In our disposable age when the “new” is almost always considered good and many historic houses have been lost to the wrecking ball, antiques can play an ever more
important role in our homes.
“They give a house a sense of place, make it unique, give it a personality,” says Barbara Goldfarb, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and owner of Little Silver-based Design Logic Ltd. “Using antiques reflects a desire to bring our history into our present. Antiques also give children a window into the history of American culture.”
Can a home built during the Victorian era offer style and comfort suited for a 21st-century family? The answer is a resounding “yes,” according to designer Patricia Turchyn of Patricia Turchyn Interiors in Little Silver.
Turchyn helped bring an 1880 Rumson home into the modern era in collaboration with Anderson Campanella Architects in Rumson and Goodhue Bros. Builders in Oceanport. Turchyn explains, “They repurposed rooms according to the way the family wanted to use the house.”
Inspired by its stunning location and the goal of a spa experience, this coastal home set high above the Navesink River in Red Bank is the culmination of five years of intense work for a husband and wife team.
Utilizing the talents of Anderson Campanella Architects, the couple worked with the architectural team for three years to create the perfect home. Two years of construction later, the residence was completed in 2011, complete with the “seashore feeling” that the couple had envisioned.
The property, located at the point of the Navesink River, offers views of the entire river. With that in mind, it was only natural to build so that every room could take advantage. “We built it around the view,” noted the owner. “It has overlooks of the Rumson Bridge, Red Bank, and the Navesink. I grew up on the river, and this is the nicest lot here. I always wanted it.”
The entire home is custom designed and no detail was overlooked. The couple used several decorators and their own expertise to finish the 10,000-square-foot project. The exterior is cedar shake and looks at home on the river. The roof, with copper accents, is finished in brown. The brilliant white home has navy blue shutters, evoking a Ralph Lauren aesthetic. “It’s just gorgeous,” she said. The Loewen windows are traditional and the home includes a turret at its top.
Designers transform a 1915 home known as Sheep’s Run for the 2009 Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey fund-raiser At the Stately Homes By-the-Sea Show House in May, visitors got a taste of elegant country living and a sense of how people lived in 1915, the year the home was built and a time when Rumson was still in the country, manners were de rigueur, and details mattered. Now known as Sheep’s Run, the new owners, the Mulheren family, offered the historic building as site of this year’s show house, which benefits the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey.