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Designer Showhouse of New Jersey

Far from typical interiors by New York and New Jersey designers make this showhouse a must-see

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    New Jersey Showhouse

    Showhouses are one of the few projects where designers can apply their talents and creativity without the pressure of pleasing a particular client. Sure, there are still constraints: time restrictions, odd room dimensions, and other architectural obstacles. But for a gifted designer, such limitations still leave plentiful opportunities for innovation.

    The 11,000-square-foot Hidden Acres Estate in Saddle River was the site of the most recent Designer Showhouse of New Jersey, which was sponsored by Traditional Home and benefited The Heart & Vascular Hospital and Emergency Trauma Department of Hackensack University Medical Center. Join us for a tour of these far-from-typical interiors by New York and New Jersey designers.

    Photography: John Bessler

    Design: CLC Landscape Design Inc., 58 Ringwood Ave., Ringwood, NJ 07456; 973/839-6026, clcdesign.com

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    Foyer & Landing by Whitepop Design

    “We envisioned the space to be a famous rock star’s country home—traditional with an edgy, modern vibe,” says Linda Maley, who designed the foyer and landing with her sister, Lisa Keyser. To achieve that look, they kept the walls simple with white and charcoal paints from Pratt & Lambert. Antique Bavarian antlers and modern paintings decorate the winding stairwell walls.

    Interior design: Linda Maley and Lisa Keyser, Whitepop Design, 551 Campgaw Rd., 2nd Floor Carriage House, Mahwah, NJ 07430; 201/327-2330, whitepop.com

    Chandelier (“Westbury,” by Ralph Lauren Home): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Sisal carpet: The Rug Importer, rugimporters.com.
    Round table under chandelier (“Hudson Table”): Tui Lifestyle, tuilifestyle.com.
    Flowers on table: Colony Florist, colonyfloristonline.com.
    Container for flowers: one-of-a-kind.
    Cowhide area rug under table (#602.229.32): Ikea, ikea.com.
    Black wall paint (“Anthracite” #25-19): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Pair of white chairs (“Bangle Chairs”): Tucker Robbins, tuckerrobbins.com.
    Antique door panels: Whitepop Design, whitepop.com.
    Drapery at top of stairs (custom); drapery hardware: Coco Curtain Studio & Interiors, 201/612-0999.
    Antique pier mirror, top of stairs, left: Whitepop Designs, whitepop.com.

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    Foyer & Landing by Whitepop Design

    An oversized oil painting of Mick Jagger, a zebra rug, and a silver-leaf sequoia console combine for an eclectic landing to welcome guests upstairs.

    Paint (“Zephyr Hills” #33-10); ceiling and trim paint (“Designer White” #33-1): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Zebra rug (#RG025): The Evolution Store NYC, theevolutionstore.com.
    Cowhide rug (#602.229.32): Ikea, ikea.com.
    Oil painting of Mick Jagger: Whitepop Design, whitepop.com.
    Console under oil painting (“Sequoia Console” #011216073): Z Gallerie, zgallerie.com.
    Lamps on console (“Corinth Table Lamp,” by Ralph Lauren Home, discontinued): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Bowl on console: House 2 Home, house2homenj.com.
    Pair of paintings: by Michael Allen Lowe, michaelallenlowe.com.
    Antique Bavarian antlers: Privet House, privethouse.com.

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    Great Room by Angela Giguere-Kumble

    Designer Angela Giguere-Kumble arranged several sitting areas in the spacious great room. “I’m a big fan of acrylic lamps,” says the designer, who selected two from Circa Lighting to style the glass-topped console with antique pedestals. A pair of armless chairs sits pretty behind chic shagreen bunching tables, all from Pearson. Sheer white draperies let the room’s large windows illuminate the area. 

    Interior design: Angela Giguere-Kumble, AMG Interior Designs, 38 Nicholson Crescent, Middletown, RI 02842; 561/379-7772, amginteriordesigns.com.

    Wall paint (“Designer White” #33-1); paint on mantel wall (“Diplomat Gray” #33-21): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Drapery; window-shade fabric: Boca Bagoons, bocabargoons.com.
    Flooring: existing.
    Area rug (“Ebbe & Flow”/White #WHT(H16), Wide Collection): Stark Carpet, starkcarpet.com.
    Rug border: grey leather.
    Planters and plants: NDI, ndi.com.
    Mantel: custom.
    Art over mantel: designer’s collection.
    Sconces (“Isabella Wall Sconce” #1060): Nancy Corzine, nancycorzine.com.
    Sofa (#2384-2); sofa fabric (#6515-02): Pearson Furniture, pearsonco.com.
    Console behind sofa (antique pedestals and glass top): custom.
    Lamps on console (“Aveline Lamp” #RL3930, by Ralph Lauren Home): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Silver spheres and mother-of-pearl box on console; sculpture on cocktail table: Home Goods, homegoods.com

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    Great Room by Angela Giguere-Kumble

    Plush lounge chairs accompanied by a wood-armed chair and iron spiral side tables from Maitland-Smith Furniture create conversation areas on either side of the fireplace. 

