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new home for the holidays | 44 After years of frequent moves, a family finds that permanent feeling in a new-construction Westfield house—just in time for Christmas.

black and white — and fun all over | 48

With a monochromatic scheme, an unfinished basement in Old Tappan is transformed into an inviting poolside entertainment hub.

cooking with charm | 54

An Upper Saddle River mid-century ranch’s original kitchen gets a modern update without losing its historic character.

creativity gets its chance | 60

A Ridgewood couple saw home design as an art—and their new house around the corner as an ideal blank canvas.

a kitchen refreshed | 66

overcoming a so-so start

Thanks to a savvy designer’s sense of what to keep and what to change, a half-finished house in Glen Rock becomes a thoroughly realized family home.

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In Little Silver, refacing cabinets instead of replacing them turned out to be a budget-friendly, eco-smart way to achieve a cohesive new “farmhouse” look.

the waterfront beckons | 70

A family’s beachy Mantoloking getaway is now ever-ready to entertain, with a wine cellar and a spacious chef’s kitchen.

dress up your room | 74

Ideas for design and décor can come from anywhere. See how the season’s best fashions from Garmany in Red Bank can inspire the new aesthetic for your space.

Designer Rosario S. Mannino turned an unfinished basement in Old Tappan into entertainment central. Photo by Blackstock Photography.

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the guide | 15 What’s up, what’s new and what to do.

real estate | 23 This winter, these on-the-market homes are warming up figuratively with exposed brick and stone wall detailing, which add texture and rustic charm.

material world | 28 Eco-friendly plastic can take many shapes and sizes—perfect when you want a piece to fit your unique style.

new & noteworthy | 30

No need to cut here. These aprons are as varied as the cooks who wear them.

art | 34 It’s not hard to imagine any of these masterpieces displayed in your at-home gallery.

vintage finds | 36 Enamel is making a comeback in home décor, but we’re partial to these antique pieces that feature the practical material.

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top choices | 92 Using sofas and benches in lieu of chairs alone provides feel-good seating both for meals and lounging. Think of it as comfort and style meeting function and flexibility.

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Perhaps your oven conked out. Or you admired a friend’s new kitchen cabinets. Before you know it, you’re yearning for not just replacements but a whole new kitchen. And that, I know, can’t be rushed. By sheer coincidence, many, many of the homes I’ve been pitched of late feature kitchen renovations. It appears that despite labor shortages and shipping delays, the kitchen is important enough that the intrepid among us embark on the months-long journey to our dream space. I learned from homeowners and designers of the kitchens we feature in this issue one essential truth: There’s only one right way to design a kitchen—your way. That’s because our kitchens tell who we are, even if we’re not gourmet cooks. Anyone can have an elegant dining room—rope it off till the guests come if you like, though I’d never advise that. But a kitchen won’t lie for you. It’s always on the job, marrying taste with sustenance and routine, and there’s an extra thrill if it also manages to be beautiful.

Turn to page 60 to see what I mean. There, you’ll see how a Ridgewood couple combined their own passion to create—the husband is a builder and the wife’s a designer—with the know-how of interior designer Anthony Passanante to fashion a brand-new kitchen filled with everything they admire. Read about the entire project in “Creativity Gets Its Chance.” Maintaining the home’s mid-century charm was the hope of Upper Saddle River empty nesters, whose homey but outdated kitchen had captured their hearts over the years. Designer Bonnie Hufnagel came in to lend a hand, following the homeowners’ directives and wishes to a tee. The result is a kitchen with modern amenities—and all the character of yesteryear. Turn to “Cooking with Charm” on page 54 to see the gorgeous space. Designer Jill Moskowitz redid a Little Silver kitchen under similar circumstances. The homeowners weren’t in love with the ornate Tuscan style of the previous design, but Moskowitz did keep some of the old elements—cabinets, for instance—before adding new touches. In the end, the homeowners received was exactly what they wanted: a cohesive, modernfarmhouse kitchen. Flip to “A Kitchen Refreshed” on page 66 to read about the design. This edition of NJ Home features two other kitchens that I know you’ll love (“Black and White—and Fun All Over” on page 48 and “The Waterfront Beckons” on page 70), but it’s also packed with other designs and products sure to offer inspiration—and figurative warmth—for the season. This is winter, after all, the time of year when so many of us gather with loved ones to cook together, eat together and be together—in the kitchen. No other room satisfies on quite so many levels—or so I’ve heard.

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WHAT’S UP, WHAT’S NEW AND WHAT TO DO.

LIVE LIKE A ROCK STAR

“American Woman,” furniture style. This fall, rock music icon and artist Lenny Kravitz—or, more accurately, his creative studio, Kravitz Design—debuted a second furniture collaboration with CB2. The collection of modern pieces promises “livable luxury,” and incorporates influences from across the globe with rock-star touches. A velvet sectional, a cast-metal dining table and a floating platform bed are among the standouts, and each piece exudes Kravitz’s boho chic aesthetic. Shop the collection at cb2.com.

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On the hunt for home-related products? This fall, Nordstrom debuted the two-story Nordstrom Home section at its flagship location at 57th and Broadway in Manhattan, the largest in the franchise’s brick-and-mortar stores. It’s not a one-stop shop if you’re looking to furnish your space from top to bottom, but Nordstrom Home has a lot to offer if you’re scouring for unique holiday gifts, décor or bedding and bath products. It carries both wellknown and niche brands, along with merch from the Museum of Modern Art. Go, Big Apple!

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When you’re picking a color to paint a room, the four walls (and sometimes the ceiling) are undoubtedly your main focus. But don’t overlook the smaller details such as architectural millwork, wainscoting, molding, door frames and window trims—these can make a big impact. Instead of keeping them white or neutral, consider going bold with colorful millwork in hues such as blue, green, red or black. “This gives the room a more decorated feel,” according to Lori McManus, decorator at Ladybug Interiors in Flemington. “Your eye is drawn to the areas that have the bright/bold colors.” How to choose your hue? McManus suggests pulling a color from fabric, art or rug in the room, or opt for a color that’s darker than the walls to modernize the space and enhance the architectural details. “It creates depth and contrast when the millwork is painted darker than the walls,” she says. If this trend is too out-there for you, “remember that paint is not permanent and can easily be changed.”

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the guide

DECEMBER HOME SALES

We can’t blame you if you’re looking to start the new year in a new home—the market in 2020 and 2021 has been crazy, but what might 2022 bring? While you’re scoping out the market, consider New Jersey Realtors’ real estate stats for singlefamily homes from December 2020:

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The number of single-family homes for sale, down 44.8 percent from December 2019.

THE BEAUTY OF BLACK

Here’s an Essex County-based, Black- and womanowned home décor shop worth supporting: The Black Home. This vibrant Newark store, run by interior designer Neffi Walker, opened on Juneteenth. It features everything from vintage furniture to tableware and clothes, all designed to celebrate black as a color and a culture. One of our favorite items from the shop is the peel-and-stick mural wallpaper that Walker designed with artist Verna Fogg. Bold black-and-white or blackand-gold prints emphasize the beauty of nature and look great on an accent wall. Shop this collection—and more Black-inspired home finds—at theblackhome.com or at the shop at 7 William St., Newark.

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The number of single-family homes that closed, up 38.3 percent from the previous year.

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New listings of single-family homes, up 7 percent from the year before.

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Average days properties had been on the market, down 38.2 percent from the previous year.

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PAIRING PAINT PERFECTLY

Two British companies are taking the guesswork out of matching your paint to your prints. Paint manufacturer Farrow & Ball (which has a showroom in Paramus) and U.K.-based department store Liberty London launched an edit, which pairs 15 hues from Farrow & Ball’s Archive Collection with complementary fabrics from Liberty London. Suffield Green paint with Wiltshire Blossom fabric is a bold, forest-green combo, or try Chemise color with the textural Hera Plume for a more neutral look. You can shop these duos and all the others at the Paramus showroom, at select venues across New Jersey or online at farrow-ball.com.

