What to Expect From Town & Country Design Studio

Town & Country Design Studio was established when owner, Ginny Padula saw a need for a full service boutique design studio. Clients could enjoy a seamless and comprehensive process for their new build and renovation projects.

Since 2008, TCDS has been the premier source for full service luxury interior design for clients in New Jersey and beyond. At Town & Country Design Studio, we share a passion for creating beautiful spaces that are timeless and highly functional.

We value quality products; handcrafted and built to be enjoyed for years to come. Our clients share this appreciation and benefit from our network of preferred manufacturers. Our goal with each project, is to blend our clients’ design aesthetic, budget, and lifestyle to create a space that exceeds their expectations.

We can help with all selections for the home. For example, hard surfaces, such as cabinetry, hardware, lighting, furniture, rugs, etc. Our goal is to make the design-build process an enjoyable one for our clients. We organize projects into 5 basic phases allowing the process to move at a steady pace, while ensuring all details are covered along the way.

5 Tips for Hosting an Easter Day Brunch

Hosting an Easter brunch is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. Brunch time gives your guests a chance to spend the morning hunting for Easter eggs and spending time with their family before visiting your home for the meal. And a brunch menu provides the best combination of savory and sweet dishes to satisfy all of your guests. But hosting an Easter brunch will require a little planning and preparation. These five simple tips will help you host an amazing Easter brunch:

1. Make sure you have enough space

Since it’s likely that you’ll be hosting more guests than usual, make sure you have enough seating and space for everyone. If you don’t have enough chairs, consider renting or borrowing some extra folding chairs or benches. You could even create a more casual dining experience by setting up some picnic tables outside (just make sure to check the weather forecast so you know how many people you’ll be able to accommodate outside).

2. Plan some kid-friendly activities

Easter is all about fun for kids, so make sure you plan some activities that are suitable for all ages. You can hide plastic eggs around your backyard and send your younger guests on an egg hunt while they wait for the rest of your guests to arrive.

3. Plan the menu

Avoid making overly complicated recipes or dishes with a lot of ingredients. You want to spend time with your family and guests, not in the kitchen. A brunch menu is best when you have a few dishes that are easy to make and easy to eat. It’s important to plan the menu for your Easter brunch in advance. This will ensure that you have all of the ingredients and supplies you need, and avoid any last-minute trips to the store. It’s also smart to plan a menu that includes both sweet and savory dishes, so that all of your guests will be able to find something they like. And don’t forget coffee, tea, juice, and water!

4. Decorate

It’s fun to decorate your home for Easter, but it can also be stressful if you try to do it right before guests arrive. Set aside some time in advance of your brunch to set up decorations around your home. You can make or buy decorations in advance so that they’re ready when you need them. And make sure you put away any non-holiday clutter before decorating! Easter is all about eggs, rabbits, bunnies and spring flowers blooming everywhere. So decorate your home with a few flowers around the room for some color and add some Easter-themed table decorations for a festive touch.

5. Set the table

Setting the table ahead of time will ensure that everything is ready when your guests arrive. Place name cards at each spot so that people know where to sit. And consider using spring flowers as a centerpiece for an extra touch of seasonal beauty! Bonus Tip: Create an atmosphere of fun: The environment in which people eat can have just as much impact on their experience as the food itself.

Tips to Live Through Your Renovation

Renovating your home is a big deal.  Living in a home that’s undergoing renovations can be stressful and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! There are simple things you can do to make the process easier.

Make Some Simple Plans

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to sit down with your family and talk about what parts of the house will be off-limits, where people will sleep, and how you’ll handle things like meals and personal hygiene (hello, homemade outdoor shower).

Be Prepared For Delays

It’s rare for a renovation project to go perfectly according to plan; usually there are a few delays along the way. Make sure you’ve talked with your contractor about how those will be handled (and trust us, this is one area where it pays to have a good relationship with your contractor). You should also write down any questions or concerns that come up as work progresses.

Be Flexible

Even if you’ve made some solid plans for how you’ll live through your renovation. Making the most of any situation is always possible if you approach it with a sense of humor. Try to find ways to laugh at the inevitable setbacks—the more fun you have, the easier time you’ll have getting through it!

How to Style Spring Decor In Your Home

Spring is in the air! And if you’re like us, your first instinct is to go in and redecorate your house. We’re here to help!

