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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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Project | Southern Living Showcase Home. KITCHEN | Often kitchens are difficult to style. There are huge expanses of countertops in a lot of these great houses and there’s a fine balance between too much and not enough as far as props are concerned. I work closely with the photographers to set the angle and frame and really see what all we’re showing before I begin just filling flat surfaces with fruits, vegetables, and appliances. I had mentioned to the client I had this cake, and she loved the idea for the kitchen. Spoiler alert: it’s fake. I created it several years before for another shoot in bright yellow. A few coats of glossy brown spray paint and a yummy chocolate cake was ready for its close-up. Project | Southern Living Showcase Home. PREP KITCHEN | The client wanted to show off all the storage in this space, along with the custom island. I decided this would be a place the homeowner would keep larger appliances and serving pieces as well as a place to bring in and store produce. I used baskets filled with potatoes, onions and green cabbage on the island and a few sunflowers in the sink for a feeling of just walking in from the garden. Large boxes and serving pieces fill shelves and highlight the ample room, without drawing too much attention.


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A house that shows well sells well. In an increasingly sophisticated real estate market, this adage is proving true over and over again. As a result, interior designers are finding a new market and new appreciation for their skills.


n the past, when an interior designer came on board, it was post-sale to help the new owners transform their purchase into their dream home. Sometimes, if the prospective homeowners had an ongoing relationship with a designer, they would bring that designer in for a consultation prior to closing to determine the home’s possibilities. But today savvy homeowners and realtors are finding that an interior designer can bring a fresh and valuable perspective to a property that can enhance its sale. Besides the ability to stage a property, interior designers bring their space planning expertise and project management skills to the table. Years of working directly with a variety of clients gives an interior designer lifestyle insight and understanding to help market homes. “the very nature of staging is temporary,” says Alicia Shearer, ASID, an interior designer who also holds a real estate license. “the biggest difference a professional designer can make is to see beyond the temporary, both in the visual merchandising and for the future homeowner. He or she can reinvent a space, which translates into a more saleable product.” Patricia Montalbano, ASID offers a great example what trained eye can accomplish. A long-term client had an empty condo that wasn’t moving. He first tried to sell it . . . then tried to rent it, with no success. “In the original layout, the dining room was right

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in front of the condo’s entry door, which meant you had to walk around the table and chairs to get to the other parts of the home,” Pat explains. “We relocated the dining room chandelier so the living and dining areas are now switched, which greatly improved the traffic flow. After doing that, it was time to freshen up the actual decor. Although conventional wisdom is to paint walls white for buyer appeal, that’s not always the best solution. White walls made the beige carpet and brown kitchen floors, which the seller didn’t want to replace, look dingy. I repainted the walls, using a soft aqua that distracts your eye from the existing flooring. Then I rented furniture, selecting pieces that were contemporary with a touch of the traditional, to give the decor universal appeal. I arranged the furniture in the relocated living room area to create an easy-tonavigate corridor to the bedroom and kitchen. With an improved floor plan and appealing decor, the condo sold within two weeks. And several other condo owners, who dropped in during the open house, subsequently relocated their chandeliers to reproduce my furniture plan!” Hope Sferra, Allied ASID was brought in by the realtor to help make a townhouse more competitive. The 22-year-old home was in a community where properties regularly went up for sale so it had steady competition. To keep it from sitting on the market any longer, the townhouse had to stand out from the pack. Hope identified two rooms – the kitchen and a bathroom – for a $25,000 upgrade. Instead of ripping out the kitchen cabinets, she had the facades cleaned with steel wool to freshen the depth of the wood and changed out the hardware so it no longer looked like a builder’s special. The aging Formica surfaces were replaced with granite countertops. New flooring, backsplash and appliances completed the kitchen upgrade. The bathroom refurbishing included a new medicine cabinet and a two-sink vanity. When everything was complete, the home was relisted. It sold within a week—at $50,000 more than the pre-refurbishment asking price. In the seller’s quest to clean up a space for sale, they can sometimes overdo it. Cathy Balto, ASID was also brought in by a realtor to analyze an estate sale home that had been on the market for several months. The heirs had removed the keepsake items and then vigorously cleaned out and put away everything else, leaving a home that felt empty and sad. Cathy spent several hours in the home, pulling things out of cabinets and rearranging the furniture to make it look like someone lived there. The outcome was that the home sold three weeks later. Drawing on her dual expertise as interior designer and real estate agent, Alicia Shearer is a strong advocate for creating more synergy between the two professions. “Working together, the real estate agent and the interior designer can determine what the target market is and how big is the net. For example, the same property might potentially appeal to both empty nesters and a young career couple. It takes some professional finesse to create an environment that will do that,” she says. “In addition, interior designers have experience at managing a team to get the job done. That skill translates well to working with both the client and the real estate agent.”

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Deep Glamour: How is styling interiors different from being an interior designer? Adam Fortner: An interior designer creates spaces that are functional, and we show them off. The main difference is in the format our work takes. An interior designer creates a space that is meant to be experienced in three dimensions. The photographer and stylist’s job is to take that three-dimensional, fluid space and present it in a two-dimensional static photograph within a limited frame. Everything we do serves the photo, which can mean Austin-based Interior Stylist eliminating or moving things so they look best on camera, Founder of Creative & Sons not necessarily so they function experts in photo styling of in the space. I tell people you interiors and objects for editorial can’t live in a styled room: the and commercial photographers chairs are all at odd angles and the coffee table might be three inches from the couch; but look at the photograph and it’s magically transformed from what you see around you.


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DG: How is a room different when it’s been styled for a magazine photo shoot compared to the way it might look if the owner had cleaned it up for visitors? AF: For the most part we try to leave the room as we found it, but once we’ve found the angle and framing of the final photograph, adjustments have to be made. At that point a stylist’s job becomes editing. It might be a simple tweak to accommodate the perspective of the camera and show off one detail or another, or filling spaces that might have become visual voids in the frame, or even removing or adjusting things to avoid overlaps or add the appearance of depth. In some cases the accessories or pieces that the designer or client chose just won’t work for a photo and you have to change it. A dark, rich duvet cover may look and feel luxurious in person, but it may fall flat on camera. I am careful to reassure homeowners or clients that it’s not about their personal taste, it’s about the composition and quality of the photo. DG: What’s the purpose of styling a room for a magazine photo? What’s the effect you’re trying to achieve? AF: Styling is often called the “hidden profession.” A lot of people don’t know it is even a career, and in fact, to be good at it, that’s

the whole point: not to be noticed. So you have to find a balance of studied naturalness. A lot of it is also about aspiration. You want to create a space that people want to be in, one that exemplifies the way people want to live, not necessarily the way they actually live. Honestly, how many people wake up to a vase of flowers, a cup of tea and The New York Times perfectly folded on their nightstand? DG: How does styling for architects differ from styling for interiors magazines or advertising? AF: The architect is creating or defining a space, so showing off their work takes a different form. Architects understand and experience spaces in a different way. For them, an open and unadorned space is beautiful in and of itself. They appreciate the clean lines, textures, and light in a room. When styling a space for an architect, you often only need minimal adornments, and what you do use really needs to highlight the architecture. That doesn’t always sell the public, though. Empty spaces can look cold and uninviting at first glance, and it takes a little more time and effort to see the details. A magazine or advertisement doesn’t have that luxury; it needs to grab a viewers’ attention in a split-second. I try to recommend this approach to architects. By creating images that capture people’s attention, they then have the opportunity to guide clients deeper into the details, and have a better chance of communicating their thoughts and ideas. DG: You’ve recently done some styling work for shoots done in photo studios rather than real interiors. How is styling different when you build from scratch? What does it teach you about styling in the “real world”? AF: I think of styling as storytelling. When you work in someone’s home, the story is already there. They’ve created their own world with their own tastes: their books, their art, their furniture; we’re mainly there to enhance and document it. When working in a studio, you’re starting with a blank slate. You have to create the entire story – start to finish – and the sky’s the limit so that allows you a lot more freedom. I’ve been working with an excellent production designer who has taught me so much about that. I’ve taken those lessons back to the houses I work on giving myself a little more room to create atmosphere, especially when faced with more challenging, less engaging spaces. DG: When you see a photo of a room in a catalog or interiors magazine, do you think about how it’s been styled? What do you notice that a layperson wouldn’t? AF: I can’t look at magazines or catalogs without noticing how they’re styled. I hardly look at the products in catalogs. In fact, I’m usually looking at the objects that aren’t for sale. Similarly, in magazines, I’m looking for those small touches that give the space personality. I also look at not only what is in the photo, but also how it’s placed, and why that composition works.

Excerpted with permission by Virginia Postrel, editor of the blog and author of a new book entitled The Power of Glamour coming November 1 2013 / Visit Adam Fortner at and for the full interview. (He also has a cool blog, where you can find posts on subjects like decaying Victorian Lego houses and how stylists compose faux grocery lists.) / Photography by Ryann Ford

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My favorite exchange about styling comes from a short-lived sitcom and goes like this: –Who wants their room photographed anyway so everyone knows what their stuff looks like? – They don’t photograph your stuff; they bring in their own stuff. – Well why don’t we just have them come in and finish the room? – Because if your stuff doesn’t look fabulous in the first place then they don’t want to come in and change it!

Project | Amazing Austin home of Jane Schweppe, photographed for Austin Home magazine. VANITY | The vanity in Jane’s dressing room is an example of her great style. When I saw this vignette I knew we had to shoot it. I just edited the table top, added some flowers and positioned the blue-dyed sheepskin rug for a dreamy, exotic view into this great home.


Project |Southern Living Showcase Home. Silverton Custom Homes and Heather Harkovich of Heather Scott Home & Design collaborated. Selected as 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder of the Year. LIVING ROOM | All of the spaces were beautifully decorated, but I often find myself called in for cases like this to breathe a little more life into model homes. In the living room we wanted to show off the space more than the details, so a little furniture arranging and a few simple touches were all it needed.



Project | Austin home of Jane Schweppe. BREAKFAST NOOK | Jane’s home was filled with wonderful art, antiques, objects, and collections. I had such a good time walking through the rooms and seeing what all she had on display. Her style was so individual and interesting; it was a pleasure to show it off. I used a few of her tabletop pieces and put together a luxurious breakfast scene in her sunny breakfast nook.

Project | Southern Living Showcase Home. BATH | I used the rug and basket in this shot for their warmth. The addition of a try full of fluffy towels and soap enhance the beautiful bathtub and help the viewer envision themselves enjoying a good soak in a welcoming space.






