GPS Living Fall 2021

STYLEBOOK: INSPIRED BY DECADES OF GREAT DESIGN

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ON TREND: MATTE BLACK INSPIRED BY INFLUENCERS

ELEMENTS OF DESIGN RAW MATERIALS, COLOR, ACCESSORIES KITCHEN AND BATHS A PORTFOLIO OF IDEA FR M COLOR TO STYLE

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We hope that all of you had nice end to your Summer in the Tri-State area—a summer and year filled with starts and stops . A year littered with a clear sense of optimism and some setbacks to say the least, 2021 is our second year “at home”. October arrives with our yearning for a more normal Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Holiday Season that we can share with friends and family and start to shake off the interruptions that COVID has brought into our lives. But one thing is certain, this pandemic has heightened the importance of the time we spend in our homes. Remodeling and new construction have continued at a pace in New Jersey and New York that hasn’t been seen before. Projects have been a challenge with the rise and fluctuation in pricing for raw materials, finished goods and availability in general. Delays and backlogs still exist on many products, but manufacturers are still producing at levels above production from previous years. Demand still continues to outpace even increased capacity, but our company has continued to make an investment in inventory to shield our customers from as many interruptions as possible, especially on the decorative end. We have not succeeded at every turn, but we are putting our efforts into making it easier for our design consultants and our customers. On this issue’s pages, we are featuring products to help keep your home sustainable and clean (GPS page 20). Mick de Guilio introduces his Kallista Juxtapose line (Kohler page 14) and we get a chance to guide you through a 2021 brownstone design that will make even the chicest city dwellers’ head turns (GPS page 36). November will be an exciting month for GPS as we introduce our third Kohler Signature Store and our first in New York as we open our doors on Long Island’s North Shore in Manhasset (Kohler page 12). One of my favorite sections in this issue is (City Guide located on GPS page 24) which features history and some of the hot spots in Bayonne, NJ, home of our original location. GPS was founded in 1910 by our Great Grandfather Charles S. Goldberg. Also, the hometown of our Grandfather, Herb Tucker and Uncle (Bruce Tucker, CEO), Bayonne has been the fertile soil from which our company has grown. We have put together a beautiful collection of stories and inspiring images in this issue. Thank you for reading and if there is anything that we can help you with on a project large or small, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

With its name inspired by an elegantly lengthened C-shaped spout form, Cia stands out from the linear, horizontal designs featured in most modern faucets. The spout’s contemporary curves and the handle’s defined edges combine with elegant details for a look that feels classic yet fresh. The collection also introduces Moen’s first one-handle lavatory faucet with single-sensor touchless activation featuring MotionSense Wave technology, allowing users to turn water on and off with the simple pass of a hand.

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GPS SHOWROOMS EDISON BAYONNE MORRIS PLAINS HAWTHORNE ORANGE MATAWAN LAKEWOOD GREEN BROOK BERGENFIELD FLEMINGTON TRADE LOCATIONS RIDGEFIELD TENAFLY UNION DOVER MIDDLETOWN STATEN ISLAND MONTVALE KOHLER SIGNATURE STORES PARAMUS EATONTOWN MANHASSET

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ON THE COVER A rustic yet elegant kitchen in dark charcoal and white. The Riobel Azure faucets in brushed gold add shine, and a 33-inch Shaker Fireclay sink with lines in gold adds another graphic element. .

08 RAW MATERIALS Design through the decades. 20 FOCUS : TECH Keeping it clean, and sustainable! 22 ADD IT UP Don’t forget to accessorize. 24 CITY GUIDE Bayonne’s secret spots. 26 MEET THE DESIGNERS GPS in Bayonne and Matawan. 28 TURN IT ON

A SMARTER CHOICE IN HOME COMFORT.

Shed a little light on the subject. 32 HOT IN THE KITCHEN A portfolio of design styles for the busiest room in the house. 36 A PERFECT BLEND LC Interiors creates a townhouse filled with elegant details.

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Crafted with hue in mind. That’s

Rohl’s Eclissi collection is celestially-inspired— eclissi is Italian for eclipse—and boasts a modern simplicity. Each circle-shaped handle contains a smaller, inner circle, mirroring the meeting of the moon and the sun. For a truly bespoke approach, there are numerous unique handle and spout finish combinations, as well as two different spout designs. Like their celestial inspirations, Eclissi shines beautifully in any space or style of kitchen d é cor.

