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GALLERY NEW JERSEY LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES

SUMMER 2017

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CONTENTS SUMMER 2017

a grand home opens up

Walls came down when this stately Montclair villa got a makeover, but charming details lived on.

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features dive right in | 46

The terrain behind a Ridgewood home gave its owners few options for a pool. But things went swimmingly when a landscape designer arrived with a creative solution.

a tea party with a twist | 60

Fashion designer Lela Rose shakes up the traditional ladies’ tea by having girlfriends over for an afternoon “tea-quila” party.

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Stroll through these four distinctive environs from “the four corners of the world” and you might be tempted to extend your vacation getaway in your own backyard.

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family portrait | 78

From paintings to color selection, the interior of a Colts Neck house reflects the homeowner’s love for all things art.

ON THE COVER: Reclaimed whitewash wood is used over the fireplace in a Montclair family room designed by Rachael Grochowski of RHG Architecture + Design.

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contents S U M M E R 2 01 7

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departments memo | 16

coming up roses | 84

Find a sense of order in this issue of Gallery.

The memory of her grandmother’s roses left a lasting impression on a homeowner who now enjoys her favorite flower in her own garden.

the guide | 21 Hot plates…flower power…historic house tours…and more!

dressed to the nines | 28 These properties in the $9 million range showcase the good life around New Jersey.

material world | 34 Once reserved for beach houses, jute and raffia are making a splash in furnishings everywhere.

hot stuff | 36 Furniture can be works of art when you choose one of these painterly pieces.

new & noteworthy | 38

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light it up | 100 Sconces can guide visitors to the door, but they also add to your home’s curb appeal.

less is more | 102 Subtracting space and updating cabinets in an aging kitchen gives it a modern look that’s suitable for any occasion.

curb appeal | 108 A beguiling exterior signals a well-kept, hospitable home. Make yours the belle of the block with these aesthetic elements.

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finishing touch | 112 Greet guests in style with a distinctive door knocker.

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A shapely chaise lounge can make a statement—and you can relax in one too.

art & antiques | 40 Whether full-length or partial, the human figure has always inspired great art in various media.

Mahogany and other dark woods provide a calming, neutral palette and serve as a backdrop for a simple yet sophisticated home.

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GALLERY Editor in Chief RITA GUARNA Art Director STEPHEN M. VITARBO associate editor DARIUS AMOS

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a sense of order

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ave you ever watched one of those movie scenes in which things are thrillingly smashed to bits and wondered, “Who’s going to clean up that mess?” I have. We design aficionados have a neatening, everythingin-its-place impulse. We like order. But sometimes, before the right order can be imposed on a space, there must be a bit of destruction. Such was the case in a Montclair villa that you’ll read about on page 92. Walls had to

come down and a staircase was removed, as architect and designer Rachael Grochowski gave a modern look to an 1897 home, opening the kitchen to the family room and replacing a large back wall with a floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks the yard. The changes, the designer and homeowner agree, give the large home a cozy feel. Of course, there’s a “subtractive” element to many interior design projects. When a family in Bergen County wanted to update an aging kitchen, their first impulse was to expand. But designer Alyson O’Hanlon convinced the homeowners that taking space away was the answer. They ended up converting an underutilized area in the kitchen into a butler’s pantry and a workspace with a desk. Read why “Less Is More” on page 102. Complete destruction wasn’t necessary for the Ridgewood backyard featured on page 46, but to accommodate the homeowner’s request for a swimming pool, the steeply sloped land begged for order. Enter landscape designer Thomas Flint, whose idea to terrace the yard allowed for the installation of a pool with a vanishing edge that makes dramatic use of the property’s deep pitch. The project created a better use of the yard as well as a water feature that the whole family uses every day. Neither the urge to preserve neatly nor the impulse to clear away can be trusted entirely. But it’s clear that the productive interplay between them can work wonders in any space.

editorial intern DANIELLE GALLO Contributing editors LESLIE GARISTO PFAFF, LELA ROSE, MARISA SANDORA Contributing Photographers QUENTIN BACON, JOHN BESSLER, PATRICIA BURKE, PHILLIP ENNIS, JOHN M. HALL, ADAM PASS PUBLISHING STAFF Publisher SHAE MARCUS advertising account executives KAREN AZZARELLO, JODI BRUKER, MELISSA DROZDOFF, THOMAS FLANNERY, BRIDGET JULIANO, MARY LIMA, MARY MASCIALE, JENNIFER SWEETWOOD, MAURA HUNTER TEMPLETON, ANNETTE VANORE, AMY B. WEISS

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the guide

WHAT’S UP, WHAT’S NEW AND WHAT TO DO.

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Grandma’s flowery china is making a comeback as restaurateurs across the country serve patrons on vintage china. “I thought it would be more interesting for our customers,” says Mary Ann Bassett, owner of Harmony Tea Room in Westwood, who uses an assortment of pretty plates and teacups in her establishment. And there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the trend at home. Mismatched china lends a casual, “unfussy” vibe to a formal occasion, or can make a casual gathering like weekend brunch feel more formal. The key to collecting vintage china is to make sure your pieces play well together—think similar colors, weights and sizes, even if the patterns are different. Old teacups and china can often be found at thrift shops and garage sales or online at Ebay and Etsy. Or order a mismatched set from cakestandheaven.com.

