1 room leads 2 lives

Billliards, anyone? Or a formal dinner? A convertible space in Fort Lee can have it all.

Isaac (pictured) used unexpected features like a mural to build interest in the billiards room. Isaac (pictured) used unexpected features like a mural to build interest in the billiards room. Homeowner Rania and two of her five children hang out on the curved sectional in the living room, which wows with its gallery of black-and-white monoprints. Homeowner Rania and two…

New Look for a New Era

When the kids outgrew the playroom in a family’s Holmdel home, the timing was finally right for a grand redesign.

The living room’s grounding effect is a fireplace flanked by built-ins with asymmetrical shelving. Sip a little vino and watch the latest action at a bar that stands out for Pietra di Cordoza countertops. Jewel-toned decanters grace the free-formed walnut dining room table while Thibaut wallpaper wows the walls. White and blue play off each other joyfully in this refreshed…

Let The Living Room Live!

Before, the little-used space in a Wyckoff home was “like everyone’s grandmother’s.” Now it’s ready for anything—even the book club.

Because of the rooms’ visual connection, harmony was essential in the redesign; Fiori achieved this with complementary shades, as exemplified by the Oushak rugs. No longer is it a chore to eat in the dining room now that Fiori has swapped heirloom chairs for those upholstered in stain-resistant fabric. To revamp the room’s country look, Fiori introduced green damask wallpaper…

The Life of the Party

Whether your New Year’s Eve soirée is an annual tradition or you’re hosting one for the first time, give your guests a memorable setting to ring in 2022. You can throw the best bash of the year by following a few simple tips.

On the left, for the pink-and-white color scheme of this party, a lively bouquet of roses, orchids, dahlias and zinnias in dusty pink adorns the table. On the right, a collection of pink orchids festively laid on the table serves as an elegant centerpiece Pink and white honeycomb balls are simple yet celebratory décor, but don’t be afraid to mix…

The Life of the Party

Whether your New Year’s Eve soirée is an annual tradition or you’re hosting one for the first time, give your guests a memorable setting to ring in 2022. You can throw the best bash of the year by following a few simple tips.

At left, for the pink-and-white color scheme of this party, a lively bouquet of roses, orchids, dahlias and zinnias in dusty pink adorns the table. At right, a collection of pink orchids festively laid on the table serves as an elegant centerpiece. Pink and white honeycomb balls are simple yet celebratory décor Festive table in pink and white with honeycomb…

The Life of the Party

Whether your New Year’s Eve soirée is an annual tradition or you’re hosting one for the first time, give your guests a memorable setting to ring in 2022. You can throw the best bash of the year by following a few simple tips.

On the left: for the pink-and-white color scheme of this party, a lively bouquet of roses, orchids, dahlias and zinnias in dusty pink adorns the table. On the right, a collection of pink orchids festively laid on the table serves as an elegant centerpiece. A collection of pink orchids festively laid on the table serves as an elegant centerpiece. Pink…

High Art

When South Orange empty nesters decided to redo their 21st-floor Manhattan “getaway,” they knew it would require an artist’s touch.

Placed over a dark gray couch accented with Hermès pillows, the owners’ prized abstract paintings are proudly displayed on the center wall of the seating area. Interspersed between these large oils on canvas are smaller framed art pieces by Jacob Landau, which the couple purchased from Yarosh’s gallery. The Noguchi lantern with a paper shade adds a bohemian casualness to…

Rooms Made Magical

How do they do it? Local designers share their secrets for transforming three key spaces in a home.

Classic style living room interior 3d render with beige colored furniture and wooden elements Classic style living room interior 3d render with beige colored furniture and wooden elements Stylish interior design of living room with modern mint sofa, wooden console, cube, coffee table, lamp, plant, mock up poster frame, pillows, plaid, decoration and elegant accessories in home decor. Stylish interior…

Endless Summer

Beachy good vibes mark the redesign by which a Sea Girt vacation home ups its game for year-round use.

Free of a space-hogging peninsula, the kitchen has been reborn with an island, a full bar and top-line appliances such as a GE Profile Convection Oven. A circular sink in hammered steel gives the bar area a unique flair; it’s pictured here with an antique oyster plate. A trio of stainless-steel sconces (Wayfair) above the windows create dramatic bar lighting….

Small Space, Big Impact

After an inspired redesign, a guest bathroom in West Long Branch punches way above its weight.

An oversized mirror set in metal penny-round tiles gives the illusion of a larger space, while a comfort-height vanity offers dual sink convenience. The walk-in shower is big on comfort, with a quartz seat and shelving. Vessel sinks and faucets offer a geometric flair, both square in contrast to the penny rounds.   With three children all grown up and…

Rooms Made Magical

How do they do it? Bergen designers share their secrets for transforming three key spaces in a home.

Rooms Made Magical – living room Rooms Made Magical – living room Rooms Made Magical – bedroom Rooms Made Magical – bedroom   Any homeowner who’s started a DIY design project knows it’s easier said than done. An apparently infinite number of choices must be made, from the latest furniture finds to a huge array of paint hues differentiated by…

Luxe Bathroom, With Coffee

In Saddle River, thanks to a masterful transformation, a couple now starts each day in serene and tasteful comfort.

