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ON THE COVER This sun-dappled bath features a Moen Align single handle wall mount tub filler. Read on for more sparkle. 12 RAW MATERIALS If your decor feels like a flashback, it may be time for a new chapter. 18 IN THE DETAILS Discover pieces with form and function that makes you smile. 24 SUNNY HOUSE Let the sunshine in with golden fixtures and gleaming lighting. 32 THE KITCHEN QUIZ Which direction should your next kitchen update take? 34 BETTER KNOW NJ From serene gardens to thrill rides, get to know Lakewood. 35 MEET THE DESIGNERS What iconic building would Clarisse like to call home? 36 AROUND THE POOL Handling home design when nearly every room is poolside. GPS Justin Freedman PRESIDENT, GPS Brian Maffia DIRECTOR OF SHOWROOMS, GPS Sarah Barton
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2023 has been a strong year, but one in which our national real estate markets have had to contend with vastly increased interest and mortgage rates. We have all heard about the reality of these increased rates, and have seen a larger focus on the remodeling sector. Remodeling in established real estate markets like New Jersey and New York is to be expected because of the lack of movement that results when homeowners are not able to bear the increased interest rate that would be incurred by buying another home. So, we have seen an increased
occurrences of homeowners choosing to “love the one they’re with,” remodel existing property, and make their current home into their dream home. Despite this mindset shift, new construction has continued to thrive in both custom and larger development settings because of the need for more housing in our towns is consistent—both locally and across the country. GPS continues to grow and refresh our showrooms with our industry-best brands to offer spaces to inspire both remodeling and new builds. Through this issue’s feature on Lakewood and its surrounding attractions (including my childhood favorite, Six Flags Great Adventure in nearby Jackson, NJ), meet Clarisse Trapkin, one of our team members in our Lakewood Showroom (GPS page 35). Clarisse has worked with customers on all types of projects and—like all our showroom designers—is well trained about how to use all of our manufacturers when marrying a client’s desired aesthetic with the complicated systems needed in our bathroom and kitchen spaces. Our Lakewood showroom has gone through extensive, on-going renovations; it’s ready to guide the most-experienced designer or first-time homeowner through their next project. We have included resources throughout these pages to help refine your style before you come to our showrooms (see “Your Ideal Kitchen?” on GPS page 32). On the Kohler side of this Fall issue, we see the continued investment that Kohler makes throughout their family of brands (Kohler, Kallista, Robern and Ann Sacks) in terms of new products as well as expanded finishes. These include new Kohler Lighting releases, the Robern Sinca vanity, Kallista’s expanded Brushed French Gold finish, and an exciting announcement with GE brands (Kohler page 12). Our Kohler Store in Eatontown, NJ, is featured via a spotlight on designer Penny Vitoroulis (Kohler page 13). These Kohler Signature Stores offer a unique look at the partnership we have built with Kohler, through which we can showcase their full family of brands. Note that the Kohler x Studio McGee line is coming exclusively to Kohler Stores this Fall (see more products starting on Kohler page 3). Finishes and functionality continue to provide some of the biggest changes in our showrooms. Sunshine gold finishes seen in faucets, lighting and tub accents offer subtle (or not so subtle) additions to your dream bath spaces. And as we continue to accomplish more with some smaller spaces in the Northeast, shelving and storage options—including wall-mounted towel warmers—provide endless opportunities to upgrade your current home or any new build. Plus, projects like Lisa Davenport’s Naples House showcase inspiration from several of our brands including Kohler, Moen, Brizo, and InSinkErator (GPS page 36). Thanks for reading—we appreciate being a part of your home’s next project. Please visit us at any of our GPS Kitchen and Bath showrooms and Kohler Signature Stores.
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Shining gold meets sleek black in the Rook Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Articulating Arm from Brizo .
A variety of clear ribbed- glass shades made to resemble antique, vintage perfume bottles helps the Kichler Riviera chandelier create a delightfully hodge- podge atmosphere.
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This towel warmer by MrSteam includes grace notes such as an aromatherapy oil well.
The Elkay Fireclay Single Bowl Farmhouse Workstation Sink is a substantial kitchen pick.
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The Walker Freestanding Tub from MTI is asymmetrical enough to lend the bath a sense of whimsy—without seeming outré.
