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contents s/s 2016

features going for flow | 54

The much-needed redo of a couple’s townhouse gives it a more open feel—and their own style.

black and white | 68

These tonal opposites—classic and cutting edge— add sophistication and drama to any space.

a taste of morocco | 74 The shapes and motifs of this land on Africa’s Mediterranean coast turn an intimate dinner into a visual Marrakesh Express.

this time it’s personal | 82

When Robert Passal designs your home—as a real estate broker found out—it reflects what you’re all about.

sky-high shanghai | 94

China’s most cosmopolitan metropolis is full of soaring up-to-the-minute architecture. But as a visitor discovers, it also has centuries-old treasures.

the big screen | 100

Let these paneled pretties make their debut in any room where you crave some drama.

now and zen | 102

We all need a respite from the stressfiul world. We can pack up for a spiritual pilgrimage to the temples of Kyoto. Or, if we’re lucky, we can step into our backyard Japanese garden.

On the cover:

You love the beach, but we bet there are times when you prefer the view from the pool in your own backyard.

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A living room decorated by designer Robert Passal pops with bright blue and orange hues.

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departments Welcome to Gallery!

new and noteworthy | 46

the tour | 25

It’s not just about cooking. This creative space itself can reflect your impeccable taste.

memo | 18

Designer showcases...kitchen tours...private gardens...mobile furniture...floral exhibits...and more!

real deals | 30 You can’t beat a water view, so it’s natural that of the dozen New Jersey towns with the top average 2015 home sale prices, most hug the Shore or the Hudson.

on trend | 32

design challenge | 108 A designer’s expertise helps give a new life to a once-neglected room.

the artisan | 120 Educated as a filmmaker and jewelry designer, this versatile craftsman is now doing his sharpest work ever.

A real estate expert sets us straight on buying and selling in New Jersey and what statistics really mean.

material world | 36 A chance to spruce up your home with this versatile, natural material may be just what you’re pining for.

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Winning design possibilities abound in Pantone’s colors of the year, rose quartz and serenity.

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memo

gallery Editor in Chief Rita Guarna Art Director stephen M. vitarbo Managing Editor carol bialkowski

there's no home like this place

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hen I told my staff we were publishing a new real estate and home design magazine, one of them asked, “Aren’t scads of those magazines already out there?” Another boldly queried: “Are we crazy?” Well, yes—and I hope not! Certainly many real estate/design magazines exist, but none are dedicated solely to showcasing the very best of New Jersey real estate, home design and entertaining. And none reflects the range of style and taste of

those of us who are fortunate enough to call the Garden State home. That, in a nutshell, is the mission of Gallery. We exist to celebrate noteworthy New Jersey real estate in all its glorious variety. Within our covers you’ll tour homes of every stripe—from historic to ultra-hip, from urban to country. You’ll also be introduced to the people behind the designs—the architects and artisans, interior designers and landscape designers, antiques dealers and others who are helping New Jersey homeowners transform their living spaces. In our premiere issue you’ll find the handiwork of celebrated interior designers Eric Schmidt (page 54) and Robert Passal (page 82). We also shine a spotlight on artisan Anthony Michael Salerno, who recently began designing high-end kitchen knives with the help of a team of Jersey craftsmen (page 120). What else will you find in this issue of Gallery? Pick up some tips on decorating in black and white (page 68). Get inspired to create a Zen garden in your own backyard (page 102). Take an architectural tour of Shanghai (page 94). Read about celeb event designer Juan DeStroud’s fabulous Moroccanthemed dinner party (page 74)...and much more. We plan to cover many other interesting topics—and homes—in issues to come. Maybe we’ll even visit your home someday soon. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy reading this inaugural issue of Gallery as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you.

Senior Editor timothy kelley associate editor darius amos

Design Contributors eileen crabill, Yvonne Marki Contributing Photographers monica buck, stephen kent johnson, joshua mchugh, keith scott morton Publishing staff Publisher shae marcus advertising account executives karen azzarello, jodi bruker, THOMAS FLANNERY, bridget juliano, Mary lima, robyn maka, mary masciale, maura hunter templeton, annette vanore, amy B. weiss, carol xanthos

Marketing, digital & Operations director of marketing & digital media nigel edelshain Marketing associate richard Iurilli

Director of production and circulation Chrstine hamel Advertising Services Manager jacquelynn fischer Senior Art Director, Agency Services Kijoo Kim Production/Art Assistant Alanna Giannantonio Accounting agnes alves, megan frank manager, office services & information technology catherine rosario Published by Chairman Carroll V. Dowden President & CEO Mark Dowden Senior Vice Presidents sHAE MARCUS, Carl Olsen Vice Presidents Nigel Edelshain, Rita guarna, christine hamel GALLERY Magazine is published by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645. Copyright © 2016 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, GALLERY, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.782.5730; email mark.dowden@wainscotmedia .com. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To inquire about a subscription, to change an address or to purchase a back issue or a reprint of an article, please write to GALLERY, Circulation Department, 110 Summit Ave., Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.573.5541; email christine.hamel@ wainscotmedia.com. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at

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16 MILES FROM MANHATTAN Saddle RiveR, NJ

$6,975,000 Stunning english country estate Completely renovated and expanded stone and European stucco on over 5.7 manicured acres. 6 BRs, 7.2 baths + guesthouse, lagoon pool w/waterfalls, basketball ct/addt’l parking, generator, elevator, 3-car gar. + artist’s studio.

