From the April/May 2009 Issue:

A Stage For Style

The Stately Homes By-the-Sea Designer Show House will transform a Rumson home

Elegant country living at its finest will be on display at the Stately Homes By-the-Sea Designer Show House at Sheep’s Run April 28 to May 31. The event, presented by the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, will showcase the talents of the region’s top interior designers, decorators, muralists, and landscapers.

Sheep’s Run is located at 99 Rumson Road in Rumson and will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday throughout the event. Architect Harrie T. Lindeberg designed the home in 1915. A New Jersey native, Lindeberg trained with McKim, Mead, and White, where he learned how to adapt historical styles to modern buildings. “More importantly,” notes Bernardsville architect Mark Alan Hewitt in an introduction to a Lindeberg retrospective, “this experience gave him an understanding of how a gentleman architect served his patrons.” Hewitt describes Lindeberg’s genius as “architecture that combined the sentimental associations of historical types with a strong, austere quality of mass, materiality and proportion.”

Lindeberg designed the house for Elizabeth and Thomas F. Vietor. The Amherst College archives describe Vietor as a successful importer and commission merchant. The home has had several owners since then, including Meador Wright, publisher of Suburban Life, who in 1952 divided the land into three parcels and the house into three pieces (relocating two sections to the adjacent properties). The Mulheren family bought the property in 2007 with the goal of preserving the house and the land from further development.

Noted designer Charlotte Moss is the honorary design chair for the show house; landscape architect Steven R. Krog is the honorary landscape chair. Heading the committee are Liz Thees and Deborah Ansell, co-chairs; Maggie Ricker, associate-chair/special projects; and Claire Knopf and Debbie Raia, designer selection chairs. Mindy Minerva is chair emeritus.

Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Senior admission is $20; children under 12 are not permitted, and the home is not handicap accessible. Proceeds will help to support the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey. Design NJ is the media sponsor.

The show house café, operated by David Burke Fromagerie, will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a boutique will be open the same hours as the show house: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Who’s Who

This list of participating designers was current as of the deadline for this issue.

First Floor: The first floor contains many of the major spaces in the home. Patricia Healing and Dan Barsanti of Healing Barsanti in Westport, Connecticut, will design the living room; Edith Leonardis of Leonardis Kitchen Interiors in Morristown, kitchen; Pat Mills and her team from Byford & Mills in Little Silver, library and porch; Frank DelleDonne of Frank DelleDonne Interiors in Summit, solarium; and Luis Acevedo of Luis Acevedo Interiors in Leonia, dining room and silver safe.

Also on the first floor: Raymond Valerio of Tower Hill Antiques & Design in Red Bank, brick entryway and front hallway; Sheila Rich of Sheila Rich Interiors in Monmouth Beach, front arched room; Merilyn Marshall-Cullen of MMC Designs in Summit, hallway with telephone room and elevator; Cathy Oswandel of Cathy Oswandel Interior Designer in Fair Haven, arched room; Jim Dove of Canterbury Design in Morristown, flower cutting room and anteroom; Diane Romanowski of Diane Romanowski Interior Design in Rumson, serving room; Steven Fioravanti of Greenbaum Interiors in Paterson, breakfast area; Mary Connell Gaynor in Rumson, mudroom gallery and back stair; Felicia Zwebner of Art de Triomphe in Teaneck, coat room, powder room, and foyer; and Jean Carrau, Jean Carrau Decoration in New Rochelle, New York, master bedroom and hallway; Tim Murphy of Tim Murphy Decorative Painting in Milford, front hall ceiling and walls.

Second Floor: Visitors will climb the stairs onto a second-floor landing and hallway designed by Daniel Mullay of Daniel Mullay Interior Design in Chatham. Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat of Lucas Studio in West Hollywood, California, will design the home’s nursery and the media room with assistance from Christopher Raia of Stereo & Video Integrators in Fair Haven.

Also on the second floor: Cate Comerford, AIA, in Ocean Grove, master bedroom; Jan Murphy of Antiquity in Red Bank, master bedroom closet; Carol Swift of Swift-Morris Interiors in Hoboken, children’s bedroom; Laurie Deliman-Burke of L.D. Burke Designs in Monmouth Beach, vestibule, children’s bathroom, and sleeping porch; Trish Fitzsimmons of Bienvenue Home in Fair Haven, office with bathroom; David Chiarella of Creative Kitchens in Red Bank, laundry room; Kim O’Connor of Kensington Design in Ridgewood, guest room with bath; Kathleen Donnelly of Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson, hallway; Denise Pauline of Pauline’s Paperie in Red Bank, gift-wrap room; Brettun’s Village in Auburn, Maine, trunk room; Geri Ruka of Geri Ruka Associates in Spring Lake, bathroom; Susanne Rudiger and Barbara Banach of Designing Elements in Locust, maid’s closet; Donna Domenicali of Blue Heron Designs in Long Branch, linen closet; Donald Chetkin of Chetkin Gallery in Red Bank, hallway and gallery; Kristin Holmes Linder of khl Studio in Briarcliff Manor, New York, hall walls and ceiling.

Third Floor: Russell Minion and Juan Carlos Gutierrez of Minion-Gutierrez in New York City will design a sitting room and bathroom, while Betsy Berner and Tara Sutphin of Berner Sutphin in Red Bank design a bedroom and bathroom.

Others spaces: Patty Smith of P. Smith and Co. in Ridgewood, guest room with bath; Danielle Ann Millican of Danielle Ann Millican Inc. in Florham Park, balcony, hallway; Gina Bellando of Frames & Framers of Short Hills, hallway and closet; Brookdale Community College students under the direction of Celeste Chirichello, storage room; Brooks Brothers in Shrewsbury, cedar closet; Kathy Taylor of KT Design Inc. in Rumson, maid’s closet; Ozod Akramov of OARC Inc. in Fair Lawn, storage room.

Outdoors: Barbara Ostrom of Barbara Ostrom Associates in Mahwah will create the design for a pool house and patio; Sana and Mary DeCenzo of S. DeCenzo Design in Little Silver will provide the pool house cabinetry; Tricia Nelson of British Cottage in Red Bank, potting shed; Avra Karak of Monmouth St. Tile in Red Bank, potting shed bathroom and dog bath; Audrey Edelhauser of Opdyke Furniture Inc. in Point Pleasant Beach, terrace, kitchen patio, and pool surround; Geffrey Wallach of Edgewater Pools in Red Bank, swimming pool, spa, fountain, pool/cabana area patio, and koi ponds.

These firms will share the landscaping: Bob Eckhoff of Bahr’s Nursery in Neptune, pool area; Jerry Lubin of Greenleaf Landscaping Systems & Services in Red Bank, walled garden; Tim Malone of Guaranteed Landscaping in Middletown, front of house; Todd Thompson of Guaranteed Plants in Locust, café area; Leigh Sorensen of Leigh Sorensen Landscape Design in Rumson, garden and north-facing wall; Dr. Norman Hungerford of Marlboro Flower & Garden Center in Marlboro, orchard; Gary W. Hansen of Odyssey Land Design Group in Howell, southeast formal garden; Sandy Henning of Sandy Henning Gardens in Rumson, northeast corner garden; Mitch Marini of Shore Architectural Design in Manasquan, patio, driveways, and driveway lighting; Karen Siciliano of Siciliano Landscape Co. in Red Bank, driveway circle at front door; Susan Cohan of Susan Cohan Gardens in Chatham, southwest formal garden; and William McDaid of Twin Industries in Staten Island, New York, south side great lawn and koi ponds. - DNJ