From the June/July 2015 Issue:

Shades of the Sea

    Writer: Marirose Krall | Photographer: Marisa Pellegrini | Designer: Patricia Turchyn | Architect: Anderson Campanella Architects | Builder: Goodhue Bros. Builders |

Dazzling choices—deftly applied—add color to a vintage home

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enlarge | A driftwood centerpiece on the family room coffee table is a nod to the home’s beach locale. Designer Patricia Turchyn added the bright orange elements “to make the room more fun.” Other items required special consideration. “The riskiest thing in the whole house was the white sofa,” Turchyn says, laughing. But, she adds, “the fact that it’s slipcovered for easy cleaning helps.”
Can a home built during the Victorian era offer style and comfort suited for a 21st-century family? The answer is a resounding “yes,” according to designer Patricia Turchyn of Patricia Turchyn Interiors in Little Silver.

Turchyn helped bring an 1880 Rumson home into the modern era in collaboration with Anderson Campanella Architects in Rumson and Goodhue Bros. Builders in Oceanport. Turchyn explains, “They repurposed rooms according to the way the family wanted to use the house.”

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enlarge | A whale diptych—purchased in Nantucket where the family also has a home—is another homage to the sea. Orange accessories coordinate with the coffee table and throw pillows.
Ocean Blues
The owners wanted the home to be a place to entertain and to relax with their five children. Because it’s just one block from the beach, they chose to integrate the blues of the ocean into the design, Turchyn says. But they added a twist: “Instead of the typical use of beige as a neutral, representing sand, they wanted to mix calming shades of gray with blue and white.”

At least one of those shades is incorporated into every room. In the family room, for example, deep blue grass-cloth wall covering envelops the top third of the wall. Its vibrant hue pops prominently against the clean white of the wainscoting and the coffered ceiling.

The dining room, formerly a library, features blue tones ranging from deep navy stripes on the chair upholstery to light blue curtains. Dark paneling was removed in favor of white walls that provide a crisp backdrop.

Even the wife’s office, done primarily in brown, features hints of gray in the fabrics, a touch of blue in the paintings on the wall and white trim. The consistency of the color palette allows the design to flow from space to space. Turchyn points out, “You want to have some kind of continuity that’s pleasing to the eye.”

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enlarge | “We wanted the ballroom to look incredible,” Turchyn says, so the molding was painted in high-gloss navy blue. Station light fixtures feature a polished nickel finish that “works beautifully with the blues,” she adds.
Stunning Surprises
Turchyn knew that bright colors and bold patterns can also be pleasing to the eye, so she incorporated them into the design plan. In the family room, deep orange throw pillows and a similarly toned coffee table stand out amid the dominant blue-and-white palette.

The designer and the homeowners decided on an unconventional course of action in the ballroom. To set the room apart, they accented the white walls with high-gloss navy blue lacquer trim. “It’s thinking outside the box,” Turchyn says. “I absolutely love the way it looks.”

The dining room is also eye-catching, thanks to an assortment of blue and cream textiles in a variety of patterns. “With the white walls, the fabric is striking,” Turchyn says. “Everything blends and works in that room.”

The kitchen is notable for its absence of pattern and color. The expanse of white is softened by gray striations in the marble countertops and backsplash. Even here, though, the blues and grays from the rest of the house are included in accessories displayed on open shelving. Turchyn says, “The wife wanted a clean, sophisticated look.”

The kitchen’s adjacent eating area brings back color in a big way. The room’s large windows are adorned with drapery featuring a bold zigzag pattern in charcoal gray, light gray and white. The fabric “sets the eating area off and makes it special against the white kitchen,” Turchyn says.

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enlarge | A varied collection of fabrics works side by side in the dining room. The room, formerly a library, was stripped of its dark paneling and painted white to create a neutral backdrop for the textiles.
Family Friendly
While the decor makes a stylish statement, the wife also wanted her home to be livable.