Using recycled plastic bottles, hot glue, resin and acrylic polymer, Brooklyn artist Shari Mendelson makes decorative vessels that harken back to ancient Greece and Rome. Their bubbly, iridescent appearance warrants a closer look, revealing floral motifs that are actually bottle bottoms. The pieces in this collection, called “Artifacts,” range in height from several inches to three feet and can be found at Todd Merrill Studio (toddmerrillstudio .com) in New York City and Southampton.

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Want to cultivate an air of mystery? Fill your home with accessories that feature a hidden chamber. Fort Standard’s Hemisphere containers (pictured, $110) are copper spheres that open to reveal a secret space, James Killinger’s brass Cache candlestick ($285) features a hollow stone base and the Block Double Vase by Apparatus ($6,800) is a crystal base that holds two sculptural brass containers. The captivating designs are a stylish storage solution. The only question is, what will you hide inside?

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HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR

During the Gilded Age, Spring Lake was a coastal resort town for well-to-do New York and Philadelphia families who built beautiful Victorian “cottages” for their summer escapes. See them for yourself on June 1, during the Historic Showcase House Tour, which will feature seven homes, each more than 100 years old. The Spring Lake Historical Society has organized the tour to commemorate the town’s incorporation 125 years ago. In addition to the homes, the historic Normandy Inn (bottom, formerly the Audenried Cottage) and St. Catharine Catholic Church (top, built between 1901 and 1902 in memory of a wealthy resident’s daughter) will be featured, as well as The Historical Society’s Museum, which boasts a new exhibit saluting the town’s anniversary. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance at Spring Lake stores Kate & Company, Camel’s Eye and J. McLaughlin, or call 732.974.1476 or email djlau34@aol.com. Tickets will also be available on the day of the tour at the Spring Lake Train Station.

TANK GOODNESS

Why shouldn’t your aquarium be as tasteful as the rest of your home? Designers are turning out creative new takes on the typical fishbowl, transforming it into a work of art. Take, for example, Aruliden’s Glasscape ($140), a 2.5-gallon textured glass landscape. Each piece is handblown and will feature your fish in style. Another inspired design? Umbra’s Fishhotel Aquarium ($40), a modernist cube that can be stacked to form an aquatic “skyscraper.” Either way, your tank will be on trend. If the idea of keeping a fish alive fills you with fear, use your tank as a terrarium instead, filled with beautiful succulents.

Attracting insects to your garden may sound like an odd idea, but what if those bugs are beautiful butterflies? These winged creatures add a magical look and feel to your backyard landscape. And by planting a butterfly garden, you’ll be helping to ensure that they’ll be around for years to come. As New Jersey gets more and more densely populated, the healthy native habitats of butterflies are disappearing. To get started, you’ll need a mix of “host plants” (which feed the caterpillars that will become butterflies) and flowers to provide nectar. Native nectar plants that work well in New Jersey include aster, black-eyed Susan, blue flag iris, goldenrod, sunflower and thistle. For host plants, try milkweed, violets, dill, fennel and rue. Use a variety of plants that grow to different heights and have different bloom times, so you have a constant supply of nectar. And be sure that your garden will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Butterflies are cold-blooded insects that can’t fly without the heat and energy they absorb from the sun. The North American Butterfly Association is located here in New Jersey, in Morristown, and offers a wealth of information for butterfly lovers and gardeners looking to attract butterflies. You can even certify your butterfly garden through the association. For more information, visit nababutterfly.com.

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LACK A GREEN THUMB?

If you answered yes, then a ceramic succulent might be up your alley. Chive has created gorgeous handmade succulents, flowers and coral objets d’art (from $14–$50) that take the place of the real thing. They have designs that are great to place on a tabletop or inside vases and terrariums. Of course, they’d also make a great paperweight or cool wall art installation. The best part? They don’t require any water or sunlight!

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FLOWER POWER

For your next summer soirée, pretty-up your food with eyecatching edible flowers. Flowers will not only add a nice pop of color to your dish, they’ll add flavor too. On May 21, you can learn to cook with edible flowers at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. Go to arboretumfriends.org or call 973.326.7603 to register. Here are some of our favorite edible flowers: Nasturtium: The bright and peppery-flavored petals are great in homemade bread. Borage: Use these blooms in salad for color and a mild cucumber flavor. Pansy: These mild, colorful flowers (used fresh or candied) make for a pretty garnish on cakes and cupcakes. Lavender (pictured): Blend into homemade ice cream for a sweet, floral flavor or sprinkle on as a garnish. Elderflower: These sweet, delicate white flowers are used in liqueur (St. Germain) but also work as a garnish for your favorite floral cocktail.

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LOOK BOOKS

Find design inspiration in this recently released trio of tomes. Metro-area interior designer Meg Braff has released her first book, The Decorated Home (Rizzoli, $45), in which she explains how to successfully use color and pattern to breathe life and style into your living spaces. Beach house need help? There’s plenty of ocean-blue ideas to be found. In his first book, Creating Home (Rizzoli, $50), architect and designer Keith Summerour shares the details from nine of his projects, including his own country home, exploring their architecture, interiors and grounds. From renovations to new construction, these soulful homes are full of character. If you aspire to bring European-style elegance to your abode, take a look at designer Marshall Watson’s The Art of Elegance (Rizzoli, $55). Gorgeous photos of his projects, ranging from an Italianate villa in Los Cabos to a Gramercy Park apartment, show how he uses soft colors and the layering of classical elements to create timeless style.