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PRINCE of TIDES & TREASURES Jeffrey Butler Haines, a decorator from Far Hills, NJ, unveils a hand-picked home collection in Nantucket each summer, and shoppers flock to see his color of the year Text by Alice Garbarini Hurley

very June 15, rain or shine, the cream linen window shade is lifted at the intimate j. Butler collection shop on centre Street in Nantucket, just around the corner from cobblestoned main Street. It’s the moment summer residents, visitors and designers from all around have been waiting for. the Butler’s of Far Hills truck has made its way from New jersey’s elegant horse country to this seabound enclave off cape cod, and the decorator’s dedicated staff have carted in the big and small treasures Haines has collected all year. Haines himself has arranged them in the upstairs space, and brought in armloads of fresh flowers from the island, assessing and arranging everything just so. People pile off the ferry and head up the red-brick sidewalk to the cozy shop. residents stroll over after a berry shake at Nantucket Pharmacy. to every season there is a beauty, and a highlight of summer on Nantucket is catching a glimpse of this visionary’s impeccable edit for the home. the season of style has officially begun and will run through Labor Day, when the shade is lowered again.

TRUE COLORS It’s early march, and Haines is discussing his idea board, the one on which he starts tacking swatches and pictures every year right after christmas, when june is still just a glimmer in his eye. His crisp white collared shirt is open at the neck, and his rich raspberry V-neck cashmere sweater is a thing of beauty. His blue eyes sparkle against tanned skin as he points to his forecast for summer 2013. Yet what could be as stylish as his rhubarb red pick for summer 2010 (inspired by old quilts found in his travels), or the gentle shell pink of 2006, an ode to the soft hue inside seashells? Last year’s royal navy blue – a fashion market trend – also really hit home, especially with the fresh green “kicker color” Haines chose as an accent. In 2000, he went with soothing “sky-gray-blue” with botanical shades of green, shown in variegated plants in the shop. And 2011 was a dusty blue green Scandinavian palette, with lots of clean glass and white accessories. “we pull the truck up, and people start snooping,” says Haines. “we have groupies.” This year, they’ll see charcoal gray as the featured color – inspired by the smudgy slate markings on birch tree bark. Poppy (“like the flowers you think of for Veterans Day,” he says) will be the kicker accent in pillows, tableware, flowers, frame mattings and more. customers come in again and again to browse, buy or breathe in the chic atmosphere. They’ll find antiques, dressers, tablescapes and hostess gifts, like the dainty silver garden scissors and solar-powered chinese lanterns that sold like hotcakes in summers past. Last year, the store even featured the coveted and colorful Quadrille couture jacket collection for women. “It’s not a typical Nantucket shop – not a lot of nautical fish or ship captains. All of those clichés aren’t there,” says Haines. “A lot of designers come to be inspired.”

2013| Charcoal gray is the featured color – inspired by the smudgy slate markings on birch tree bark.


2006| Gentle shell pink, an ode to the soft hue inside seashells.

THE SANDS OF TIME Haines and his wife, Patty, fell in love with the island – once a whaling village and now one of the most exclusive real estate playgrounds in the US – when they took their three little girls, Ashley, Allison and Brittany, to a vacation rental 24 years ago. They kept going back every year and bought a house in 1999, the same year Haines opened The J. Butler Collection. (Daughter Ashley H. Bastow managed the shop that first summer and now handles marketing and public relations.) Nantucket’s charm captivates him. “You seem to enjoy everything more here, the smells, the flowers, the colors,” says Haines. And Nantucket has that edge-of-the-earth



2011| Dusty blue green Scandinavian palette, featuring glass and white accessories.

feeling, especially after he rides the slow ferry out for hours from the mainland. “Out there you really can get away from it all – get relaxed and get inspired.” On a typical day on the island, Haines gets up at about 7, goes into town with a cup of coffee and then walks to the shop to “shuffle things around a little bit” so that everything on the walls and the fireplace mantel, everything in the store, looks just the way he likes it. And the way his customers will like it, too.

FAN BASE The J. Butler Collection attracts a well-heeled clientele, including a woman who summers in Nantucket and visited the shop repeatedly until she finally had the courage to ask

2011| Dusty blue green Scandinavian palette, featuring glass and white accessories.

Haines if he would help her redo her house back home in Connecticut. (The answer was yes, of course. Haines is based in New Jersey off-season.) She also enlisted him to polish up her island home. “There are no words to describe Jeff. I give him carte blanche,” she says. “Every paint color he picks is just beautiful. When he did my sun porch, it was like Christmas. I loved every single item he chose.” And then there’s the Florida homeowner whose renovated 1938 house was featured in full color this February in the eagerly read Palm Beach Daily News, aka the Shiny Sheet. Haines has “great vision,” the homeowner says, and she ought to know, because

2012| Royal navy blue, a fashion market trend.

she hired him to restore and revamp the interiors of five residences, from Boston to Nantucket. “We did a lot of work on the Palm Beach house, but it still looks like it was built in 1938, just as if John Volk handed the keys to the owner. That’s Jeff’s brilliant accomplishment,” she told the Palm Beach paper. Even at his Far Hills, NJ design studio, Haines chooses furnishings that call out to be bought. The carefully edited collection might feature a leather-trimmed linen pillow with feather inserts; handsome, tweedy ottoman with tuffeted top; and tufted leather desk chair with nail trim. It’s all in the details. The J. Butler Collection, 36 Centre Street, Nantucket, MA





It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a private flight, whisking clients to the Finger Lakes, Adirondacks and Thousand Islands. Text by Alice Garbarini Hurley

Mike Franklin is a history buff. He can tell you about elegant old castles in Upstate New York, about where J.P. Morgan and the Vanderbilts played among nature’s splendor. And he’s well-equipped to sell anyone on gorgeous properties off the beaten path. Yet you won’t have to drive up to see them. Some may be a six-hour car ride from New York M i k e City, but Franklin can arrange to F r a n k l i n fly you there in about an hour r e a l t o r and a half. From your perch in the sky, you’ll get a crystal-clear view of a secluded boathouse, for instance, or the way a parcel of tree-covered land juts out into the lake like your own private peninsula. “If you have a small plane, you can get to the Adirondacks in as little as forty minutes from Teterboro Airport.” THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING “I just don’t think people in the tri-state area understand that the Thousand Islands are up here – more than 1,800 islands. They don’t have a clue. It’s a perfect place for a float plane,” he says. Working for Select Sotheby’s International Realty, Franklin and his partner, Mike DeRosa, cover a region of about 20,000 square miles – from the Western Catskills to the Finger Lakes, and including the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands, a wealth of islands that straddle the US-Canada border in the St. Lawrence River. Most of Franklin’s properties are on the waterfront; many are historical. “At the turn of the last century, the Thousand Islands and Adirondacks were a big destination,” he says. “From the 1870s to 1910, they were a playground for the rich and famous.” The railroad shuttled scions to paradise, among them J.P. Morgan, the Vanderbilts, George Boldt, the proprietor of the Waldorf Astoria, and Frederick Bourne, the president and heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. “In the Gilded Age, these tycoons would get on a train in New York, have some cocktails, wake up in the morning and take their steam yachts to their vacation homes,” he adds. Things changed when the car came along. “Before that, the people went where the railroad went. But with the automobile, they had more choices,” Franklin says. Hence, the Upstate diamond lost some of its glitter, but the beauty remains and so do their Gilded Age mansions. SHOW IT AND THEY WILL BUY “Magnificent real estate is very reasonably priced up here. The main hurdle is transportation time,” says Franklin, who grew up in central New York, south of Rochester. “So taking people by small aircraft is the answer. Last year, I sold a great island property to a buyer from Philadelphia who can fly up with his entire family in forty minutes in a King Air.”

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“In high-end real estate, most of the major money is hidden. You can’t see it from the road. But you can see it all from the air,” adds Franklin, who has taken thousands of aerial photos for five years. “I arrange to have a commercial pilot pick people up anywhere in the Northeast and get them up and back from the closest local airport to wherever they live in a very short period of time,” says Franklin. “It’s affordable and just a fun way to see how beautiful the region is. My friend Ian Coristine, a noted Canadian Thousand Islands aerial photographer, calls it ‘the privileged view.’” The charge for being swept up and away is about $150 per hour and the plane can accommodate three passengers. Included in his exclusive stable are: Paduka Run, a 65-acre equestrian property in the rolling green Genesee Valley below Rochester; an expansive residence on a private lane in Geneva, in the Finger Lakes region, with main house, beach house, guest house, dock, boat, kayaks, Jet Skis, and 270 feet of pristine Seneca Lake waterfront property. (You can even opt to keep on the handyman who knows the grounds.) And then there’s Sherman Castle in New Hartford – built by an heir to the Domino Sugar fortune – with historic stone walls and bucolic land parcel. REACH FOR THE SKY Franklin has mostly flown Cessnas, the small, pistonpowered planes. But he’s in the early stages of trying to build an amphibious airplane, or float plane, with some friends. “I plan to document the production on a web page to inspire people,” says the avid photographer. “I think amphibious planes will be the ultimate rich person’s toy.” Last year, Franklin flew the east coast of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence Seaway, following it up to the Eisenhower locks at Massena where the Seaway cuts through Canada. You can’t clip his wings when it comes to Upstate opportunities.

If you have a small plane, you can get to the Adirondacks in as little as forty minutes from Teterboro Airport.

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avid Teneralli’s mother is an antiques dealer and decorator who has collected, among her objets d’art, the prized precious Limoges porcelains. He recalls his mother redecorating their home every few years. With all of that decorating going on, it gets in one’s blood. Eclectic in personality as in style by his own admission, and a collector in general, David has amassed “little pieces of art.” He loved the Limoges, but not for himself, being too feminine for his taste. However, among his collection are Old English Staffordshire and, somewhere along the way, he picked up a cache of old Austrian fish plates with the intent of displaying them, and thus the inspiration for the new, yet diminutive, kitchen was revealed. The space is not much larger than a butler’s pantry of the old Victorians and Dutch Colonials. However, in this English country Tudor, built in the 1920s, it is the kitchen. Space is at a premium along with the charm. It was time for a kitchen remodel, yet homeowners David and his partner Russell wanted to keep the feeling of the 1920s true to the home. It was not a difficult task; David knew exactly what he wanted and so he enlisted Antoinette Fraser, Designer and Principal of St. Clair Kitchen and Home in South Orange, whom he had known for years as her hair stylist. Toni says, “When we met for the consultation at my studio, I am not sure he shut off the engine of his convertible. It took less than twenty minutes for me to show him my favorite white painted door and matte nickel Regency knob. He then asked, ‘Polished or honed Carrera?’ And should he do the mosaic floor we both love, as Russell had thought it impractical for a kitchen. Of course we won that one!” So, Hollywood Regency meets Baroque in a harmony of materials and finishes that one might imagine that the kitchen had been there forever, frozen in time except for the modern, stainless steel appliances. In keeping with Toni’s monochromatic tone on tone color scheme, polished Carrera marble tops off milkwhite flush inset cabinetry by St. Clair Fine Handcrafted and is extended into the extra deep window sill; while a Bertazzoni range with a stainless steel hood makes the gesture to European influences. A chandelier with drum shade hangs like a jeweled earring in the center of the room. And, in a nod to the period, handmade subway tiles adorn the backsplash, while the floor is a mosaic of black and white honeycomb tile. Finishing touches are in the details: a cherry-picked ROHL Edwardian bridge faucet and a 5’ by 3’ medallion impressed on the gray ceiling. A pipe intruding into the room was neatly camouflaged by Toni by constructing a murphy-bed style drop-down table, which the guys can use for extra workspace, when needed. As for those Austrian fish plates, Toni designed wall cabinets with mullion glass doors, front and sides, along with glass shelves, which easily display any prized compilation. The collaboration was effortless and fun for both client and designer. The room may be small, but the results are big time style and design. What’s more, the space completes the home with sublime aestheticism.



