Up next in our Entertaining mini-series, we are talking about the art of gathering beautifully and creating a welcoming seasonal tabletop. Whether a small gathering or a house full of family and friends, setting the stage for a memorable event often revolves around the table and a shared meal.
In true Town & Country style, we looked toward nature and classic design to create this year’s fall table. We are feeling a strong pull from nature and earthly tones, which are reflected in our design and plan for Holiday gatherings. Taking inspiration from the bounty of the season; spiced nuts, game birds, and sweet and savory dishes made of the fall harvest, all came to mind when considering this year’s entertaining.
If you are entertaining outdoors, we encourage you to bring the indoor comforts outdoors. Roll up the living room rug and grab the dining room chairs and bring them outside. If you love the look and feel of having rugs in a space, this could be the perfect chance to invest in an indoor/outdoor rug that you may use for years to come for alfresco meals and leisure spaces outdoors. Here we chose a traditional indoor tufted wool rug with warm spice tones to add an ultra cozy foundation to our table scape. An assortment of seating, like benches mixed with chairs offer a bit of eclectic charm.
We know that a centerpiece is an important part of setting a table. This year we layered brass and bronze candlesticks, both modern and vintage styles, effortlessly around the table. Adding a simple glass vessel adorned with assorted natural grasses, twigs, and pheasant feathers created a simple, yet stunning, focal point.
We continued the theme at each guest’s place setting by dressing the earthy green linens with feathers and our natural horn and leather napkin ties. We chose to stick with layers of white in the linens and dishware, this low contrast makes for a beautiful backdrop to the assortment of food that will be enjoyed! Our favorite hand-thrown pottery dishware is classic enough for everyday, but special enough for more formal settings and pairs beautifully with the crisp white linen tablecloth.
Thinking beyond the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, the menu for our Fall tabletop focuses on comfort foods. Raised stands work well to elevate serving dishes, making them easier to get to for seconds!
As the chill of the season sets in, we wanted to share one of our fall favorites with you. Pecan pie is a classic dessert for holiday gatherings. Aunt Janie’s recipe has long been a favorite for our family and friends, one we hope will become yours as well!
3 cups all -purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups shortening
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
4 tablespoons of water
Recipe yields (2) crusts
In large bowl mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening with two butter knives. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, vinegar and water. Drizzle wet mixture into dry mixture, cutting it in. Roll out dough and fit into two 9” pie pans.
1 cup of Karo Light Corn Syrup
1 cup of sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups (6 oz) pecans
1 unbaked 9” deep dish pie crust
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
Stir the first 5 ingredients thoroughly using a spoon. Mix in pecans.
Pour into pie crust.
Bake on center rack of oven for 60 to 70 minutes.
Store pie in refrigerator.
Tips. Pie is done when center reaches 200 degrees. Tap center surface of pie lightly, it should spring back when done. For easy cleanup, spray pie pan with cooking spray. If pie crust is over-browning, cover edges with foil.
Shop the look
Our Fall Tabletop includes this white pie stand, place setting, and more tabletop pieces. All are available at T&C Mercantile online or stop by daily.
Our Mercantile Holiday Hours have begun, visit us daily 10-5 and Thursdays we are open late, until 8pm.
At the beginning of each project, one of the things we discuss with clients is their lifestyle and how they wish to use their new home or space. Entertaining has always played a part in that conversation, as it is an important part of the way people live and enjoy their home. Whether home entertaining is just a few times a year for holidays, or a regular occurrence, we consider these preferences when designing for a client.
Today, with people re-evaluating how they are living, we have found that home entertaining is more present and important than ever in designing and stocking our shop for beautiful living. As we lean into the holiday season, we are kicking off a mini-series of features with entertaining in mind, starting with the ever popular, Home Bar.
A home bar can be anything from a vintage rolling cart to designating an entire room in a home, it all comes down to style, budget, and space, and needs/wants. We are sharing just a few of our design studio favorites to shed a bit of inspiration for entertaining spaces.
T&C Designed for Entertaining Spaces
A Welcoming Display
This wine display room, located off the foyer of our Cranmoor Drive Project, helps welcome guests to this home on the river. Although not a traditional bar, this space makes a statement and is a beautiful way to display and share a collection.
