Gallery: Spring 2017

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contents spring 2017

features a rancher no more | 50

An architect and client work together to take a home from its 1950s confines to a capacious 21st century space.

under cover | 66

An Asbury Park couple task a design pro with creating a tranquil sleeping— and relaxing— arrangement.

picture this... | 70

Kitchen design inspiration: An image of a rusting car influences a designer’s use of varied materials and textures.

old is new again | 90

A major renovation of an 1880s Victorian yielded a home perfectly suited to a modern family.

color coded

Bored with beige? Inject your interior with a daring dose of brightness.



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On the cover: An open floor plan by Summit-based Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design connects a modern kitchen and dining area.

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departments memo | 14

making a splash | 76

Get inspired with this issue of Gallery!

Water gardens create the calming oasis you’re yearning for while beautifying your backyard.

the guide | 21 Greek murals...techno home assistants… a new art space...and much more!

what five can buy | 24 These estates in the $5 million range showcase the good life around New Jersey.

material world | 30 Bamboo is known for bringing good fortune, but it also packs a design punch.

hot stuff | 34 Shape up your space and add dimension with one of these seven geometric pieces.

new & noteworthy | 38 Say hello to Pantone’s Color of the Year: Greenery. Let the sprucing begin.

art & antiques | 42 Add an accent from the animal kingdom with creature-inspired pieces.

beachy keen | 58

swimmingly simple | 74

well-read in rumson | 88 This home was built quite recently, but you’d never know it from the traditional look and feel of its stately library-cumfamily room.

travel | 98 Hotels in far-flung places—and even some closer to home—provide oodles of design ideas, not the least of which are fun wallcovers.

raising the bar | 102 Enjoy breakfast or cocktails perched on one of these bar stools.


design challenge | 110 There’s no reason you can’t turn a small space into a multi-purpose room suited for eating, relaxing—and checking the latest score.

finishing touch | 112


Whatever you decide to put in an enchanting countainer like this one had best be worthy of its regal beauty.

A Bergen County pool house brings the comforts of the indoors outside.


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To help achieve a kick-off-your-shoes vibe, a designer chooses a seaside palette. Ahh, the soothing power of simplicity.


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here do you find your inspiration? Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was said to get many of his ideas for managing the nation’s money supply while soaking in the bathtub. If only our own luxurious immersions were similarly inspiring. For most of us, tub time serves as an opportunity to bathe and a serene respite from the distractions of the day. Sure there are tubs that promise to make daily ablutions unforgettable. But bathrooms

too can inspire. One Princeton homeowner found it in the ladies’ room of one of her favorite local restaurants. A maple vanity she saw there served as a sample and was built by an area woodworker. And while there was no bathtub in that establishment’s loo, that vanity spurred the homeowner’s imagination and caused her to choose a kidney-shaped soaking tub and a shell-like sconce to complement the room’s otherwise rectilinear design. Turn to “A Rancher Reborn” on page 50. And you know the old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words? Well, a Tewksbury homeowner who wanted “something that nobody else has” challenged kitchen guru Peter Salerno to use an image of an abandoned blue car rusting away in a cornfield to contemplate the possibilities for a new kitchen. Check out “Picture This…” on page 70. Nature is often cited as a source of an inspiration and such was the case for a designer whose client yearned for a comfy, kick-off-yourshoes vacation condo. In “Beachy Keen” on page 58, you’ll see how a seaside palette reveals the soothing power of simplicity. Of course, ideas abound if you know where to look. Let’s say, for example, that you love to travel. Learn to be a resourceful browser by noting the design elements in hotel rooms, lobbies, bars and bathrooms. That’s just what we did, and you’ll find some great concepts for cool wallpaper in “Off the Walls” on page 98. Now if you’ll excuse me, the water’s running.

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What’s up, what’s new and what to do.

Bud buddy

A stem or two of your favorite flower is often all you need to brighten up your desk at work or a lackluster corner of your living room. But arranging just a few flowers can get tricky. That’s where the Anywhere Vases from Fruitsuper Design come in. These simple cork-backed shapes (the set comes with a triangle, a square and a circle) rest on your vase (or even a drinking glass), making your buds look just right. (Anywhere Vases,, $38/3)

Greek Murals

The works of the prolific, albeit anonymous, ancient Greek vase artist known as the Berlin Painter are on display through June 11 at the Princeton University Art Museum. The exhibit, “The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century BC,” showcases 54 pieces created by the mystery muralist. The exhibit is free. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for more information.

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If you’ve driven by the colorful, windowless monstrosity that is the current exterior of the American Dream shopping and entertainment complex at the Meadowlands, you’ll be glad to learn that the developer who took over the project back in 2011 has released new images of what the exterior will look like when it finally opens in the fall of 2018, and it’s a definite improvement! The new renderings show a white façade with lots of glass-enclosed spaces. It’s pretty much the opposite of what the building looks like now. The new design gives the project a “more contemporary, pristine aesthetic,” according to a statement released by the developer. The mall is more than 70 percent leased, with Saks 5th Avenue and Lord & Taylor committed as anchors.

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Natural beauty

When you think of modern design, you don’t necessarily think of nature. But the Elm Branch dresser from Ralph Pucci, part of the “After the Storm” collection by designers Chris Lehrecke and Gabriella Kiss, blends those two concepts beautifully. Bronze “mushroom” drawer pulls look like they are growing right out of the acid-ebonized white oak, and a large branch adorns the bottom. The result? A piece that’s streamlined, striking and utilitarian.