1. Go light—literally

It’s springtime, so it’s time to go light: not just light on the flowers and plants (although those can be great additions), but also with your use of color. Opt for lighter hues throughout your home: pale yellows, blues, greens, oranges, and pinks for the walls. Not only does this give a springtime vibe to the room, but it also makes the room feel open and warm. If you want some contrast, try using darker accents like pillows or rugs that bring out some of the colors you’ve used elsewhere in the room.

2. Bring it back to nature

One of the best ways to add a feeling of springtime into any room is by bringing in more natural elements. This doesn’t mean you have to haul a bunch of rocks and sticks into your living room (although that could work!), but instead look for things like wicker furniture or other pieces designed to mimic natural materials (like wood). These pieces will give any room an earthy feeling that automatically reminds people of springtime.

3. Keep it colorful

There’s no better time than spring to embrace color! Pick a color palette and stick with it when shopping for seasonal décor. Or mix things up by choosing a few different colors that match each other.

4. Focus on flowers

To really bring in the feeling of spring, surround yourself with flowers! Whether they’re real or fake, adding flowers to your space will instantly make it feel more lively. From delicate bouquets to big arrangements on tables, you can’t go wrong with flowers!

5. Add texture

Try finding patterns that match your initial decor to tie together the different areas of your house. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Accentuate different parts of a room with different colors or patterns.

Looking for additional assistance?


Whether you are accessorizing your space, renovating or building a new home, Town & Country Design Studio and The Mercantile by Town & Country Design Studio are here to help.


We want to elevate your unique style. A house is meant to be lived in. We can create a timeless, functional and livable space for you and your family. Each project is unique and your home should be a reflection of that.


At our first meeting in our studio, we would like to get to know you and your home. What is your style, how do you live in the space and what are you looking to accomplish? We will discuss budget and your needs. What you like about the space and what you would like to change. We ask you to bring in pictures of your existing space and any inspiration images you may have. This consultation will last about one hour.


We will then send you a Design Report of what we discussed and some ideas with budgets. If you like what you see, we will send you a proposal. Once we receive your signed proposal and deposit, we will schedule an in-home meeting if needed to get any measurements or picture we may need.


As a design firm, we have access to many vendors along with many years of design expertise. We can save you time and money and we will work with your budget and schedule.


One hour in studio consultation $250.00.

Recipe: Rustic Italian Vegetable Bake

Continuing to crave healthy yet hearty dishes, Jess Rogers, of The Blonde Shallot, has graciously shared another delicious recipe with us for this month’s recipe feature. We are loving this Rustic Italian Vegetable Bake recipe; hearty enough for a main dish or perfect for pairing with a larger meal as a side. This dish is a great addition to weekly meals.

Recipe

Vegetable Bake shown in T&C Mercantile white lidded ceramic bakers with wood & stainless cheese grater.

Spice Blend:

  • 2 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoon Granulated Onion
  • 2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix
  • 2 Tablespoon Herbs de Provence
  • 2 Tablespoon Fennel Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini, sliced in ½ inch rounds
  • 2 yellow squash, sliced in ½ inch rounds
  • 4 red bliss potatoes, scrubbed and sliced in ½ inch rounds
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced and excess liquid drained
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Gluten Free Panko
  • Olive oil
  • Flat Leaf Parsley

Directions:

Mix all spice blend ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

Coat potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and a little freshly ground pepper. Lay out on a baking sheet (does not need to be single layer) and bake at 400 for 30 minutes till nicely browned. *does not need to develop a dark brown finish.

Set aside and allow potatoes to cool, this step can be done ahead of time.

Combine zucchini and squash in a large bowl. Drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil, and ½ cup of spice mixture. Mix well and massage the oil and spices into all slices to evenly coat everything. Add to the cooled potatoes, cannellini beans, roasted red peppers, and tomatoes, Mix gently with your hands.

Line 2 baking trays with foil. Spray foil, and dump half of mixture onto each tray and spread out evenly. Again, this does not need to be an even layer. Sprinkle half can of GF panko crumbs on each sheet, spray with cooking spray, and give it a light, even drizzle of olive oil.

Bake 400 for 30-35 minutes until panko is golden.

Garnish with chopped parsley or add freshly grated cheese for a little extra deliciousness.

Let The Blonde Shallot Cook for You

We are so grateful to Jess for sharing her delicious recipes with us. We encourage you to check out The Blonde Shallot for your next meal, visit their website to ” order for pick up or delivery  and follow their Instagram for updates to their market selections.

