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EMBRACING THE ARTS - A Letter from James became iconic fabrics. Industry leaders like Mary Beth Brown spoke to craft and quality to explain the history of great fabric houses. I look forward to continuing this tradition in 2018.

As I look back at 2017, I celebrate how my gallery has happily blurred the lines of clients, friends and family. There is much to be grateful for, and I am indebted to the arts. I have found with my business that we can learn so much from one another and that it requires a kinder, gentler approach.

I designed the gallery to be like an artist’s home and it made sense to entertain as if it was one, too. The Gallery Salons, launched this past year, reinvented art openings as invitational dinner parties, which gave an intimate platform to new ideas in both art and design. Housed in a gallery hung with original fine art — including Russian art collections and works by painters like Iliya Mirochnik and photographer Mark Ludak, who are among the gallery artists I get to call friends — these events brought together artists, clients, the design trade and sometimes musician guests, too. The Salons have brought to fruition my original goal for the gallery: To design it to be like an artist’s home, where clients and friends can engage with artists in a casual social setting. These Salons allowed me to create pop-up trunk shows with interior design industry giants like Clarence House, Hermès and Dedar to help illustrate how the arts drive interior design. Kazumi Yoshida joined us as a guest and offered a display of original paintings that

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The gallery is my creative center. The marriage of fine art and design in the gallery affords me the ability to champion and exhibit only the artists I most believe in and also to narrow my design focus as a specialty service of specification to art collectors. The benefits of doing both types of work create an exciting synergy. Limiting my scope has opened up unlimited possibilities that I share with clients and also has grounded me in keeping a focus on the work I love to do the most.

Artists’ homes and homes that reflect the uniqueness of the resident and a dialogue with the architecture are the most fascinating. For me, there is a certain hierarchy in layering surfaces and textures with the discipline of design that reach a pinnacle with the display of fine art. Even when design is just created with an artist’s color palette, for example, it can be magical. After 21 years of experience, I feel I have hit a new personal level, blending my curatorial eye of gallery work and intuitive approach to design as an artist, taking into consideration function and lifestyle while also understanding the “big picture” of what a house can be to move a project forward. There is no greater pleasure than to work with clients who share this same vision. We inspire each other! I find myself repeating the same phrase when creating beyond trends to develop a home’s style: “Beautiful is beautiful is beautiful.” Also this past year, I have furthered my dual role as an interior designer for art collectors. Since my participation at the 2014 Mansion in May Designer Showhouse at Blairsden Mansion, I have taken on numerous design projects for art collectors locally as well as in Manhattan, Florida, New Hampshire and Chicago. This work continues the gallery’s mission of marrying art and interior design and is the reason why the hours always have been on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment; it allows me to go wherever doing good work takes me.

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her life questioning and offering answers to life’s biggest queries on humanity. The exhibit represented almost three decades of her later works. I was honored to contribute a foreword to the catalogue, which also included writings on the artist’s work that offered insights and critical conclusions. It was an incredible experience to have visitors take in this large-scale solo exhibit, which sparked real conversations. Considering the impact of Sharrow’s work, it was my honor to offer my own initial insights and listen to visitors’ questions and their own impressions. This shared experience had such an impact on visitors, including myself. During the last Sunday reception, I often found myself starting a thought only to have the person next to me continue it — and neither of us were speaking in complete sentences. This is just one example of how art can communicate through emotions what words cannot. It was impossible not to feel connected and lucky to be a small part of a greater dialogue experienced through the lens of an artist’s life work.

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CONTENTS features colonial collaboration | 58 What was the secret to this Westfield home’s major renovation? Trust.

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This room in Old Tappan got a new look—thanks to white cabinets, dark flooring and some common sense.

perfect portals | 72 Found all around the globe, these dramatic doors boast intricate carvings and breathtaking images that tell their very own story.

ON THE COVER: When it came to updating a Westfield home, designer Kingsley Belcher Knauss employed a few money-saving techniques —and had magnificent results. (Photography by Vic Wahby)

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By cutting into a steep, sloping hill, an unusable Morristown backyard was transformed into a stunning pool and patio oasis.

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A family downsizes (but not too much) with a Bergen County prize-winner that marries spacious modernity and cozy tradition.

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A designer pulls up the pavement and gives a Ridgewood Tudor an English garden paradise.

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This issue of Gallery features some notso-quick renovations—and every one of them was well worth the wait.

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How to perfectly hang picture frames... Target’s new furniture line...the very best home accents—in purple...and more!

real estate | 32 These non-conformist condos boast character and charm—think lake views, a converted church and stained glass windows.

material world | 36 Spruce up your space with pieces made from burl—aka a tree’s perfect imperfection.

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top choices | 110 You can’t lose if you snooze on one of these dreamy daybeds.

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want what I want when I want it.” Every parent has seen that sentiment in a petulant toddler. But even among adults, we’ve become an instant gratification nation. Think, for example, about how we take possession of stuff. Gone are the days when we browsed bricks-andmortar shops. Instead we rely on those same shops’ online buying option or check out their digitalonly counterparts. In fact, most of us have become channel agnostic when it comes to buying, as we’re more focused on the actual “reward” of getting a coveted item. Same-day delivery and the promise of drone-assisted drop-offs make it easy to get what we want when we want it. These elevated expectations are no different when it comes to our homes—with one exception: the when. Sure, we want what we want, but it’s the time it takes to get it that we’re more apt to compromise on—that is, so we don’t have to compromise. Take, for example, the Maplewood

couple who tasked designer Julie Liepold with finding a piece of art with very specific colors, one that would dictate their living room redesign. They considered scores of works, and while many were lovely, none was perfect. The designer’s solution: to commission a painting with exactly the right shades of lavender, plum and gold the couple yearned for. They got what they wanted, but indeed, it did take some time. Check out “Color Scheming” on page 80 to see how it turned out. Consider too the Ridgewood family in “The Grass Is Always Greener.” When municipal zoning regulations posed a roadblock to their desire for a pool, they turned to landscape architect Tracy Linton for a solution. They got it—and couldn’t be more pleased—but it was not a wave-the-magic-wand fix. The stunning results can be seen on page 96. And in “A Cut Above,” on page 76, the Sayer family of Morristown also learned how patience pays off. They loved everything about their home—except the backyard, which sloped to such a degree that it seemed impossible to install a pool for their growing family. It appeared that the only solution was to move. Instead, they contacted landscape designer Tom Flint. He admitted that the site was super challenging but said it was possible to grant their wish, even promising a breathtaking transformation. He brought large equipment in to cut into the grade and removed a few hundred truckloads of fill, bringing the space closer to the same plane as the house. Immediate solution? Not nearly. But the family most certainly got what it wanted—and then some. And to further help you get what you want on the home front, we’re debuting a new department, “Concept Board,” in which we deconstruct a room into its various elements to make it easier to choose from among the plethora of available options. We start with kitchen, the heart of most homes. These are but a few of the departments and features that will inspire you to get what you want at home. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to order a faucet right now.

