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Amy Holl Ahearn is a Certified Kitchen Designer and freelance writer. She owns her own Interior Design business specializing in designing with cabinetry for every room in the home. Amy currently lives in Bernardsville with her husband Jimmy and LuLu the cat.
Alice Garbarini Hurley is a freelance writer whose work appears regularly in Good Housekeeping magazine, where she was on staff for 10 years as Senior Lifestyle Writer. She has also written for In Style, Country Living, The New York Times, Vogue Knitting, iVillage.com and Greenwich and Westport magazines in Connecticut. She lives in Montclair, NJ with her family.
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Stephanie Knapp is a freelance writer who honed her craft by teaching creative writing and journalism to high school students for the past 12 years. She enjoys meeting new people, hearing their stories, and bringing them to life on the pages of publications like ASP1RE. She attributes her ability to connect with others, both in writing and in person, to her steady practice of yoga. When she isn’t writing or meditating, she is spending time with her family in Cornwall, NY.
Judy L. Miller, Allied Member ASID is a designer with over 18 years of diverse design experience including residential, commercial, set design, custom yacht and for the past 16 years private aircraft interiors. She has taught Interior Design at two NJ colleges and has been a guest interior product expert on QVC. Her work has been featured in local, national and international publications. She is wife & mother of two beautiful daughters.
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memoirs of a magazine buff by Laura Mannes
of photography, graphics, words and high gloss were completely specific to its unique format. An escape which was at once exciting and informative, portable and tactile, I was hooked on magazines.”
Interestingly, the proliferation of Internet content on every topic imaginable and the increasing amount of time I spend in front of my computer has fueled, not abated, my hunger for print magazines. My magazine cravings are fairly specific these days. Since I now prefer to obtain entertainment and political news on-line or in newspapers, the magazines I lust for are the glossy, beautifully focused editorial publications which I can savor at my leisure, over time, as well as proudly display on the coffee table. Like many people today, I spend an inordinate amount of time on the computer, both working and ‘socializing’. As an interior designer, the Internet has become a tremendous asset, time absorber and distraction in equal measure. Yet, the more digitized and cyber-centric my world becomes, the more I appreciate the physicality of a beautiful, well designed print magazine, and the lovely escape it provides. My love affair with magazines began at a very young age in my childhood home. My parents kept their collection of National Geographic magazines chronologically arranged directly next to the 20 plus volumes of alphabetically arranged encyclopedias. National Geographic was like an encyclopedia brought to life with spectacular color and imagery. I couldn’t wait till it arrived in the mail (you could only purchase it via subscription) wrapped like a simple gift in plain brown paper. Upon opening, it exploded into worlds near and far – a perfectly sized treasure trove of magnificent photography and information about exotic lands, civilizations, and animals all new and exciting to me. Like a book, I could take it anywhere I wished, but the intoxicating mix of photography, graphics, words and high gloss were completely specific to its unique format. An escape which was at once exciting and informative, portable and tactile, I was hooked on magazines. One of the best aspects of print magazines is that their physical format inspires intuitive navigation. You can read a magazine backward to forward, as I won’t, or plunge right into its middle. You can look at the photos and not read the accompanying text, or read several pieces at the same time, easily jumping from one to the other. I love great photography and pictorial articles related to interior design and art. The physicality of print magazines, unlike e-magazines allows me to study the details of a photograph or article. The ease in which I can physically bookmark or dog-ear a page for quick return is refreshing. And, though I utilize websites like Houzz and Pinterest for inspiration, and encourage clients to do the same, people always seem to have a folder of pages torn from magazines with images they admire. Not to be overlooked, a very attractive benefit of print magazines in today’s cyber world is their relatively inexpensive cost. Leaving an ASP1RE NJ magazine or Vanity Fair behind on the train won’t set you back the price of a laptop, iPad or e-reader. It’s a nice option to unplug and turn a magazine’s smooth page rather than navigate a keyboard or touchpad. Not worrying about charged batteries or Wi-Fi connections is liberating. This brings me to a deeper question.
Other than its physical properties, what exactly is a magazine? What unites a magazine into a cohesive whole and differentiates one from the other isn’t its subject matter. Upscale design magazines often have food recipes while fashion magazines feature interesting profiles on artists or political figures. What provides a magazine with its unique personality is its editorial focus. The very notion of a magazine as a single editorial entity is what makes it work as an exciting and dependable source of information and entertainment. You might be a Time or Newsweek reader, rarely both. Vogue is a reliable source for sophisticated fashion, while Glamour provides a more youthful interpretation.
PRINT IS NOT
EXTINCT Text by Halley Stevens Photography courtesy of Thornwillow Press
With the invention and mass production of e-readers, one would assume that printed material and printing presses would no longer be in as high demand as previously. But for Luke Ives Pontifell, owner and founder of Thornwillow Press, located in historic Newburgh, New York surprisingly this is not the case. Pontifell hasn’t been affected by digital reading material or the devices as much as one would assume mostly due to the fact that many people still hold printed material near and dear to their hearts. “Business is better than ever.” He is confident that printing medium will mostly be preferred to e-readers. “People want something that is made to last. Something that they can physically hold in their hands, something that can become an heirloom.” Pontifell’s business of 26 years does just that. Pontifell was still in high school when he set out to print and bind books during summer vacations. Gradually he found that what was once a hobby had slowly turned into a small business. Although many are turning to an electronic reading medium, Thornwillow gives its customers unique products that can last for a lifetime. They hand print, bind books and design unique stationery created using rich traditions of classical engraving and letterpress printing. They also restore and rebind older texts. Many seek out Thornwillow for invitations, announcements, holiday cards and overall correspondence. Yet Pontifell leaves us with some words of wisdom, “As society changes it is important to think about the things that matter and what we want to keep.” We need to consider what is really important, printed versus electronic. Sure e-readers are convenient and nice, but you can’t physically touch them unlike the unique products that Thornwillow Press creates. thornwillow.com
The web encourages flitting around and surfing, making you much less apt to absorb or study information, whether it’s pictures or words. As an interior designer, between Pinterest, Houzz, design blogs and e-magazines, I theoretically could find all the information and inspiration I need on-line without opening a magazine ever again. These sites are terrific and provide a social component, but can’t compare with the focused information and experience magazines offer. Thankfully, there are still many great print magazines that are viable and filled with compelling information, while interesting new ones are entering the field. The media landscape is now comprised of different formats, affording myriad choices in how we obtain information. All said, send me a beautiful glossy magazine with a strong editorial focus, compelling photography and interesting articles and my knees still go weak.
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A TOAST “TO THE TRADE” Text by Anne Marie Soto
To many consumers, the phrase “to the trade” conjures up images of impenetrable exclusivity in the design world . . . and in this age of Internet access to a whole range of products, these same consumers are at a lose to understand why these resources exist. To the Trade resources may specialize a to-the-trade resource is part of the in one type of product, such as lighting team. While it may seem attractive for a or fabrics, or they may carry a variety consumer, working on his/her own, to of products, such as furniture, area troll the Internet for a “good deal” on rugs and accessories. Some represent furnishings and other design products, v a r i o u s p ro d u c t l i n e s there can be problems From a designer’s from one manufacturer, including, but not limited while others represent a to, the high cost of perspective, to-thevariety of manufacturers. shipping, the hassle of trade resources are Either way, the choices returning damaged or a r e e n o r m o u s . A n d , invaluable. “Designers inferior goods, and errors even if you spent hours in judgment as to size and know what questions suitability for the space. searching the Internet, you may not be able to to ask. They know how “Internet access find exactly what these may give clients an to place orders, how to opportunity to purchase sources offer. We’re talking high-end furniture, follow up and minimize goods at a reduced fabric, lighting and rug time and money-wasting rate,” observes Marlene lines with an unsurpassed Wa n g e n h e i m , A l l i e d level of workmanship that problems and (heaven ASID. “But, by working make them generally forbid) to resolve issues, with trade associates, unavailable at the retail the design industry has should they arise,” or consumer level. the opportunity to be Susette Schwartz, owner says Marilee Schempp, on the same page as far of Schwartz Design as quality of product, Showroom in Metuchen, ASID. “My To the Trade ethical parallels and a To the Trade resource resources know me. assures clients that their that carries more than 150 purchases will contain They know my business. products that are in good lines, defines her role in the design process as “a They know that I will working condition.” resource that develops “Designers and support them day-in, trade-only partners work relationships with other professionals to enhance day-out, year-in, year- as a team to support the outcome of the out. I’m not doing a and defend one another. project.” Tr a d e p a r t n e r s To t h e Tr a d e single project. I’m here understand that they resources do not sell for the long haul. I’m need the support of directly to the public designers and designers sad for the consumer understand that trade (“trade” means interior designers and architects), who doesn’t want to partners are good for h o w e v e r, t h e r e a r e what they sell. This only i n n u m e r a b l e “b e h i n d take advantage of that m e a n s g o o d t h i n g s the scenes” benefits for for the consumer, the special, invaluable both interior designers ultimate client,” says relationship. and their clients when Marlene Wangenheim.
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It's not so much a movement as it is a growing consciousness, says Nancy Schuring of
Devon Fine Jewelers
Retail Returns Text by Barbara Gref
For decades, big corporations have been known to turn some of their profits toward philanthropic work. Household names such as Rockefeller, Carnegie and more currently Gates and Soros are testament to that as are thousands of lesser known but no less worthwhile enterprises. That spirit has been evident among big retailers as well, with the Macys, Starbucks and Staples of the world leading the pack.
