From the April/May 2018 Issue

Designer Showhouse of New Jersey: Living Room

Writer Marirose Krall  |  Photographer Peter Rymwid  |  Designer Jennifer McGee Design Inc.  |  Builder Joseph DiStaulo Homes  |  Location Saddle River, NJ
  • Designer Jennifer McGee included large-scale abstract artwork in navy—a bold touch underscored by the room’s predominantly neutral colors.

  • CEILING | McGee considered the ceiling the “fifth wall” and decked it out in wallpaper, trim paint and an eye-catching light fixture and medallion. The black lacquer cabinet is a focal point in the room.

  • WINDOWS | Navy blue window treatments coordinate with the ceiling stripe and the art.

Color and creativity combine in fund-raiser.

When Jennifer McGee walked into this room, it was in need of embellishment. “The ‘before’ room had no moldings or trim,” she notes, so she added wall panels and the decorative ceiling design. McGee “wanted the space to be refined and to represent the neoclassical period.” To reflect that aesthetic, she used primarily white furnishings with deep black and navy accents. “I love mixing navy with black to give it more of a modern feel,” she says. While the pops of bold color against the neutral backdrop give the room a current look, McGee notes the space embodies “timeless design with functional style and simple sophistication.”


The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey was in a Saddle River home built by Joseph DiStaulo Homes. The event benefited Hackensack University Medical Center (hackensackumc.org).