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During this season of entertaining, make your next party invitation stand out—write it by hand. Choosing the right pen will make it a pleasure, not a chore. The Pentel Sign Pen with Brush Tip (pictured, $3) is smooth-flowing and allows you to write with fine or bold lettering. The chunky, cigar-shaped Ballpoint Pen E-Motion from Faber-Castell ($60) sits comfortably in your hand and comes in a handsome pear woodstained dark brown, brown or black. Or use a sleek Chrome Ballpoint Pen from Tiffany & Co. (starting at $75) engraved with your monogram for a truly personalized touch.

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Visitors will be reeled in when you brighten your space with the Maberly three-light rope orb pendant lamp by Southern Enterprise. Available at Target, multiple locations.

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Lay it all out there with the handwoven 8x10 Jute rug by Safavieh. Available at Safavieh Furnishings in Livingston and Paramus. Chill out! This polished nickel and white rope beverage chiller by Go Home Ltd. will keep your drinks cool even when the temperature outside heats up! Available at nationalfurnituresupply.com.

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Here’s a not-so-abstract idea. Place a Brushstroke Pillow by OBedding onto your couch or bed for an instant pop of color and style. Available at Sears, multiple locations.

Designer Giorgia Zanellato was spot-on when she collaborated with artist Coralla Maiuri to create the Awaiting L Stool, which features a simple geometric brass base and upholstery featuring Maiuri's original artwork. Available at artemest.com.

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Pull up a dining chair by Clarisse Portter. Its bright colors and unique splatter-paint print will make it the focal point of your dining room. Available at World Market, multiple locations.

Why stop at furniture? Your walls need some creativity too! Try Meredith Grabham’s Carmella wallpaper in black and white. Available at meredithgrabham.com.

Each hand-painted Brushstroke Lamp by Jana Bek Design is madeto-order and is available in multiple colors. Available at Nellie & Bean in Verona.

WHY CAN’T FURNITURE BE WORKS OF ART? WELL, IT CAN BE—WHEN YOU CHOOSE ONE OF THESE PAINTERLY PIECES.

Theodore Alexander’s Washi Console’s sleek design and brushstroke textured-brass inlay makes this piece a modern, standout addition to your home. Available at Atlas Interior Home Furnishings in Cherry Hill.

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With its artistic edge, the enamel and stainless steel Maryna cocktail shaker by Anthropologie will surely be a conversation piece the next time you play bartender. Available at Anthropologie, multiple locations.

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We’re just going to lay it all out there. Vondom’s Faz Sun Chaise’s geometric shape makes it a standout piece for any outdoor space. Available at yliving.com.

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Sit poolside in the Sanchezia by Home Loft Concept, which is made of premium-grade acacia wood in a yellow finish. Available at Sears, multiple locations.

ANY ONE OF THESE SHAPELY BEAUTIES MAKES A STATEMENT —AND YOU CAN RELAX IN IT TOO.

Sutherland’s Peninsula has a natural teak top on a textured powder-coated aluminum base and comes in multiple finishes and colors. Available at viyet.com.

Le Corbusier’s Cassina is made for lounging, with its canvas upholstery punctuated by a caramel-colored leather headrest and footrest. Available at Design Within Reach in Paramus. The Wake Chaise Lounge by Porta Forma has some serious curve appeal, which gives it a modern edge. Available at frontgate.com.

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For an indoor look with outdoor durability, try the Dune Left Arm Chaise with Sunbrella cushions by Crate & Barrel. Its sleek, outdoor-grade stainless steel frame is upholstered in navy synthetic fade-, mold-, tearand stain-resistant mesh. Available at Crate & Barrel, multiple locations.

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Richard Stainthorp weaves wire together to dress his nude sculptures. In “Kneeling Nude,” the English artist shows the natural curves of the female body in a relaxed position. See Stainthorp’s collection, with pieces available for purchase, at stainthorpsculpture.com.

New York City-based photographer Gregory Colbert uses umber and sepia tones in his “Ashes and Snow” project to highlight “nature’s living masterpieces,” from mankind’s relationship with the environment to the mysterious behaviors of elephants. View the entire project at gregorycolbert.com.

Self-taught painter Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen of Norway uses juxtaposition and surrealism to present his subjects in a dream-like state. See “Efflux” (shown here) and other pieces at henrikaau.com.

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Keep an eye on emerging Spanish artist Mar Marin Leal, whose oil-on-canvas painting “Abre Los Ojos” is on display at the Detour Gallery in Red Bank.

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Works by Italy's Fabio Modica depict the human form in abstract paintings. In “Selene,” on exhibit at the Bender Gallery in Asheville, N.C., he uses bold and deep blues to show the beauty of the lunar deity.

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Swedish illustrator and satirist Jesper Waldersten combines art with contemporary commentary. In “Faith Cryer,” a man puts his emotions into religion. This and other pieces are at waldersten.com.

Artist Richard MacDonald used platinum to mold “Leap of Faith,” an athletically-sculpted figure boasting perfect form. This and other MacDonald sculptures are up for auction at 1stdibs .com.