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The Quartz Luxe ® Sink Now in Mint Creme; one of 17 colors in 50 styles— the largest quartz color o ff ering on the market.

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MIDCENTURY

TIMELESS STYLE INSPIRED DESIGNS FOR KITCHEN AND BATH

Light, airy and in harmony with nature and organic materials, Brizo’s new collection honors iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his hallmark aesthetic.

T E X T KAITLIN CLARK

Why compromise and specify a round or square shower drain with that beautiful Hexagonal tile? Introducing the game changing Serenity ™ Hex Drain. Available in today’s most popular finishes including split finish options. #GameChanger

Stylish and sustainable, Hansgrohe’s Vivenis line of smooth, spa-like faucets mimic a waterfall with a broad spray pattern, while reducing water consumption by up to 60% compared to traditional varieties.

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Geometric shapes and rounded curves define the Grohe Essence line of crisp white bathroom designs.

Fleurco’s European-style walk-in shower shield elevates any bathroom space with glass- to-glass hinges and chrome and brushed nickel finishes.

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Open and hidden shelves provide plenty of storage in this wooden-framed Strasser Medicine Cabinet to hold all of your bathroom knick knacks.

With the introduction of Serenity, a new line of decorative cast-brass shower drains in a Midcentury Modern-inspired hexagonal shape, OS&B combines contemporary and classic styles.

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KraftMaid’s hand-crafted kitchen cabinets are now offered in a trendsetting cool-toned hue, Harbor Blue.

GREAT CAMP

House of Rohl’s kitchen faucet with accompanying side spray in Tuscan Brass is from their Acqui Collection, inspired by the Italian city Acqui Terme, famed for their thermal springs and spas.

This new matte charcoal finish from Native Trails , available on tubs (shown here) and sinks, expands their NativeStone line for a quietly dramatic vibe.

EASCO Shower Doors has been exceeding expectations since 1960 by creating and installing custom glass shower doors for the most demanding tastes. Using the latest technology combined with Old World craftsmanship our talented engineers can design a shower door for virtually any array of hardwar e finishes and glass types to complete the look of your bath. application. We offer a vast

Bring the Emerald City home with StarMark’s richly hued deep green cabinetry paired with sleek, jet-black hardware.

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THE BEAUTY OF THE OCEAN. IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME.

OUR PRODUCTS ARE BORN FROM A VISION OF BRILLIANT ENGINEERING AND INSPIRED DESIGN. PATENTED TECHNOLOGIES BRING A NEW DIMENSION TO FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF DESIGN, FOR AN ELEGANT YET MODERN AESTHETIC WHERE FORM, FUNCTION AND FLOW BLEND TOGETHER SEAMLESSLY.

PRESENTING THE REFLET COLLECTION.

A DISTINCTIVE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF ROHL

Elkay’s Fireclay sinks come in a range of colors including matte gray, and evoke a farmhouse feel. The nonporous finish makes them easy to clean and damage-resistant.

GREAT CAMP

Now a modern classic, midnight black is trending as an accent, like this marbled kitchen island from Caesarstone in Black Tempal, which is as stunning as it is sustainable.

A wide-ranging variety of finishes, including materials and hues, from Top Knobs Bit Pull line ensures there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Shown here in German Bronze (top), and Pewter Antique with Flat Black (bottom).

NEW LUNA SOLIS LIGHTED MIRROR + NEW OPUS CABALETTA BATHTUB HORIZON 2 SIDED SHOWER + NEW TRELLA TILEABLE BASE

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Learn how to turn any bathroom into a wellness retreat with a steam shower. Transform any bathroom into a wellness retreat with steam.

“Tailored traditional” is how Moen describes their Colinet suite of products known for their wide range of décor and finish options.

From supporting heart, lung and vascular wellness to promoting relaxation and stress management, each and every innovation we create is designed to deliver comprehensive wellness to every home. Discreet and technologically advanced, a MrSteam generator fits into any bathroom remodel. Discover how you can integrate additional therapies and explore more design tips outside the shower to create a personalized wellness experience in our course Designing for Wellness .

Inspired by the astronomical

phenomenon when the sun aligns for the moon, the Rohl Eclissi Kitchen Collection—Eclissi being the Italian word for eclipse—honors the world and the curated life of wellness within it.