The client’s for our Sunset Lane full home project were not afraid to create spaces that were unique and reflected their passions and styles. For instance, we blended traditional elements like the decorative iron bar door mixed with more casual touches like the stained bamboo swivel stools, giving this space a vintage Polynesian feel. Blend this bar’s style with a Pina Colada and you have a space designed for entertaining!
Another entertaining space in the Sunset Lane Project home is this bar and living space. Located in an open loft area on an upper level of the home, with a laid back, beach vibe that set the stage for stunning ocean views. This space was created for casual gatherings where friends and family can relax and enjoy the coastal locale.
Clean and Classic
Always at the ready, even a small bar can be highly functional when planned properly. This wet bar is equipped for storing and chilling all of this client’s bar needs. We love how the mirrored backsplash offers a touch of glam to this bar.
Home bars are often a peak into a client’s true style and taste. Other rooms in the home may be finished more conservatively, but by nature bars are essentially designed for fun. From casual to sophisticated, like this Shore Drive 1 Project, home bars are typically a reflection of the type of entertainer the client is, from a design standpoint making them one of our favorite spaces to work on and help bring to life.
Bars offer an opportunity to use products and materials that are a little more unique and even less practical for the sake of the design esthetic. We love mixing special materials into bar designs, like this hand hammered copper sink. Although copper does require some care, a piece like this is well worth a bit of maintenance.
Stocked for Entertaining
A bar isn’t complete without the right tools! We have rounded up some of our favorite bar items that are currently stocked in the shop.
A few statement pieces on a bar goes along way like this Arte Italica Glass and Pewter decanter. This classic is beautifully crafted, making it a piece that you will love and enjoy for years to come. Also, makes a great gift for that bourbon lover in your life!
Shake It Up
Every bar needs a classic cocktail shaker, one of our favorites is this Polished Onyx shaker with wood top and matching tool set. Its a sleek update on the classic stainless steel and looks great for just about any bar style.
Cocktail Black Book
Every bartender has their specialty cocktails, but it is always good to try something new from time to time. We stock a selection of cocktail books to help you mix it up!
Get Ready to Entertain
Whether you are looking to design a new entertaining space or just finish off your existing bar we are here to help!
Complete our Contact Form to get started designing your new space. To see more of our work, visit our gallery and follow us on social media for news, project updates, and more.
Our T&C Mercantile is open daily. Stop in or shop online for help getting your home bar ready for entertaining this holiday season.
We are sharing details for the kitchen from our Triple L Farm Project for this month’s spotlight. This project, a new construction build, is on an existing cattle farm right here in Monmouth County, NJ. The clients, fulfilling a lifelong dream to own a farm, came to us knowing that a modern farmhouse was exactly what they wanted to complete this dream.
We had the pleasure of coming in on the project early during the planning process. This early involvement made a huge difference in the final outcome of the kitchen. The original architectural plans heavily focused on the structural elements and the esthetic of the exterior of the home.
The Triple L Farm Project clients recognized that the architectural plans were the perfect foundation for the new home, however they were lacking in spatial practicality and function for the interior spaces. The next step was to dedicate equal attention to the the flow of the interior spaces, in order for the home to meet the family’s wants and needs.
This is where we came in on the project. Town & Country Design Studio designer, Christine Bolton, notes that one of her favorite parts of this project was working closely with homeowner, Lillian and her daughter, Lauren. Together they re-worked the flow of the main living space, particularly in the kitchen area, serving as the family hub. “This is not only a working farm, but a working home and needed to function as such.”
Once the new layout was determined the finishes and farmhouse design came together naturally.
Known for it’s feeling of warmth and comfort, farmhouse design mixes materials to create an effortlessly classic look. Coined from an incredibly practical place, farmhouse design was not a style but originated literally as a shelter for farmers. From the beginning, these homes were build from what was readily available from the land itself. For this reason, natural materials and textures; such as wood, metal, and stone have always been at the foundation of farm homes.
