Features that some might see as random— like the home’s new master bedroom fireplace or large living room wall—help create the contemporary style the couple acquired while traveling to places like Las Vegas and Cape Town, South Africa. “We love contemporary and things that have a different look,” Jennifer says. “My husband is from Cape Town, so every time we would go visit I would see things that I loved and would bring those ideas back with us.”
Dramatic entrance and more The Tobianskys watched their vision bloom with the artistic talents of Chris Newman, owner of Cheeky Monkey, and John Albrecht of Albrecht Wood Interiors. Albrecht breathed life into the abstract concepts and added dramatic touches that serve as stunning centerpieces in the home’s main living spaces. In three short months, the Albrecht team gutted five rooms in the Washington Township home, stripping each of less desirable features like stained poplar trim and six-panel doors, and replacing them with rich modern alternatives like larger maple baseboards and onepanel doors. Guests can see the new look as they approach the home’s new handcrafted front doors. Jennifer saw similar doors online so Albrecht told her to purchase the glass and he would create the doors around it. The translucent glass allows light to spill out at night, but still provides the privacy the couple wanted. The foyer’s floor—made up of a carbon colored urbanite tile—flows into the home’s living room and down its hallway. Metal inlays were placed in the tiles to give a hint of Zebra stripes. The look is one of several design details that allude to Joel’s South African roots. The floor design subtly flows with the framed photography on the walls, which Joel took while on an African safari. continued > OVERLEAF: An angled desk, sleek shelves and artwork create a unique atmosphere in the home office. OPPOSITE TOP: The living room wall is accented with an off-center fireplace, television, mirror and large piece of black glass. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Drum pendant lights, by Uttermost, hang from the ceiling in the foyer. RIGHT: The floating staircase is ultra-contemporary, featuring shiny metal railings and glass panels.
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