A glimpse of the Gilded Age


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A rare and largely unaltered survivor of “Millionaire’s Row”—Madison Avenue in Morris Township, where large and elegant estate homes were once owned by Gilded Age millionaires—will be open to the public when Alnwick Hall, known in recent years as “The Abbey,” opens for the designer showhouse “Mansion in May” this spring. Funds raised from the showhouse, which will be held every day in May, will help establish the new Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at the Morristown Medical Center. With more than 20,000 square feet, the brick mansion has attracted the attention of leading designers from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania who will transform 42 interior spaces for public and private tours and events. The stately home, designed by architect Percy Griffin, was built between 1903 and 1904 for Edward Peter Meany and his wife Rosalie. It was modeled after various 15th- and 16thcentury English estates, including Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England. Meany was legal counsel for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company for many years and was later appointed to the post of Judge Advocate of the New Jersey National Guard. For more information and tickets, visit 22

Art abounds A massive new art space has opened in Newark, in the renovated Hahne’s building, which once housed the department store but has been closed since the 1980s. Express Newark is Rutgers University-Newark’s 50,000-square-foot arts incubator that includes spaces for artists in residence, a print shop, a 3D printing studio, video production and portrait studios, classrooms and a public art gallery. Organizers say they hope the public arts spaces will make residents feel connected to the area. “We want people who walk past the building to feel included,” said Express Newark co-director Anne Schaper Englot. Also new on the art scene is a contemporary gallery that opened on Park Avenue in Rutherford last fall. Named after the mythical beast, Harpy (pictured above) is owned by Michael Olivo, who attended University of the Arts, studying illustration, but ultimately receiving a BFA in painting/drawing. He opened the gallery to give his peers a space to show their work. Monthly exhibitions consist of two to three artists who all emphasize the figurative. Upcoming exhibitions feature emerging artists Taylor Carpenter, Andy Cahill, Jesse Balmer, Elle Michalka, Sam Vanallemeersch and Lale Westvind.

Midcentury magic

There’s no doubt that midcentury modern design has been a perpetual favorite thanks to its hallmark clean lines and attention to detail. But if you go too far with it, your home could end up resembling a movie set, or worse, a furniture showroom. (Yes, we love Design Within Reach, but we wouldn’t want to live there.) So how do you introduce the best of midcentury in a way that’s modern, practical and beautiful? In his new book, Making Midcentury Modern (Gibbs Smith, $35), Palm Springs designer Christopher Kennedy offers 100 foolproof tips for introducing the look into a contemporary home.

Home helper

The voice-activated personal home assistant has been hugely popular, with Amazon selling more than 3 million of its Echo in only two years. Google’s version, called Google Home, was released in November and has many of the same voice-controlled features—it plays music, gives you weather and traffic updates, relays an overview of your upcoming schedule, and even answers questions and commands. But are you ready for a machine that can hear and see you? Word on the street is that Apple wants to set itself apart with its own smart-home device, improving the existing microphone and speaker technology of its competitors while adding facial recognition sensors. Like its iPhones, Apple’s home assistant would be based on the Siri voice assistant. That means this assistant will know who is speaking to it and the person’s emotional state. Talk about taking artificial intelligence to the next level.

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what five can buy From an oceanfront beach house to a stately colonial, these New Jersey properties show how far $5 million will take you.

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$5,900,000 | 6 beds, 7 full and 2 half baths, 10,000+ sq.ft. This stone and stucco celebrity-owned home was renovated and expanded in the 2000s and features a vast entry foyer with curving staircase, a home theater—even an elevator. Its 5.7 acres sport an in-ground pool with grotto waterfall, a plunge pool, a Jacuzzi spa, a basketball court and a separate guesthouse.

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87 E. Long Beach BLvd., Long Beach Island $5,195,000 | 5 beds, 4 full and 2 half baths, 4,341 sq.ft. This LBI contemporary spans 92 feet along the beach allowing for expansive water views from every room. Outside, a pool, spa and large ipe deck beckon. CONTACT: BENÉE SCOLA, BENÉE SCOLA & COMPANY REALTORS, (609) 494-0077

867 East Ave., Bay head $4,995,000 |6 beds, 6 full and 2 half baths, 5,154 sq.ft. Quality over quantity is the mantra for this newly renovated oceanfront stunner. Six bedrooms with en suite full baths, an open floor plan and a new chef ’s kitchen are major draws.

65 Lenox Rd., Summit $4,975,000 | 6 beds, 6 full and 3 half baths, 7,453 sq.ft. Traditionalists looking for a classic center hall colonial will fall in love with this 1910-era home. Charming details like custom moldings and paneled wainscoting were preserved when it was renovated in 2005. CONTACT: ERIKA SIRABIAN, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE, (908) 723-2101


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For a more subtle touch of bamboo, try the Emma dresser by Worlds Away. Its four drawers are framed in trim featuring the strong wood.

material world

Add some spice to the table with this classic bamboo five-piece place setting by Juliska.

Hang around under the modern brass bamboo chandelier by F.IN.D.S., in a leafy shade of green.

lucky bamboo

The Chinoiserie-inspired antique gold faux bamboo frame is the focal point of this cocktail table by One Kings Lane.