Now, even as worldwide economic troubles remain in the headlines,
in Wyckoff. There is an increased awareness, she says. Because of adverse economic trends, people have realized what's important and those who are in a position to act want to do something for others. After a transformative trip to Madagascar in 2008, Schuring established the Devon Foundation which provides gemological scholarships to natives of mining nations. The excursion planned as a fun, business-related excursion – to the gem mining region provided all the impetus she needed. “It really was an eye opener,” Schuring says. The trip was not meant to be a fact-finding mission about living conditions on the island nation off the coast of southeast Africa, but there was no helping it. What Schuring found were hard working and warm people who are paid less than a dollar a day and who are supporting families on an average of $300 a year. Because gem mining is so central to the economies of gem-rich nations, many of the native people work in the industry, but as Schuring witnessed, the degree to which they are taken advantage of is disturbing especially due to the enormous wealth foreign companies are reaping from gems mined in the workers homelands. “People from foreign countries are paying a pittance for these valuable gems – the local miners don’t even know what they have,” says Schuring. “They are offered a bowl of rice for a valuable gem.” In Madagascar, for instance, gems such as sapphires, garnets, zircons and amethysts are mined and are ultimately sold for many times the annual pay earned by local entrepreneurs. It is not surprising that Schuring sees education as part of the answer. Before becoming the founder of Devon Fine Jewelry, she was a high school home economics teacher. At the point of her career change, she learned all she could by attending the Gemological Institute of America in Manhattan, among the world’s top-ranked authorities on the industry. While there are often gemological schools in gem-mining countries, more often than not, the students cannot afford to attend. The Devon Foundation seeks to raise some $5,000 annually through *community fundraising events, as a means to support the gem school program. Schuring reports that clients who become aware of the program will sometimes write checks directly to the foundation. The longer-range plan is that those who are educated will then use their knowledge to benefit their local regions and advance the quality of living for the people of those regions. *Fundraisers include the Gems of the Dance and the Gem Roundtable where people gather to learn about gem cutting. The Devon Foundation 201.848.8489 thedevonfoundation.org
entrepreneurs on Main Street and in suburban downtowns are stepping up to take on charitable works and are getting their customers in on their causes as well.
In Madagascar, eight local miners have been sent to the gem school. The new Kenyan program has sent one native woman to gem school there and another is attending the Arusha Gemological Lapidary School in Arusha, Tanzania.
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In a somewhat similar vein,
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, the Madison-based furnishings importer, demonstrates a strong commitment to global charitable giving. “In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti we contributed 10% of our sales to Love for Haiti.” says proprietor Nina Karamallis. Then there is the ongoing work that British Home Emporium supports. “We regularly support the Tahirih Justice Society which provides legal assistance for women seeking asylum and refuge from circumstances of severe injustice, physical and sexual abuse,” says Karamallis. BHE also contributes to Slum Dwellers International, a worldwide organization which does grassroots work to assist with raising the standard of living in countries throughout the world by working with federations of local people to transform their communities and their lives. Back on the home front, for the last 8 years Nina and her staff have participated in the Mansion in May. 2012 proceeds benefited the Morristown BHE carries Medical Center. a large selection of Monkeybiz artwork.
Monkeybiz is a non-profit incomegenerating bead project founded in January 2000. Through creating sustainable employment, Monkeybiz focuses on women’s economic empowerment and health development in the most economically under-resourced areas of South Africa. Each Monkeybiz artwork is unique and is signed by the artist, ensuring that individual artists receive recognition for their work. All of the profits from the sales of artworks are reinvested back into community services including soup kitchens, food parcels and a burial fund for artists and their families.
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entrepreneurial endeavors Text by Emily Ginsberg
The word “refugee” usually conjures up images of teeming tent camps in barren fields, makeshift communities kept far from the rest of society. But there is a growing population of displaced people around the world who have relocated to cities in refugee recipient countries – and who have no foreseeable plans for returning to their home country. Today, urban refugees account for nearly half of the population the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) works with, a trend that has accelerated since the 1950s. In Latin America, this trend is most pronounced in Ecuador. Colombia’s half-century-long civil war sent masses of refugees spilling over the border. According to UNHCR statistics, the number of Colombian refugees in Ecuador has reached 180,000 (and some experts even estimate there are as many as 250,000, largely undocumented and unrecognized by the Ecuadorian government). Refugees trying to integrate into a new society need more than temporary housing and food to tide them over before they relocate. While working in Ecuador on a needs assessment of Ecuador’s refugees, I learned that the greatest obstacle for many of them was finding work to support themselves. Given the weak job market and the prominence of the informal job sector, many of the refugees who did succeed in finding work had to create their own jobs through entrepreneurial endeavors supported by one of the local aid agencies. One woman I interviewed recounted how she was nearly destitute after the restaurant where she worked was burned down. When no other job materialized, the strong-willed single mother of two took matters into her own hands. She began selling jewelry made out of orange peels, coffee beans and ribbons. She primarily found clientele on the street and sometimes at local events. To succeed, she had needed advice on how to best sell her products and how to source the materials for the jewelry. While she received some help from local aid organizations, high competition and lack of access to capital presented a daily
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challenge for her business. So how do aid organizations take this entrepreneurial drive and their own resources to support refugees beyond their first few months of displacement? This challenge might fundamentally change the character of refugee aid organizations, and it is a challenge those organizations must face given the changing urban settlement patterns of refugee populations. The next step goes beyond current policies. It challenges organizations to focus on empowering refugees and help them on their way to self-sufficiency.
In many ways, Nancy Sulla’s
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in Boonton really does prove that charity begins at home and then spreads from there. Sulla chose to open the s.h.e.gallery on Boonton in 2010 back when Boonton was just shadow of its current self. As a successful entrepreneur behind the educational consulting company IDE, Sulla could have chosen any place for her gallery of abstract art. But, the place had so much character and potential she opted to make her personal investment here. At that time there were two galleries in Boonton, s.h.e.gallery 9 7 3 - 2 7 7 - 1 3 0 6 • w w w. d e s i g n s b y m i c h a e l i n e . c o m was the third. Today there are eight and Sulla volunteers for the organization, Boonton Main Street, which is all about supporting and developing the historic downtown. Sulla wanted to help “bring a revival to Boonton,” and, it has worked. A packed events calendar and a cooperative open-late Fridays plan are just two testaments to that. all about Supporting Human Equality. In 2009 Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times But Nancy Sulla’s work on the ground in wrote “Half the Sky” along with co-author Sheryl WuDunn. The book is subtitled, “Turning Boonton is just a fraction of the s.h.e.gallery Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” That idea alone was enough to inspire story. Sulla to combine her passion for collecting and buying art with a mission for making the As anyone who stands beneath the classic world a better, more equitable place. The expression, half the sky, says Sulla, comes from awning at s.h.e. can tell you, the vision here is a traditional Chinese belief that women hold up half the sky. The premise of the book elaborates on the concept that if half the population is not allowed to work or to fully contribute to the society, then how can any nation support a sustainable and thriving culture? In the s.h.e. gallery (where both men and women exhibit), a full 10 percent of all sales goes to two causes: CARE, which is focused on fighting poverty across the globe, mainly by empowering women; and an organization called Women for Women International. In addition to the gallery’s contribution, all artists who show at s.h.e agree to contribute 10 percent of every sale. “So the artists are as vested in the mission as we are,” says Sulla. For Sulla, who says the fairly new gallery is “doing well enough,” melding art and mission has been greatly satisfying. “I’m very much about social justice and believing we all have a responsibility to the planet and to the people living on it… and that means seeing that people are treated fairly.” s.h.e. gallery = SupportingHumanEquality 973.335.0943 shegallery.com Fri & Sat 11-7; Sun 12-4 The gallery hosts a reception in conjunction with a new exhibition on the First Friday of every month from 6-9pm. www.aspireNJ.com
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dinner guest Juliane in Machu Picchu, Peru (7,970 ft.)
Thomsen’s exuberance is infectious and the details of some of her quests leave you wishing you too could travel the globe as fearlessly as she.
Text by Stephanie Knapp
Regardless of your idea of a vacation, you probably need only a few days to organize. Not so for Juliane Thomsen whose travel plans will likely require multiple trips to the doctor for shots, and months of physical and mental preparation. But, the way Thomsen perceives it, either you go big – or you stay home. And it doesn’t get much bigger than climbing to Africa’s highest point, Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341ft), which Thomsen plans to do later this year. To hear Thomsen talk of her travels – 72 countries in all – is like being on the ride with her. And what a ride it’s been! Thomsen was born and raised in Germany, and at the age of 18, she began traveling throughout Europe. She’s been on the move ever since, setting down temporary roots in various places like Hawaii, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and, for right now, Fort Lee. When asked what drives her desire to move from place to place she declares with an excited smile, “Once you have it in your blood, you just can’t stop yourself.”
