From the June/July 2010 Issue:

It's All in the Details

  • Writer: Jill P. Wentz
  • Photographer: DAVID VAN SCOTT
  • Designer: Beverly Lionetti

Architectural accents, collectibles, and luxurious colors and fabrics add personality to a home in Monmouth County

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enlarge | This traditional Rumson abode underwent concurrent interior and exterior changes. While the designer worked her magic inside, Colonial Nursery in Lincroft created planting beds and installed trees and shrubs.
At 7,500 square feet, the Rumson home was spacious and had many beautiful architectural features, but the owners wanted more. They also needed help incorporating recently acquired furniture and collectibles, gathered from travels, into their 2001 residence, so they turned to Beverly Lionetti of Interior Designs by Beverly in Oceanport.

An Interior Design Society professional member, Lionetti prides herself on details and understands the importance of knowing the client. “It’s really not about the designer’s tastes,” Lionetti says. “The designer has to get to know the clients and their preferences and then give continuity and harmony to a home by accessorizing with furniture and a color palette.” To make the owners’ and her collaborative vision a reality, Lionetti called upon the skills of a woodworker, a kitchen expert, two artistic painters, and tile and shower contractors.

Custom woodwork by Jim Sullivan of Monmouth Beach helped transform this residence. Sullivan fashioned triple arches on the foyer’s sidewalls, coffered ceilings in the foyer and library; built-in cabinetry and an enhanced fireplace surround in the library; columned archways into the family room, master bedroom, and master sitting room; columned woodwork above the fireplace in the master sitting room; his-and-her cabinetry and a spa-tub base in the master bath; and detailed molding throughout the house.

The two-story foyer now visually delights. Formal Italian garden landscape scenes, painted by Stacy Guggenheim of Monmouth Beach, fill the sidewalls’ triple arches, and a crystal and iron chandelier hangs from the coffered ceiling.

A floral print in salmon, creams, yellows, and greens covers four armchairs surrounding a cocktail table in a second conversation area in the living room. A coordinating stripe forms the swags and armchair pillows. Both fabrics complement the client’s cream damask sofa in the seating area near the piano.

Wallpaper and draperies paired with an Aubusson rug are perfect dining room backdrops for the homeowners’ country farm table and new green damask velvet-seated chairs, which also give a nod to the existing green breakfront. An iron-and-crystal chandelier and wall sconces complete the elegant setting.

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enlarge | Red, tan, and green diamond-pattern wallpaper in the library was run horizontally to subtly blend with furniture, fabric, and rug selections. The homeowners’ horse statuary graces the hearth, two marble pedestals, several bookshelves, and a side table.
Work Space

For the kitchen redesign, Lionetti and the wife consulted with David Chiarella of Creative Kitchens in Red Bank. A pie-shaped, marble-topped island serves as the main workstation. Tumbled marble set diagonally forms the backsplash above the farm sink and marble countertop, and glazed mosaics in light and dark creams and coffees highlight the wall above the cooking station. A rectangular granite-topped island in the breakfast area stores essentials and has a double-drawer refrigerator filled with juice boxes and other beverages that are easy to grab before stepping out onto the patio.

In the adjoining family room, custom cabinetry and the fireplace surround, coffee-glazed by Kristin Hampton of Kristin Hampton Creations, fill the two windowed walls. A 54-inch-square coffee table, with a bronze-filigree-edged glass center, anchors the room’s many seating options.

Two leather swivel-tilt chairs and a silk-shaded marble and iron lamp accommodate the mahogany his-and-her executive desk in the library. The new coffered ceiling was stained mahogany to match existing built-in bookcases above the fireplace.

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enlarge | Two conversation areas — one near the piano and the other centered on a circular cocktail table — fill the length of the living room; an Aubusson rug ties the two together.
Rest & Relaxation

Antique silks and other fabrics in coppers, golds, and creams fill the master bedroom from the custom bedding and cornice boards to the hand-carved bench and chaise. Terra-cotta crystal-drop lamps, from the owners’ collection, stand nobly atop nightstand tables on each side of the crown finial bed.

Other crystals throughout the master suite were custom crystallized to match the bedroom lamps.

His-and-her custom cabinetry in the master bath has a crackled glass and onyx harlequin backsplash between the sink and center mirror. A coordinating harlequin pattern runs through his-and-her green-onyx showers and continues to the window, which is draped in jabots with rosette ties and crystal-beaded tassel trim.

