Star Qual­ity

EVEN WHEN THERE’S NO CHRIST­MAS TREE GLIM­MER­ING IN THE BAY WIN­DOW OR WREATH ON THE FRONT DOOR, THIS NEW JERSEY HOME SPARKLES WITH THAT CER­TAIN SOME­THING

Traditional Home - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY SALLY FIN­DER WEEPIE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JOHN BESSLER PRO­DUCED BY TORI MELLOTT STYLED BY ERIN SWIFT

Even when there’s no tree glim­mer­ing in the bay win­dow, this New Jersey home by Dan Maz­zarini sparkles with a cer­tain some­thing.

Only a house with mati­nee-idol good looks would do for a New Jersey cou­ple whose lifeblood flows through the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. That’s why Paige Gaines eyed a home afi­cionado screen clas­sic as she pointed to what she wanted in a new home.

“I loved the Hamp­tons beach house in Some­thing’s Gotta Give,” Paige says. “It’s ap­peal­ing no mat­ter your taste. I mean, what hu­man be­ing wouldn’t want to live there?”

Dan Maz­zarini, one of our 2018 New Trad de­sign­ers, couldn’t ar­gue with that. But he could up the stylis­tic star value, shap­ing the in­te­ri­ors of a home that’s de­fined by clas­sic ar­chi­tec­ture yet suits the life­style of a young fam­ily of five. “It’s a tra­di­tional-feel­ing house that lives like a modern home,” Maz­zarini says.

That’s ev­i­dent from the first step in­side the foyer, where stately mill­work as­cends the height of the soar­ing two-and-a-half­s­tory space. A cus­tom plas­ter chan­de­lier, 6 feet in di­am­e­ter, matches the room’s scale and its airy pal­ette.

“I wanted the house to be light and lovely,” Maz­zarini says. “But against that, I jux­ta­posed deeper rooms for a sense of co­zi­ness.”

The most dra­matic spa­ces, the din­ing room and li­brary, are lo­cated at the front of the house. Here, for­mal­ity reigns.

A hand-painted de­sign on rich choco­late-color walls sets a taste­ful back­drop for the din­ing room. A pan­eled ceil­ing and a cas­cad­ing three-tier crys­tal chan­de­lier

fur­ther the for­mal air. “This isn’t how they live most of the time,” Maz­zarini says. “But they do like to en­ter­tain, and this gives them a place to wel­come guests in style.”

Like the din­ing room, the li­brary is wrapped in deep color, a moody blue with gray un­der­tones lac­quered over cus­tom mill­work. “It’s one of my fa­vorite rooms,” Maz­zarini says. “It’s a warm, cozy co­coon for Paige and Colby at the end of the day, a beau­ti­ful, adult space for them to hang out in.”

The rear por­tion of the house, mean­while, caters to the en­tire fam­ily with an open floor plan that keeps par­ents and kids con­nected, whether they’re loung­ing in the fam­ily room, whip­ping up din­ner in the kitchen, or gath­er­ing for a meal at the ca­sual eat­ing spot in be­tween.

Again, mill­work sets a tai­lored, tra­di­tional tone. A cof­fered ceil­ing and fur­ni­ture-style cab­i­netry out­fits the cook­ing space, and a pan­eled ceil­ing and mun­tined bay win­dow high­light the fam­ily room.

The fam­ily gath­er­ing zone of­fers plenty of soft seat­ing for con­ver­sa­tions around the fire. Splashes of choco­late and pea­cock blue re­in­force the home’s color story. “In­clud­ing some sat­u­rated color gives this big room warmth,” Maz­zarini says. At the same time, a neu­tral can­vas on walls and the ceil­ing keeps the mood light.

The merry and bright crescen­dos dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, when wreaths dan­gle from sashes and a lav­ishly dec­o­rated tree calls dibs on the bay win­dow nook. It glit­ters with both Christ­mas balls and nods to Paige’s Jewish her­itage.