The plant is known for bringing good fortune, but it also packs a design punch. Take a seat on the Macau armchair by Ballard Designs. The colorful frame and texture will add flair to any room.

Cover the hardwood in your home using the jungle rug by Floor Coverings.


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They say three is a magic number, but the reality is that the atol bunching side table by CB2 would make a choice addition to any home.

The textured base and body of this two-light table lamp by Uttermost are finished in an antiqued metallic silver.

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Add a little light to your space with the Robert Abbey Delta table lamp, which comes in 24 glazed ceramic colors.

The rock floor lamp in black nickelplate by Michael Aram will give any home an edge over others.

Keep your treasures safe in the Corbin credenza by Wade Logan. The stunning visual will make it the centerpiece of your room.

geometry lesson Don't be a square. shape up your space and add dimension with one of these seven pieces. With a striking wrought iron base and tufted leather triangular seat, the City Foundry ottoman is sure to offer you and your feet much-needed support.


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Replace a mundane rectangular rug and deck the floors with the Prisma wool rug by Roche Bobois.

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Don't let its asymmetry fool you. The Folke Jansson facett sofa will add balance to your living space with its lacquered birch wooden frame and a geometric-print wool upholstery.

Not all good things come in threes. The Penta armchair by Toan Nguyen features five edges that create comfort and style.

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Is it greener on the other side? The handmade Nantucket screen by Screen Gems will perfectly section off your room and create privacy when needed.

The green shade of Joss & Main's Jasmine cocktail ottoman gives a modern edge to this classic piece.

Be the envy of the neighborhood and add a pop of color to your home with the Sheridan two-door chest by Cynthia Rowley.

There's no need to water this leafy accent. Simply switch on the large twist lamp by Eangee Home Design and let the fossilized cocoa leaves add light and life to your space.

Whether or not hot beverages are your cup of tea, the Greenwich Grove teapot by Kate Spade would be a great addition to your cupboard.

going green say hello to pantone's color of the year: greenerY. LET THE SPRUCING BEGIN.

The unique profile of Century Furniture's Fushun bunching cocktail table makes it both a functional and aesthetically pleasing piece.

Classic and romantic, Anthropologie's slub velvet Mina sofa in chartreuse will add a timeless charm to your living room.


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The shapely Eva double mini lamp by Safavieh has strong curve appeal.

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Use of animal prints is a timeless fabric design choice, as seen on this Italian scroll armchair from the 19th century. The bold print and dark walnut frame will add elegance to any room.

The features of a mythical creature are formed from mahogany and gilt bronze, giving this European gueridon from the early 19th century classic appeal that spans generations.

wild side Add an accent from the animal kingdom with creature-inspired pieces.

Goat and elk sightings might be common in the U.S., but this pair of late 19th-century Cambodian silver boxes are a rare find. The intricately designed figurines can be opened to store jewelry and other treasures.

English craftsmen carved this lion statue around 1880. Perched on top of the base, the nearly 3-foot-tall piece would be a decorative guard for any space.


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Don’t be tempted by the real-life details of this sculpture—this horse is not made for riding. Carved from teak wood in India between 1710–1720, the eightpiece equine stands more than 5 feet tall but is best admired from afar, not atop.

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This bronze statue of a crouching dragon with a phoenix mounted on its back was created during the Chinese Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 B.C.). Its color and composition highlight the era’s reverence for nature.

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a rancher reborn An architect and client work together to take a home from its 1950s confines to a capacious 21st-century space.


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Architect Catherine Knight designed the great room so that light would pour in from the wall of mullioned windows. A focal point is the undulating SuperSuede sofa, which homeowner Teri McIntyre calls “a natural gathering spot.�

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This page: Open to the great Enter Catherine Knight, of the Princeton-based firm n its 55-year history, the modest ranch in a quiet Princroom, the kitchen area is Knight Architecture. She took the house down to the eton neighborhood had sheltered four families, welcomed demarcated by an island designed by the homeowner studs—save the recently renovated kitchen and master bathits share of newborns and served as a prototype for the and custom-built by Ken Union of Baxter Construction. room—and deftly recast it as a stunning two-story contemsprawling midcentury development in South Brunswick Topped with dark gray porary suffused with light and air. Downstairs, she created known as Kendall Park. But by 2009 it was showing its age. Caesarstone quartz, it adds heft to the otherwise airy a double-story great room that opened to both the kitchen The owners, Teri and Scott McIntyre, loved to entertain, space. Opposite: A soaring and, through a wall of windows, the backyard. Although the but the house’s cramped and boxy interior was anything but white wall is grounded by the concrete Spark fireplace. room is expansive, Knight scaled it carefully, anchoring it conducive to large get-togethers. In addition, they wanted Above it, the Big Bang fixture by Foscarini serves as both with a clean-lined stairway and a small balcony so that the more room for their young daughter, and they desperately light source and artwork. space, she says, “doesn’t overwhelm the older part of the needed a comfortable space for Teri’s sister, who lived in house but instead brings it to life.” At Teri McIntyre’s insistence, the focal England and would often spend weeks visiting her relatives in the U.S. point of the great room is a soaring white fireplace wall and not a largeThe house next door, a mirror image of the McIntyres’, had been razed to screen TV, which lives, instead, behind the mahogany pocket doors of a make way for a new build, but Teri wanted to honor the spirit and history designated television room. To increase the feeling of space downstairs, of her old home while creating a space that made sense for this 21stKnight widened hallways and doorways, and installed a large bay window century family.