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It has already partnered with some of fashion’s biggest names like Isaac Mizrahi and Alexander McQueen, and now Target is collaborating with designers for its home department. Graphic designer Bri Emery has combined her chic, playful patterns—many of them found on her popular lifestyle blog Designlovefest—with the craftsmanship of Cloth & Company to create a 40-piece furniture collection, featuring a settee, sectional pieces, bench, dining chairs, upholstered headboards, curtains and more in an array of colors and designs. “I was inspired by my recent travels to Mexico, seeing beautiful tiles, textiles and desert sunsets,” she recently said. The colorful, whimsical patterns of the Designlovefest collection for Target are sure to put a smile on your face, as will the prices—they range from $200 to $1,400.

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UPCOMING EVENTS More than 250 artisans will display their pottery, sculpture, glass, metal, jewelry, photography, paintings, furniture and home décor creations at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the NJ Convention & Expo Center in Edison March 2–4. What can you expect? There will be interactive demonstrations, including pottery throwing, metal spinning and wood turning, plus plenty of live music and food (concessions plus specialty food exhibitors), so you can plan on making a day of it. Admission is $10 at the door and $8 in advance when you buy your tickets online (kids 12 and under are free). For more information, head to sugarloafcrafts.com. Planning a remodel or searching for design inspirations? You’ll find what you’re looking for at the South Jersey Spring Home Show, March 23–25 at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees or the Ocean County Spring Home Show, April 14 and 15 at RWJBarnabas Health Arena at Toms River High School in Toms River. Both shows will feature home improvement and remodeling exhibits with product demonstrations designed to stimulate your creativity and help you plan your space. You can also pick up expert advice while comparing a wide range of companies and cash in on special exhibit discounts for your upcoming project. Admission is free. For more info, go to njhomeshow-vc.com for the South Jersey show and njhomeshow-pb.com for the Ocean County show.

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PURPLE PRODUCTS WE LOVE Purple reigns in 2018 thanks to the global authority on color, Pantone, which named Ultra Violet its color of the year for all things fashion and home design. Just remember that a little purple can go a long way. If you don’t want to paint all of your walls a plum hue, try an accent wall, or choose a few well-placed accessories (some pillows, a throw, a vase or a lamp) to add a pop of color to your décor. Purple pairs well with neutrals like brown, beige, white, ivory and gold, or combine it with pink or citron green for a lively look. Here, a few products we love: Purple Hyacinth Watergarden (pictured). Fresh-cut flowers are an easy way to bring color to your décor, but they don’t last long. Problem solved: This classic glass cylinder comes with a faux bouquet of purple hyacinth flowers that’ll never wilt. Available at Ethan Allen. Natural Mineral Lavender Wall Art. You’re guaranteed a unique piece of art, as no two specimens of Indian zeolite gemstones, the focal point of the décor, are the same. Available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Avec Bergamot Purple Chair with Brass Legs. A purple velvet chair could be just the jolt of purple your room needs—and it’s a cozy seating option as well. Available at CB2. Chrissy Mirror (pictured). Layers of sculpted petals make the frame of this retro-chic piece a conversation starter in any space. Available at Safavieh. Purple Star Framed Print by Lupen Grainne. This gorgeous close-up photograph of a purple chrysanthemum is surrounded by a white mat and framed in wood. Available at Pottery Barn. Samson Purple Velvet Button Tufted Ottoman (pictured). Kick back and relax with this oversized square ottoman. Its low profile and buttery soft velvet are the perfect cure for tired legs. Available at houzz.com.

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APRIL HOME SALES Thinking about buying or selling a home in the Garden State this spring? Here are some numbers from last year to consider while you’re checking out the market.

20.8%

Lower inventory of homes for sale from April 2016 to April 2017, according to NJ Realtors.

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Average days properties stayed on the market in April 2017, according to Zillow.

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Median home sale price in April 2017, up 2.3 percent from 2016, according to NJ Realtors.

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Closed sales in April 2017, up 5.9 percent over the previous year, according to NJ Realtors.

HOME SWEET HOME OFFICE A wire mesh pencil holder and paper tray might be suitable for a work cubicle, but your custom home office deserves a little flair. Renowned interior designer Bunny Williams has unveiled a new line of desktop accessories for the worker who focuses on the details—decorative details, that is. The collection includes notebooks, storage boxes and nesting trays each covered with top-quality paper in a variety of playful patterns and colors. While functional like run-of-the-mill office tools, these ornamental supplies might just boost workplace creativity and enjoyment. Check out the line at bunnywilliamshome.com.

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You’ve seen Starry Night depicted on umbrellas and Water Lilies printed on bags. Now you can wear patterns by renowned Florentine porcelain firm Richard Ginori, which has transformed three of its most popular designs into silk scarves. Widely considered the most famous Italian porcelain dinnerware factory, Richard Ginori has designed products that have appeared on tables and in museums throughout the world. Among the most important designs now appearing as a scarf is Oriente Italiano, a stylized carnation pattern created by famed art director Gio Ponti more than 70 years ago. The scarves are $275 each at theboutiquecharleston.com or by special order at Richard Ginori authorized dealers.

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non-conformist condos Boasting character and charm—think lake views, a converted church, stained-glass windows—these properties are anything but cookie-cutter.

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300 COOKMAN AVE., UNIT 209X, ASBURY PARK $825,000 | 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1,644 sq. ft. This completely renovated condo, with a two-car garage, is designed in the style of a modern farmhouse. The space has an open floor plan and chef ’s kitchen with all-new appliances, plus it’s a short walk away from the Asbury Park boardwalk. CONTACT: HEATHER GARRETT MULY, THE GALLERY RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE, (908) 489-3446

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93 BRIGHT STREET, JERSEY CITY $1,149,000 | 2 beds, 2 full baths, 1,479 sq. ft. This penthouse-level condo boasts multiple skylights, stainless steel appliances, heated bathroom floors and a Jacuzzi tub— and, best of all, a private rooftop terrace with views of Jersey City and the NYC skyline. CONTACT: GILLI AXEL, NEST SEEKERS, (917) 572-3181

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729 FRANKLIN STREET, UNIT C-3, CAPE MAY $899,000 | 3 beds, 3.5 baths, 2,020 sq. ft. Even though this Cape May church has been converted into condo units, its one-of-a-kind details remain. The property’s great room features a massive stained glass window and carved wood detailing. CONTACT: JIM ZEITLER, JERSEY CAPE REALTY, (609) 741-0664

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303 MARINERS POINTE, HOPATCONG $509,900 | 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 2,027 sq. ft. Enjoy the great outdoors at this newly built Hopatcong property. It has lake views, a waterfront pavilion and a deeded boat slip, plus a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. CONTACT: MADALIN CRAWFORD, COLDWELL BANKER, (973) 650-7505

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material world

Whether you’re the boss or not, you'll feel in charge behind the Executive Desk, made with burl wood and polished chrome. All three drawers are lockable by key for optimal privacy. Available at 1stdibs.com.

This fruit bowl is a handmade statement piece from Etsy shop owner Bryan Nelson, crafted from the sturdy cap of an Australian Jarrah burl. Available from Nelsonwood at Etsy.

burl-esque SPRUCE UP YOUR SPACE WITH PIECES MADE FROM A TREE’S PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS.

This burl wood table lamp from Chairish sheds a light on the swoonworthy Mid-Century Modern trend. Available at chairish.com.

Polished stainless steel borders the burl wood Fulton Mirror, giving the warm piece an industrial edge. Available at WilliamsSonoma, multiple locations.

Funky meets functional. Pull the Metro Nightstand’s brass handles to reveal two drawers that are deep enough for all your goodies and keepsakes. Available at CB2, Paramus.

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The patterning on this burl dresser’s doors comes from the wood’s unique knotlike formation. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Available at onekingslane.com.

The Worlds Away Biggs Stool will give your space polish. Topped with a linen upholstered cushion, the comfortable, curvy piece serves as extra seating or as a footrest. Available at claytongrayhome.com.

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new & noteworthy

X marks the spot of Urban Trends’ wooden lantern. Candlelight never looked so good. Available at bellacor.com.

Hang this perforated copper light over your kitchen island, either alone or as a trio—it also comes in silver and gold. Available at West Elm, multiple locations.

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Keep your treasures safe while showing them off in the coralcolored Mashrabeya Cabinet from Nina Mair. Made of steelcoated beech, its sliding doors reveal different patterns when opened. Available at shop.ninamair.at.

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Banish those decorating blues with the sleek Dimma Chair from Leibal. Available at store. leibal.com.

The metallic and lacy Alma Container is the perfect place for your blooming flower or flickering candle. Available at edenla.com.

World Market’s teardrop lamp is crafted from iron that has been perforated, allowing a warm glow to filter through in many directions. Available at World Market, multiple locations.

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The Boho Black Metal Daybed, designed by Mermelada Studio in Spain, is the ideal spot for a mid-day siesta. Available at CB2, Paramus.

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hot stuff

The Geo Umbrella Stand holds your dripping umbrellas and doubles as a work of art. Its antique brass finish and geometric shape are oh-so metro chic. Available at West Elm, multiple locations.

These boots aren’t made for walking but will bring a bit of shine into your space. Available at sagebrookhome. com.

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Iconic design brand Fornasetti creates stands that are printed, lacquered and hand-painted in Italy. With its whimsical design and gold-colored trim, this piece will brighten up any entryway. Available at Rago Arts & Auction Center, Lambertville.

THESE UMBRELLA HOLDERS WILL ENSURE A LITTLE DRIZZLE DOESN’T DAMPEN YOUR FOYER’S STYLE.

Go ahead and “metal!” This hammered iron Riverbend stand will blend in perfectly with the umbrellas it’s meant to store. Available at riverbendhome.com.

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There are plenty of fish in the sea, but this ocean-worthy number is the one for you. The cylindrical stand features stylish schools of fish perforated into its metal finish. Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, multiple locations.

The Yamazaki holder’s open zig-zag design allows it to store more umbrellas than other stands, and helps them dry faster too. Available at The Container Store, multiple locations.

Add a pop of color to your mudroom with this hand-painted porcelain piece. The stand’s intricate floral pattern is so beautiful and detailed that your guests might mistake it for a sculpture. Available at scullyandscully.com.

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art

All aboard the Zeppelin Express: This vintage silkscreen poster—from Led Zeppelin’s sold-out 1975 Earl’s Court London Tour—is printed on thick paper stock and deserves a whole lotta love. Available from RockPosterTreasures on etsy.com.

The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, strikes a contemplative pose in this print from photographer Danny Clinch. Available at dannyclinch.com.

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Now this is a find: Add 10 new posters to your collection with a bundle from rock promoter Bill Graham—it includes the Jimi Hendrix piece shown above, as well as posters for the Steve Miller Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Available at rubylane.com.

This brand-new sunburst electric guitar, signed by music legend Alice Cooper and certified authentic, isn’t just a statement piece—it’s fully functional so you can channel your inner rock star. Available at hollywoodmemorabilia.com.

It doesn’t get more British than the limited edition Union Jack Sheraton electric guitar, complete with a hard case and certificate of authenticity. Available at zzounds.com.

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With vibrant colors and paint splatter details, pop artist Mark Lewis created a trippy portrait of John Lennon that might make you feel like you’re viewing it through “kaleidoscope eyes.” Available from ModernCrowd on etsy.com.

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A promo poster for Lou Reed’s 1974 album Rock n Roll Animal is a must for fans of the late singer/ songwriter and his band the Velvet Underground. Available from RockPosterTreasures on etsy.com.

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antiques

Feeling lucky? Give this game wheel of chance a spin. The piece, hand-painted and crafted from iron, mounts easily to the wall and makes for great conversation. Available at rubylane.com.

This vintage Samba pinball machine brings the fun of an arcade to your home. It even comes with the original instructions and technical sheet. Available at 1stdibs.com.

play time THESE VINTAGE GAMES WILL FILL YOUR HOME WITH FUN—AND A COOL RETRO VIBE.

Open wide! The object of this 20th century, hand-painted “passe boules” game is to throw a ball into the mouth of this gaping gentleman. Available at insolite-antiques.com.

From checkers and chess to dominoes and cribbage, this royal cabinet of games has it all. When you’re done playing, the game pieces can be stowed in the golden oak box and locked up with the original tassled key. Available at antiques.com.

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Travel “back” in time with this vintage-style backgammon set and chessboard. The piece, crafted in Egypt, features a mother-of-pearl inlay and intricate geometric patterns. Available at 1stdibs.com.

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This antique Regency games table, carved from mahogany, features a reversible top with an ebony and satinwood chess board on the underside. The table also includes 28 game pieces for chess, backgammon and droughts. Available at susansilverantiques.com.

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FORGET HO-HUM: STAPLES HAVE NEVER BEEN LESS RUN-OF-THE-MILL. FINDING THE PERFECT PIECES—LIKE THESE LIGHTING FIXTURES AND CABINETS—CAN TURN YOUR SPACE INTO A SHOWSTOPPER.

