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CONTENTS

past, meet present A homeowner and her design team prove that history and a contemporary aesthetic need not clash.

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baby won’t wait | 64 A full renovation of a young couple’s Brielle home had to be completed before their firstborn child arrived.

a clean look | 70

Gutting a dated Tenafly colonial gives a young family a modern home they can grow with.

sweet dreams by the seashore | 74

Bright, airy and casual, this revamped master bedroom now offers a serene haven for soothing reverie and relaxation.

little fixes | 78

The challenge in a Paramus house: adding new touches judiciously and not changing what was already working.

a mixed bag | 84

Bold colors against a neutral palette plus a variety of design styles create an elegant—but easy-to-live-in— home.

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Designer Karen B. Wolf helps restore the historic luster of an 1880s ColonialRevival home in Short Hills. (Photo by Raquel Langworthy)

A couple wanted to make their new South Orange townhome attractive for entertaining—without stealing the spotlight from the paintings they sought to display.

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A welcoming home sets a generous tone for gifting & gathering.

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departments memo | 14 Find out how to do eclectic right in this issue of NJ Home.

the guide | 21

concept board | 42 With the right décor and furnishings, your next meal will be a feast for all the senses.

What’s up, what’s new and what to do.

grand entrance | 92

real estate | 26

A well-appointed foyer bids guests a warm welcome—and offers a glimpse of your personal style.

A novel adventure awaits every day in these New Jersey homes, each with a posh library that speaks volumes.

material world | 30 Gold’s metallic finish is sure to be a winner.

new & noteworthy | 32 These unique verdigris pieces will have guests green with envy.

hot stuff | 34 Take a walk on the wild side with these area rugs.

fine art | 36

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top choices | 102 These multi-purpose loungers are comfy, practical and make a style statement too.

finishing touch | 104 Try a cool look for this hot commodity.

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The dreamy lines, shapes and colors in these works of art add whimsy to your home.

antiques | 38 trend report | 40 Look out—there are curves ahead!

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doing eclectic right

D

o you ever step into a well curated room, one that seamlessly blends disparate styles, time periods and textures and think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The truth is getting an eclectic style right can be daunting for the uninitiated. And done incorrectly, it’s far worse as it can look haphazard and chaotic. But getting it right is well worth the effort because it will reflect your unique aesthetic. So how do you pull it off? There are some rules when it comes to breaking the rules! Through a lot of trial and error (and advice from countless professionals), I’ll note a few: First, think about a unifying color scheme as it can serve as a great equalizer, pulling together various styles. Second, find an anchor. In much the same way that shopping malls of yore insisted on one or two big draws, the stores that would sustain the place, the same is true of your space. This can be

anything that speaks to you: a piece of art, a great rug, a beloved heirloom. Next, strive for balance—in scale and symmetry, that is. And don’t forget to work in textures to add depth. Think shiny metal with nubbly burlap, for instance. Or a silky Persian rug atop a coarse sisal. The homes in this issue prove that eclecticism needn’t be ashamed of its pedigree (or lack thereof). These homes shake up convention—in a good way— and are super livable to boot. Take, for example, the Senti family’s Brielle home. For their space, the couple wanted a whole-house makeover with a modern yet homey vibe—and Holmdel designer Yelena Gerts delivered. Turn to “Baby Won’t Wait” on page 64 to see how a distressed wood table can “shine” alongside beautiful quartz countertops and contemporary kitchen hardware. Wendy and Bruce Prager also wanted to shake things up, but they faced the challenge of trying to maintain the historic luster of their 1880s Colonial-Revival style home. To do this, the Short Hills couple teamed with designer Karen B. Wolf, who achieved a perfect mix of yesterday and today. In “Past, Meet Present” beginning on page 50, you’ll see many examples of eclectic design like the juxtaposing of relics of the past—a sewing machine once owned by Wendy’s grandmother—with a Lucite table, for instance. If you’re looking for more ways to bend the unwritten laws of design, you’ll discover some in “A Mixed Bag” (page 84). Think vintage chandelier hanging above a cool stainless steel kitchen counter or old grandiose doors opening to a room filled with Ghost chairs. And speaking of different designs, the area rugs on page 34 will take you for a walk on the wild side. They’re made of a variety of materials, such as leather and wool, and in a range of patterns that will enable you to mix and match styles like a pro. We hope the homes and products presented in this issue of NJ Home serve as inspiration for your next project. Of course, what you choose for your space should ultimately reflect your own style and personality and make you feel, well, right at home.

Editor in Chief RITA GUARNA Creative Director STEPHEN M. VITARBO senior edtior DARIA MEOLI Senior associate editor DARIUS AMOS

lifestyle editor HALEY LONGMAN assistant art director YVONNE MARKI Contributing editors LESLIE GARISTO PFAFF, DONNA ROLANDO, NAYDA RONDON, MARISA SANDORA Contributing Photographers PATRICIA BURKE, DEAN LUIS CHUQUI, RAQUEL LANGWORTHY, DAVID NELSON, MARCO RICCA, WING WONG PUBLISHING STAFF Publisher THOMAS FLANNERY advertising account executives KAREN AZZARELLO, JODI BRUKER, TRACEY HALL, BRIDGET JULIANO, MARY LIMA, MARY MASCIALE, JENNIFER SWEETWOOD, MAURA HUNTER TEMPLETON

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WHAT’S UP, WHAT’S NEW AND WHAT TO DO.

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Sorry, but your retirement plans likely won’t compare with what Maria Pergay has been doing with her senior years. The 86-year-old French designer, dubbed the “queen of stainless steel,” has been working since the ‘60s but created more than 70 works over the past decade alone, including this standout piece, the Cabinet Engrenage. The cabinet, made of lemon wood, brass and various types of steel, combines form and function. And though the metallic engrenage (gear) in the front looks like the workings of a movable clock, it’s purely decorative. Decorative indeed, which explains why it’s been on display at museums and exhibits like the Demisch Danant art gallery in New York.

Are there two things young women of Gen Z love more than makeup and sleep? Not likely, which is why PBTeen has collaborated with beauty brand Benefit for its newest collection of furniture, rugs, home décor and bedding. The products, in gold, neutrals and—of course—millennial pink, are inspired by the 1970s with a cosmetics spin. For instance, “Hello Gorgeous” is emblazed If pillows, Mariela wall Schwarz on hang-Montiel hasand her fluffy way, robes. it’ll be ings rhododendrons and magnolias. Prices start at $19.50. Colorful flowers and Stock up (for yourself orfoliage complement the designer’s your teen) in stores or woven-look geometric forms online at pbteen.com. in dinnerware by French porcelain maker Raynaud Limoges. Pieces in Trésor Fleuri are designed to work with the previous Trésor Collection and are dishwashersafe. But because they feature gold

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It’s a book! It’s a journal! Nope, it’s a lamp, actually. When closed, this Lumio lamp, designed by British artist Richard Woods, appears to be a hardcover volume. But when opened, the wooden sculpture accordions into a portable LED light. The lamp is exclusive to the Museum of Modern Art and available online (momastore.org) or in-store (44 W. 53rd St., Manhattan) for $250.

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MUST-READS DECEMBER HOME SALES Looking to start the new year in a new home? Consider NJ Realtors’ real estate stats from last December while you’re scoping out the market:

7,928

New listings in December 2017, down 4.1 percent from the previous year.

$300K

Median sales price of a singlefamily home in December 2017, up 2.6 percent from the previous year.

$358K

Average sales price of all homes in December 2017, up 3.8 percent from the year before.

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Average days properties had been on the market, down 11 percent from the previous year.

Homes for sale in December 2017, down 19.4 percent from the previous year.

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If you don’t have time to scour a library for home inspiration, you’ll get one-stop shopping in Jennifer Boles’ newest tome, Inspired Design (Vendome, $75). Rather than focus on one designer, style, era or room, it lists all the names you must know from the last century of interior design. Pictures of designers posing in their best rooms are included. While you’re at it, get a lesson in pattern play from The Power of Pattern by Susanna Salk (Rizzoli, $45). It demonstrates how to incorporate bold prints and patterns, from stripes to florals, into every room in the home. Finally, isn’t your coffee-table book collection crying out for American Originals by William Abranowicz (Vendome, $65)? It boasts 225 photographs of the homes of rock stars, poets, athletes, politicians and other noteworthies. Abranowicz also recounts his experiences with each of his subjects, giving readers twofold inspiration.

IN PARIS, GO MAD

Here’s another excuse for that trip to Paris. The city’s famed art museum Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) is introducing France to the works of late Italian architect Gio Ponti, one of the 20th century’s most influential designers, with a new exhibition. The retrospective display will feature 500 of Ponti’s furniture, glassware and ceramic designs spanning 60 years, like this mod tableware from 1967. “Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti, ArchiDesigner” runs until Feb. 10.

BLOCKS OFF THE OLD CHIP

Visiting New York City this season? Consider a stop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its new exhibit, “Chippendale’s Director: The Designs and Legacy of a Furniture Maker,” details famed British cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale’s rags-to-riches story, showing how his chair and table designs once intended for the British elite changed furniture design as a whole. The exhibit, timed to the 300th anniversary of Chippendale’s birth, features original drawings from his workshop and furniture inspired by his regal aesthetic. The exhibition runs through Jan. 27.

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LAURA KIRAR’S INSPIRED DESIGN

Renowned product and interior designer Laura Kirar doesn’t just travel the globe for inspiration— she explores and experiences everything the world has to offer. To get a true sense of Mexican and ancient Mayan design for her Artesania X passementerie line, created for Samuel & Sons, Kirar journeyed into the heart—the jungles, villages, countrysides—of the Yucatán Peninsula. The new collection features bordered patterns, beaded fringe and other luxe trimmings that stimulate the senses while paying homage to Mesoamerican craft and history.

WAYFAIR, ANOTHER WAY

Talk about counter-trendy: Now a big online furniture retailer is trying out the brick-and-mortar concept—temporarily. Wayfair, which sells thousands of items for every room in the home, has opened a pop-up shop at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus for the holiday season. The 400-square-foot shop located outside Lord & Taylor will carry 300 products, including bestselling furniture and decorative items from Wayfair’s online catalog, as well as some holiday decor. There also will be interior design experts on hand to help customers create custom furniture and tackle home design projects. The pop-up will be open during the mall’s normal business hours of 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (closed Sundays) and it closes for good Jan. 1.

SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

Clockwise from top left: Alfonso Marina Arezzo Desk; L’Objet Coral Letter Opener; Cleo Brass Tripod Table Lamp; Smythson of Bond Street Iris Notelets Stationery; Faber-Castell Ondoro Fountain Pen; World Market Elsie Upholstered Office Chair; World Buyers Nautilus Art Glass Paperweight.

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a new chapter

A novel adventure awaits every day in these New Jersey homes, each with a posh library that speaks volumes.

120 LLOYD ROAD, MONTCLAIR $3,350,000 | 7 beds, 6 full and 2 half baths, 10,159 sq. ft. The work of renowned architect Charles Lewis Bowman, this Tudor mansion boasts a two-story library with balcony bookcases, a spiral staircase and one of the home’s six fireplaces. Situated on more than 1 acre with a full view of NYC, this homestead also features a 3,000-bottle wine cellar, a pool, a tennis court and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. CONTACT: SAM JOSEPH, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES, NEW JERSEY PROPERTIES, MONTCLAIR, (917) 359-8990

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W H E R E E XC E L L E NC E L I V E S

WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY I $4,995,000

SADDLE RIVER, NEW JERSEY I $3,550,000

Represented by: Frank D. Isoldi, Broker Sales Associate C. 908.787.5990 I O. 908.233.5555

Represented by: Ann Matri, Sales Associate C. 201.970.7043 I O. 201.327.5050

LITTLE SILVER, NEW JERSEY I $2,850,000

FRANKLIN LAKES, NEW JERSEY I $2,490,000

Represented by: Sarah Pomphrey, Sales Associate C. 732.841.8913 I O. 732.842.3200

Represented by: Hedy Weiss, Sales Associate C. 201.819.0337 I O.201.891.6700

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY I $2,350,000

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY I $1,750,000

Represented by: Debra “Debbie” Woerner, Sales Associate C. 973.500.3032 I O. 973.635.8200

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real estate 839 MATLACK DRIVE, MOORESTOWN $3,500,000 | 7 beds, 7.5 baths, 9,263 sq. ft. With the rustic look of knotty alder and a big stone fireplace, this library abounds in books and comfort. The estate also stands out as an aquatic sanctuary with waterscapes and a second level infinity pool, and its many highlights include six fireplaces, a private in-law suite and gourmet kitchen. CONTACT: MELISSA YOUNG, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES, FOX & ROACH, MOORESTOWN, (267) 259-2432

2 DEPUTY MINISTER DRIVE, COLTS NECK $6,000,000 | 6 beds, 8 full and 3 half baths, 19,784 sq. ft. For the connoisseur of life, this home on a picturesque 5 acres offers a two-story library combined with billiards room, all tastefully designed with balconies and rich woodwork. A true retreat with a gazebo, tennis court and infinity pool, the mansion offers amenities ranging from a dance floor to a theater and an indoor basketball court.

