From the August/September 2013 Issue:

He Said, She Said

    Writer: Meg Fox | Photographer: Peter Rymwid | Interior Designer: Sandy Cabelis, Allied Member ASID |

A couple with opposing tastes call in design reinforcement

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enlarge | Cabinetry in two-tone finishes creates focal points such as the curved front sink base and dressing table. “Rather than have two sinks, the couple agreed to have one beautiful bronze sink and use the rest of the space for storage and a dressing area,” designer Sandy Cabelis says.
Gloria and Peter Goldman enjoyed their home in Wayne but decided it was time to renovate their stereotypical 1980s basic “builder’s-special” bathroom cabinetry, lighting and oversized tub, says interior designer Sandy Cabelis of Cabelis Interior Design LLC in Pine Brook.

Aside from the room’s contemporary angles and passed-its-prime palette and materials, “the shower was smaller than a closet and the toilet was a focal point in the room,” says Cabelis, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and current member of the ASID New Jersey chapter’s Board of Directors. Addressing those shortcomings was one goal. The other was how to bridge the divide between the couple’s differing tastes and desires: his love of Western architecture and her passion for French femininity.

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enlarge | Space was carved out for a roomy shower wrapped in natural stone and metal accents. (The old shower area became the water closet, not shown.)
Balancing Act
From a layout standpoint, the Goldmans now have a private water closet that is more discreet and an oversized open spa shower—one of the more beautiful focal points of the room, Cabelis says. The shower is encased in natural stone, chosen for its luxurious quality, rustic texture and color variation, which satisfied the husband’s tastes and his wife’s wish for warm gold tones. Bands of horizontal natural stone tiles and metal accents used sporadically balance out the design and add a textural quality.

To downplay the 1980s architecture and warm up the lofty space, Cabelis added a distressed beam to create a horizontal plane across the ceiling. Painting the ceiling a darker shade than the walls also helped to minimize the angles and “bring the eye down,” the designer says.

A deep soaking tub is positioned to enjoy unobstructed views of the backyard and adjacent park preserve, thanks to one large picture window that replaced three individual panes. Window treatments were kept simple but stylish with a faux-leather-upholstered cornice—trimmed with nail heads—that mimics real embossed leather. “This allowed us to give the rustic western look the husband likes but is still a practical choice for a high-moisture room,” Cabelis says. Hiding under the cornices are Precious Metals shades with MagnaView™ by Hunter Douglas, which allow for maximum view and light when open, she says.

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enlarge | A freestanding soaking tub takes the place of a dated bulky platform model. The owners enjoy the scenic views through a new, larger picture window at the tub. Adding a distressed beam across the ceiling warms up the room and downplays the original 1980s architec­ture. A faux embossed leather cornice appeals to the husband’s sense of style, which blends with the delicate chandelier and other feminine flourishes the wife favors.
Marriage of Tastes
How else did the designer meet the couple’s individual design criteria? “The retro claw-foot tub with dark bronze fixtures, tumbled stone and reclaimed lumber ceiling beams satisfy his desire for worn and masculine while the creamy marble countertops, soft creamy palette and delicate lighting fixtures lightly draped with crystal bring the beauty and delicate touch the wife wants,” Cabelis says.


interior design, Sandy Cabelis of Cabelis Interior Design LLC in Pine Brook; cabinetry, Starmark Cabinetry in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; marble countertops, BCG Marble & Granite in Hackensack; tile, Smart Tile LLC in Little Falls; Kohler plumbing fixtures and Bates and Bates sink in wild bronze, PSI Plumbing Inc. in Little Falls; glass shower doors and cabinet glass, Main Street Glass & Mirror in Little Falls; lighting, Plaza Lighting in Pompton Plains; floating beams, Boards & Beams in Fairfield.

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