Location: 471 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver, NJ

Contact: 732.383.5302

Please make sure you check out a few other recipes we have shared from Jess’s kitchen: Jess’s Skinny Minnie Vegetable Soup and Chicken Enchiladas Verde.

The Blonde Shallot as seen in The Scout Guide Two Rivers and The Shore

For the current issue of The Scout Guide Two Rivers and The Shore, T&C Mercantile had the pleasure of featuring some of our tableware collection items displayed in the image above. 

Share with us

If you make this recipe we would love for you to share it with us! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram and let us know what you think! #cookinwithtckb

Shop our online collection or visit us to shop the look and our full collection of homewares.

Design: Pretty In Pink

With the abundance of beautiful materials out there we thought it would be fun to round up some unique products and design elements to help inspire the use of color, texture, and alternative options in everyday design.

For February, commonly considered the month for love, we could think of no better color to celebrate than pink for some design inspiration.

Cabinets

We loved creating this pink stained kitchen with Joan Norkus, of Boxwood LLC, on our Conover Lane Project. Our client for this project loves pink and trusted us to execute it in a tasteful way that would tie into their open concept living space. Check out more of this project in our Gallery.

Tile

This Triangolo Red Blend Mosaic from Artistic Tile mixes varied stones, cut in triangular shapes, to create a beautifully graphic mosaic. We love that the tile shines in this modern space that celebrates the hues of the stones.

Prints

Not ready to commit to color through permanent fixtures like tile or cabinetry? We encourage bringing in color and texture through soft furnishings and wallcoverings. From traditional to playful patterns incorporating color with fabric, wallcoverings, or rugs makes a big impact. Depending on what you choose this could easily be something that you change seasonally.

Apple

Giove

Chateau

From Left to Right:

We know that Pink may not be your favorite choice pallet to incorporate into your home, but we hope that you enjoyed stepping outside the box with us and maybe even found some inspiration from this collection of design elements.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

T&C Mercantile Gift Sets

We have created four beautiful gift sets that your sweet is sure to love this Valentine’s Day.

  • Lavender Body Lotion
  • Lavender Hand & Body Wash
  • Small Lavender Vanilla Candle
  • Lavender Bud Sachet
  • Ceramic Heart Dish
  • Love Spell Candle
  • “Best Match Ever” Matchstick Set
  • Ceramic Heart Dish
  • Lavender Bath Salts
  • Lavender Body Scrub
  • Lavender Bud Sachet
  • Ceramic Heart Dish
  • Love Spell Candle
  • “Love You More” Matchstick Set
  • Ceramic Heart Dish

All Gift Sets are beautifully wrapped and ready to gift. Stop by the Mercantile, Monday – Friday 10-5 or Saturday 12-5, to shop our gift collection and curated collection of homewares. All of our gift sets are available on our website and we will gladly ship directly to your sweetheart with a personalized note.

Design Trends We Are Loving for 2022!

As we move into the New Year, we are looking toward more intentional design trends, from style to function these trends are steeped in celebrating personal style and comforts, stylishly. There were some trends and mindsets that we adapted into our design work in 2021 that we know will continue into the year, while others will fade to make room for new styles to shine. These are our favorite trends that we are loving for 2022!

Green with Envy

TCDS Flat Lay Inspiration

We know that it isn’t the color of the year, but we couldn’t be more happy to see that green is continuing to win the hearts of design clients and Mercantile customers alike. From deep rich greens to bright or muted hues we have loved incorporating this color that is universally associated with nature and growth.

Books

With minimalistic style and the ever growing digital world, books seem to have fallen out of fashion in recent years. We agree with trendwatchers that there is a resurgence in attraction to cultivate beautiful and interesting books to adorn coffee tables, home libraries, and offer inspiration.

Check out our beautifully curated collection of books at T&C Mercantile.

White and Warm Woods

#triplelfarmsproject

We are happy to see that, although white is still on trend for obvious reasons, a heavier exploration of colors integrated with this bright basic creating for more personality and warmth in homes. White is a classic neutral offering a light and brightness that is highly desirable, but can feel sterile if not balanced well. Woods in particular have been making a big come back in fresh hues for updated feels. As shown above in our #triplelfarmsproject kitchen a warm white creates a clean backdrop for a furniture style stained rustic alder island. We love this trend, there is a depth with a stained wood that you can’t get with a painted finish.