    Pair of chairs flanking mantel (#204); chair fabric (#6541-52): Pearson Furniture, pearsonco.com.
    Floor lamps (“Petal Floor Lamp” #BBL1025, by Barbara Barry): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Round tables beside chairs (“Gold Toned Finished Round Iron Occasional table, Black Waxstone and Penshell Top”#3251-428); wooden-armed chair by lounge chair (“Carved Napoleon Brown Finished Game Chair” #4330-845); chair-seat leather (“Briarwood Leather”); round coffee table (#3330-755, discontinued): Maitland-Smith, maitland-smith.com

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    Morning Room by Anna Maria Mannarino

    “It exudes a feeling of welcome,” designer Anna Maria Mannarino says of the sun-filled morning room. The sofa’s patterned pillows inspired the turquoise and cream accents and chartreuse walls by Pratt & Lambert. An oversized gilt mirror from Hickory Chair and an étagère of glass and nickel-plated steel add instant elegance.

    Interior Design: Anna Maria Mannarino, Mannarino Designs Inc., 131 Crawfords Corner Rd., Holmdel, NJ 07733; 866/574-3326 and 732/741-1444,  mannarinodesigns.com.

    Wall paint (“Split Pea” #16-28); ceiling paint (“Vanilla” #9-30); trim paint (“Seed Pearl” #27-32): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Chandelier (by Authenticity Lighting): discontinued. Mirror (“Perlini” #5492-10, by Alexa Hampton): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.
    Sconce (“Bette G”): Worlds Away, worlds-away.com.
    Area rug (ivory wool and silk): modern Sumac.
    Display cabinet (custom): Ars Ferro, arsferrum.com.
    Sofa (“Temple Sofa” #800-01); sofa fabric (brushed linen): Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com.
    Pair of pillows on sofa, at left (“Interpretation”/Citron, Teal #31272.313); turquoise pillow (“Satin Finish Turquoise” #31298.13); striped pillows (“Multiple Choice”/ Citron, Teal #31311.530): Kravet Couture, kravet.com.
    Pair of tables (“Jacqueline Bunching Cocktail Table” #MN5469): Century Furniture, centuryfurniture.com.
    Tray on table: Gracious Home, gracioushome.com.
    Teapot (“Alice in Wonderland Teapot” with White Rabbit Lid, by Paul Cardew): Cardew Design, cardewdesign.com.
    Wing chair (“Hourglass Chair” #H0810); chair fabric (green velvet): Henredon, henredon.com.
    Pillow on chair: Eastern Accents, easternaccents.com

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    Morning Room by Anna Maria Mannarino  

    The desk’s velvet chairs inject a bit of whimsy.

    Desk (“Ashworth Campaign Desk” #1593-10, by Suzanne Kasler): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.
    Lamp on desk: Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Desk Chairs (“Bilou-Bilou Fully Upholstered Chair”): Promemoria USA, 646/588-4409.
    Sheer drapery (“Lolli Sheer” Capri Lime #9872.313); green drapery (“Satin Finish Turquoise” #31298.13): Kravet Couture, kravet.com.

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    Dining Room by Jennifer McGee

    To create a dramatic focal point, designer Jennifer McGee installed four wood-framed mirrors on a dining room wall as a backdrop for a large landscape painting. The designer’s “love of nature as well as neutral and textured elements” influenced the green-velvet upholstery and the metallic grass-cloth wallcovering. 

    Interior design: Jennifer McGee, Jennifer McGee Design Inc., 41 Reynen Court, Ridgewood, NJ 07450; 201/447-2179, jennifermcgeedesign.com.  

    Wall covering (“Glam Grass”/White on Gold #5228): Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com.
    Ceiling and trim paint: Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Area rug (custom, wool): Stark Carpet, starkcarpet.com.
    Chandelier (“Princess Mari Ann Chandelier” #SR5144, by John Rosselli): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Dining table (“Perfect Parsons Table”/Black Walnut #B8003-20-121); host chairs (“Bowmont Arm Chair”/Dark Walnut #B8012-27); side chairs (“Bowmont Side Chair”/Dark Walnut #B8012-28); large mirrors (“Pavilion Mirror” #B8012-04): Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon, henredon.com.
    Chair fabric: Henredon, henredon.com.
    Flowers on table: NDI, ndi.com.
    Art on mirror: by Gabriel Godard.
    Tall cabinet beside mirrors (“Tuxedo Highboy”/Black Walnut #B8003-05-132): Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon, henredon.com

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    Dining Room by Jennifer McGee

    Host and side chairs with rounded backs and tapered legs surround the black-walnut dining table, all by Henredon. Flowers are from Natural Decorations Inc. The crystal chandelier is by Circa Lighting. 