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he wife’s forbearers came when the big city was called New Amsterdam. In 1916 her greatgreat-grandfather literally bought the farm – a few hundred acres – over which the family still holds stewardship. She grew up in these woods, two lots over from where she and her husband now reside. So when this lot came on the market, they sprang into action. The couple, a blended family, loves to entertain and have people over, and that is often the scene here. They host all family holidays, for both families, and 30 people for Easter is the norm. So, while he likes details and she likes unadorned, the marriage of the two, imitating real life, produced a truly original and beautiful space,

taking brilliant advantage of their home’s orientation with transomtopped windows, brightening the space on even overcast days. Moreover, their separate penchants for detail and restraint marry excellently in the wide cove at the crown, scaled perfectly, and the crowned architrave over the windows and doors. With an appliance for everything at point-of-use, the space is an entertainer’s dream; no caterers needed here as all family members pitch in with dishes and specialties of their own. The end result is a warm, bright, welcoming kitchen/keeping room that accommodates the multitude of family and friends coming and going.


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La Dolce Vita in Franklin Lakes Kitchen Design by Karen Topjian, ASID, CID, CAPS, CGP Photography by Wing Wong, Memories TTL Cabinetry by Modiani Kitchens Countertops by Romano & Son



“I trust her ability to envision a space; I appreciate her proportion and design aesthetic, while the materials she selects are attractive, beautiful and coordinated.” –homeowner


arely does a designer get to design the same space, in this case the kitchen, nearly 30 years apart. Clients come and clients go, even though projects may last many months or even years. When a career is added up, it is unusual for many designers to have such a longstanding relationship. Yet such is the case between Karen Topjian, ASID, CID, CAPS, CGP and her clients, a husband and wife who have together forged a trusting relationship of mutual respect. As the ultimate compliment to a designer, or any business for that matter, the client waited months for Karen, as she was in the midst of several other jobs. They waited, they said, because Karen was uniquely qualified to carry out their vision. CAD drawings revealed details of which the couple had not thought. Her vast construction knowledge facilitated the manipulation of the mundane but necessary mechanicals and electricals, most of which are pretty much obscured or concealed altogether. Case in point: the “pop-up” outlet on the serving piece. It’s one of those very cool details you see on HGTV. And, oh yes, those details. Take the floor; it is rift-cut white oak stained ebony. It is a phenomenal choice because it is so unexpected, yet one can not imagine a better option! The home they built nearly 30 years ago reflected the couple’s Modern sensibility, and the house and kitchen were quite Contemporary for the time. The kitchen had bookmatched oak slab doors and drawerfronts. The layout was designed with angles jutting here and abutting there, an eating counter (the “breakfast bar”) before it was ubiquitous, and large windows through which they could keep an eye on their young children. So when the children were grown, the couple decided to remodel their space. The husband knew what he wanted, and Karen brought them choices. When they saw the cabinetry, they all knew immediately it was the perfect selection and would be the

inspiration for the rest of the design. It is by Modiani, an Italian-made laminate with horizontal wood graining in warm shades of grays and beiges. With Italy never far from their minds, the couple pays homage to the Modern Contemporary style that is so often associated with Italia. An etched glass fronted wall cabinet slides up, instead of out; due to the clever euro-hinge mechanism that holds the weighty glass. Karen even increased the height of the toekick to a European 6”, instead of the traditional 4 ½”. True to their design sense, the new vision was to open up the space with space, and with natural and layered lighting. Maintaining a Modern vein with clean lines, sleek forms, unadorned surfaces and plenty of negative space was the order of the day. The wall came down and a fireplace with television above went up, in the cozy adjoining sitting/ family room. Only the white quartz Carrera countertop separates the two spaces, with cabinetry on the one side, and open shelf bookcases, housing a portion of the couple’s vast cookbook collection, on the family room side. Both TV and fireplace are easily viewed from the kitchen. Armed with the perfect lighting layout and fixtures, Karen had a small battle with the track lighting over the island, within a skylight, and thus recessed from the ceiling’s sightline. The husband hemmed and hawed, but ultimately Karen prevailed. Afterward, late one night, the husband came strolling into the kitchen to grab a snack, when he accidently turned on the skylight lights. “This is BRILLIANT!” he exclaimed out loud to no one. The next day he confessed to his wife, “of course the designer was right about those lights.” All the while, Karen, the consummate professional, with her vast and varied experience, had known instinctively what would work in the new space. And of course she was right.


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Revived in Time: Greek Revival in Chatham Kitchen Design by Melissa Seibold Photography by Peter Rymwid Builder Carnavale Construction Architect Siegel Architects Interior Design by Laurie Fritze, LMF Design

“…the goal [was for] our kitchen to be as authentic as possible to the feel of a 1908 home, with all the modern conveniences.” –homeowner




ome people have an inclination to buy older homes and bring them back to their earlier splendor. The armchair aesthete owes a debt of gratitude to these curators of the past, for they undergo an arduous endeavor from which most of us would bolt. Well-heeled Chatham has an abundance of such erstwhile architectural beauties: Queen Anne Victorians, Dutch Colonials and Greek Revivals, all vie for the discerning eye of the restorer/owner. That intrepid individual or couple who dive in up to their elbows with moldings, hardwoods, and radiator heating is drawn to towns like Chatham, where the stock is as unique as it is abundant. So it was with this 1908 Greek Revival, which, according to designer Melissa Seibold of Canterbury Design, was in bad condition when purchased. The new owners wanted to restore the home to its former glory, and bring back the home’s original character. The inspiration for the remodel was the 43” La Cornue range in Provence Blue. Melissa immediately envisioned the color palette: Jeffersonian soft chalky grays with white accents on the walls and ceiling; hand brush-stroke white glaze over a tungsten gray base on the cabinetry; the backsplash tile is 3x6 handmolded grey crackle; and the surrounding countertops and island top are Carrera marble. Two signature pieces within the kitchen/keeping room are: 1) the immense baker’s rack in walnut with 5/4” doors, reclaimed hardware, and a walnut checkerboard butcher block top, and 2) the Provence Blue La Cornue range with satin chrome and custom-made accompanying blue powder-coated hood which together emit lovely cool color and sparkle into the neutral palette. Homes being what they were in the early 1900s, the original footprint of the kitchen had to be expanded for this family of five. A huge steel beam, married into the design, carries the load of the long and wide open space. Extra-large double hung windows with restored original moldings lighten and brighten the sink area. Modern-day high hats were eschewed for period fixtures; sconces were chosen for the window architrave and pendants for over the island. The look may be old-school, but the functionality of the kitchen is definitely 21st century. Miele speed oven and dishwasher, Marvel refrigerator drawers, the aforementioned La Cornue, all types of pullouts, rollouts and point-of-use accessories work in concert to facilitate the user’s time and efforts. The massive baker’s bench actually stores the homeowner’s baking utensils and accoutrements. Now, this kitchen is a stylish yet homey gathering place for family and friends, after school snacks and regular family dinners. The end result is the kind of kitchen that is simply a pleasure in which to be.


“I have a love for the clients who entrusted me with their mansions” –Edith Leonardis



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What Becomes a Legend Most? Kitchen Design by Edith Leonardis Photography by Peter Rymwid


dith Leonardis opens her home and her life of design with a graciousness of hospitality that is completely innate and natural. There is no pretense. Instead, there is a spread of goodies that any afterschool snacker would envy – fresh cheese and gluten-free crackers, grapes, strawberries and blueberries, biscotti and, of course, coffee. I settle in to her open, bright, and cozy kitchen, laden with a plate of goodies, notebook open and ready to fire, albeit somewhat disarmed. The petite titan of our industry (known as “The Industry”) standing before me is the daughter of Neapolitan Italian immigrants. Her dad made furniture and cabinetry out of his woodworking shop. Edith and her brother watched him work and soaked it up. They were both artistically bent; however Edith, a natural marketer, was also the more businessminded of the duo. She graduated from Upsala College at a time when women were not even considering going to college. In the tight-knit Italian community in Newark at the time, word of mouth soon gained the Leonardis’ siblings a following. They worked hard and well and built up a solid, reputable and distinctly high-end business. Then Ron Perelman called, and the rest, as they say, is history. Her client list is a Who’s Who of CEOs and Fortune 500 magnates. During the boom years of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, one would eagerly wait months for an appointment with Leonardis Kitchens, flush with the anticipation that Edith could and definitely would create the space of celebrities’ dreams. Her signature piece is the hearth hood, which she began years before the present trend, often created out of concrete and resembling the massive fireplace hearths found in French chateaux and the villas of Italy. It is the “Wow Wall” as she calls it, of the space, the focal point of the focal room. It had to impress, and impress it did. It evoked the feeling of Old World decoration, art and architecture. It had a scale and a permanence to it that signaled the owner had indeed arrived. Her kitchens express a great deal about her philosophy of life – that the kitchen is the heart of the home – and the space is a special and congenial gathering place for family and friends. Edith Leonardis is the embodiment of hospitality, and that is revealed through her designs. Today, she has the luxury of taking only the jobs she wants, but she is still very much in the mix “full bore,” she says.


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O cean odyssey. Dream Porch | Woven vinyl wicker with matching reclining chairs makes this a welcome spot to hide and take a nap. To carry the tones from inside out, an orange ceramic garden stool that can double as a seat or table was added.



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A builder, an architect and a design firm collaborate to create a dream beach house on an oceanfront lot where an older home once stood Text by Alice Garbarini Hurley Photography by Wing Wong, Memories TTL



Stairway to Heaven | Both the first and second floor decks face the ocean. To create even more space for socializing, the team added a spiral staircase to the roof. Now the homeowners can enjoy cocktails outside as the sun sets.

