From the February/March 2014 Issue:

Design Delights

    Writers: Lisa Rackley and Ren Miller |

Show houses give designers a chance to showcase their talents


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Professionals unleashed their creative energy at two major show houses in New Jersey this past year. And the results—some of which we feature on the following pages—should give you enough ideas for a year’s worth of renovations at your own home.

The Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House (statelyhomesbythesea.com) transformed Hartshorne Mansion in Little Silver into a home with historical references but well-suited to life in the twenty-first century. Proceeds benefitted the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group.

The Cape May Designer Show House, meanwhile, gave designers a chance to add personality to a brand-new home on a historic street. The show house, called Cavalier Cottage, raised money to benefit programs of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (capemaymac.org).


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SEASIDE DREAMS, Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House
A hand-painted silk wall covering inspired Kristina Bade Sweeney in her timeless design of this bedroom. The wall covering, in Fromental’s Coraille pattern, is both controlled and whimsical, says Bade Sweeney, a LEED AP-certified interior designer and owner of Kristina Bade Studio LLC. Bade Sweeney chose a serene palette of neutrals, green-blues and grays with salmon and tangerine accents. She paid tribute to nature with coral motifs, alpaca fabrics, a mohair throw, birch accessories, pieces of driftwood, geodes and a sisal area rug. She balanced the nature theme with hints of glamour, including a Lucite desk and mercury glass accessories. “I also wanted the space to appeal to male and female guests over 21, and a small built-in bookcase near the fireplace sitting area allowed me to add a fully stocked bar. A mix of modern, traditional and transitional elements helped me achieve the elegant, fresh and relaxing feel I was trying to create.”

SOURCES design, Lucite table and bone mirror, Kristina Bade Studio LLC in Madison; custom millwork and cabinetry, SDL Interiors in Jackson; lumber and building materials, Builders General Supply in Little Silver; wall covering, Fromental in New York City with Coraille pattern designed by Roger Thomas of Wynn Design & Development in Las Vegas; wall covering installation, Steve Paul Wallcovering Specialist through the designer; paint, Farrow & Ball applied by All-Bright Enterprises/Sam Spirou Painting in Livingston; carpet, Stark Carpet in New York City; fireplace chair fabric, Cowtan & Tout in New York City; ottoman fabric, Sandra Jordan Alpaca in Healdsburg, California; bedding, headboard and Roman shade fabrication, M. Silberstein in Shrewsbury; bolster fabric, Peter Dunham Textiles in Los Angeles; plaid pillows and window seat fabric, Morris & Co. in New York City; window seat pillows, Sandra Jordan Alpaca and Lee Jofa in Bethpage, New York; mohair throw, Sue Chalom Mohair Blankets in New York City; bedside tables, Bungalow 5 in New York City; table lamps, Ralph Lauren Home in New York City; vase, Jonathan Adler in New York City; fireplace sconces, Visual Comfort in Houston; shagreen console, Made Goods in Baldwin Park, California; blown-glass barware, Michael J. Schunke in West Grove, Pennsylvania; glass bar shelving, Shore Glass in Long Branch; garden stools, Wisteria in Dallas.


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THE CHAPEL, Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House
A redesign of the grand living room at Hartshorne Mansion honors the historical spirit of the building but also brings it into the twenty-first century. “I wanted to make a tranquil and inspirational space,” says Pat Mills, owner of Byford & Mills. “I wanted it to be transitional with a natural feeling and natural elements.” Mills anchored the room with area rugs and a mix of seating options in neutral tones with hints of color in pillows and accessories. A reclaimed wood marquetry drop-leaf table divides the main part of the room into two seating areas, one of them facing a grand English brick fireplace with an antique Black Forest hand-carved mantel and paneling. Large-scale Russian abstract paintings through a collaboration with James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery add a mysterious and tranquil quality, while an antique zinc architectural artifact over the fireplace and statuary in different sizes complement the architecture. A solarium in one corner features a game/library table, chairs and a mirrored chest that serves as a mini-bar. The designer added spotlighting to accentuate the ceiling beams and European paneling. Floral arrangements and neutral draperies soften the space.

SOURCES design, antique architectural sculpture over fireplace and most accessories, Byford & Mills in Little Silver; various artwork/paintings, James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery in Holmdel; window treatment fabric, F. Schumacher in New York City; carpet, Stark Carpet in New York City, high-back Thompson chairs, Hickory Chair in Hickory, North Carolina; drop-leaf table, Furniture Classics in Norfolk, Virginia; gray sofa in front of drop-leaf table and mirrored chest, Century Furniture in Hickory, North Carolina; fabrics for pillows throughout the space, Clarence House, F. Schumacher and Lee Jofa; game/library table, Bliss Studio in Costa Mesa, California; nail-head chair, Old Hickory Tannery in Hickory, North Carolina; bronze table lamp, East Enterprises in Sterling, Virginia; star-shaped mirror on wall, Aidan Gray Home in Carrollton, Texas.


