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Garden State Grandeur

A New Jersey home adopts classic style and an elegant palette

Written by Sabine Rothman
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    “The great thing about a big house is that everyone fits,” she says. “There’s always space for family and friends.” She might have 40 people singing Christmas carols at the piano, 22 for dinner in the dining room, or an intimate summer lunch on the terrace--each event done with meticulous attention to detail, from custom-made linens to the perfect crème anglaise. “Any excuse will do for a party,” she says. But with a home as lovely as Hidden Pond Farm, she doesn’t need any excuse at al.

    Photography: John Bessler

    Interior design: Janet Simon, Janet Simon Inc., 310 South St., Morristown, NJ 07962; 973/682-2683, janetsimoninc.com.
    Design consultant: Ralph Harvard, Ralph Harvard Inc., 212/535-0707, ralphharvard.com.
    Builder: Ted Aanensen, Aanensen’s, 201/998-6892 and 732/776-6927, aanensens.com.
    Landscape architect: Deborah Nevins, Deborah Nevins & Assoc., 212/925-1125, dnalandscape.com.

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    Wall paint, glaze (custom): Nels Christianson, Christianson Lee Studio, 203/798-0098, christiansonlee.com.
    Trim paint (“Mayonnaise” #2152-70): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Table; mirror; lamps; vases: owner’s collection.
    Area rug: Damoka, 800/326-6522.

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    Love seat: Jonas, Upholstery, 212/691-2777, jonasworkroom.com.
    Love-seat fabric (“Treillage”/Taupe #34511-1); floral pillow on love seat (“Verlaine”/French Blue #34258-1); brown pillow on love seat (linen): Clarence House, 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com.
    Love-seat trim (“Vendome Braid” #32236/9625): Houlès, 310/652-6171, houles.com.
    Embroidery on brown pillow: Penn & Fletcher, 212/239-6868, pennandfletcher.com.
    Striped pillows on love seat: Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563.
    Two-tiered table: Mallett Antiques, 212/249-8783.
    Upholstered ottoman: Versailles Drapery Inc., 212/533-2059.
    Ottoman fabric: discontinued.
    Tray on ottoman: John Boone Inc., 212/758-0012, johnbooneinc.com.
    Armchair by window: owner’s collection.
    Seat fabric on armchair (“Lydia Vine”/Sky #2644220): Decorators Walk, 212/415-3955.
    Drapery (“St. Clair Silk”/Aqua, by Travers): Zimmer + Rohde, 212/758-7925, zimmer-rohde.com.
    Shell embroidery on drapery (custom): Penn & Fletcher, 212/239-6868, pennandfletcher.com.
    Drapery hardware: Joseph Biunno, 718/729-5630.
    Wall paint (custom, with custom glaze): Nels Christianson, Christianson Lee Studio, 203/798-0098.
    Ceiling and trim paint (“Pink Ground” #202): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com.
    Mirror between windows: R Squared, 843/722-1593.
    Table under mirror: Amy Perlin Antiques, 212/593-5756, amyperlinantiques.com.
    Lamp on table (by Jean Michael Frank): Eric Apel Antiques, 212/605-9960.
    Area rug: Tai Ping Carpets, 212/979-2233, taipingcarpets.com.
    Piano (Baby Grand): Steinway, steinway.com.
    Mantel: original to house.
    Benches: Sentimento Antiques, 212/750-3111.
    Bench fabric: Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563.
    Barrel chair by mantel: Bardith, 212/737-3775, bardith.com.
    Chair fabric (“Portiere Weave”/Mocha #2003181-6): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563.  

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    Secretary—owner’s collection.

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    Desk; chairs; chair cushions: owner’s collection.
    Red desk lamp: Lars Bolander, 212/924-1000.
    Drapery: discontinued. 

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    Sofa: Ernest Studio Inc., 212/988-4900.
    Sofa fabric (linen velvet): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900.
    Sofa trim: Theodore Merwitz Textiles Inc., 312/664-0726, merwitztextiles.com.
    Pillows: owner’s collection.
    Bench; wing chair: Second Life Interiors & Upholstery, 212/254-5699.
    Bench fabric (coral velvet): Christopher Norman Collection, 212/644-5301.
    Wing-chair fabric (“Sevres”/Rust, Beige #5631): Fortuny Inc., 212/753-7153.
    Drapery: discontinued.
    Drapery hardware: Joseph Biunno, 718/729-5630.
    Amphora jar: John Rosselli & Assoc., 212/593-2060.

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    Table; chairs; mirror; area rug: owner’s collection.
    Chair-seat fabric: Bergamo Fabrics, 914/665-0800, bergamofabrics.com.
    Wall covering: Gracie Inc., 212/924-6816, graciestudio.com.
    Drapery: discontinued.
    Drapery trim (“Sienese Fringe”/Taupe and Pink Strié #FC-1195-004): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361.
    Drapery hardware: Joseph Biunno, 718/729-5630.
    Table lamp: Charlotte Moss, charlottemoss.com.
    Chandelier: Florian Papp Antiques, 212/288-6770.
    Centerpieces: Lexington Gardens, 212/861-4390, lexingtongardensnyc.com.