    Window shade: custom woven wood.
    Drapery (custom): Jennifer McGee Design, jennifermcgeedesign.com.
    Table at window; lamp on table (bronze); chair by table: Lee Calicchio Ltd., leecalicchioltd.com.
    Chair fabric: Mongolian lamb cushion.
    Painting on table: by Ivan Rivera, piaculum.com.
    Pedestal (custom): Jennifer McGee Deisgn, jennifermcgeedesign.com.
    Sculpture on pedestal: private collection.
    Painting beside pedestal: Artioli Findlay, artiolifindlay.com

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    Dining Room by Jennifer McGee

    A sectional sofa adorned with plush pillows acts as a grand salon where guests can congregate. 

    Sectional sofa; sofa fabric (linen); beige pillows on sofa (linen): Henredon, henredon.com.
    Lime green pillows (custom silk); animal-print pillows: Jennifer McGee design, jennifermcgeedesign.com.
    Wall sconce; wall brackets: designer’s collection.
    Vases on wall brackets (“Acid Green Vases”): Tozai Home, tozaihome.com.
    Heron art (by John James Audubon): antique. 

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    Living Room by Philip La Bossiere

    Philip La Bossiere’s lavish-but-comfortable living room embraces texture. From the patterned sisal rug and vintage tree-trunk lamp to the Hickory Chair rattan coffee table and tufted-linen sectional, the space engages the senses. Overhead, a mustard-yellow ceiling injects unexpected color, echoed in the drapery fabric. “There’s nothing like a cotton velvet to punctuate color,” La Bossiere says. “The draperies make it seem as though the ceiling is dripping down the walls.” 

    Interior design: Philip La Bossiere, La Bossiere Inc. Interior Design & Decoration, 154 W. Saddle River Rd., Saddle River, NJ 07458; 201/825-7123, labossiereinc.com

    Wall paint (“Muffin Tan” #33-27); trim paint (“Bracken Cream Medium Light,” discontinued); ceiling paint (“Rattan” #12-12): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Sofa (“Kent Made To Measure Tufted Sectional Sofa); sofa fabric (#3610-14); coffee table (“48-inch Wicker Round Coffee Table” #5581-10, Archive Collection); drapery (#3087-25): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.
    Animal-print pillows (“Ocelot” #34476-1); drapery trim (Greek key trim #GGA8500-05): Clarence House, clarencehouse.com.
    Pillow welting (#3087-25): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.
    Throw on sofa (antique quilt): Fisher Heritage, laurafisherquilts.com.
    Wooden bowls on coffee table (one-of-a-kind): Clubcu, clubcu.com.
    Drapery hardware (2-inch whittled rod, finials, brackets and rings): Sarkis Studio, sarkisstudio.com.
    Floor lamp: vintage Carl Springer.
    Area rug (“Indochine”/Platinum); binding (“True Penny #F644): Stark, starkcarpet.com.
    Occasional chair by sofa (antique); commode in corner (antique): Bermingham & Co. Antiques, berminghamantiques.com.
    Round table (antique); mirror over commode (antique): Lerebours Antiques, 917/749-5866.
    Vase with greenery on commode: NDI, ndi.com.
    Driftwood lamp (vintage); cheetah bowl on table; clock on commode (antique): designer’s collection.

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    Living Room by Philip La Bossiere

    Printed "Ocelot" pillows with yellow trim add pizazz to the couch. 

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    Living Room by Philip La Bossiere

    A linen-upholstered bookcase with brass nailhead detail provides a beautiful backdrop for the multifunctional table with antique Chippendale chairs and a retro wing chair.

    Bookcase (upholstered in natural linen).
    Wing-chair fabric: Clarence House, clarencehouse.com.
    Bookcase (“Marielle” #2396-10); bookcase fabric (#2680-18); library table (“Gallery Trestle Table” #2051-70, by Thomas O’Brien); wing chair (“Elliott Wing Chair” #114-55); side chairs at table (“Emma Side Chairs” #2060-02, by Thomas O’Brien); chairs flanking bookcase (“Madison Tufted Chair” #2007-54); leather on “Madison” chairs (“Vacuna Palm Leaf” #957): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.
    Fabric on “Elliott” wing chair (“Klee”/Beige #34107-1, velours): Clarence House, clarencehouse.com.
    Seats on “Emma” side chairs: orange dyed hair on hide.
    Trim (#973-52103, antique silver nails on black leather): Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com.
    Sculpture on library table: Studio A, studioa-home.com.
    Owl art (vintage prints in custom suede frames); lamp on library table: La Bossiere Inc., labossiereinc.com

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    Downstairs Sitting Room by Keith Baltimore

    Contemporary and mid-century design elements reminiscent of couture designers Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, and Pierre Cardin mix in the downstairs sitting room. A black mirrored coffee table plays host to an antique Buddha statue and a collection of fashion books. Bright fuchsia antique chairs make a bold statement as do the pill shaped draperies, the colorful area rug, and fanciful gold wallflowers.

    Interior design: Keith Baltimore, Baltimore Design Group, 35 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050; 516/944-2400, baltimoredesigncenter.com.