BRIGHT IDEAS Clockwise from top left: Corbett Vertigo 3-Light Pendant, Lighting by Gregory, Saddle River; Zuo Cosmos 12-Light Cluster Pendant, The Home Depot, multiple locations; Corbett Calligraphy 2-Light Extra Large Pendant, The Lighting Design Center, Parsippany; Eastbrook Brushed Zinc 7-Light Pendant, bellacor.com; Hazel Large Smooth Bell Pendant, rejuvenation.com.

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A BURNING DESIRE Clockwise from center: Viking 48-Inch Dual Fuel Range, Pacific Kitchens & Home, multiple locations; Bertazzoni 30-Inch Pro-Style Gas Range, Oberg & Lindquist, Westwood; AGA Legacy 44-Inch Dual Fuel Range in Ivory, Karl’s Appliances, multiple locations; La Cornue Island Unit, Reno’s Appliance, Paterson.

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RANGE OF MOTION Clockwise from top left: Moen Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting, multiple locations; Grohe Essence Single-Handle Faucet, Kitchen & Bathworks, multiple locations; Century Luxe Kitchen Faucet, houzz.com; Brizo Vuelo Single Handle Pull-Down Faucet, Hardware Designs, Fairfield; Traditional Standard Reach PLP Pulldown Faucet, waterstoneco.com; Grohe Essence Kitchen Faucet with Green Hose, T.P.S. Supply, Morristown.

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GO AHEAD, SPLASH! Clockwise from center: Brushed Spheres Aluminum Mosaic Tile, mineraltiles.com; Blue My Mind Tile, tilebar. com; Ziva Leaves Lake Blue Mixed Finished Stone, Artistic Tile, multiple locations; Cambrio Multicolor Tile, Walker Zanger, Perth Amboy; Luxor Bianco Dolomiti Polished Stone Mosaic, Artistic Tile, multiple locations; Artis Bronze Wall Tile, Porcelanosa, multiple locations.

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What was the secret to this Westfield home’s major renovation? Trust. Written by AnnMarie Martin Design by Kingsley Belcher Knauss Photography by Peter Rymwid

Artwork chosen for the family room didn’t break the bank: The homeowners attended an auction for up-andcoming artists in New York City, where they picked out a number of pieces. Among them: the Mira Lehr abstract on paper “Jerusalem 2010” hung behind a small weathervane sculpture.

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and patterns—“and the trust this client gave me to use them,” the designer says. “My philosophy is to get to know the client’s wish list and then make the house as functional as possible to meet their goals, but not have it look as if the designer just left the house,” she explains. “In this case, there were a lot of pieces that were dear to them that they wanted to incorporate. So we developed a design in which we could give new life to older pieces in the house.” For example, the French Bergère chair and Martha Washington chairs in the living room were all upholstered in an apricot

This page: Designer Kingsley Belcher Knauss used bold colors and patterns to make the living room pop. Opposite page: Homeowner Jeanine Crissey insisted the project keep her home’s integrity. “I didn’t want to renovate a house and make it look modern when it’s a 1940s home,” she says.

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After scanning the market for about a year in search of a house with more space, Jeanine Crissey realized she’d rather put her time and money into the Westfield house her family had made its home for 15 years. Old acquaintance and designer Kingsley Belcher Knauss, owner of KBK Interior Design, also in Westfield, came on board for this major redesign and addition project, which involved a reconfigured layout to welcome a new family room and master suite. But it wasn’t just Knauss’ clever architectural moves that made this older home pop. It was also the bold colors

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and raspberry damask linen. “I love color, and I love things that are unique,” says Crissey, who was very involved in decision making. “I didn’t want to renovate a house and make it look modern when it’s a 1940s home. It was very important to me that it stayed within that time period. It was about making it usable for my family and updated, but so that those traditional elements weren’t ruined.” The mudroom, for example, boasts a classic, almost stately aesthetic with an old lacrosse stick mounted on the wall and slate herringbone upholstered seating and is juxta-

posed with a bold, hand-blocked, black-andwhite wallcovering in the back-entry foyer. More mounted lacrosse sticks can be found in Crissey’s son’s room—he plays the sport, natch—which occupies the entire third floor. “We did things like that to take old heirlooms and make them unique,” says Knauss. For example, Crissey’s daughter’s room features vintage hats hung on old hat displays. And rather than table lamps, antique French chandeliers are hung over the vintage painted nightstands on either side of the bed with a faux quilted painted wall behind them. Knauss also employed money-saving

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This page: With no room for a pantry, long cabinets were added to the kitchen to give it the look of one. Opposite page: To create the illusion of more space in the dining room, Knauss employed a hexagonal ceiling placed above a round table and oversized chairs.

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repurposed as the main pendant ceiling light. The family also saved by attending an auction for upand-coming artists at artist Hunt Slonem’s studio in New York City, where they picked out a number of pieces seen throughout the home, such as the Mira Lehr abstract on paper “Jerusalem 2010” hung in the living room behind a small weathervane sculpture from an antiques shop. “People get scared of going to auctions for art, but it’s often the most affordable way to go,” explains Knauss. Another notable piece of art is the Helen Frank watercolor hand-etching, entitled “Steps at the Met,” hanging on the opposite wall.

This page: The gas-burning fireplace was atypically taller than the windows, so Knauss created built-in bookcases on either side of the flue, making it appear intentional. Opposite page: The mudroom has plenty of room to sit and remove rain-soaked boots, courtesy of slate herringbone upholstered seating.

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techniques such as repurposing items—a move Crissey appreciated—like the ottoman in her daughter’s room (previously a living room chair) and the carpet also in that bedroom that used to be in the dining room. “We also took an old floor lamp and created a custom fabric shade for it,” says Knauss. “Simple tricks like that aren’t expensive and make it a very personalized space.” In the guest room, the biggest investments were the custom bedding and window treatments. Former living room lamps were used on the nightstands, along with a bed frame that used to belong to her son. A hanging hall fixture was

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Frank is a local New Jersey artist. Knauss created the illusion of more space with a variety of tactics—for instance, with the hexagonal ceiling placed above a round table and oversized chairs in the dining room. “It’s intimate but feels big,” she says. The typical buffet and server were also eliminated, and corner cabinets added. “I wanted to maximize my space, and I felt that built-ins were the best way to do that,” says Crissey, who was involved in the development of much of the custom cabinetry and millwork Knauss designed for her, including in the kitchen and family

room. “I’d wanted a pantry but there was no space for it, so we did longer cabinets in the kitchen, which gave it the look of one,” Crissey says. In the blue and taupe family room, the gas-burning fireplace was atypically taller than the windows, pushing Knauss to create built-in bookcases on either side of the flue, making it appear intentional. “The projects that are the best for designers are those where there is mutual trust,” Knauss says. “The more trust, the better the project, that’s just the bottom line. It’s a lot of fun when a client can really put their stamp on it.”

