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thanks to a skillful refinishing of all the home’s floors, old and new. The new design deftly incorporates beloved elements from the old, including a series of antique pieces such as a graceful Biedermeier armoire in the dining room. Rich recovered and repurposed a pair of beloved wing chairs, setting them next to a custom table that can be used for a board game or an intimate meal. To elevate the seats to the correct height for dining, she added an extra layer of upholstery; the small table between them has a pedestal rather than legs to accommodate the outsize chairs. That table, with its sleek curvilinear design, is one of a handful of contemporary pieces that feel perfectly at home in the classic interior. A similar custom end table creates a counterpoint to the living room’s sectional sofa, and two super-slender, barely-there standing lamps add illumination without bulk to the family room. They’re functional as well as attractive, providing, says Rich, “a beautiful linear light source for reading.” Those lamps are just two of many small touches and sweeping improvements that make the family home exactly what its owners dreamed it could be: a place to leave work behind and embrace the simple pleasures of sun, sand, and—most important—one another.


longer need to feel as if they’re “sitting on the subway.” When the homeowner suggested replacing the chairs around a large circular dining table because she disliked the reddish hue of the wood, Rich recovered them instead, in a graypatterned fabric that swept away the red. Why not replace them? “They were the perfect size and shape to allow 12 chairs around the table,” she explains. An extensive kitchen renovation was critical to increasing the functionality of the home, which is frequently the scene of large catered dinners. The new cast-iron farmhouse sink, for instance, is flanked by two garbage rollouts—one for trash, one for recycling. There are two full-size refrigerator/freezer units, a dual fuel range with six burners and two ovens, a drawer microwave set handily next to the stove and a pot-filler positioned for both the range and the coffeemaker. Increasing the kitchen’s utility are an 8-by-8-foot pantry and a designated baking area with a marble counter for rolling out dough. To maintain a traditional look, the design team “hid” the refrigerators behind panels that matched the white cabinetry and incorporated the home’s original sconces and pendants. The old ceramic tiles were removed and replaced with walnut flooring that blended seamlessly with the wood abutting it,

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NJ Home: Summer 2019  

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