ASPIRE’s Desires: 8 Amazing Bathtubs

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1. Maison Valentina Newton Collection Black lacquer brass spheres with high gloss varnish finishing and some gold plated spheres on the base. maisonvalentina.net 2. Teuco Duralight Autoritratti Collection Accademia bathtub with built-in overflow device. Color: POP. teuco.com 3. Stone Forest Papillon Collection Carved from single blocks of stone. Available in marble, travertine, granite, limestone and […]


Inside the Homes of 4 Interior Designers

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Ginny Padula Personal Style Kitchen Ginny Padula, designer for and owner of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath, applied her skills and expertise toward a project slightly closer to home – her own! It all began five years ago, when Padula and her builder husband, Lou, undertook an entire house renovation project; they gutted their small […]


Interior Designers as Their Own Clients

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Professional interior designers are skilled at eliciting the needs and preferences of their clients. The happy outcome is an environment that’s both beautiful to look at and satisfying to live in. What happens, though, when the tables are turned and the designer becomes his or her own client?   We chatted with six interior designers, […]


Classic Facade and Modern Interior Create Enviable Juxtaposition

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  In Mount Kisco, NY, the magnificent homes on Sarles Street are enveloped by the surrounding woods to ensure complete privacy. Glencliff is no different: When approaching the $23 million estate via its long, winding, uphill drive, the rest of the world is left behind. The home’s grounds, exterior and front courtyard, with its cobbled […]


At the Intersection of MODERN and Heron Lake

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  In 2000, when these stylish, hip homeowners purchased this lakefront property, the structure that stood there was a rundown shadow of what had been a charming lake house. So, to create their dream home, they took a hands-on approach, working with architect Steven Harris on the overall design and architect David Abelow to implement […]


Pre-Programmed Electronics for the Home

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The world of pre-programmed electronics has come a long way from the vacation settings of living room lights turning on at 5 and off at 11. Now, whole houses can be programmed with the flip of a switch and a touch of an app. Henry Johnson, owner of Digital Architecture Inc. in Montclair, NJ, believes […]


Touring “Pleasant Valley” – Elegant Peapack-Gladstone Wonder

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When the owners sited the land, possibly its most important draw was the utter privacy it provides. Yet, its location on this historic farmland and the land’s relationship to the town create easy access to local amenities and speedy transport to Manhattan. Driving through the gates always elicits a delighted gasp as guests take in […]


$2.85M Former “Staff Quarters” Available in Bernardsville, NJ

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  Tucked away among woodlands and surrounded by a private fence, 451 Claremont Road in Bernardsville, NJ has the sweetness of a country cottage with the expansive elegance of a country estate. Built in 1939, it was originally used as a staff quarters for the main house of the “Sunset House Estate” belonging to Ester […]


A Postmodern Take on a Shingle Style Home: Montauk, NY

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17 Beech St, Montauk, NY is one of renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern’s first coastal homes, and is an important step in the development of the architectural styles of the Hamptons. Certain architecture aficionados may consider this early project a “flop”, but this postmodern coastal home blends striking visual architecture and undeniable beachfront charm. Stern […]


Living Luxuriously Among Tree Limbs

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Featured in the English RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014, the Quiet Mark Treehouse and Garden by John Lewis is one of Blue Forest‘s most successful projects. Blue Forest is a company that specializes in creating customized luxury tree houses. The house is nestled among 26 laminated Kebony timber ribs, a strong and sustainable […]