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“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” —Frank Lloyd Wright

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The homeowners wanted a pool they would use frequently. But their options appeared limited given the terrain. Enter a landscape designer with a creative solution, and things went swimmingly. Written by Leslie Garisto Pfaff

Design by Thomas Flint Landscape Design & Development

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When Jill and Paul McKeon bought a center-hall colonial in Ridgewood, their plan was to renovate the house but not the landscape, which had gone through a substantial redo only a year earlier. All they really wanted to do was add a pool, and the logical place for it—the only place for it, really, given the extensively terraced property—was at the very bottom of the steeply sloped backyard. But when their landscape designer, Thomas Flint of Thomas Flint Landscape Design & Development in Midland Park, offered them the option of siting the pool at the top of the property, it just felt right. “We wanted to use the pool as much as possible,” says Jill McKeon. “And we knew we’d use it more if it was close to the house.” They also knew what they wanted in a landscape design:

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Above: The homeowners wanted a clean, contemporary landscape to echo the lines of their recently renovated house. Designer Thomas Flint accomplished that with a crisply angular set of patios, planters and walkways. Because of the property’s steep incline, Flint created a series of four terraces that lead down to an area of open lawn (site of a planned bocce court). Plantings on the terraces were kept simple to emphasize the natural backdrop of shrubs and trees. Opposite page, above right: To add punch to the clean lines of his design, Flint chose Afyon Cloud, a Turkish marble from Marmiro Stones, to surface the patio, pool surround and stepping stones. Though the marble reads as white, it’s actually a combination of pale and slightly darker grays that evoke the look of fair-weather clouds. Flint used individual stones to create several open pathways, which, he notes, “bring a little bit of the lawn into the paved areas and help soften the masonry.” Below right: Homeowner Jill McKeon wanted outdoor furniture with a modern vibe; her husband, Paul, was looking for cozy. They found the perfect compromise in Havana Modular, an all-weather-wicker suite from Gloster, with its square silhouette and plump upholstery in a neutral shade of gray.

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clean lines that would echo the contemporary style of the renovated house and complement the lushly wooded property. Flint delivered, with an array of terraces topped by a rectilinear patio of white marble (with a sandblasted finish to make it safe to walk on when wet) and a rectangular pool and spa whose vanishing-edge design makes dramatic use of the property’s deep pitch. He used the same marble on a series of graphic stepping stones, interspersed with grass, he says, “to help soften the masonry and the pool,” and in the pool’s surround and interior tile line. He also chose white marble for the planters, which he filled with boxwood and other evergreen plants, leaving lots of space for perennials and annuals in vibrant shades of purple, fuchsia and hot pink to contrast with the marble and reflect vividly off the water’s surface. Flint finished the interior of the pool, eight feet at the deep end, with an exposed aggregate plaster in a subtle shade of gray-blue. For the spa, he chose a small white glass tile, a better fit for the contoured seating than the larger marble. Thanks to its proximity to the house, the pool is in near constant use during the season, which the McKeons have managed to stretch considerably. The first year it was installed, they kept it

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Siting the pool at the top of the property allowed for easy access from the kitchen, solarium and gym/yoga room at the back of the house. It also afforded sufficient dropoff for a striking infinity edge and ample room for a broad patio with plenty of space for lounging, sunning and entertaining.

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open until Thanksgiving. “It was snowing when we closed it,” Jill McKeon remembers. This year, they opened it over Easter weekend, and the McKeons’ teenage son and daughter have barely missed a pool day since (soaking in the spa on days that were too nippy for swimming). The project wasn’t without its challenges, most notably, Flint says, ensuring that the pool be perfectly level, so the water would resemble a sheet of glass. To make the most of that highly reflective surface, Flint planted two flowering trees nearby and uplit them to create dramatic shadows on the water after dark. For a design driven by practical concerns, the effect is altogether magical.

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Mahogany and other dark woods provide a calming, neutral palette. Coupled with minimal furnishings and a few carefully chosen treasures, these clutter-free spaces serve as a backdrop for a simple yet sophisticated home.

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Above: Understated bedding and low, built-in nightstands allow the ornately carved dragon above the bed and wooden statues flanking it to stand out. Left: A sleek light fixture draws the eye upward to a dramatic wood-paneled, vaulted ceiling. Right: The curved lines of the smooth white, freestanding bathtub are juxtaposed with an intricately carved, darkhued mirror and wooden bench with woven ends.

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A large Buddha statue presides over the dining area and living room, which are designed with a focus on the symmetry thought to provide balance and harmony. The color red, used in pillows and accents like candelabras, is believed to bring good luck and happiness.

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SHEBA SHARROW, Annunciation, 1990, 60in x 60in, Acrylic, mixed media on arches paper.

ILIYA MIROCHNIK, Fathers and Sons from the series Spaces Between, 2014-5, 50in x 70in, oil on canvas

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a tea party with a twist

Fashion designer Lela Rose shakes up the traditional ladies’ tea by having girlfriends over for an afternoon “tea-quila” party. Written and designed by Lela Rose

Photography by Quentin Bacon

Fashion designer Lela Rose hosted a party in the rooftop garden of a friend’s apartment. She says entertaining at a friend’s house gives her the chance to root around in their cabinets and closets for things to use in a tablescape. “It is such fun to see what friends have bought and collected over the years and put those things to use in a way that feels fresh and new,” she says.

