Summer House – Ocean Township, NJ

  • Glenn reupholstered and slipcovered family furniture, giving it a new crispness. Tufting and tailored skirts signal tradition, while a rush-bottomed Sussex Chair, designed by Arts & Crafts Movement founder William Morris hints at late 19th century English style.

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This classic American summer house, ship-shape yet breezy in feeling, is characterized by natural materials such as sisal, woven cotton and washed linen, and by furnishings culled from cherished family antiques as well as vintage shops. A palette of pale neutrals makes the house, built in the 1960s, appear sunswept and timeless.

This seeming informality and nonchalant stylishness actually required much forethought and careful planning on the part of the designer. Architectural corrections were necessary to give the house a more classical logic and layout as well as increased flow from room to room.  In the living room and dining room, Glenn enlarged the windows to create graceful proportion and symmetry and to augment natural light. A new door opening from the living room to the family room lends a sense of expansiveness. Anglo-Colonial furniture in the dining room is elegant yet informal, embellished by early Machine Age steel industrial fixtures from Amy Perlin.

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