More than 50 interior designers and landscape artists from the tri-state area and across the country have envisioned their inspirations by creating magical spaces in the mansion’s 29 rooms, 14 gardens, patios and pool house. Consistent throughout the mansion are: elements of texture, vivid color counterpointed with mellow monochromatic tones, as well as polished chrome accents from traditional and period to sleek and modern. Many of the mansion's architectural features were left intact as the living room wooden beams imported from Germany’s Black Forest, the wooden panels, the coffered and sculpted ceilings and the 217 leaded glass windows with stained glass inserts of allegorical and historical scenes and medallions of Swiss cantons.
Canterbury Design’s ultra-modern kitchen bathed in white with polished chrome accessories and accents throughout, a sitting area by the gas-burning fireplace, a dining area with banquette, ultra-modern stainless steel appliances and Mediterranean tiles with a sun-bathed conservatory filled with lush plantings.
Accolades go to the talented design students fromBrookdale Community College who created a “Winter’s Tale” for the Design Sales Office. Setting the scene is the wall art of skate marks on ice taken from a blown-up photograph, while the pop of orange color in the chevron-patterned wallpaper adds movement and interest against a monochromatic scheme of winter white.
Kristina Bade’s Seaside Dreams bedroom is sheer heaven for a young fashion professional’s weekend retreat to the family home. The bedroom debuts silk wallpaper panels that are hand-painted and hand-stitched with silk threads. The intricate pattern is called “Coraille” as in the finite delicacy of coral. Bade’s use of aquamarine accents, washed silks, natural and elegant elements, such as alpaca wool-covered pillows, bedside tables in lacquered grass cloth and the console table covered in Shagreen (stingray skin), was inspired by the room’s view of the water.
Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors collaborated with a 24 year old designer who “has a love for anything blue” to design the 24 Ocean Blue bedroom in tones of aqua and cobalt blue ~ another room inspired by views of the water. The addition of wood panel details to the ceiling brought unexpected architectural elements to a room with simple lines. The high gloss of Benjamin Moore’s Blueberry Hill paint highlights the center adding another layer of pattern and color, which tie all the elements together in a unique way. Accents and accessories lend an aura of “Moroccan meets glam” to this luxurious bedroom.
Mediterranean influences continue to inspire for Mannarino Designs in the Media Room’s La Dolce Vita theme. The modernist twist intermingled with Italy of yesteryear is a true reflection on Viva Italia past The transcendence of time is reflected in all the furnishings, vignettes and accessories from the vintage photographs of old Italy to the contemporary espresso bar with ultra-modern chrome fixtures.
Barbara Ostrom’s The Westminster Retreat, office/sitting room for an award-winning dog breeder, is canine heaven with doggie treats in every jar, a feeding station and tributes to many breeds in portraits hung from the vaulted ceiling. Almost every accessory has a canine theme from a side table held by a sitting dog to a lamp with a brass dachshund base, all accentuated by a tartan wallpaper in vivid yellow and black.
Kidegories’ Eileen Buriani transformed a third floor trunk closet into a child’s Camelot, “Under the Big Top.” With only a four-foot high doorway and a lot of imagination, the designer painted the vaulted walls like a circus tent with animals and filled the room with vintage Fisher Price toys reminiscent of the youth of a child’s parent, making an idyllic playroom hideaway.
In a salute to the VNA Health Group’s century old mission, JMP Designs and Chetkin Galleryhave created a gallery showcasing historical photographs illustrating VNA’s extraordinary journey in public health and contribution to New Jersey over the years.
Hartshorne Mansion is a definite “must see,” a tour that would be an ideal gift for Mother’s Day.Plan to take your time touring the home as there is an extraordinary attention to detail in every room. Proceeds from Stately Homes-by-the-Sea Show House events will be used to benefit VNA Health Group programs and services. General admission is $35; $25 for Seniors. Children under 12 are not permitted. There are no refunds or rain dates for any event. For additional information and parking details, visit Stately Homes-by-the-Sea.
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