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CONTACT: ANNA APPOLONIA, HERITAGE HOUSE SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY, HOLMDEL, (732) 371-3233

4710 PROVINCE LINE ROAD, PRINCETON $2,450,000 | 7 beds, 7 full and 2 half baths, 13,825 sq. ft. One of the stand-out features of this elegant gated estate, two minutes from Princeton’s downtown, is a two-story library with floor-to-ceiling shelves, fireplace and spiral staircase. Nestled on 7.5 acres of rolling lawns, the home also has a carriage house, two-bedroom cottage, pool and tennis court. CONTACT: SUSAN A. COOK, CALLAWAY HENDERSON SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY, PRINCETON, (609) 577-9959

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The Italian glass fixtures of Masiero’s Ola Six-Light Pendant help reflect a golden glow that will brighten a room. Available at wayfair.com.

go for the gold

Don’t feel vain if you’re caught staring at the the Uttermost Javon Mirror—it’s easy to gaze longingly at the chevrons and handfinished golden bronze leaf. Available at Macy’s, multiple locations.

The visually stunning Jonathan Charles Geometry Cabinet is made of more than 10,000 pieces of veneer to create an optical illusion. Available at jonathancharlesfurniture.com.

THIS METALLIC FINISH IS SURE TO BE A WINNER.

The brass base and garnet-to-clear glass top of the Dering Hall Cocktail Table will add a pop of color to every living room. Available at deringhall.com.

The Knoll Platner Arm Chair, in 18-karat plated gold, gives new meaning to the phrase "sitting on a gold mine." Available at Design Within Reach, Paramus.

Because gold foil is applied by hand to unique cuts of the leather, each Brazilian-made Sahara Hair on Hide Rug is one of a kind. Available at Z Gallerie, Paramus.

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Take time out and enjoy the beauty of Ralph Lauren Home's Brennan Clock, which is made of solid brass and calfskin leather. Available at Bloomingdale's, multiple locations.

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Small, illuminated blown glass droplets cascading down brass tube hardware give this light fixture a windchime effect. Available at Lindsey Adelman Studio, New York City.

Place your most prized trinkets atop the Patinaed Shelf. Available at Anthropologie, multiple locations.

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The nearly 4-foot-tall sculpture adds a contemporary touch to any home or garden. Available at Ancient Sculpture Gallery, Garfield.

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Glass sits atop two pedestals of twisted bronze in this attention-grabbing Avalon table. Available at deringhall.com.

A wrought-iron base and leather seat make this 1970s bench a beauty. Available at Lobel Modern, New York City.

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The vintage Vermut metal side table leaves just enough room for a drink. Available at CB2, Paramus.

The Celeste Console table would turn heads as a makeup vanity or as a first-impression-making entryway piece. Available at bohincstudio. com.

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hot stuff

Crafters use durable wool to create the intricately designed Kithira rug, making it ideal for the high-traffic areas of your home. Available at Urban Outfitters, multiple locations.

The timeless pattern of Kaleen’s Tara rug will provide a stylish touch to any room. Available at Korkmaz Rugs & Flooring, Rutherford.

When your tabletop flowers fade, you’ll be happy to have the vibrant colors of the Tufted Jardin rug at your footstep. Available at Anthropologie, multiple locations.

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The modern diamond motif of this piece, from Couristan’s Chalet Collection, is made of ethically sourced woven leather. Available at Starr Carpets, Englewood.

Add a splash of color to your space with a round fuchsia rug from Safavieh’s Crystal Collection. Available at Safavieh, Paramus.

Sink your toes into the ultrasoft Seurat blue wool floor covering by Dash & Albert—your feet will thank you! Available at Wostbrock Home, Ridgewood.

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Give Slovakian photographer and student Martina Ivicic’s works a whirl. She adds dimension to her subjects, including this “Abstract Object III,” by shooting in black and white. Available at kooness.com.

With Laurie MacMillan’s “Blue View” as a focal point on your wall, you’ll be dreaming of the ocean right as winter’s chill sets in. Available at houzz.com.

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Jean-Pierre Vieville’s “Emotions Dépensées” translates to “emotionally spent” from French. But passion certainly isn’t lacking in this work. Available at vieville-art-deco.com.

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THE DREAMY LINES, SHAPES AND COLORS IN THESE WORKS ADD A TOUCH OF WHIMSY TO YOUR HOME.

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This minimalistic bronze sculpture by artist Larry Mohr titled “Orbits” is out of this world. Available at invaluable.com.

Rough edges and strokes of black exemplify Syd Solomon’s acrylic paintings, such as this 1983 “Osprey Overlook.” Available at 1stdibs.com.

Purple reigns in “Purple Haze”—sculptor Bret Price used heat to manipulate the steel into this sexy curvature. Available at 1stdibs.com.

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antiques

The curves and angles of this frame show classic French style and design, but the piece was made in America during the 1970s. Available at Robins Egg Gallery, Lambertville.

The tribal art of this wooden frame from Burkina Faso is simple yet stunning. Available at Brothers Arts & Antiques, Elmhurst, N.Y.

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The embellishments suggest Greek and Roman influences, but the federal eagle of this gilt wood frame is all U.S.A. Available at Two Worlds Art, New York City.

Add texture and pattern to your tabletop with this metal enamel frame by Jay Strongwater. Swarovski crystals hand set in intermittent stripes enhance the plaid-like pattern. Available at Julie Johnson Interiors, Franklin Lakes.