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5 bedroom Hampton’s style shingle & stone residence offers high volume, expansive views. 9-stall barn opens to a jumping area, paddocks and trails. Above the stalls is a massive artist’s loft. Infinity pool, hot tub and patios.

This 6.5 acre estate has been transformed by over 20 designers. Apprx. 17,000 sf in the main residence, a state-of-the-art custom kitchen, indoor & outdoor pool/spa, cabana, regulation lighted tennis court & 6-car garage.

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the tour What’s up, what’s new and what to do

What’s cookin’?

It’s a utilitarian room, but let’s face it: The kitchen is where the action is; it might as well shine. Tour exceptional kitchens in two tony towns near the Jersey Shore while enjoying tastings from local restaurants and bakeries. It will be a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. n Colts Neck Kitchen Tour: Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. n Rumson Kitchen Tour: Thursday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Find out more at cnkitchentour.com and rumsonedfoundation.org.

See art in full bloom

A biennial celebration of floral design, Montclair Art Museum’s exhibit “The Flowering” will feature 32 captivating floral interpretations of works of art from more than 30 tristate area floral designers, May 11–15. The exhibit will be accompanied by special ticketed events including a fashion show, a lecture and a gala. See the exhibit from 12 to 5 p.m. (2 to 5 on May 12); it’s $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, free for members and children. Visit montclairartmuseum.org.

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Change is life’s only constant, and now there’s furniture that faces that fact. It’s the work of 35-year-old Chinese designer Naihan Li, who studied at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture. Her pieces, she says, were “created for Beijing’s shifting urban playground,” where artists often must move quickly from place to place. But they may also be perfect for when your plans change—when a piece is transported from one room to another as you free up space for overnight guests, for example. Many of these pieces are set on wheels for easy movement. Some come in the form of unfoldable crates. All use space in ways that are both functionally efficient and visually intriguing. Check out Li’s cabinets, desks, couches, chairs and more at naihanli.com.

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A nation’s creations

If there were no Japan, there’d be a hole in architecture the size of a rising sun. Through July 4, an exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, “A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond,” celebrates that country’s contributions. You’ll see how three generations of Japanese pros influenced contemporary architecture with innovations and the use of transparent and lightweight materials. Forty-four projects from Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata and Junya Ishigami are presented in models, drawings and projected slide shows. Learn more at moma.org.

It’s his universe. We just live here.

See what makes us

‘the Garden State’ The Garden Conservancy, a 27-year-old national nonprofit devoted to preserving exceptional gardens and landscapes, has a volunteer “open days” program on weekends this spring and summer in which New Jerseyans may check out some of the sites that best justify their state’s nickname. Visits are $7 per garden— or save by buying a multi-site pass. Order a national directory for $25.95—or find out more—by calling 888.842.2442 or logging onto gardenconservancy.org. Among the Jersey gardens on display: Saturday, April 29: Mountsier Garden, Nutley 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, May 7: Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Garden of Dr. and Mrs. George E. Staehle, Short Hills 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The Secret Garden @ 377, Orange 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Saturday, May 21: Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Anthony “Bud” & Virginia Korteweg, River Edge 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Secret Garden @ 377, Orange 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Mary’s Garden, Closter 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Saturday, June 11: Cupid’s Garden— Audrey Linstrom Malhack, River Vale 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sisko Gardens, Mahwah 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, July 10: Linda Singer Garden, Tenafly 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

A fun 21

Some 21 designers will bring their aesthetic vision to the Upper East Side’s The Carlton House Townhouse when the Kips Bay Decorator Show House returns May 12–June 9. Explore inspired color palettes and room layouts from Alex Papachristidis Interiors, Drake/ Anderson, Groves & Co., Sawyer | Berson and more. Further info is at kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.

Born in New York City and raised in Florence, Italy, architect and interior/industrial designer Alexander Girard (1907–1993) revolutionized textile design and made Braniff Airlines jets look cool. Now a new volume offers a comprehensive look at this influential artist’s career. Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe (Vitra Design Museum, 2016) examines Girard’s life and projects through six essays and rich illustrations. The essays touch on Girard’s graphic design work with furniture manufacturer Herman Miller and his interior design at the Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, and the restaurant La Fonda del Sol in New York. Never-before-shown archival materials illustrate the designer’s impact on today’s pop and folk art.