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Left: The homeowner selected the floating laminate vanity for an upstairs bathroom, but the color—a vivid red, echoed in the “blob” clock above the towel rack—was her daughter’s choice. Above: The maple vanity, stained charcoal gray, was inspired by a similar fixture in the ladies’ room of one of her favorite Princeton-area restaurants and built by Baxter Construction. A kidney-shaped soaking tub and the shell-like sconce illuminating it complement the room’s otherwise rectilinear design.

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ceous accent in a mostly rectilinear room. While Knight designed the preponderance of the home’s architectural features, she ceded some decisions to the homeowners. It was that willingness to work with her client that sparked McIntyre’s confidence—and her encore career as an interior designer. For example, McIntyre helped flesh out designs for the striking three-tiered outdoor patio whose dual focal points are a graceful old magnolia tree that appears to be growing through the striated concrete floor and a sleekly modern outdoor gas fireplace whose simple black concrete surround allows the horizontal line of flame to be the star attraction. And thanks to Knight’s windowed great room, the fireplace can be enjoyed indoors and out. “It just draws everybody,” says McIntyre—an observation that could apply equally to the house as a whole.


in the dining room, resituated to the front of the house. Overall, she added 2,100 square feet to the original 2,000-square-foot house. About 1,500 square feet of the new living space is on the second floor, which is home to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room and an office/storage room. With its simple but dramatic lines, the house was the perfect envelope for McIntyre’s choice of furnishings. A curvilinear sofa in the great room makes the substantial space feel surprisingly cozy, and jolts of orange and red—in the abstract lighting fixture over the fireplace and a Pop Art-inspired clock in an upstairs bathroom, for instance—warm the house and set off elegantly severe pieces like the dining room’s square glass-topped table and stainless steel chairs. McIntyre’s favorite feature in the house is a large kidney-shaped soaking tub in the master bathroom, another curva-

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Above: The architect moved the dining room to the front of the house, adding a large bay window to extend the room visually. It’s furnished with a glass-topped square table supported by a sleek stainless-steel base, along with matching stainless-steel chairs upholstered in orange microfiber. The large round light fixture offsets the stark linearity of the table below it. Left: The house’s 1950s-era windows were enlarged to frame views of the concrete patio and the Spark gas fireplace, clad in black concrete. The architect also added a mudroom, pictured here on the far right side of the home. Opposite: The living room sits across the hall from the dining room, increasing the width of the once-narrow hallway. Mahogany pocket doors slide closed when the space is in use as a TV room. Three niches in the hallway add extra light and interest to what was initially a blank wall.

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beachy keen A seaside palette reveals the soothing power of simplicity. Written by Liz Donovan Design by Diane Durocher Interiors Photography by Peter Rymwid


An open floor plan and a neutral palette allow for an easy flow of family and guests throughout the space, while granite countertops and a glass mosaic tile backsplash make for a modern beach home.

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This page and opposite: Entertaining guests was a priority for the clients. The walnut dining-room table the design team selected can seat up to eight, while four bar stools in the kitchen make for a cozy, casual dining experience.


hen Diane Durocher was hired to redesign the Long Branch condo purchased by newlyweds, the directive was simple: Make it fun, festive and fast. It was already autumn, and the couple hoped it would be ready for vacationing and entertaining the following Memorial Day, only six months away. Casual comfort was a key element. “This home needed to reflect their desire to kick off their shoes and just relax,” says Durocher, of Ramsey-based Diane Durocher Interiors. Durocher and her team set to work creating a sophisticated beach aesthetic that had a relaxed, welcoming vibe—perfect for the family as well as many guests. To achieve it, walls were painted a sand color and the floors stained a warm walnut shade. White trim and cabinetry balance the space. The color story continues throughout the condo, into the master bedroom, which features a navy blue accent wall for contrast and drama. “It’s the perfect backdrop for the white upholstered bed,” Durocher says. She accessorized with chrome, glass and shell elements to carry the beach theme through. Nearby, a writing desk allows the homeowners the chance to work practically beachside. But a clean, fresh aesthetic wasn’t the couple’s only mandate. “Because it’s a vacation home, they didn’t want to worry about anything breaking or being ruined,” Durocher adds. Porcelain tile in the hallways, foyer, kitchen and guest bedroom make cleanup a cinch when sandy feet trample through after a day at the beach. In the living room, a sectional with mocha chenille upholstery is both super-durable and houses a queen-size sleeper. The faux leather ottoman doubles as a cocktail table, and the simple accessories, many sourced from Home Goods, ensure laid-back comfort and style. After months of diligent work, the full condo and the couple were ready to kick off the summer season. Fun, festive and fast? Check!

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This page and opposite: Blue accents in art, glassware, throw pillows and a chenille armchair add a soothing ocean vibe leading up to the white and neutral furnishings in the common space. The faux leather ottoman doubles as a cocktail table, and the sectional transforms into a queen sleeper, making entertaining easy.

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The master bathroom was one of two that received a fresh update. They now feature Crema Marfil tile, white painted vanities, shell mirrors and artwork. Opposite: A navy blue accent wall adds a nautical-inspired element that complements the white furnishings, upholstered headboard, and bedding.