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Moen’s traditional, double- handled, wall-mount pot filler comes in finishes such as matte black, oil rubbed

This matte gold finish on Native Trails Bloss bathroom sink is only one aspect of the glamour it evokes. Composed of fine fireclay and hand-glazed in six luxurious finishes, from 24K gold to platinum to silver, you’d surely find at least one in Jay Gatsby’s home.

Locarno. The revival of iconic sophistication and elegance.

bronze, and polished chrome, shown here.

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JAZZ AGE

Wash your hands in a stylish waterfall- inspired faucet from Brizo’s best- selling Rook Collection.

The perfect soaking tub now exists, thanks to Americh’s modern, simple design with three exterior shell options in copper, nickel, and white acrylic from the Sawyer line.

Introducing the Showroom Collection of instant hot water dispensers by InSinkErator. ® Six stunning new designs and eight lustrous finishes, all available in the convenience of instant-hot or hot & cold models. REF INED DES IGN MEETS INSTANT CONVENI ENCE .

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A reflection of you. With hundreds of innovative KraftMaid® products, you can build a room that fits your life. We’ll help you decide.

The brand-new Lily Collection from Watermark features three distinct designs in contrasting finishes to integrate a bit of faucet flair for a show-stopping bathroom.

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Honeywell’s T6 Pro Programmable Thermostat allows you to schedule heating and cooling your way.

Grohe Blue Chilled and Sparkling 2.0 allows you to go bottle-free with filtered water at various levels of carbonation.

Amba knows that dry towels are sanitary towels. Their towel warmers come in all kinds of finishes and styles.

Elkay’s Fireclay sinks have a nonporous surface making them durable and easy to clean.

Mr. Steam’s ChromaSteam3 system features a color wheel for dialing in any color imaginable. Modulate the brightness as you wish. The shower systems now work with Amazon Alexa.

Americh Ozone uses natural UV light as a powerful oxidizer to eliminate impurities from the water. Ozone cleanses the water naturally and is installed into the plumbing system through a clear air line from the ozone control box.

CLEAN SWEEP TECH SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND CLEANLINESS

Managing food waste is a breeze with InSinkErator’s Evolution. Multigrind, Soundseal, Stainless Steel and Quick Lock technologies make for reliable and efficient food scrap disposal.

L ately, cleaning and disinfecting, and sustainability are topics that are on everyone’s mind. These kitchen and bath brands have always been at the forefront of these issues. From touchless faucets and steam heat to air circulation and water purification, find everything you need to make life greener and cleaner. T E X T DEBORAH L. MARTIN

Delta Galeon features the brand’s Lumicoat finish, making it easy to wipe clean without the need for cleaners or chemicals and resistant to mineral buildup and hard water stains.

Panasonic’s Whisper Fit ventilation fans allow you to select required airflow, to insure code-compliant, healthy homes.

Moen’s thoughtfully designed Power Clean technology provides a powerful, concentrated spray for faster clean up.

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The Logis soap dish by Hansgrohe comes in chrome, with a matte glass dish. ADDING IT UP DON’T FORGET THE ACCESSORIES!

Americh’s chromatherapy lights help improve physical, psychological, and emotional well-being .

Riobel’s Kubik towel bar with shelf comes in chrome, matte black, or brushed nickel.

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The InSinkErator sink stopper is available in a wide range of designer colors to compliment any kitchen style.

The Transitional soap dispenser from Moen comes in seven finishes including matte black, shown here.

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BAYONNE SITS BETWEEN THE MORRIS CANAL AND THE KILL VAN KULL.

LEFT: The Stephen R. Gregg park inludes over 100 acres of ballfields and open space along the Newark Bay. A Bayonne resident, Gregg was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II for helping to rescue seven severely wounded American soldiers. BELOW: Liberty Science Center is technically in Jersey City, but is just a short ride away.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Satisfy your sweet tooth at Double Batch Bakery; Bayonne boasts a great collection of vintage neon signs; Broadway Diner is a great example of a classic New Jersey diner; Magic Fountain opened in 1969 and is still a favorite with locals; Take a bowling break at Hudson Lanes; Grab a snack at Hot & Toasty Bagels or at Starfish & Chips; Cafe Tayla is a hidden gem.

