GPS Living Fall 2023

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. 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- 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. 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. ■

Medusa at Six Flags Great Adventure. Image courtesy Valley Thrills

Japenese Garden at Georgian Court. Image courtesy Daderot Photo


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


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.



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