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SPLASH WITH PANACHE

WHICH CAME FIRST, THE TECHNOLOGY OR THE EGG?

When you cross advanced tech with ostrich eggs, turns out you get a really cool collection of lighting. Iqanda, a word that translates to “egg” in the South African Bantu language Xhosa, is the name of French-American artist Elliott Barnes’ new four-piece collection, in which ostrich eggs are used as a medium. And they’re technologically advanced too; the pieces are also composed of NFTs (nonfungible tokens), which are difficult for the lay person to understand, but essentially contain unique DNA-like codes to record the possessor’s ownership. Whether or not you grasp that part, Iqanda is très chic—the collection comprises a wall sconce, a table lamp, a floor light and a chandelier. View all the pieces and purchase your own at tisserant.fr/en. (But prenez garde, the site is en français, so you may wish to open up a tab with Google Translate before you add to cart.)

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DESIGN WHILE YOU DINE

Historical landmark and gilded mansion The Abbey in Morris Township is getting a new lease on life. In September, board members greenlighted a new project in which RH, formerly known as Restoration Hardware, will transform the majestic property into a furniture showroom and a glamorous restaurant. The luxury home furnishing purveyor’s Morris County location will be the latest in its slate; there are also RH-branded cafés in New York City, Napa Valley, Chicago and Nashville. Design inspiration over dinner? That’s the good life right there, folks.

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Sometimes the best interior design tricks are cool details in unexpected places. One example? Placing a backsplash in a room other than your kitchen or bathroom. “A backsplash is a decorative way to describe any material used to protect a wall, mainly drywall, from anything wet or dirty,” says Dana Hunkele of Plume Interiors in Caldwell. She recommends installing a backsplash in a room with a sink like a laundry room or butler’s pantry. Or, try it in a mudroom, art studio or wet bar, which are all prone to messes. “You can add drama to a space without feeling like you overdid it,” she adds. “Make these small spaces as special as possible—a little goes a long way.”

LIVE THE SUITE LIFE

For the past 86 years, Samuelson Furniture has been developing and designing luxury pieces for some of the biggest names in the hospitality business: Ritz-Carlton and Disney, to name two. Now, the family-run, Paterson-based company is offering some of its current inventory to you. They’ve opened an online sample sale featuring items—originally designed for four- and five-star hotel suites—at deep discounts. Head to samuelsonfurniture.com to browse the selection of artisan bed sets, sofas, dining tables, light fixtures and more (including this decorative mirror). But look now, as the sale runs through the end of the year.

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This winter, these on-the-market homes are heating up figuratively with exposed brick and stone wall detailing, which adds texture and rustic charm.

135 WINDING WAY, HADDONFIELD $3,750,000, 4 bed, 7 baths, 10,075 sq. ft. The confluence of modern living and traditional details is what makes this prestigious home unforgettable. Custom built-ins, wainscoting and a multi-purpose great room are standouts of the main floor, but your guests will be “wowed” with the lower level too. An office, game room and a blue stone patio await down there, but its main focal point is this tasting room and temperature-controlled wine cellar with custom stone detailing. CONTACT: GARY VERMAAT, LENNY, VERMAAT & LEONARD, HADDONFIELD, 609.238.3438

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real estate 18 CLAY CT., RUMSON $17,500,000, 6 beds, 9 baths, 16,000 sq. ft. Amalfi Coast or Monmouth County? It’s OK to be confused when you’re enjoying life at this Mediterranean-style villa situated along the Navesink River. Unmatched views and custom details adorn every inch of the 3-acre property. The lower level is especially stunning; exposed brick that graces decorative columns, one wall and an archway in the dining room give the space a truly majestic feel—but it still feels like home. CONTACT: GILLI AXEL, NEST SEEKERS INTERNATIONAL, JERSEY CITY, 201.225.8655

340 GARDEN ST., HOBOKEN $4,998,000, 8 beds, 7 baths, 3,600 sq. ft. Architects transformed the former Biermann Marzipan Candy Factory into this sweet residential property that has all the fixings for luxury living. The main room features restored details such as wood floors and beams, along with a brick feature wall and fireplace. Also in the main room is a wet bar and a modern kitchen with an elongated island. Beyond this point is a bonus room and a living room that looks out onto the courtyard. CONTACT: GIOVANNI MARAMONTE, KELLER WILLIAMS CITY LIFE, HOBOKEN, 908.380.7131

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667 ESTELL MANOR RD., MILLVILLE $15,900,000, 6 beds, 7 baths, 7,000 sq. ft. “Exquisite” is probably the most appropriate adjective to describe this 2,442acre property in Cumberland County, which boasts three estates and kennels, riding trails, guest houses, swimming pools and more. Situated right off the main sitting room to the right of the grand entry foyer is this beautiful, bright sunroom and dining room with vaulted ceilings and a feature wall of exposed brick. It’s just one room in this retreat where you can sit back, relax and ogle over the grounds. CONTACT: ROMAN DRUKAROV, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NEW JERSEY PROPERTIES, LIVINGSTON, 973.454.3218

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This faux burlwood textured acrylic sconce by It’s Exciting Lighting is a bright idea. It’s batterypowered and features LED bulbs that can be turned off automatically after four hours. Available at amazon.com.

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The Hooker Furniture Boheme pedestal dining table has the effect of wood thanks to antique milk paint, a light brown nearly opaque paint that gives the plastic a distressed finish. The round table can be adjusted to various heights. Available at wayfair.com. Light fixture or art piece? No one ever has to know the true purpose of the futuristic-style rectangular smoked plastic floor lamp by Modernica Props. Available at modernicaprops.com.

Oh-la lacquer! Danish designer Verner Panton, together with Vitra, designed his eponymous Panton Chair in 1967. But the 21st century iteration, Panton Chair Classic, has rigid expanded plastic with a sexy lacquered finish. Available at vitra.com.

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This isn’t your millennial’s inflatable couch of the early aughts. The MOJOW Eko Yomi Sofa—yes, also inflatable—is contemporary meets couture and made of recyclable, transparent materials. Also, this whimsical piece can be sat on either indoors or out. Available at mojow-usa.com.

Sit like the king or queen you are on the baroque-style Magis Proust armchair made of polypropylene, a contemporary interpretation of designer Alessandro Mendini's iconic chair from the 1970s. Available at lumens.com.

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This handmade, laser-cut succulent journal comprised of sustainable wood will inspire you to get creative, whether it’s doodles, poetry or other modes of artistic expression you’re dying to let out. Available at amazon.com.

Thanks to a leatherette cover and gold elastic closure in the Swirling Floral journal by Lilly Pulitzer, you can feel confident knowing your secret thoughts and not-so-secret to-do lists are safe and sound. Available at Barnes & Noble, multiple locations.

If you have too many ideas to write down and not enough space to do it, try the Peter Pauper Press Silk Tree of Life oversize journal. The cover replicates an Ottoman-era silk hanging, plus gold gilded edges add glam. Available at The Paper Store, multiple locations.

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Jotting down notes? Journaling? Writing poetry? The Wildflower notebook from Papier designed by Mother of Pearl is blossoming with possibilities. Available at papier.com.

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In addition to plain white lined pages, the French Bouquets journal features a dozen brilliant examples of bouquets by 19th century artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and more. Available at store. metmuseum.org.

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Handcrafted with premium leather and then dyed to this rich olive green hue, the Oberon Design Avenue of Trees leather journal is a statement piece. It comes in two sizes and has refillable pages. Available at oberondesign.com.

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Perfect for cooking, baking and brining, this classic tartan adult apron in the quintessential festive pattern is a kitchen must-have for the holidays. Available at Williams-Sonoma, multiple locations.

