memories begin at home
erhaps I’m over-romanticizing the lazy days of summer I spent as a girl: dinners eaten alfresco on our oversize porch, days swimming and sunning at the beach, long bike rides. Of course, all these memories involve time spent with family and friends. And so at NJ Home, we bring you our summer issue chock-full of inspiration for your best season yet. Take, for example, the Kassin clan. For decades, their family and friends have spent summers down the Shore. They even purchased an old cabana club in Loch Arbour, converting it into a beacon on the beach that hosted dozens of the family’s biggest celebrations: weddings, anniversary parties, charity events and more. Then Hurricane Sandy struck, forcing the Kassins, like many others, to rebuild. And, boy, did they ever. Turn to “Outside’s In” on page 92 to see the result of architect Andrew Wilkinson’s
cabana restoration project, a complete renovation with nods to its former incarnation. Once again it’s a hub for get-togethers and the perfect setting to create new memories. When we talk about summer’s memorable moments, more often than not we recall family vacations. The family featured in “Livin’ the Dream” has been congregating at the same Shore home for three generations. Once ideal for its first occupants, the house and its interior over time became tired and outdated, no longer functional for the growing family. Flip to page 76 to see how designer Sheila Rich transformed the space into a home filled with light, suitable for elegant dinners and energetic children—of this generation and many more to come. Not every family, of course, requires beachfront living to enjoy the season. Rob and Wendy Marcus enlisted landscape architect Brian J. Koribanick to convert their large but empty outdoor space in Short Hills into a backyard paradise. In “Summer Starts Here!” on page 72, read about and see all the elements—from the 1,100-square-foot free-form pool to the dry-laid Pennsylvania Colonial walls— that make this property the center for summertime fun. In addition to these stories, this issue of NJ Home has plenty more ideas for you to get the most out of the season. If you can’t get enough of the beach, furnish your home with one (or all) of the items on page 36. The pieces, each made with shells, will make you feel like you’ve brought the shore into your home. Or turn to page 40, where we offer six unique ways you can incorporate rattan into your home décor—nothing says summer like one of these breezy accents. Summers are meant for rest and relaxation, family and friends, and for me, there’s no place like home to enjoy all of that. Here’s hoping the same fills your home this season.
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