SURE FOOTING | The decking around the pool is a type of hardwood that’s perfect by the sea. “You literally let it gray naturally,” says builder Matt Pappas. “It doesn’t splinter and it doesn’t rot.”



tone Harbor is for beach lovers. It’s a Jersey Shore gem celebrated for its pristine beaches and well-kept homes. So when a New Jersey couple with three active teen boys found a piece of oceanfront property in Stone Harbor that they could build on – after the existing home there was razed – they cast their line for the finest team available to help them. The homeowners had already worked closely with Rachel Kapner, president of Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors in New Providence, NJ when they built their house in Chatham about eight years ago. Since they loved her work – including an inherent sense of style, impeccable attention to detail, and resources to handle the total task from top to bottom – they enlisted her to do all of the interior design for the shore house. Then after interviewing several, they chose an architect/builder team that works in tandem as smoothly as the gears on a bicycle built for two being pedaled along the boardwalk. DEVELOPING A PLAN Brandywine Developers – led by Matt Pappas, who spent family vacations in sunny Avalon as a boy – is sought out for handsome new builds and careful restorations on the Shore. Pappas says this Stone Harbor house has every amenity a busy family would want, and that was possible only because the home design team played so well together. “I think the whole concept of a team approach was a great experience. Everybody worked together beautifully – the architect, the homeowner, the decorator and my team,” says Pappas. Once a week, Kapner and the homeowner met in Chatham to plan the design. Once a month, they would leave Chatham at 6 AM and be back home by 4 PM. (it’s a fivehour round trip drive), visiting the building site and choosing granite, cabinets and more. Email updates went out twice a week to the team, so the process would be seamless. So while Kapner focused on soothing wall colors and durable materials that could withstand a little sand and water, Pappas was focusing on practical built-in assets and architect Mark Asher of Asher Associates Architects in Stone Harbor had his mind on other things, from historic details to modern conveniences, right down to how many docking stations the family would need for their iPads and iPods. “Together, we analyzed every inch of the house,” says Pappas. “We didn’t shortchange anything, and it was due to a lot of effort. We all worked hand in hand, and keeping in constant open communication was the secret.” From his builder’s standpoint, Pappas took a long look at the realities of living by the beach. For example, the porch can be screened in at the push of a button when the bugs get annoying. “Seventy percent of the time, you don’t need the screens and don’t want them to interfere with the ocean view. But in the spring, you get no-see-um bugs and in late July or August the greenheads can

Dining Area | The chairs are strappy black leather and bamboo – very durable and comfortable. For more natural notes: A table custom-crafted from alder wood, and a chandelier shaped from driftwood and iron. Kapner left the glass doors uncovered to keep the view open and “allow the trimwork to dress them.”




Blue Boys’ Den | This room can take on living room overflow. Sleeper sofa covered in navy accommodates overnight guests. The TV is mounted on the wall and for smart storage, Kapner added a trunk for blankets and a louvered cabinet for remotes and DVDs. Draperies are blackoutlined for movie afternoons and a good night’s sleep. The sandy tan walls offer a clean, crisp backdrop for all the blues and whites.


OCEAN BREEZE LAUNDRY ROOM | the sunny space has a wood drying rack – found by the homeowner – painted to match the cabinets and incorporated into the design. The backsplash is a mix of glass and stone in tones of beachy grays, blues and browns.

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be bad,” he says. The first and second floor decks are equipped with powered “phantom screens” that also appear on demand – out of the valances – to close in the space. Likewise, if a storm is coming, the porch has hidden shutters that can be put into place to seal the home snugly. coAStAL AeStHetIc “we try to make a house that is enduring and has its own sense of quality and place. these are almost heirloom houses. People don’t want to sell them. they want to keep them in the family for their children and grandchildren,” says Asher, the architect. “we’re mindful of the coastal aesthetic,” he says. the porch is furnished and has ceiling fans so it’s like another room, not just an outdoor sitting space. the back entrance gets a lot more attention than it used to, with cubbies for beach bags and flooring that can handle wet and sandy feet. this home had to be rugged enough for an active family yet lovely to behold. “we had to be mindful that this house is going to get some hard use,” says Asher. “You don’t want it to be a touch-me-not home. It’s going to be lived in.”the plan incorporated two living spaces – one with a fireplace and a second room for overflow – plus a roof deck, so family and friends would have another place to gather. BY-tHe-SeA SeNSe & SeNSIBILItY “As soon as we had the finalized drawing, the homeowner and I went through the house room by room and organized the color scheme,” says Kapner. “I love looking at the ocean and I love summer, so this was a great project.” She drew on the hues she saw in the beach sky when choosing the paint palette. “the homeowner wanted it clean, fresh, beachy and elegant at the same time,” Kapner adds. Kapner sought out good-looking but durable fabrics like the heavy-weave, stainand fade-resistant beige Sunbrella on the custom-made sectional sofa. Since the homeowners entertain – they even requested a guest room for each set of in-laws – the dining room table opens to seat 16. The gas fireplace in the living room has polished river stones inside rather than logs – and the mosaic backsplash behind the stove is fashioned from glass, stones and stainlesssteel pennies. The floor is a warm wide-plank yellow oak with dark walnut stain. All stand as examples of Kapner’s passion for unique and purposeful designs throughout the house. “once the family moved in, they all felt like they could hang out and feel comfortable,” says Kapner. “And that’s exactly what they wanted.” even indoors, thanks to Kapner’s eye, the summer sky and seaside feel is within reach at this Stone Harbor retreat, from the shipshape navy in the boys’ bunk room to the perfect paint color on the living room walls – Benjamin moore mountain mist, #868, part of the company’s classic color collection. “At first, the homeowner thought the walls were too blue,” says Kapner. “She wanted to go a little lighter.” turns out, of course, that the blue is just right – as timeless and calming as a day at the beach.


1 6 1 BEACH HOUSE KItCHEN Dark walnut-stained wood plank floors (carried through in the dining room/living room) are a warm complement to the white cabinets. the island countertop is dark gray stone with a white vein; around the perimeter, the granite countertops are speckled gray. the backsplash is an eclectic design of pewter penny shapes, glass and stone. Stools tuck nicely under the counter to maximize kitchen space. 2 tRANQUIL MAStER BEDROOM For a peaceful air, the bedding and draperies are coordinating Ikat dyed designs, custom block-printed in gray and white. “we wanted the bedroom to have a serene feel without going back to a shade of blue,” says interior designer rachel Kapner. 3 HALLWAY mercury glass lamps and hanging bell lantern give subtle sparkle and interest, illuminating the space. “clear glass would have been too predictable,” says Kapner. 4 SEAtING AREA the seating area by the couch has four swivelbased chairs so you can face the ocean or converse with the rest of the group. the coffee table is a metal drum that looks almost like a fisherman’s cage with a reclaimed wood top. 5 BEDROOM FOR BOYS OF ALL AGES Brandywine Developers, which specializes in houses by the shore, built in two sets of bunk beds for maximum sleeping capacity plus storage – there’s room for the family’s three teen boys and a friend. “the white makes the room bright and fresh and the navy striped duvets and shams look nautical without going overboard,” says Kapner. 6 tRANQUIL MAStER BEDROOM “the acid-yellow pop from the glass lamp and accent pillows give a touch of contrast.”

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Millburn/Short Hills has a story. In fact, it has dozens of stories. Far from being just another New York commuter town, this upscale township has found its place in history time and time again. From its inclusion in Philip Roth’s 1959 breakout book “Goodbye Columbus” through its recent time in the spotlight as the hometown of Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway, Millburn/Short Hills has a comfortable place among New Jersey’s notable towns. According to the Millburn Historical Society, while known today for its stately homes and thriving downtown, Millburn began as a colonial settlement with agricultural origins, followed by a 19th century mill/factory economy. Eventually it became a Victorian – and still later a residential community. There are many examples of the rich history still present in the township, from the Hessian House, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the many beautiful homes from all phases of the township’s history, to the two historic districts, Short Hills Park and Wyoming. Millburn Township was once part of Elizabethtown and Newark settlements in New Jersey, created by a grant from Charles II to his brother James in 1664. In 1793 Springfield Township was created and it included Millburn. In 1857 Springfield became part of the new Union County and Millburn became a separate township within Essex County. Short Hills is a hamlet within Millburn Township. In June 2007, Millburn’s day-long Sesquicentennial Celebration turned into one of the biggest celebrations in the township’s history.

Millburn Township is a sophisticated town with the warmth and feel of a small town,” said recent Mayor Sandra Haimoff, herself a long-time resident. “Schools, shops, recreation facilities, theaters all meet the needs of the residents from the youngest to the oldest. Millburn Township is truly the place you want to call home.


Downtown Millburn has become a destination in its own right, with its distinctive blend of shops, boutiques, and fine restaurants. The addition of a multi-story parking deck across from the train station means parking will be a breeze for everyone from commuters to shoppers. Downtown Millburn, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization, was established by the Millburn Township Committee as a Special Improvement District in 1992. The mission of Downtown Millburn is to enhance the economic vitality and to improve the visual appearance of the downtown. There are approximately 500 retail, office, and commercial properties located in downtown Millburn, and nearby, the Mall at Short Hills draws shoppers from far and wide for its upscale shops, salons and restaurants.



Millburn/Short Hills is easily accessible by various modes of transportation including the midtown direct line of New Jersey Transit Morris & Essex rail line, bus lines, the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike as well as Routes 24 and 78.


Millburn is home to Paper Mill Playhouse, a nationally recognized theater and playhouse that dates back to 1938. Paper Mill performs a full slate of shows every year and has drawn such illustrious stage names as Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Randall and Betty Buckley. Hathaway got her start at Paper Mill, as did Kristin Chenoweth. The acclaimed Broadway musical “Newsies” enjoyed a hugely successful run at Paper Mill before heading for the Great White Way.

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The Millburn Township Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools include five K-5 elementary schools: Deerfield, Glenwood, Hartshorn, South Mountain and Wyoming. Millburn Middle School serves children from sixth through eighth grade, and Millburn High School is for grades 9-12. Millburn High School was ranked as Number 148 in Newsweek Magazine’s listing of “America’s Best High Schools” in the August 5, 2005 issue, and was the 8thranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September 2012 issue. There are also three private schools in the community: Far Brook School in Short Hills, which serves nursery school through eighth grade; Pingry School’s Lower School (K-6) in Short Hills; and St. Rose of Lima, a Catholic school for students from pre-K through eighth grade.