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I believe true style comes from creative, unexpected combinations, and I love to play with contrasts. I’m a fashion designer known for dresses, floral prints and bridal gowns who bikes to work every day in a dress and heels. My general goal, in work and in play, is to mix a refined uptown polish with idiosyncractic downtown fun. When it comes to entertaining, I find myself rejecting occasions in favor of inspiration and delighting in surprising guests with off-kilter touches. I love the pomp and circumstance of a formal gathering, but I’ve also never met a tradition that I didn’t want to run my bike tires over. And no gathering oozes tradition quite like a ladies’ tea. The thought of spending a sober afternoon engaged in idle chitchat makes me yawn, which is exactly the reason why, when I decided to host a women-only gathering for some of my closest friends and customers, I couldn’t resist taking the idea of a tea party and spicing it up—in this case, that turned out to be more like spiking it up. Everything I did for this tea was about infusing unexpected fun into the clichés of formal entertaining. My friend Celerie and I set the table with a mix of traditional pieces and some surprising tongue-in-cheek touches. We put antique teapots on platters and

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Antique teapots placed on platters were used as vases to hold hot pink cockscombs. No matter how dressy or casual the gathering, Rose says she always makes place cards when there is a seated meal and uses them as another opportunity to play up the event’s theme. For this party, she christened each guest with a “tea-quila name,” each written in calligraphy on a petal pink card and placed in a gilded bamboo place-card holder.

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used them as vases, then added a bunch of silver flasks and colored glass liquor bottles. I rarely decorate with flowers—too expected for my taste—but here, hot pink cockscombs were the perfect way to express the ladylike and lively atmosphere. I painted plain white china in a plaid pattern taken from my spring collection and made napkins and ties for the servers out of a leftover floral fabric. The cheekiest touches of all were the place cards I made for guests, each with their special “tipsy name” (Vodka Vivi, Saucy Shannon, Jug-a-Lug Jennifer), which was written in an ornate calligraphy script. When guests arrived looking their put-together best, we loosened up the ladies immediately with tea-inspired cocktails: “brewed” bourbon, iced “tea-quila” and a vodka-lemon concoction called a Tammy Collins. We served a playful menu of “toasted” finger sandwiches, “turn’t” turnips and “trashed” radishes with vodka dipping sauce, and a messy, boozy trifle. The result was an afternoon of saucy, uninhibited fun during which no ladylike custom was left un-smashed.

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The lush landscapes that you discover during your world travels are an escape from daily stress—but they are so much more. Though you can’t bring home the exotic trees and plants you enjoyed, you can bring back the inspiration to recreate the outdoor oasis in your own garden. Stroll through these four distinctive environs from “the four corners of the world” and you might be tempted to extend your vacation getaway in your own backyard.

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ENGLISH GARDEN

Roman conquerers planted the earliest English-style gardens in the first century, dressing large villas and palaces with formal box hedges and gravel walkways. With each period, from Medieval to Victorian, came variation— the secret gardens were opened, colorful flowers broke monotony and straight lines gave way to curves. Today’s English design, a less formal and contrasting style, makes it a popular choice for a backyard garden, especially in New Jersey, but the planter’s goal is still symmetry and organization. Meticulously trimmed and shaped boxwood and yew hedges create garden “rooms” or borders, while taller plants like arborvitae and hornbeam trees form more private alcoves and niches. Often, the same materials found around the home, like limestone, cobblestone or brick, are used for garden walls and water features. There’s never more than two different materials in an English garden: Remember, sometimes less is more. To offset the garden green and hardscape, think flowering plants like roses, hydrangeas, lavender and day lilies, all of which thrive in the Northeast. Strategically placed furniture, such as benches and chairs plus planters and statuary, inspire a sense of order, but also discovery.

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Since the first century, English gardens have been known for their straight lines, symmetry and organization. But over the years, more curves, color and contrast have been introduced to the style.

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JAPANESE GARDEN Asian landscapes, whether in Far East lands or in the U.S., promote feelings of tranquility and harmony. And in a Japanese garden, there is plenty of opportunity for peaceful contemplation. (Who doesn’t need a little of that these days?) This style focuses on nature via three essential elements— plants, rocks and water—and design principles like asymmetry and symbolism. Iconic Asian plants set the tone. Flowering cherry trees, Japanese maples and azaleas add instant color to the scenery and provide the right atmosphere, as do the weeping atlas cedar and star magnolia trees. These plants and trees are often used near water features, namely Koi ponds and waterfalls, to balance the elements of the land and sea. For spaces not large enough for a pond, a small bamboo water spout or a stone basin fountain create the same soothing sights and sounds. Keep in mind Japanese gardens are meant to mimic nature, so ponds, rock formations and paths flow in a meandering manner. Plus, Japanese folklore states that straight paths allow evil spirits to go directly to the house! Speaking of the home, the focal points of a Japanese garden are typically designed using sightlines from inside the house. The reason? You’ll feel more invited to explore the outdoor spaces when you see them from inside.

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Because Japanese design mimics nature, create ponds and waterfalls in a meandering, natural shape. Taller grasses and ornaments like a stone pagoda add visual interest to the edges of walkways and paved patios.

