After moving from Manhattan to start a family, an accomplished designer and her financier husband soon outgrew their 200-year old farmhouse in Harding. Flexing her unique design skills (her resume includes: illustrative, food and fashion styling and overseeing her own line of clothing) she drew up plans for an expansion, but much to her dismay found out that their historic farmhouse was subject to a whole host of crippling restrictions. They decided to look for another home.
Having grown up in Southern California she wanted a bright home filled with sunlight that would blend the indoors with the outdoors. After an exhaustive search which came up short, it was decided to look for a property and build a house she would design.
They fell in love with a secluded site on a sunny hill surrounded by woodlands in Mendham. Little did they realize, the vast amount of work needed to reconfigure the land to create a space flat enough to build a house with outdoor entertaining and recreation areas, gardens and a pool. When all the heavy equipment and seemingly endless parade of trucks bringing landfill were gone, they were able to build.
Today their dream home is nestled on over 7.5 park-like acres with complete privacy, rolling lawns, a stream, open meadows and multi-level hillside gardens.
While the exterior of the 15-room, 12,000 square foot residence brings to mind a large, sprawling Mediterranean-style villa high above the ocean in Santa Barbara, its interior with three fireplaces, six bedrooms and ten baths is contemporary with expansive walls to display their art collection and an open floor plan with easy access to all the outdoor living areas.
“A seamless flow from the inside out was our objective,” said the designer. “It works not only from a family perspective – raising our three children, but also for entertaining large groups of people.”
Amenities abound. It’s impossible not to notice the extraordinary attention that has been paid to the homes many custom-designed details.
Throughout the residence’s first floor, white, wide plank oak flooring has been customized for each space – stained in the living room, bordered with limestone in the dining room, accented with stainless steel in the kitchen and inlaid with river rock in the hall galleries.
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