FORGET THE PAINTING– THE TRUE TREASURE MIGHT JUST BE WHAT SURROUNDS IT.

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You'll want to stare for hours at any piece of art—oil painting, print or mirror—when it’s surrounded by this antique wood gesso gold gilt frame. Available at Tea Room 545, Princeton.

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Bring your wall to life with this c. 1740 Louis XV-style, handcarved frame in gold leaf. Available at Gill & Lagodich, New York City.

Skip the plastic and put a photo of your loved one in a floralpatterned, cast-iron picture frame. Available at Uptown Vintage, New York City.

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Named the Armchair Lono after the Ukrainian symbol for “mother,” this beauty, which rotates at the base, will embrace you like one big hug. Available at faina.design.

The Cozy Cuddle chair is perfect for unwinding alone or cuddling with a loved one by the fire. Available at structube.com.

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Rest your feet atop this rich velvet ottomon that looks (and feels) good from every angle. Available at julianchichester. com.

Use this vintage-inspired piece of art as a side table or nightstand and you’re golden. Available at CB2, Paramus.

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This light, pretty-in-pink accent chair is Danish design at its finest. Available at BoConcept, Paramus or Princeton locations.

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Striking velvet and contrast piping make the Maison Lacroix sofa a seat and a sight. Available at Roche Bobois, Paramus.

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WITH THE RIGHT DÉCOR AND FURNISHINGS, YOUR NEXT MEAL WILL BE A FEAST FOR ALL THE SENSES.

LET THERE BE LIGHT Clockwise from top right: Louise Chandelier, Arhaus, Freehold; Crystorama Coco Six-Light Chandelier, Alex Dee Lighting, Holmdel; Aizen Six-Light Hammered Ore Chandelier, The Home Depot, multiple locations; Atelier de Troupe Cigale Double Sconce, atelierdetroupe. com; Progress Lighting FiveLight Bronze Chandelier; The Home Depot, multiple locations.

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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” ― — Oscar Wilde

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past, meet present

A homeowner and her design team prove that history and a contemporary aesthetic need not clash.

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In the great room, an indoor-outdoor rug from Exceptional Flooring Concepts and a pair of Vanguard sofas covered in hard-wearing Crypton fabric stand up to the family’s three teens and two Labrador retrievers. The coffee table from Interlude Home adds a contemporary note, and its glass tops are in keeping with the room’s open and airy feel. There are no window treatments on the doors leading to the backyard “because they get a lot of use,” says designer Karen B. Wolf.

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When Wendy and Brett Prager mentioned that they’d bought the historic house a few blocks away from their old home in Short Hills, most of their friends had the same response: Why? Built in the 1880s, the Colonial Revival-style home was desperately in need of another revival. But Wendy, a lawyer who’d majored in history as an undergrad, relished the challenge of restoring the house’s historic luster as she embarked on a renovation that would respect the home’s architectural roots while ushering it gently into the 21st century. “I wanted to keep the integrity of the period in the moldings and the floors, and yet, in the color and the décor, have it be transitional, easing toward modern,” says Wendy, who envisioned an eclectic design in which her grandmother’s sewing machine looked happily at home next to a Lucite table. With the help of designer Karen B. Wolf, along with architect John James and builder Michael Mroz, Wendy achieved a perfect melding of past and present. But that wasn’t the only thing the renovation needed to accomplish. The Pragers wanted a house that felt soft, fresh and refined, though “soft” hardly describes their day-to-day lifestyle. There were their three teenage daughters and an army of their friends, the guests who came into the house dripping pool water, and two rambunctious rescue Labs whose energy rivaled that of the teens. Wolf admits that uniting the family’s style and lifestyle was a daunting task. But a walk through the home proves that it was achieved successfully. The palette throughout blends pale grays and blues with white, lending the house an airiness that’s enhanced by large

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This page: The traditional millwork in the foyer is set off by a modern satellite fixture from Elk Lighting and a Lucite console table, as well as a mirrored chest designed to dazzle. Opposite page: For the great room, the designer created a built-in cabinet, topped with open shelving, to flank the fireplace, whose surround she also designed. The large abstract painting in varying shades of gray was created specifically for the space by South Orange artist Jocelyn Fine.

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windows and windowed doors with minimal or no window treatments—a choice in keeping with an overall design that Wolf describes as “pretty and formal without looking traditional.” As soon as you enter the house, you see what she means. The elegant Colonial Revival millwork in the foyer is tempered by that Lucite hall table and, against the stair wall, a dramatically mirrored chest. “Because Lucite is kind of nondescript,” says Wolf, “it’s a great way to integrate different styles.” She chose the chest, on the other hand, because it was as far from nondescript as possible. The area under the stairs, she explains, is “a dead space, so we wanted something there that would jump out at you.” The stairs themselves are lined with a flat-weave runner in a blue-gray animal print, eye-catching and more than capable of withstanding foot (and paw) traffic. That hardworking aesthetic was also behind the choices for many of the surfaces in the great room. The large expanse of floor, for instance, is softened with a pale gray rug whose texture belies its rugged indoor-outdoor construction. And the two medium-gray sofas are covered in Crypton fabric, which, like its near-namesake, is super-durable, though it’s also super-soft (an effect enhanced by banks of fluffy pillows). A round-on-round metaland-glass coffee table adds a modern touch, one of several in the house, including sleek kitchen pendants and a large satellite chandelier in the foyer. The main-floor powder room, on the other hand, has a very traditional feel, but the tradition is more North Africa than North Jersey. Moroccan-style concrete tiles line the walls, and the pendant lamp and sinuous mirror might both have been

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This page: The kitchen required minimal renovation. Cabinets and an island were stripped and repainted a fresh white and, above the island, sleek modern pendants from Zenza Home were installed to add a wow factor. Opposite page: In the dining room, the designer placed a large custom table whose details echo the home’s historic millwork. Precedent Furniture chairs, covered in a viscose velvet, gleam under a contemporary crystal chandelier from Elegant Lighting. Candles from Local Shopping add both extra lighting and modern interest.

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This page: In the living room, where the family gathers after holiday meals, the homeowner included her own traditionally styled sofa (on the left), which the designer set off with a sleek custom sofa/bench. Opposite page: The sitting nook in the living room was designed to be among the most comfortable spots in the house, with capacious upholstered chairs from Barrymore and a large upholstered coffee table by Precedent. The super-textural flokati rug is from the Fibre by Auskin collection.

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acquired in a Tangier souk. Even the vanity, with its mirrored drawer fronts and decorative flourishes, evokes the exotic. The room feels most in keeping with history, but white and pale gray fabrics, a glass étagère and glass-topped tables maintain the airiness of the rest of the house. Wendy wanted an intimate space where she could entertain friends, so Wolf created a conversation nook, in which large upholstered chairs around an upholstered coffee table and a gray flokati rug (perfect for kick-your-shoes-off gatherings) invite guests to linger in comfort. It’s the dining room, though, that seems particularly emblematic of the Pragers’ lifestyle and design preferences. The house’s historic millwork inspired the embellishment on the large custom dining table, essential for a couple passionate about entertaining. There’s no floor covering, so the original floors, stained a modern graphite, really shine here. Modern accents—a contemporary crystal chandelier, a series of candles set in large metal circles, abstract artwork in shades of gray—add a strong counterpoint yet manage to blend seamlessly with the room’s more historic elements. In short, this is the perfect place to fête all those skeptical friends who once asked “Why?”

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This page: Pattern and texture are key in the powder room, from the concrete wall tiles to the vintage-look mirrored vanity by Ambella to a sinuous lighting fixture from Made Goods. Opposite page: The master bedroom, with its vaulted ceiling, was an add-on to the 1880s home. To warm up the room, the designer created a pillow-lined custom window seat and added soft touches like the TOV flokati bench and the settee from Vanguard. The grand but airy chandelier visually unites the ceiling with the rest of the room.

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for art’s sake A couple wanted to make their new South Orange townhome lively and attractive for entertaining—without stealing the spotlight from the paintings they sought to display.

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nious or it will take away from the artwork. It will be the star.” When it came to the décor, again, he wanted no aesthetic “drama queens” to steal the limelight from the art. “You wrap the house in beauty,” says Yarosh. “However, there is a singular mission: to let art be the final focus.” In the living room, the designer used fine materials from around the world for the back-to-back sitting areas—for example, the silk pillows from France for the oxblood-red silk-and-velvet couch resting upon a red-and-orange geometric rug from Milan. For designers, it was like a who’s who of the best and brightest. “We designed the home knowing we love to entertain and didn’t want a formal dining room,” says Marsha, who much prefers the expanded living room, which, along with the two-story grand foyer, can accommodate 70 guests for at-home jazz concerts. Yarosh adds: “The deep gray foyer, filled with chairs and ascending stairwells, becomes its own private amphitheater.” The couple also followed their tastes by abandoning the traditional breakfast nook off the kitchen in favor of a more intimate sitting area that draws its cozy feel from a custom bookcase. (For Marsha, books are as precious as art.) Darkorange mohair chairs create a starburst pattern around the crewel-patterned ottoman on a sheared American hooked rug, while a blown-glass chandelier introduces its own spectrum of colors. This area has become their go-to place to start the day with a cup of java and the morning news. The master bedroom suggests romance with an abstract tulip design on the upholstered bed but “it’s still a very strong room,” says Yarosh. Though purples and burgundy flow through the décor, “green is the base, nature’s neutral,” he explains. Other highlights include a large ceiling quatrefoil medallion, wallpaper by Hermès and a gallery cluster of paintings. This townhome’s décor makes a stunning impression in its supporting role, but the art takes center stage.

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Great interior design surely needs an artist’s touch, but what if it doubles as a showcase for actual art? That was the challenge art collectors Marsha and Bruce Baldinger faced. Marsha recalls how a “big lifestyle change” had just swept them from a 6,500-square-foot custom house in bucolic New Vernon to a townhome in vibrant South Orange. What prompted them to follow their four adult children and leave their “nest” in 2016? “We lived in 25 percent of the house,” says Marsha. “It was ridiculous.” Their new townhome, she explains, would be “created around what we like”—including a vast array of artwork, some of it the prized abstract paintings of a great uncle—all quite close to the New York City theaters and museums they love. The problem: “Everything was essentially beige; there was no color to the house, no design,” she says. “And because there was a lot of open space, we wanted to have a master plan.” Marsha had never forgotten artist James Yarosh and a painting she and Bruce had purchased from him at the Blairsden Mansion Designer Showcase some years ago. She’d pore over his newsletters and loved his approach to designing homes as the perfect backdrop for art. But since she and Bruce didn’t plan to buy new furniture—just to reupholster—the Baldingers had to wonder: Would Yarosh share their enthusiasm? Lucky for them, he likes a challenge, and here it was: 5,000 square feet of oversized rooms that would dwarf typical furniture arrangements. His dramatic design said “Bye-bye, beige!” by tapping into the rainbow for bold shades such as deep orange for the sitting room, a rich gray for the two-story entrance foyer (carrying your eye to the living room’s creams and reds) and vibrant greens in the master bedroom. While a monochromatic approach would have confined such colors to an accent wall, Yarosh was courageous enough to spread the magic. Yet he cautions: “It may seem like a free-for-all—you get to have all that color—but you have to make it harmo-

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This page: Nothing says romance like flowers, even the abstract kind. These, along with the green carpet and walls, turn the master bedroom into a garden of sorts. Opposite page: This cheery sitting room with dark orange walls has a matching bed for Otis, the family kitty, on the crewel fabric ottoman over a bouquet-and-trellis-design rug with a joyful touch of lavender. Previous page: What a setting for a concert on the family’s piano: The two-story foyer doubles as an amphitheater, where rich color and a variety of artwork shine.

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baby won’t wait A full renovation of a young couple’s Brielle home had to be completed before their firstborn child arrived.

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The cozy eating area in the kitchen features a distressed wood table from Restoration Hardware, giving the room a look that’s “transitional but still homey,” says designer Yelena Gerts of House of Style & Design. The floors throughout the 4,500-squarefoot house were stained a dark walnut. “We used a lot of white in the house, and I wanted to have contrast,” says Gerts.

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This page: Gerts used an eye-catching, rusticmodern tile on the ceiling in the mud room to add interest. “I like every room to have at least one unique element,” she says. Opposite page: The kitchen was opened up to allow a freestanding island. “It’s very functional for us, and we love it,” says homeowner Brooke Senti.

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Yelena Gerts was under the gun. The designer and owner of House of Style & Design in Holmdel had only five months to finish a whole-house renovation in Brielle, making structural changes and designing and decorating every room. The project had to be done before homeowner Brooke Senti gave birth to her first child. “Usually a project of this size takes nine months or more,” says Gerts. “But the homeowner has great taste and knew what she wanted. So she made my job very easy.” First up was reworking the kitchen, which was opened up to flow into an eating nook and a sitting area, thanks to contractor Frank DiNatale of Cool Runnings, whom Gerts credits with helping her complete the entire project so quickly. “Before, there was a peninsula that was blocking the hallway, but we completely redesigned it and put in a freestanding island, and now it’s much more open and functional,” she says. Quartz countertops, contemporary hardware and a marble mosaic backsplash bring the space into the 21st century, but the distressed wood barstools and kitchen table soften the look. “Brooke wanted a feel that was homey,” says Gerts. “The distressed wood balances the modernity of the kitchen and gives it a more casual feel.” The homeowners can relax with a glass of wine in the adjacent sitting area, which features a bar with built-in cabinets beneath a gorgeous white marble brick wall fittingly decorated with wine bottles. Because the home doesn’t have a large family room, the Sentis sought to make the basement a great place to entertain and hang out, and Gerts delivered. She created a focal wall with a large electric

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fireplace and stone running up it “to bring a lot of texture and dimension to the space,” she explains. She also used an eye-catching, large-format tile on the wall behind the bar, which contains a refrigerator and sink for easy entertaining. “I love our basement area,” says Senti. “My husband, son and I spend a lot of time down there. It’s a great family area for us and will be great for the kids as they grow older as well.” At press time, Senti was due with her second child, so the basement will soon be busier. “A lot of people forget about their basement and don’t want to invest too much into it, but when the ceilings are high enough, it can be a wonderful space, more like a family room,” says Gerts. “This one came out really cool.” The first-floor powder room is also a favorite element of the project for the designer, who says, “When you walk in there, you think, ‘Where am I, a hip, modern hotel?’ It’s not a typical powder room.” The unique wallpaper is grasscloth with silk threads, which give it a little sheen. Gerts balanced that with a more masculine vanity featuring a concrete sink and wooden base. “The house is very calming, which is what I was going for,” says Senti, who loves the gray, white and beige color scheme. “The style and the colors we chose will hopefully be timeless.” If they do decide to change things up, they know they can count on Gerts to give them what they want—fast. “This was my record,” says Gerts. “But things get done quickly if everyone is on the same page. I told Brooke, ‘You can come work for me any time.’”

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This page: Gerts designed the powder room around a beautiful grasscloth wallpaper from Hartmann & Forbes. A concrete and wood vanity from Trueform helped balance the look. Opposite page, top: A new marble tile surround breathed fresh life into the existing fireplace in the sitting area off the kitchen. Bottom: The basement sectional was covered in child-friendly blue velvet to withstand rambunctious kids.

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a clean look

Gutting a dated Tenafly colonial gives a young family a modern home they can grow with. The house needed a lot of work, but the homeowners were undeterred. They knew it had good bones and sat on the perfect block in the loveliest area of Tenafly. Plus, it had a large yard, a great pool and a beautiful view of the valley below. So they hired Shelley Cekirge, a Tenafly-based designer, to help them make the tired old house live up to its promise.

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This Tenafly home’s new kitchen features special touches such as wainscoting on the ceiling to add interest and inset sinks for clean lines. A white and greige color palette was chosen for its timelessness and tranquility. “The simple colors, moldings and finishes that we used throughout the home make the family feel calm and relaxed,” says designer Shelley Cekirge.

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“We love the open feel and the simplicity of the design,” says one of the homeowners, a young couple with kids who moved from New York City. Upstairs, the master bath is their private oasis. Two sinks are linked by a vanity with Pacific White marble countertops from Artistic Tile, giving the couple plenty of storage and lots of space to get ready each morning. The bathroom also features a striking standalone tub by Blackman, plus a shower with a recessed drain. “It allows the floor to be completely flat, which gives the whole room a seamless line,” Cekirge explains. “It’s a really beautiful touch.” The renovation took about nine months, and the homeowners couldn’t be happier with the results: “We feel like we are coming home to the house we always wanted,” they gush.

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“The couple wanted a transitional, clean look they could grow with,” Cekirge says. “We kept the color palette neutral and then popped in color with accessories. I wanted to layer the look, so I used a lot of texture and pattern with lots of different fabrics and wallpaper, plus some gold and silver to sparkle it up a little.” The kitchen was completely reconstructed and opened up to the family room to give the home an open, fluid feel. It features show-stopping, 3-inch-thick Super White marble countertops from Artistic Tile. The Pratt & Larson subway tiles on the backsplash have a frame relief to “give them a little bit more interest,” says Cekirge, and faucets and hardware were chosen for their clean lines and unfussy feel. Gray barstools from Room & Board and a trestle table and wooden chairs from Crate & Barrel complete the picture.

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sweet dreams by the seashore Bright, airy and casual, this revamped master bedroom now offers a serene haven ideal for soothing reverie and relaxation.

A casual beach vibe comes to life with a relaxing white color palette, wicker furniture, seascape accents and natural bleached maple floors. The overall effect is a bright and airy quality that exudes charm, comfort and carefree style.

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Mary Ellen Cositore, a happily single woman recently retired from a fast-paced corporate career in the city, loves to unwind with family and friends at her vacation retreat in Sea Girt, a home she co-owns with an older brother. To make it a welcoming place that’s perfect for entertaining, Cositore has often turned to designer Laurie Burke-Boice, owner of L.D. Burke Designs in Monmouth Beach. The designer has always delivered, transforming the Cape Cod’s living room, open-concept dining area and three guest rooms into inviting spaces. “This client and I have been working together on various projects since 2003,” says Burke-Boice. “We are at a point in our client/designer relationship where she lets me have free rein with my creativity and trusts my expertise.” “She gets me,” adds Cositore. “She knows what’s important to me and asks all the right questions to get at the core of how I live, what I value and what will bring me the most ease, comfort and functionality.” So when Cositore decided to focus—finally—on her own inner sanctum, she naturally enlisted Burke-Boice. “Now that I’m retired and spending about 80 percent of my time at this home, I wanted a room that would reflect that lifestyle change. It was time for something that was bright and soothing.” Burke-Boice’s mission: turn her client’s dark and cluttered master bedroom into a serene haven more in keeping with the home’s breezy beach style. She started by adding three skylights to let in the light. She replaced a bulky window air conditioner unit with a streamlined cooling/heating wall unit placed over the window frame; this not only increased the light flow, but also

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This page: The skylights give the room a welcome dose of sunshine. Whether it serves as a quality “me time” retreat or a cozy guest corner, the sitting area is a natural draw. It’s often used as an informal gathering spot when friends come calling. Then, just move the coffee table, open the daybed, and presto—instant sleepover accommodations for visiting nieces and nephews. Opposite page, top: The wicker trunk, seascape painting and straw hats all contribute to the casual beach feel. Long on whimsy, the wicker giraffe planter brings a touch of “playful silliness.” Bottom: Subtle details like the starfish and crystal vanity ornaments reflect the light and breezy beach motif. The coral vase and flowers add vibrant notes of color and nature.

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trunk at the base of the bed and a two-door cabinet by the daybed also provided functional yet design-conscious storage. For all its spaciousness, the room still feels intimate and cozy. The designer made sure of that by fashioning separate living clusters. For instance, the queen-size bed— framed on both sides by angled ceilings, nightstands topped with bedside lamps from Port 68 and Surya shag rugs—makes for a dreamy enclave; the daybed, coffee table, ceramic drum table and two-door cabinet grouping creates a perfect lounging spot equally suited for quiet solitary pursuits or fun sleepovers; and the vanity section—complete with a Mongolian fur stool from Port 68 and pretty baubles and beach-themed decorations on the counter shelves—is a jewel-box haven for feminine pampering. Other personal touches, like the seascape painting, terry robes and straw hats, evoke sunny, carefree days spent walking along the waves. Long on whimsy and sentimental value, a vintage wicker giraffe planter reflects an unexpected glimpse of the owner’s playful nature. “It’s my dream come true,” Cositore says of the room. “It’s light, classy and purposeful. Whenever my girlfriends come to visit, they always say ‘It is so you.’ It’s been more than two years, but I still feel the same way every time I enter it. Sometimes, I’ll just randomly text Laurie to tell her how much I love my bedroom.” “It’s a happy room,” says Burke-Boice. “Knowing that my client comes in and smiles and feels totally at home here, that means I’ve done my job.”

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improved the ventilation system. To create the room’s “light as air” mood, Burke-Boice selected a soothing white palette scheme. That was reflected in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove paint on the walls, trims and some of the builtins, the wicker furniture, the area rugs, the window treatments and the bleached maple floors, which were refinished to a gentle glow. The existing queen-size bed and daybed both got refreshing updates with crisp and comfy white bedding and slipcovers. Strategic splashes of color added warmth and visual interest. “Rather than an all-white summer bedroom, I chose the coral color to add a little punch, but not so much that it overpowers the softness of the space,” notes Burke-Boice, who covered the areas behind the bed and daybed with coral wallpaper from Wallquest to create focal points. She also incorporated coral into other design elements such as the table tray, the Serena & Lily border bedding and pillowcases, the Surya throw and scallop design pillow on the daybed and the vase on the vanity. To minimize clutter while maximizing storage space, the designer replaced a bulky armoire with custom-built, multi-drawer cabinets on either side of the dainty vanity, which is the perfect size to hold beauty essentials. A full-length, freestanding wicker mirror gave way to a two-door mirrored closet with additional overhead white storage cabinets. (Before the reorganization, the closet extended under the eaves, resulting in wasted space the client couldn’t access.) A wicker

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The challenge in a Paramus house: adding new touches judiciously and not changing what was already working. Design by Susan Barbieri

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This Paramus home’s 10-year-old kitchen didn’t need a major makeover, but black paint for the island base and some chic farmhouse and antique décor freshened it up. The enormous distressed-style dining table is perfect for family gatherings.

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“My philosophy is ‘Less is more,’” says Barbieri, who started her design work with the kitchen, family room and office a year and a half ago and is now remodeling the entire house. “I don’t like to destroy things. It’s bad for the environment. “The first thing we did was enhance all the molding and replace all the hardware and doorknobs throughout the house,” she continues. Custom window treatments also went a long way to elevating the look without a big renovation. In the kitchen, the couple held onto the cherry cabinets, along with the ceramic flooring and all the appliances, but stripped off the wallpaper and spray-painted the island black “to give it a modern farmhouse feeling,” says Barbieri. The homeowner was amazed at how something as simple as new lighting (a trio of pendant lights and chandelier, both in dark bronze) could work such wonders for the kitchen. “What they had was brass and dated,” Barbieri explains. “One of the easiest fixes you can do is lighting.” The near-necessity in this kitchen was the new dining

This page: Turquoise pillows keep the gray scheme lively, and they can be switched up for the picture-perfect holiday look. Opposite, top: The kitchen and dining area got a lot of oomph from new lighting, like the bronze chandelier seen here. Bottom: Black paint did the trick in giving the media center and mantel a modern vibe.

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People have high expectations for their forever home, and a Paramus couple was no different. They wanted a house that could easily accommodate big holiday gatherings, stand up under their two active children—even if they jumped on the sofa—and hold their interest through their retirement years. That was a tall order, but that wasn’t all. They also hoped to achieve a fresh new look—farmhouse and modern— without gutting the place. Sometimes a clean sweep, a start-all-over job, is the right answer. Not this time. This time the challenge was to mix and match with existing décor. The homeowner says the last owners built a new addition and remodeled the whole house in 2006; she couldn’t imagine doing a complete renovation so soon. “I just wanted to freshen it up and make it my own,” she says of her goals for the project. The couple called upon Susan Barbieri of the eponymous Hawthorne design firm, and found she had a knack for giving new life to existing features.