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HAWAIIAN GARDEN Sunshine, warm water and soft breezes make Hawaii an ideal vacation getaway, but it’s the lush landscape that makes it an unforgettable tropical paradise. From healthy greenery, bright flowers and playful decor, the Hawaiian garden is meant to be as pleasing to the eye as it is relaxing for the mind. Palm trees are one of the signature plants of this style, and while two-thirds of the palm varieties live in tropical environments, you can have them in your yard. You can plant the same trees found in Hawaii on your New Jersey property—and they’ll last all summer. Of course, you’ll have to remove them at the end of the season because they won’t last through the winter. But there are some, like the windmill palm, that can grow all year in climates as far north as Massachusetts. The resilient bamboo and leafy hostas and ferns also provide foliage in a Hawaiian garden, while flowering plants like birds-of-paradise, orchids and hibiscus add bold and exotic hues to the space. Aside from plants, water and fire features are typically found in these settings. A swimming pool is often incorporated into the design, its water serving double duty as a respite from the heat as well as a soothing sound. Outdoor fireplaces, chimineas and candles can be lit to extend garden gatherings well into the night. Outdoor structures like a screened-in porch can also accomplish this—they’re best when the design echoes the exterior of the home and creates continuity. It seems inevitable to have a tiki statue in a Hawaiian garden, but it shouldn’t be a dominant feature. Instead, place it where people can see it but also where the statue can direct the eye to other components of your garden.

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Palm trees, a signature plant of the Hawaiian garden, might thrive in warmer environments but some are hardy and can grow in most backyards in the U.S. Bamboo, fern and orchids are also popular in this style of garden.

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WESTERN GARDEN Despite rocky soil, desert climates and varying elevations, the American West is home to one of the world’s most distinctive landscapes. It’s the area where gardens highlight the colors brown and taupe, showing that they can be just as beautiful as the brightly hued succulents that grow here. And it’s the home of the majestic saguaro cactus, which can rise as tall as 70 feet. No wonder it’s a popular design choice in the Northeast. Though maintaining desert plants in New Jersey might be a prickly prospect, many are hardy enough to survive here. Sure, the saguaro variety won’t live long in the Garden State, but there are cacti that can thrive and give your backyard an Arizona flair—just provide excellent drainage and abundant sun exposure. The prickly pear, beehive and cholla cacti can survive subzero temperatures, and they reflect the beauty of the West, producing colorful flowers and fruit. Succulents like agave, houseleek and red yucca are native to states in the Southwest and they will stand up to freezing temperatures. In addition to those plants, fill your backyard Western-style garden with fountains, pottery and Native American art. For hardscape features, use Arizona flagstone, bold red clay pavers, stacked stone and stucco—they reflect regional identity and look great next to the Southwestern plants.

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From paintings to color selection, the interior of a Colts Neck house reflects the homeowner’s love for all things art.

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A custom sofa, bench and armchairs provide ample seating in the piano room of this Colts Neck home. The dark brown and gray colors in the room allow paintings and other pieces, like a large candelabra, to stand out.

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Above: Visitors who look to incorporate both old and new elements and serve as a paintInspiration struck soon after the Pardee family purchased past the amber chairs in the erly conversation of color, shape and abstracts,” recalls Yarosh. pieces from the James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery in dining area and the carved stone fireplace have a clear Artwork purchased at Yarosh’s gallery as well as the deHolmdel. The thought: They could enlist Yarosh himself to view of paintings by Russian signer’s trips around the world inspired the use of many of the help them decorate their Colts Neck home. The new homeartist Vachagan Narazyan. Opposite: Designer James hues found throughout the home. The color palette of grays owners had already moved in, but they were planning to add Yarosh opted for a black-andwhite theme in this dining and browns in the great room and orange furniture elsewhere to the house as their tastes changed and the size of the family room. Black wall panels, is reminiscent of the fire and amber light seen in some of the grew. doors, cabinets and beams on the custom ceiling perfectly paintings. “The scope of the project was to customize the home, but contrast the custom ivory “During my European travels, I sourced shapes and Moorish over time,” says Yarosh, a gallery owner, artist and interior leather chairs. The wallpaper plays up the black-andpatterns from Gothic churches and historical buildings,” he designer. “This involved creating a big-picture design plan that also white theme. says. “This aesthetic anchors the Pardees’ home in a traditional could be executed in stages to allow for quality and flexibility.” style that would become its identity and separate it from current design Yarosh started in the basement, then moved to the nursery for the Pardtrends.” ees’ first daughter. “As the years went on, I gave James total control of my Hanging from the great room’s soaring 25-foot ceiling are two antique entire house,” Linda Pardee says. chandeliers made of iron and glass. Overlooking the dark walnut bar and For the next project, Yarosh was given a blank slate. The Pardees added perched atop an antique breakfront is a curated selection of statues. And a new two-story, peaked-ceiling great room and a double-sided fireplace to flanking the bar are paintings by Vachagan Narazyan (the first pieces that connect the addition to the existing structure. The carved-stone fireplace, the Pardees purchased from Yarosh) and Russian realism. which faces the great room and an adjacent sitting room, added “strong The deep, rich colors in the sitting area next to the great room albones” to the house and easily became the new gathering place. low paintings and textures, such as the carved stone and ironwork on the “Once the bones were created, we focused on the details that allowed us

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The 22-karat gold leaf frames around four Russian paintings make this fine art display one of the focal points of the great room. The colors and furniture inside the great room, from the custom sofa to the hanging light fixtures, were inspired by the patterns and designs found on buildings during the designer’s European travels.