Want to see more of our Triple L Farms Project? We are thrilled to have this project featured in the 2022 Kitchen Issue of Design NJ, check out the article here!

From styling and color to entertaining and responsible design practices, we are inspired and excited to incorporate these trends into our work this year! If you are looking to start a renovation, new build, or interior design project this year, we would love to speak with you. Complete our contact form to get started.

Eat Well: Jess’s Skinny Minnie Vegetable Soup

We had an overwhelming response to The Blonde Shallot’s Chicken Enchilada Verde recipe. We reached out to see if owner, Jess Rodgers, would share more goodness from her kitchen. In the spirit of our January focus on wellness and starting the year off right, she is sharing a healthy soup recipe that is sure to warm you up and have you feeling great from the inside out.

WHITE BAKERS, BRASS LADDLE, AND HANDMADE SOUP BOWLS AVAILABLE THROUGH T&C MERCANTILE

Skinny Minnie Vegetable Soup Ingredients

  • 4 carrots, sliced thin
  • 6 stalks celery, sliced thin
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 bag chopped kale
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 2 cans cannellini beans
  • (4) 32oz containers Vegetable Broth
  • 2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ bottle red or white wine
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • Vegetable Broth

Directions

Bring a small pot of water to boil. Drop broccoli in boiling water and blanch for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Set aside.

Warm ¼ cup olive oil over medium heat. Add carrot, celery and onion and sautee until crisp-tender. Add salt, pepper, Italian Seasoning, and stir well. Add zucchini and garlic, sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Deglaze with 2 cups wine, and stir up any pieces stuck to bottom of pan. Boil wine down for about 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth, cannellini beans, chopped tomatoes and white wine vinegar. Bring to a simmer, turn down to medium-low and let flavors meld for about 20 minutes.


Take pot off heat and add in kale, stirring well to make sure it all wilts down. Once kale is wilted down, add broccoli. Sample for seasoning and add salt & pepper as needed.

If you prefer a tangier flavor, add another teaspoon white wine vinegar. This is also lovely served with shaved parmesan on top.

Want more Blonde Shallot?

IMAGE: AS SEEN IN THE SCOUT GUIDE TWO RIVERS AND THE SHORE

Jessica Rogers is the owner and mastermind behind the The Blonde Shallot eatery, located in Little Silver, New Jersey. The Blonde Shallot offers seasonal staple dishes and weekly specials, so there is always something new to taste. Stop by or order online to pick up your next meal. We know you will love it!

Shop the Look

For the current issue of The Scout Guide Two Rivers and The Shore, we had the pleasure of featuring some of our tableware collection items displayed in the image above. Shop our online collection or visit us to shop the look and our full collection of homewares.

Wellness: Establishing Healthy Practices

Making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or exercise more is not a new concept. Chances are, we all have probably resolved to do this at some point or another. We also know that most of these resolutions can be short lived efforts. This year, instead of starting out focused on a specific diet or regiment, we want to focus on establishing healthy habits in an effort for a more attainable plan to last all year and beyond.

To begin on the right foot we sought some advise from a local pro, Dani Rubin, of Red Bank’s Pilates Blast. We asked her to share some of her favorite tips on establishing healthy practices that can be implemented by anyone and will fit into any routine or diet.

Dani’s Top Tips:

  1. Avoid eating anything from a bag, can or box.
  2. Workout with an accountability buddy to stay consistent.
  3. Focus on the health benefits of movement not the vanity benefits.
  4. Workout because you love your body not because you want to change it.

Who is Pilates Blast?

Dani and the Pilates Blast team are proud to bring decades of Megaformer and Pilates experience to Monmouth County! Intimately sized classes ensure a personalized experience for every reservation. They look forward to welcoming you to their spacious facility in the heart of downtown Red Bank!

Private sessions available, as well as Mega and Pilates-inspired home offerings on their streaming service, PB @ Home.

Local or not, you should get to know Pilates Blast. With their offering of in-person and virtual options, there is sure to be a class that is right for you. Visit their website for details on their studio, workout offerings, and class schedules!

Get Started Today

Dani and the team would love to welcome you to their studio with a special Introduction Rate of $25 for your first Megaformer or Pilates session in the studio. This is good for in-person classes only. To take advantage of this special offer, email them at [email protected] and mention that Town & Country sent you!