    Wallpaper (“Wizard” #CA8167/099, from Carlucci); drapery (“Pill” #9-7128-136); sofa fabric (“Black Sea” #1-3060-298); square pillows on sofa (“Amadora” #9-7394-061); round pillow on sofa (“Lissabon” #9-7395-060); fabric on fuchsia chair (“Smaragd”#1-6528-762, from Grandezza); trim on fuchsa chair (“Lissabon” #9-7395-060); ottoman leather (“Solar” #CA7914/099, from Carlucci); gold wallcovering (“Woodblock” #CA8166/040, from Carlucci): JAB, 718/706-7000, jab.de.
    Gold wall flowers (#8115): Two’s Company, twoscompany.com.
    Area rug (“Curve” #83800, Estella Collection): Masland Carpets & Rugs, maslandcarpets.com.
    Sofas; fuchsia chair: antique.
    Lamps (“Anita Lamp” #46263-360): Arteriors, arteriorshome.com.
    Pedestal (Fiberclay Tall Umbria Ancient Terra-Cotta Pedestal); urn on pedestal (Fiberclay Tall Umbria Ancient Urn): Napa Home & Garden, napahomeandgarden.com.
    Rubber sculpture: Neó, neodesignart.com.
    Coffee table; ottoman: custom.

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    Conservatory by Michael Mariotti

    The conservatory’s many tall windows motivated Michael Mariotti’s “glam-organic” design marrying the outdoor area with the upscale indoor space. “The opposing styles—glamorous and organic—worked together to form a dynamic synergy,” he explains. The pendant light’s fusion of petal-like forms and bronze finish best exemplifies this aesthetic. Venetian plaster walls keep the room’s frame neutral, while pops of bright fuchsia on the draperies, pillows, and patchwork rug pull in color. A game table encourages playful interaction. 

    Interior design: Michael Mariotti, Michael Mariotti Interior Design, 523 Haworth Ave., Haworth, NJ 07641; 201/384-1294, michaelmariotti.com.  

    Wallcovering (honed Venetian plaster): McCarty Art & Design, mccartyartydesign.carbonmade.com.
    Ceiling paint (“White Smoke” #26-2); trim paint (“Swiss Coffee” #33-5): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Roman shade fabric (“Murton”/Golden #2195): Pindler & Pindler, pindler.com.
    Drapery (“Lolli Sheer”/Fuchsia #9872.1617): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Area rug (patchwork): Creative Touch Rugs, creativetouchrugs.com.
    Chaise (“André Arbus Du Roi Chaise” #7391CS, discontinued); fabric: Baker, bakerfurniture.com.
    Floor lamp (“Darren Floor Lamp” #72756-529): Arteriors, arteriorshome.com.
    Game table (“Parchment Top Game Table” #605-752, Oscar de la Renta Collection): Century Furniture, centuryfurniture.com.
    Upholstered wing chairs at game table (“Deco Tufted Back Chair” #319-542): Bernhardt, bernhardt.com.
    Chandelier (“Petaluma Pendant” #72556R028: Sirmos Lighting, sirmos.com.
    Sofa (“Beachum” #SF2155): Edward Ferrell-Lewis Mittman, ef-lm.com.
    Pillows on sofa (“Midwest Dahlia”/Bronze #7410673): Casamance, casamance.com.
    Side table by sofa; coffee table (custom): Michael Mariotti Studio, michaelmariotti.com.
    Upholstered chairs facing sofa (“Open Oval Cane Lounge Chair” #BB031-03): Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon, henredon.com.
    Torchiere on table (“Anjeo Torchiere” #DK42038, by Laura Kirar): Arteriors, arteriorshome.com.
    Console table behind sofa (custom): Michael Mariotti Studio, michaelmariotti.com.
    Twig sculpture on console (“Dunston Sculpture” #3113): Arteriors, arteriorshome.com.
    Mirror over mantel (“Stettheimer Mirror,” discontinued): Edward Ferrell-Lewis Mittman, ef-lm.com.

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    Conservatory by Michael Mariotti

    A hand-carved desk with leather top creates a quiet corner for reflection; colorful art pops on the wall.

    Wallcovering (honed Venetian plaster): McCarty Art & Design, mccartyartdesign.carbonmade.com.
    Art; box and compass on desk: designer’s collection.
    Desk (“DL Bertrand Desk” #11110234SH447525, Atelier Delalain Collection); desk chair (“PN Martin Dining Chair” #11110234SH447470): Profiles, profilesny.com.
    Lamp on desk (“Cameron Table Lamp” #SP3005): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com

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    Garden Room by Heidi Wostbrock

    Wostbrock wanted the garden room to be a quiet retreat where one could enjoy the gorgeous garden views. The white settee and window treatment supply calm contrast against the room’s yellow walls and accents of pink and green. Amusing elephant garden stools double as a cocktail table and offer additional seating.