PENINSULA LIFE Bayonne is a city with great restaurants, a midcentury feel, and a unique history

I n the 1600’s, Henry Hudson sailed past the peninsula now known as Bayonne and claimed it for The Neth- erlands, naming it Bergen Neck after the settlement of Bergen (now Jersey City). Once occupied by the Lenni Lenape tribe, the area eventually fell under British rule, and during the American Revolution, a battle was fought at Fort Delancey at the Southern tip of Bayonne. In 1836, the Morris Canal was completed, creating a trade route to Northern New Jersey. The streets of this diverse city of 62,000 res- idents are lined with one and two-family homes, small businesses, and churches. The city also boasts beatiful waterfront parks and a wide assortment of eateries. While shopping at GPS, make some extra time to explore this urban enclave. ■ T E X T DEBORAH L. MARTIN

After shopping at General Plumbing Supply on Kennedy Boulevard, take a detour and explore the city.

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What inspires you? Just coming to work inspires me. I like seeing customers faces light up when their project starts coming together. Of all the design projects you’ve worked on, what’s your favorite? It’s hard to pick just one. Is there a TV show or movie with design that you love? House Hunters. I love seeing what people do to their homes. If you were a color, what color would you be—and why? I would be blue. Blue is the color of trust, responsibility and relaxation. What type of design project do you find yourself working on most, and what would you like to do more of? The projects I work on most are remodeling kitchens and baths. I would like to do more new construction projects. Who inspires you? My family. My grandfather has really shaped me into the person I am today and showed me the importance of family. Amongst many other success- es, being a role model for my little cousins, nieces and nephew is what makes him proud, and that is what inspires me. Can you describe a favorite design project you’ve worked on? One of my favorite design projects was a sandy rebuild in Sea Bright. I designed every bathroom in the house, each one having a really cool, updated look with brushed gold and matte black fixtures. In the master, we went with a DTV+ system from Kohler, allowing the customers to have full control of their shower right from their smartphones. If you were a color, what color would you be—and why? Black. It is associated with strength, authority and power. It symbolizes prestige, intelligence and importance.

What type of design project do you find yourself working on most? By far the most common design proj- ect is the renovation of master bath- rooms. Being that clients are home now more than ever, many are looking to create a more luxurious, relaxing, and spa-like space in their homes. How do you unwind when you’re feeling stressed out? I love to play golf. Arnold Palmer said, “Success in golf depends less on strength of body, more on strength of mind and character.” Is there a design upgrade you’d love to make in your own home? I would love to put a DTV+ system into my shower, to me there is no cooler way to go. What celebrity would you have dinner with and why? I would have dinner with Kobe Bryant.

How would you describe your personal design style? JOEY SAVERINO MATAWAN

He has been an idol to me since a young age. His work ethic and mentality is unmatched across all of sports. It didn’t matter if it was the NBA Finals or a game of checkers, he wanted to win and I relate very much to that. MEET THE DESIGNERS

Because I am young, I would say I am more contemporary. I can appreciate all styles but I definitely bring about a fashion forward perspective.

How do you unwind when you’re feeling stressed out? Spending time with my family, dogs and friends at the Jersey shore. Is there a design upgrade you’d love to make in your own home? I would like to remodel my kitchen. Remove some walls for an open floor plan. Can you share a trend or something going on in the world of design that fascinates you? Brushed Gold faucets. One of the most fascinating up-and-coming finishes to hit the market. Designing with Brushed Gold faucets is both refined and classy. What superpower would you like to try out and why? Mind reader. I would love to know what people are thinking when I offer an idea.

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How would you describe your personal design style? Transitional. I call it a happy medium.

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Let your light make a glamorous statement with Corbett’s gold-leaf pendant, created with hand-folded iron mesh for a ruffled, floral- inspired pattern with strong contemporary vibes.

TURN IT ON SHED A LITTLE LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT WITH FIXTURES TO SUIT

Industrial meets European minimalism meets futuristic vibes in Moen’s Iso collection light fixtures.

Perfect to illuminate a reading nook or home office, the Curves No. 1 lamp from Hudson Valley Lighting is wrapped in an aged brass finish with an off-white linen shade.

Troy’s funky Florence 6-light chandelier features tapered shades, round canopy and an adjustable height in Gesso White.