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    Wall paint: Vincent Painting & Decorating, 212/982-5777.

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    Wallpaper (“Althea”/Ivory #P990002-111); sofa and armchair fabric (“Althea Print”/Beige, Leaf Green on Ivory #879001-LJ): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563.
    Sofa (custom): Anthony Lawrence-Belfair, 212/206-8820, anthonylawrence-belfair.com.
    Slipper chair: John Rosselli & Assoc., 212/593-2060.
    Slipper-chair fabric: Hines & Co., 212/754-5880.
    Armchair; area rug: owner’s collection.
    Bench in front of sofa: Sentimento Antiques, 212/750-3111.

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    Slipper chairs: John Rosselli & Assoc., 212/593-2060.
    Slipper-chair fabric: Hines & Co., 212/754-5880.
    Table under shelves: Treillage Ltd., 212/535-2288, treillageonline.com.

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    Wall covering (“Mount Vernon Toile”/Charcoal #69534-06): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880.
    Stair rail: original to house.

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    Cabinetry: hardware; flooring (reclaimed terra-cotta): Smallbone of Devizes, 212/288-3454, smallbone.co.uk.
    Wall covering (“Japanese Paper Weave”/Tan Basketweave #1616): Phillip Jeffries Ltd., 800/576-5455, phillipjeffries.com.
    Wall ovens: Gaggenau, 800/828-9165, gaggenau-usa.com.

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    Table: owner’s collection.
    Host chairs; side chairs: Second Life Interiors & Upholstery, 212/254-5699.
    Side-chair fabric (“Lanei” #2309): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com.
    Host-chair fabric (“Animal Farm Crewel Embroidery”/Toast #89563-827): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880.
    Hanging lights: Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070, vaughandesigns.com.
    Brown shade fabric: Kathryn Ireland, 310/246-1906, kathrynireland.com.
    Beige shades: Manhattan Shade & Glass, 212/288-5616, manhattanshadeandglass.com.
    Wall covering (“Japanese Paper Weave”/Tan Basketweave #1616): Phillip Jeffries Ltd., 800/576-5455, phillipjeffries.com.
    Ceiling paint (50 percent “Linen White,” 50 percent “Super White”): Benjamin Moore, 800/236-6667.

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    Wallpaper: Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880.
    Area rug: Beauvais Carpets, 212/688-2265, beauvaiscarpets.com.
    Umbrellacupboard with baskets: owner’s collection.
    Trim paint (“Mayonnaise” #2152-70): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    Outdoor furniture: owner’s collection.
    Lime green tables: Lexington Gardens, 212/861-4390.
    Tablecloth and pillows: Dransfield & Ross, 212/414-4755, dransfieldandross.biz.

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    Sofa (Bridgewater-style): Versailles Drapery Inc., 212/533-2059.
    Sofa fabric; blue-and-white striped pillow: discontinued.
    Sofa trim: Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000.
    Upholstered armchair (Bridgewater-style): Versailles Drapery Inc., 212/533-2059.
    Armchair fabric: discontinued.
    Bench: Second Life Interiors & Upholstery, 212/254-5699.
    Bench fabric (“Grenfell Woven,” by Travers); slipper-chair fabric (by Travers): Zimmer + Rohde, 212/758-7925, zimmer-rohde.com.
    Slipper chair; end table by sofa: owner’s collection.
    Paint and glaze: custom.
    Table lamp (by Christopher Spitzmiller): Mecox Gardens, 212/249-5301, mecoxgardens.com.
    Carpet (“Uplink”/Menthe): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000.
    Art behind sofa (by watercolor artist Stephen Freeburg): owner’s collection.
    Plate collection (antique): Bardith, 212/737-3775, bardith.com.

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    Bed: owner’s collection.
    Bed drapery: Chelsea Editions, 212/758-0005.
    Bed-drapery lining (by Travers): Zimmer + Rohde, 212/758-7925.
    Swing-arm lamps: Ann-Morris Antiques, 212/755-3308.
    Bed linens: Leron, 212/753-6700, leron.com.
    Bed skirt (“Bailey Rose”/Rose, Green, Cream #7185): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900.
    Bench: owner’s collection.
    Bench fabric (“Durance Embroidery”/Mineral #55693): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
    Area rug: Patterson, Flynn & Martin, 212/688-7700, pattersonflynnmartin.com.
    Tray table: Charlotte Moss, charlottemoss.com.
    Wall covering (“Wolsey”/Rose #9670-7): Clarence House, 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com.

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    Wallpaper; Roman shade fabric (“Bowood”/Red, Blue #1020-02): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900.
    Upholstered chair by window: Versailles Drapery Inc., 212/533-2059.
    Vanity: owner’s collection.
    Vanity chair: Charlotte Moss, charlottemoss.com.
    Fabric on upholstered chair and vanity chair seat (“Colorado”/Verveine #4625-17, by Manuel Canovas); fabric on vanity skirt and trim on upholstered chair (“Colorado”/Talc #4625-01, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900.
    Lamps on vanity: Nicholas Antiques, 212/688-3312.
    Area rug (Portuguese needlepoint): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000.

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