Two front pockets add practicality to the polka-dotted Country Modern apron. It’s also machine-washable and can be used outdoors for a cookout in the summer. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond, multiple locations.

apron strings NO NEED TO CUT HERE. THESE APRONS ARE AS VARIED AS THE COOKS WHO WEAR THEM. Your next hosting gig isn’t complete without the Leighton apron from Serena & Lily. Lightweight linen means you won’t sweat in the kitchen, and an embroidered medallion design makes it a fashion moment too. Available at serenaandlily.com.

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The classic garment gets a too-cute twist in the form a double pocket and tie-front detail in the Osie apron from Anthropologie. The cheery hue will make hours slaving by the hot stove less dreary too. Available at Anthropologie, multiple locations.

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Wear your art on your sleeve, er, apron with the Van Gogh apron featuring his famous almond blossoms print. Van Gogh saw these flowering trees as a representation of awakening and hope. Available at vangoghmuseumshop.com.

Brightly colored florals and fruits with green and yellow accents add personality to the Villeroy & Boch French Garden apron. Bonus: The adjustable D-ring loop can fit around any family member’s neck, so everyone can help in the kitchen. Available at Table Settings, Deal, 732.531.0800.

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Hey, that’s not the Toy Story we know? But “Toy Story,” a 1940s charcoal and pencil surreal drawing, has a similar sense of whimsy to the classic Disney flick. Available at 1stdibs.com.

Any violinist or art enthusiast will appreciate the “La Valse Des Violons,” a 2017 red, white and black oil painting on canvas from French artist Jean Louis Mendrisse. Available at singulart.com.

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From Jesus Curia Perez is “Dream III,” a bronze wall hanging sculpture of a sleeping figure and his paintbrush legs. Shh. Do not disturb. Available at 1stdibs.com.

The beauty of “Blind” by U.K.-based artist Rian Hotton is it can be interpreted in various ways, but Hotton explains that the man is jumping in an act of faith and realizes there is no turning back. Available at singulart.com.

IT’S NOT HARD TO IMAGINE ANY OF THESE MASTERPIECES DISPLAYED IN YOUR AT-HOME GALLERY.

This 2021 piece titled “Tube II: Bronze sculpture with surreal transfiguring human form and lush patina” by Jesus Curia Perez proves creative beauty need not be vintage. Available at 1stdibs.com.

Romanian artist Georges Mazilu is known for his signature style linking contemporary surrealism with the art of the Northern Renaissance. “Le Archer Surreal Acrylic Painting Bow Human Contemporary” is an exemplary work. Available at 1stdibs.com.

Texas-based visual artist Ysabel LeMay is the genius behind “Natura,” a digital photograph composed through the high-tech process of hypercollage. “Natura” depicts a corseted dress in a forest with branches and blooms. Available at saatchiart.com.

Palm trees are nature’s therapy, invoking a sense of calmness just by looking at them. “Huntington Gardens XXV,” a black and white infrared image taken by Southern California photographer Edward Alfano in 2017, has that effect. Available at 1stdibs.com.

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Man Ray is known for his fashion photography, but “Cadeau”— created in France in 1974—is another of his forms of artistic expression. Available at 1stdibs.com.

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With a hot water vessel and lockable spout, two metal sieves, a silver warmer and a burner, this antique coffee maker by Mayerhofer & Klinkosch circa 1844 is as practical as it is pretty. Available at 1stdibs.com.

In the 19th century, a betel box was used to hold betel nuts. But we’re sure you’ll find this Thai silver betel box—originally from India—is perfect for small tchotchkes or jewelry. Available at 1stdibs.com. This Grand Tour Klismos style silver lacquer chair is almost too beautiful to sit on, with its intricate pattern, curved shape and overall brilliant craftsmanship. We said almost. Available at 1stdibs.com.

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You could put pretty pieces on top of this piece, but honestly, the round side table with a Mercury mirror tabletop and silver gilt base is a decorative item in and of itself. Available at 1stdibs.com.

This silver bowl is the work of Anton Michelsen, one of the world’s most renowned Danish silversmiths. His works were inspired by the Old Norse, Renaissance and Viking age styles, which is certainly apparent here. Available at 1stdibs.com.

Handcrafted in India during the early 20th century, this elegant side table features an exquisite silhouette made of hand-hammered patinated silver with a delicate floral pattern and sturdy cabriole legs. Available at 1stdibs.com.

Straight from the Land of Israel itself is this traditional Yemenite candlestick featuring a Klezmer musician on the stem. The filigree design and whimsical character are what family heirlooms are made of. Comes in a set of two. Available at judaicawebstore.com.

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The head of the household needs this head-of-thetable-appropriate PU & antique silver Northville chair. It features a high, tufted backrest with molding trim for optimal comfort and a motif of an acanthus leaf. Available at homefurniturelan.com.

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After years of frequent moves, a family finds that permanent feeling in a new-construction Westfield house—just in time for Christmas. Text by Marisa Sandora Carr Design by Kingsley Belcher Knauss Photography by Wing Wong

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A bold geometric print on the curtains in the dining room fits with the homeowner’s tailored vibe and provides interest against a deep blue wall, says designer Kingsley Belcher Knauss. The iron chandelier with driftwood beads is elegant in shape while keeping things casual in the space. Knauss chose black Windsor-style chairs to reinforce the black in the home’s color scheme, but paired them with brown upholstered hostess chairs to add warmth and coziness. A faux tree fills the space between the dining room and family room and features black, white and silver balls, faux holly berries, a vintage mercury glass garland and presents decorated in buffalo plaid paper.

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This page, left: “It’s always fun when I can get someone to add something bold, and it was important to have a strong accent in the kitchen,” says Knauss of the blue tile backsplash. “It makes the kitchen look more custom and reinforces the color scheme.” The island’s gray stain provides contrast with the white cabinets and white quartz countertops. Knauss chose leather barstools for their rich look and feel—and their practicality for a family with two kids, as spills can easily be wiped away. Opposite page: Natural elements such as fresh garland and poinsettias bring in classic green and red shades and add a hominess for Christmas.

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a home. “I said ‘clean,’ but otherwise, I gave her free rein,” says Simon. “She had carte blanche, from the doorknobs to the drapes.” Knauss selected a color palette of smoky blues, ivories and black, and then built upon those neutrals with textures and patterns such as plaids and geometric prints. And because the homeowners were due to move in just before Christmas, Knauss decorated the home for the holiday, using black-and-red buffalo plaid to play off the black already prominent in the home’s design. “The more you repeat the color scheme within spaces, the less chaotic and cluttered it looks, especially in tight spaces,” says Knauss. Black stockings hang from white nutcrackers on the fireplace mantel, while simple wooden snowflakes decorating the family room windows are a nod to a more handcrafted style and don’t block the view or the light. “I asked Kingsley to push me out of my comfort zone, and it all came together perfectly,” says Simon. “Every house I’ve lived in looked like a hotel room—very minimalist. In this house, she filled all the spaces, but it doesn’t look cluttered. It still looks clean, and that’s what I love about it.”

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Tim Simon can appreciate the beauty and grandeur of a historic home, but he doesn’t want to live in one. The reason? “Anything I try to fix, I make worse,” he says, laughing. Although Westfield is full of beautiful older houses, “I knew these gorgeous homes would need some attention, and even minor repairs would be disastrous,” he says. So when it came time to move to Westfield from Philadelphia for work, he and his wife Erika decided to build something new. “That way we wouldn’t have to make adjusts and do the upkeep,” he explains. The Simons hired Kingsley Belcher Knauss of KBK Interior Design in Westfield to design the home, and she worked closely with the builder to customize and enhance the four- bedroom, four-bathroom home’s initial plans. “We did everything from helping them pick siding to designing decorative built-ins,” says Knauss. The Simons had moved frequently over the years for work and had always bought “disposable” furniture that they wouldn’t mind leaving behind. But this time they planned to stay, so Knauss was charged with buying all new furnishings to make the house feel like

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black and white— and fun all over With a monochromatic scheme, an unfinished basement in Old Tappan is transformed into an inviting poolside entertainment hub. Text by Nayda Rondon Design by Rosario S. Mannino Photography by Blackstock Photography

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The sleek and minimalist kitchen and open living/lounge space in this Old Tappan home are now “tailored, refined, cool and hip,” says designer Rosario S. Mannino. He and his team designed the sophisticated black-and-white interiors to mirror the design of the home’s in-theplanning stages new exterior of white stucco with black windows.