Enter the daughter’s bedroom and you might believe you’re a fairytale princess. A crown appliqué with sheer toile floats above an ornate bed dressed in striped and rose-patterned fabrics in cream, blush, and green. Soft blush wallpaper and carpeting are perfect accompaniments to the existing furniture, antique doll carriage, table and chairs, and blush pink Murano crystal chandelier.

On the basement level, the entertainment room offers several areas for quiet relaxation in chairs or bar stools as well as lively interaction at the pool or green-leather game tables. A home theater and the well-stocked wine cellar are only a few steps away.

The owners’ zebra rug and zest for entertaining determined the theme for the music room. Tan-and-black zebra-patterned silk bar stools and diamond-patterned wallpaper checkered with musical instruments awake the senses. The karaoke center, which Lionetti designed, has diamond-screened front doors backed with shirred silk that allows sound through. Young and old are sure to join in the merriment as this home bustles with excitement.


Jill P. Wentz
a freelance writer and editor based in Holmdel


SOURCES Throughout: interior design, Beverly Lionetti of Interior Designs by Beverly LLC in Oceanport; builder, Martelli Signature Homes in Colts Neck; custom woodwork, Jim Sullivan of Sullivan Fine Home Building in Monmouth Beach; glazing in dining room, kitchen, family room, and master sitting room, and decorative painting in daughter’s bedroom, Kristin Hampton of Kristin Hampton Creations, through Interior Designs by Beverly; landscaping, Colonial Nursery in Lincroft. Family Room: sofa with “Sonic Green” fabric, striped chairs and hassock with “Anita Moss” fabric, armchairs with “Rockfield Terra Cotta” fabric, all by Sherrill Furniture Co. in Hickory, North Carolina; small round side table, Jeffco Furniture Inc. in Salisbury, North Carolina; ottoman, Wesley Hall Inc. in Hickory, North Carolina, with “Mint/Red Silk” fabric by Highland Court in Bayshore, New York; coffee table, Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Paki/Persian rug, Interior Designs by Beverly; custom woodwork and fireplace surround, Sullivan Fine Home Building; window treatment, “Dual” side panels by B. Berger Fine Fabrics in Macedonia, Ohio, with “Mint/Red Silk” swag fabric by Highland Court; ceiling fan, Casablanca Fan Co. in Pomona, California. Library: armchairs, Sherrill Furniture Co. with “Spindrift Multi” back and seat cushion fabric and “Spoletto” arm pad and kidney pillow fabric; round side table, Maitland-Smith in High Point, North Carolina; his-and-her executive desk, John Gormley Antiques in Long Branch; desk chairs, Fairfield Chair Co. in Lenoir, South Carolina; desk lamp, Wildwood Lamps & Accents in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; wallpaper, “Repertoire” by Thibaut Inc. in Newark; window treatment fabric, “Sprindrift Multi” by Sherrill Furniture Co. with bullion fringe by Kravet in Bethpage, New York; coffered ceiling, Sullivan Fine Home Building; rug, Interior Designs by Beverly. Living Room: armchairs, Sherrill Furniture Co. with “Maytime” fabric; pillows on armchairs, “Hemlock Stripe” fabric by Stroheim & Romann Inc. in New York City with “Apple Rose” decorative welting by Kravet; coffee table, Marge Carson Inc. in Rosemead, California; sconces, Schonbek in Plattsburgh, New York; drapery side panels, “Pedigree Ivory” by Carole Fabrics Inc. in Augusta, Georgia; swags, “Hemlock Stripe” by Stroheim & Romann; Aubusson rug, Interior Designs by Beverly. Dining Room: chairs, “Verona” by Marge Carson with “Superb” fabric by Kravet; draperies and swags, “Bella Beige” by Thibaut Inc.; chandelier, Savoy House in Braselton, Georgia; wallpaper, “Bella Beige” by Thibaut; Aubusson rug, Interior Designs by Beverly. Kitchen: custom cabinetry, islands, backsplash, and countertops, Creative Kitchens in Red Bank; columned archway, constructed by Sullivan Fine Home Building with Venetian plaster finish by SG