The Rohl Holborn Pot Filler can also be situated to create a station for pet hydration.
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The Lucia tub by Fleurco comes in Matte Black or White, but you can choose the perfect metal trim to match your bath.
IN THE DETAILS PERKS OF FORM AND FUNCTION THAT MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
T he old saying may insist that the devil is in the details, but delight can be found in the details as well. Of course, one must start by consider- ing the major defining aspects of any purchase for your home: Is it the right size for your space? Does it complement your stylistic vision? Will you still love that color once you’ve seen it every day for a year? But it is often the details that deliver the most lasting re- turn on investment: how your kitchen faucet handle curving upward just so makes you smile even when facing a sink full of dishes; the way it is just a little bit easier to straighten up the powder room in a hurry for surprise guests because you chose those extra deep cabinets. T E X T STEWART KELLER
These details may be part of how an object appears, whether it’s the shine of tub trim carefully coordinated with faucet finish (pictured, above) or the way a shower floor blends seamlessly to preserve a sense of space in what is so often the smallest room. Alternately, you might find your bliss in the purposeful particulars about an object—a shower wall equipped with alcoves so you’re never stuck searching for shampoo or a disposal with 1.25 horsepower that purrs softly as a kitten. So we’ve gathered some of our favorite designs for the home and highlighted a few of the details that make them special—in the hopes that one of them might turn out to be the choice that makes you smile every time. ■
The Wall Drain from QuickDrain is so invisible that it leaves guests free to focus on your accessories.
Note how the lines of the Smyth Six Light Chandelier from Golden echo—and thereby accentuate—those
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Never run short on space for bath essentials with XtraStoris shower niches from Hansgrohe . Integrated frames and contrasting interiors make them pop.
The Wallace from Hudson Valley Lighting integrates LED and aged brass elements to create interlocking lines of illumination.
This Centrar mineral composite shower base by MTI blends with the floor to help avoid the sense of crowding that might happen in a narrow space with a more enclosed shower.
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The Madeli Urban Wall Hung Linen Tower has ten adjustable tempered-glass shelves.
The Essie Spot Resist Stainless One-Handle High Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet from Moen wraps maximum function in graceful curves.
Sonneman’s final design debut of 2023 is the V Panels series, which has illuminated “slaps” available in varying heights and widths to best suit each space.
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The classic image of gathered wheat becomes a three-dimensional starburst in the Baile chandelier by Kichler .
SUNNY HOUSE FIND THE FINISH THAT LETS THE SUNSHINE IN A lan Menken—award-winning composer behind enduring Disney musicals like Aladdin , Beauty and the Beast , and The Little Mermaid —said, “If you want to find gold, you’ve got to love the process of digging.” And it’s a process that’s easy to love if you’re looking to incorporate gold—or similarly sunny metals like brass—into your home decor. These rich finishes seem to capture and transform line, turning simple sunshine into spectacular sparkles. What’s more—as it has been associated with wealth, power and majesty throughout history, the finish al- most invariably reads as special and expensive. So it’s no wonder that design expert Julee Ireland says, “The three G’s—gold, glitz, and glam—are hallmark traits of every celebrity home.” ■ T E X T PAUL HAGEN
This Moen Align one-handle tub
filler features both a sleek, incorporated hand shower and a shining brushed- gold finish.
Image Plus frameless glass shower sliders from Easco have luxuriously solid glass—here with an Oil Rubbed Bronze header.
Champagne bronze looks delicious on the touch-activated Delta Trinsic single- handle pull-down kitchen faucet.
This towel warmer from Amba features a satin brass finish.
The shimmering veins in Versailles Ivory from Silestone accentuate the color of all your sunniest kitchen hardware.
Inspired by the cyberpunk Blade Runner films, architect Tristan Auer designed a futuristic bath with the AXOR edge collection in polished gold optic.
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From many illuminated tubes comes one Sonneman Chimes chandelier.
Champagne gold Franke Eos Neo faucets stand out even among the flowers by a double basin fireclay sink.
The Rohl Palladin shower (shown here with with Italian Brass finish) has sparkle enough to catch the eye, even in the most opulent of baths.