Millburn and Short Hills are considered one community under Millburn Township, but the prices and sizes of available properties are considerably different, according to Karen Bigos of Towne Realty Group. “Millburn has more older homes on less land, and it is actually the smaller area of the township; Short Hills comprises a much bigger part of the township with larger lots and higher price tags,” Bigos said. “A lot of Short Hills was developed in the 1940’s -1980s, and in the last decade, there have been many tear-downs. You can’t do that in Millburn – the housing stock is very different.” Millburn and Short Hills both have historic districts where houses can’t be torn down at all. The distinctive areas of each community include the South Mountain, Wyoming and Washington sections of Millburn, and the Deerfield, Hartshorn and Glenwood sections of Short Hills. In Millburn, currently there are 16 homes for sale with the average list price of $625,000, and 18 homes under contract with the average sale price of $683,515. Since January 1, 17 homes have closed in Millburn with the average sale price of $680,470. In Short Hills there are 80 homes for sale with the average list price of $2,420,000 (much higher due to the mansions and new construction). There are 51 homes pending sale in Short Hills, with the average list price of $1,445,471. Since January 1, 27 homes have closed in Short Hills with the average selling price of $1,698,783. “The demand for homes in both Millburn and Short Hills is high,” said Cheryl Darmanin, CNE, CSMS, sales associate with Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “Once a home goes on the market, if it is priced correctly, it does not stay on the market for long. As of the most recent data from the Garden State MLS, the average days on the market to under contract in Millburn/Short Hills in the first quarter of 2013 is 48 days. In the first quarter of this year, 43 homes were sold in Millburn/Short Hills. That is a 15 percent increase over the first quarter of 2012.”   Darmanin added that the absorption rate for Millburn (the number of months it would take to sell every house currently on the market without adding any new homes) is four months. A balanced market is typically 5-7 months. “We are seeing more tear downs and new construction in all areas of Millburn and Short Hills,” she said. “This includes South Mountain, Deerfield, Hartshorn and the Poet’s Section. The Enclave at Short Hills is the largest new construction development with town homes ranging from the upper 900s to $1.3 million.”   Part of the appeal of Millburn/Short Hills, she said, is the location. “With two train stations with direct access to Manhattan in under 45 minutes, Millburn and Short Hills is the perfect community for commuters who work in Manhattan,” she said. “Downtown Millburn is a very walkable community which gives it the feel of a small town.  Access to the South Mountain Reservation enables people that enjoy outdoor activities the ability to participate in hiking, biking, picnicking, and various sports. Easy access to New York City combined with a vibrant downtown filled with great restaurants, shopping, services and outdoor recreation areas as well as a very sought after school district makes this one of the most desirable communities in Essex County.”


REAL ESTATE Tear Downs in Short Hills – Making Style Sense.

Like fashion, which changes over the years, so do home styles. Successful builders recognize that today’s savvy homebuyers want a smarter living space with an open floor plan design. The overall room flow needs to be what I would call, “intuitive”, whereby the space needs to make sense for how families actually live. Functional and attractive spaces which enable homeowners to go about their busy lifestyles are the current trend. For example, we’re seeing large spaces within the new construction homes devoted to specific functions such as: expanded mudrooms to accommodate sports equipment and back packs, his and hers home offices, master dressing areas, exercise rooms, wine cellars with tasting rooms, and media rooms. –Suzanne “Suzy” Minken

MARKET WATCH: RECENT SALES 3 Barnsdale Road Days on the Market: 19 List Price: $1,749,000 Sale Price: $1,700,000 Source: GSMLS

TOLL BROTHERS 9 Athens Road Days on the Market: 51 List Price: $2,495,000 Sale Price: $2,400,000 Source: GSMLS

25 Kenilworth Drive Days on the Market: 78 List Price: $1,995,000 Sale Price: $1,835,000 Source: GSMLS

Housing Starts Signs of Design and Resurgence in Short Hills Those who grew up in Short Hills will remember the grand catering hall at The Chanticler. It was the iconic, historic venue of luxurious ceremonies and celebrations. They might also remember – on particularly beautiful wedding days – horse-drawn carriages standing beyond the front doors, regally poised to sweep away a pair of wide-eyed newlyweds. Today, denizens of Short Hills will once again see luxurious carriages as they pass by the site of the former Chanticler; except this time they are carriage homes with enchanting names that harken their team-driven namesakes, like The Bristol and The Strathmere. Those are the names of the newest carriage home designs at The Enclave, unveiled to the public for the first time in April. The former features a two-story foyer with a winding staircase, vaulted ceilings in the living room, walk-in closets, a gas hearth, and a Roman tub in the master bath. The latter a double-story living room and dining room, a center-island kitchen, and even more luxury trappings which allow residents to “downsize without compromise,” as Toll Brothers president Christopher Gaffney puts it. Toll Brothers is a national leader in luxury home building. “That particular location is fabulous for commuters in that they can walk to the Short Hills train station. Combined with that is the esteemed Millburn High School which is right next door (number one in the state according to NJ Monthly magazine),” Gaffney continues, “so for our residents who still have school-aged children, which are approximately 30 percent who have purchased new, that’s key for them.” Any town appreciates with the harbingers and signposts of recovery, the growth of community and vibrancy. Short Hills, even with its rich history of flourishing culture, is no exception. “We have found over the past year, people are tired of putting their lives on hold,” says Gaffney. The thirty new luxury homes erected in Short Hills on the former grounds of the fabled Chanticler are one sign of health in the township of Millburn/Shorthills, the real estate market, and the economy. The spirited interest among ready homebuyers is another.



44 Dorison Drive Days on the Market: 26 List Price: $2,649,000 Sale Price: $2,475,000 Source: GSMLS

44 Grosvenor Road Days on Market: 563 List Price: $1,975,000 Sale Price: $1,914,000 Source: GSMLS

45 Joanna Way Days on Market: 55 List Price: $1,795,000 Sale Price: $1,750,000 Source: GSMLS


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in the heart of bustling Essex County, greenwood gardens is a 28-acre hidden treasure – acres of ornamental gardens, open meadows and woodlands that are as steeped in history as they are in lush, natural beauty. Created in a gilded age and restored in light of today’s best practices, p a y i t f o w a r d greenwood gardens is an enclave of historic ornamental gardens. G r e e n w o o d G a r d e n s Starting April 28, greenwood will open its grounds to the public as a new cultural resource devoted to the appreciation of horticulture, is a non-profit public garden preservation, and conservation. it is a place where people can come together to spend time and relax - whether the definition of relaxation be sitting on a bench or volunteering in the garden. The gardens’ story dates back to the early 20th century, when they were designed by William Whetten Renwick as a private estate for Joseph and Pauline Day. in 1949, the house and grounds were purchased by Peter Blanchard Jr., and his wife, Dr. Adelaide Childs Frick Blanchard, who used it as a country retreat. in 2002, the Blanchard family worked with the garden Conservancy to set up a non-profit organization to preserve Greenwood Gardens and share it with the public. In 2006, the organization began an ambitious 10-year restoration plan, and in 2009, upgrade work began on all facilities. greenwood gardens is dedicated to preserving the gardens for future generations, and providing a cultural haven where adults and children can learn about horticulture, preservation and conservation through tours, workshops and various educational programs. Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, Greenwood Gardens includes ornamental gardens, open meadows, woodlands and pastures. Volunteers help maintain the grounds, including native wildflower meadows. greenwood fosters an appreciation of gardens and a respect for nature by working with others to promote conservation and stewardship of the land. A visit will renew your mind and spirit.


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What does an interior designer do when she must relocate halfway around the world because of her husband’s job?

Text by Amy Sneider



Photography by Paul Thuysbaert

Interior Design by Catherine Weinstock of CW Design

The answer is very simple: she sets up shop. When Catherine Weinstock and her family moved to Dubai in 2007, she decided to take this setback as a challenge. “I love what I do and saw no reason to stop working. It was an opportunity for me to branch out and work with an international clientele.” And, over the course of the next five years, she did – completing huge projects for a smorgasbord of clients including; British, Arab, Indian, and Iranian. Catherine was not worried about the array of cultural differences. She subscribes to an Indian expression, “same but different.” “I am fascinated by the intense relationship that the individual has with his/her environment and ultimately, my mandate is to get to know the client to the fullest extent possible and in turn, deliver what they want.” She smiles when asked what it was like for a woman working in an Arab nation. “It was a mixed bag. The clients were delightful but the subcontractors were a nightmare. They were not very keen on taking orders from a Western woman. I felt a lot of resistance.” Catherine talks about her project on the Palm – the home of Atlantis – with great enthusiasm. The man-made archipelago was a world-wide sensation when it broke ground. Glamour was the mandate for the Emirati owners of a beachside villa with its tropical-style garden. Composed of neutral shades and sumptuous textures the dwelling emanates a sense of elegance. Sophisticated furniture upholstered in richly textured silks, velvets and leather is the embodiment of the home’s modern-classic motif. The 1930s aesthetic is the major influence here, but she added furniture from different historical periods. A Louis XVI sofa is paired with an Art Deco chair while a Victorian stool sits alongside a sleek, modern coffee table. For her Indian clients, a family of four, who purchased a 7,000 square foot villa in the Arabian Ranches community, one of Dubai’s most exclusive enclaves, Catherine’s approach was multi-faceted. First and foremost, she needed to re-configure a space, which was not organic or conducive to the rhythms of modern daily life. Catherine stipulates that before proceeding to the décor, the shell of the house had to be, “in perfect order”. In this case, a traditional labyrinth-like layout was completely transformed into a narrative of peaceful comfort and understated pleasure. The shell of the house became a seamless white canvas flooded with natural light. Floors, ceilings and

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walls were reorganized and transfigured into cubic forms, joined together to create a three dimensional puzzle. The hovering pieces of the puzzle displaced the weight and enhanced the sensation of air, light and sound. The overall effect was a weightless living environment that gives room to relax, think and create. Although minimalist, the décor is warm and inviting. Contemporary furniture with an emphasis on geometry and clean lines has been effortlessly combined with abstract art and artifacts. Having recently returned to the US, Catherine is busy working on several projects in the tri-state area. Commenting on her approach, she says, “Regardless of the project, I adhere to the basic principle that the eye needs to be constantly entertained – whether or not it is blatantly obvious. The creation of different visual layers achieves a sense of depth. The eye is always discovering and is pleased to chance upon a new material, surface, color or texture. This work requires a huge amount of time, energy, thought. Design is a process that cannot be rushed, so it is mandatory for me to have a continuous dialogue with my client from beginning to end. In short, we embark on a journey together.”