Springtime brings two chances to tour distinctive homes not usually open to the public: • On Saturday, April 30, the doors of charmingly decorated private homes in the historic beachfront town of Cape May— ranging from Victorian gingerbread to 21st-century modern—will open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 12. The tour is part of the Cape May Spring Festival, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. Find out more at capemaymac.org. • Standout homes in Westfield, Scotch Plains and Plainfield will play host on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in this year’s Friends of New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s Tour of Notable Homes. Other highlights: musical entertainment, refreshments and luxury basket raffles. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on tour day; there’s more at njfestivalorchestra.org.

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You can’t beat a water view, so it’s natural that of the dozen New Jersey towns with the top average 2015 home sale prices, most hug the Shore or the Hudson. But other amenities count too: lush countryside, thriving downtowns, great schools. And the Garden State’s got ’em.

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Stunning all brick French center hall Colonial. 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, mahogany office. Decorative moldings throughout. 8 zone heat. Basement includes media room, pool room, gym, wine cellar. Three car attached, heated garage. Full house generator. Circular driveway on a private cul-de-sac. This home embodies luxury and architectural sophistication.

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Located on 3.01 private acres in prestigious South Gate Urban Farms. Professionally landscaped with beautiful pool and gardens. Two story living room with wet bar/fireplace, formal dining room, newer kitchen, breakfast room with walls of windows/skylights overlooking the gardens. Family room with fireplace. Great room with wet bar. Game room, office, full bath, powder room. Master bedroom suite with balcony and spectacular view. 3 car garage.

Perfect for horse lovers or car collectors. 7.77 private acres with 2 ponds, and barns. The house offers old world charm with 4 fireplaces, living room with fireplace, dining room with wood beam ceiling/stone fireplace, porch, den/fireplace, large kitchen with fireplace, 1st floor bedroom suite with fireplace/full bath/sitting area, master bedroom with 2 closets and master bath. Property may be subdivided.

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on trend

the state of real estate An expert sets us straight on buying and selling in New Jersey and what the statistics really mean.

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health, says Glazer. Better yardsticks are median sales prices and the volume of sales and pending sales.

hether you’re in the market or just thinking about taking the plunge, staying on top of real estate trends is like following what’s hot in fashion or technology—things are always changing. Real estate is so local, says Tg Glazer, president of New Jersey Realtors, that some trends even vary from town to town. He notes what’s happening in New Jersey real estate:

Next step for boomers If your nest has been empty a while, you may be joining the baby boomers’ move to downsize. Couples and individuals reaching retirement age will continue to have an impact on the housing market as they let go of the family manse and head for cozier quarters. Modern adult communities that are move-in ready are the preferred option among older baby boomers (65 to 74). But they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. “Some will want to take on a project,” Glazer says. “They’ll select a fixer-upper to make their own.”

Young couples on the move Millennials are finally flying the coop. These 25- to 34-year-olds, perhaps driven by the slight rise in incomes we’re seeing at last and the desire to start families, make up the state’s largest age demographic of home buyers at 26 percent, according to the 2015 Profile of Buyers and Sellers for New Jersey from the National Association of Realtors. Their older siblings, Generation X (35 to 44), are 24 percent of the market. Statistics also show that two-thirds of last year’s millennial home buyers were married couples, two-thirds of whom were childless.

…but don’t judge a market by its top Buyers are opening their wallets and shelling out

more for homes than in the past, but don’t mistake the spending for a full economic turnaround. Yes, there were a dozen North Jersey homes that sold for more than $4 million last year—four more than the number sold in 2013 or 2014, according to New Jersey Multiple Listing Service. But that’s not a true indicator of the economy and housing market

Renting vs. buying It isn’t always better to buy, but when rentals are rising faster than home prices—as they are now in New Jersey and across the nation—buying a home can be the more affordable long-term option. According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 85 percent of the nation’s markets have average rents that exceed 30 percent of the renters’ average incomes.

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Luxury is in… The top of the market is bubbling as the supply of high-end properties meets the demands of home buyers, particularly in towns such as Alpine and Westfield. Alpine, New Jersey’s most expensive zip code, has nearly 40 homes with price tags in excess of $1 million. And there are many properties selling in the seven-figure range in Westfield, Glazer notes, both new construction and existing houses. “There seems to be a large supply and demand for homes in this price range and for luxury in general,” he says.

Drawn to downtown It’s the ideal situation: Step out your front door and have everything you need within walking distance. Communities with robust downtown business districts—Princeton, Ridgewood and Summit, among others—are a popular draw for home buyers. Such towns are double winners if they also feature convenient public transportation to the employment hubs of New York and Philadelphia. Says Glazer: “In New Jersey, where so many commute to the major cities on our borders, many buyers base their decision on the ease of their commute.”

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Mix up your storage space with the sleek Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Tribeca media console featuring wooden drawers set on metal legs.

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Turn on your Surya Wesley table lamp with its linen empire shade and raised bubbles, and you’ll shed light on character and texture.

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Evoke old-world charm with the camelback silhouette of Safavieh’s Arebelle sky blue tufted headboard.