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RIVER VIEW, Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House
What better place to enjoy views of the Shrewsbury River than in a conservatory, transformed from the original greenhouse by Fred Root and Anthony Feo of Houndstooth Interior Design. The room presented several challenges for Root, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and Feo, a state-certified interior designer, allied member of ASID and associate member of the International Interior Design Association. They included peeling wood, cracked stone floors and afternoon temperatures rising to 115 degrees. But by using an industrial Parisian loft as inspiration, they created cozy spaces for casual dining and relaxing. The designers replaced the floor with a soft gray ceramic tile that looks like wood and painted the skeleton of the structure dark carbon to replicate metal. They also tented the ceiling with Sunbrella fabric to filter light and chose a palette of soft blue and taupe for a cool look. The final touch: orchids and other plantings for splashes of color around the room.

SOURCES design, Houndstooth Interior Design in Oldwick; dining table, Design Workshop in Warsaw, North Carolina; vintage dining chairs, Theodore Alexander in High Point, North Carolina; cane-back chair with faux zebra hide, William Switzer in Vancouver, British Columbia; floor tile, Mediterranean Tile & Marble in Fairfield; garden statuary and planters, Pennoyer Newman in New York City; window treatment, Stessl & Neugebauer Inc. in Summit; marble-top table, Ralph Lauren Home in New York City; Greek key wood pedestals and cream leather chair, Global Views in Dallas; construction and painting, R.B. Home Improvement in Newfield; fabrics, Robert Allen in New York City; trims, Samuel & Sons in New York City; plants, Morris County Farms in Denville; tabletop accessories, Pottery Barn, all through Houndstooth Interior Design in Oldwick.


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STYLISH BATHING, Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House
Shades of blue and gray create a serene atmosphere in the master bathroom, designed by Ginny Padula of Town & Country Kitchen & Bath. The room is grounded with a gray porcelain tile floor that resembles wood plank flooring. A generous double vanity features cream cabinets and a Carrera marble countertop under mirrors topped with triple sconces. The herringbone-patterned backsplash of white Thassos marble tile calls to mind patterns on the mansion’s exterior. The volcanic limestone soaking tub sits on a mosaic tile “rug,” while the glass-enclosed shower allows natural light to flow from the windows to the darker side of the room. “The shower was definitely a challenge [because of the angled roof line],” Padula says, “but we were able to work around it, using tile only where we needed to keep views open and the beauty of the overall space intact.”

SOURCES design and Eastman St. Woodworks cabinetry, Town & Country Kitchen & Bath in Red Bank; building and installations, Padula Builders in Wall; Carrera marble countertop, ACD Custom Granite in Ocean Township; all tile, Akdo Tile in Bridgeport, Connecticut; cabinet hardware, Top Knobs in Hillsborough; tub, Victoria & Albert in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; all plumbing fixtures, vanity lights and mirrors, Moen in North Olmstead, Ohio; glass ceiling fixtures, West Elm in San Francisco, California; window treatments, Quadrille fabric with fabrication by Laura Madden of G&R Decorators in Red Bank.


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THE LOFT, Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House
Anna Maria Mannarino celebrated “the exquisiteness of Italian design” in her remodel of a loft space. All products were Italian, Italian-designed or Italian-inspired, says Mannarino, an allied member of ASID and owner of Mannarino Designs Inc. “I wanted to create a clean, minimalist space, appointed with furnishings designed to exemplify the brilliance of combining form and function with uncluttered simplicity and beauty and a touch of irony,” she says. “Examples include a copper-brushed ancient oak dining table with bronze base, the juxtaposition of the scale and curve of a croc-embossed lounge chair with a linen cushion, and the Alice-in-Wonderland scale and whimsy of the bell­bottom shade of the bronze floor lamps by Romeo Sozzi.” The loft was originally a cluster of several rooms and a hallway that looked small because of chair rails, wall angles and recessed window alcoves. Mannarino removed the chair rails and painted the main walls in a single color from floor to ceiling to minimize the break of the angles. To mimic the pattern of the windows, she installed wallpapered panels under them, with the back wall of the alcoves painted to match. She added molding a few inches below the ceiling and painted a different color above it, lessening the issue of a wavy ceiling line. She also installed a new wide-plank floor and added a built-in wine/espresso bar. “I love the fabulous Piero Fornasetti Faces mounted on the angled wall,” Mannarino says, “and the reclining leather sofa is sleek and comfortable.” Visitors heard Italian music playing in the background, including the designer herself singing “L’appuntamento.”