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rchitects throughout the course of their careers design many masterworks for others, but often their pièce de résistance is the home they create for themselves. Such is the case for the previous home of the noted Mid-Century Modern architect Jules Gregory in Lambertville, NJ. Designed and built by Gregory in 1960, the fabled home continues to attract attention. It’s undulating double conoid roof appears to hover in mid air, putting a new spin on Mid-Century Modern design. Gregory built the house with all natural materials, using fieldstone from the property for fireplaces and walls as well as Pacific Northwest white fir and pine from Colorado for the framing and wood paneling throughout. The interior walls are not full height or load bearing, emphasizing the impression that the ceiling is floating. The house sits on 10 wooded-acres, surrounded by the enormous sheets of glass which serve as floor-to-ceiling windows and walls. Communing with nature is a past time. With four-bedrooms and two-baths the 1,664 sq ft residence includes spacious living areas, including a sunken living room with stone walls and a fireplace. The home has stayed true to its original design with minimal updates that have brought the kitchen and baths into the 21st century. Many of the furnishings in the home are just as iconic as the house itself. All the lighting and furniture was designed and built by a pillar of Mid-Century Modern design, George Nakashima, a friend of Gregory who conveniently happened to live and work in nearby New Hope, PA. In 1960 the main house and a detached studio cost $30,000 to build. In 1961 the Gregory House was selected by the distinguished Architectural Record magazine as one of America’s Ten Best Homes. The current owner Benjamin Storck, a prominent Mid-Century Modern furniture dealer is only the second person to hold the property. Storck purchased it sight unseen

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from one of Gregory’s daughters. “I couldn’t help it; it was an absolutely perfect setting for my collection.” In 1960 as his collection grew, he bought another house in Palm Springs that was custom designed by William Krisel for Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy. At age 14, Storck began collecting 20th century art and design objects. Even more surprising than a 14-year-old collector is perhaps a 17-year-old vintage antique dealer, the age at which he opened his first store. Recently graduated from high school, he was so young he had to have his parents co-sign the lease. Storck’s own personal style, ranges from late 19th century folk art to 21st century contemporary design with a special place in his heart for Mid-Century Modern. “For me,” he said, “It bridged a gap from some of the harder Art Deco lines and stuffy Victorian styles to a more streamlined, organic form.” About a hundred yards away from the main house, across a stream and footbridge is Gregory’s 1,200 sq ft former studio with its linear lines and walls of glass that bring to mind Phillip Johnson’s iconic Glass House in New Canaan. Now a guesthouse, it has a kitchenette, open bedroom and a full bath. Its floors are burled cork and the handsome fireplace was designed by Paul Evans. The Gregory house and guesthouse are located about 70 miles southwest of New York City and 35 miles northeast of Philadelphia. Today, Mid-Century Modern is revered. All across America houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner and Richard Neutra among others are thankfully being saved, landmarked and preserved.

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Many of the furnishings in the home were just as iconic as the house itself. All the lighting and furniture were designed and built by a pillar of mid-century modern design, George Nakashima, a friend of Gregorys who conveniently happened to live and work nearby in New Hope, PA.



1961 | The Gregory House was selected by the distinguished Architectural Record as one of

America’s “10 Best Homes.”

Gregory built the house with all natural materials, using fieldstone from the property for fireplaces and walls as well as Pacific Northwest white fir and pine from Colorado for the framing and wood paneling throughout.


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SYNERGY. Project: 77 Hudson

Gacek Design Group & K. Hovnanian Homes

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To highlight this waterfront development with its hotel quality amenities and create interior design experiences for four model homes.



77 Hudson A spectacular hi-rise building located in Jersey City’s Paulus Hook Historic District. Coined as the first Manhattan-style condo in Jersey City, this glass tower redefines urban living and brings metropolitan sensibility and big city convenience to the NJ Gold Coast.

One interior designer proves how a collaborative real estate partnership – using lifestyle merchandising – is an effective tool to resonate with today’s real estate buyers.

Blue The tourmaline blue and subtle brushed gold accentuate this home. The inspiration for color is evident due to the exterior views that highlight the water, the sky and the neighboring buildings. In the living room, a custom wall unit sets the tone for an entertaining lifestyle. It not only becomes the focal wall, it becomes functional with a 60” TV, 36” Fire art and built-in storage. Additionally, the display ledges highlight the homeowner’s love for art and sculpture.  The master suite is limited with small closets so we created a style statement with inspiration from an interior yacht design. The upholstered bed panel emphasizes the bed wall as focal. And the wall cabinetry – a 117” custom built-in with shelving and hanging storage, transforms the space into a bedroom/dressing room. The window coverings in the secondary bedroom show you how you can use upholstery to create new spaces. The window panels define a sitting area that can be used as a study.

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Interior Design by Gacek Design Group


Housing remains on a Here is where the power of design and real estate expertise work together.

Gacek Design Group conducted market research on demographic, psychographic and geographic data to recognize current target market profiles. They evaluated real estate trends. They spent time examining affluent buying habits, luxury goods markets and high-end hospitality design trends. The team solicited feedback from private clients, as well as exploring the city blocks from a historical and cultural perspective to capture the essence of the city. According to Richard Gacek, owner and principal designer at Gacek Design Group, “The partnership with K. Hovnanian is a perfect collaboration of design and real estate expertise. We spent a lot of time and effort to create a design environment that not only evokes emotion but also provides an authentic experience.” The result is an interior design experience that integrates design style, brand choices, and lifestyle preferences while allowing the space plan to best illustrate unobstructed panoramic views and extraordinary light from floor to ceiling. An important lesson was learned: The way people define luxury has changed. Where old luxury focused on things ornate, indulgent, being trendy, hip and cool; the new luxury highlights simple, clean lines, classic comfort. New luxury is about creating experiences and memories. The design strategy applied these elements and empowered the home buyer with knowledge; and appealed to them with a story. According to Randy Brosseau, Vice President at K. Hovnanian, the interior design experiences created, resonate with our buyers and support our sales’ efforts.



growth track for 2013 according to the latest economic and housing forecast by David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. Although challenges with tighter lending standards and potential modifications to mortgage interest deductions could diminish future housing demand, for builders and developers, the uptick is promising. With 420 residences at 77 Hudson and about 90% sold, the majority of the remaining units are the most expensive, (upwards of $2.9 million). Since the marketing strategy was to create models that generate new and qualified visitors, it became important to target a more affluent audience. Here is where the power of design and real estate expertise work together.

Green The inspiration for this North facing condominium is not about the view; but more about the reflection of light, evident in the neighboring blue green glass tower building. This entertaining space is brought to life with the soft panda white walls and Ming green accent walls. An example of clean and simple lines, the white leather upholstered sofa provides a nice contrast to the darker wall. This feminine but functional area references the owner’s sense of high society style which is illustrated in the Chanel vintage perfume bottle framed prints, inspired by Andy Warhol.  Since entertaining is the lifestyle, the bar area is defined by a soft stone console, coupled with two leather white ottomans that provide additional seating and storage options. The framed vintage Hermés scarf hangs above this modern framework. In the master suite, the leather headboard, inspired by Hermés vintage luggage, displays a quilted pattern of leather craftsmanship and remains the focal point of the room. The layered bedding in accented colors, integrates the feel of fine dressmaker fabrics to create an elegant, dreamlike space.   

Brown This uniquely masculine design took inspiration from menswear woven textures as well as exotic influences. The natural woods and animal skins provide an ethnic tribal reference in design and speak directly to the owner’s interests when traveling abroad. The iron sculptures, the sepia-toned zebra photography as well as wooden accents around the room highlight pieces that the owner purchased on his travels. The focal wall in the space underscores handmade wallpaper from Belgium and mimics the gridiron windows of the Goldman Sachs glass building outdoors. This reference allows for movement in the room as your eye travels from the inside to the outside. The area rug, stitched in leather, offers a geometric pattern that fits well in an urban setting. It is necessary that the space serves as multifunctional and the built-in tablescape may be used as a dining space as well as a home office allowing the most use of the square footage. The angular arch of the table mimics the shape of the room further creating balance and symmetry. And the open back chairs let light pass through providing a feeling of openness.  The master retreat allows the serene water views to envelop the space. The menswear aesthetic was carried through the home in the bedding, with rich tones and textures. A woven grass cloth is made to look like linen tweed on the walls and continues the theme of highlighting natural elements.


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Text by Henry Kuryla Photography by Edberg Photography and Alicia Keehn With 24-hour security, the exclusive, well heeled, gated community of Smoke rise, offers a distinctive country lifestyle in a pristine habitat. It boasts a private 120-acre spring-fed lake with three miles of irregular shoreline. According to legend Smoke rise was once the hunting grounds of the Lenni-Lenape Indians. From watching the moisture off the lake create the illusion of smoke, they gave it its name ‘the Land where the Smoke rises.’ Smoke rise was long the estate of Francis Kinney of the Kinney Brothers tobacco company. the Kinney family (after whom Kinnelon was named) enjoyed the property for many years as a fully, self-contained, classic country-gentleman’s estate maintaining its own stables, blacksmith shops, gardens, greenhouses, piggery and firehouse. john talbot Sr. who was willed the estate from the last remaining Kinney heir, was one of the first in the nation to recognize the need for “suburban housing for discriminating people.” In1946, he founded the Smoke rise club, which along with Tuxedo Park is one of the earliest residential club plans in the United States. with rock formations, streams and rolling hills, Smoke rise’s 3,500-acre natural ecosystem is filled with an extraordinary variety of bird and animal life. there are no sidewalks. there are no street lights. this is true country living at its very best. Set high on a hill, the home at 5 Hemlock Terrace is a handsome, beautifully-designed, custom-built contemporary house on 1.65 acres, nestled among huge hemlock trees and towering rock formations with a grotto carved out of the landscape below. Spacious and free-flowing with clean, architectural lines, this glamorous 14-room country retreat has four-bedrooms, threefull-and-two-half-baths, three wood-burning fireplaces, cathedral ceilings and walls of windows. The living room with its floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and


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Grotto | A series of tennessee Bluestone steps wind down through a rock garden and at the bottom, as if carved out by nature is a free-form pool, a waterfall and a water lily pond all enveloped by more tall trees.

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MASTER BEDROOM | Authentic hand-hewn oversize barn beams with an amazing 35-ft expanse.

floor-to-ceiling wall of windows has a wonderful, circular staircase by Atlantic Design Works. Also on this floor is a formal dining room, a library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a sunny breakfast room adjacent to a sleek, very top-ofthe-line designer kitchen. On the floor below in addition to three bedrooms there is another living room, a family room and an entertaining kitchen. There are California Closets throughout. A truly spectacular master bedroom and bath were added in 1996. It was designed, engineered and fabricated by New England Outbuildings using authentic hand-hewn oversize barn beams with an amazing 35-ft expanse. There is an additional stone fireplace and a stunning wall of windows. This sprawling, 5,100-sq ft home has four large cedar decks, extensive stonework and over 500 plantings and 40 varieties of specimen trees and plants. A series of Tennessee Bluestone steps wind down through a rock garden and at the bottom, as if carved out by nature is a free-form pool, a waterfall and a water lily pond all enveloped by more tall trees. From a 1,000 bottle mahogany wine cellar, to surroundsound speakers inside and out, to an elevator and wires on the roof to melt snow, 5 Hemlock Terrace is rich in amenities. A private lake for swimming, sailing, fishing and boating plus stables as well as the elegant Village Inn are a few of the many social and sporting opportunities right nearby. Some say having a home in Smoke Rise is like living in an exclusive, private resort.