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This page: The custom diamond-patterned V-groove chevron ceiling takes its inspiration from the kitchen’s oversized TruStile barn door, which conceals a fitness room. Opposite page, top: Creating a sense of light and spaciousness, the multi-slide patio doors—kitchen to patio and living room to pool deck—help blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. No dark and dowdy basement here! Just ask Sophie, the family’s puppy, who likes to jump onto the side counter chairs to wait patiently for treats, her head propped up on the island’s Silestone countertop.

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that would include an open kitchen and living room overlooking the outdoor pool and entertaining areas, a home gym, a guest bedroom suite and a full bathroom. They planned the lower level to harmonize with the design language of the 3,800-square-foot home’s eclectic brick-and-stucco-style exterior, as well as with the newly decorated upper parts of the house. “The first floor has a modern update with clean lines, minimal trim work and a fresh and lively feel to the spaces,” Mannino notes. “We also wanted to replicate the future design of the exterior upgrade we had discussed with the clients, which would replace the dated brick and pale stucco with white stucco and black windows.” However, this more immediate phase of the project, which took eight months to complete, was limited to the lower level and the adjacent outdoor patio, which the design team transformed from a continuation of the driveway into the current well-defined patio space. “Since we were changing the location of the bathroom, adding a kitchen and essentially altering the entire blueprint, the biggest challenge was trying to figure out the layout,” says Katherine. Before this project, the space was a large, open, utility-like room with awkwardly located components such as a water heater, a water softener and a raised platform room with no walls. (“Not really sure what the purpose of that raised platform was,” Mannino puzzles.) Everything seemed to be in the wrong place,

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Pulling off a black-and-white design concept is simple—deceptively so. In the wrong hands, the aesthetic runs the risk of coming off overly stark and antiseptic or, even worse, boring and uninspired. In the right ones, however, it can shine with all the crisp clarity and purity of a minimalist work of art. Luckily, it was a case of the latter when the owners of a contemporary style home in Old Tappan chose Rosario S. Mannino, principal of Rutherford-based RS Mannino Architects + Builders and his design team, to turn their unfinished basement into a sophisticated study in black and white that appealed to their modern sensibilities. Homeowners Katherine and Kaliq Chang, a fun-loving, family-oriented couple with three young kids, enjoy entertaining family and friends poolside. They envisioned doing so in a bright, modern, refreshing space that felt like a luxurious pool cabana. For the kitchen, their wish-list order included features that were high in functional practicality and dramatic flair. They also hoped for a year-round retreat for when guests, especially grandparents Remito and Teresita Masaganda, came to stay. “We wanted the basement in a more modern, transitional style than the original design of the rest of the house, and for it to match the renovations we had made so far on the first and second floors,” Katherine explains. “We also wanted to use a bold, contrasting black-and-white scheme with gold accents for fun.” Working with these guidelines, Mannino and his design team set about reimagining the existing unfinished basement into a multi-use entertaining space

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Pops of bold black punch up the drama even more. For instance, the custom white cabinets with black accent doors—in Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White and Onyx, respectively—“just scream energy and add vibrancy to the space,” the designer says. In the kitchen, the ceiling works perfectly against the Mitzi gold pendant lights and Emtek hardware fixtures in satin brass to imbue the space with a jazzy, Gatsby-type feel. The custom cabinets, made by Mannino Cabinetry’s bespoke collection team, and the Silestone countertops and backsplash in eternal calacatta gold seal the style deal with élan. A reflection of the diamond pattern ceiling, the custom TruStile barn door features Rustica hardware—it’s another standout. Acting as a pleasing contrast to the white cabinetry, the understated Mannino Cabinetry custom black wood-panel hood fits in with the design aesthetic, while the Artistic Tile floors impart a polished concrete feel and look. When it comes to style and appeal, there’s no gray area here. The finished basement—which Mannino calls “fun, energetic, young, refreshing and elegant”—has been elevated to a stylish entertainment hub that draws compliments from all who spend time within its inviting spaces. Says Katherine: “We love how Rosario was able to design the layout of the basement to exactly fit our needs—and to make our vision for the look of the basement real.”

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making the overall spaces difficult to lay out and furnish. Accordingly, Mannino and his team got to work to establish creative order. They leveled the floor and restructured the configurations to create a new mudroom space, a new second laundry closet, a storage room, a home gym and a guest bedroom. To bring in more natural light, the design team created new, larger openings on the exterior walls of the kitchen and living/lounge areas. “The existing lower space had different levels—it was a 16-foot-tall space—so we had to make all of the various openings into one uniform window height to have it appear that this was the original intention,” says Mannino, adding that they accomplished this by cutting openings into the original concrete foundation, an extensive process. Under the new schematics, the farthest sliding door leading to the pool was enlarged to create an easier, more inviting transition between the pool and the “cabana.” Adjacent to the kitchen island, the other sliding door is entirely new and leads to the new, porcelain-tile patio. Additional light is plentiful thanks to recessed lighting throughout the space. Further assuring warmth and coziness while staying true to the prevailing modern aesthetic, the cement-like tiles on the indoor floors are heated with hydronic radiant heat tubes; emitting an urban-hip vibe, they look cool to the eyes, but are warm to the feet. One of the most striking features is definitely the custom black, diamondshaped, V-groove chevron ceiling. Its centered paneling, radiating outward, makes a dramatic statement as it continues the home’s black-and-white color scheme.

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Located between the kitchen and the new guest bedroom, the bathroom offers all the comforts and amenities of a high-end hotel. “We love the bathroom,” says the homeowner. “It’s clean, modern and just beautiful.” Its color scheme follows the rest of the lowerlevel space, adding another rich layer of luxury with an allnatural marble stone countertop and oversized accent niche wall in the shower that gives “beautiful movement and richness to the space,” according to the designer. The freestanding, double-sink vanity is custommade by Mannino Cabinetry; all tiles are by Artistic Tile; plumbing fixtures are by Brizo and lighting is by WAC Lighting.

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An Upper Saddle River mid-century ranch’s original kitchen gets a modern update without losing its historic character.

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Three years ago, after their grown children had moved out, a couple of empty nesters decided it was time to downsize to a ranch-style home. They found what they were looking for in Upper Saddle River. The twobedroom house, a mid-century-style structure built in 1971, had loads of character and charm. But its original kitchen had “renovation project” written all over it. Hoping to retain the homey aspects that had so captured their hearts, while also clearing up the

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The white and gray cabinets and the misty blue of the Sonoma Tilemakers backsplash tile, as well as the sleek metals of the sloping hood, offer an appealing contrast to the rich dark wood beams, warm bricks and rustic accents, such as the aged iron chandelier from Visual Comfort. “We wanted a simple and elegant feel for the kitchen,” says the woman of the house. “We enjoy entertaining, and the layout of the kitchen makes it easy for gatherings.”

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This page: “We love the large island for its beauty and functionality, and we love how the double ovens look in the brick wall,” says the homeowner. Also eye-catching are the custom hood by Armore in brushed stainless steel and polished brass, and the Dahlia decorative field tile behind the six-burner Kohler stovetop. Opposite page: Although the Miele dishwasher carries the heavy workload, rinsing a few dishes at the Kohler Whitehaven apron sink with a sensate faucet in polished chrome while looking out at nature is no hard chore either. The homeowners asked the architect to design the high-soaring scenic windows on the kitchen side to mirror those on the side of the family room.