“Don’t give up on your dreams since those belong to you and only you will make them alive. “
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Thomsen adds that often times it isn’t until after she’s returned from a destination that she can truly appreciate ever having been there. “I look at photos of myself hiking the Inca Trails and still have a hard time believing I was there.” Hiking the trails for 4 days and getting over the “Dead Woman’s Pass” (13,829ft) was at the time a very big accomplishment. To date, it was her time spent in Machu Picchu, Sabancaya and the Ampato Volcanos, and Colca Canyon that she counts as some of her most incredible journeys. Yet, backpacking through Australia, and various countries throughout South East Asia and the Middle East, as well as, crossing the Seven Seas to stay on the remote Tioman Island, is all equally impressive. But, it isn’t about bragging rights for Thomsen, which makes traveling such an essential part of who she is. It is about connecting with people. She often sits down with strangers she meets on the road, strikes up a conversation and an immediate bond is formed. According to Thomsen, “In the face of foreign places you need to be diplomatic. If you don’t speak the language, everyone speaks a universal sign language to some degree.” “We are all just people who want the same thing – a smile and some happiness.” The one thing she does fear, is eating or drinking something that might make her sick. American chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain aside, most of us might be afraid to travel to places where the culture is completely unknown and the food is something we might squash underfoot rather than see served up on our plates. “I’ll try anything you put in front of me – crocodile, kangaroo, Kudu,” and the list goes on. “I love to eat!” she exclaims. Alas, upon her return from Machu Picchu, Thomsen recalls being infirmed for close to 4 months. “I must have picked up some sort of bug. But it would never keep me from going back – it just taught me to be more careful.” Not every trip has gone according to plan but Thomsen chuckles, “In my life, everything I’ve ever planned, didn’t work out.” Perhaps this is what makes a true adventurer. After all, life is full of unpredictable circumstances but how we handle them makes all the difference in the outcome. “I don’t think it’s your gender, age or your physical condition that allow you to survive outrageous scenarios – it’s the power of the mind.” As Thomsen prepares to climb Kilimanjaro later this year she firmly believes a positive outlook will be her most valuable survival skill. She believes the mind is the most powerful tool we have and that you can convince yourself of anything. When it’s 120 degrees at the base of the mountain you can tell yourself that you aren’t hot. This same mental psych-out will be just as crucial at the top of Kilimanjaro where temperatures can drop as low as 30 below zero. “People tend to forget how lucky they are. When you travel the world and see how others live, you develop a greater appreciation for all that you have.” This sentiment is truly the treasure of Juliane Thomsen’s journey.
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Furniture and interiors that take an unexpected twist or turn can be described as quirky. Inspirational, fresh, contemporary and whimsical, these unpredictable designs create fun and playful rooms, which make you take a second, third and sometimes fourth look. Interiors designed to fit your lifestyle and in tune with your aspirations don’t have to be typical or expected. “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun” says artist, Mary Lou Cook. Design with a twist inspires you, surprises you and makes you smile. Four design firms, whose whimsical designs display true originality, spoke with us about their unique work. Izabela Rodzen-Olesinski, principle of EDITION14, describes her design philosophy as, “minimalism, purism with emphasis on straight edges and smooth, slim forms.” As Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s motto goes, “less is more” and
in Rodzen-Olesinski’s work, she believes, “minimalism is designing with only the necessary objects.” “Often, people collect many material objects over the course of their lives which can ultimately be burdensome and weigh them down”, says Rodzen-Olesinski. “I try to eliminate all that weight from my life and create simple, happy environments with a bold statement for future generations.” Artur Moreira found his inspiration through curves and shapes. “The curves have inspired me by giving me possibilities, multiplicity of paths, choices, dynamism. It’s like in life, when a path becomes impassable; there is always the possibility of making a curve and change of route.” Moreira believes that curves give balance and with this balance, a new journey emerges. “The curves of life brought me unusual encounters with people who have inspired and taught me; that was important for me and for them. The curves of life processes to build a human network that has no end.”
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Anne Pryor and Krista Abdy, of haute bungalow, created a room for the Mansion in May, with a dungeon theme. Their unique approach on what could have been a heavy, somber space resulted in a cozy, neutral space infused with color and texture. “Many of our designs have the same characteristics,” says Krista, “keep the larger investment pieces neutral. The mood of the room can be created by accessories and accent pieces.” Using texture, organic free form accents in combination with antiques and repurposed industrial elements, the pair creates inviting and functional spaces. Having lived in Hong Kong for several years, Anne used her talents to create multi-functional spaces in her 1,000 square foot home. “Living in Hong Kong has stuck with me to this day” says Anne, “I’m always looking for unique ways to get multiple uses out of a piece of furniture and/or creating rooms with more than one function.” Inspiration for the unexpected designs from these talented firms comes from many sources. Color is a major inspiration for sisters Lisa Keyser & Linda Maley of Whitepop design. “Color has amazing emotional and transformative power that people often don’t know how to tap into. Sometimes a little nudge is all people need to see that they might be drawn to a more colorful and contemporary aesthetic than they originally thought” says Keyser. Inspiration for their work also comes from the art world, fashion, texture and pattern. With backgrounds in Advertising Design and Art History respectively, Lower left photo: Whitepop, Upper left photo: Whitepop, Upper right photo: haute bungalow 24
Izabela Rodzen-Olesinski EDITION14 edition14.com Last book you read? The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda What’s on your iPod? With a 2 year old daughter at home, they are mostly toddler application games.
Artur Moreira arturmoreira.com Last book you read? O X Da Questão ( English translation: The X of the Question), the autobiography of Brazil’s wealthiest man, Eike Batista. What’s on your iPod? I don’t have an iPod, but I do have an iPhone with a photo library of nearly 50,000 images and videos. I like taking pictures, and capturing memories and moments in time.
Anne Pryor & Krista Abdy haute bungalow hautebungalow.com Last book you read? AP: I love non-fiction books about governments, spy agencies, corporations, biographies, etc. Who needs fiction when you can read real life stories that are almost too crazy to believe?!
they were naturally drawn to a more playful aesthetic, expertly combining unexpected elements in a traditional foundation. Their motto, “Life’s way too short to live with bad design” and the ability to not take themselves too seriously allows them to design fun spaces that evoke a happy feeling for their clients. Rodzen-Olesinski is also inspired by color, explaining, “Color is very important to me, it makes me happy and gives me energy” enabling her to create “happier environments” for her clients. Not happy with the furniture of her youth in Poland, she was inspired to create beautiful pieces that make her clients happy. “I want to make their homes more playful and organized. I want that vibrant cabinet to be the start of conversations at parties at their homes.” In Izabela’s latest work, the Rebel Collection, she fused her passion for luxury furniture and contemporary art with a hint of punk attitude. The pieces integrate some of iconic parts of punk fashion such as leather, zippers and straps, spikes and studs, as well as some oil painted elements. Whether it’s the sculptural pieces by Moreira, the eclectic interior of haute bungalow, an artificial turf covered coffee table from Edition14 or an edgy English country foyer from Whitepop; these designers know how to fuse the unexpected with the functional. The results are offbeat designs that keep you guessing, keep you looking and most importantly, make you smile.
KA : I can’t even remember the last time I sat and read a great book. I have a 3 year old and a 14 month old baby who keep me very busy aside from my career, therefore my reading outlet has been limited to Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Baby Einstein and Curious George lately! Looking forward to reading The Only Buddha In Town written by my dear friend Alanna Maure. What’s on your iPod? AP: Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, Marvin Gaye, Alanis Morissette, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and John Batchelor podcasts! KA: Bob Marley, Adele, Jack Johnson, Bruce Springsteen. What can I say; I’m a Jersey girl at heart.
Linda Maley & Lisa Keyser Whitepop whitepop.com Last book you read? LM: A Passage To India by E.M. Forster LK: The Bond by Wayne Pacelle What’s on your iPod? LM: I don’t have one, but if I did, it would include The Beatles, Andrea Boccelli, Cold Play, Aerosmith and classical music. LK: Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, KC and the Sunshine Band, Elvis Costello, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Frank Sinatra, Genesis, The Monkees (highly underrated), Pat Metheny, The Black Keys, VanMorrison...etc.
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GreenGenes Home designers and contractors find new and innovative ways to create kinder, gentler and safer indoor environments Text by Bonnie Clark
The concept of sustainable design came into fashion at the dawn of the 21st Century with the establishment of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system – which is the gold standard in evaluating eco-friendly building design, construction, operations and maintenance. From homes, to buildings, to entire communities, LEED provides thirdparty independent verification that environments are designed and built with maximum attention to sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Countless high profile celebrities also got on board to champion the cause of sustainable design. Brad Pitt commissioned a green-design competition to rebuild the severely devastated 9th Ward in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Leonardo DiCaprio and Alanis Morrisette to name a few have been outspoken advocates, not to mention green consumers, themselves. “It started off being a really hard sell,” said Lori Jacobsen, a Certified Green Professional; a designation received through NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). “But as the benefits of these programs are better marketed, people seem much more open to it.” Jacobsen, who founded her interior design and remodeling business in 2001, focuses on sustainable design. She handles home remodels and upgrades of existing structures. As an alternative to the LEED process – which is most cost effective when applied to new residential construction – Jacobsen said she encourages her clients to start with the ENERGY STAR program, a designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
that provides generous tax savings while also enabling homeowners to enjoy higher performance and improved indoor air quality. On a recent home remodel in Hoboken, Jacobsen said her client saw the ENERGY STAR program as a “no brainer,” when confronted with the actual numbers. Spending 10- 15 percent more on insulating the attic would give them a 30% increase a year in energy savings. In absence of additions or major remodels, Jacobsen recommends several affordable and easy options. It can be as simple as using zero-VOC paint and finishes which emit none of the toxic chemicals associated with regular paints. Other easy steps include: choosing eco-friendly carpeting, furniture with safe finishes, and natural latex mattresses as well as bedding. Brooke Morales, a LEED-accredited professional who founded her business, Beaux Art Green in 2007 was inspired to go green while studying in Los Angeles. At the forefront in the environmental movement, California is also ahead of the curve in sustainable building practices. In 2010, the Golden State became the first in the nation to adopt statewide green building practices. “CalGreen” requires newly constructed buildings to meet various thresholds, including reduction of indoor water usage by 20%, ensuring that 50% of construction waste is diverted from landfills to recycling, and use of low-pollutant paints, carpets and floors. After graduating from school and re-locating to New Jersey, Morales said she was surprised that the Garden State wasn’t too far behind California in terms of education and public awareness, material availability and usage, and state-provided incentives for green building.
Santos Coffee table from nvironment furniture on a custom organic silk rug by Creative Touch. Powder room with reclaimed beams to frame the mirror, LED up lighting routed into the top beam, American Clay earth plaster on the walls and custom concrete vanity sink by Trueform Concrete.