Combining rich hue with traditional nailhead trim and rolled English arms makes Anthropologie’s Velvet Lyre Chesterfield sofa perfect for modern spaces.

Guests will be envious when they see the gorgeous figure of Safavieh’s Hour Glass garden stool in your home.

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Make your wall a reflection of affection with the Rose Quartz large mirror by Madagascar Minerals. The stone is believed by some to symbolize unconditional love.

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“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.”

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going for flow The much-needed redo of a couple’s townhouse gives it a more open feel—and their own style. Photography by Keith Scott Morton

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because you didn’t know where to go,” the designer recalls, noting that three sets of stairs lead to different parts of the house—the living area, bedrooms and garage. Large windows in the small kitchen and dining room opened to a magnificent valley view, but the furniture arrangement put everyone’s backs to the panorama. A lackluster fireplace and a builder-grade powder room also begged for a redo. Schmidt was hired to renovate. In the foyer, which he admits was the biggest challenge, he enclosed the staircase leading to the garage “so you didn’t feel the need to go that way.” The other stairs were outfitted with glass railings, a feature that invites visitors to ascend to the bedrooms or walk down toward the living space and kitchen. And after flipping through a handful of

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ichele Crocco and her husband weren’t “living in the past,” but they felt stuck in it anyway. A decade ago, as thirtysomethings, they moved into a Clifton townhouse that still had the fixtures and design elements from when it was built in the mid-1990s. The home was outdated, but for various reasons the couple was unable to update the interior—until last year, when Crocco met North Caldwell-based designer Eric Schmidt. “From the layout to the furniture, everything was outdated and didn’t match their style at all,” Schmidt says. “They really wanted to put their own imprint on this.” One problem was that the two-bedroom, three-level townhouse lacked clarity and a sense of direction. The entry foyer caused “a bit of confusion

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Schmidt was not fond of the original layout, which “always had you with your back to the windows and the gorgeous view.” He turned that around in the kitchen and dining area—an 11-foot kitchen peninsula offers an abundance of space to prep food, enjoy a meal or set up a magnificent buffet. Seating around the dining room table is flexible to avoid disrupting the view of the valley below.

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On this page, Schmidt spiced up an original builder-grade powder room by installing an updated vanity, basin sink and hand-painted plaster wall covering. On opposite page, the custom-built bar and cabinets are decorated with items selected by the designer and the homeowners.

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The designer revived the old “elephant” in the living room, an aging and underwhelming gas fireplace, giving it new vent stacks and a major facelift. He surrounded it with marble tile and used a veneer wood covering with a chevron pattern for the upper portion. Schmidt also furnished the cozy living space with custom cabinets and a bar, club chairs and a plush Chesterfield-style sofa, and coffee and end tables. And he opened the living room with a wall window looking into the kitchen. The basic white walls of an adjacent powder room were revamped with a refreshing wall covering of hand-painted plaster. “I wanted to give them a home with clean, open sight lines,” says Schmidt. “It has much more of an open feel now, rather than being compartmentalized. There is more flow and direction.” And the homeowners are delighted.

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neutral-colored carpet samples for the stairs, the Croccos went with a pattern more indicative of their lively personalities: leopard print. “The carpet really shows who the clients are,” Schmidt says. “That’s the kind of thing that makes renovation fun.” Most of the five months’ work was concentrated on the lower level. In the kitchen, Schmidt installed an extra-wide 11-foot marble peninsula to give ample space to prepare food, enjoy an intimate meal or set up a grand buffet for entertaining. He also gave flexibility in the dining room, surrounding the large dining table with two end chairs and a custom-cushioned bench—all with an unobstructed view of the valley below. “I didn’t want them having six or eight empty chairs in the dining room,” Schmidt says. “That would clutter the space and detract from the view.”

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A small window between the living room and kitchen adds to the open sight line of the townhouse. In the dining room, Schmidt used a luxurious cushioned bench for extra seating around the table. “Having six to eight empty chairs would clutter the space and detract from the view,� he says.

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Of course you love the beach. But we bet there are times when you prefer the view from the pool in your own backyard. We won’t tell if you don’t.

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The stage is set for relaxation: soft pillows, comfy bolsters, cushy bedding, blue sea in the background, a perfect blend of sun and shade. The serene setting invites repose and beckons you to recline. You can’t help but obey. Isn’t it wonderful to have such an idyllic retreat on your own property?

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Water lovers, rejoice. There’s a new generation of pool chemicals that are kinder to our skin, eyes and hair. As a result, the swimming pool isn’t the harsh playmate it used to be. So kick back—or just paddle and kick—and enjoy your dip.

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Above: Hot tubs are one of life’s best inventions. And they can be part of your larger architectural design, crafted into myriad interesting sizes and shapes. Better yet, just ease into the bubbling water and clear your mind of everthing else. Leave the design to your architect. Right: The water looks so inviting, but there’s more to a pool than meets the eye. It’s an excellent idea, for example, to use contrasting tiles on steps to help youngsters and seniors more easily navigate their entry.