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space for a more organic modernity, the homeowners contracted architect William J. Martin, AIA, of Westwood-based WJM Architects and Woodro Construction in Dumont, to vault the standard-height ceiling in the kitchen and match it—with rustic beams—to the adjacent living and dining areas. “When creating the 3D-computer modeling, it became clear that removing the loft area needed to improve the space would destabilize the roof trusses,” Martin explains. “The lofted area above the kitchen was bracing the roof structural system. Roof trusses had to be reinforced and, in some cases, rebuilt and replaced once that loft was removed. This was challenging because the contractor, Woodro, had to install temporary shoring and bracing in order to facilitate the structural modifications. But once the new trusses were in place, the true beauty of the mid-century modern space seamlessly emerged.” What also resulted was an extremely tall and long rectangular area for the U-shaped kitchen—complete with an island at the center. The space features a wall full of windows on one side and a large brick fireplace structure that forms the “wall” on the opposite side. So much open space, so much potential. Now, how to make best use of the possibilities in order to create a design that both complemented the mid-century architecture and embraced the elegant symmetry of a more minimalist grandeur? Enter Bonnie Hufnagel, kitchen designer at Ulrich Inc. in Ridgewood. Working off the architect’s plans, Hufnagel and the rest of the Ulrich team put their considerable skills and resources toward meeting the tall order. Guided by the homeowners’ specific directives, Hufnagel designed and refined the details of the kitchen layout, and the Ulrich crew installed all of the cabinetry and appliances. “The client and I collaborated regarding the placement of the range top and sink,” Hufnagel says. “She definitely wanted the sink centered in front of the windows and not

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the space, while the oversized, 36-inch Kohler farmhouse sink breaks up the long run of countertop below the impressive windows. Although the row of windows let in light all during the day, nighttime illumination posed a dilemma: Any lights put in the vault would lose their brilliance by the time they reached the countertop surface. Installing pendants would require extremely long cords and would interfere with the wonderful window views. Also, the expanse of windows along this wall allowed no wall space into which to set lights. So, in a lightbulb moment, Hufnagel suggested placing sconces in the wooden divider between the upper and lower windows. “This solved the problem and added to the charm of the place,” she says. “They look right at home, bringing light over the long run of countertop along the windows.” Such creative problem solving and collaboration among all parties involved proved essential for the successful outcome. “Working with Ulrich on the kitchen and Woodro on the construction in order to balance design with the clients’ goals is what made this such a truly great project,” says Martin. Giving high praise to all the professionals who worked to create the bright and uplifting kitchen, the homeowners couldn’t agree more. “The transformation of the space is remarkable,” the homeowner says. “People walk in and exclaim, ‘Wow, it is truly a beautiful space!’” “Photos don’t do it justice,” says Hufnagel. “You feel like you’re in a lovely chalet in the woods when you stand in the space.”

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in the island, even though it was going to be 10½ feet from the range top. I suggested a 36-inch-wide sink—we used a farmhouse style—which visually gave the sink some ‘presence’ and made the distance to the range top seem less. “The kitchen was basically for the clients’ enjoyment and entertainment purposes,” the designer continues. “Leaving the island surface uninterrupted by any sink or cooking fixtures allows them to use the entire island as a buffet when entertaining.” Along with placement, balance and proportion were also key considerations. “Because the room is long, it was important to us that the kitchen design be symmetrical,” the homeowner notes. The fireplace “wall” originally housed an oven. Since the wall structure was to remain, a new Wolf double oven was situated in the same place to avoid altering the brickwork. All of the functional aspects of the kitchen—appliances and storage—had to be on the short runs of the limited wall space. Hufnagel thoughtfully planned out the locations of specific stations—a cooking center, a cleanup section and food storage areas—to ensure everything fit together within a balanced, cohesive layout. Given the 20-foot length between the two functional ends, Hufnagel needed to create a convenient flow that would “not require roller skates.” Her solution: She kept the storage—refrigeration and pantry—at one end, and the cooking, near the ovens, at the other. In between, the large island in gray-stained wood tones centers

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This page: The living and dining spaces are separated from the kitchen by a large fireplace chimney, which according to the architect “just screams midcentury in the greatest sense.” On the kitchen side, the fireplace “wall” originally housed an oven, and since the owners wanted it to stay, a new Wolf double oven was installed in the same place in order to avoid changing the existing brickwork. Opposite page: “The kitchen has the light and bright modern design that we were looking for. It’s also an extremely functional space with everything in the right place,” the homeowner says. The countertops are Raphael Stone’s Borghini; the Wood Harbor cabinetry features Briarstone-style perimeter doors painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White and Satin Sheen, while the Manor Flat-style drawers gleam with a Silverwood finish in Satin Sheen on hickory wood.

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A Ridgewood couple saw home design as an art—and their new house around the corner as an ideal blank canvas.

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A Ridgewood couple who welcomed a gut job to satisfy their DIY fever now has a masterpiece of a kitchen, where a fusion of styles finds happy harmony. A SubZero double fridge to the left, highly functional, scores for looks as well in its blanket of walnut.

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For many buyers, a home must be move-in ready—no hassle, no fuss. But Stephanie and Louis, longtime Ridgewood residents, were infused with DIY spirit. When a house came on the market around the corner from them, it wasn’t just the desirable block and the big backyard that inspired them. It was also a plus that the home needed lots of TLC, from its warped floors to its ’80s décor. “We bought this 100-year-old house knowing we were going to renovate it,” says Stephanie. “My husband and I like to redo things.” The couple with two teenage daughters thinks of renovation as an art, and they were eager to practice that art using his skills as a builder and hers in design. Thus, it was without hesitation that they took on this complete gut job in mid-2019 and called upon Waldwick-based Anthony Albert Studios to help cement their vision. “It was an older house that needed a big face-lift,” says designer Anthony Passanante. “Now it’s pretty much a brand-new home.” One of the most dramatic creations is the kitchen, which was really virgin territory carved from a 2,000-square-foot expansion. Here the herringbone marble backsplash and white custom cabinetry find contrast in dark polished, white-veined granite countertops and a Tiffany blue that originated in an unlikely moment of inspiration. Both Stephanie and Passanante recall the time they met to choose custom knobs for the BlueStar stove, which, along with the custom hood, was to wow with a mix of high-gloss black, stainlesssteel and polished-brass accents. “My client that day had a beautiful purse, and it was that color—a Tiffany blue,” Passanante recalls. “We

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This page, right: Yes, that’s Tiffany blue there on the BlueStar range knobs below the showstopping custom hood. Need we say more? Opposite page: The center island is a lesson in contrasts with its white cabinetry (designed by Anthony Albert Studios) and dark polished granite countertops. The granite’s white veining marries the dichotomy for a stunning effect.

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This page, left: Gaze past the hammered brass sink into the whisky room, where an antique mirrored backsplash is a diamond-configured gem. This page, right: The whisky room is a bar within a bar. Opposite page: Located in the dining room for entertaining ease, the custom bar in Benjamin Moore’s lead gray has light-up shelves for whisky treasures.

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looked at each other and said, ‘That would be hot.’” Now the Tiffany blue isn’t limited to her Hermès purse, but includes the stove knobs and the walk-in pantry’s cabinetry. Their combined imaginations wouldn’t limit them to just one style; rather, the room is a fusion of what they admire, with highlights just waiting to be discovered. The custom cabinets, for instance, are topped with polished brass chicken wire set behind glass—a reminder of the pet chickens they once had, says Stephanie. “I had definite ideas of things I wanted, and he designed them out,” she says. But it was teamwork, like the wood beam coffered ceiling with recessed lighting over the island inspired by a feature she admired in Passanante’s office. For the designer, it was a welcome opportunity to mix materials. “I think it brings in personality and warmth and texture,” he says. Introducing walnut on the two SubZeros, which really don’t look like refrigerators at all, was also one of Stephanie’s ideas brought to life by Passanante. Because entertaining is another passion, the island fits a family of four and there’s a rustic wood table for the entire gang on the white oak quarter-sawn floor. An added highlight is the window above the farm sink that sits flush with the countertop to maximize the view. Perfectly tailored to this family’s personality is the dining room bar and whisky room. As a member of the Ridgewood Whisky Club, Louis wanted plenty of illuminated shelving to showcase his whisky-bottle collectibles. The result? A bar within a bar. Closest to the dining room is a walnut and lead-gray custom bar, wow-worthy with its round hammered brass sink and leathered-finish granite top. A window showcases the illuminated whisky room behind, which, made for the connoisseur, features a backsplash of textured antique mirrored tile in a diamond pattern and more rich walnut. Now that the project has turned into a happy home, the couple is ready to enjoy their version of art with friends and family. And Stephanie is glad for a palette that always draws a smile. “When you see that Tiffany box, there’s nothing negative about it,” she says.