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An Asbury Park couple task a design pro with creating a tranquil sleeping—and relaxing—arrangement. Written by Rita Guarna

Design by B&G Home Interiors

Photography by Frank A. Zrinsky


ou wouldn’t think it’d be that difficult to create a hushed, soothing room that leaves you feeling refreshed and energized at the start of each day. But when the space is an oddly configured jumble inside a rambling 150-year-old Georgian-style home, well, therein lies the challenge. Luckily, Jon Martinez, principal of B&G


Designer Jon Martinez selected master bedroom pieces by Stanley Furniture in calming shades of blue and cream.

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Opposite, top and bottom: Though the sitting room receives plenty of natural light, the space is also illuminated by sconces and a floor lamp by Visual Comfort Lighting. To add to the coziness, walls are papered in an iridescent grass-cloth by Thibaut Wallcovering. The ceilings are painted in Benjamin Moore’s opal essence #680. A gas fireplace—an item from the homeowners’ wishlist—ceiling fans and pendants by Rejuvenation Lighting further the mood. Above: A dual vanity, heated marble floor and walls by JFF Wallcovering lend to the elegant look of the master bath.


Home Interiors in Asbury Park, summoned his inner Zen to answer the call of a Florida couple who make this seaside city home during summer months. The first order of business was to unify the chopped up smaller spaces to create a flowing—yet separate—floor plan that consists of an area to sleep, bathe, dress, and sit and dream. Martinez chose a calming palette of blue, cream and green, echoing the nearby beach. “My clients wanted to feel as if ensconced in a cozy country inn—but a super luxurious one,” he says, “a place where they can unwind with a glass of cognac and read a good book—even if the house were filled with overnight guests.” (And filled it is: With six bedrooms, there’s a constant stream of visitors.) The designer interspersed special touches to achieve what the clients wanted: a gas fireplace in the sitting room, radiant heating beneath the marble floor in the master bath, a massive walk-in closet. Fabrics, lighting and accessories were all kept subdued to add to the soothing mood of the suite. Can you say “serenity now”?

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picture this... An image of a rusting car inspires a designer’s use of varied materials and textures. Written by Trudy Walz Design by Peter Salerno Inc. Photography by Peter Rymwid

There were no cell phone photos or pages ripped from trade magazines. Instead, a simple picture of an abandoned blue car rusting away in a cornfield was the only thing Peter Salerno’s client, an architect with a home in Tewksbury, brought to the table when he asked the designer to renovate his kitchen. “The first thing he said to me was, ‘I want something nobody else has,’” Salerno says. Then the client handed him the picture and told him, “I want this to be your inspiration.” Salerno, who in his 20 years in the business has achieved 34 national awards and has showrooms in Wyckoff and Mendham, began the renovation by painting pieces of steel and leaving them outdoors to weather. He created various mock-ups and samples until he finally hit upon the look the client was seeking. Once the 18-foot-by-14-foot space was gutted, he began playing to that aesthetic with his artistic flare, and by mixing materials and textures, he created a design that’s as functional as it is unique. Dominating the outside wall of the space is a masterpiece in its own right: a custom-made forced patina steel hood. It caps an eight-burner Miele gas range set into a natural quartzite Leathered Taj Mahal countertop (yes—it feels like leather!), the shell of which is the handiwork of SimplyAmy Luxury Artisans of Milford. Blow-torched to produce a swirling blend of browns and oranges with a barely discernable hint of blue, the hood matches the cold-rolled steel panels on the 10-foot-by-4-foot island, which anchors the space. A 30-inch stainless steel farm sink with apron by Texas Lightsmith sits below one of the windows flanking the hood. The

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An eclectic array of materials live in harmony in this kitchen renovation by Peter Salerno, with flooring that emulates the look of blue jeans, a countertop that feels like leather and cabinetry faced with rice paper, orange resin and cherry wood.

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backsplash, a glass mosaic by Frangi Pani, yielded yet another opportunity to switch up materials and add texture. Now about that island. It is, Salerno says, “the jewel of the kitchen.” It is topped with a double-build (two slabs, proportionate to the 9-foot ceiling) of Blue Louise polished granite that adds a pop of blue to the color scheme, and equipped with a Miele dishwasher. Also onboard: a combination steam oven, as well as a second stainless steel, 30-inch farm sink with apron. Both sinks, by the way, feature brushed stainless steel Waterstone faucets—one with insta-hot and filtered-cold capabilities. But, truth be told, the real workhorse in the room is the wall of floor-to-ceiling maple cabinetry opposite the island. Panels of stippled metal disguise the embedded 42-inch Sub-Zero refrigera-

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tor with French doors. A double-door cabinet away are a Miele double oven and warming drawer. To the right, a La Cornue Flamberge rotisserie is centered in a set-back section of cabinets. Among the finishing touches provided by interior designer Diane Boyer of Cedar Grove is the free-form chandelier above the island, a Hubbardton Forge custom light fixture. She also added the abstract art work. One of the aspects of the project Salerno enjoyed was using a variety of materials and textures together in such a harmonious way. Even the flooring, Porcelain Visone from Strata Tile of Wyckoff, is made to “look like denim jeans,” he says. “I found it super challenging, and when it was completed, I found it so rewarding.” And his client? “He was ecstatic!”

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The 18-foot-by-14-foot space is fully equipped with Miele appliances as well as a La Cornue Flamberge rotisserie. A custom-made forced patina steel hood dominates the outside wall. Interior designer Diane Boyer of Cedar Grove supplemented the eclectic feel of the space with a free-form chandelier and abstract artwork.