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fireplace, to stand out. Four club chairs arranged in front of the fireplace promote conversation but also serve as extra seating to the adjacent piano room. After the Pardees bought a piano for their children’s lessons, they created the space in lieu of a formal living area. The piano room earned the nickname “Musical Chairs” because of the mixed seating options available to family and friends. “The idea was to create open spaces and a common identity so that no matter what type of occasion the homeowners were celebrating, it would always feel special,” Yarosh says. For special occasions, the Pardees use Herend china and Baccarat crystal in their dining room, which continues the theme of rich colors and varying designs. Black paneling, corner curios and the beams of a custom-designed ceiling perfectly contrast with the ivory leather chairs. The orange table is welcoming but still formal. “I wanted the mood of the house to have an old, warm feel,” Pardee says. “James worked hard to give the house the feel I wanted.”

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The memory of her grandmother’s French cabbage roses left a lasting impression on a homeowner who now enjoys the beauty and fragrance of her favorite flower in her own garden. Linda Andros has always been fond of plants. Some of her most vivid memories from childhood are the scent of grandmother’s rose garden and the size of each flower that bloomed there. The roses were often considered the largest in the state, and that’s something Linda will never forget. Roses were part of Linda’s life, even when she and her husband, Bill Avery, moved to England for a few years. They inherited a garden along with their home there, and Linda gleaned helpful advice from the Italian gardener who tended it. When they moved back to the States, one of her English friends sent her the first rose bushes—David Austin varieties—for her new home in the Northeast. Today, roses are everywhere on the grounds of the couple’s 1927 Tudor. There are climbers, shrubs and a long parade of some of her favorites in front of the pool house. GALLERY

Gorgeous double pink ‘Knock Out’ roses and other flowers can be found in the lush assemblage between the pool house and another building that’s used for storing garden tools.

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The homeowners modeled the pool house after conservatory buildings in England, planting along its facade pink ‘Knock Out’ roses, the white hybrid tea variety ‘Bolero’ and ‘Memorial Day,’ also a hybrid tea.

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The homeowners, Linda Andros and Bill Avery, were fortunate to acquire Rosa ‘Poulbella’ after it was introduced in 2001 as part of the Cuyahoga National Parks Collection (above). They bought several bushes at the time but haven’t been able to find another since. Right: An African Shona sculpture sits on a granite birdbath surrounded by a parterre just outside the back entrance to the house. Linda rotates the couple’s collection of small sculptures they have gathered in their travels. The deep pink roses are David Austin ‘Dark Lady,’ the yellow rose is ‘Michelangelo,’ and Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Astra Blue’ (also known as balloon flower) adds more color to the beds.

Photographs reprinted with permission from Gardens at First Light by Stacy Bass. © Stacy Bass and athome Books.

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a grand home opens up Walls came down when this stately Montclair villa got a makeover, but charming details lived on.

The Ochre chandelier in the family room anchors the space and “adds an elegance that balances the reclaimed whitewashed wood over the fireplace,� says architect and designer Rachael Grochowski. The fireplace surround is a gray basalt that naturally has a bit of sparkle.

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When Bridget and Dave Placek first saw their 1897 Mediterranean villa in Montclair’s Estate section in 2014, they fell in love with its spirit. “The house had a very nice feel,” remembers Bridget. “It’s large, but it still seemed cozy. Some of the homes we looked at felt like museums. Plus it had a beautiful yard, very green with a lot of space for the kids to play.” The house had been renovated periodically over the years, but it still retained many original details such as crown molding, which the homeowners liked. What they weren’t such fans of was the abundance of very small rooms. “The kitchen alone was four separate rooms,” says Bridget. “Everywhere you went there was a door and a wall.” So the couple hired architect and designer Rachael Grochowski of RHG Architecture + Design in Montclair to make the home more open and modern. “The way people lived when these houses were built is not the way we live today,” says Grochowski. “So the renovation was about not only updating the look, but also creating a more cohesive family environment.” Another goal was to open the back of the house to the

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Left: One of the homeowner’s favorite things in the house is the large wood table on castors that pulls out from the kitchen island, providing extra seating when needed. (Benches can be tucked away underneath when not in use.) Right: A built-in desk was custom-made from the same steel as the open shelving and has drawers of reclaimed wood. When kitchen walls were opened, the brick of the chimney was exposed, and both designer and client wanted to keep it visible. “It felt like another way to bring in a crafted, handmade look,” says Grochowski, “and the brick warms up the whole space.”

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side, so that the Placeks could see the kids when they were playing out back, and to bring some of the warmth of nature inside. They achieved that with a floor-to-ceiling window that wraps around the corner of the kitchen, allowing a view of the beautiful backyard and pool and light to fill the open, airy room. Open shelving custom-made of steel floats above Caesarstone countertops and white oak cabinets with a custom stain, contributing to the kitchen’s bright, open feel. “I wanted the kitchen to be white, wood and metal,” says Bridget. “I knew I liked the organic feel of those elements together. Rachael refined that by bringing in the raw steel and these really cool lights that are made from old brake rotors.” “The unique light fixtures really tie everything together,” says Grochowski. “I was excited that they went for them.” Handcrafted elements like those fixtures set the tone of the project for Grochowski. “I like things that feel handmade, like somebody put their heart into making them,” she explains. “I strive to make each project feel unique. With a kitchen, for example, I’ll try to find a way to make it different than every other kitchen.” On the first floor, walls came

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Left: The walls and arched ceiling of the dining room were painted a metallic silver. A shelf of reclaimed wood rests on brackets that were previously on the walls of the foyer, which also got a makeover. The metal sideboard is from Restoration Hardware. Right: The dressing room off the master bedroom was outfitted with a large marble-topped island of drawers and a chandelier from Jonathan Adler.