    Interior design: Heidi Wostbrock, Wostbrock Home, 225 Goffle Rd., Ridgewood, NJ 07450; 201/445-0807, wostbrockhome.com

    Wall and ceiling paint (“Yellow Crocus” #14-6); trim paint (“Designer White’ #33-1): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Chandelier (“Landon”/White): Stray Dog Designs, straydogdesigns.com.
    Carpet (sisal): Fibreworks, fibreworks.com.
    Roman shades (white linen #30444.1): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Roman-shade trim (“1-inch French Grosgrain Ribbon”/Lime #977-44931-167-245): Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com.
    Floor lamp (“Cooper Floor Lamp”/Silver #76343-423): Arteriors Home, arteriorshome.com.
    Sofa (“Aledo Settee, by CR Laine”): Layla Grace, laylagrace.com.
    Sofa fabric (“Woven Rope”/White #2011121.101, by Lilly Pulitzer); green pillows on sofa (“Rip Roaring”/Lifeguard #2011117.3, by Lilly Pulitzer); yellow pillow (“Rip Roaring”/Dandelion #2011117.40, by Lilly Pulitzer); pink-patterned pillow (“Shell We”/Hotty Pink #2011104.7, by Lilly Pulitzer): Lee Jofa, leejofa.com.
    Monogram on pillow: Wostbrock Home, wostbrockhome.com.
    Elephant tables (“Elephant Garden Stools,” by Lilly Pulitzer): discontinued.
    White planters with preserved boxwood balls (by Napa Home & Garden); small planters on elephants (with lily of the valley, custom): Wostbrock Home, wostbrockhome.com.
    Pink bird on books (“Love Bird”): Stray Dog Designs, straydogdesigns.com.

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    Garden Room by Heidi Wostbrock

    The white "Langdon Chandelier" from Stray Dog Designs provides contrast to the yellow ceiling above. 

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    Library by Malcolm McKinstrie II

    Oriental porcelain, contemporary cube tables, and conventional furniture play happily in Malcolm McKinstrie’s library. “I wanted to create a modern take on the traditional room,” he explains. Blue skies, bright sunshine, and a warm, cozy fire inspired the room’s color scheme. The sofa, tea table, and striped chairs—all with taller-than-usual height—suggest a meeting spot, while Henredon’s blue-and-white lounge chairs with yellow trim are ideal for reading and relaxation. A Tibetan wool rug helps set off the room’s original wood paneling and provides comfort underfoot. The Regency-style bench with a red cushion is the designer’s favorite.

    Interior design: Malcolm McKinstrie II, MacLeod Design Group, LLC, 1500 Palisades Ave., Suite 11B, Fort Lee, NJ 07024; 201/242-0219.

    Paneling; mantel: existing.
    Mirror over mantel; blue-and-white china on mantel (antique 18th and 19th century Chinese palace jars and baluster-shape vases); table in front of sofa (antique Chinese rosewood with mother-of-pearl inlay); bench in center of room (antique, English Regency-style): designer’s collection.
    Art to left of mantel (photographs of Galapagos Islands): by Benjamin Faresich, Time’s Arrow Photography, timesarrowphotography.com.
    Bench in front of mantel (antique chinese elmwood): Naga Antiques, nagaantiques.com.
    Chair at left of mantel (“English Gainsborough mahogany open armchair); round table beside chair (Japanned lacquer Queen-Anne-style); sofa (Chippendale-style camel-back settee): Agostino Antiques, agostinoantiques.com.
    Striped fabric on armchair (“Lanes”/Bluebell); sofa fabric (“Sweet Nothings”/Bluebell): Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
    Lamp on round table (“Hindon Bamboo Vase”): Vaughan, vaughandesigns.com.
    Flowers: Metropolitan Plant & Flower Exchange, metroplantexchange.net.
    Red side tables: custom, and lacquered “Ferrari Red” by auto body shop.
    Area rug (“Small Stars”/Indigo, Khotan Collection, hand-knotted Tibetan wool, custom): Tibetano, tibetano.com. Through Starr Carpets, starrcarpets.com.
    Pair of lounge chairs (custom): Henredon, henredon.com.
    Lounge-chair fabric (“Sweet Nothings”/Bluebell): Robert Allen, robertallendesigns.com.
    Chair trim (“French Grosgrain”/Marigold): Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com.
    Floor lamps (“Truro Twig Floor Lamp”): Vaughan, vaughandesigns.com

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    Master Bedroom by Mark Polo

    To construct a calming atmosphere, Mark Polo stuck to shades of steel when designing the master bedroom. “I wanted the furniture’s wood accents and the faux-wood curved wall to stand out,” he says. The antique cocktail table with arched-steel legs can also be credited for the color scheme. A tufted, aniline-leather sofa with Art Deco frame beckons with comfort. The custom, see-through headboard exposes a stunning Elaine Lorenz sculpture behind the bed. Mid-century Italian lamps discovered during Polo’s travels provide much-needed light. 