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swimmingly simple A Bergen County pool house brings the comforts of the indoors outside. Written by Darius Amos Design by DeGraw and DeHaan Architects Photography by Laura Moss


rchitect Jeff DeGraw was given an entirely blank slate when a husband-and-wife team tasked his Middletown, N.Y.-based firm, DeGraw and DeHaan Architects, with the creation of a backyard pool house in northwest Bergen County. The start-from-scratch project resulted in a classic 200-square-foot structure, a little brother of sorts to the main home, a 1960s garrison colonial that DeGraw’s company was renovating at the time. “We went for simplicity,” DeGraw says of the pool house.“It was meant to look like an outbuilding of a New England estate and really a ‘Mini-Me’ of the neighboring structure. Our pool houses always work in cohesion with the primary home.” Just steps from the in-ground pool and surrounded by a neatly laid brick paver patio, the pool house and its welcoming French doors invite visitors inside for walk-up bar service. Cabinetry designed by DeGraw (the blue hue is the choice of the homeowners) stores glassware and drinks as well as other pool equipment and supplies. A changing room and washer and dryer are also inside. Dual pergolas highlight the exterior design and create balance and length along the pool. This feature also helps enclose the yard, DeGraw says, and lends to the “intimate and private environment.” “Pool houses are like destinations,” he says. “With so many aspects from the main home, these buildings are just like extensions of the living room.” For these homeowners, DeGraw says, the pool house is a “little world and oasis” right in the backyard.

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Custom cabinets of the pool house pop with Philipsburg Blue, the color courtesy of Benjamin Moore. The homeowners selected the hue to match the patio furniture as well as wall trim found inside the main house.

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making a splash With their soothing sounds and tranquil look, water gardens create the calming oasis you’re yearning for while beautifying your backyard. Why not take the plunge?

Water lilies enchant with their wide leaves and beautiful blooms, which last three or four days before sinking beneath the surface.


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Goldfish and koi not only look pretty, they also keep the water circulating and eat algae and harmful insects, such as mosquito larvae. Right: Large stones make a perfect path across a large backyard pond, putting visitors within arms length of the water lilies below.

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To create a more naturallooking water garden, use rocks of various sizes along the perimeter, and plant some shallow-water plants near the edge, placing some in and some out of the water. Right: Fountains, such as this one made from a large planter, add visual interest and provide the therapeutic sound of running water.


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Hues like red and orange add vibrancy and energy to a space. Often too overpowering to use on every wall, intense colors are perfect for an accent wall and can highlight interesting architectural details like this built-in console.

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Tile is an easy way to brighten up a bathroom. Here, watery shades of blue and green contrast nicely with the stark floors and subway tile used behind the bathtub and shower. Opposite: The bright blue accent wall of this kitchen picks up the same vibrant shade found in the couch and ties the space together.

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Painting the wall behind the bed a mellow yellow creates a dramatic focal point while still being soothing enough for slumber. Spare, modern furnishings, including Lucite nightstands, allow the focus to remain on the accent wall.


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This Rumson home was built quite recently, but you’d never know it from the traditional look and feel of its stately library-cum family room.

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“The homeowners wanted something very traditional,” says designer Una O’Neill, who used antiques throughout the home. Many of the ceilings, like this one in the family room, were painted using faux finishes.

Kicking back with a good book in this elegant family room might feel as though you are reclining in an English manor home, but in fact, you’re on the Navesink River in Rumson. Wood-paneled walls and mahogany built-ins lend a formal feel, yet “the homeowners wanted a very inviting room that they could relax in,” says designer Una O’Neill, who owns her own firm in Glen Rock. A pair of green corduroy couches, two leather recliners and a coffee table were found at ABC Carpet & Home, but the console table behind the couch is antique, as is the bronze doré chandelier. The homeowners’ vast collection of art made decorating easier for O’Neill. “We had to buy next to nothing because they had so much we could use,” she says. The room may look traditional, but it features modern electronics like the TV over the fireplace (which looks like an aquarium when not in use) and a sound system cleverly hidden in the built-in bookcases.

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A major renovation of an 1880s Victorian yielded a home perfectly suited to a modern family. Written by Marisa Sandora

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The main floor of the new addition features a modern kitchen open to a dining area and sitting area. “We spend a lot of time together, and now with the open plan, we can all be together more easily,� says the homeowner. A custom-built bookshelf draws the eye to the original dining room, which is now a place to read or watch TV.