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Above: There’s something about nighttime swimming and late evenings around the pool; they always seem to be memorable experiences. So be sure to illuminate your outdoor living space—unless, of course, you prefer the darkness. That can be fun too. Left: Yes, that’s a mojito. Don’t you feel cooler already? Regardless of what you drink, make sure you hydrate. It’s hot out there. Below: Have you ever seen a dog in the water? We should all embrace the natural world with such abandon and joy. This puppy checked out the pool first, but once he was in, he was in full-throttle. We can learn from him.

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A good book poolside. Perfect weather. No phone or electronics. Feet in the water. Mind in the clouds. Does it get any better than this? We don’t think so. Don’t leave your life up to chance. Get out your planner (or your calendar app) and set aside a day to “veg” by the pool. If you don’t make the time, and mark it in your calendar right now, you might never get to it. Or, as the saying goes,“someday never comes.”

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These tonal opposites—classic and cutting edge— add sophistication and drama to any space.

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The high-contrast combination of black and white often benefits from the addition of a third color. In this contemporary living room, a sectional sofa in solid gray softens the space. The black accent wall is a dramatic background to the stark white flooring, while accessories are kept to a minimum to allow for maximum visual impact. The only artwork: a quadrant of black and white photographs of the homeowner, matted in white and framed in black... of course.

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This page: Strong black and white patterns can be busy and not conducive to slumber, but the individual colors can still be used successfully in the bedroom. Just keep it simple. Here, dark-stained wood floors warm up the bright white walls and platform bed. Opposite: In the master bath, a natural stone wall softens the sleek white soaking tub while adding another element of drama to the space.

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The color combo takes on a luxe look in this bedroom, where high-gloss furniture and high-sheen bedding perfectly complement the ultra-modern flooring and accent wall. Pops of blue are provided by the trio of throws and decorative art.

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a taste of morocco The shapes and motifs of this land on Africa’s Mediterranean coast turn an intimate dinner into a visual Marrakesh Express.

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vent designer DeJuan Stroud is known for staging elegant weddings, movie premieres and celebrity soirées; his clients have included singer Jon Bon Jovi, CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He and his wife Debra are co-authors of Designing Life’s Celebrations, published this April by Rizzoli. And when it comes to getting ideas, Stroud is never off duty. A 2005 trip he took to Morocco inspired the decor for a 14-person dinner party he threw not long ago in his 1906 stone carriage house.

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This page: Syrian chairs of dark wood with pearl inlay stand at either end of the table. Opposite: An arrangement of dried Bismarckia leaves with candles and lanterns fills one corner with charm and mystery.

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The stone facade keeps the carriage house cool even on warm summer nights, while foot lanterns guide visitors to the entrance. A peek inside shows a ceiling hung with Moroccan lanterns and a table glowing with candlelight.

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This page: Silver-bordered chargers purchased in Marrakesh and white glazed pottery plates continue the Moroccan theme on the tabletop. Opposite: A tiny personal touch goes a long way—guests’ names are printed on strips of clear acetate and tied around napkins with a silver cord.

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This page: Clematis blossoms in heavy glass Rosenthal vases were selected for their creamy ivory tone. Opposite: A large incense burner, tall candles in a tarnished silver candelabra and glass vases holding vines of clematis blossoms decorate a side table. There’s cozy seating too—stacks of Moroccan floor pillows, a silver leather pouf and a pair of metal chairs with a Moroccan wedding blanket.

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now it’s personal When Robert Passal designs your home—as a real estate broker found out—it reflects what you’re all about. Design by Robert Passal Interior Designs Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson and Joshua McHugh (kitchen)

Interior designer Robert Passal and his client agreed on a range of colors to give the living room true character. Curvaceous antique chairs in bright blue and a vintage coral Oushak rug add a pop of unexpected color to the space.

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Passal incorporated many pieces of vintage art and furniture from the homeowner’s private collection. On this page, antique paintings line the walls of the main 25-foot-long hallway. On opposite page, a more contemporary piece is one of the talking points of the living room.

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hey don’t call Robert Passal “the Mix Master” for nothing. The 49-year-old interior designer, known for doing the residences of New York Yankees Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez and other luminaries, loves to mix eras, styles and colors in ways that are unexpected but not discordant. And there’s another kind of mixing too. Passal blends his highly individual aesthetic with the client’s own personality and needs, living up to his firm’s motto: “Make It Personal.” So when friends of Passal’s—a New Jersey native and one of the area’s top real estate brokers along with her South African husband—asked him to design their apartment’s interior, it was bound to end up with their own imprint as well as the designer’s. Happily, they were collectors, and they’d gathered intriguing items that were just waiting to be deployed with a knowledgeable eye. Passal’s transformation of the 2,000-square-foot space begins in the living room, where vintage