    Interior design: Mark Polo, Polo M.A. Inc. and The Urban Dweller, 310 Main St., Boonton, NJ 07005; 973/402-7400, polomainc.com

    Wallcovering (custom pattern by Darin Olsen): Polo M.A. Inc., polomainc.com.
    Sofa (Art Deco frame); fabric (hand-tufted burnished leather); cocktail table in front of sofa (Art Deco); antique vessel holding orchid; art on wall at right (by Christyn Gorga); bed fabric (custom line of silks); bed-skirt fabric (hemp gauze): Polo M.A. Inc./The Urban Dweller, polomainc.com.
    Gold pear: designer’s collection.
    Headboard (custom designed by Mark Polo): fabricated by Lazarus & Williamson, lazaruswilliamson.com.
    Blanket (hend-dyed silk velvet): Kevin O’Brien Studio, kevinobrienstudio.com.
    Pillow on bed (“Relates”/Acorn #28904-106): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Bedside table (discontinued): Global Views, globalciews.com.
    Table lamps (Italian mid-century): vintage.
    Sculpture on pedestal behind bed: by Elaine Lorenz, elainelorenz.com.
    Pedestal: Global Views, globalviews.com.

    Area by window—
    Chaise (custom); drapery (custom line of silks): Polo M.A. Inc./The Urban Dweller, polomainc.com.
    Chaise fabric (“Modern Profile”); pillow on chaise (“Behold “/Shale  #29838.106): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Mirrored screens (“Avidan 3-Panel Screen”): Uttermost, uttermost.com.
    Table beside chaise: Worlds Away, worlds-away.com.
    Tall palm fronds: Farmer Girl Exotic Gardens, farmergirlexoticgardens.com

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    Master Bedroom by Mark Polo

    Patterned velvet lounge chairs sit in front of the fireplace flanked by windows with extravagant silk draperies.

    Wallcovering (custom pattern by Darin Olsen): Polo M.A. Inc., polomainc.com.
    Mantel (refinished to look like wood): original to house.
    Fire screen: custom. 
    Sculpture on mantel (Art Deco antique): Polo M.A. Inc./The Urban Dweller, polomainc.com.
    Mirror above mantel (“Gotham U” #06048 P): Uttermost, uttermost.com.
    Pair of ram sculptures (#22705): Sarreid Ltd., sarreid.com. Available through Polo M.A. Inc./The Urban Dweller, polomainc.com.
    Floor lamps (“Cubos Floor Lamp”/Antique Brass): Barbara Cosgrove Lamps, barbaracosgrovelamps.com.
    Area rug (“Framed Featherstone”/Stone): Tamarian Carpets, tamarian.com.
    Pair of chairs at mantel (“Burl Lounge Chair” #JA-906): J. Alexander Furniture, jalexanderfurniture.com.
    Chair fabric, plain (long-hair cowhide through Polo M.A. Inc.); table between chairs (by Global Views): Polo M.A. Inc./The Urban Dweller, polomainc.com
    Chair fabric, patterned (“Rivington Velvet”): Zimmer + Rohde, zimmer-rohde.com.
    Bowl on bottom of tiered table (Boche Frère, by Cateau): antique.
    Pair of small tables beside chairs (“Modern Man Table”  #8.80033, and “Modern Woman Table” #8.80034): Global Views, globalviews.com.
    Sofa (Art Deco frame); fabric (hand-tufted burnished leather); cocktail table in front of sofa (Art Deco); antique vessel holding orchid: Polo M.A. Inc./The Urban Dweller, polomainc.com.
    Gold pear: designer’s collection.

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    Master Bath by Dennis R. Schoenrock

    Designer Dennis R. Schoenrock transformed the spacious master bath into a stylish sanctuary. “There was a great effort of bringing ‘modern’ into dated design,” he explains. To better integrate the ceiling’s skylights, Schoenrock created a grid design with white-painted trim molding on a beige backdrop. An organic wall treatment and green accessories reference the Garden State’s lush outdoors. Custom-built columns distinguish the tub area from the rest of the room. Flooring is from Crossville. Flowers are courtesy of Natural Decorations Inc.

    Interior design: Dennis R. Schoenrock, DRS Construction Consultants, LLC, 50 Elizabeth Terrace, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458; 800/858-4677, drsconstructionconsultants.com

    Wallcovering (“Ferns”/White on Beige): Meg Braff Designs, megbraffdesigns.com.
    Ceiling and trim paint: Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Flooring; bath deck: Crossville, crossvilleinc.com.
    Window-shade fabric (custom); valance fabric (custom): Girard Interiors, girardinteriors.com.
    Chair: existing.
    Ceramic garden stool (“Chinese Garden Stool”): Wisteria, wisteria.com.
    Flowers: NDI, ndi.com.
    Bathtub: existing.
    Columns by bathtub (designed by Dennis Schoenrock): DRS Construction Consultants, drsconstructionconsultants.com.

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    Upstairs Sitting Room by Vanessa DeLeon

    Gold draperies team with black quilted wallpaper and the ceiling's gold lacquer wallcovering to enclose the fashionable upstairs sitting room in style. Fashion icon Coco Chanel served as DeLeon's design inspiration. A tufted white leather sofa and coordinating orange velvet chair rest atop a custom black rug with the white Chanel logo. The wall's decoration is a display of pearl necklaces.