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Left: The master bathroom vanity, custom-made by Wud in Brooklyn, is steel encased in resin with wood doors in front. “When you get close to it, you can see the metal almost floating in this clearish resin around it,” says homeowner Bridget Placek. “It’s very cool.” Above: To maximize the bathroom’s abundance of light, Grochowski designed a large, transitionless double shower area that includes a freestanding tub. “My husband wanted this retreat, but the funny thing is that all my kids come in there, and it’s five people showering,” says Bridget, laughing. “My nieces call it the water park.”

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down to open the kitchen area to the family room, where two couches from Restoration Hardware flank a coffee table made by Grochowski from huge beams of wood salvaged from an old casket factory. “What I love about the table is that you see the history in the end grain and all the rings,” says the designer. “You think about how old that tree was, then its second life as a structure and now its third life as a table.” Upstairs, a bedroom was repurposed to create a luxurious master bathroom, and a back staircase was removed to make room for a second-floor laundry room. This change also allowed a powder room to be added on the first floor. The renovation took about seven months, and both designer and client feel it was a success, thanks in large part to the relationship they developed. “There was a lot of trust,” says Grochowski. “We got to add some really beautiful elements to this project because they trusted me.”

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The Dawn LED Wall Sconce by Modern Forms can be mounted inside or out, creating bright passages for those navigating dark corridors and hallways. Available at Capitol Lighting, multiple locations.

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Varaluz’s Wright Stuff large outdoor wall sconce’s geometric shape will add a modern edge to your home. Available at Alex Dee Lighting in Holmdel. This elegant Sutton Place sconce by Urban Archeology comes in polished brass, nickel and chrome. Available at urbanarchaeology.com.

The Lighthouse Light in brushed steel by Feiss will brighten up any home's exterior. Available at Chester Lighting in Chester, Freehold and Red Bank. The iron scroll bracket of Bevolo’s Italianate Lantern makes this an eyecatching light fixture. Available at bevolo.com.

The Chateau rustic iron outdoor wall sconce by Fine Art Lamps has a medieval feel reminiscent of Game of Thrones. Available at West Essex Lighting Studio in West Caldwell.

Vaughan’s Richmond brass wall light will enliven any patio or other living space. Available at The Home Depot, multiple locations.

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Make a style statement with the large Cocoon Sconce by Porta Romana. A geometric gridwork overlays each frosted glass window of the lantern. Available at portaromana.com.

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Subtracting space and updating cabinets in an aging kitchen gives it a modern look that’s suitable for any occasion. Written by Darius Amos Design by Clive Christian Interiors Photography by Phillip Ennis

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An outdated kitchen was modernized with dark walnut custom cabinets and pearly white marble countertops. To give the space a current and less-commercial look, designer Alyson O’Hanlon covered stainless steel appliances like the refrigerator and butler’s pantry dishwasher with walnut paneling.

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For one Bergen County family, updating an aging kitchen was an easy decision to make—it was giving up space to do so that was difficult. But once she started the remodeling project, designer Alyson O’Hanlon, of Ridgewood-based Clive Christian Interiors, proved that bigger isn’t always better. “There was a dead area in the kitchen that wasn’t being utilized, and I suggested that we make it into a butler’s pantry,” O’Hanlon recalls. “It was a challenge for the homeowners to imagine taking space away since everyone is always trying to enlarge areas. But we convinced them that the butler’s pantry would be a welcomed addition and help to integrate the kitchen and dining room. It’s a gem of an area that is useful but also visually interesting.” Also lending to the aesthetic are the Clive Christian cabinets in walnut with an espresso stain. The English-made cabinets, outfitted with stainless steel hardware, are used for a custom pantry wall that O’Hanlon designed to compensate for the lost kitchen space. They also flank the stove and range and are used for additional storage beneath the center island. “I elongated the end wall cabinets so they sit on the counter, which was more interesting than wall cabinets but also provide usable space for dishes and glasses,” she says. The same walnut paneling was used to cover appliances like the dishwasher in the butler’s pantry and the refrigerator, which was recessed into “a void space in the dining room.” “By doing this, we were able to enlarge the island by several feet because the refrigerator no longer had to project into the room,” O’Hanlon explains. Another unused space in the kitchen was converted into a workspace with desk, which can be hidden behind retractable doors when guests arrive. “I wanted to create a versatile space for the homeowner,” she says. “They should be as comfortable having a cup of coffee in the morning as they are pouring champagne on New Year’s Eve.”

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This page: Five chairs and a large white bench were added to the dining area to create enough seating for guests during both casual and formal occasions. Opposite: The designer added glass with a silver-leaf coating to the cabinet doors to lighten the bar area in the butler’s pantry.

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You only get one chance to make a great first impression. And because your front door is a portal to your personality as much as it is to your home, choose wisely. When it comes to door knockers, options abound, from classic rings to symbolic choices like a lion, representing power and strength, or a pineapple, the symbol of welcome and hospitality. This intricate Medusa door knocker in antique brass could ward off potential thieves. For a unique door knocker, have one custommade by Gruppo Romi, an Argentinian company known for creating distinctive hardware. Their North American headquarters is right here in New Jersey.

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