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table, large enough to handle big family gatherings and comfortable with custom-made upholstered chairs. That it’s rustic with a distressed wood finish to complement the cherry cabinets was almost an afterthought. “We host almost all the holidays for our family, and that means about 20 people,” says the homeowner. Antiques, vintage shutters alongside the gingham check drapes and a chalkboard for the kids deliver country charm. Comfort for the whole clan was key to the family room’s new design. So was durability; there are, after all, two boys, ages 5 and 7, ready to put it all to the test. The two gray sofas are of soft distressed leather, “which works well in a family with two boys who like to jump on them—there’s nothing to worry about,” the designer says. “And the chairs swivel so they can be turned if you’re watching TV.” The black paint for the once light-oak media center and mantel created a modern vibe, just as black did in the kitchen. The couple loves to travel and made the mantel a showcase for their photos. Think white lambswool benches would never hold up

in this environment? Think again. According to Barbieri, natural materials like that can come clean with a little soap and water. Even the gray wool area rug has nature on its side when it comes to upkeep, she adds. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the gray color scheme, which leaves the couple free to throw any color into the mix simply by switching up the accent pillows. “It’s extremely popular because you don’t have to commit to color on a wall,” says the designer. The third project, a new office, carries the farmhouse look forward with custom panels and lanterns on the walls, a cowhide rug and leather chairs in whiskey color for a masculine touch, with ottomans for when it’s time to take a break from paperwork. The desk is contained in the wall unit, and with the chair pushed in it becomes part of the décor. The husband can work here and meet with clients in a setting designed to be as comfy as the rest of the house. One room at a time, this forever home is taking shape, and the owners couldn’t be happier. A little bit of change, it turns out, can do a lot.

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This page: With its whiskey-colored leather chairs and comfy ottomans, this office is not all about work. Rustic-look panels, lanterns and a cowhide rug carry the farmhouse motif. Opposite, top: This sleek desk/wall unit combo makes organization a snap. Bottom: Maps as wall art add a business-worthy touch.

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a mixed bag

Bold colors against a neutral palette plus a variety of design styles create an elegant—but easy-to-live-in—home.

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Two sitting areas are better than one. A modern white sofa with accent chairs positioned parallel to a separate, mismatched chair arrangement adds airiness to a large living space and allows for a quick meal too.

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This page: An oversize painting and jewel-toned velvet furniture creates a regal aesthetic. Opposite page: Hanging a massive mirror on the wall draws the eye to a statement light fixture and all that it illuminates.

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This page: To double pantry space and warm up the starkness of a modern kitchen, consider a corner wooden armoire. Opposite page: A chandelier above an island, which also serves as a breakfast bar, adds glamour to the most trafficked room in the home.

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This page: Accents of gold and purple make a master bedroom feel kingly, particularly against exposed wooden beams. The fireplace, armchair and personal collectibles keep it cozy. Opposite page: A mosaic backsplash wall above the tub becomes the focal point of a master oasis.

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Double doors open up to an oversized mirror and artwork. Stark furniture makes a lasting first impression. Fresh blooms, coffee table books and unique relics add a personal touch.

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This page, clockwise from top left: a single plant in a chinoiserie pot won’t overwhelm the eye when atop a dark wooden table; greenery brings the outside in, while a cozy bench makes it easy to offer up a seat; a round mirror tacked over a console table opens up the space and is perfect for last-minute touch-ups; a stenciled wood floor and a statement-making light fixture up the “wow” factor. Opposite page: a long bench that doubles as a coffee table is both functional and chic.

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PETER SALERNO INC Peter Salerno Inc of Wyckoff, NJ was established in 1997 by Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD. Peter Salerno Inc has become one of the top design firms, achieving over 35 National Awards since 2002, including Kitchen of the Year in 2012 and Most Innovative Showroom in 2015. Peter has over 30 years of design and manufacturing experience. For 14 years, he designed for his father’s cabinetry manufacturing business. In 1997, Peter and his wife, Tracy, launched Peter Salerno Inc. His years of business and industry knowledge along with his passion for art and architecture have made him one of the most sought-after designers. His son, Anthony, and daughter, Gabrielle, have joined the business to create a third generation of design and excellence. At Peter Salerno Inc, creativity and personalization are key factors in the design process; ordinary isn’t in the vocabulary, it’s about being extraordinary. The client plays an instrumental role in the creative process by sharing ideas to help realize their own unique design. Peter Salerno Inc creates luxurious and functional spaces that compliment your lifestyle. Whether a kitchen, master bath, or wine cellar, your personality, passions, and hobbies are incorporated into the design to create your finely tailored living space. At Peter Salerno Inc, the little details matter just as much. To fill in the gaps that most companies have, the Wyckoff showroom offers a premium selection of hardware and faucets. All the cabinetry is USA crafted. Please visit PeterSalernoInc.com or call at 201.251.6608.

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TOWN & COUNTRY KITCHEN AND BATH In this project we collaborated with the builder, Padula Builders, to design and finish this stunning residential custom spec house. Typically, we work directly with the client, tailoring everything to meet their specific needs and desires; however, our goal with this comprehensive project was to create a feel of effortless elegance that would appeal to possible buyers looking for a casual home with classic beauty. The use of Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry in the kitchen, bathrooms, mudroom, and laundry room was key in achieving our goal. Along with high quality surfaces, fixtures, and finish materials, the tailored cabinetry was a must in highlighting the spacious yet livable layout and architectural details of the home. Whether designing for one client, or appealing to potential buyers, having the opportunity to take a project through from start to finish and specify each detail allows us to ensure that the spaces are not only well designed, but highly functional. Please visit tckbdesigns.com or call 732.345.1441.

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LUXURY KITCHENS & BATHS RENO’S APPLIANCE Shopping for a kitchen appliance can be an overwhelming experience, given the enormous amount of online information. The “family” at Reno’s Appliance helps each customer through the process with a team of knowledgable sales professionals familiar with all brands and manufacturers. Always dedicated to offering new and improved service, Reno’s Appliance now has an on-site Corporate Chef who provides tasty treats to sample while shopping and is available to demonstrate a variety of kitchen appliances. What began in 1951 as Reno’s Radio and TV Repair Shop has grown into a 12,000-square-foot designer showroom—serving the tri-state area and offering a full range of kitchen appliances. Reno’s three sons—John, Jim and Paul Cioletti—continue the family tradition, delivering unmatched customer satisfaction and creating a unique shopping experience at every visit. Please visit renosappliance.com or call 973.247.1860.

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