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Using the perennialy popular Bow design, Americh has developed its first ever one wall model for the Skirted Collection. Almost a freestanding bath, the D-Bow has one straight side that fits flat against a wall allowing for the installation of a wall mounted faucet. It is a 66” bath with soft curves for your head and neck and a gentle slope for your back. The flat side features a tiling flange.
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Add the perfect touch to your shower area. The shower experts at hansgrohe now offer point drains, linear drains, and wall niches in a variety of sizes and finish options.
A smooth brass exterior contrasts with a cool white interior to makes the Sawyer tub from Americh a true standout.
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This lapis Strasser Belltown vanity makes an ideal complement for sunny pieces like a hammered-brass sink.
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YOUR PERFECT KITCHEN? DISCOVER WHAT YOU HAVE REALLY BEEN CRAVING.
I t’s a moment we’ve all experienced: you’re standing in the kitchen like any other day—putting together lunches or chopping vegetables for dinner—all of a sudden, the space feels off somehow. Maybe it’s that spot where mess always piles up or the many times you’ve gone on all-cabinet safaris to find a necessary tool. It could be you’re longing for better organization, fresh design, or even a new approach how you use the kitchen. Take our quiz to learn what you’re craving from your next update. T E X T PAUL HAGEN
“Traditional” with Moen Belfield Pull Down Kitchen Faucet
Your current kitchen could use more… A. homey touches. B. appliance disguises. C. designated work areas. D. fresh air.
“Outdoor Kitchen” with Caesarstone Aluminous
Function comes before form in your kitchen value system. So whatever the space looks like, it better have room for all your tools and electricity for those that need plugging in. Talk to your designer about bells and whistles such as hands-free faucets to ensure better hygiene and KraftMaid organizers to better arrange everything you need. If you picked mostly D s... you’re an Outdoor kitchen person. We’re not suggesting you abandon the indoor one, but invest in cooking where you want to spend the most time—outside. Equip your outdoor kitchen with plenty of prep space along with better access to water, electricity, refrigeration, storage, lighting and other comforts. Talk to your designer about the latest surfaces from Caesarstone and Dekton that are designed for outdoor use and how they can help you create an area that will turn every open- air meal into the cookout of your dreams. ■ When it comes to kitchen storage, your primary challenge is… A. overflowing junk drawers. B. it’s too old fashioned. C. crockery stuffed with cooking utensils. D. organizing the grill equipment. What’s the most important feature of your new kitchen? A. Places for people to gather B. A sophisticated area to craft cocktails C. Surfaces for elaborate projects D. Flow to outside entertaining space When describing your new kitchen, what would you most like to say? A. It feels like the heart of my household. B. It’s immaculately styled. C. It’s stuffed with culinary gadgets. D. It’s an escape.
“Chef’s Kitchen” with Dekton Eclectic Pearl surfaces
“Contemporary” with Dekton Parisien Bleu surfaces
If you picked mostly A s... you’re a Traditional kitchen person. You want your fridge to look like one in a room that remind you of mom’s. Your taste could lean toward coun- try—with its exposed beams and apron-front sinks—or something with the air of an English manor house. Either way, talk to your designer about beautiful wood cabinetry, and ask for fixtures that shine like heirloom jewelry. If you picked mostly B s... you’re a Contemporary kitchen person. Sure, you want your kitchen to get the job done, but just as important is how it feels when you’re not cooking up a storm. You’re looking for clean lines, uncluttered surfaces, open space. You might prefer the white-wooded serenity of Scandinavian minimalism or the metallic sparkle of futur- ism. Talk to your designer about cabinetry choices that hide cooking tools and allow appliances to blend seamlessly. If you picked mostly C s... you’re a Chef’s kitchen person.