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This page: The bathroom draws plenty of natural light from ample windows. Opposite page: Knauss employed money-saving techniques such as repurposing items. In the guest room, for example, former living room lamps were used on the nightstands, and a hanging hall fixture was repurposed as the main pendant ceiling light.

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update for an ’80s kitchen

This room in Old Tappan got a new look—thanks to white cabinets, dark flooring and some common sense.

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Written by Nancy Mattia Design by Glen Lumia and Sarah Roy Photography by John Martinelli

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More than a few new touches—like Bianco Antico granite countertops and a marble subway-tile backsplash behind a Wolf range top— give this kitchen a contemporary, yet elegant, edge.

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allow for a laundry room. “Relocating the rear door and removEvery major kitchen renovation has its raison d’être. The one un- This page: A 3¼-inch select oak floor in dark ing the kitchen table gained valuable wall space for the cabidertaken by Anthony and Lorraine O. of Old Tappan had three. walnut finish provides contrast to the white nets and countertops.” Installing stacked windows on the rear “Things were breaking, we were well overdue for new Starmark cabinetry. wall not only created better views of the yard and pool but also appliances anyway, and we were totally done with laundry Opposite page, top: Hardwood stools by brought in more natural light. baskets in the kitchen where the washer and dryer were,” says Threshold surround a new island, which is the Because the owners wanted a transitional look, the Creative Lorraine. “Do I even need to mention how much I hated the perfect spot to enjoy Design team incorporated traditional elements like a white oak cabinets?” morning coffee. Bottom: Designer Glen Lumia subway tile backsplash with contemporary amenities such as “The original space was an ’80s classic golden oak kitchen reorganized the first-floor a pot filler. with the sink and stove crowded on one short, straight run,” layout to incorporate a custom-built wet bar The dated cabinets were replaced with gleaming white cabiexplains Glen Lumia, president and CEO of Creative Design between the kitchen and guest wing. nets that paired nicely with the kitchen’s other white features— Construction & Remodeling in Northvale. The tight layout the refrigerator and custom oven hood, for example. But the meant limited work space and a traffic-flow nightmare, with a designing duo stopped short of making the room look like a giant marshtoo-small island, a dining table, a laundry closet and a sliding door to the mallow by mixing things up with dark woods (the island doors, flooring) backyard overwhelming the room. and stainless appliances. Lumia and Sarah Roy, a remodeling consultant/designer with Creative The renovation has allowed the owners to enjoy morning coffee or eveDesign, got to work, rethinking every inch of space. ning drinks with friends at the island while looking out to the pool area. The laundry closet, which housed a washer and dryer, was demolished. “We keep asking ourselves one question,” says Lorraine. “Why did we “Removing it allowed open archways connecting the kitchen to the dining wait so long?” room and the living room,” says Lumia, who reorganized the guest wing to

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We often make a beeline to buildings with historical significance because, let’s face it, these iconic structures afford us a way to learn about the culture, history and architecture of the place we’re visiting. With that in mind, enter another world via these dramatic doors—found all around the globe, each one boasts intricate carvings and breathtaking images that tell their very own story. Come on in.

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The Duomo di Milano—a cathedral in Milan, Italy dedicated to St. Mary of the Nativity—features five bronze doors, but its central entrance is surely the most stunning. It has more than 30 carvings, each portraying a scene from the Virgin Mary’s life.

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This page, clockwise from top left: the Santo Domingo de Soria, a Roman Catholic church located in Soria, Castile and Leรณn, Spain; the Dormition Cathedral, one of the main monuments of the KievPechersk Lavra ensemble in Kiev, Ukraine; the Santa Prisca Parish Church in Taxco de Alarcรณn, Mexico, one of the few Baroque buildings in the state of Guerrero; and the Wat Benchamabophit, a Buddhist temple in the Dusit district of Bangkok, Thailand. Opposite page: the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which contains the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, in Rabat, Morocco.

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a cut above

By cutting into a steep, sloping hill, an unusable Morristown backyard was transformed into a stunning pool and patio oasis. Written by David Levine Landscape design by Tom Flint Photography by Adam Pass

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Landscape designer Tom Flint made sure there weren’t big banks of stairs in the backyward. “We formed different levels to create interest and drama,” he says, “but at the same time all the levels are open to one another.”

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The Sayer family loved everything about their Morristown home—except the backyard. They really, really wanted a pool for their growing family of five, but the lawn sloped to such a daunting degree that putting one in seemed impossible. They considered moving, until they met with Tom Flint of Thomas Flint Landscape Design & Development in Midland Park. Flint admits it was an extremely challenging site. “But sometimes those sites lend themselves to spectacular projects,” he says. This project started with an extensive and aggressive land cut. “We brought large equipment in to cut into the grade and removed a few hundred truckloads of fill,” Flint says. Cutting into the hill brought the pool and other levels closer to the same plane as the house. “There are no big banks of stairs,” Flint says. “We formed different levels to create interest and drama, but at the same time all the levels are open to one another.”

The Sayers wanted a clean, modern look for their vanishing-edge pool, but Flint convinced them to meld that style with the natural rustic beauty of their woodland property. The pool is clean and crisp, but the fireplace and retaining walls are built from stone, brick and wood reclaimed from barns and house foundations from the late 1800s. A patio deck made from porcelain that is fired to look like wood holds a specially designed pizza oven that Flint says is “esthetically beautiful and culinary grade, and insulated for performance that matches its great looks.” “We were blown away by Tom’s design,” Roger Sayer says. “We couldn’t believe how the yard had been transformed into flat, usable spaces. We wanted the ‘wow’ factor, but we never expected to see what we saw. It is like a resort of our own. It really is something different, and we are proud of it.”

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This page: Retaining walls are built from 19th century reclaimed foundation stones and brick that still have paint, concrete and soot stains to add character. Opposite page, top: Different levels were cut into a steep slope to create easy access from home to pool to patio without a lot of stairs. Bottom: The custom pool includes fiber-optic strands that come up through the bottom to create a starry pattern of colorful twinkling light. “At night, it is stunning,” says landscape designer Tom Flint.

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color scheming An interior designer went on a treasure hunt to find the perfect painting, then revamped a living room based on its hues.

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A “Voisin” custom area rug by Bellbridge was chosen to complement window treatments designed with Beacon Hill’s “Sea Rose” fabric. Meanwhile, the “Lambourn” sofa by Kravet is upholstered in Duralee’s “Driftwood” fabric. Embroidered pillows are by Callisto Home.