Today, Modern Farmhouse design integrates modern conveniences, updated design styles, and wide variety of materials, therefore shaping the evolution of what we now think of Farmhouse design. Use of natural materials have always been heavily emphasized in farmhouse design. Current updates like mixing warm wood tones with brighter whites are now common indicators of this style. Typically, although now more thoughtfully planned, there is still a blend of old and new elements incorporated into each space. Subtle detailing on cabinetry to infuse a more polished furniture feel are often incorporated with decorative moldings and trims.
Achieving the look
As a working farm, it’s only natural that this project would beg to celebrate the farmhouse style. Inspiration for this project was not only drawn from the existing buildings and livestock on the property, but also from the family who call it home.
Custom cabinetry allowed us to incorporate all the important design elements and practical function that the family wanted for this central space in the home.
Great materials and design are only successful when implemented by professionals with the same attention to detail as what was put into the preparation. We brought in Eric Seebald, of Seebald Construction LLC, to execute the kitchen installation.
Stained rustic alder wood beautifully offsets the crisp white of the cabinetry throughout the kitchen. This image offers a beautiful overview of all the special elements thoughtfully incorporated into this space. Mixed metals and materials throughout this space create an effortless yet interesting classic space to behold. Large windows at main cleaning sink overlook a beautiful view of the farm, each view a reminder of a dream coming true.
Long time acquaintance to the client, Interior Designer Robert Hesslein, infused some helpful expertise throughout the home, the the slightly rustic subway tile backsplash was one of those touches that beautifully pair’s with the Taj Mahal quartzite countertops used throughout the kitchen. A single rustic wood shelf supported by custom brass brackets are the perfect focal point for a collection of favorite things.
The client’s knew they wanted beams throughout the first floor, reminiscent of traditional barn structures. In addition to the kitchen, Seebald was tasked with creating these beams and columns for the home.
Whether seeking farmhouse esthetic because you are a farmer in need of stylish shelter or just love the modern interpretation of this iconic look, materials and details are key to successfully getting this look. Check out some of the purposeful details we incorporated into this project to get the style just right!
Core of the Kitchen
Originally. farm kitchens centered around the iconic farm table, today kitchens more commonly revolve around a center island. Most islands wear many hats, which vary based on the kitchen.
This island was designed to offer the best of everything for the room’s central axis. Finishing details paired with luxury hardware crafted in England give the look of fine furniture. A prep sink located near the stove, storage, seating, and ample countertop space means this island is up for anything.
The client, an avid cook, wanted a place in the kitchen where she could display and easily access her cookbook collection.
“She didn’t want them stored in the island” Christine remembers of the design process. Together they agreed that open shelving tucked between the range and the refrigerator was an ideal location for this storage.
This kitchen has not one, but two beautiful white fireclay farm sinks for wash and prep use. The main cleanup sink, pictured right, is beautifully framed in an base that matches the accent finish in the kitchen.
This sink base feels like an old piece of furniture. This look is achieved by adding details like the arched toe area and extending the base forward from the adjacent cabinets.
Not just an attractive accent, these pullout baskets are a nod to the origins of a farm kitchen where practicality was king. Perfect for keeping produce off the counters and close by where you will need them, and best yet the offer optimal storage conditions.
Farmhouse design is a scheme that is easy to live with and is intended to be a unique curation of those who inhabit the spaces. Whether it is through some simple styling choices or a large construction project, if you are looking to infuse farmhouse style in your home, we encourage you to make it your own.
Our clients came to us with a great vision of what they wanted this home to be. Through collaboration, we were able to use our expertise to bring their dream kitchen to life. We are proud to be part of making this dream a reality for them. We sincerely hope they love this space as much as we enjoyed creating it with them.
Meet Triple L Farm
As you probably have gathered, Triple L Farm is not just what we have lovingly dubbed this project as. It is the actual name of the farm itself. New Jersey’s small size, proximity to large cities and shore lines sometimes overshadow our agricultural attributes. This farm is a special place, celebrating the reason our state is known as the Garden State. We encourage you to follow them on Instagram to follow along their journey.
As we welcome the start of summer at “The Shore,” we knew it was the perfect time to spotlight our Ocean Avenue Outdoor Project. The clients for this project are all about family and enjoying the coastal locale of this home. Located across the street from the ocean, this beach home is the hub for three generations to enjoy the sun and sand.
The overall scope of this project was a two story great room addition and an ultimate outdoor entertaining space. To achieve this, the client’s long time Interior Designer, Robert Wilson, came to us to help create the outdoor kitchen that would serve as the center of this new indoor/outdoor oasis.
A Chef’s Dream
The main outdoor kitchen is any chef’s dream featuring a ton of storage and just about every appliance possible. Stunning slabs of Jet Mist Granite top the main kitchen and bar, offering the perfect surface to work on.
Built for Elements
The cabinetry used is marine grade stainless-steel with a powder coated finish, a great outdoor material . We chose a subtle white washed wood looking finish in a classic shaker style for all the base cabinetry.
Taking the opportunity to mix it up, the louvered doors on the upper cabinets over the sink complement the shake siding beautifully.
The client really wanted a farm sink for the main kitchen sink and a dishwasher for easy clean up. Knowing the harsh environment that the salty ocean air provides, with Robert Wilson, we guided the client to materials that would be hard working against the elements and lower maintenance.
The Asko dishwasher, along with all of the appliances used are specifically built for outdoor use featuring high-grade stainless-steel interior components.
Something we run into is the assumption that, because products are considered outdoor friendly and even “marine-grade,” these products are indestructible. Understanding and, more importantly, executing proper care and maintenance is crucial for protecting the investment of these superior products. Regular cleaning and covering the cabinetry and appliances during off seasons or when not in use is so important. When properly maintained, your investment will be safe for years to come.
Large Nana Doors on the backyard and ocean side of the new addition open for a true indoor/outdoor living experience. When open, they allow for a beautiful cross breeze from the water to flow through the spaces. A classic white pergola frames the upper patio with integrated lighting and a retractable awning. This stunning addition makes for effortless day to night, rain or shine entertaining.
The bar features a kegerator, refrigerator/freezer drawers, ice maker, and a prep sink.
There is a designated “workspace” and a raised bar top which offers plenty of room for everyone to pull up a stool and watch the game on the large tv behind the bar while enjoying a signature brew fresh from the tap!
We all know the benefits of spending time outdoors, therefore it is nothing new to state that having a haven right out your door will improve your wellbeing. In addition to health benefits, investing in quality materials for a usable outdoor space will also improve your home’s value. Who doesn’t love that benefit?
Like indoor spaces, outdoor living is such an important part of enjoying your home, especially during favorable seasons. A well-designed patio or yard can offer significant square footage to a home. The added space is always a welcome opportunity for gatherings and entertaining!
Regardless of the size or function of your outdoor living, we encourage everyone to explore ways to enjoy and beautify not only the inside, but also the outside of their homes!
Ocean Avenue Outdoor Project Spotlight Sourcing
Kitchen Design, Cabinetry and Countertops: Town & Country Design Studio
This month, we are finally shining the spotlight on our Cranmoor Drive Project. This project was a combined effort, executed by builder, Padula Builders, with interior designer, Tracy Pearce Interior Design, and our Design Team. This fully custom, new construction home was completed last year and has been patiently waiting for its moment to shine.
Why the wait?
In anticipation of this feature article we kept the project under wraps, but we are excited to report that this project is featured in this month’s issue of Industry Magazine. In the article, Industry beautifully highlights the combined efforts and obvious benefits of hiring a team of professionals to execute a luxury project like this.
Before you head off to check out the Industry Magazine article, stick around to see additional images and spaces beyond the featured article. In this spotlight we are focusing on the areas near and dear to our hearts from the Cranmoor Drive Project. Below you will find additional details and insights on some of the spaces we helped create. We are also sharing some pro tips along the way for those who find inspiration in these spaces.
This kitchen is one of our favorites to date. We had plenty of room to work with, with a large open footprint and high ceilings it was important that the room felt airy yet cozy. Rustic Cherry stained base cabinets ground the room, while pale taupe-grey painted uppers balance the space, keeping it from being dark or heavy.
The high ceilings afforded the opportunity to incorporate rustic beams that span across the open concept living space. The overall styling of the space, like the entire home, begged to be classic and understated.
We kept with mostly clean lines for the hard surfaces. The “x” mullion detail in the stacked wall cabinets offer just the right visual break to accentuate the beautiful custom cabinetry.