SOURCES design, Mannarino Designs Inc. in Holmdel; contractors, Bruce DeVito Home Improvements in Holmdel and Paramount Tile in Keyport; flooring, Aldo Design Group in Carteret; Leonardo Collection rug, Samad in East Rutherford; wall covering, New Wall Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario, with fabrication by Piscitelli Workroom through the designer; faucet, Moen; dining table, leather and linen chair and floor lamps, Promemoria in New York City; ivory dining chairs and fabrics, Donghia/Rubelli in New York City; black leather chair, Design Within Reach in Princeton; reclining sofa, Zaksons Fine Furniture in Brick; ceiling light fixtures, Fabbian in Fairfield; framing, Frame of Mind in Holmdel; various room accessories, Schwartz Design Showroom in Metuchen and Space Interiors in Deal; television, Zeely Vision in Princeton.


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A PLACE OF HONOR, Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House
Elizabeth Humphry designed the master bedroom as an ode to her mother, a fashion designer who loved “Paris, the ocean and anything that evoked feminine glamour,” and her father, an Italian who loved architecture and owned Sterling Silver Co. “I also had the painter incorporate the shimmer of the Shrewsbury River, which you see through the windows, into the smoke-colored wall paint, says Humphry, a state-certified interior designer and owner of Chatham Interiors. She turned a closet into a vanity area her mother would have loved, complete with Armani sketches on the upholstered walls. Humphry added two wood beams perpendicular to existing beams on the ceiling and covered orange brick around the fireplace with Venetian plaster for a limestone appearance. She transformed a nook on one side of the fireplace into a minibar and added a desk on the other side. “Apollo & His Muse,” plaster artwork above the bed, adds a Greco Roman note. The designer had the heart-pattern window treatment fabric cut and sewn back together in such a way that it forms graceful deer horns, a reference to original owner Harry Hartshorne’s love of deer. Underneath it all, a gray leopard print carpet anchors the room. Humphrey also freshened an adjacent spa with new wallpaper, lighting and accessories

SOURCES interior design, custom end tables, antique desk and antique bedside lamps, Chatham Interiors in Chatham;all artwork, Design Domaine Gallery in Bernardsville; paint, Smoke Embers by Benjamin Moore; carpet, Stanton in Syosset, New York; desk chair, TCS Designs in Hickory, North Carolina, with fabric by Jim Thompson Fabrics; antique swan chairs, Chatham Interiors with fabric from Stout in Colmar, Pennsylvania; antique settee fabric, Dedar Fabrics in Atlanta, Georgia; Murano chandelier and desk lamp, Bella Figura Lighting through Sterling & Knight Inc. in Keene, New Hampshire; Empire sconces over bed, Vaughan in New York City; custom bed, bed shams and bed drapery fabric, Clarence House in New York City; trims, Houlés in New York City; sheets, blanket and duvet, Sferra through Down to Basics in Red Bank; vanity skirt and upholstered walls and window treatment fabrics, Colefax & Fowler in New York City, drapery hardware, J.F. Fabrics Hardware in Tonawanda, New York; window seat cushion fabric, Bergamo through Donghia in New York City; spa wallpaper, Colefax & Fowler, spa ceiling wallpaper, Tyler Hall in New York City.


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FAMILY ENTRY/MUDROOM, Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House
The family entry is every bit as stylish as the rest of the mansion—and even more hardworking—thanks to a redesign by Ginny Padula, owner of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath. The entry, which also serves as a mudroom and laundry, is surrounded by deep neutral walls and punctuated with pops of bright yellow. A closet stores coats, hats and boots. A work island of distressed metal and wood is a convenient spot to fold laundry, do crafts or set groceries while entering. Storage cabinetry and a long bench on opposite sides of the room are quarter-sawn oak with a grayish-brown washed finish, giving it the appearance of worn driftwood though the Shaker door style keeps the lines clean and modern. A travertine floor ties it all together.

SOURCES design and Plato Woodwork cabinetry, Town & Country Kitchen & Bath in Red Bank; renovations and installations, Padula Builders in Wall; countertop, ACD Custom Granite in Ocean Township; window treatments, bench cushion and pillow fabric, Quadrille fabric with fabrication by Laura Madden of G&R Decorators in Red Bank; floor tile, DalTile in Lakewood; washer and dryer, Better Housekeeping Shop in Red Bank; faucet, Moen in North Olmsted, Ohio; cabinet hardware and bench hooks, Top Knobs in Hillsborough; wall color, Alexandria Beige by Benjamin Moore.