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This page: A customguide, then gave Ariana a list of the colors we wanted her to When interior designer Julie Liepold was tasked with designed mirror with work with, like lavender, plum and gold,” says Liepold. “She redecorating the living room of a Maplewood home, she faced an ostrich skin inset by Skin and Bones was even willing to do a to-scale template of what the painta distinct challenge: The homeowners wanted to buy the Studio is flanked by two ing would be like. That was very helpful.” perfect painting, with a specific color scheme, and then base “Paris” swivel chairs by upholstered in In the meantime, Liepold began collecting furniture and the room’s entire design on it. But as Liepold soon discovered, Vanguard, Groundworks “Modern Dial” fabric. Opposite accent pieces—and soon stumbled upon what she calls the that painting didn’t exist. Yet. page: A “Park” chair by second most important piece of the new design’s puzzle: the “We went to a number of different local artists to try to find Vanguard sits in front of a commissioned painting drapery. paintings in that color scheme,” she recalls of her adventures by Montclair-based artist “Christine and Steve both fell in love with the very first with the homeowners, Christine and Steve (for privacy, they Ariana Hoffman. fabric that was selected—a ‘Sea Rose’ fabric by Beacon Hills,” asked that their last names not be used). “We looked at countLiepold says. “We used that as inspiration when we selected the rug, less works of art, and we found some that were close to the colors which has a pattern that’s very similar to the one found on the drapery.” we wanted. But nothing was perfect.” Next up: furnishings such as a “Lambourn” sofa by Kravet, upholstered That’s when Liepold—founder and principal designer of Liepold in Duralee “Driftwood”; a pair of “Westwood” accent tables by TheoDesign Group—decided to commission a painting from Montclair-based dore Alexander; two “Paris” swivel chairs by Vanguard, upholstered in artist Ariana Hoffman. And, much to her delight, Hoffman was more Groundworks “Modern Dial” and Vanguard’s “Hobson” coffee table. than happy to work with the shades chosen by the homeowners. Eye-catching accents include hand-modeled raku pottery pieces and a “We went through the Benjamin Moore color wheel and used it as a

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Clockwise from top left: A metal etagere with white marble shelves from the Studio A Spike Collection displays a trio of handmodeled raku pottery pieces, plus a Shagreen frame with a figurative painting and a Kendra Scott amethyst square frame with a watercolor; Vanguard’s “Hobson” coffee table has plenty of room for flowers cut from the homeowners’ terrace garden; other accents include a stunning amethyst sphere along with another raku pottery piece.

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“The room gets a tremendous amount of natural light, which is wonderful, but we had to address what that light would do to the furnishings,” says Liepold. “So we selected fabrics that would resist fading, and we installed window film to protect everything—including the couple’s piano—from the UV rays.” But isn’t the window film a distraction? Absolutely not, says Liepold, who stresses, “You don’t notice it at all.” For their part, the homeowners are thrilled with the results—and can easily pick their favorite part of the new living room. “The artwork,” says Christine. “But really, we love it all—the chairs, the mirror, the sconces, the fabric on the curtains which picks up the motif on the rug. Everything is just right.”

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glittering amethyst sphere, but the living room’s crowning glory might just be a custom-designed octagonal mirror with an inset of ostrich skin and a gold frame that matches the finish on the sconces that were placed on the fireplace mantel. And speaking of the mantel, it was painted to provide a new look, and a charcoal drawing by Diane Klein was hung above it. There were, of course, several challenges along the way. First off, the 850-square-foot room’s original popcorn ceiling had to be removed because of a slope that needed correction (plus, Liepold wanted to install a lighting plan with a central ceiling mounted light, surrounded by downlights, to highlight the new artwork). Then there was an issue that most people would be happy to encounter: lots of sun.

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farmhouse for the future Written by Leslie Garisto Pfaff Design by Kurt Otto Photography by Damira Maricic

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A family downsizes (but not too much) with a Bergen County prize-winner that marries spacious modernity and cozy tradition.

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The main floor achieves its airiness not just with large windows but also via a series of ingenious lighting choices, including custom-built lighted beams and seven black Gabriel Scott pendants, hung just below the dormers. The raw concrete on the large two-sided fireplace adds surprising warmth.

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This page: The bar is deliberately free-standing so guests can cluster around it on all four sides; the zinc top is extra deep to accommodate dining as well as imbibing. Behind the bar, the glass doors of the liquor cabinet, which slide open and closed tatami-style, echo the design of the house’s many mullioned windows. Opposite page: The custom couch was created with entertaining in mind, with a wide, sturdy back that can double as informal seating.

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It all started with the property: two-and-a-half leafy acres of gently sloping lawn surrounded by lush woods, with not another house in sight. Seeing it for the first time, Elle Rubach couldn’t believe it was part of densely populated Bergen County. “It felt very remote, as if we were in the country,” she says. “But in fact it was just five minutes from a very popular restaurant and a busy shopping center.” Rubach was smitten. She and her husband, Joseph (JoJo), had already decided that if they could find the right property, they’d build a new house on it. They weren’t exactly empty-nesters, but two of their three daughters were already in college and Elle knew the house they were living in at the time—a sprawling shingle-style home that conjured the Hamptons in design and in size—would be too big for a couple, even with a dog, a cat and daughters inclined to drop by and stay over. Many of their friends were already talking about selling their houses and moving into city apartments, but the Rubachs loved to entertain and didn’t think they’d find an apartment roomy enough for their well-attended get-togethers.

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This page: A focal point in the kitchen is the standards, so the architecture would have to suit not “I wanted a home that was gracious and still capacious indoor grill, clad in glazed tile; it can be just the couple’s vision but the town’s as well. had that entertaining vibe, but with a completely raised and lowered to achieve the desired cooking temperature. Opposite page, top: A large stainlessIn the end, it was the property that dictated the different feel to it, one where my husband and I steel vent hood dominates the chef’s kitchen, which design. On vacation with his family in California’s could always be in the same room,” says Elle. She offers ample seating at the island (under a pair of Holly Hunt pendants) and around the small marbleNapa Valley, Otto was relaxing in the contemporary envisioned an open-concept ground floor, with topped table (from Design Within Reach). Bottom: Sliding glass doors add to the intimacy of the winery-style farmhouse they’d rented when it hit connected outdoor porches and a kitchen visible formal dining room. The original Cliff Young table is him. “Because the Rubach house would be sitting on throughout—a place that could accommodate lots flanked by walnut-and-leather Poliform “Ipanema” of guests but still feel cozy when it was just the two chairs. The homeowners chose to forgo a traditional a big, sprawling lot with a country feel,” he says, “I chandelier in favor of an illuminated tray ceiling and realized that a contemporary farmhouse would be of them. a series of lighted beams. perfect.” With luck, the house would accommodate She also knew who she wanted to design the the Rubachs’ modern wish list yet have sufficient traditional appeal to house: Kurt Otto, principal of E/N/V Architects in Englewood Cliffs, please the town. Before he could pass along the suggestion, Elle called who had designed her previous home. The only big question remaining him with the same thought. was the style of the house. The Rubachs wanted something sleek and The resulting house—which won a prestigious American Institute contemporary, but the property was in a historic district with strict zoning