With five kids, livable means spacious and durable to this family. The renovation took care of space considerations. “The rooms are big and grand,” says Turchyn, who used the abundant space to full advantage.

In the ballroom, for example, distinct billiards and sitting areas work well for large gatherings. “You can have some people watching a baseball game and others playing pool. It’s a great room for entertaining,” the designer says. The family room is suitable for guests as well, with abundant seating at the game table or on the massive sofa and accompanying chairs.

The newly enlarged kitchen features a vast island with a prep sink—another boon to entertaining. “The kitchen is both beautiful and functional,” Turchyn adds, “with an island, six stools and a large trestle table.”

A large family—and the myriad friends who come along with it—requires sturdy, stain-resistant surroundings. To accommodate the high traffic, Turchyn chose fabrics throughout the house for their durability. Sealant used on the upholstery helps to repel soil. In addition the wide array of textile patterns camouflages spills. As the owners requested, there are no “off-limits” rooms. “The family really ‘lives’ in the house,” Turchyn says. “They use every square foot of it.”

Marirose Krall, a regular contributor to Design NJ, is a Red Bank-based writer.


Overall: interior design, Patricia Turchyn Interiors in Little Silver; architect, Anderson Campanella Architects in Rumson; builder, Goodhue Bros. Builders in Oceanport. Family Room: sofa, Stanford Furniture in Claremont, North Carolina; chairs, custom by Artistic Frame in New York City; end table, Red Ginger Home in Red Bank; throw pillows, English Country Antiques in Bridgehampton, New York; window treatments, Duralee in Bay Shore, New York (T); curtain rods, Ona Drapery Hardware Co. in Boulder, Colorado (T); grass-cloth wallpaper, Phillip Jeffries Ltd. in Fairfield, (T); carpet, Weinstein Carpet and Flooring in Little Silver; cabinetry, Goodhue Bros. Builders; console, Church Street in Little Silver; benches under console, Mill House Antiques in Long Branch; vases and accessories, Church Street, Vizzini & Co. in Red Bank (now Root Home Décor and Interior Design in Manasquan) and HomeGoods. Ballroom: light fixtures, Ann-Morris Inc. in New York City; trim on window treatments, China Seas by Quadrille in New York City; pool table, purchased and restored at Billiard Restoration Service in Clay Center, Kansas; sofa, Century Furniture in Hickory, North Carolina; chairs, Wesley Hall in Hickory, North Carolina, (T) with Duralee fabrics; sisal carpeting, Weinstein Carpet and Flooring; window treatments, Duralee, Ona Drapery Hardware Co. and Quadrille; seats next to pool table, Mill House Antiques; cabinet behind pool table, Harbor View Antiques in Stamford, Connecticut; convex mirrors, The Federalist in Greenwich, Con­nec­ticut. Office: desk, AllModern in Boston; white chairs, Wesley Hall, re-covered in fabric from Lee Jofa in Bethpage, New York (T); artwork, Schwartz Design Showroom in Metuchen; table between chairs, HomeGoods; window treatments, Lee Jofa; carpet, Weinstein Flooring and Carpet. Dining Room: table, custom by Agostino Antiques in Staten Island, New York; chairs, custom by Artistic Frame with fabric from Ralph Lauren Home in New York City; wall color, 01 White by Benjamin Moore; window treatments, Duralee and Kravet in Bethpage, New York (T); pillows and cushion on window seat, Quadrille, window shade, Duralee; lighting, Ann-Morris Inc. Kitchen: cabinetry, David Chiarella of Creative Kitchens in Red Bank; lighting, Ann-Morris Inc.; bead board ceiling installed by Goodhue Bros. Builders. Kitchen Eating Area: window treatments, F. Schumacher & Co. (T); table, British Cottage in Red Bank; chairs, Hickory Chair in Hickory, North Carolina; window treatments, F. Schumacher & Co.; carpet, Weinstein Carpet and Flooring; lighting, Visual Comfort & Co. in Houston.

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