We do declare For many people, giving, results in receiving joy beyond compare. But for people of wealth, philanthropic efforts take on an even greater calling.


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e have a social responsibility, when you’re in a position to give back, to just do it.” Said Deborah Belfatto, founder of the North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She is a person who takes her charitable

work very seriously. That approach has guided Belfatto’s actions since childhood. Now, in adulthood she is thrilled to have found causes near and dear to her to support emotionally, as well as fiscally. 56


She is not alone. In fact, thousands of others in New Jersey contribute to causes and institutions that are dear to them. “I can remember back in the 80s when my Dad was looking to make a once in a lifetime sizable donation somewhere,” recalls Morrene Hubbard Jacobs, daughter of George Morrison Hubbard Jr., known around town simply as Morry. “He called me and said ‘There’s nothing I have loved more than the City of Summit.’ ” The next day, he called the Mayor and made his donation to the City.

PAYITFORWARD In honor of this unrestricted donation to the City as well as Morry’s various other contributions, a Summit Elementary School was renamed Lincoln-Hubbard School, and despite his death at 101, his legacy endures. But, like so many wealthy donors, having his name on a building was not important to Hubbard. “He was guided by quiet generosity,” recalls Hubbard Jacobs. One donor effort in town said contributors over $5,000 would be named on a plaque. Morry gave $4,995. As a youth, selling door-to-door in Summit what he described as “junk, absolute junk” to raise money to buy his sports paraphernalia, Morry ascribed the generosity and kindness of neighbors to a quiet giving. (A visit to Mrs. Harmon’s always resulted in the kind woman asking what he had, and upon hearing the inventory she’d always announce “That’s just what I need” regardless of what it was.) It was an important lesson Morry took to heart. Long before he made his real money, his awareness of supporting others in the community was resolute. It was an integral lesson conveyed to his children. “I learned from my Dad to be really kind to everyone,” said Hubbard Jacobs, who now lives in Short Hills. “I do want to keep Summit vibrant,” she says. To that end, her family’s support of the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, which is adjacent to where the Hubbard’s lived, remains steadfast. They have donated money and deeded property to keep the public site viable and beautiful. “When we were growing up, we would never so much as pick one daffodil from Mrs. Reeves’ property,” recalls Hubbard Jacobs. “But we would go over to her kitchen and visit.” The spirit of the site was established early on by Mrs. Reeves, who had a sign on the street asking people to please stop in and enjoy her roses. “It’s part of what makes Summit special,” says Hubbard Jacobs. And its local nature has made it a cause for many in the region. “Supporting the community is part of my upbringing,” says Toby Wesson, whose family has a meadow at the Arboretum named after them. “It’s just my sense of commitment. In addition to the Arboretum, Wesson has been active in supporting Colgate University, his church and the hospital. “I do it with great pleasure,” he says. “It’s important to support what is good about Summit, about the United States. It’s what makes us all work.” For philanthropist Belfatto, personal challenges that began in 1988 sparked her call. Diagnosed at age 33 with breast cancer, she fought the disease when few people even spoke about it, much less understood treatment options. “It elevated my awareness, not necessarily my social consciousness,” she recalls. “But I knew my life needed to shift in that direction.”And when a close friend died from breast cancer, Belfatto was thrust into action. “She died and I lived. It was very conflicting for me.” Compounding the situation was that both women were mothers to 10-year-old girls. “Jackie lost her mother, and I just made a pledge to dedicate myself, and my resources to people who are diagnosed (with breast cancer) and to their families.” That pledge resulted in bringing the Susan G. Komen Foundation to Northern Jersey. With 75% of money staying local and 25% going to research, Belfatto knew this was the way to support the cause. “It was hitting all aspects of the disease. We were leaving no stone unturned.” She challenged herself to succeed. “It just became my mission,” she says. “It became how can I fix this, how can I make women understand they’re better with early detection, and how can I help those whose chances of not surviving, are real?” What started in her family room in 1996 and expanded to her basement in 1997 when the first Pink Tie Ball was held, is now a multi-million, 9-county effort that is altering and improving the lives of tens of thousands of people. Yet, still working with a non-profit effort can be emotionally draining. “You’ve got to be able to endure the many sad, challenging stories that come with being a non-profit that focuses on a life-threatening illness,” she says. “They’re not all happy endings and I’ve done far too many eulogies.” Whenever she strays from her enthusiasm and dedication, a gaze at her charm bracelet reminds her of what’s important: passion, perseverance, persistence and patience. It reminds her about the gifts she has, and the ones she shares. She explains that her mother’s constant generosity and caring taught her well. And although the fiscal donations from her youth were not on the same scale as those nowadays, the spirit is the same.