MASTER BATH | Designed, engineered and fabricated by New England Outbuildings.

GREAT ROOM | Views from the great room face east towards New York City.

KITCHEN | A sleek top-of-the-line designer kitchen.

DINING ROOM | A formal dining room.

library | Floor-to-ceiling bookcases.

cedar decks | This sprawling, 5,100-sq ft home has four large cedar decks.

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door that opens to a 28x35 bluestone patio. Three level 3970 square foot barn (75’ x Contemporary waterfront residence but with major 20 years, this stunning 65-acre horse state-of-the-art equestrian amenities.erty for big boaters in the region. Completely 25’) 3,000 feet of creek frontage, private picturesque setting. breakwater infrastructure and boathouse for 8 property is the perfect blend of large boats and dockage for many more. Located refinished, everything modern. Incredible views See for details. $1,495,000 on a peninsula that sticks out intoPRICE: the St. Lawrence upscale casual country living and from kitchen and grand entertaining area. Ogdensburg, NY. Contemporary waterfront on St Lawrence seaway 6 miles upriver Offered at $600,000 PROPERTY/WEB 4447742 Seaway for spectacular panoramic viewsID: of the state-of-the-art equestrian amenities. Sleeping accommodations forboat largehouse gatherings. from Ogdensburg. Completely modern. 131 feet of frontage, with ships changing pilots and the Wolfe Island ferry. guestrooms, elaborate grounds, immaculate. Only minutes from Brockville, Ontario SELECT Sleeping accommodations for large gatherings. PRICE: $1,495,000 $1,000,000 SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL and just 42 minutes to Ottowa. REALTY Military population is onlyPRICE: 35 minutes away at Fort www. PROPERTY/WEB ID: 4465166 PROPERTY/WEB ID: 4447742 Franklin +1.315.876.2262 Drum Army base.Mike Several colleges & universities only 30 minutes away. Offered at $1,000,000 See for details. SELECT SELECT Ogdensburg, NY.Michael Contemporary waterfront on St Lawrence seaway 6REALTY miles upriver DeRosa +1.315.406.7355 SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Offered at $549,000 from Completely modern. 131 feet of frontage, with Mikeboat Franklinhouse +1.315.876.2262 SENECA LAKE ESTATE Mike Franklin +1.315.876.2262 guestrooms, elaborate grounds, immaculate. Only minutes from Brockville, Ontario GENEVA, NEW YORK Wolfe Island ferry. The best waterfront prop-

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of prime level shale beachfront with a level depth of over 100’ on approximately 1.7 acres of beautifully landscaped property. The main Offered at $549,000 HISTORIC NOWADAGA Select Sothebys International Realtyhouse has a 4,000 sq. ft. interior. The game/beach house is 1,800 sq. CREEK Michael FARM 518.580.8500 ft., and the guest cottage is 507 sq. ft. Short driveDeRosa to regional airport. 315. 406.7355 270 Broadway LITTLE FALLS, NEW YORK 00 | SOTHEBYSREALTY.COM

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Historic Nowadaga Creek Farm circa 1870. Beautifully restored 3312 sq. ft. farm house and

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creek frontage,Company. privateEqual picturesque setting. Each © MMXII Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Painting used with permission. Sotheby’s International Realty® is a licensed trademark to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, Inc. An Equal Opportunity Housing Opportunity. front mansion. crafted estate Office IsFinely Independently Ownedprivate And Operated, Except Offices Owned And Operated By NRT Incorporated.

PRICE: $1,750,000


on the north shore of beautiful Oneida Lake.

PRICE: $700,000

Journey Into the Exceptional Lifestyle… Mendham a gated driveway leads to this magni cent European Estate. Resting on 17 acres with breathtaking views overlooking the resort setting with pool and spa, formal gardens with greenhouse, and apple orchard. e home beautifully showcases impeccable attention to detail in every room. is 6 bedroom Estate is the perfect setting for lavish entertaining and intimate gatherings allowing for privacy and relaxation for those at the pinnacle of success. ered at 7,8 0,000

Cheryl Darmanin, CNE, CSMS Sales Associate

• 20 Years of Sales and Marketing Experience • Acts as a consultative Real Estate Partner • Affiliation with Exceptional Brokerage Brand providing a Full Service Real Estate Environment

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Woodcliff Lake


Beautifully situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on more than 2.5 acres in Woodcliff Lake’s most prestigious area, this exquisite six bedroom, six and one-half bath majestic Manor style Colonial was custom built with the finest materials and care. Everything in this home shows that no expense has been spared. A rare offering with a fabulous floor plan that is ideal for entertaining.


Dennis C. Rinzler, Broker Associate Office: 201.664.9550 • Cell: 201.615.2796




An Estate For All Seasons

Prestigious Rio Vista

An estate for all seasons! This French masterpiece set on 2.25 acres of beautifully landscaped property is complete with tennis court, pool, cabana with summer kitchen and full bath. Custom built with extraordinary attention to detail and quality this residence offers approximately 16,000 sq. ft. of luxurious living space with 20 rooms, 6 bedrooms suites, 10 designer baths, 12 fireplaces, home theater, custom library, tranquil master suite with his & her baths, 2 fireplaces and spectacular mountain views. The lower level is complete with home theater, wine cellar, catering kitchen, recreation room, gym & the ultimate spa. Price upon request.

Perfection best describes this Alpine home, set on a private, beautifully landscaped 1.59 acres in prestigious Rio Vista. The ultimate in design and quality is evident the moment you enter this completely redesigned and renovated Alpine home offering 13 rooms, 6 bedrooms & 5 full and 2 half new designer baths. The impressive entrance foyer with graceful circular staircase sets the tone for the first level with extensive architectural moldings and custom details. The gourmet Ulrich kitchen is complete with commercial grade appliances and overlooks the private grounds. The sun-filled lower level offers media area, summer kitchen, gym, wine cellar, bedroom & bath. Price upon request.



Sophisticated Elegance

Custom built brick colonial located on one of Demarest’s most desirable street. Set on half acre+ with stone driveway, manicured landscaping and pool. This residence offers 15 rooms, 6 bedrooms, 7 full & 1 half bath, 2 laundry rooms & the ultimate in design, quality & architectural detail. The elegant two story entrance foyer sets the tone for the first level with master-size guest suite, 2 story great room w/fpl, family room w/fpl, banquet dining room w/butler’s pantry, dramatic 2 story chef ’s kitchen. The 2nd level offers luxurious master suite w/sitting area/fpl. plus 4 en-suite bedrooms & laundry. The lower level is complete with theater, recreation room/fpl, wet bar, gym, office & full bath. This home is equipped with smart home controls for audio, video & lighting. Price upon request.

East Hill Closter

Set high on Closter’s prestigious East Hill this young center hall colonial is set on .86 acre with stone circular driveway and has approximately 4500 sq. ft. of luxurious living space plus a fully finished lower level with high ceilings, recreation room, exercise area, full bath & access to the rear yard. This residence offers 10 rooms, 6 large bedrooms and 5 full & 1 half baths. high ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, gourmet kitchen with granite counters opening to the family room with fpl. and a banquet-size dining room. The open well designed floor plan is perfect for entertaining and comfortable family living. Price upon request.


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Showplace Upper Saddle River


French styled masterpiece filled with high end finishes. Heavy architectural woodworking, marble and hardwood flooring. State of the art kitchen and baths, faux finishes & trompe-l’oeil, columns and arches. Lower level with great wine cellar/ tasting room, 2 full baths along with entertaining areas and bedroom. 3 car garage as well as outbuilding with additional garage space.

Ultimate Estate Saddle River


This approximately 20,000 square foot unsurpassed custom built, stone and brick manor is situated majestically on 2 manicured, gated and fenced acres. Exterior fountain and waterfalls, indoor pool, indoor racquetball/basketball, elevator, 6 car garage, wine cellar and theater. One of a kind mansion offers craftsmanship & detailing for the most discerning buyer.

Unsurpassed Elegance $4,999,000 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.

Saddle River

From Cottages to Chateaus... every home is Special to us

Mediterranean Villa Saddle River


South facing, young all brick Villa situated majestically on a 2 acre setting w/panoramic views. Entry foyer, GR/pub rm, all w/2 story ceilings, 1st & 2nd flrs each have 10’ ceilings, walls of glass including views of manicured grounds from every room. Lrg. lower level w/outside entry & high ceilings. A bluestone veranda leads to a heated pool/spa/waterfall. Heated 4 car garage.

Div of Brook Hollow GroupInc. Realtors

18 miles from Manhattan! Land for Sale Saddle River


This very special 7.6 acre estate parcel is situated along gold coast of town offering views of the panoramic and picturesque Saddle River. DEP permits already approved for a 13,000 plus square foot residence to be situated behind the existing house which is being sold in “as is” condition. One of the prettiest lots in Saddle River: Meandering brook, footbridge and great vistas.

Saddle River Estate Setting $2,998,000 Completely remodeled and updated old world

estate. Gated and fenced offering privacy and tranquility. This stucco and stone colonial manor showcases rolling lawns, beautiful pool, spa and stone veranda renovated in the 2000’s. Highest level of woodworking and craftsmanship throughout. Elevator from the first to third floor, wine cellar, state of the art kitchen and baths. High vaulted media room on the second floor. Information deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions.



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                  

            

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Privately situated on 4.1 waterfront acres with picturesque views of the natural grounds and Lake Topanemus from nearly every angle. This custom home provides prestige and comfort with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, hardwood floors and exquisite amenities throughout. Marketed by Donna Bennett, Holmdel Office: 732-946-3200. $1,095,000.

Point Pleasant

Luxury penthouse at Water’s Edge with panoramic views of the Manasquan River and historic Treasure Island. Gracious, custom 4,400 sq ft. home offers 3 bedroom,4.5 baths, a 2-car underground garage and private elevator. Marketed by Jeanne “Heather” Mangold-Rhodes. Point Pleasant Office: 732-899-3700. $1,499,000.


Stunning 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home on a wide lagoon seconds from the Metedeconk River features 1st floor master bedroom suite, a private wing with exercise room & library. Enjoy the pool, views from the deck, double tier dock & outside shower. Marketed by Jody Sowell. Bay Head Office: 732-295-8099. $1,299,999.

Bay Head




Hopewell Crossing





Ocean Township

Point Pleasant


Princeton Jct




South Brunswick

Spring Lake

Monroe Township

My REALTOR速? Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate, of course.

Colts Neck

Ma estic custom olonial home nestled on 10 acres of prime land in prestigious Locust Point states. nter through mahogany doors into elegant foyer offers imported porcelain floors with granite inlays and grand staircase. This home features a gourmet kitchen, library with custom built-ins and 2-sided fireplace and a large master suite with balcony. The handcrafted barn has 5 stables, 6 paddocks, office, tack room, and grain storage with hay loft. n oy the breathtaking views of peaceful wildlife sanctuary from a gorgeous 70 x 35 unite pool with waterfall, hot tub and patio. Marketed by irginia aparro-Handley. Holmdel Office: 732-9463200. $3,875,999.