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In Little Silver, refacing cabinets instead of replacing them turned out to be a budget-friendly, eco-smart way to achieve a cohesive new “farmhouse” look.

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In a Little Silver kitchen, designer Jill Moskowitz’s choice of two cabinet stains helped create a “farmhouse” look, and coordinating with the Italian-style floor tile led her to warm, rustic tones. Cabinet refacing results in 75 percent less material going to the landfill and imparts a new style even without replacing the costliest elements in a kitchen.

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When a young family purchased a Little Silver home they loved with a kitchen that didn’t suit their tastes, they knew immediately an update was in order. Weighing the potential benefits of replacing cabinetry, the homeowners reached out to Kitchen Magic to find out whether that option was the right one to give them a space with the style they wanted. “The kitchen had a fabulous footprint,” says Jill Moskowitz, design consultant at Kitchen Magic. The finishes and the style, however, didn’t work. For example, the two-tone island with cherry corbels on an antique white base looked awkward and didn’t complement the perimeter cabinets. The dated Tuscan style was too ornate for the clients’ taste. Nevertheless, there were some aspects that would be too costly to update—the flooring and wall tile— and the cabinets were in good condition. Rather than replace cabinets, requiring a total renovation, a refresh was the answer. The main goals of the project were stylistic. The clients sought a modern kitchen with a rustic look—a far cry from the existing ornamental style. Many of the couple’s furnishings had come from Restoration Hardware, so Moskowitz geared the kitchen updates toward that feel. By resurfacing the cabinets, the clients spared the

budget and benefited the environment. Removing the raised-panel cherry cabinet doors and replacing them with classic Windham-style Shaker doors was an important first step in achieving the new look. Several curvilinear elements in the kitchen also needed to go. Squaring the lines from the countertop to the hardware simplified the design and brought it forward a couple of decades. Although the existing flooring matched the Tuscan style of the kitchen the clients wanted to be rid of, it led to other rooms in the house, so it was not possible to change only the tile in the kitchen, and cost-prohibitive to replace the flooring throughout the home. Like the flooring, the backsplash covering the massive hearth would have been a major feature to replace. And in this case, its simplicity was somewhat in keeping with the clients’ taste, so that element stayed. Working with the existing floor and backsplash influenced Moskowitz’s choice of stain. The Portobello stain on the island and Driftwood on the perimeter tie in with the existing tile, and the Driftwood even matches the grout. The creaminess of the backsplash led the designer to choose an off-white quartz countertop by Cambria with translucent gray veins. Changing the countertops allowed Moskowitz to alter the style of the island without replacing it. The

original version had decorative, curved legs and scrolling cherry corbels holding up an oversized, curved granite top. Moskowitz replaced these features with square pegs with a plain, fluted filler more like the new door style. The mostly rectangular new countertop only has a rounded square detail above the legs. Because she was working with existing flooring, Moskowitz had to maintain the dimensions of the island. For the new kitchen sink, the designer reused nearly all cabinetry. Only the upper cabinets on the sink wall were replaced because the previous cabinets sat on the countertop, while the new ones are wall-hung. In addition to matching the homeowners’ style, the kitchen is more cohesive with other parts of the home, including the rustic dining table in the breakfast area and the living space, which is visible beyond the sink. “It was a fabulous project because the end result was exactly what the clients were hoping for,” says Moskowitz. During a refacing project, extra attention to detail is required to create a seamless look. In this case, it was even more important because major existing elements such as the floor and the wall tile had to be incorporated into the plan. “The installers were meticulous, and they did an unbelievable job,” she says. “You can sell the dream, but it’s no good if it’s not installed correctly.”

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This page: The backsplash over the hearth was preserved; its creamy hue inspired the designer to select an off-white quartz countertop with veins of warm, translucent gray. The redesigned corbels had to match precisely the footprint of their predecessors because years of cooking had discolored the tile. Opposite, top: The original island featured curved legs and scrolling cherry corbels; the new version, given a soft Portobello stain, has a primarily rectangular countertop with subtly rounded corners above the four legs. Squaring details such as the island legs, countertop and corbels produce a more modern vibe. Opposite, bottom: The view into the kitchen from the living space reveals a cohesive look that is both rustic and modern.

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the waterfront beckons A family’s beachy Mantoloking getaway is now ever-ready to entertain, with a wine cellar and a spacious chef’s kitchen. Text by Donna Rolando Design by Julio Botero and Robert Wilson Photography by Julian Buitrago

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The Mantoloking waterfront is a scene meant to be celebrated, and this entertainment-ready chef’s kitchen with spacious dining area is always up to the task. The breathtaking view finds its rival in the modern yet elegant cabinetry and a custom island that anchors the kitchen’s own rich look.

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This page: The SubZero refrigerator meets any party challenge, and does so in style with a stained white oak finish. Opposite page, top: A farmhouse sink adds to the island’s character, while an illuminated wine cellar just behind it spreads good cheer. Opposite page, bottom: Is there any job a 48-inch Wolf stove with a double oven can’t handle?

perfect for hors d’oeuvres—to the top-of-the-line appliances, such as the 48-inch Wolf stove with two ovens. There’s even a temp-controlled, light-up wine cellar with a metal-and-glass door, making good use of space under the stairs. The homeowners are wine collectors, Botero explains: “They wanted to have a good-sized wine cellar to have a good selection of wine next to the kitchen.” In the dining room, beside windows maxed “to bring the outside in,” there’s always room for one more at the cerused oak table, where rope-backed chairs exude New Jersey beach style, says Wilson. A blackened-iron extended lantern illuminates the scene, while photographic art offers a touch of blue, one of the home’s accent hues. With so many conveniences ingrained in this design, from a stove-side pot filler to easy-access silverware drawers, parties are never pressured. The owners “are very relaxed people, and they love to be comfortable,” says Wilson. Surely their guests will catch this spirit too, as the couple’s getaway truly lets the good times roll.

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makes just the right impression. With an oversized island that anchors the space, the cabinetry is a focal point; it provides contrast for an array of soothing whites. The wood tones tastefully rein in the white palette that includes quartz countertops, a middle cabinet section and a backsplash of large subway tile. “They didn’t want to make the whole thing too busy,” Botero says of the mellow backsplash between two towers—one a wood-toned SubZero refrigerator, the other an oven and microwave. (This kitchen can feed the proverbial army.) Look to the details for what Botero calls another “statement”: the icebox hardware, a vintage accent in brass and chrome. “That’s a popular look in cabinetry,” adds fellow designer Wilson. Because Wilson appreciates the value of natural materials, wood was a must for the floors: a walnutstained, quarter-sawn white oak that does not compete with the cabinets’ similar stain. Much more than eye candy, this kitchen stands out as a chef ’s functional facility in every way, from the butcher-block island end sections—

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For a family that loves to say “Anchors aweigh!”, Mantoloking was the destination of choice, not only for boat docking, but for the waterfront retreat itself. And an Essex Fells couple with two daughters knew how to make the most of that location, with a beach-house renovation centered on good times with family and friends. This family hates to leave anyone off the guest list—and they entertain often, so their outdated one-floor ranch needed more than just a fresh look. The mission? Expand to a two-story beach house and introduce a style grand enough to rival even a brilliant sunset over the water, as seen through the generous front windows. Enter the design team of Julio Botero of WL Kitchen & Home in Lodi and Robert Wilson of Robert Wilson Interior Design for Zaksons in Brick. “The focus of the whole thing is entertaining,” says Botero of the 2018 reno. “They wanted something modern, but elegant and a classic look. They still wanted something with character.” Warm and rich, the stained white-oak cabinetry, designed and handcrafted by WL Kitchen & Home,

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Ideas for design and décor can come from anywhere, so it’s not unusual to draw from fashion’s latest looks. On the following pages, see how the season’s best from Garmany in Red Bank can inspire the new aesthetic for your space.