BETTER KNOW NJ
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Head down the shore to enjoy concerts, wild rides, and the great outdoors. Liking Lakewood
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oasting the biggest pop- ulation in Ocean County, Lakewood is bustling. So there are plenty of reasons to make an outing of your
events include Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway , which features selec- tions from musical theater smash hits such as Phantom of the Opera , Les Misérables , Jekyll & Hyde , and more. See the full schedule online. strand.org If you’re in the mood to wet your whistle, head to Icarus Brewing, which bills itself as New Jersey’s first mi- crobrewery. Visit their tasting room and beer garden to sample suds with intriguing names like Neon Fantasy and Making Whoopie. icarusbrewing.com Even the heartiest appetite will meet its match at Maggie’s Bar & Grill. Their Wow Cheeseburger comes
next visit to our GPS Lakewood loca- tion. We’ve gathered some great places in the area to catch a show, take a ride, and say hello to Mother Nature. The beautifully restored Strand Theater was designed by noted archi- tect Thomas Lamb, and it has hosted entertainment from cinema classics to comedy legends since the 1920s. Today, the theater hosts an eclectic lineup of music and theater. Upcoming
with an “Only if Hungry” warning and includes a triple-decker tower of meat and cheese. maggiesbarandgrillnj.com There’s also plenty to eat and drink at Six Flags Great Adventure. More im- portant, the theme park is home to 14 roller coasters like Medusa (pictured), At this tasting room, variety is always on the menu. Image courtesy Icarus Brewing .
other rides, games, and entertainment. And autumn brings events such as the Fright Fest—featuring haunted houses and scare zones along with other spooky touches through the Halloween season. sixflags.com/greatadventure Journey back in time at Havens Homestead Museum to see how life might have looked there in a one-room cabin from the 1820s that was expanded into an inn later that century. Visit Saturdays through October. bricktownshiphis- toricalsociety.com All this fun is happening at the world famous Jersey Shore, which is always a great place to get outdoors. And the price is right—free!—at Ocean County Park, which was originally part of a Rockefeller vacation estate. Score some time enjoying tennis, pickleball, softball, or the driving range and golf course. Unpack your basket in the picnic area and enjoy the lake, where swimming is invited in warmer weath- er. Let the kids have a ball on the playgrounds and open fields. Or get fit following walking, biking and cross-country skiing trails. oceancountyparks.org For a more cultivated experience communing with na- ture, visit the gorgeous gardens on the Georgian Court Uni- versity campus. Once home to the son of a railroad titan, the school’s lush grounds include an Italian Garden, Sunken Garden with lagoon, Formal Garden, Wellness Garden, and a Japanese Garden (pictured). See what’s currently still in bloom on their website. georgian.edu/arboretum ■
Medusa at Six Flags Great Adventure. Image courtesy Valley Thrills
Japenese Garden at Georgian Court. Image courtesy Daderot Photo
MEET THE DESIGNERS
that come in needing trims that the plumber forgot or didn’t include with their project. How do you unwind when you’re feeling stressed? Enjoying new experiences with the people that I am closest to. Is there a design upgrade you’d love to make in your own home? Adding a magnetic handheld shower head in my bathroom. Can you share a trend or something you’ve seen in the world of design that fascinates you? Clients wanting the finishes in gold throughout their homes. Is there an iconic place where you’d like to try living—even if it wasn’t originally designed as a living space? The Vatican. I became mesmerized with this masterpiece during my trip to Rome. The building was a feast for the senses. The architectural detail, high ceilings and amazing pieces of art encompassed beauty in an array of materials. St. Peter’s Square would be my courtyard, where I would find
How would you describe your own personal design style? Contemporary with a touch of classic. Who inspires you? My mother inspires me to be my best, do my best, and to never give up. For you, what makes one of your design projects a success? Meeting the needs of the client—this includes translating their taste into the different facets of the decorating process. Is there a TV show with design that you love? Dream Home Makeover —I like to see all the beautiful homes and how each one comes together. If you were a color, what color would you be and why? Lavender: a light color that encom- passes the warmth of spring. It mimics this season even in the coldest days of winter. What type of design project do you find yourself working on most? Bathroom renovations from clients
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peace as the walls around the square would cuddle me in a warm embrace of history. Is there a talent or skill that you wish you had? I wish I could bake delicious and de- lectable desserts that don’t come out of a box. Can you describe something that always makes you think of autumn? Autumn is synonymous with hot pumpkin lattes.
AROUND THE POOL A CENTRAL FEATURE MAKES A SPLASH
“Our team has developed a process that makes the design experience enjoyable, seamless, and most of all, personal,” says Lisa Davenport, who brought her trademark Cashmere & Blue Jeans style to this primary bedroom.
Both of the home’s cooking areas are proximate to ample seating.