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meets contemporary under a kaleidoscope of colors. Curtains and antique armchairs of light blue combine with a coral Oushak rug to give “a pop of unexpected color,” he says. A collection of shapes and motifs from different countries and periods, highlighted by an 18th-century Louis XIV chest, makes a harmonious whole. In the kitchen, a statuary marble island with an attached circular dining table is the centerpiece. Its design, Passal explains, is meant to soften a space that’s necessarily long on squared custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Window details such as a hand-carved mirror and a contemporary Roman shade “create a bit of a hip country vibe,” he says. The couple’s antique American portraits, abstract paintings and other murals hang throughout the home, with a large collection assembled “Parisian salon style” inside the study/family room. That room is Passal’s interpretation of a man cave, and its custom seating, vintage decorations, accent pillows and rich, deep hues were inspired by men’s couture. “Just as in men’s fashion, it’s the layers that create

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On this page, a vintage hand-carved mirror and contemporary Roman shade create privacy in the kitchen. On opposite page, art and accessories like antler towel racks create vibe and show the homeowner’s personality. On previous page, a marble island with attached circular dining table softens the space that’s squared off with custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

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the interest and understated luxury,” says the designer. The chocolate-colored walls are “incredibly soothing, creating a cocoon-like atmosphere and a perfect place to watch television, read or just stretch out and relax.” The master bedroom is truly a personalized space. The patterned wall covering evokes the client’s South African heritage, while a 19th century Venetian chair and an antique secretary desk from the homeowners’ collection were refurbished for their new roles here. These items pair with an “acidic” yellow bed that was specially designed for the room. “I find it essential to incorporate the true personality and history of my clients in their space,” Passal says. “When we’re through with our projects, they’re the ones who will experience their home every day. It needs to reflect them on every level.”

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The designer adorned the walls of the study/family room with vintage artwork that the homeowners collected over the years. The chocolate color, antique pieces and custom seating create a soothing atmosphere and a perfect place to watch TV, read a book or just stretch out and relax.

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The design of the wall covering in the master bedroom is an ode to the homeowner’s South African heritage, while the “acidic” yellow bed adds a pop of color to the space. A 19th century Venetian chair and antique secretary desk, both of which were in the client’s former home, were refurbished for use in the bedroom.

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sky-high shanghai China’s most cosmopolitan metropolis is full of soaring, up-to-the-minute architecture. But as a visitor discovers, it also has centuries-old treasures. By Everett Potter

By some measures the world’s most populous city, Shanghai is a vertiginous paradise for the architectural sightseer. Here the 88-story Jin Mao Tower, at left, presides over a skyline that includes the striking Oriental Pearl Tower with its prominent spheres. The Jin Mao’s walls, made of stainless steel, glass, aluminum and granite, feature a latticework cladding of aluminum alloy pipes. The tower was designed by the Chicago-based firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

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hen I first visited Shanghai in 1984, it was a cramped, backward-looking place still awakening from its long slumber under the reign of Chairman Mao. The hotels were musty, having for decades served mostly visiting Communist bureaucrats and diplomats. The Shanghai Museum of Art had dusty exhibit cases of antiquities, somnolent guards and few visitors. The streets were thronged with bicycles and the occasional VIP in a red-flagged limo. The old “concessions”—neighborhoods once administered by foreign powers—had been reduced to warrens of shambolic mansions in which dozens of families dwelt with clotheslines running out of windows. Memorably, I saw a jazz band of elderly Chinese gentlemen who played nightly at the venerable Peace Hotel along the Bund, a thoroughfare fronting the river. The bar had hosted the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Noël Coward in the 1930s, and you could feel it. Was it the same city when I went back just last year? Yes and no. Shanghai is still a fascinating patchwork of China’s history, with

many visible remnants of its imperial past and its expansion by the British more than 170 years ago as a base for selling opium to the natives. But today it styles itself “the City of the Future.” As the only city to claim two of the world’s 10 tallest structures, it’s a metropolis of futuristic towers filled with newly minted multimillionaires and conspicuous consumption of every brand name from Hermès to Ferrari. And the eight-minute ride on the magnetic-levitation train from the airport reaches 267 mph and makes you feel you’re rushing headlong into times unknown. The best place to bask in Shanghai’s 21stcentury excess is the Pudong financial district, with as many skyscrapers as 20 Manhattans and a neon display that for sheer exuberance outshines Times Square. Structures such as the 1,380-foot Jin Mao Tower (finished in 1999) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (1,614 feet, 2008) were superseded last year by the 2,073-foot Shanghai Tower, the world’s second-tallest building. The symbol of this mega-city, the 1,535-foot Oriental Pearl TV Tower, seems to be made from giant Tinkertoys.