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ELEGANCE AT THE BEACH, Cape May Designer Show House
The clean lines of the furniture and the colors of sand and sea create a lighthearted background where family and friends can enjoy each other’s company in the family room of the Cape May Designer Show House. The room was designed by Janis A. Schmidt, a member of the Interior Design Society and owner of Dragonfly Interiors. A white coral pattern on the back and arms of cushy aqua chairs sets the seaside stage, while blue accents mix with sand-colored sofas covered in durable fabric. The lacey light fixture casts interesting patterns after sunset.

SOURCES design, Dragonfly Interiors in Cape May; custom sofas and chairs, Hallman Furniture in Taylorsville, North Carolina; sofa and chair fabric, Kravet in Bethpage, New York; window treatments, designed by Janis A. Schmidt and made by Custom Window by Robert A. Kline in West Berlin with fabric by Robert Allen/Beacon Hill Showrooms; chandelier and mirrors, Bright Light Design Center in Cape May Court House; flooring, Ocean Interiors in Cape May.


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WORKING VACATION, Cape May Designer Show House
Working Vacation
While the family room is all about relaxing, the adjacent study provides a spot to keep up-to-date with business matters. Also designed by Janis A. Schmidt of Dragonfly Interiors, the study continues the nautical theme with a seaside palette. However, a dark-stained desk and console add business-like gravitas, while grass-cloth walls and a floor-to-ceiling mirror that calls to mind glistening pebbles at the beach keep the mood casual and light. Placing the desk on a diagonal provides easy access from either side and allows for natural light right where it’s needed.

SOURCES design, Dragonfly Interiors in Cape May; Christopher Guy floor mirror, credenza (shown from front on page 16), desk, chairs, clam shell art, White House Fine Interiors in Fairfield; window treatments, designed by Janis A. Schmidt and fabricated by Custom Window by Robert A. Kline in West Berlin with fabric by Kravet in Bethpage, New York; chandelier, Bright Light Design Center in Cape May Court House; silver grass-cloth wall covering, York Wallcovering in York, Pennsylvania, with installation by Angel Painting & Papering through the designer.


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SHIP SHAPE, Cape May Designer Show House
The Impressionist oil painting over the bed inspired Lesa Knowlton’s design of this guest room, where ocean breezes billow through window sheers and a reading nook allows one to drift into faraway lands. “The colors and the scene [of the painting] took my breath away,” says Knowlton, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and owner of Knowlton Interiors. “I knew everything in the room had to give me that same impression.” The color palette of orange geometrics with blue and green accents is cheerful and cutting edge, and it plays off the classic nature of the vintage bed. The long white chest is meant to look like the built-in cabinet of a ship. “I enjoy making shore homes have a ship-like quality, even if it’s slight,” she adds.

SOURCES design, furniture, art and accessories, Knowlton Interiors in Haddon Heights; window treatments, Window Ware in Medford; window and pillow fabrics, F. Schumacher & Co.; flooring, Ocean Interiors in Cape May.


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DINING, NATURALLY, Cape May Designer Show House
Elements of nature and whimsy take center stage in the Victoriana Dining Room by Joseph Tenaglia Jr. of Joseph Design LLC with an assist from Lisa Iannucci of Living Ingredients LLC. The dining table, built of wood from an 1840s barn, features a shadowbox-like top with cotton bolls, birch bark and moss under the clear top and cabriolet legs modeled after a Victorian corset and finished with ball-and-claw feet. Seating includes an upholstered banquette whose back reaches to the ceiling and, on the opposite side of the table, a master chair with an opulent powder-coated metallic and pearl finish—like that found on automobiles. The chair seats are gray cotton mohair and chair backs are upcycled vintage men’s suit fabrics in a concept that Tenaglia designed and Iannucci’s workroom fabricated. Built-ins on each side of the banquette provide convenient and space-saving storage and display space. The nature theme reappears on the board-and-batten walls with lower panels inset with murals and upper panels inset with sculpted fabric panels, all with a tree motif in deference to the historic tree-lined street outside the show house. A Scottish-tartan-inspired shallow coffer pattern dresses the ceiling, adding interest and enhancing the notion of imbalance seen also in placing the dining table to one side of the room.