Brooke Morales LEED-Accredited Professional Beaux Art Green
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Illustrating the client’s desire for traditionalism and the designer’s passion for antiques, the foyer includes an heirloom card table, antique frames housing family photos and refurbished lighting. The unique, energy efficient entryway relates nicely to the surrounding homes while setting itself apart with its design.
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The wall of windows were chosen for their modern functionality and energy efficiency. They beautifully maintain the look and feel of a traditional brownstone while providing natural light throughout the first floor.
With an increasing focus on commercial design and a passion for improving indoor-air quality, Morales makes it her mission to educate her clients, encouraging them to do their homework when purchasing products advertised as “green.” “People buy because labels are marketed as ‘green,’ which to them means safe and healthy,” Morales said. “But, it can be very misleading. There are a lot of people who have health issues and they may be spending more money on products that they think are healthy, when in actuality, they’re not.” As consumers become more aware of how products impact the environment, advertisers have sought to cash in. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission revised its green-marketing guidelines in an effort to reduce “greenwashing,” a pervasive practice intended to mislead consumers about the environmental benefits of a product or company. Aside from the obvious health and environmental benefits, sustainable design, which encourages the reuse of objects, serves to create stronger connections between people and the items in their home. When working with clients, Jacobsen looks for new and creative ways to reuse old, obsolete or dated items. With new fabric, a-relic-of-a-sofa is reborn as a museum-quality piece of furniture. Jacobsen also finds unorthodox uses for items such as old silk ties and saris, fashioning them into beautiful and colorful throw pillows. “I really try to incorporate the history of the person into the room,” said Jacobsen. “That way it can be shared with the next generation.” Lately, Jacobsen has focused on bringing vinyl record collections out of dusty, dingy basements and into the light of day, repurposing them into both end and coffee tables. Bringing in lightly used treasures from thrift stores or flea markets, or purchasing locally made furniture also offsets less eco-friendly design choices, Morales said. Recently, Morales completed a remodel for a homeowner living at the Riverhouse in Battery Park City, New York’s first LEED certified residential building. Though the developer opted for bamboo flooring, which is a rapidly renewable resource, Morales is conscientious of where she gets her materials from. (Bamboo is manufactured thousands of miles away in China, adding to the building’s carbon footprint. Also, China’s adverse working conditions and poor environmental standards run counter to the principles of sustainable design.) “I prefer to incorporate local artisans and use local resources, so that you don’t have to truck in materials. It also feels good to support small business, which promotes time efficiency and affords you more control,” said Morales, who repurposed wood for shelves, as well as created lighting fixtures and a custom shower bench for the steam room. She also brought in bedside tables constructed by local designers and commissioned a local artist to repurpose the clients’ existing mirror to give it a second life. Both Jacobsen and Morales ascribe to promoting and embracing the green effect. Theirs and others in the field, transform communities by strengthening bonds between generations, supporting local businesses, reducing environmental burdens, creating energy savings and providing cleaner, safer homes. beauxartgreen.com
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Sustainable design conserves resources and optimizes human comfort through connections with the flows of bioclimatic region, using place-based design to benefit from free energies – sun, wind, and water. In footprint, section, orientation, and massing, sustainable design responds to site, sun path, breezes, and seasonal and daily cycles. aia.org/index.htm
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landscape painter in the early 1980s. It was working at Tallix Art Foundry in Peekskill, New York that she was first introduced to sculpture and from there she never returned to painting. Kim states that there “was something about sculpture and three dimensions that I was very attracted to.” Over the years she has worked with clay, wax and plaster but her true love is working with metal. While some of her pieces are cast, most of her work is fabricated with metal and various found objects like chains, wire, sprockets, rocks, etc. Kim started Beacon Fine Art Foundry in 2005. Insun is presently completing a 12 ft tree of stainless steel nails called “Heritage 2” which is going to be installed at the Farm Show 2012 @ Saunders Farm as part of the exhibition produced by collaborative concepts. A smaller 6 ft version (see above) was recently seen as part of her exhibition at the Theo Ganz Studio – a new gallery in Beacon, NY. Kim modestly admits her love and respect for nature is such that if she can find a subject in the natural world that she can work with, “then my work is done.” She likes to juxtapose the familiar with the unexpected. “I like to create sculptures that people can relate to in their lives,” says Kim. “I use objects that on the surface have no relationship with each other and compose them to create a harmonious narrative describing life.” Summer, Four Quarters and Autumn are on view at Theo Ganz Studio, 149 Main Street, Beacon; hours Friday – Sunday 11-6 and by appointment. 9 1 7 . 3 1 8 . 2 2 39 theoganzstudio.com
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The lagoon-style pool on the opposite side of the house is beautifully set amid leafy greenery, with natural materials surrounding it and the poolhouse, integrating the structures organically into the landscape. Behind the poolhouse is a full-sized, lighted tennis court. According to architect Al Bol of Bol Architecture, “The poolhouse, built in 1986, was strategically located between the pool and tennis court so as to comfortably service both activities.”
ernardsville Mountain is an exclusive, hilltop enclave featuring homes and estates in various architectural vernaculars. Set high amid the Somerset Hills, in what is often referred to as the “wealth belt” of New Jersey, Tudors and Georgians, French Chateaux and stately Colonials are all represented magnificently. Numerous evocative castle-like structures can be easily observed from the main road, the occupants living in grandness and elegance behind wrought-iron gates. Higher up the mountain, off a cul-de-sac, behind gates of its own, and down a winding drive lies the estate. What appears among the lush density of the nearly 15 acres on two lots, is a single-level structure: an alliance of MidWestern Prairie and Eastern Zen. A Japanese garden courtyard welcomes visitors at the front of the house, where a large parking courtyard separates hard and soft scapes. Follow the driveway around back to a three-bay garage and back entrance. One is bathed in natural light upon entering the house into the capacious mudroom, complete with potting area with sink, modern half-bath, and the “dog kitchen” (as the current owners use it), as well as small stacked washer and dryer. Down a few steps at ground level is a full walkout apartment – presently used as the housekeeper’s quarters – with en suite bedroom, walk-in closet, generous open living space, a kitchenette with granite counters and a second, full bathroom. The mechanicals room is also located on this level. The main kitchen is expansive, modern and caterer– friendly. Composed of warm, whitewashed woods, the cabinetry is offset by walls of buttery taupes and yellows completing the neutral Zen–like palette. A warm fieldstone fireplace flanked by built-ins and a wet bar, along with tall wine storage, finish off the family room/TV viewing area. For the culinary inclined, a 48-inch Thermador Pro range with griddle, a double oven, and 60 inch wide sideby-side refrigerator/freezer, will surely challenge “Top Chef” aspirations with this professional and well-appointed kitchen. The massive island is the central and abundant workspace. Radiant heated stone floors mean one can come in barefoot in winter for a quick and cozy midnight snack, located somewhere within the copious stacked cabinetry. A table easily accommodates 10; the immense island seats four rather comfortably, and the sitting/TV viewing area includes a large sectional and coffee table. All of this looks outward to the open-air Japanese courtyard, a serene space with its Japanese maple specimen and trickling fountain. The effect is felt even from within, and sets a restful quality in the main living area that is the family’s ground zero.
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Woodland Zen Retreat Text by Amy Holl Ahearn Photography by David Gruol
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The hallway, itself a backdrop for art and sculpture, contains multiple coat closets, a powder room, and a wet bar neatly concealed behind a sliding door. The dining room is large but intimate. The present homeowner has a round table capable of seating 10, situated beneath a pyramidal ceiling with a small, starlike light beaming overhead. A hidden, built-in china hutch handily stores wares without cluttering the room, and the large floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides give ample views of the pool and lush landscape, striated with meandering brick pathways leading this way and that. The spacious formal living room has a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows, and two large black lacquer and glass china display cases on the interior wall. There is ample light, both natural and artificial. The sunroom is a sunken room looking onto the pool with the ubiquitous floor-to-ceiling windows and egress on two
sides. The Master Suite, along with two full bedrooms, replete with kitchenette and two newly refinished full baths, finish off the wing. The master suite contains two separate baths/dressing rooms. The bedroom itself is light and bright. The larger bathroom offers abundant storage for a considerable wardrobe in addition to a small office overlooking the inner courtyard. This estate is truly an escape from the hustle and bustle of the rat race. Architect Al Bol notes that the three-building complex was developed over 12 years using the same architecture and design details, “…so that elevations and rooflines and details match as if constructed simultaneously.” With the grounds’ pools, tennis court, guest quarters and huge kitchen/family gathering area, this home will be the special retreat for those looking to have it all, yet get away from it all.
The spa house Architecturally similar to the main house, it features a 60-foot-long lap pool, exercise area, a full bath with generous steam room and separate shower, wet bar and floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. For additional photos and information on this and other ASP1RE featured homes, go to www.aspirenj.com www.aspireNJ.com
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Buy Land To know the MacKenzie-Childs name is to recognize, with a nod and a wink, the visionaries who launched a playful take on home furnishings decades ago – with a fresh line of ceramics and furniture that rescued dull decorating
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palettes everywhere. But the inside story is the way the couple transformed their own surroundings, making them as vibrant and whimsical as the art they still create every day, from the crisp and colorful clothes they wear to the plump footstools in their living room. Come, view the masters at home.