In the corner of the bathroom where the tub used to be, there’s now a multi-drawer makeup vanity and a built-in coffee bar. In the corner of the bathroom where the tub used to be, there’s now a multi-drawer makeup vanity and a built-in coffee bar. In the corner of the bathroom where the tub used to be, there’s now…

Will Local Gyms Make It?

A six-month shutdown drastically altered Bergen’s workout scene. As the pandemic recedes, it’s unclear how things will work out.

Retro Fitness, with a half dozen locations in Bergen County, is seeing an uptick in membership since 2020, which could be due to lower prices and less competition. Still, numbers aren’t where they were before the pandemic. Independently owned gyms like Odyssey Athletic Center in Waldwick don’t have the ability to restructure after bankruptcy like some of the big fitness…

Birth Right

Nothing can make having a baby a completely tranquil experience, but inspired design can help.

A Bordeaux velvet settee with checkerboard pillows from Mannarino’s own collection and an overdyed vintage rug say “welcome” in the waiting room Carrara-look bathrooms deliver birthing suite style Presto—a Murphy bed can turn this treatment room into a third birthing suite Attention to details, such as the electric fireplace over the oversized tub and rose gold crystal chandelier, creates a…

The Kitchen Was The Key

By waiting a bit to renovate their most important room, a Mahwah family gets a home that fits their lifestyle.

Life is more livable in the ranch now that a 2020 redesign has opened the kitchen to a once rarely used formal dining room. The new dining room is at last versatile enough for both family and guests. The dining room offers custom cabinets with a window seat—ideal for guests or the family cat—as well as a distressed- wood-top table…

Where The Birds Are

Spotting nature’s airborne ambassadors has become a popular pastime, and our county has great places for it.

Tree swallows The northern shovelers The pileated woodpecker The Cooper’s hawk The American robin The peregrine falcon The black vulture   Who could get excited about a hobby whose essence is waiting and watching? Birders, that’s who, and there are millions of them worldwide. Birding, or bird-watching, is a relaxing way to commune with nature, but it has thrilling moments…

Surprise! 29+1=Fun

A bash thrown for a high school math teacher’s 30th birthday is proof of the theorem that people can party and still be COVID-safe.

Ninth-grade math teacher Latoya Watt is a numbers girl, which is why this neon “Thirty” sign from SeViLu Rentals made for the perfect photo backdrop at her 30th birthday bash, planned by Yosely Maldonado of F&M Events in Garfield. Twenty-five guests enjoyed a banquet-style, Jamaican dinner that the family prepared. The birthday lady’s parents, brother, uncle and close friends made…

Bat Mitzvah Party 2.0

Rylee Fox’s planned bat mitzvah bash was going to be great. When the pandemic changed the rules, it got even greater.

Rylee reads special poems and dedications for family and friends during a candle-lighting ceremony. Alongside the colorful candles is the custom artwork created for the Fox family by street artist Jason Naylor. The Fox family, Jason and Amy, with Rylee, center, and siblings Tessa, Hudson and Ryder, all decked out for the big day. Floral centerpieces in cheerful colors by…

From Nantucket With Love

No need to leave vacation behind. A Maplewood couple surrenders each day’s worries to the serenity of an island sunset.

The dressing room2 еуые еуые The dressing room mirror in rose quartz Lumbar pillows Hours of travel separate a Maplewood family’s home from their beloved summer haunt on Nantucket Island. Yet each night in their master bedroom suite, Kit and her husband recapture the sense of calm associated with the sunsets they enjoy there. “Nantucket has always been an inspiration,”…

Keeping the Cook

A Franklin Lakes kitchen becomes a bright and airy visual treat for the homeowner, an artist who loves to bake. (It’s practical too.)

To add pop to the backsplash, the designer created an inset above the stove with black-and-white, Moroccan-influenced marble tile from Wayne Tile of Ramsey French doors help to flood the space with light and, at the rear of the space, another glass door leads to a spacious pantry The Mitzi pendants from Hudson Valley Lighting Group add a rustic/industrial note…

Masterful Mix

Artfully combining different materials, textures and patterns makes the kitchen and master bath in a new-construction Mendham home triumphant.

The butler’s pantry and the kitchen clearly belong together but aren’t too matchy-matchy Interiors Images licensed to Anthony Albert Studio use only The countertops are made of quartzite in the kitchen and granite in the butler’s pantry Interiors Images licensed to Anthony Albert Studio use only Countertops are from Dente Trading in Cedar Grove Interiors Images licensed to Anthony Albert…

Kids Put Luxury to the Test

A Holmdel home proves that elegance can be in sync with a young family’s everyday life.

Layers of antique brass encircle a mirror in a dramatic starburst pattern Interior Acrylic, pictured here in the base of these custom benches, is a contemporary feature in evidence throughout the décor Interior Shades of gray find a lively partner in the maroon accent chairs and pillows Interior In the formal dining room, gold-based acrylic sculptures top the serving console…

Pooling their talents

A landscape designer, an architect and a savvy client turn a small Ramsey yard into a great place to swim—or just hang out.

Pooling their talents 1Pooling their talents 2Pooling their talents 3Pooling their talents 4 By Haley Longman. Design by Thomas Flint Landscaping. Photography by Adam Pass Photography. It all started with Instagram. Homeowner Kristen Takla and her husband decided in 2019 that they wanted to build a pool in the backyard of their Ramsey home, and she fell in love with…