Equal parts unique and striking, this industrial- inspired Amari glass pendant by Golden , boasts fine details on sculpted metal rings with thick beveled diffusers for mood lighting to waft through a space.

EVERY STYLE.

W alk into a room bathed in warm, candlelit-hued tones,

and your mood will instantly shift to that of ease and comfort. On the flip side, enter a room with harsh fluorescents

with uninspired fixtures, and your mood will also shift—but not in a good way. Soft ambient lighting in a home creates a relaxed ambiance for guests, while also drawing attention to your most impressive areas or spots you’d like to highlight. And regardless of whether your light fixture is fun and funky or classic and traditional, it evokes a sense of high ceilings and depth, bringing fresh energy into an interior.

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An intricate maze of matte black metal with whiter-than- white, round sculpted bulbs, Sonneman’s Nebula Square Pendant will have your guests looking in awe all night long.

Clear incan- descent bulbs within clear globe shades from Mitzi in- spire a light, airy sensibility while the flash of polished nickel offers a touch of shine.

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Kohler’s Vorleigh collection draws inspiration from Streamline Moderne, an international interpretation of Art Deco architecture, and balances the beauty with an aerodynamic- style design, often seen on trains, telephones, and buses.

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In this historic Tudor home the designers at Metro Design Build created an open floor plan defined by a large, light-filled kitchen. To maximize the light, they kept the kitchen white but added graphic punch with a matte black vent hood over a Monogram range, black window frames, and black accent lighting. On the white cabinetry, hardware by Top Knobs adds graphic punch, and Kohler Artifacts faucets in brushed nickel add shine. Countertops by Caesarstone .

HOT IN THE KITCHEN DESIGN TRENDS FOR THE BUSIEST ROOM IN THE HOUSE T he default palette for kitchens has historically been white, with some small, midcentury detours into avocado green and blush pink. Not so, any- more. Enter the sophisticated kitchen in deep tones like green, black, or even unpainted wood. cabinetry and lighting to appliances, tile, and hardware. If you don’t want to commit to an entire room in a dark shade, bring those rich tones in with accents like light- ing, appliances, countertops, or cabinetry. T E X T DEBORAH L. MARTIN

And once you have decided on a deep, mysterious color, consider accents like trim painted in neutral but complementary tones, and accessories and hardware in shades of gold or brightly polished chrome to accent and reflect your bold choices. ■

In this rustic yet elegant kitchen, dark charcoal is accented by white subway tiles and Riobel Azure faucets in brushed gold. A 33-inch Shaker Fireclay sink with lines in gold adds another graphic element.

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“Utilizing black in kitchens has been a growing trend over the past few years as people are craving deep and moody colors after a decade filled with whites and light grays. Tricorn Black SW 6258 in a high- gloss finish is an emotional, thought-provoking color that exudes modernity and is stunning on kitchen cabinets when paired with natural décor textures and lighter countertops and backsplashes.” —SUE WADDEN, DIRECTOR OF COLOR MARKETING, SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

In a modern loft kitchen, unfinished wood creates an industrial look. Moen’s Align faucets bring a refreshed, modern look with simple lines and contemporary style.

Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy HC-154 floats effortlessly between the always-popular blue color family and a neutral color palette. It can be bold but is always classic, and is a great way to bring a darker color into the room without being overwhelming. Pair it with lighter wall colors like Classic Gray OC-23, Cloud Cover OC-25, or Horizon OC-53 for a timeless combination. — ARIANNA CESCA, COLOR MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST, BENJAMIN MOORE

Evergreen Fog SW 9130 is Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year. Use it in a semi-gloss finish for kitchen cabinets, especially in a kitchen that incorporates hardwoods in flooring or countertops.

Sherwin-Williams’ Naval SW 6244 a perfect pick for the kitchen—especially when applied to cabinets in a high-gloss finish. It pairs beautifully with a natural stone backsplash.

A soft, light gray like Benjamin Moore Silver Satin OC-26 is a great approach to the classic white kitchen. Pair it with bright white cabinets in Chantilly Lace OC-65 or go bold with dark gray Kendall Charcoal HC-166.

Perrin and Rowe’s Armstrong collection is a blend of modern luxury and industrial design. The range includes the classic bridge faucet shown here, available with a pull-down rinse.