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FARMHOUSE IN THE FINGER LAKES “Our whole business started in the back shed in our house upstate. We made things we had a need for – ceramic dishes and furniture,” says Richard. “When buyers came from Neiman Marcus, I’d say ‘That’s not for sale. I made that for Victoria,’ but they’d say, ‘Well, let’s add that to the line.’” And what fertile workspace the couple had for inspiration. Their historic seven-bedroom estate on Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes, was once a Seckel pear farm – the rustic, exposed post-and-beam style home is located on 43 acres, with studio, carriage house, and retail shop. Best of all, the King Ferry residence
is steps away from the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, with 16 wineries and vineyards. And the estate’s painterly summer gardens yield bouquet after bouquet of gladiolas in sherbet colors, black-eyed Susans, and vibrant zinnias. “It took the same resourcefulness to fix an historic farmhouse as it did to fix a one-hundred-year old boat,” says Richard. “Victoria and I have a love of adventure.”
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Buy Sea FLOATING ISLAND Just as with their landlocked home, the couple embraced the history of their seagoing residence. The bulk of its classic features remain, from the portholes to the radiators. Yankee (first called Machigonne) is docked in Hoboken right across from New York City’s majestic skyline, and Richard and Victoria have lived aboard her rocking cradle for more than 10 years. Built in 1907, she first ferried vacationers in Maine from Portland to the Calendar Islands. She then did a stint in World War I, patrolling Boston Harbor, before ferrying immigrants in the 1920s on the last leg of their journey, from the harbor to Ellis Island. The last remaining Ellis Island ferry, Yankee is on the National Register of Historic Places. Later known as the beloved “Daddy boat,” she carried fathers to Block Island on the weekends, to join their families summering there.
“I love to feel the energy, the excitement of the immigrants who rode her and first saw the Statue of Liberty,” says first mate Jacques Rasp
To make the cherished vessel a comfortable houseboat, Richard and Victoria added a new kitchen (in the old galley where hotdogs and clam chowder were served), bathroom and two bedrooms on the main deck, but preserved the “bones” and original history as much as possible – from the iron bunk bed suspended from the wall in the crew quarters in 1907 to the worn wooden benches on the passenger deck, benches that held immigrants who arrived with gold-dusted dreams. “What this boat represented to immigrants was hope,” says Richard. The couple added clever new twists, too, beyond WiFi and electric lines: The aft deck houses a coop for six chickens and the mahogany dining room tabletop can be hoisted up to the ceiling to clear the floor for parties or performances. Yankee’s beauty drifts on. “I love to feel the energy, the excitement of the immigrants who rode her and first saw the Statue of Liberty,” says first mate Jacques Rasp, who mans the pilot house and helps manage and maintain the ferry.
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Richard and Victoria have an eye for all things vintage. He recently stitched a quilt from swatches saved since 1974, they covered the seat of an old wooden chair with a glorious orange fabric remnant, and they store belongings in timeworn, slightly battered steamer trunks on the deck of Yankee. Their ferry-side “Polka Dot Garden” consists of 130 old car tires that were destined for the dump – until Victoria decided they’d be perfect planters for heirloom tomatoes, popping corn, pumpkins, nasturtium, basil and more. When Yankee is open to the Hoboken community for special events, guests have sampled the homegrown popcorn and Victoria’s brownies infused with garden basil.
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Frankfort, NY. Completely modern top of the line secluded and private custom home in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Cherry floors, 25’ ceilings. Major kitchen with Wolf, subzero and Bosch appliances, duel convection microwave, 48” gas cook top over electric oven, granite counter-tops, travertine tile. 400 gallon computerized well management water treatment system. Central vacuum, Master bath twin steam shower and whirlpool. Incredible master bedroom suite. Whole house back up generator (500KW). Central air, huge garage and workshop. See www.242Cogar.com for details.
Offered at $795,000 Little Falls, NY. Historic Nowadaga Creek Farm circa 1870. Beautifully restored 3312 sq ft farm house & barn on 30.7 acres. Original woodwork, 18 Rooms, 5 Bedrooms, 3 new full baths, gourmet kitchen with custom-made cherry cabinets, granite countertops & ceramic tile floor. Finished walk-out basement with wall-length windows & glass door that opens to a 28x35 bluestone patio. Three level 3970 square foot barn (75’ x 25’) 3,000 feet of creek frontage, private picturesque setting. See www.NowadagaCreekFarm.com for details.
Offered at $600,000
Ogdensburg, NY. Contemporary waterfront on St Lawrence seaway 6 miles upriver from Ogdensburg. Completely modern. 131 feet of frontage, boat house with guestrooms, elaborate grounds, immaculate. Only minutes from Brockville, Ontario and just 42 minutes to Ottowa. Military population is only 35 minutes away at Fort Drum Army base. Several colleges & universities only 30 minutes away. See www.SeawayWaterfront.com for details.
Offered at $549,000
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ABOVE THE CERF
Once home to publishing magnate Bennett Cerf, Bill and Jane Lewis share their love of The Columns.
Text by Bonnie Clark Photography by Tim Lee Photography
N 1927 C O L ONI A L R E V I V A L M T. K I S C O , N Y
Nineteen years ago, Bill and Jane Lewis moved their young family into a sweeping, 9.6-acre estate on the banks of the Kisco River in northeast New Castle. For the couple and their two boys, acclimating to life in their new home was no small feat. After all, before moving into the nearly 6,000-square-foot residence dubbed “The Columns” by its previous owner, publishing magnate Bennett Cerf, the Lewises were living in a Manhattan houseboat. “When we first moved in, we used to yell to each other: ‘where are you,’ but no room had a name yet,” said Bill Lewis, 66, chairman of a staffing company, noting how the move came as a total shock for his 10-year-old son. “It used to be risky for him to play on the dock and now he had a tennis court, swimming pool, basketball court...” Named for its two-story columned veranda, The Columns, a 1927 colonial revival house that had occupied the epicenter of New York’s social scene for more than 50 years, is a veritable Shangri-La. The secluded country estate offers the ultimate escape from the rigors of city living, with two ponds, tennis court/ basketball court, two-hole golf course, five fireplaces, two guest cottages, heated swimming pool and pool house, a Lord & Burnham heated green house, and exquisite gardens overlooking the Kisco River. But it’s not just the spectacular grounds that make this property so special. Mr. Lewis and his wife were also drawn to the home for its incredible history. “We didn’t want to live in one of those developments with very similar houses,” he said. “On our front door, we still have an original brass plate that says ‘Cerf’ on it. It’s a very unique place with a fascinating history.” In the early 1930s, Bennett Cerf, the head of the Modern Library and Random House publishing companies purchased the bucolic estate. After marrying Phyllis Fraser, an actress, journalist and children’s book publisher, the couple made The Columns their country home, hosting the likes of Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy and Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) at the guest house. Following Bennett’s death in 1971, Phyllis married former New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr., and the couple continued to use the home as a place to host prominent friends, including many elite members of New York City and Washington, D.C. society, not to mention glamorous Hollywood celebrities. Only the third owners, the Lewises have thoroughly modernized the estate, replacing every single window, and putting in new
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roofs on the main home and other structures. They also completed gut renovations on all eight bathrooms and three kitchens. Finishing touches include new siding, central air and construction of an expansive patio and outdoor grill. And though they went to great effort remaking The Columns into a fully modern home, the Lewises have chosen to honor and adhere to the traditional character of the estate, infusing predominately formal furnishings and décor with select Turkish-style wall hangings and doorknockers. The couple also carried on the Cerf-Wagner tradition of elaborate entertaining. Throughout the summer, and then again during the Thanksgiving / Christmas season, Mr. Lewis said it’s not unusual to have up to 25 people staying at the home at any one time. “The home almost becomes like a summer camp with people showing up and bringing the kids for swimming, soccer and a barbecue,” he said. “Most of the major holidays, we have a gang over here. It’s really great for family life.” On the flip side, the size and scale of the rooms also lend themselves to intimate family time, said Mr. Lewis, recalling quiet moments the foursome used to spend sitting around a fireplace on a blustery winter night. Offering the best of both worlds, The Columns is totally secluded from neighboring homes, yet within minutes of all the great shops and restaurants in Mount Kisco and Northern Westchester. The estate is also part of the Chappaqua School System, one of the best in the nation, and offers easy access to Manhattan via train and car.
At the beginning of the home search, Mr. Lewis had just two hard-and-fast requirements: his own home office and a bathroom off the master bedroom. His home office, complete with its own porch and balcony and a master bedroom complete with his-and-her baths exceeded his expectations.
“The home almost becomes like a summer camp with
people showing up and bringing the kids for swimming, soccer
and a barbecue,” he said. “Most of the major holidays, we have a gang over here. It’s really great for family life.”
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ASPIRE ARTICLE Princely Georgian Gentrified Living among the Ivy League 34 Brearly Road, Princeton, NJ By: Amy Holl Ahearn
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Text by Amy Holl-Ahearn Photography by Joe Amato
A Princeton address is so much more than a knowing nod might seem to acknowledge. It is entrée into the milieu of a world class Ivy League University and the adjoining picturesque village with its tony shops emanating around a quintessential colonial square that is Palmer Square. Ralph Lauren has a marquee on storied Nassau Street along with Starbucks, Talbots and Design Within Reach. World-class restaurants are nestled in and among coffee shops, taverns, bookstores and clothiers, which create the eclectic atmosphere of the highest of higher learning institutions. That ambiance that is Princeton is found in those few “college towns” which successfully intertwine the school with the town that encloses it. Charlottesville, Virginia comes to mind. Bustling, academic, intellectually stimulating, upbeat, energetic – all aptly describe Princeton. It is no accident then that the intellectually curious and culturally inclined converge upon the town of Princeton – a rolling hills enclave in the geographical heart of New Jersey – where past and present residents include the likes of Albert Einstein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Michael Graves. Nothing embodies this feeling more than the stately brick Georgian set back at the end of a wide and winding brick drive. This commanding and impeccable house fulfills the Princeton dream. Formal yet open, bright and inviting, the home has a center hallway layout, with formal dining room and kitchen on one side and large formal living room with sunroom addition on the other. Along the first floor, gleaming whiskey-toned hardwood floors, wainscoting and custom moldings belie the dwelling’s young age; the interior craftsmanship is evident in every room and speaks of tray ceilings, fluted pilasters and Doric columns, and notable architrave over the doorways. In the formal living room a marble fireplace is teamed with the aforementioned fluted pilasters and full columns, accentuated with dental moulding inserted into a stacked crown. This room, which runs the entire depth of the original footprint, accommodates multiple seating arrangements, gaming table, and a baby grand piano. It is a handsomely appointed formal space, perfect for entertaining large or intimate parties.