“I have a meno­rah and a fun lit­tle ‘oy vey’ or­na­ment,” she says with a smile. “We

cel­e­brate both Hanukkah and Christ­mas. We also host Thanks­giv­ing, so I like my dec­o­ra­tions to have a tone of fall-to-win­ter fes­tiv­ity rather than too red and green.”

The per­sonal touch and per­son­al­ized dec­o­rat­ing con­tin­ues in the fam­ily’s pri­vate spa­ces. Maz­zarini gave each of the Gaines kids—Martin, 9; Everett, 7; and Sa­van­nah, 4—a room that re­flects who they are and what they love.

“Martin is the ad­ven­turer, so his room has a camp­ing vibe,” the de­signer says. “Everett’s room is even more cozy with twin spool beds and a hand-painted ceil­ing by the same mu­ral­ist who did the din­ing room.”

The mas­ter bed­room, with a gabled ceil­ing, Pal­la­dian win­dow, and lay­ers of linens atop the four-poster, serves as Paige and Colby’s sanc­tu­ary, a place of calm for the par­ents of three lit­tle ones.

Vin­tage pieces here and through­out the house mix with new, giv­ing the just­built home a sense of his­tory and char­ac­ter, a col­lected air.

“I like to in­clude things that tell a story,” Maz­zarini says.

His affin­ity for prowl­ing flea mar­kets shaped an amal­gam of finds for the Gaines fam­ily and their rooms, trea­sures from mar­kets as near as Long Is­land and as farflung as Paris.

“I love how Dan cre­ated a beau­ti­ful set­ting but in­cluded un­ex­pected things,” Paige says. “He con­sid­ered ev­ery mold­ing, ev­ery sconce, ev­ery fix­ture. Ev­ery de­tail mat­tered. Ev­ery room is so liv­able. And that’s what I love the most.” In­te­rior and ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign­ers: Dan Maz­zarini, Brian Humphrey, Sarah Peter­son & Sab­rina Alias For more in­for­ma­tion, see sources on page 117

En­try A cas­cade of green­ery in the en­try ush­ers in sea­sonal cheer for the Gaines fam­ily: Colby (a New York tele­vi­sion pro­ducer), Paige, and their chil­dren, Sa­van­nah, Everett, and Martin. The chan­de­lier is by Bour­geois Bo­hème Ate­lier. Li­brary Rich, mas­cu­line hues set a cozy mood for curl­ing up with a good book. The dis­tinc­tive “Jasper” hall chair is by Michael S Smith. Pre­ced­ing pages Hand-painted walls by Dean Barger Stu­dios wrap the din­ing room, where a crys­tal chan­de­lier crowns the Rose Tar­low din­ing ta­ble cir­cled with chairs from Bolier & Com­pany. A skirted side­board dec­o­rated with bul­lion fringe func­tions as a buf­fet—or a handy spot to drop off gifts dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Mas­ter bath A fur­ni­ture-style van­ity from J. Trib­ble meshes with a vin­tage Hep­ple­white chair at Paige’s makeup ta­ble and a vin­tage linen cabi­net. Floors are hand-clipped Thas­sos mar­ble from Coun­try Floors; pen­dants are from Charles Ed­wards. Mas­ter bed­room Seren­ity reigns in Paige and Colby’s es­cape, out­fit­ted with a new Me­cox Gar­dens bed and a Cur­rey & Com­pany chan­de­lier, along with a mon­tage of char­ac­ter-rich vin­tage pieces.Mas­ter closet Cus­tom cab­i­netry ef­fi­ciently or­ga­nizes all of Paige’s clothes. “The room it­self makes me feel pretty be­cause it’s pretty,” she says.

Hall A cof­fered ceil­ing and the rich gold tones of pen­dants by Circa Light­ing in­fuse grandeur, yet the space also wel­comes the kids’ an­tics. Martin’s room A te­pee, col­or­ful pad­dles, and a Pendle­ton blan­ket put fun at the fore­front for a young ad­ven­turer. The iron bed is from RH. Everett’s room Un­der a hand-painted ceil­ing, cus­tom-painted spool beds from Crate & Kids are topped with linens from A Touch of Lace, a Michi­gan bou­tique owned by Paige’s mom.

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