But the architectural Shanghai isn’t all vertical. As the nation’s longtime commercial hub, this port city in the Yangtze river delta has buildings that reflect a rich, eclectic history— they range from centuries-old classic Chinese pagodas to imposing homes that could have been dropped in from Paris. The good news for traditionalists like me is that the Old City still offers a veritable maze of lanes that are well worth exploring on foot, with small markets and glimpses of street life. So does nearby Yuanmingyuan Road, which has some well-preserved turn-of-the-last-century buildings. During a building boom in the 1920s and ’30s, Shanghai was China’s window on the West, and its architecture reflects that fact. There are ornate Western-style mansions and multistory structures with pagoda-like roofs. Want to go further back? The Square Pagoda was built in the Song Dynasty, about 1,000 years ago. This grand cultural relic looks like a wedding cake; it’s surrounded by ancient buildings and gardens. The former French Concession is also home to Fuxing Park, where old men

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While some Shanghai buildings taunt the clouds, others tease our visual preconceptions—like the beautiful, oddly arresting Wuzhou International Plaza. It’s an office, retail and entertainment complex whose “urban canyon” design won an international competition. Anchoring office towers give the impression of gigantic melting ice cubes. Opposite: In Shanghai, the futuristic is cheek-by-jowl with the traditional, as this centuries-old water-fronting pagoda shows. Next page: one of the city’s busy shopping streets.

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which has street food cooked on portable grills, food carts and the aromas of roast duck and crayfish. The rooftop Bar Rouge at Bund 18 is great for post-dinner people watching—it’s a good way to get a handle on current Shanghai residents. As for lodging, Shanghai has an ever-expanding roster of the world’s best luxury hotels, from Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong to Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai and The Peninsula Shanghai. I’m partial to the Park Hyatt Shanghai, an oasis of calm in the frenetic city. I also like Waterhouse at South Bund, a new 19-room boutique hotel in a former 1930s warehouse—and an antidote to high-rises. But my heart belongs to the old Peace Hotel along the Bund, now the fully redone Fairmont Peace Hotel. It’s sleek and modern, but luckily the management has restored the Jazz Bar, where a combo of Chinese gentlemen age 80 and up plays jazz standards nightly. Cocktail in hand, I can almost be persuaded— once again— that I’m back in the Shanghai of the ’30s.

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follow a Far East custom, bringing pet birds in bamboo cages to hang on tree branches to sing while the men smoke and gossip. What has changed most, perhaps, is the arts scene. The Shanghai Art Museum now has one of the world’s best collections of ancient bronzes, ceramics and calligraphy. The Rockbund Art Museum, a restored 1932 Art Deco building, is the place to go for strikingly fresh exhibitions. And the West Bund, becoming a world-class culture hub, includes an art center that is the site of an annual art fair, and the Yuz Museum, with contemporary works. The Long Museum West Bund was China’s largest private art museum when it debuted in 2014. DreamWorks studio is expecting to open its $2.5 billion Shanghai DreamCenter in 2017, with an animation studio and an entertainment complex. When it comes to dining in Shanghai, be sure to drink tea in the garden at the Ming Dynasty-era Guyuan Teahouse on Fuxing Zhong Lu in the French Concession. Cha’s Restaurant, a traditional cha chaan teng (tea eatery) is owned by a Hong Kong movie producer. Din Tai Fung offers incredible soup dumplings (xiaolong bao), with a delicate skin wrapped around a juicy pork or crab filling. Jishi is small and crowded but serves classic Shanghai food, from tofu skin with mushrooms (fuzhu) to sweet-and-sour spare ribs (tangcu paigu) and crab with vermicelli sheets (xiefen fenpi). At night, head to Shouning Lu,

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the big screen let these paneled pretties make their debut in any room where you crave some drama.

Want to make a room cozier, more ordered or simply more charming? A screen can foster intimacy, redirect foot traffic and add character.

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clockwise from top left: Looking to add style, color or texture to a room? The Adam screen by Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams can help. It features a nailhead pattern and comes in leather or fabric.

Crafted in teak that is lightly cerused and accented, Brownstone Furniture’s Atherton teak screen makes a sturdy impression and exerts a maze-like visual fascination.

Keeping it simple with clean lines, opaque white screens and solid pine finish, the Risör room divider by Ikea makes a perfect addition to any minimalist design scheme.

If geometric shapes are your pleasure, you can square off your living room or home office with the lively pattern of circles featured in Arteriors’ Emory room divider.

It’s meant to discreetly section off room spaces, but the three-panel Mosaic folding screen by Coaster Fine Furniture can easily become a topic of conversation for guests.

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The Fiesta screen by Walters Wicker provides a partial view division with a contemporary vibe. Made of leather, its wavy structure features a helixlike pattern.

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now and zen

From time to time we all need a respite from the stressful world. We can pack up for a spiritual pilgrimage to the temples of Kyoto. Or, if we’re lucky, we can step into our backyard Japanese garden.

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hese days it’s hard to find space in our lives for introspection or meditation. But it gets a bit easier when we have a physical space that welcomes them. A Japanese garden can be such a sanctuary. Where Western gardens with their well-ordered rows symbolize victories over nature—real or hoped for—their Zen-inspired counterparts in the East remind us that nature will have the ultimate say. The often whimsical play of shapes and colors in these gardens seeks not to mimic the natural world directly, but to evoke its essence and its harmonies. The images on these pages capture this enchanting spirit.