Decorative Painting in Monmouth Beach; bar stools, Fremarc Designs in City of Industry, California, with “Figaroli-Lacquer Red” fabric by Kravet; chandeliers, Foundry Lighting in New York City; wallpaper, “Monsieur Damask” by Thibaut. Breakfast Area: table and chairs, Fremarc Designs with “Figaroli-Lacquer Red” fabric by Kravet on the chairs; wallpaper, “Monsieur Damask” by Thibaut; cornice board, side panels, and swag fabric, “Kirby Print” by Lee Jofa in New York City; rug, Interior Designs by Beverly. Master Bedroom: bed, Marge Carson Inc.; bedspread and European shams, “Ashlyn Damask” fabric by Kravet; king shams and small square pillow, “Coral Silk” fabric by Highland Court; large square pillow, circle pillow, dust ruffle, “Cinnamon Silk”; neck roll pillow, “Clay Olive” and “Cinnamon Silk” by Highland Court; boudoir bench and nightstand tables, Marge Carson Inc.; drapery side panels, “Atlas-Tangelo” by Norbar Fabrics Co. in Boca Raton, Florida, with “Tassel Fringe” trim by Kravet; cornice board fabric, “Coral Silk” by Highland Court with Maple Wessex Cord by Lee Jofa; chaise, “Madeline” bench by Ambella Home Collection in Dallas; Aubusson rug, Interior Designs by Beverly. Master Sitting Room: boudoir chairs, “Velva” by Marge Carson Inc. with “Coral Silk” fabric; round table, CTH Sherrill Occasional; rectangular tables, John Gormley Antiques; fireplace surround woodwork, constructed by Sullivan Fine Home Building with glazed finish by SG Decorative Painting; fireplace screen, Lamani Designs in Houston; candlesticks with hurricanes, Design Source in High Point, North Carolina; candlesticks on hearth, Castilian Trading Inc. in Houston; floral topiary, Creative Displays in Tinton Falls; chandelier, Wilshire Manufacturing Co. in Taunton, Massachusetts; rug, Interior Designs by Beverly; drapery side panels, “Atlas-Tangelo” by Norbar with “Tassel Fringe” trim by Kravet; cornice board fabric, “Coral Silk” by Highland Court with Maple Wessex Cord by Lee Jofa. Master Bathroom: custom cabinetry and spa tub base, Sullivan Fine Home Building; green onyx countertops and tub deck, Tiles Unlimited in Matawan; sconce, Schonbek; shower enclosures, Mark of Excellence Remodeling Inc. in West Long Branch; tile work, Tiles Unlimited; window treatment, “Cistercian Spice” fabric backed in “Hawthorne Sian,” with “Vine” beaded fringe by Carole Fabrics; faux walls, SG Decorative Painting. Second Floor Landing: mural, SG Decorative Painting in collaboration with Creative Evolution in Durham, Connecticut; chandelier and sconces, Savoy House; sidewall triple arches and ceiling woodwork, Sullivan Fine Home Building; custom stairway runner, Quality Carpet & Interiors in Middletown. Music Room: square tables and shelving unit, CTH Sherrill Occasional; sofa, Sherrill Furniture Co. with “Black Walnut Chenille” fabric by Highland Court; sofa pillow fabric, “Life Defined” by Kravet; bar stools, Astoria Imports Inc. in Pompano Beach, Florida, with “Silk & Zebra” fabric by Kravet; wallpaper, “Ebony & Ivory” by Stroheim & Romann; custom Karaoke storage cabinet, Interior Designs by Beverly; cornice board fabric, “Posh Stripe” by Kravet; custom carpeting, Quality Carpet & Interiors. Entertainment Room: chandelier and sconces, Savoy House; hall table, hall armchairs, game table with chairs, Maitland-Smith; Oriental runner, Interior Designs by Beverly; wood bar stools and wrought iron bar stool, Ambella Home Collection; wallpaper, “Kashmir Stencil” by Ralph Lauren in New York City; Venetian plaster in hallway, SG Decorative Painting. Daughter’s Room: crown appliqué above headboard, Interior Designs by Beverly; bedding and cream-striped pillows, “Wayside Garden” fabric by Kravet; pink striped dust ruffle and pillows and window treatment, “Edged Satin Stripe-Blush” fabric by Kravet; dresser lamp and nightstand table lamp, Decorative Crafts Inc. in Greenwich, Connecticut; wallpaper, “Marella” by Thibaut; ceiling, Kristin Hampton Creations; carpet, Interior Designs by Beverly.