These are the traits Belfatto is passing on to her own daughter, Lindsay. “I say to her you have to count your blessings, but more importantly is sharing your blessings,” says Belfatto. The mother-daughter team has developed a unique opportunity to give back nationwide, through work they do with the National Eating Disorders Association. It’s an issue Lindsay, 27, struggled with for over a decade before entering recovery three years ago. Deb sits on the National Board, while Lindsay is on the Junior Board of Directors. Together they are touching the lives of others. “It takes a lot of work and dedication to make a difference,” say Belfatto. “But it’s a great way to wake up every day knowing you’ve improved a life. The rewards are just abundant.”

THE CHALLENGES OF GIVING New Jersey boasts some of the most philanthropic endeavors in the country, and the practice is growing. Over the past 30 years philanthropic giving has almost tripled nationwide according to the Giving USA Foundation. Currently, New Jersey has about 2,000 foundations and the majority of those are family foundations, according to Nina Stack, president of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. “For many families it makes sense to establish a foundation, or a fund within a community foundation,” said Stack. “It all depends on how involved a family wants to be.” Often contributions go to causes that are personal concerns of the family members, but the dynamics are sometimes at odds, said Stack. Her group sponsors monthly meetings that address everything from how to read a 990 to connecting with policy makers – and even family members. “We talk about the family dynamics that are at play and about the legacy of the family and about issues such as how do you talk to your kids about wealth and what we do as a family?” The variety of issue is almost as diverse as the giving opportunities. “We have this interesting niche,” she says of the CNJG. “We’re the ying to the financial advisors’ yang. We help them once they have a foundation, to be good grant makers.” The hands-on education process helps even the most fiscally savvy people, says Stack. The demand and the giving are increasing. Besides foundations, much of that giving is also done anonymously, and to smaller, local causes that rely on the generosity of residents for their viability. The Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit would not exist without the community’s on going support. “We have some very generous people,” said Gayle PettyJohnson, executive director. Those people help when the storms come in – literally. Hurricane Irene created almost $60,000 in damage in September but when Petty-Johnson called loyal supporters, a matching fund was started and the clean up initiated. “For us it was an easy decision to support the Arboretum,” said Toby Wesson. “It’s a unique piece of property in a great town and I’m delighted to financially support it…It’s just part of my sense of commitment to support the community and its institutions.”


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kitchentableau As most of us can attest, the kitchen is where some of life’s most memorable moments are shared. Kitchens are typically the room in which people congregate; whether enjoying a family meal, entertaining guests or just spending quality time. Your kitchen reflects your personality, traditions, culinary needs, lifestyle and aspirations and should be uniquely yours. Melissa Seibold, designer and co-owner of Canterbury Kitchens, knows that by spending quality time with her clients, she can draw from them the characteristics of the kitchen they truly desire. After graduating from college with a degree in architecture and gaining experience at her father’s company, Bridgewater Marble & Granite, it became clear to Melissa that she had a passion for designing kitchens. With that passion she started a kitchen design firm in Flemington, NJ and while building her showroom, met her husband Scott. And the rest was history. After twelve years at Canterbury Design and 3 children later, she is able to focus on what she truly loves; working with people and designing their dream kitchens. Interview by Jessica Cardonick

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What is it about kitchens? Are you a foodie? Do you cook? Melissa: I do love to cook, but not by myself, not stuck in a corner, and not in a cramped space. Sometimes negatives are positives. This shows up in all my designs. Being in the kitchen with tons of time to cook on my hands is few and far between (but fabulous if I can swing it!). Food is a gift that you give to your family. Being a cook and a homemaker should be glorified. We usually have 2-3 cooks, 2-3 kids or guests, or a snack on the run. I set the kitchen up so I can be at the center of the family while being able to cook and clean-up. I have a lot of glass doors on my cabinets so my family and friends can jump in and get whatever they need. My kids, all under 3 1/2, even have a big low snack drawer so I can tell when they‘re hungry. (I find them all bumper to bumper in the drawer.) My steamer oven is my number one love. I can cook corn on the cob, broccoli, asparagus all at the same time and put really healthy vegetables out quickly with very little clean up. My favorite thing to cook is any new recipe from Cooking Light. Describe your kitchen? Melissa: It’s very functional, casual and comfortable with a sitting area that opens up to a fireplace. It’s warm and cozy. I feel very strongly that kitchens should reflect the homeowner’s style. If I put my favorite style into your house, I have ignored that most important element. What’s unique about Canterbury Design? Melissa: All the designers here spend a great deal of time trying to understand you and your family. We are always looking to do fresh design. The client does have great inspirational input, and we need to create a space that reflects them, even if it takes a little longer to get the perfect custom color or design to do it. Right now I am really generating a lot of work we are calling “modern classics.” We coined this in-house to mean traditional roots with very clean lines and some modern elements. Tell me about your family? Melissa: Intense. They say that God doesn’t give you what you want – he gives you what you need. I would be a complete workaholic if not for the children and a husband who always wants to try something new. It forces me to leave my work hat and get down on the floor and play. Play is extremely important for all creative people and for general happiness. Luckily for us – combining passion, creativity, skill, and play – Melissa Seibold has managed to master the right recipe for success!



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