We adore the dropped pendant light fixtures Tracy Pearce Interior design selected for the center island. They have an effortlessly luxurious feel, perfect for the home.
High ceilings are often desirable for clients, but can significantly increase material costs in a kitchen. If you love these high ceilings, keep this in mind when planning and budgeting for a new kitchen! For instance, going from a standard 8′ ceiling to 9′ height, you can expect to spend an average of 3-10% more for your cabinetry alone. Costs will vary based on a number of variable such as style, function, and cabinetry manufacturer.
If you know us well, you probably are already aware, but we love mixing metals in spaces. This kitchen offers the classic combination of brass hardware and dark plumbing fixtures. In this kitchen the hardware finish, which will age and patina with use, which will only enhance the casual feel of this kitchen over the years.
Unlacquered brass hardware is a gorgeous finish and very popular at the moment. Although beautiful, this finish is not always the right choice for everyone or every space. In our design practice, we believe in the importance of educating our clients of the pros and cons when considering materials for their home. Unlacquered brass is a living finish, which means it “raw” and as such will change. If you like the way a finish looks brand new and will not be happy with the aging effects a living finish may not be a good fit for your project. Most finishes offer some level of change over time, consider selecting finishes that have been coated to help preserve the original finishing of the fixture. Look for lacquered or PVD finish options, these coatings are designed to help regulate wear.
The difference between cabinetry and custom cabinetry is in the details. In this kitchen, we used Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry. This image highlights the special detailing of the cabinetry door style and the thoughtful attention to highlighting the specially selected wood material. The placement of that knot in the wood is no accident in this space!
We got to help create some pretty lovely bathrooms in this home as well. Below is a gallery of these spaces!
Bespoke finishes and extreme attention to detail make this master suite pure luxury. Everything from the handpainted wallcovering in the bedroom, to the soaking tub, and even the custom cabinetry and finishing continues from the bathroom through the master closet (not pictured) make this space the ultimate master retreat.
Each Bathroom is designed in their own selection of finishes and styles to make each room unique. The continued use of horizontal ship lap on the walls is a nice touch to create a cohesive feel for the bathrooms throughout the house.
Projects like the Cranmoor Drive Project allow designers and craftspeople the opportunity to do their best work. A client who trusts the teams they have hired and are open to thinking beyond what is expected, are often rewarded with spaces that are completed beyond what they could have imagined. The early concepts of this wine room were much like a napkin sketch, pulling design inspiration from several places. Through careful planning and expert execution this vision is now a showcase space in the main living space of the home.
The basement boasts a myriad of features, including a wet bar, golf simulator (shown in Industry Article), and home theatre. Among the special attributes on this level of the home, this cozy nook (below) is a space we are particularly proud of. Again, offering the benefits of having a great team on a project to take a concept and make it reality. The entire banquet, shown below, was built completely onsite. We sourced the parts in the same materials as the bar cabinetry to continue the pub feel in the space.
We know that the pictures tell so much of a home’s story, for that reason we kept this feature short and sweet. We hope you enjoyed this little deep dive behind some of these spaces.
Do you have a question about this project? Interested in working with this team of professionals for your home project? Please feel free to reach out at [email protected]
This month, we are sharing The Blonde Shallot’s Chicken Enchiladas Verde recipe. The Blonde Shallot, owned by Jessica Rogers, is locally based in Little Silver NJ. Specializing in accessible quality food; they offer salads, soups, and so much more which can be picked up from their market or delivered to your home.
As we look toward welcoming Spring, we were craving something tasty and satisfying yet fresh and lively. When we asked Jess to share a favorite recipe for our March feature, the minute we heard “chicken enchiladas verde,” we knew that was the perfect dish to help kick off the season.
2 Tblsp. Butter
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened & cut in large cubes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Melt butter in large skillet or pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Add in salt, cumin, and garlic and cook for one minute more, until fragrant.
Stir in cream cheese and reduce heat to medium-low and stir continuously until melted nicely. Stir in green chiles, cilantro, chicken and ½ cup salsa verde and mix well.
To soften tortillas, place between damp paper towels and microwave for 1 minute. This should help them to avoid cracking, but if they do, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
Divide filling evenly between 8-10 tortillas, about ⅓ cup in each. Roll tortillas and place them seam side down in the pan. Cover chicken enchiladas with remaining salsa and sprinkle with the cheese. Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until cheese is lightly browned on top.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and scallion. Dig In!