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bedroom is set a half level above the first floor to minimize the climb) manages to feel both airy and intimate. To delineate the main living area on the open-concept first floor, Otto designed a tall, two-way fireplace in poured concrete that rises to the height of an exposed ceiling beam. “It’s a subtle buffer between the family room and the formal dining room,” he says. “It accentuates the cathedral ceiling and the beams, but there’s still a gracious flow around it.” The dining room is part of the open concept yet achieves an almost clubby feel thanks to the glass and steel doors that can either enclose it or open it up to the rest of the house. Otto deliberately dropped the dining-room ceiling to nine feet—because, he says, “no

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of Architects award—is an ingenious intermingling of traditional and contemporary. On the exterior, board-and-batten siding, a series of dormers and gables, and natural stone wainscoting evoke quintessential farmhouse style, while inside, a cathedral ceiling, exposed beams, and large, four-over-four mullioned windows open up the space to light and air, striking a more modern tone. The palette throughout is neutral—every room is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Frostine, a white that, for Elle, brings to mind the walls of an art gallery. “I knew that the only things I was going to have in the house in terms of color would be the art on the walls,” she says. Just as Elle had hoped, the two-and-a-half-story house (the master

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This page: The home’s upper level houses bedrooms for the homeowners’ three grown daughters, who frequently spend the night. Here, an upholstered white platform bed (the Cloud, from RH Modern) appears to float under a series of pendants from West Elm; a vision of the green landscape beyond the window enhances the room’s overall feeling of tranquility. Opposite page: The house’s basement level is home to Elle Rubach’s piano, which originally belonged to her mother. Behind are posters from Broadway musicals Rubach attended with her musicloving daughters. The basement is connected to the main level by a glass staircase and feels very much a part of the living area.

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This page: In a guest bathroom, an accent wall of gray-hued porcelain tile (also on the floor) backs a rectangular sink and mirror, here offering a reflection of an original photograph of Marilyn Monroe. Opposite page: In the master bathroom, the clear glass of the stall shower allows an unimpeded view of the surrounding greenery. For their reflectivity and simple lines, the homeowners chose white Thassos marble tiles for the walls and floor; a his-and-hers pair of vanities in statuary marble, each with a white drop-in Lacava sink, flank the shower and bath.

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one wants to eat under a 21-foot ceiling.” To please JoJo Rubach, a passionate amateur cook, Otto designed a walk-up indoor grill for the restaurant-style kitchen. So that the kitchen would blend naturally with the surrounding décor, Elle chose clean-lined cabinets, the lowers in stainless steel and the uppers in walnut, stained a dark gray that’s nearly black. At more casual events, guests can sit—and eat—at a large kitchen island or around a zinc-topped bar at the other end of the floor. Wherever they choose to sit, they can’t help but take in the house’s extraordinary surroundings. “From any angle, from any window, you can see the woods and the sky and the trees,” notes Elle. The ever-changing landscape, she says, is the house’s true décor, set off by the minimalist interior. “Everywhere you walk throughout the house,” she says, “you have to stop and look. It’s just a very tranquil place to be.”

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the grass is always greener A designer pulls up the pavement and gives a Ridgewood Tudor an English garden paradise. Written by Darius Amos Landscape architecture by Tracy Linton Photography by Heather Knapp

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To reduce the hardscape coverage of this Ridgewood property, landscape architect Tracy Linton replaced an old asphalt driveway with a brickand-grass combination.

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A full grass driveway was installed in the rear, further miniTo fit an in-ground pool on their half-acre property, a Ridgewood This page: The outdoor room, with plenty of mizing hardscape coverage but also allowing cars to access a family had to get creative—and it’s not because a topographical seating and a fireplace, is used by the homeowners secondary garage. And when vehicles aren’t present, the sod hurdle was standing in the way. Instead, municipal regulations at least twice a week serves as the perfect play area for the family’s children and pets. of hardscape-to-landscape ratio posed the greatest obstacle to during the summer to entertain friends and “I have four kids, and they have a lot of friends,” the homeowner the project, so the homeowners asked landscape architect Tracy family. Opposite page: Grassy diamond inlays says. “They have a blast back there.” Linton, of Haskell-based Tapestry Landscape Architecture, for were installed in the Linton ensured that the adults have plenty of space to play as help and an outside-the-box design. stone walkway, softening the yard for everyone— well, enhancing many of the existing features. A bar and kitchen Most of the existing lot coverage was chalked up to a long asincluding the homeowners’ area was added to the main patio, creating additional serving and phalt driveway that meandered across the front yard and into the four-legged friend. seating space, while a pergola was constructed over the entire rear of the English Tudor-style home. To reduce that coverage, “outdoor room,” which also includes casual couches and a fireplace. “They Linton said goodbye to the pavement. “The homeowner wanted an English garden feel to the property instead wanted a comfortable place to entertain and enjoy family time,” she says. “The space now has a nice flow and open feel.” of a lot of asphalt and underused spaces,” she recalls. “This is how the The landscape architect also added detailed lawn elements to soften the driveway evolved into a brick-and-grass combination. The brick was sehardscape, creating the same diamond grass design found in the front yard lected for its ability to withstand vehicular traffic and its old-world charm to the bluestone patio and stepstone walkway. The diamond pattern was also to match the house.”

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Clockwise from top left:A new pergola provides ample shade while connecting the grill and food prep station with a fireplace and lounge area. An ivy trellis on the garage mimics the design found on the patio and walkway while serving as the perfect backdrop for the new pool. Conversations come easy thanks to the open flow from the bar to the fireplace.

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To decorate around the pool, Linton chose plants that fall into a white and green scheme with slight pops of color. Green giant arborvitaes were added in the rear to give the yard privacy, while white Incrediball hydrangeas were layered to add a pure white backdrop to the pool. Also planted were liriope and purple palace heuchra for texture and color, and large boxwoods with knock-out roses provide the garden with bright hues. “The house did not fit into the landscape before,” says Linton. “Now it’s a showcase that people stop in the street to look at and drive by. It has become an English tudor in an English garden, and it looks great all four seasons of the year.” Adds the homeowner, “I absolutely love it and wouldn’t change anything.”