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Interior designers can take a cue from the playful pattern and the coral color of the Alexis dress at left. For instance, the shade and the check motif of the bedframe give this bedroom a unique and sophisticated look.

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It’s easy being green when the color looks so good. The multiple shades found on the Dorothee Schumacher skirt at left are repeated in various elements of this bedroom, from the two-tone walls to the side table and plush throw pillows.

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Bring the effortlessly elegant look of an earth-tone Iro turtleneck and indigo Veronica Beard jeans to the living room. The denim-colored couch, carpet and art all pop when paired with the beige and gold of the furniture and wall.

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Perhaps Jonathan Simkhai’s cozy turtleneck and jeans inspired this cozy kitchen design. The subway tile backsplash in slate blue complements the dark denim tone of the floating shelves and upper and lower cabinets.

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Herno outerwear in a soft rose shade and a matching top and bottom by Nili Lotan exude warmth, as does the bedroom set seen at right. Use the same color palette to dress a master bedroom, from curtains and comforter to accent pillows and floral décor.

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overcoming a so-so start

Thanks to a savvy designer’s sense of what to keep and what to change, a half-finished house in Glen Rock becomes a thoroughly realized family home. Design by Elizabeth Akguc

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Opting for warmth and comfort over grandeur, designer Elizabeth Akguc used soft fabrics— on a pair of velvet chairs and a linen blend sofa from Lee Industries and a luxurious area rug from Kane Carpet—throughout the twostory living room.

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This page, top: The neutral white of the kitchen’s cabinets, countertops, island and range hood allows it to blend seamlessly into the living area and helps to underline the eye-catching colors of the artwork and armchairs. This page, bottom, and opposite page: Century Furnishing’s Guam table, with its live-edge topper and acrylic base, is both whimsical and timeless, as is the Robert Abbey lighting above it. Both are perfectly in keeping with the homeowners’ mixed aesthetic.

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the double-height ceiling to the floor, which she covered (mostly) with a large area rug in soft shades of gray and white. Flanking the fireplace are two large, colorful pieces of abstract art that not only add color to the room but also take visual precedence over the flooring. In the bathrooms, she took out the builder’s vanities—a job significantly easier than demolishing and replacing flooring and tile—and replaced them with something more in line with the owners’ vision. “The new vanities are more interesting and luxurious and draw the eye away from the tile,” she explains. A love of color was part of the owners’ aesthetic. Akguc satisfied it with bright pops and sweeps of color against mostly neutral finishes and wall hues: In the living room, two sapphire velvet armchairs echo the predominant tones of the artwork, which the couple collects and which animate many rooms in the house. The calm neutrals of the dining room are offset by another large abstract piece and a pair of teal curtains. Lighting was particularly important—a way of adding flat-out luxury, de-emphasizing the dark flooring and making the whole house feel

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When Jose Jimenez and his wife, Noelia, first walked into the spec house in Glen Rock, they were wowed by the sense of space afforded by the twostory foyer and the view that stretched all the way through to the backyard. What didn’t wow them were the builder’s chosen finishes, which struck them as more ordinary than inspired. They bought the house anyway, and since it was only partially completed, they hired designer Elizabeth Akguc of Agape Design Group to bring their personal vision to fruition. They didn’t want to start pulling up flooring and removing tile, so Akguc found herself challenged to work against elements that weren’t in keeping with the homeowners’ design aesthetic. “They wanted something a little more modern, a little more design-forward, with a more luxurious feel,” she says. But they also hoped the home would feel warm, inviting and fun. “We wanted our family to feel comfortable, but we also wanted the house to look well designed,” says Jose. The owners weren’t wild about the dark wood floors, so Akguc worked on adding elements that would direct the eye upward. In the family room, she hung translucent white curtains that stretched from

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to get up, even after the final credits have run. The dining room too has a deliberate softness to it. The wood-topped table with its acrylic base is the only hard surface in the space; the soft area rug extends well beyond the comfortably upholstered dining chairs. Like so many of the pieces in the house, Akguc chose the table, manufactured by Century, for its timeless design. “The clients splurged on a lot of pieces,” she says, “but I don’t ever want them to feel outdated.” Consider the pair of console tables in the living room: Their curving, half-moon silhouette seems at once both classic and contemporary—and their silver finish adds not just pop but a subtle wink of fun. In fact, multigenerational fun is a theme that repeats itself in this house, from its imaginative lighting to its theater room and adjoining bar to the basement’s bright pop-art pieces. There’s no doubt that it’s overcome its original limitations to become a multilayered home that magically marries fun, warmth, luxury and timeless high-end design, thanks to the homeowners’ original vision for what a family house should be...and the designer who helped them achieve it.

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cohesive. The oversized satellite fixture in the foyer, for instance, which the designer describes as “modern and fun,” sets the tone for the entire design. Its blackened brass elements are echoed elsewhere—in the brass legs of the entryway bench, for example, and the kitchen’s brass light fixtures, cabinet pulls and faucet. The rectilinear fixture over the dining table is also brass, and with its forest of shiny spindles tipped with round white lights, it communicates a mixture of luxury and fun that was important to the homeowners. Given that the couple’s three children also live in this home, it needed to feel warm and comfortable, something that’s particularly evident in common areas such as the living room and the movie room in the basement. With its soaring ceilings, the living room could have registered as grand but cold, so Akguc worked to make it feel more inviting, incorporating soft furnishings such as the pair of relaxed velvet chairs, velvet pillows on a linen blend sofa and a thick, foot-pleasing area rug. The basement theater room, with its dark walls and ceiling and overstuffed furniture, feels cocoon-like—it’s easy to imagine sinking into those seats and not wanting

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This page, right: The star in the foyer is a large satellite pendant from Arteriors, its brass arms echoed in the sleek brass legs of the bench below. The upholstery on the Bernhardt bench and the runner from Kane Carpet soften what otherwise might be a room of hard edges. Opposite page: In an all-white kitchen, details pop, like the sleek brass hardware from Emtek. Brass touches recur throughout the house.

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LUXURY KITCHENS & BATHS KARLA TRINCANELLO INTERIOR DECISIONS, INC. Designing interiors is why Karla Trincanello wakes up each day excited to pursue new realms in design as her portfolio attests, with no two spaces alike and always with a bit of the unexpected. Karla is an NJ Board Certified Interior Designer and ASID Allied member specializing in residential and commercial interiors; her work extends beyond our metropolitan area with out of state projects for her clients who appreciate the attention to detail that she always provides whether locally or their second homes. She and her staff create impeccable, award-winning interiors with every detail exemplified. IDI’s business has grown significantly because of wonderful referrals from clients, architects, and builders throughout the U.S. Each project is important to them and expounds their design vision and work ethic. And, of course, it reflects their client’s style. Call them to discuss your project and the infinite possibilities they can create for you. 973.765.9013 | www.Interiordecisions.com

WL KITCHEN & HOME This interior beautifully blends both classic and modern styles. Visible immediately upon entering, this kitchen becomes the new entertainment area for the entire home. Following a modern design scheme, the transitional plan for the space focuses on creating a compelling atmosphere to entertain. It incorporates a mix of white paint and stained white oak, as well as high-end stainless steel appliances and fixtures. The aim is to bring out the best qualities of the design, and take advantage of the natural light that constantly spills into the interior. Designed and manufactured by WL Kitchen & Home, this project illustrates the quality of the custom pieces that are at the forefront of their mission. Working through all elements of the design-build process with their clients, WL prides itself on being one of the few companies that custom designs and manufactures high-end kitchens and interior woodwork. 973.773.7475 | www.wlkitchenandhome.com