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A step down from the formal living room is a delightfully bright sunroom with marble floors and windows on three sides. A tray ceiling gives an airy feel to the sunlit room. Walk out to a brick and Bluestone patio and garden from French doors. The master suite is situated at the rear of the first floor. Both first floor master suite and sunroom additions, together with the formal gardens surrounding the property, were designed by homeowner Marlene Rankin. The master suite is generously spaced, has his and hers baths, and a
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sitting room with a separate entrance. A peaceful sitting area within the master bedroom has a fireplace and bay window overlooking the grounds of mature trees and foliage. The large eat-in kitchen, with natural cherry cabinets and large center island, adjoins a quaint sitting room/den with a fireplace. An entrance off the kitchen leads to yet the third patio and more gardens. Well-established grounds embrace three separate Bluestone and brick patios, including a whimsical grass and stone checkerboard number. Venture further beyond the manicured and meticulously maintained gardens to a putting green and pond, situated amid the seasoned landscape. The home was originally built as a speculation or “spec” home when the present owners purchased it. The house and grounds evolved over two decades with additions and gardens, with each addition expertly woven into the existing structure and grounds. On the right side of the compound is a smart-looking breezeway connecting the main residence with the double bay garage. The present owners have enjoyed over 20 years of family memories and joyous occasions in the home. Among the many gatherings they have hosted include the
Princeton University Tiger Tales a capella boys’ choir. Another, more memorable event occurred the day after her daughter’s wedding. After the wedding guests were feted at nearby Jasna Polana, Marlene hosted a brunch for 75 people in her home. It was a smashing success. As for the best party of her life, Marlene does not hesitate to recall. It was the “Millennium Party” of 2000, at which her daughter invited her entire high school senior class for a sleepover on New Year’s Eve. Over 50 of the 85 students in her class showed up for the overnight, and were welcomed and easily accommodated on the first floor. Of course, boys stayed on one side of the house, and the girls on the other, never the twain to meet until breakfast the next morning! This house exudes character, and would lend itself grandly to creating new memories. Substantial yet not overwhelming, large yet intimate, with the outdoor spaces given as much care as those indoors, this home will please year-round. As Marlene recounts from a business trip to Chicago, upon meeting a new colleague formerly from New Jersey, the colleague asked, “Where do you live?” “Princeton,” our homeowner replied. “Oh, you mean Heaven!” was the response. For a town with so much to do and proximity to a good deal more, Princeton is the destination.
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modernideal Text by Amy Holl Ahearn
Photography by Eric Roth
Staged by Victoria Lyon Interiors, Greenwich, CT
is to New Canaan, CT as Bellevue Avenue is to Newport, RI. For on that scenic stretch of road lie the distinctive properties and estates which house the movers and shakers of American commerce and industry. Within that enclave that is the town of New Canaan, an outlying suburb of New York City, there exist a cache of homes - at least 90 designed and built by a small cadre of architects during one of the most productive periods for Post-WWII Modernism.
1953 P H I L I P J O H NSON ’ s b all h o u s e MI D C ENTU R Y MO D E R N
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Dubbed the “Harvard Five”, they were: Philip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, John Johansen, Eliot Noyes and Landis Gores. Of the five, Johnson may arguably be the best known to the average layperson, as he is the architect of the Glass House, that famous architectural jewel box just a few clicks down the road from our subject house. However, each of these men, all Harvardeducated architects, embraced and employed the new materials theretofore unavailable to the residential building segment, combined them with the values and principles that emerged from the Bauhaus, and embarked on a prolific building spree of Modern Architecture that is uncorrupted to the aesthetic and adheres to form following function. The lax building codes of mid-century New Canaan and subsequent non-enforcement of the era coupled with the beautiful town and surrounding countryside of valleys and ridgelines, created the perfect backdrop for creativity, novelty, and expressionism in the residential building market.
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The house and plans are designated as “Idea #4” – an evolving vision to its more famous relation.
Now a study of these 5 men and their achievements – let alone Philip Johnson – could easily take up a career of study. Their influence on the American landscape, quite literally, cannot be fully understood or appreciated in a mere article. Suffice it to say that when one of these properties comes on the market, people sit up and take notice. Such is the case of the Alice Ball House, a Philip Johnson prequel to the Glass House, built in 1953. The house and plans are designated as “Idea #4”– an evolving vision to its more famous relation. Compact yet spacious, the Ball House has a generous, glassenclosed living area with a fireplace asymmetrically situated on the far wall. Designed on a cross-axial plane, the primary axis consists of the main living area, whereas the secondary axis is “purely spatial” or “negative” space, as it encompasses the back courtyard and front terrace. There are 12’ ceilings, cool bluestone floors and a full “floating” kitchen seamlessly integrated with, yet separated from, the central living area. Off a sky-lit hallway are the main bath, untouched and original, sporting the same bluestone on its walls and floors; the master bedroom with its en suite full bathroom, designed by the present owner (a credentialed architect in her own right) with Travertine uniting the floor and walls, thus mimicking the bluestone found in the main living area and bath, ample closets; and at last the
second bedroom, presently being used as a study, next to the outdoor courtyard. A previous resident, the owner to the rights of Winnie the Pooh, commissioned Philip Johnson to add the guest house with garage and enclosed courtyard. It has its own full bath and extra closet space. Adjoining the guesthouse is the petite, 2-car garage. The courtyard itself is tranquil and removed atmospherically; a walled-in space fully fleshed out with mature flora (as the homeowner says, “Grows all specimens you’d want to attract the deer,”); a fountain and ball sculpture completes the Zen composition. The full basement has two rooms of varying size, and reveals the innovative materials and methods used to construct the home. For instance, the foundation’s support I-beams are made of concrete reinforced with steel bars, as opposed to the standard wood beams typically used in that era. The utilization of concrete does not stop there as the foundation is poured concrete, at least 30 years before it became the preferred method on a residential project. Indeed glass, steel, concrete and stone were the chosen materials of these mavericks. As the present homeowner brings to light, none of these components were yet available “off the shelf” as it were. They were being created and formulated and tested and honed and perfected all the while homes were being built. Consequently, these architects, Johnson included, did not use local builders, contractors or craftsmen because they were not versed in the new materials vernacular. Tradesmen and builders were recruited from nearby New York City, where many of these modus operandi were already in use on commercial buildings. In his own way, Philip Johnson was a flashpoint for Modernism in the United States, and brought inspiration westward from Europe. His mentor, Mies van der Rohe, had accomplished in his iconic Seagram’s Building the simple perfection Johnson wanted to embody in his designs. As an interiors architect on that project, Johnson was not only greatly influenced and inspired, but recognized the possibilities that Modern Design could achieve. As a result, extensive construction boomed in New Canaan and elsewhere, and the Northeast became more linked to the Modernist movement than even California. The present owner has obtained a variance for the 2.19 acres which enables a buyer to construct another building on the site, all the while protecting intact the front view of the house. The Alice Ball House is the perfect opportunity to own a slice of Modern American Architecture as its inception and one that represents the essence of the movement.
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CLAREMONT Comprising 70± acres atop the Bernardsville Mountain and distant views of Manhattan, this distinguished Neo-Federal style estate was designed by and became the summer home of the renowned architect George B. Post. Completed c1905, the 7-bedroom, 7-bath Bernardsville residence has gracious ceiling heights, 8 fireplaces, mahogany doors and an elevator. Dependencies include a carriage house, with stalls and an apartment, and a 3-bedroom cottage. Offered at $9,850,000
Situated on 48± acres with breathtaking vistas, stunning gardens, tennis and paddle courts, this renovated c1817 Federal-style Colonial offers intricate period detail in the heart of the charming village of Oldwick. 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths, 9 fireplaces with traditional mantelpieces and wide plank floors enhance this offering. Includes a recently renovated 1-bedroom carriage house and additional 12 acre lot. Offered at $3,995,000
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Poised atop a hillside in Mendham Borough, sits a stunning French Country home with uncommon craftsmanship. Constructed in 2002 utilizing stones from the property, the 7-bedroom, 8-bath residence is further enhanced by its wood shingle roof and architectural salvage elements. Included is a charming c1908 stone chapel which was originally part of the Balbrook estate. Offered at $6,800,000
Custom crafted in 1998, this French Normandy-style Manor features skilled craftsmanship and architectural symmetry. Offering 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, an elegant 2-story salon, a gourmet kitchen open to the family room, and sophisticated interiors. Lower level with a theater, billiards room, and wine cellar opens to pool, spa, spacious pool house, terraces and beautiful gardens. Offered at $5,250,000
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UPTON PINE Built upon the site of the fabled stone mansion known as Upton Pyne, the 30-room stone Manor sits upon a magnificent 179 acres and enjoys commanding views from its perch high in the hills of Bernardsville. Completed in 2004 the main residence spans more than 16,000 square feet. Generous room dimensions, Gothic influences, superb millwork and luxurious appointments provide the perfect canvas for an elegant lifestyle. There is a 1-bedroom guest cottage attached to the barn, a 3-bedroom caretaker’s cottage near the carriage house and 3 additional dependencies privately situated in different areas of the estate. Offered at $27,000,000
MADISON Located in the desirable Dellwood Park section of town, this enchanting home is nestled on 3.2± acres overlooking a pond. 7 bedrooms, 7 full baths, light-filled interior spaces, elaborate carved moldings and millwork, and arched windows and doorways. 5 fireplaces, a first-floor guest wing with library, a gourmet kitchen, and a fully finished walk-out basement. Magnificently landscaped grounds with stone work, a pool with spa, a barn and “ice house” for skating on the pond. Offered at $5,550,000
Spanning 80± acres of pastoral beauty with panoramic views, this equestrian estate in Bedminster Township was designed by noted architect, Montague Flagg and was completed in 1917. The 5 bedroom, 6-full-bath residence offers spacious rooms, the pool has a pool house, and a stable complex has 3 apartments and a hay and equipment barn. Offered at $12,250,000
This spectacular estate on approximately 125 acres was sited to capitalize on the commanding views and sunsets. The 7-bedroom, 7-full-bath residence has an open floor plan and an attached 2-bedroom apartment. Quality of construction and engineering is evident throughout the home, especially in the exquisite woodwork. Outside is a pool and tennis court. Offered at $10,300,000
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search for the unique Milo, NY. An updated statement of American vernacular architecture. Featured in “Martha Stewart Living” magazine. The 150-year-old hand-hewn barn was relocated to this private vineyard estate overlooking Keuka Lake and transformed into a comfortable and refined barn home by designer Tom Johnson and a team of skilled horse-andbuggy Mennonite craftsmen. Natural stone fireplace, operational vineyards, beautiful views of the lake and golf club fairways, a mile from Keuka’s best marina and Penn Yan airport: an ideal situation. Located in the Finger Lakes region 4 hours outside New York City, NY. For details please visit www.fingerlakesvineyardestate.com.