    Interior design: Vanessa DeLeon, Vanessa DeLeon Assoc., 934.5 River Rd., Edgewater, NJ 07020; 201/224-9060, and 1 Little West 12th St., New York, NY 10014, vanessadeleon.com

    Wall covering (“Quilted Lacquer”/Black #4559); ceiling wall covering (Lacquered Walls Collection): Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com.
    Wall sculpture (“High Five”): Global Views, globalviews.com.
    Drapery (“Grand Soiree”/Midas #1381): Kasmir Fabrics, kasmirfabrics.com.
    Drapery fabrication: Evelin’s Creations, evelinscreations.com.
    Sofa (custom design by Vanessa DeLeon); sofa fabric (white leather with black leather buttons); chair (custom design by Vanessa DeLeon): TCS Designs Inc., tcsdesignsfurniture.com.
    Chair fabric (“Lido”/Brick Red #6342122 ): Casamance, casamance.fr.
    Floor lamp (“Regina Andrew Royal Capital Floor Lamp”): Candelabra Lighting & Home Decor, shopcandelabra.com.
    Side table: West Elm, westelm.com.
    Area rug (custom design by Vanessa DeLeon): fabricated by The Rug Importer, rugimporters.com.
    Coffee table: designer’s collection.
    Stool; stool fabric (black suede): H Studio, hstudio.com.
    Chanel products: amazon.com.

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    Upstairs Sitting Room by Vanessa DeLeon

    The Chanel brand’s signature scent and colorful coffee table books beautify the side table.

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    Girl's Bedroom by Heather McManus

    McManus pictured this peaceful bedroom as belonging to a teenage girl. Feminine details such as a dressing area complete with a full-length mirror, an armless chair with a full skirt, and a funky, fringed ottoman draw the eye. 

    Interior design: Heather McManus, Artistry Interiors, LLC, 64 Ricker Rd., Kinnelon, NJ 07405; 862/812-1600, artistry-interiors.com

    Wall paint (base coat, “Moth Grey” #7-30); ceiling paint (“Toasted Wheat” #7-26); trim paint (“China White” #33-8): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Top coat on walls (custom, sea glass strié): Joan Ginty, Heaven on Walls, heavenonwalls.com.
    Photograph behind vanity (from The Secret Garden Collection, by Wendy Erickson): Wazobird Studio, wendyerickson.com.
    Chair at vanity (“Dorset Chair” #HO822): Henredon, henredon.com.
    Drapery (“Kirkwood”/Aqua #F98606): Thibaut, thibautdesign.com.
    Tall mirror: Art and Frame, artandframesourceinc.com.
    Mirrored cabinet (“Unmistakably Fine” #6102-155): Theodore Alexander, theodorealexander.com.
    Art over cabinet (by Wendy Erickson): Wazobird Studio, wendyerickson.com.
    Upholstered chair (“Millcreek Chair” #11-118): Century Furniture, centuryfurniture.com.
    Ottoman (round with tufted top #5010-05, Raymond Waites Couture Collection, discontinued); pair of benches (“Cicero Ottoman” #9437 in teal leather, discontinued): Lane Venture, laneventure.com.
    Area rugs: The Rug Importer, rugimporters.com.
    Bed cover and trim (custom): Michael’s Textiles, upholstery-fabrics-store.com.
    Art reflected in mirror (Original Mixed Media Painting, by Heather McManus): Artistry Interiors by, ArtistryInteriors@etsy.com.

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    Girl's Bedroom by Heather McManus

    The kidney shaped vanity with a round antique mirror beckons with beauty.

    Vanity table (“Gillow’s Ladies Desk” #RE71010): Theodore Alexander, theodorealexander.com.
    Tray; large mirror on tray: antique.
    Flowers: NDI, ndi.com.

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    Bedroom by Susan Barbieri

    This bedroom’s spectacular view of the estate grounds stimulated Barbieri's selection of organic colors and patterns. The window treatment's floral fabric served as the room’s springboard. A linen loveseat with wood frame and a wing chair upholstered in leopard print and mohair fabrics form the sitting area. 

    Interior design: Susan Barbieri, Susan Barbieri Interior Design, LLC, 70 Rea Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506; 201/965-3935, sbinteriordesign.net