S ome people think of the kitchen as the center of the home. Others might point to the family room. But with a large enclosed pool area in the middle of a household, each room ends up being defined by how it relates to that unique space. That is the dynamic that Lisa Davenport of LDD Interiors worked with in this Naples, Florida, home. “The clients were introduced to me by their builder, and it was a match made in heav- en,” says Davenport. “They wanted a home that wove their northeast roots with beautiful southwest Florida style, and I couldn’t wait to deliver up the designs.” In sourcing elements for the project, Davenport and her team looked to incorporate products made in Ameri- ca wherever possible. “LDD Interiors celebrates American craftsmen and manufacturing through our designs and strives to support home grown talent,” she says. The de- sign team also never lost site of the overall home as they tackled each part. For example, they chose furnishings for the great room that would not interfere with the view of the pool from the main entrance. “The pool has great visual depth,” notes Davenport. “Rich blue and black-tone glass tiles draw one’s eye deeper into the crystal-clear waters.” And no element calls to the eye quite the eye like the fire. “I don’t know if I can think of a combination that is T E X T PAUL HAGEN PHOTOGRAPHY DIANA TODOROVA
more complementary—while simultaneously contrasting— than fire and water,” Davenport muses. “The firepit in this design is slightly raised up on a wood deck, setting it apart and just slightly higher than the pool.” Davenport also looked to nature as a unifying element for the design: wood is referenced in the outdoor shower screen and ceiling fans. And with so many large windows, the landscape is omnipresent. “A home should be sewn together with a few common elements, colors, or textures. Subconsciously, we hold on to the elements as we walk through a home and connect the spaces,” says Davenport. In fact, she praises the therapeutic effects of design that connects homeowners to the outdoors. “The use of earth tones absolutely is a connection to the outside world and nature,” she says. “Mother Earth is a natural therapist. Ex- periencing nature centers us, lowers stress hormones and blood pressure, and—best of all—boosts serotonin levels,” she says. “The wall of sliders creates a seamless transition between the outdoors and indoors, ushering in nature.” Even spaces like the stunning primary bath feel con- nected to the earth without sacrificing function. “Nothing is more soothing than the view each morning behind the vanity,” she says. But when privacy is called for “above the windows, a narrow soffit hides motorized shades that drop
The spa-like primary bath is powered by a Moen U Electronic Shower with body spray valve by Brizo .
down behind the mirrors.” And then there’s that copious bathing area. “This shower offers the clients a spa-like ex- perience every day,” Davenport explains. She also notes that the bench along its length provides plenty of space for even the most copious array of pampering supplies. Davenport says that together, the primary bed and bath area was crafted to be a quiet, neutral space. But it still keeps its connection to the rest of the home via a cozy
seating area. “The swivel chairs offer a wonderful view of the pool and, like the great room, a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors,” she adds. Meanwhile, Davenport did double duty to get ready for entertaining. The home boasts both a full main kitchen and an outdoor cooking area that complements the grill. They’re designed to function independently or together, and each has its own complete dining area. And if one can tear one-
In addition to a view of lush scenery, the primary bath vanity offers Kohler Verticyl undermount sinks and Brizo Odin widespread lavatory faucet.
The great room’s low-profile furnishings help preserve a view of the pool.
The main kitchen includes a sink by Franke with disposal by InSinkErator .
The main and outdoor kitchens were designed to function either independently or in concert.
self away from all the action poolside, there’s a home office space with rich wood cabinetry and inviting hand-printed wallpaper that serves as a private place to work away from the splishing and splashing. Davenport says both she and her clients were pleased with the results of the project. She calls the home both a great encapsulation of the clients’ style—always one of her primary design goals—and an excellent representation of Optaquam archil molorepero omnis exceruntis velliquo voluptate
the LDD Interiors aesthetic. “Interior design is a personal process,” says Davenport. “It’s about generating an environ- ment where cherished memories are made.” And after all this time by the pool, is Davenport ready to head for drier land? She says it all depends on the needs of her next client. “Every design project is fresh, new, and unique,” Davenport explains. “After all, no two personalities are identical.” See more at LDDinteriors.com . ■
“Each bedroom has its own personality,” says Davenport, “with warmth connecting them all.”
Davenport says she aimed to conduct the serenity of Mother Nature into the home.
Hand-printed wallpaper contrasts with darker cabinetry in this home offi ce.
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