Offered at $1,250,000
Alexandria Bay, NY. Comfort Island Alexandria Bay, New York was built in 1883 by industrialist Alson E. Clark. It is located on the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands Region on what is known as Millionaire’s row. Comfort Island is one of the earliest of the largest estates and the only known to be still owned by the original family. See www.Comfort-Island.com for details.
Offered at $985,000
Henderson Harbor, NY. 12,000 plus square foot waterfront contemporary on Lake Ontario at Henderson Harbor, NY. Spectacular sunsets. Manicured grounds. Over 3.5 Acres, 312 feet Prime Lake Frontage, connected guest quarters, 3 Car oversized Garage, 9 Bedroom, 8 Bathrooms, 2 Kitchens, Fully Furnished, Fitness Center. State-Of-The-Art Generator, High Ceilings, Mahogany Staircase, Granite Countertops, Balconies. Heated Pool with Electric Cover, Tennis Court, Fenced Perimeter, Spectacular Retaining Walls, Fully Landscaped, Irrigation System, Sunroom, Marble Foyer and Hardwood Floors. For more information visit www.HendersonHarborEstate.com.
Offered at $4,300,000
Carelton Island Cape Vincent, NY. Fort Haldimand Bluffs is an approved subdivision that surrounds the ruins of the Revolutionary War British Fort Haldimand that controlled the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to Montreal during that war. consists of 8 buildable parcels, one with a contemporary structure. The point parcel towers over the North Bay where the British built their largest warships during the revolution including the recently found HMS Ontario. Available are up to 3150 feet of spectacular and historically significant Thousand Islands Waterfront. See www.FortHaldimandBluffs.com for details.
Offered from $99,000 to $395,000
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Located on Tenafly’s prestigious East Hill! This stately South Hampton style home offers over 7000 sq. ft. of true luxury complete with 16 rooms, 6 en-suite bedrooms, architecturally paneled Library, warm and inviting family room with fireplace and French doors leading to the stone patio, 10’ ceilings with detailed moldings, custom Poggenhohl kitchen with SubZero & Wolf appliances, separated breakfast room with detailed vaulted ceiling overlooking the private grounds. The second level offers a serene and tranquil master suite with foyer, sitting room, fireplace and luxurious marble master bath plus 4 additional bedrooms and designer baths. Sun-filled lower level with fireplace. Price upon request.
Set on a manicured acre with pool and tennis court this custom built brick colonial offers a prime location with mountain & sunset views. The dramatic two story entrance foyer with dual staircases welcomes you to this elegant home with over 7,000 s.f. of luxurious living space, 10’ ceilings with detailed moldings, 5 fireplaces, 6 bedrooms and 6 full and 3 half designer baths. The lower level offers an additional 3,000+ s.f. of living space complete with hot tub and sauna. Convenient to town center and houses of worship. Enjoy Cresskill blue ribbon schools. Price upon request.
Custom built in 2001 this stately colonial is located on one of Haworth’s most desirable streets. This elegant residence is set on a half-acre of beautifully landscaped grounds and is complete with 13 rooms, a gracious front to back foyer, 8 bedrooms, 7 baths, high ceilings with detailed moldings, library with fireplace and unique family room with fireplace and French doors leading to a stone patio, custom Salerno kitchen with commercial grade appliances and breakfast area overlooking the manicured grounds. The luxurious master suite is complete with sitting room, fireplace and marble bath. Conveniently located to New York transportation, schools and the town center. Price upon request.
The Royal Buckingham
Fort Lee’s premier building! Sensational Hudson River and New York skyline views! Renovated to perfection with extraordinary attention to detail and quality this 3 bedroom 3 ½ bath apartment offers 2570 s.f. of luxurious living space with gourmet kitchen, designer baths with Porcelanosa fixtures, custom built-ins, cherry floors and full length windows capturing breathtaking views. The Royal Buckingham is complete with concierge and valet service, indoor & outdoor pools and gym. Only minutes from New York City. Convenient to NYC transportation, schools, shopping and houses of worship. Price upon request.
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The Ultimate Estate Saddle River, NJ
Approximately 20,000 square feet of luxury and grandeur. Plaster crown moldings and unsurpassed woodworking. Indoor pool and spa, indoor racquetball court, home theater, wine cellar and elevator! Can be purchased completely furnished.
Estate Setting Saddle River, NJ
A Saddle River Estate, gated and fenced, completely remodeled in 2000â€™s with no expense spared. The highest level of woodworking, finishings, and craftsmanship. Elevator from first to third level, wine cellar, fabulous media room on second floor, state of the art kitchen and baths. Inground pool, spa, and stone veranda. Situated on the Gold Coast of town.
Saddle River, NJ Fox Hedge Manor $1,950,000 Custom built by builder/owner with
high structural integrity. Mahogany finishings. Double bridal stairs, great room/fireplace, woodworked library, large family room/fireplace, huge kitchen, French doors, arches, elegant woodwork. All brick. Patio overlooks panoramic two acres.
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Mediterranean Villa Saddle River, NJ
This south facing, young all brick Mediterranean Villa is situated majestically on a two acre setting with panoramic views. Entry foyer, great room & pub room all with two stories. The 1st & 2nd floor have 10â€™ ceilings. Inground pool and spa. Great supporting value of quality estates.
Antique Sandstone Dutch Colonial Saddle River, NJ
Circa 1751 and 1811, this notable antique sandstone Dutch colonial with gambrel slate roof is situated on a breathtaking 3.64 riverfront acres. Wide plank pine flooring, beamed ceilings and oversized English fireplaces. Picturesque antique barn in addition to a charming and sizable guesthouse which includes a large tavern room/fireplace, bar, powder room, a 3-car garage and apartment.
Saddle River, NJ Majestically Situated $3,499,000 All brick Manor offering extraordi-
nary finishings, a commercial elevator to three levels and an incredible third floor finished loft space. Custom woodworking, Brazilian cherry floors with inlaid borders, great kitchen/breakfast area and high volume. Two acre hilltop with majestic views of the Ramapo Mountains. Information deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions.
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This all stone english manor Home exudes luxury and tranquility in all 20 rooms. Stunningly appointed, with over12,000 sq ft, on 1.2 acres of lushly manicured & private grounds, all on a quiet cul-de-sac. $4,500,000
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9,000 Square feet of of perfect perfect 9,000 Square living proliving space space owned by a professional athlete. Beautiful athlete. Beautiful property close to park with property &and close to park pool, tennistennis and golf. with pool, and golf.