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LUXURY KITCHENS & BATHS TOWN & COUNTRY At Town & Country, we share a passion for creating beautiful spaces that are timeless, functional, and refined. We value quality products; handcrafted and built to be enjoyed for years to come. Whether you are designing a new home or selecting a few new items to freshen up your space, we are here to help through our Design Studio and Mercantile. Town & Country Design Studio can assist you through every step of your project. From concept to completion, we offer design, specification, sourcing, and management services. In addition to our design services, T&C Mercantile offers a curated collection of homewares. Continuing our mission to offer functional beauty, we feature unique, reproduction, and vintage items, allowing clients to further personalize and accessorize their space. Our clients share this appreciation and benefit from our network of preferred manufacturers. Our goal with each project, is to blend our clients’ design aesthetic, budget, and lifestyle to create a space that exceeds their expectations. 732.345.1441 www.townandcountrydesignstudio.com www.tandcmercantile.com

AJ MADISON AjMadison is the go-to resource for appliances in the Tri-state area. Offering an unrivaled selection of top-rated home and kitchen appliances, AjMadison is family-owned and has been in operation for over 20 years. Our team of appliance experts delivers the understanding, expertise, and experience to cater to all your appliance needs. Explore the best products from over 150 brands. There are thousands of appliances to choose from. AjMadison offers an enormous selection of brands with thousands of in-stock products ready to ship. Homeowners, contractors, builders, and designers depend on our team to recommend, deliver and service the best appliances for every project. We’re here to make your appliance delivery easy, including professional installation and haul away of your old appliances. We also offer complimentary next-day shipping to New Jersey on most in-stock products and kitchen packages. Shop your way. Browse thousands of appliances on the #1 appliance website, enjoy guided shopping with an expert with a virtual appointment or visit our 16,000 square-foot showroom in Brooklyn, New York. 718.732.4900 | www.ajmadison.com

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LUXURY KITCHENS & BATHS ADVANTAGE CONTRACTING For 26 years, our goal has remained the same... to provide our customers with an exceptional product and service every time! We are committed, now and in the future, to ensure our reputation as the best general contractors in New Jersey, serving Bergen, Essex, Passaic and Morris counties. Working with Advantage Contracting means you only have to make one call when you need work done in your home. We are contractors who can do it all. Our team of architects, design specialists and remodeling contractors will take the time needed to ensure that you get the home of your dreams. Our company’s success is measured by our clients’ satisfaction! Contact us today to get started on your home improvement job! 973.696.0333 www.advantagecontracting.com

OBERG & LINDQUIST APPLIANCES Oberg & Lindquist Appliances is a destination store for homeowners seeking the best quality products for their living space. We are the oldest independent GE dealer in the US and have received numerous awards. We are also proud to offer products from Sub-Zero Wolf, Weber, Miele, Bosch, Broan, Dacor, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Jenn-Air, Maytag, Whirlpool and more. As a member of the billion-dollar buying group ADC, we are positioned to save you money every day. Oberg & Lindquist is family-owned and operated for over 70 years. Owner Debra Oberg says, “We’re truly blessed with the people we have. They are part of the Oberg & Lindquist family. We are dedicated to providing quality products and superb customer service. We also offer free in-home estimates for custom installation of new or replacement appliances and stand behind our work.” 201.664.1300 www.obergandlindquist.com

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Using sofas and benches in lieu of chairs alone provides feel-good seating both for meals and lounging. Think of it as comfort and style meeting function and flexibility.

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Plush bench seating adds to the relaxed, intimate vibe of an already cozy breakfast nook.

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Left, holiday guests won’t want to leave once they sink into the Gates settee from Arhaus, with plush cushions made of ecofriendly foam, down, feathers and poly-fiber. The hardwood is sustainably sourced too and is built to last. Available at Arhaus, multiple locations. Right, adjustable legs, vegan leather and endless configurations make the West Elm Novak banquette threeseater ideal for a room of any style or size. Available at West Elm, multiple locations.

Left, neutral doesn’t always have to be boring. Case in point: The Burke Décor Chloe banquette in pearl has a high-back for extra comfort and button tufting for a burst of sophistication. Available at burkedecor.com. Right, you’ll likely want to linger at the dining table even after dessert ends thanks to Pottery Barn’s Beale dining bench, a timeless and comfortable piece upholstered by hand in elegant gray washed velvet. Available at Pottery Barn, multiple locations.

Left, versatility is the name of the game with the Garbo customizable banquette from Williams Sonoma. The made-to-order piece comes in various sizes, fabrics and colors to match your personal design aesthetic. Available at Williams Sonoma, multiple locations. Right, the Jordan modern gray and walnut dining bench is the perfect confluence of contemporary and classic, with angled legs made of walnut-finished solid rubber wood and an open back for an airy feel. Available at Paramus Mega Furniture, Paramus, 201.368.0679.

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243 Glen Place, Franklin Lakes Renowned Builder’s Own Private Residence, which was completely custom built only 6 years ago. A palatial French Manor with 7,400+ sq ft of living space, sitting on nearly 1.5 acres. Enter into a dramatic entrance foyer with a grand staircase, continue along to perfectly appointed formal living and dining rooms. The kitchen is a chef’s delight, featuring professional grade appliances, designer cabinetry, and a massive center island. The kitchen is open-concept and sits beside a two-story family room with soaring windows and a full wet-bar. pstairs you with find 4 generously sized bedrooms, 3 more full bathrooms, and master wing fully equipped with dual closets and a spa-like master bathroom.

191 Geranium Court, Paramus Brand new construction, custom masterpiece designed by award-winning architect Robert Zampolin. Upon completion, this home will feature 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms (each bedroom host’s its own en-suite). The first floor boasts 10-foot ceilings, with a soaring two-story entryway. The kitchen features designer cabinetry and professional grade Wolf and Subzero appliances. Great layout with living room/library, dining room, breakfast area, guest quarters with en-suite bathroom, and huge great room on the first floor. Finished basement with a full bedroom and bathroom, plus home gym, rec room and movie theater. Amenities galore. All of this, located in the ultra-desirable East side of Paramus on a quiet cul-de-sac.

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hanging fire

You won’t mind the freezing temps if there’s a floating fireplace to cozy up your space.

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When Prometheus gave fire to humankind, he didn’t add step-bystep instructions for suspending a fireplace from the ceiling in the center of a room. He left that to Dominique Imbert, the designer who first forged a hanging fireplace in France in 1968. (Imbert had prepared for that breakthrough moment by earning a doctorate in sociology from the Sorbonne and working as an ethnologist in Alaska, an assistant chef in Manhattan and a history professor at a Paris lycée. Naturellement!) Now, as befits something that came from France in ’68, the hanging or floating fireplace is sparking a small revolution in interior design. It’s a focal point that creates literal and figurative warmth—and don’t be shocked if it ignites a conversation or two. Practical? The floating fireplace sure is. It maximizes square footage as it hangs from above, and it’s especially useful in tight quarters (and chilly locales) where a traditional brick fireplace recessed into the wall might not be doable. You need not fetch wood from outside, as most floating fireplaces use gas to generate heat. That’s more efficient than burning wood. Of course, a hanging fireplace is an aesthetic delight as well, and there are numerous options to fit your style: Choose from varied geometric shapes and materials, whether it’s a rustic ski lodge or a mid-century modern condo that you’re furnishing. New Jersey-based fireplace shops such as Complete Fireplace in Freehold and Wood Heat in Flemington can help bring your vision to life. Hanging fire? It’s a hot idea worth considering, at the very least. You can start by suspending your disbelief.

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