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A PERFECT BLEND A TOWNHOME BY LC INTERIORS IS A MIX OF MODERN AND TRADITIONAL

T E X T DEBORAH L. MARTIN P H O T O G R A P H Y MARINA STORM, PICTURE PERFECT HOUSE

In the dining room, a built-in unit provides much needed storage, and also acts as a focal wall in a beautiful shade of Mediterranean blue from Sherwin-Williams. The dining room chairs, covered in Merlot velvet, add a pop of intense color.

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T he designers at LC Interiors—Danielle Chase and Lauren Collander—designed this newly-con- structed home for a family that needed more space than their brownstone in Chicago provided. The family’s active lifestyle demanded private and independent spaces like a home office, children’s playroom, and quiet bedrooms. In addition, they wanted a first floor and outdoor garden space that was conducive to entertaining. Coming up with a plan for the décor involved blending two distinct style aesthetics. Lauren Colland- er explains, “Creating a cohesive design for homeowners with very different personal styles was a challenge. The wife is from the South and values architectural details with traditional elements. The husband wanted modern all the way. During our presentations it was fun to see their reactions—a mix of excitement and surprise that we could make them both happy and balance their desires.” The designers also had to make the home kid-friendly, something that they consider to be a specialty of the firm. Chase shares, “Lauren’s first career was designing bou- tique hotels all over the world, and most hotels are design forward, but durable and hold up to the constant use. The knowledge from her past helps create spaces where

parents can be carefree.” She continues, “We want them to be the cool parents who are never saying ‘Don’t touch that!’ and choosing the right materials and furnishings helped create the right solution for them.” The property was narrow so that presented its own design challenge. The designers selected furnishings that can expand as needed, such as the dining table which can be enlarged for gatherings. They used the same chairs in the breakfast area in coordinating colors, so that they could be used in the dining room as well. To add light to the lower level, the mudroom, which is at the back of the home on a split level between the basement and the first floor, has a window that is also visible above the basement bar. It allows natural light to stream down into the basement. Both Collander and Chase say that their favorite part of the home is the dining room. “The aqua cabinets and merlot velvet chairs are a cheerful entry into the home. From the dining room you can see into the butler’s pantry with a fun marble backsplash. Everyone at the table has a great view, each different,” says Chase. The built-in wall was created because more storage was needed. Collander says, “The homeowner loves to cook so we had to dedicate all of the kitchen storage to food prep. This built-in wall holds all the

The master bath provides a private, spa- like retreat, with a deep soaking tub and a Margaux tub filler by Kohler , in polished nickel. A lantern-style

chandelier illuminates the room.

The open plan kitchen and great room are perfect for entertaining. The Tournant faucet by Kohler is centered on the island, surrounded by Caesarstone countertops and flanked by modern bar stools covered in white leather.

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“CREATING A COHESIVE DESIGN FOR HOMEOWNERS WITH VERY DIFFERENT PERSONAL STYLES WAS A CHALLENGE.”—LAUREN COLLANDER

The guest bath is outfitted in Kohler’s Artifacts collection, with Mizu wallpaper by Schumacher, in Sky. In the master bedroom, the teal and neutral palette continues with a rug by Jaipur and a bed by RH.

finer items and provides extra countertop space.” The kitchen island is a place for the couple’s young son to sit while his mom cooks. The breakfast area includes two towers of cabinetry for more storage, and includes a cubbyhole where purse, brief- case, keys, and laptop can be stowed. To create character in this new construction, the clients requested exposed beams. Collander and Chase created a custom stain to match the floors. Other areas of escape in the home in-

clude the luxurious master bath, and the downstairs bar area, which has a more masculine feel, with walnut cabinets and honed, quartzite countertops. The co- hesive color scheme, including neutrals, blues, and greens, “were all mutually agreed upon colors by the homeown- ers. Bold tones allowed the transition- al design to feel contemporary at the same time.” The designers suggested an elegant pop of color. “The merlot chairs were us pushing the envelope, and we’re happy they trusted us.” ■

Custom walnut cabinetry and a live edge wood table add warmth to the basement bar. The Delta Trinsic bar faucet adds a graphic touch in matte black.

The great room is the picture of comfort, with a sectional and lounge chair anchored by a wood coffee table by Four Hands and a pair of green credenzas by Modshop.

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