Naturally, enchiladas pair perfectly with chips, fresh salsa, and an ice cold light beer, but we are partial to a sangria pairing. We like this Easy Red Wine Sangria recipe, great as is and easily customizable for seasonal or flavor preferences.
Our clients purchased a rundown Victorian home, built in a shore town’s glory days of the early 20th century. The home would become their weekend haven to escape the busy city. A place to welcome friends and family, and enjoy the coastal area’s evolving cultural and culinary scene.
The house, although beautiful in its character, was in need of a top to bottom renovation. The client’s goal was to keep as much of the original charm and infuse their own, more urban, style to create a home that felt effortlessly stylish and chic.
They came to Town & Country to help with the kitchen and master bathroom, two important rooms in the project.
The clients wanted the kitchen to feel bright and open. We chose crisp white painted cabinets with warm accents to balance the classic home’s architecture and infuse some of the couple’s more modern style. Traditional inset type cabinet construction with a modern stepped detail on the door and drawers continue the mission of marrying styles in the home.
The high ceilings on the first floor allow this modestly sized kitchen to feel larger. We maximized this height with stacked wall cabinets and lit glass sections for displaying special pieces.
The original kitchen layout had a small addition that served as a breakfast nook. The patio french doors, a main access point for the home, made flow to the door, table sizing and placement awkward. A formal dining, adjacent to the kitchen, eliminated the couples need for another dining table, however the clients wanted some seating for casual meals and entertaining. The kitchen’s overall size did not allow for a center island, instead we designed a peninsula that would offer some seating, additional countertop space and create a nice separate entry space at the french doors.
Sleek Brushed Stainless Steel hardware pulls offer a modern detail to the classic space. The Stainless Steel farm sink and a contemporary pull down faucet nicely accent the appliances.
*See farm sink in the peninsula image above.
The Master Suite was created on the third floor, originally unfinished storage space for the home. True to Victorian style architecture, this space fills various steeply pitched roof lines, creating unique ceiling heights and angles for the space inside.
The master bathroom sits in a cluster of the dormer alcoves, which created some interesting design challenges.
The only place in the room that the vanity could go was a dormer that provided the only natural light in the room.
The windows made it so the countertop would have to be shorter than typically specified. This challenge created the opportunity for added interest with these drum vessel sinks and tall goose neck faucets.
*Kitchen bridge faucets were used in order to accommodate the vessel sink height and create a more prominent focal feature.
We had to work around another obstacle in the room. A main piece of ductwork that ran along the wall under the window. We needed to hide the ductwork, and still provide a fair amount of storage. This vanity is a perfect example of making custom crafted cabinetry work to it’s full advantage. From the outside you would never now what this furniture looking vanity is hiding.
*Check out the next picture for a peak inside the vanity.
Old homes can often present a fair share of challenges, but with some creativity and the right resources can be highly rewarding. We loved working on this project and helping our client’s bring new life into this old treasure!
We hope you enjoyed this spotlight into our Sunset Avenue Project.
Sunset Avenue Project Spotlight Sources
Design: Town & Country Kitchen and Bath
Custom Cabinetry: Town & Country Kitchen and Bath Bespoke Cabinetry
Cabinetry, Countertop and Hardware: Specified, sourced and supplied by TCKB Designs
This month’s featured project spotlight is our Conover Lane Project. It seemed fitting to shine the spotlight on one of our most romantically styled design projects during the month most associated with love. We think you’ll agree!
Fellow designer, Joan Norkus, of Boxwood LLC Interior Design was hired to bring this full home renovation project to life. Joan brought us into this project to help with the design and execution of the kitchen and sitting room dry bar.
From the first meeting with the client we knew that this space would be special. The client explained that she loved pink, which Joan had planned to incorporate the color throughout the home. “Is it crazy to have pink cabinets?” we remember the client asking. The client’s husband (Valentine of the year) said that he was fine with whatever his wife chose for finishes.
The new layout of the home provided a formal sitting room off the foyer, this room is a perfect welcome for this couple’s family and friends. The rug set the tone for the finishes in this room. We pulled one of the deeper tones from the rug to create the custom Raspberry Pudding dry bar. We love the beautiful balance of bold modern elements and traditional antique pieces that Joan incorporated into this spaces furnishings.
Wide Open Spaces
From the siting room you enter the open concept kitchen, dining, living space with a stunning view of the Navesink River.
Our joint focus was to create some separation of the individual spaces in this open room, yet ensure that everything was cohesive. A structural column in the room created a natural separation allowing the room be the divided into 4 quadrants; kitchen, sitting area, dining, and living room.
A Pink Kitchen
Wanting the kitchen to be a special reflection of the client’s unique style, yet striving for a space that would be timeless, we made the strategic decision that the cabinetry would be a special stain on Quarter Sawn Oak wood. This linear grained wood presented a more classic, even masculine, juxtaposition to the delicately pink toned stain. This combination offers a beautiful balance for the couple.
The client fell in love with a marble countertop, on display in our showroom, confirming that decision early on. Brass finishes were planned for many of the selections in the home. We wanted to carry that into the kitchen for consistency, but also put it a little spin on it. We chose a brass finish with a rosy-tone for the cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures. Although subtle, this variation creates a nice transition from the pink toned cabinetry to the more gold toned brass finishes of the lighting and other elements in the open concept living space.
The bronze metal custom made range hood features a tapered curve to offset the curved detail of the window on the adjacent wall. The finish also boasting the slighted touch of pink, yet deeper than the lighting, hardware, and plumbing in the room, building on the room’s palette.
The days requiring all metals to match perfectly are gone. Although it can create a consistent look, which may be right for a particular design, we love layering elements. Don’t be afraid to play around with this by mixing finishes, metal or otherwise. in a space. When done well, it makes the design in a space much more interesting and personal.
If you have to do dishes, this wouldn’t be a bad spot to do them. We love how this sink wall turned out. The curved window was something that the client knew she wanted in the kitchen from day 1. We kept the window wall free of upper cabinetry to make it one of the room’s focal points. A combination of printed and Calcutta Marble tile backsplash accent the window, which is finished off with these stunning vintage sconces that the client had purchased years ago in hopes of using them someplace special.
The center island was designed to feel more like built-in furniture than cabinetry. To achieve this, we integrated legs on all four corners and a vertical apron between the legs to give the island a table look.
When possible, we like to conceal functional elements that may not be very esthetically pleasing. Microwaves are often an important element in a kitchen, however these appliances are not always the most attractive. By placing them on the working side of an island, it is in a convenient location for use, but less conspicuous from most vantage points in the room.
It was a joy to be a part of this project and we are thrilled with the final outcome. We hope our clients will enjoy their new home for many years to come!
Conover Lane Project Spotlight Sources
Kitchen and Dry Bar design and cabinetry, hood, and hardware: Town & Country Kitchen and Bath
This time of year is made for delicious comfort food and soups, chowders, and stews are comfort in a bowl. This month we are excited to share the Corn Chowder recipe from one of our favorite cookbooks, Feed Your Mind. Bay Magazine has created a cookbook is not only beautiful and packed with delicious recipes, but it is local as well. This cookbook draws inspiration from our state’s very own Long Beach Island (LBI to the natives) highlighting locally-sourced seafood, farm-fresh produce and regional ingredients.
2 T. butter
4 scallions, chopped plus 2 T. reserved for garnish
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 lb. white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 8 corn ears)
1 quart chicken broth
2 cups whole milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
In a large and heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.
Add scallions, bell peppers, and celery stirring until hte vegetables start to soften, around 8-10 minutes. Add in the potatoes, two cups of the corn, broth, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occassionally, for 15 minutes.
In a blender, puree the remaining two cups corn with milk and add into the soup. Simmer until the soup thickens slightly, 7-10 minutes.
Ladle chowder into bowls or cups and top with chopped scallions and enjoy!
This Corn Chowder is simple yet delicious, making it a perfect recipe for week night dinners. The Feed Your Mind cookbook offers recipes for unique appetizers, side dishes, main courses, desserts, and cocktails, making it a great addition to the kitchen.
We stock the cookbook in our Red Bank shop or click the button below to order your copy!