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used for the wire frame trellis anchored to the garage. “The layout of the ivy trellis was tricky,” Linton says. “However, with the help of a carpenter and our sister company, Scenic Landscaping, we were able to provide perfect proportions. Ivy grows very fast, so it needs training and upkeep. But they love to go out and twirl the ivy around the wire to keep the shape tight. It’s therapeutic!” With the improvements and new green elements, Tranquility Pools, another sister company, got the go-ahead to build the pool. “Updated porcelain tile and Hydrazzo French gray pool plaster was used; a sun shelf was created to allow for a hang-out area adjacent to the spa, and handmade clover tile indicators were put in the steps for an added detail,” notes Linton.

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WHEN A TINY SPACE NEEDED TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO A MULTI-PURPOSE FAMILY ROOM, ONE NORTH CALDWELL DESIGNER MADE IT A REALITY. Design by Eric J. Schmidt

THE DESIGN ANALYSIS: We called designer Eric J. Schmidt of North Caldwell-based Eric J. Schmidt Interiors, who assessed the room and decided his credo would be “big function in a small space.” And he more than delivered. First off: To make the biggest bang, Schmidt designed a custom wall unit, in cerused oak with a brass trim, that could hold just about everything, including a flat-screen TV and even a fireplace.

It also serves as a storage area and a place to display accent pieces. Meanwhile, Schmidt chose a “fresh as spring” color palette, with willow greens, earth tones and ivory—all found in plush seating and foot-friendly, hide-covered ottomans that make for the perfect spot to hang out and relax. A host of fabrics in velvet, linen and delicate weaves add both visual and tactile interest, while antique brass accents, furniture and accessories provide a fresh take on a classic metal. As for the walls, Schmidt lined them with grasscloth. Then he got a little wild when it came to the rug: A perky leopard print anchors the space. “The room was truly transformed,” says the designer. “And best of all, it became a central hub for the entire family.”

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THE SPACE: The homeowners dreamed of an all-new multipurpose family room, but they faced a stark reality: The only space they had was a small (14'x10') step-down room open to the kitchen.

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Swing arm lamp in brass by Walter von Nessen

Drapery fabric by Ralph Lauren in Chancery Velvet Willow

Wall covering in Bermuda Hemp Pear Green by Phillip Jeffries

Club chair, with Kravet Cast Off fabric, by Lee Industries

Swivel chair, in Kravet Helm’s Earth fabric, by Lee Industries

Hollis floor lamp by Ralph Lauren

Robertson Cube, Hair on Hide, by Williams Sonoma

Ingmar round side table by Safavieh

Bowie side chair by Safavieh

Leopard carpet by Safavieh

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Lee Industries sofa, covered in Ralph Lauren Coconut Grove’s Parchment fabric

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DESIGN DESTINATION: PARAMUS SPRING 2018 | S H O W C A S E

MITCHELL GOLD & BOB WILLIAMS

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From their Spring 2018 Collection, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams introduces a luxurious Modern Round Dining Collection with many custom options, including white marble table tops. Also new: a plush and prismatic array of Ada dining chairs, featured here in the season’s new vivid velvets. More of the collection at mgbwhome.com.

From their new Spring 2018 Collection, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams introduces the ultimate in form and function with Elroy, a Mid-century modern accent chair inspired by travels to Milan and unconventional forms. Available three ways: left arm, right arm, and centered seat. See more of Elroy at mgbwhome.com.

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Z GALLERIE Z Gallerie is the style authority for the fashionable home. The brand celebrates the glamorous, the modern, and the relaxed lifestyle with cutting edge designs and sophisticated, accessible furnishings. A catalog, full online presence at zgallerie.com, and 76 stores nationwide keep Z Gallerie in the forefront for interior designers and stylish influencers.

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772 ROUTE 17 NORTH, SPACE #4A 201.389.0151 | ZGALLERIE.COM

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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

DESIGN DESTINATION: PARAMUS SPRING 2018 | S H O W C A S E

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Dreaming of a new kitchen or bath? No one helps homeowners bring their vision to life better than Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. See, touch and compare top-selling lighting, appliances, and bath and kitchen products in our state-of-the-art showrooms. With locations throughout New Jersey to serve you, Ferguson us help make your dream a reality.

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top choices

lavish loungers YOU CAN’T LOSE IF YOU SNOOZE ON ONE OF THESE DREAMY DAYBEDS. GO AHEAD—COZY UP WITH A GOOD BOOK OR KICK BACK FOR A MID-DAY CATNAP.

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With hand-carved arches and a white-wash finish, this hardwood daybed is a nod to classic Middle Eastern architecture. Make the piece your own with a printed cushion and funky throw pillows. Available at Anthropologie, multiple locations.

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We’re seeing double! A. Rudin’s linen-colored sofa comes with two oversize cushions for optimal comfort, and its dimensions can be customized to fit your space. Settle in for a siesta, or simply use it as additional seating. Available at arudin.com.

The Dmitriy Daybed is handcrafted and made to order, with turned wooden legs in the finish of your choice. Its tufted seat is complete with a French mattress stitch, accompanied by pleated armrests on either side. Très chic! Available at dmitriyco.com.

Mellow out on the yellow Darcy Daybed, or mix it up with one of more than 20 fabric colors and prints. Bolsters are held in place by a strap underneath the frame so they won’t roll off while you’re relaxing, but they can be easily removed to transform the sofa into an extra bed. Available at Anthropologie, multiple locations.

Rome-born designer Kevin Walz uses his patented processes to turn natural materials such as hardwood and metals into works of art. His velvet, wood-based daybed is no exception. Available at ralphpucci.net.

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This long, luxe lounger is the perfect curl-up spot for a nap and can comfortably seat two when necessary. But with this daybed’s velvety finish and cozy cushions, we have a feeling you’ll want it all to yourself. Available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Paramus.

GALLERY

Like a fine wine, this tufted daybed from CB2 only gets better with age. Its rich, nude-colored leather softens with every use, and the bed’s pillow molds to your specific shape. Available at CB2, Paramus.

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finishing t ouch

go big or go home

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SOMETIMES, SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER.

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It’s a design dilemma many of us have faced: a gigantic wall that’s the epitome of the phrase “dead space.” To the rescue: the hot-right-now trend of employing largescale paintings to create visual interest and, best of all, avoid the dreaded dead zone. That’s what Lukas Machnik did when designing this minimalist room; after bathing it in grays and whites, he adorned an empty, enormous wall with a metal and wax piece by artist Lonney White. The result: a show-stopping focal point. For his part, Machnik will have many more opportunities to find a home for powerful pieces: His newest venture, the Hamptons Good Design gallery, opens this spring in East Hampton, New York.

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