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,

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.

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,

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. 

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,

Morning Room by Anna Maria Mannarino  

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

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,  

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. 

Dining Room by Jennifer McGee

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

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,

Living Room by Philip La Bossiere

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

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.

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,

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,  

Conservatory by Michael Mariotti

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

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,

Garden Room by Heidi Wostbrock

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

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.

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,

Master Bedroom by Mark Polo

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

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,

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,

Upstairs Sitting Room by Vanessa DeLeon

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

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,

Girl's Bedroom by Heather McManus

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

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,

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.

Bedroom by Susan Barbieri

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

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,

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,

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

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.

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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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John Bessler

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,



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