SOURCES interior, table and wall design, Joseph Design LLC in Wildwood Crest; furniture upholstery and refinishing, Lisa and David Iannucci of Living Ingredients LLC in Cape May; mural panels on lower wall, Matt Lipari of Lipari Paint & Design in Mays Landing; wall panel fabric, Kravet in Bethpage, New York; furniture fabrics, Jack B. Fabrics in Philadelphia; LED lighting, Unique Lighting in Somers Point; paint, Stonington Grey and Cloudy Gray on the walls, Briarwood on the ceiling, all by Benjamin Moore through Soltz Paint & Decorating Center in Somers Point; accessories, Global Views in Dallas, Roost in Sausalito, California, HomArt in Irvine, California; Cyan Design in Fort Worth, Texas, and local artists.


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OCEAN BREEZES, Cape May Designer Show House
Whether enjoying a cup of morning coffee before hitting the beach or sharing a bottle of fine wine at sunset, this porch is the perfect spot. Teak and all-weather wicker furniture in natural tones get bright accents with sea-blue cushions and sunny pillows in a setting designed by Sandra McDowell of New Interior Creations by Sandra. McDowell tied the seating area together with an all-weather area rug and added accents in blue, green, sand and cream.

SOURCES design, New Interior Creations by Sandra in Egg Harbor Township; Dune all-weather wicker loveseat and chair, Waveney teak table and chairs and cushions covered in Sunbrella Canvas Air Blue and Canvas Bird’s Eye, Barlow Tyrie in Moorestown; area rug, Avalon Flooring in Egg Harbor Township; decking, Ever New by CertainTeed; trim around windows and door, Lobelia Blue by Sherwin Williams.


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CAPE MAY BLUES, Cape May Designer Show House
The ocean inspired the colors and Cape May’s history provided the idea to blend old and new in a sunroom by Carole Roach for Barlow Tyrie Inc. The woven seating and awning striped window treatments are a reference to the town’s long history as a seaside resort. An 1894 photographic print by Francis Firth called Dreamy Days in a transitional frame hangs above a repurposed console, which displays Victorian wood artifacts. They all take on a modern feel when painted slate blue, says Roach, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, International Furnishings and Design Association and NEWH, the Hospitality Industry Network. The tri-panel shutters add interest to the large expanse of windows in the narrow room and also allow light through while diffusing a not-so-perfect view outside. The floor is Brazilian teak left in its raw state, sanded and finished in clear polyurethane for durability.

SOURCES design, Carole Roach of Barlow Tyrie Inc. in Moorestown; woven furniture, Laura Kirar collection for Barlow Tyrie Inc. with Sunbrella fabric; window treatments, Budget Blinds in Somers Point; coffee tables, IKEA; area rug, Avalon Flooring in Cherry Hill; flooring, Ocean Interiors in Cape May; sound system, HiFi Sales in Cherry Hill.


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MASTER ESCAPE, Cape May Designer Show House
Navy and off-white with gold accents—it’s a cozy yet crisp color scheme, neither masculine nor feminine, a bit nautical without screaming shore house. That’s why Dana Falcione and Valarie Fabbri of Falcione & Fabbri chose it for the master bedroom. The starburst light fixture adds a bit of whimsy to the otherwise tailored room, while a natural woven rug, window shades and headboard upholstered with woven fabric add casual notes. The Chinese antique oak console under the print on glass of a horse’s head was perfect for the large wall facing the bed, Fabbri notes. The mirror above the bed features a shell frame.

SOURCES design, Falcione & Fabbri in Haddonfield; navy wall covering, Phillip Jeffries in Fairfield; window treatments and headboard, fabricated by Kushner Draperies in Pennsauken; rug, Ben Soleimaini for Restoration Hardware; starburst light fixture and lamps, Arteriors in Carrollton, Texas; occasional chair and ottoman, Lillian August for Hickory White in Hickory, North Carolina.


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BIRDS OF A FEATHER, Cape May Designer Show House
The robin’s egg blue vanity caught the eye of Rita Cipolla, designer/owner of Accessories Plus, and she new it would be perfect for a diminutive first-floor bathroom. She matched it with robin’s egg blue glass circles that punctuate Carrera and Thassos marble tile flooring. The same tiles create a clean, fresh feel in a shower that fits nicely under a staircase, while dove gray walls form a natural canvas for bird prints that add a flight of fancy. Crystal and chrome accessories add just enough bling.

SOURCES design, Accessories Plus in Williamstown; Louis vanity, from the Waterfall Collection by Artistic Tile in Secaucus; marble tile and mosaic, New Ravenna through Devon Tile in Devon, Pennsylvania; Icon chrome bath accessories, Moen through Weinstein Supply in Rio Grande; mirror, Pier 1 Imports; walls, Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.