    Wall paint (“Captivating” #24-14); ceiling paint (“ Split Pea” #16-28); trim paint (“Dover White” #33-6): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Drapery (“Amaande” #1-8625-186): JAB, 718/706-7000, jab.de.
    Fabrication: NJDX, njdecoratingexchange.com.
    Area rug (wool Oushak); cowhide rug (Brazilian brindle cowhide): The Rug Importer, rugimporters.com.
    Settee (“Maison Settee”/Natural Oak with Natural Linen, by Zentique): Bliss Home & Design, blisshomeanddesign.com.
    Pillows on settee: designer’s collection.
    Screen behind settee (Custom): Susan Barbieri Interior Design, LLC, sbinteriordesign.net.
    Cocktail table (faux bamboo with reverse paned glass top in the style of Bagues, France, c. 1950): Duane, duaneantiques.com.
    Flowers (custom silk floral arrangement): Folly Flowers & Joy, follyflowersandjoy.com.
    Art (Eccentric Growth, acrylic on birch): Richard Bruce, richardgbruce.com.
    Chair: vintage.
    Chair fabric, back (“Safari Epingle”/Chamois #43180): Schumacher, fschumacher.com.
    Solid chair fabric, front (“Luxe Plush”/Copper #27664.44, mohair): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Carpet (sisal-look nylon-blend carpeting): Abbey Carpet & Floor of Hawthorne, abbeycarpet.com.
    Occasional table to right of settee (#2819-42, Crossroads Collection, discontinued): Henredon, henredon.com.
    Table lamp (“Large Fluted Spire Table Lamp” #CHA8906): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com
    Stool: discontinued.

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    Bedroom by Susan Barbieri

    The vintage wing chair is covered in “Safari Epingle” from Schumacher and a mohair fabric from Kravet. Carved wooden arms and nailhead details add an elegant touch.

    Chair: vintage.
    Chair fabric, back (“Safari Epingle”/Chamois #43180): Schumacher, fschumacher.com.
    Solid chair fabric, front (“Luxe Plush”/Copper #27664.44, mohair): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Carpet (sisal-look nylon-blend carpeting): Abbey Carpet & Floor of Hawthorne, abbeycarpet.com

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    Bedroom by Susan Barbieri

    Weathered garden urns topped with two layers of glass create a cozy desk area.

    Wall paint (“Captivating” 324-14); ceiling paint (“ Split Pea” #16-28); trim paint (“Dover White”): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com.
    Drapery (“Amarande” #1-8625-186, discontinued): JAB, 718/706-7000, jab.de.
    Fabrication: NJDX, njdecoratingexchange.com.
    Cowhide rug (Brazilian brindle cowhide): The Rug Importer, rugimporters.com.
    Console/writing-desk base (garden urns): available through The Antique & Design Center, antiqueanddesigncenter.com.
    Horse head on desk; ceramic garden stool: designer’s collection.
    Chair at desk (“Charleston Mahogany Finished Side Chair”/Flax Linen Uph, Ribbon and Brass Tacks Accents #4030-746): Maitland-Smith, maitland-smith.com.
    Stool: discontinued.
    Floor lamp (“Chart House Reeded Pharmacy Lamp” #CHA9127ABV, discontinued): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Tray on desk (gold lacquer): Pier 1 Imports, pier1.com.
    Art (Conversation Piece, collection of 12x12-inch acrylic on wood original paintings): Richard Bruce, richardgbruce.com

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    Back Terrace by Bill Glaner

    On the back terrace, the sumptuous sofa and chairs by Lane Venture are upholstered in a cream fabric or a punchy coordinating coral stripe. Planters play host to boxwoods, ferns, bleeding hearts, and ivy.

    Design: Bill Glaner, WBG Landscape Design, 3 Tice Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ  07417; 201/891-9504, wbglandscape.com.

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    Pool Deck by CLC Landscape Design

    “I wanted guests to experience intrigue and wonder,” says Rich Cording Jr., who designed the blooming outdoor pool deck on behalf of CLC Landscape Design. Small origami animals by artist Itoko Kobayashi accent peonies, hostas, gold Hakonechloa macra plants, and more. Furniture is from Lane Venture. Lighting by Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights.

    Design: CLC Landscape Design Inc., 58 Ringwood Ave., Ringwood, NJ 07456; 973/839-6026, clcdesign.com.

    Walkways (Tennessee Crab Orchard Stone): existing.
    Flowers: Rhododendron (Azalea, “Johanna”); Salix x integra (“Hakuro-nishiki”); Weigela florida (“Fine Wine”); Acorus gramineus (“Ogon”); Hemerocallis (“Stella D’Oro”); Heuchera x (“Palace Purple”); Hosta (“Patriot”); Iris ensata (“Veriegata”); Nepeta x (“Walker’s Low”);Paeonia (“Srah Bernhardt”); Hakonechloa macra (“All Gold”): CLC Landscape Design, clcdesign.com.

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    Pool Deck by CLC Landscape Design

    Copper lanterns by Bevolo encourage late night conversation.

    Don’t miss the 2014 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey, set to open this fall. For more information, visit hackensackumcfoundation.org.

    We’d like to extend our special thanks to Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Circa Lighting, Crossville, Electrolux ICON, Franke, Henredon, Hickory Chair, Kohler, La Barge, Lane Venture, Maitland-Smith Furniture, Natural Decorations Inc., Pearson, Pratt & Lambert Paints, and Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry for their sponsorship of the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey.

    Exterior lantern (“French Quarter London Top and Bottom on Rodin Bracket”): Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, bevolo.com

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