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The kitchen features very been removed or changed, so our goal was to bring back its folk ita and Alex Gerber knew what they wanted, but they few upper cabinets in Victorian charm, while making the inside very clean and open,” took their time getting there. When they bought their keeping with the open feel and clean lines of the says Conway. charming 1880s Victorian in Madison back in 2006, they home. Warm gray cabinets from Custom Colonial On the first floor, the old front parlor became an office, the were attracted to the location—they could walk to shops and Kitchen & Millwork in dining room became a TV room and a large addition was put on restaurants—and the large backyard, which would be necessary Columbia contrast nicely with the white quartz the back, almost tripling the size of the original structure. “There because they planned to extend the small house someday after countertops and island. is a clear delineation,” says Conway of the new space, “but from they had children. What the couple didn’t like was the home’s A citrus green glass backsplash adds some the outside, it’s contextual and doesn’t look like an oddly modern cramped layout, and Dita says she felt hidden in the kitchen color. addition.” The first-floor addition includes an open kitchen with when she cooked and baked. So in the years that followed, they a dining space that extends into a sitting area with a fireplace. collected ideas about what they liked and what they might want The large room features a wall with French doors leading to a back patio. to change. “We would be at friends’ homes and pull out a tape measure and “We wanted the kitchen directly connected to the backyard,” says Dita. start measuring things,” remembers Dita, laughing. “We wanted the inside to extend to the outside. We eat outdoors as much as Dita hails from the Czech Republic, and Alex is from France, so when they possible, and we spend a lot of time with family and friends at the big dining finally decided to renovate their home in 2013, the duo decided to do what tables both outside and inside.” is very common in Europe: maintain the historic exterior of the home while Upstairs, the home features three bedrooms, a bathroom and a master completely transforming the interior to a modern and user-friendly space. suite. “A lot of people want more bedrooms and bathrooms, but for us, that They searched for a long time for an architect before finding Thomas Conjust means more upkeep,” says Dita. “We had to keep reminding ourselves way of Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design in Summit, who shared that we were building this for ourselves and not for resale. For us it was their vision of historic preservation. “A lot of the home’s original details had

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Above left: One of the homeowners’ favorite details is the pantry that is cut into the cabinetry in the kitchen. Left: The stairwell delineates the original structure from the new addition and fills the home with light. The light fixture that hangs above the stairs is from the Atlas collection from Troy Lighting. Above right: The Gerbers replaced all of their original furniture, picking minimalist pieces like the sectional and chair that grace the TV room.

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When it came time to decorate the home, the couple was equally hands on. “Dita and Alex have very specific taste and a great sense of style,” says Conway. “We worked with them on all the finishes and detailing to make sure it all tied together, but we didn’t really do full interior design.” The couple estimates it took about a year to finish decorating the interior after the construction was done. They picked out all the light fixtures like the spiral light from Currey & Company that hangs above the dining table and the sconces from Artemide that illuminate their bed. “We didn’t want wires and too much furniture everywhere, so we decided on sconces in the bedroom,” says Dita. “We like to keep things simple.” For walls, Alex wanted a little more color and Dita desired a neutral look, so they compromised with some very light shades like celadon green in the TV room and a lavender gray in the bedroom that function as cool neutrals. The kitchen is cream with warm gray cabinetry and a citrus green glass backsplash. White quartz countertops and an island with a waterfall edge are low


really important that we live in the space, not anyone else. Alex helped me say no a lot.” The addition also includes a basement with a rec room, a bathroom and a laundry room separated by rustic wood barn doors. Dita originally wanted the laundry room on the main floor, but when the design couldn’t accommodate it, Conway promised her it wouldn’t be a dark and unwelcoming place. He situated a staircase in the middle of the home to function as a light well illuminating the first and second floors as well as the basement. Many of the modern industrial details in the home, such as the exposed brick in the stairwell and the rustic wood ceiling, were a direct result of Dita seeing them on the home design website Houzz and filing them away for her future renovation project. “I wanted to use very natural materials like wood, iron and stone, and I wanted that contrast between the light and dark, hence the lighter wood ceiling and the dark iron railings and charcoal window casings,” she explains.

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maintenance, in keeping with the family’s quest for minimalism and ease of use. Another example: a powder room featuring a floating toilet and sink. “We wanted nothing on the bathroom floor so that it was easier to clean,” says Alex. “We were adventurous and did things a little bit differently.” The same could be said for the environmentally friendly “green” aspects of the home: a high-efficiency heating and cooling system controlled by Nest products, LED lights throughout, an electrical system serviced by the solar panels on the roof—even an electric BMW plugged in outside. “We knew we wanted to make it very green,” says Alex. “It’s more expensive in the beginning but a good idea in the long run.” The project may have taken a bit longer than some—they finished in late summer last year—but the end result is exactly what they wanted. “I love it,” says Alex. “Building your own home is kind of like having a new baby. We are really happy with the way it turned out.”

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Top left: The vanity in the master bathroom was custom-made with a concrete counter and no cabinets (the homeowner prefers drawers). Bottom left: The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and features the same hemlock beams as the first floor, in addition to a wall of hemlock that functions as a headboard. This page: Hidden blinds can be lowered to shut out the light but don’t interfere with the minimalist design.


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off the walls

We visit far-flung places—and even some closer to home—for many reasons: to learn, rest, escape, indulge. Of course, the hotels we stay in give us access to some great destinations. And often they’re much more than places to rest our heads. They provide oodles of design ideas, not the least of which are fun wallcovers. Here, some examples from our travels...

Hotel: The Greenbrier Location: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia Room: The Presidential Suite Interior Designer: Carleton Varney Wallpaper Maker: Dorothy Draper & Co. The Wallpaper: The company’s popular Akakina II floral pattern in kelly green is used for the wallcovering and curtains alongside the spiral staircase of this seven-bedroom suite.


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Hotel: Hotel Le Bellechasse Location: Paris, France Interior Designer: Christian Lacroix Wallpaper Maker: Clipso The Wallpaper: The hotel’s 34 guest rooms are adorned with knitted polyester fabric wall and ceiling coverings. Clipso’s designs depict everything from clashing colors to celestial objects, such as the sun overlooking this room.