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Elegant living ready for you. 452 Navesink River Road, Middletown, NJ Magnificent brick walls and a gated entrance are just a prelude to what awaits inside this masterpiece featured on the cover of DREAM HOMES, NEW JERSEY. This is one of the finest estates on New Jersey’s most scenic river – the Navesink. Multiple roof lines create a more intimate feel for this 14,500 sf mansion that features balconies with spectacular river views from nearly every room. Nothing has been spared in materials, craftsmanship and design. All custom cabinetry and trim work was milled on site and exudes the look and feel of fine furniture. Imagine entertaining in your own pub with a full mahogany bar and 96” HDTV, listen to concertos wafting through the house from the multi-level music room, work out in a spa-quality fitness center or enjoy the solitude of a quiet library. 300’ of private boardwalk, waterside gazebo, pier and docks. 5 fireplaces. Private apartment with separate entrance. 40 minute commute to NYC via local high speed ferry and only minutes from ocean beaches. $8,950,000 Marketed by Gloria Nilson Gloria’s Office 732-842-8161
65 High Ridge Court, Skillman, NJ Blending luxurious contemporary finishes with classic architectural styling, this exquisite Skillman offering in an enclave of executive homes near Bedens Brook CC will appeal to those who demand the best in quality, design and lifestyle. Custom built in 1996, its one and only owner has spared no expense maintaining and upgrading both grounds and interior. Blue stone walks, tiered patios and mature plantings create an outdoor oasis that is centered around an in-ground pool and lush green yard. Inside, sun drenched rooms are enhanced with blond wood floors, soaring ceilings and perfectly placed windows and doors. A sleek gourmet kitchen is built for function and flexibility with professional grade appliances, expansive granite work stations and both table and counter seating. 5 bedrooms, 4.1 baths. $1,250,000 Marketed by Marcia Graves Middletown Office 732-747-5600
9 Withers Lane, Middletown, NJ This stunning masterpiece set on 2+ acres offers quality craftsmanship with attention to detail throughout. Quality custom woodwork, a window seat in the turret, elegant accents and impeccable hardwood flooring are a continuous theme found throughout this home. The magnificently designed two story great room with gas fireplace, a full wall of windows, and sophisticated open space planning provides a warm welcome to any guest. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and sun drenched eating area. The banquet sized dining room is perfect for all your entertaining needs. Four of the five bedrooms and the laundry room are on the second level as well as a bonus room. The master suite has a beautiful sitting area with stone fireplace, dual walk in closets and attached master bath offering an oasis of luxury. Heated Gunite pool is set in natural cut stone. Overlooking the pool is a stunning pool house with a living room, kitchen and shower area. This home is for the most discriminating buyer. $2,650,000 Marketed by Elizabeth “Betty” Leston Middletown Office 732-747-5600
Rumson, NJ “Fairyleigh” This turn of the century estate features sophisticated architectural detailing, quality construction and timeless elegance. Located among other Estate Homes, this home offers over 8,000 sq. ft. of expansive living space; including formal entry, formal living & dining rooms, solarium, study, two family rooms, 7 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, 4.4 professionally landscaped acres, manicured gardens and a wonderful pool area for outdoor entertaining. Rumson is situated on a peninsula bordered by the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers. Live here and enjoy tranquility, nationally recognized schools, and the beautiful beaches of the Jersey Shore. This home is located within minutes of the train, and high speed luxury ferry which take commuters, shoppers and theater lovers to Wall Street or Midtown Manhattan. $2,395,000 Marketed by Geralyn Behring Rumson Office 732-530-2800
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Princeton, NJ Elegant custom home in the western section on 2.85 resort-style grounds with heated free-form pool. 5 bedrooms, 5½ baths. Granite and cherry kitchen, finished basement, Florida room. $2,390,000 Ellen Lefkowitz, Princeton Office 609-921-2600
Pennington, NJ Beech Hollow Farm is tucked on 27+ acres in Hopewell Township and offers a custom built manor house, 2 bedroom guest cottage and outbuildings. Imported from Sweden in 2001 and built to 200 year standard. $1,825,000 Anne Nosnitsky, Princeton Office 609-921-2600
Atlantic Highlands, NJ Fabulous Views from every room of this Custom built Shore Colonial! Nantucket styled home features 9 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, detailed moldings, custom built-ins, 2 fireplaces, 3 car garage. $1,900,000 Jane Heller, Rumson Office 732-530-2800
Princeton, NJ Tucked away on a quiet street in the Pretty Brook area of Princeton is a classic brick house set above the Stony Brook with breathtaking views. Lush specimen trees and plantings offer total privacy. $1,650,000 Judith Stier, Princeton Office 609-921-2600
Atlantic Highlands, NJ The understated elegance of this 5 year old custom built home created at the end of Atlantic Highlands most private and desirable street will appeal to today’s most demanding buyer. $1,495,000 Gloria Nilson, Gloria’s Office 732-842-8161
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Gorgeous inlet/oceanfront meticulously kept upper level unit with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, upgraded kitchen, hurricane doors, fireplace, 2 private decks and keyed private storage. $945,000 Arlene Driscoll, Spring Lake Office 732-449-3200
Middletown, NJ First time offered! Updated to perfection this classic Colonial offers 3,800+ sq. ft. of living space— beautifully updated and expanded kitchen with light wood cabinetry, oversized SS fridge and wine cooler! $889,000 Mario Venancio, Rumson Office 732-530-2800
Wall, NJ Welcome country-style living in this 5 bedrooms and 4½ bath center hall Colonial set on approximately 2.5 acres in the Twin Wood Estates section of Wall. Au Pair/guest suite. Good school district and centrally located. $799,000 Dawn Kologi, Spring Lake Office 732-449-3200
Bernards Twp, NJ Custom newly-created cul-de-sac with 3 lovely properties. This classic 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home boasts exquisite moldings, luxurious kitchen with all stainless steel appliances. Stone fireplaces and top-rated schools. $1,595,000 Lorraine Hunt Kopacz, Bernardsville Office 908-221-1244
1766 Todd Road, Toms River,NJ Discover this Parisian inspired equestrian estate featuring riding arena and stable nestled on over four acres of mature park and garden. Main attractions begin in the bright sparkling eat-in kitchen with a stunning one-of-a-kind granite center island. Step into the adjoining chateau dining room complete with arched oak double doors, and a cozy fireplace for entertaining. Spacious grounds off the patio suitable for hosting fundraisers, and large private affairs. Elegant finished basement features euro wine cellar, authentic home movie theater, tasting room, wine vault, full bar, dance studio & workout room. Finished attached loft is suitable for in-law suite, musician studio, or home office. $1,799,000 Marketed by Jamie Travis Spring Lake Office 732-449-3200
93 Driftwood Drive Brick, NJ Stunning Metedeconk Riverfront home has amazing river views and a mint custom interior with open floor plan, brand new kitchen and all new baths. Features 6 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3 fireplaces 5-zone heat, with 262 feet of new bulkhead, 2 docks and a Riparian Grant to build a pier dock if wanted. Hardwood floors, new windows and sliders, new siding and Trex deck were added in 2008. The 4-zone A/C, new roof and solar panels were added in 2009. The average monthly electric bill of only $187.00 with and additional $3000 a year income $1,580,000 Marketed by Jody Sowell Bay Head Office 732-295-8099
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HOME ECONOMICS ASP1RE NJ magazine talked with Antoinette Fraser, designer and principal of St. Clair Kitchen & Home, and Lorraine Kopacz of RLS, Realtors, Real Living in Bernardsville about what kitchen designs a n d f e a t u re s a re h o t , a n d w h e t h e r they’ve found that remodeling your kitchen will help your home sell in the current real estate market.
Interview by Christy Potter
Remodeling the kitchen sounds like an expensive, complicated undertaking. Is it?
Antoinette: The remodeling time frame depends on the scope of the work. For instance, a direct replacement kitchen, where all plumbing and electric stays in the existing location is six to eight weeks from demo. An addition, or the moving of walls, especially load-bearing walls, requires proper design and construction documentation, a permit from the town for all trades and finally, inspections. This would add significantly to the time frame. The most important consideration for kitchen planning is to begin the process with a kitchen specialist as soon as possible. The kitchen specialist can recommend whether other design professionals such as architects and interior designers who specialize in decorative elements will be needed to complete the project. The kitchen specialist, an interior designer who has spent years designing and providing cabinetry will be able to guide you with concerns regarding design, investment value, trends and functionality. What kinds of features are people adding to their kitchens, whether they’re staying or selling?
Lorraine: Everything is very big these days. Everyone wants two dishwashers, two ovens, and those big
Home interior trends may change and evolve – sometimes dramatically – over time, but there’s one thing that never varies: the kitchen is the center of the home, the place it all comes together, and the room everyone gravitates toward to start their day or end it. Whether you’re escaping for a quiet cup of coffee or entertaining friends and family, your kitchen needs to be functional, beautiful and welcoming. The National Association of Realtors estimates that a minor kitchen remodel – without moving electricity or plumbing – costs $21,695 and adds $15,790 to the resale value, for a recoup of 72.8 percent of the cost.
six-burner gas ranges. It’s interesting, but a lot of the people who do these exotic kitchens don’t cook at all. You walk into the kitchen and the range has never even been used. I guess it’s about looks, or resale value.
Antoinette: Healthy cooking is definitely becoming more of a focus. Steam ovens are often on the short list. The back splash treatment is one of my favorite areas to make a kitchen special, regardless if the home has classic modern or country estate styling. This is the make or break feature. One client who came in last week asked my opinion about the “look” she chose: An extremely formal, painted and glazed kitchen, with gold leaf accents on elaborate columns and friezes. For her, resale was not a consideration so much as how her friends would react. What is de rigueur is a holding pattern of mainly the same looks, white marble, white cabinets with a bit of glamour – an edge that defines that particular client. Palettes have been getting cooler, toward the grays and blues. I call it the “Hamptons Kitchen” although it can be made to look formal with the right accents and perhaps a taupe glaze. I see the next trend as the use of warmer metals, perhaps combined with cool. I also see more use of naturally dark woods such as walnut and mahogany in combination with white and more cuisine friendly colors in the walls and accessories such as tangerine. The overall trend is toward a transitional classic modern aesthetic. My advice is making it YOUR kitchen, one that speaks to the needs of your family physically and spiritually. So that takes care of cooking and aesthetics, but what about food storage?
Antoinette: Think functionality first. You need storage options for condiments near the range, for example. Recycling cabinets and pullout tall pantries near quality refrigeration are most in demand. More importantly, plan for a great family gathering space since that will be the center of the home.
Lorraine: One of the most important things is the proximity of the kitchen to where you enter the house. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have your groceries delivered, there’s probably a hallway you need to haul your bags through to get to the kitchen. You need some kind of pantry space between garage and kitchen. Kitchens aren’t really set up to store that much. Talk about kitchen lighting.
Lorraine: Light fixtures needs to be bright but pretty. Antoinette: Lighting is important. Put them on dimmers as the glare, especially with white kitchens, can be overwhelming. Specialty decorative light fixtures, especially lantern style, are hot. Lighting should be like jewelry. You don’t want too much or too little.
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