Fair Haven

Nestled in a serene woodland setting is this welcoming Tuscan-inspired home even more distinguished by its 2.2 acres of natural tranquility. Built in 2004, the indoor/outdoor design features magnificent views from every room. The home boasts nearly 7,000 sq ft of main living space plus 3,600 sq ft finished lower level and 800 sq ft guest suite above garage. ustom elegance also lies in the superior materials: reclaimed brick and reclaimed wood beams, extensive use of natural stone and tumbled marble, wide-plank oak floors, copper roofs, and an expansive slate patio with recycling water fountain sculpture. Entire house wired for sound system, telephone & intercom system, internet access and security system. Marketed by Joan LaBanca. Shrewsbury Office: 732-842-6009. $2,900,000.

Bay Head

Great view of Lake Twilight from this 4 bedroom custom Colonial with 2.5 baths. Open space planning with gas fireplace 10-foot ceilings, recessed lighting, hardwood floors and 2- one and forced hot air. Minutes from schools, shopping and the beach. Marketed by aren Hewson. Bay Head Office: 732-295-8099. $2,385,000.


Circular paver driveway leads up to a welcoming covered porch Dream kitchen with glass & enclosed cabinets, granite counters and 2-level center island. pstairs master suite with fireplace a terrace looking out over grounds. Marketed by llen Lefkowit . Princeton Office, 609-921-2600. $1,995,000.


Crisp New York style spaces blended with a spa like retreat in the Littlebrook School area. This home offers 4 bedrooms upstairs, 3.5 baths, a 5th bedroom and laundry on main floor and a 3 car garage. Marketed by vonne omis and Marcy ahn. Princeton Office, 609-921-2600. $894,888.

Bay Head




Hopewell Crossing





Ocean Township

Point Pleasant


Princeton Jct




South Brunswick

Spring Lake

Monroe Township

My REALTOR®®? RLS REALTORS®® of course.

Bridgewater Twp

Set on just under two acres along the shaded Mountain Top Road. This four bedroom, three full/2 half bath custom home offers an unrivaled skyline views together with large breakfast and laundry rooms all fitting under 5,000 sq. ft. n addition, home buyers can choose between hardwood or ceramic tile floors and an optional three-car garage and conservatory can be constructed on the property. 4-5 month delivery. Photo is of similar home. Marketed by Nancy Kenworthy. RLS Realtors®, Bernardsville Office, 908-221-1212. $1,500,000.

Bridgewater Twp

dramatic setting for a spacious five bedroom, 4.5 bath home. Additional features of these dream properties are underground utilities including natural gas, electric, water, telephone, internet and cable wired for five rooms, as well as a rench drain system under all basement floors. The quiet area is commuter-friendly with access to major highways, railroads, airports and buses nearby. Picture is of similar home built. Delivery 4-5 months Marketed by Nancy Kenworthy, RLS Realtors®, Bernardsville Office, 908-221-1212. $1,000,000.

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Luxury in Short Hills, New Jersey Timeless elegance awaits you in this superlatively appointed center hall colonial. Over 9,000 square feet of beautifully proportioned & spacious rooms including gourmet kitchen, library and media room. Set on almost an acre of lushly landscaped and fenced property, you create your own private world, perfect for entertaining inside and out, yet only 40 minutes to NYC on the Midtown Direct Train. $3,600,000 Sharon Preston 201-618-0853 and Diane Young 973-714-8895 Built in 2009, this 6 bedroom, 4.1 bath Custom Colonial is absolute perfection! You are welcomed by a grand two-story entry foyer that leads to unbelievable entertaining space. Fabulous living room with built-in bar. Gourmet, state-of-the-art kitchen, breakfast room and huge family room over look the yard with room for a pool. $2,300,000 Andrea Fine 201-874-2400

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

F ind Your Way Home with Towne Incomparable elegance on 1.2 acres of lushly landscaped park-like privacy. All stone English manor home with 12,000+ sq. feet, featuring 4 floors of sophistication and beauty. Handsome moldings & coffered ceilings, all wood roof, front & back stairs plus a 4 car attached garage off the deluxe kitchen are all worth noting.


Literally a 3 minute walk to the train station, on almost an acre of level and extremely private property, this stately Historic Home has 4 floors of space. Across the street from the Racquets Club with pool & tennis, this Glenwood home has room for everyone, and a kitchen–family room, leading to a deck that make entertaining a breeze.

Dramatic architectural details fill this 5BR, 5.1 bath Expanded Cottage on ž acre estate-like grounds in Old Short Hills with wooded beamed ceilings, several distinct bedroom en-suites and a guest house w/billiards room, kitchenette & bath, overlooking the pool and park-like property. A good option for mother/daughter living.



Totally redesigned custom colonial with grand 2-story entry foyer, and 3 levels of comfortable living space. A beautiful white kitchen opens to breakfast room and den w/sliding doors to a deck and patio. A big yard is just off of the finished walkout basement with full bath. Deluxe master bedroom suite has his & her walk-in closets, and a gorgeous marble bath.


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Peapack-Gladstone: Classic Colonial w/ spacious floor plan. 5 en-suite bdrs, gorgeous kitchen, 4 fpls. 2± acres professionally landscaped, salt water pool & spa. $2,350,000 John Schott 973-714-6531, Cell

Harding Twp: “Cricket Hill”, custom Colonial designed by Patrick Burke, built 1996. 5± acres w/ 2-bdr cottage, pond & renovated barn w/ sports court. $4,350,000 Karen Tourville 908-285-0967, Cell

Warren Twp: Stone & stucco manor home. Gourmet kitchen w/Tuscan-inspired stone work. Guest suite w/ great room. Pool w/ waterfall, spa & terraced patios. $2,500,000 John Schott 973-714-6531, Cell

Bernardsville: Gracious, elegant custom 2003 Georgian-style home on 5± enclosed acres. Exquisite millwork & attention to detail throughout. 5 bdrs, 5.2 baths & 5 fpls. $3,350,000 Michele Hill 908-313-6542, Cell

NEW CONSTRUCTION Harding Twp: Luxurious custom home to be built in the heart of New Vernon on 6± pastoral acres with first-floor master suite. Farmland assessed. $4,995,000 Gerry-Jo Cranmer 908-400-2346, Cell

MENDHAM: 973-543-7400 CHATHAM: 973-635-5555 BERNARDSVILLE: 908-766-6500

Bernardsville: French chateau-style stucco home on 5± acres. Updated kitchen and baths. 5 bdrs plus separate au paire suite over garage. Pool & bluestone terrace. $2,395,000 Pamela Goss 908-581-9348, Cell


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SHOW AND TELL Show Houses are a great way for design experts to showcase their work and for realtors to reach the home-buying public en-masse

ASP1RE NJ magazine talked with Vicki Gaily, Realtor Associate and Marketing Director of Special Properties Div of Brook Hollow Group Inc Realtors, and Krista Abdy and Anne Pryor, owners of haute BUNGALOW in Chatham, about their experience with Show Houses.

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What have Show Houses been able to achieve? Vicki: Having had the privilege of being involved with five Show Houses – all for charities – I feel it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. From my standpoint as the listing agent, to be able to have thousands of people come through the door and see the listing at its best is terrific. The opportunities for the charity itself to benefit financially are enormous as well. The media exposure throughout the duration of the event is constant and the excitement, palpable. There are usually pre-event cocktail parties, raffles, journals, and on-site retail opportunities as well as post-event coverage in print and online. When all is said and done, we typically receive many inquiries. Anne: To us, the Designer Show Houses have given us a platform to get our point of view across. Our design aesthetic is truly a mix of every style you can think of: traditional, modern, transitional, old, new, basic...The art is pulling it all together and having it make sense.

Vicki has had the listings for the Designer Show House in Saddle River for the past five years. This past showing benefitted the Heart & Vascular Hospital and the Emergency Trauma Department at Hackensack UMC.

What are the real estate implications?

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Vicki: From the prospective of a purchaser, it’s great that they can see a home professionally revamped and decorated, especially what can be accomplished with, let’s say, a home from the 1970s or 1980s which many buyers reject as needing too much work or not being able to visualize what can be done with professional remodeling. They are usually very pleasantly surprised. We’ve been able to sell otherwise difficult homes that have benefited from this type of transformation. Sellers, with a home in need of updating, are able to obtain what they need from sponsors (kitchen companies, bathroom remodelers, landscapers, etc.) at a very low cost, or in most instances even donated (to ensure the charity benefits). Amongst the designers, painters, contractors, etc, a residence gets a complete facelift. Add the furnishings, art, lighting and rugs that the top decorator/designers bring in and it doesn’t get much better. What has your involvement (haute BUNGALOW) meant to you? Krista: Overall, I feel that Show Houses are so incredibly inspiring on so many levels. We pour our creativity into them and really love watching everything evolve. There are moments when you don’t know how you’re going to pull it off in time, and then it’s done, and it’s magnificent. When you go back for the preview and see all the hard work that’s gone into it, it’s pretty mind-blowing.

Photo by Bob Skinner Design by Showhouse Management


Krista and Anne have transformed the dungeons of the last two Mansions in May, whose most recent showing, benefitted the new Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Center at Morristown Medical Center.


Vicki: It’s nice to have new construction, and certainly a lot easier for the designers, but what we generally look for in recommending a house is one that has enough rooms and space for the designers, as well as a house that needs some updating and refreshing. The transformation is what makes it so great. It’s so much work for the designers, but the end result is terrific and it never ceases to amaze me when I walk in on the final day before the house opens to the public. Anne: A Show House does require so much time, effort and money. Right now we can only do Mansion in May. As we grow, we may have more time to seek out others, but Mansion in May has been good to us. We went from unknown girls to being known as the ones who always knock it out of the park. It’s 100,000 percent fun.

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Krista: The amount of fun really does outweigh everything else.

Even for the most open-minded homebuyers, it can be hard to visualize a house’s true potential, especially if it’s

sporting Brady Bunch-paneled rooms or 80s wallpaper. Fortunately, the increasingly popular trend of Show Houses means you don’t have to struggle to imagine what a home could look like; you just step right in and see it up close.

Photography by Wing Wong, Memories TTL


As rewarding as it sounds, it must also be hard work and a big financial commitment. How do you decide which Show House projects to take on?

haute BUNGALOW Chatham, NJ 973.883.0400 • Vicki Gaily, Special Properties, Div of Brook Hollow Group Inc Realtors, Saddle River, NJ 201.934.8100

Photo by Peter Rymwid




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