More than just garden art, a Buddha statue presides over an outdoor space with beatific grace. The venerated figurines, which invite us to mindfulness, come in various poses.

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This page: Plants of varying heights, textures and shades of green draw the eye to all the corners of the garden. This asymmetrical arrangement mimics nature in its unassuming beauty and encourages you to take part in it. Here, for example, it invites you to ascend. Opposite, from top: Ancient Japanese believed the lotus blossom symbolized spiritual growth, enlightenment and purity. Water can be a delightful feature of a Japanese garden; the sound of a koi pond or a meandering stream muffles distracting noise—and your discordant thoughts.

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This page: Large structures such as a pergola can serve as a landscape’s focal point. A stone path is a regular element, which guides visitors to a more secluded area of the garden. Opposite, from top: The stone lantern is a classic design element that reflects the gardens’ use in tea ceremonies. Placing tea lights inside the lantern as the sun sets creates an aura of tranquility. A waterless landscape, or karesansui, is the most recognizable type of garden. Here white sand represents flowing water, while rocks stand for mountains or waterfalls. Another Japanese garden staple is a yatsuhashi, a narrow bridge with several sharp turns, which forces visitors to proceed slowly enough to contemplate the small, often unnoticed beauty in the world.

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design challenge

a designer’s expertise helps give a new life to a once-neglected room.

The space: It was a room that had been consigned to random storage—and yes, it was small. Was our neighbor asking too much when she envisioned it as a personal sanctuary? Don’t get her wrong—she loved the company of her family. But she also craved a place to escape by herself from time to time for reading, relaxing, reflecting and the occasional restorative catnap. To fulfill this dream, a transformation was required. The design analysis: For expert insight, we sought out designer J. Randall Tarasuk of Pavarini Design (pavarinidesign.com),

a firm believer that small size needn’t limit a space’s ambitions. Tarasuk got the picture. He achieved tranquility with a palette of neutral and muted colors throughout, making the most of limited space by hanging a swivel lamp over the daybed and choosing compact furniture. Tarasuk outfitted the window with light-filtering roller shades in white—“the idea was to provide privacy without encumbering the room,” he explains. The room’s new look? “Devoid of bright colors, it’s meditative and calming.” You’ll see some of his paint, furniture and decor choices on the facing page.

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Hand-woven in Belgium, Surya’s Rhapsody RHA1021 shag rug provides “an extremely cozy look and feel,” says Tarasuk.

On the wall are black-and-white family photos in oversized white matte frames.

Avenue Six’s Curves Hour slipper chair tucks perfectly under the desk. “Chocolate brown brings out the rug’s color and will stand up to everyday handling,” says Tarasuk.

The ceiling has Farrow & Ball’s No. 2003 in flat finish, the walls its No. 17 light gray. The flat finish covers well without showing all the imperfections in multiple paint finishes, says Tarasuk.

Candia 1 Light Swing Arm Wall Lamp When decorating around a radiator on the wall, Tarasuk likes to choose a Parsons-style desk such as Safavieh’s Duke writing desk.

Let there be light— just where you need it! The swivel arm of the Eberton wall lamp by Breakwater Bay makes it so.

by Wildon Home ® Features: • Swing arm wall lamp • White tapered drum shade • Can be hard wired or cord/plug mounted • Brushed steel finish • Sheppard collection • The switch is located on the bottom of the vertical rod. This of Sonoma by be • The shade the wallarmoire lamp can Prepac features an adjustable removed. shelf and two lower drawers, offering plenty of storage.

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Thomas O’Brien’s slender Mia lamp by Visual Comfort catches the room’s cozy spirit.

• Back Plate: 5.5" H x 5.5" W • Shade: 7.5" H x 7.5" W x 7.5" D • Fully Extended Arm Length: 18" • Cord Length: 72" • Overall Product Weight: 2.6lbs

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With a tufted back, the Lucy upholstered daybed by Jennifer Taylor is great for reading and lounging and becomes an ideal guest bed.

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“In fashioning items for the kitchen you have more creative control than you do in film,” he says, explaining where he’s landed. “And I wanted to use my skills to make something more practical than jewelry. In the showroom, we all cook and bake, and we know the importance of good kitchen tools. That’s how I conceived the idea of making high-quality custom kitchen knives.” For months he gathered input from dozens of home and restaurant chefs, tapping the best culinary minds for their preferences of size, weight and material. He then collaborated with Aldo Bruno, one of the industry’s most respected knife makers and founder of New Jersey Steel Baron in Hawthorne, to create Edges, which Salerno says “captures the best of European knife styling with the balance and specialized designs of knives from Japan.” His creations are meant to be ergonomic, light and balanced at the ricasso (the unsharpened portion of the blade), giving the feeling that they’re almost an extension of the user’s hand. Salerno, Bruno and a team of local craftsmen have a hand in the manufacturing of each knife, and they’re all constructed of stainless and high-carbon steels made in the United States. Each one comes

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