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Hotel: Brannan Cottage Inn Location: Napa Valley, California Room: The Historic King Room Interior Designer: Staci Giovino Wallpaper Maker: Bradbury & Bradbury The Wallpaper: The leaf pattern of the tropical theme Oasis handmade wallpaper is reminiscent of Art Deco design. This wallcovering is found in six different colors throughout the historic inn.

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Hotel: The Berkeley Location: Knightsbridge, London, England Room: The Collins Room Interior Designer: Robert Angell Wallpaper Maker: de Gournay The Wallpaper: Though nameless, the wallcovering features custom cherry blossom silk embroidery—a favorite plant of the interior designer’s mentor, David Collins.


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raising the bar enjoy breakfast or cocktails perched on one of these barstools. You’ll find that They’re the best seat in the house.

Top flight from Meredith is a barstool wrapped in leather that feels like a vintage bomber jacket and is styled with a swooping winged back and a solid hardwood frame to ensure a safe landing.

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from top left to right: Art Deco glitz and glam belly up to the bar courtesy of Designer Modern Home. The tufted, velvet cushion of its Peter Modern stool provides a soft counterpoint to the piece’s geometrical design and gold metal frame.

Abbyson Living hits sophistication and comfort on the nailhead with its silver trimmings, birch wood legs, high-density foam cushioning and velvet polyester upholstery. A silver handle on the back also makes moving it a snap.

Suited for someone who prefers their drinks straight up, perhaps, this polished stainless steel perch from ARTeFAC is a pure pour of metal in minimalist form.

Giving the arms and feet a rest is part of the appeal of this stool from Quintus. It is tighlty upholstered, with quarter-inch nail trim around the arms and back legs, and it features a brass footrest. (Other metals are available.)

This life of the party is a brass-and-orange velvet confection by Worlds Away. It is comfortable and roomy, and can be upholstered in leather or velvet in a variety of other colors.


You’ll feel like royalty atop this classically styled Louis XVI medallion-back chair from Ludlow. It features a solid hardwood frame fitted with a French cane back, fluted legs and ample padding for the seat.

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design challenge

live a little

There’s no reason you can’t turn a small space into a multi-purpose room suited for eating, relaxing—and checking the latest score.

The design analysis: We enlisted the expertise of designer Eric J. Schmidt of North Caldwell-based Eric J. Schmidt Interiors (eric, whose vision was to optimize the space for “flow, function and fabulous style.” To create a “transitional” character for the space, Schmidt’s palette consisted of blues and ivory/white, which were melded in a subtle play between geometry and texture.

Schmidt introduced a corner banquette upholstered in rich navy blue faux leather—a perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or sip a cup of tea. In the opposite corner is a cozy sectional sofa in an indigo ikat print. Schmidt envisions it as a welcoming spot to curl up with a book or catch the Sunday game. (There’s a flat-screen TV on the opposite wall.) In the theme of functionality, he opted for a round side table, which can be easily moved around and used as a cocktail table when the need arises. With the breakfast nook and den area in their respective corners, comprising minimal, modern designs, the space feels bigger but maintains a cohesive style, he says. “The blending of texture, geometry and color make for an updated multi-use room,” Schmidt explains. You’ll find some of his fabric selections and more on the opposite page.


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The space: It was cramped 14-foot-by-10-foot room limited in uses because of its diminutive size. But the hopeful homeowners had a desire to use the space for multiple purposes: a breakfast room and a den. The challenge? Turning the small room into not one but two functioning living spaces while maintaining a cohesive flow throughout.

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A large modern lantern in polished nickel by Ralph Lauren anchors and illuminates the room.

The corner banquette is upholstered in Otto, a nofuss faux leather by Kravet Design.

A simple window valance allows more natural light into the space than regular curtains. Schmidt created one using Champleve Admiral, a bold geometric pattern by Kravet Design.

A cabana weave wall covering in Poolside Splash by Phillip Jefferies was added for texture and a more updated look, says designer Eric Schmidt. It’s the perfect complement to the bright white wainscot, he says.

The sectional sofa upholstered in the indigo Rimba Ikat print by Ralph Lauren adds dimension to the room.

For extra seating in the breakfast nook, Schmidt added a “Paris Bistro” side chair by Frontgate Contract.

The adjustable table by Eileen Gray was designed for small, multi-use spaces and provides endless options for this space.


On the banquette sit two plump pillows—one in white Matelasse by Ralph Lauren and the other in a nautical coral print.

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finishing t ouch

bowl of distinction it can be intimidating to mingle designs. but a statement piece—especially one that’s different from your home’s style—can make a room more compelling.

hen the top of your dining or coffee table calls for an elegant furnishing, don’t settle for magazines or an ordinary fruit bowl. To make a statement of tasteful splendor, bring the Sophie Hydrangea Bowl into your home. The Jay Strongwater piece is made of glass with a rose celadon glaze and features a garland of flowers and leaves cast in pewter. This distinctive bowl measures 9¼ inches high and 14¾ inches in diameter. It’s finished in antique brass, embellished with

sparkling crystals and decorated with pink hand-painted porcelain petals. Offered at $3,000, it will pay dividends in pleasure and pride for a lifetime. Strongwater came to home accessories from the Rhode Island School of Design and the world of fashion. Before long, the jewelry-encrusted, filigreed picture frames he gave as gifts amazed and delighted the recipients—and earned prompt admiration from the industry’s most discriminating buyers.


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