So-So to Sensational
Designer: Jennifer Pacca, ASID, Jennifer Pacca Interiors, Wyckoff
Photographer: Vic Wahby
This project called for transforming a nondescript living room into a vibrant space that would fit the lifestyle needs and design sense of a young couple with two children. The Montvale homeowners wanted a sophisticated yet lively space that was functional and kid-friendly.
Choosing everything from furniture to the architectural features, Pacca used a cream and black color palette. To evoke a sense of welcoming warmth, she added a gas fireplace as the room’s focal point. The built-ins on either side add symmetry, storage and a display space. A neutral custom window treatment gives the room an airy feel and a crisp, contemporary vibe.
Pro Tip: Use a neutral palette for large pieces but don’t be afraid to liven things up with colorful pops of art, accessories and pillows. Just switch them out for a fresh take depending on the season or your whim.
Small Room, Big Personality
DESIGNER | Swati Goorha, Swati Goorha Designs, New Providence
PHOTOGRAPHER | Wing Wong
As part of a show-house challenge, Goorha was tasked with tackling a butler’s pantry in a century-old property in Plainfield. Envisioning how a family might use the 15-by-8-foot space for entertaining, she converted it into a bar.
With an intoxicating mix of colors and sumptuous elements, she raised the design bar—including using the ceiling as the “fifth wall” of the space—through strategic wallpaper placement, custom millwork and artful lighting. The art deco antique bar unit and chandelier, classic black and white marble floors and subtle details (like ceiling moldings painted in the same brown as the bar counter) add to the space’s cohesiveness. Downlights illuminate the sophisticated polish of the custom glass and metal floating shelves, the copper sink and stone countertop. The Missoni vinyl wallpaper, glowing with the soft sheen and luxurious look of embroidered fabric, adds another layer of dimension, resulting in an entertaining space that radiates glamour.
Pro Tip: When it comes to design, think up! Leaving ceilings bare is a missed opportunity. Consider the space from all angles and possibilities, taking into account the ceiling’s role on the impact of the space.
Multi-Seasonal Backyard Retreat
DESIGNER | Terri Fiori, ASID, Fiori Interior Design, Wyckoff
PHOTOGRAPHER | Kevin Fiori
For their untouched, nearly one-acre backyard, these Wyckoff homeowners wanted a resort-like oasis that would transition with the seasons. Working with a landscaper, architect and contractor, Fiori designed a layout for the backyard incorporating her clients’ wish list.
The plan centered around a gazebo that houses a kitchen equipped with appliances and cabinetry made from rust-resistant stainless steel. The gunite pool leaves plenty of space for the kids to play in the adjoining grassy area. A cabana provides year-round storage.
Blue cushions and umbrellas unify the pool area with the dining and seating sections. Heat-resistant travertine pavers were chosen for the flooring by the patio and pool areas, while the steps, retaining wall and coping around the pool are bluestone for contrast and sturdiness. All outdoor furniture is teak, picked for its moisture resistance and year-round durability. A fireplace and comfortable seating area were designed to extend the warmth—and fun—well into chilly fall nights.
Pro Tip: Make a wish list of everything you want. When you meet with tradespeople, ask for their feedback to help you finalize what’ll work best for your family’s needs and wants.