From the December 2017/January 2018 Issue

Breaking With Tradition

Writer Marirose Krall  |  Photographer Marisa Pellegrini  |  Designer Tere Bresin, ASID, CID  |  Location Morris County, NJ
  • The art over the fireplace in the living room is traditional but “the color was perfect,” Bresin says. The pieces next to the window are 1954 limited-edition pieces by Matisse.

For a Morris County couple, a new home calls for a new style.

It was time for a change. That’s what the owners of this 8,000-square-foot home decided when they purchased the eight-acre property. The homeowner explains, “We had been living in a classic Georgian colonial home for over a decade. It was decorated in traditional English and French styles. We wanted to design our new house with a more contemporary look, using neutral colors with bold accents.”

The new look, however, would involve some of the same furnishings. “We wanted to use as much of our existing furniture as possible,” the homeowner says. As a practical matter, that’s a good strategy. From a design perspective, it would be tricky. Enter Tere Bresin, a state-certified interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, who facilitated the blending of old and new. Bresin, founder and principal of Beret Design Group in Upper Montclair, took a systematic approach. “We surveyed the pieces and planned what we could and couldn’t use. I had to be a little creative as to what pieces we could take. I incorporated the pieces I could without having the space look too stodgy.”

Read the rest of this article in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Design NJ.