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Seeking a home that would align with their contemporary lifestyle, these homeowners in Bergen County, turned to designer Jenny Madden to transform their colonial home into a refined, industrial space better suited for their busy family of five. Drawing on a background that comprises of everything from interior architecture and design to construction management, Madden mastered a plan for expansion and renovation that resulted in more than 5,000 square feet of modern living, including five bedrooms, a yoga studio, a sleek, black glass garage door, and much more.
[caption id=”attachment_28413″ align=”alignleft” width=”406″] The sleek kitchen includes cabinetry in contrasting hues from Poggenpohl paired with a Quartzite counter from European Marble & Granite and a pure white Thassos backsplash from Porcelanosa.[/caption]
The designer, who works throughout the New York metro area, describes the couple’s direction for the renovation as “luxurious and industrial,” an ideal scenario for Madden, whose projects exhibit a style that is clean, curated and cross-category; the traditional dining chairs surrounding a more rustic table beneath a very modern lighting fixture in this home serves as the perfect example.
“The pre-renovation furnishings weren’t in line with the style we’ve carried through the new home,” Madden says. “The homeowners were absolutely ready for a change. Every furnishing and fixture on the main level and in the master bedroom is new.”
With the entire first floor gutted, the designer, who credits the “wonderful flow” of the new space to Stonewater Architecture, was able to start with a clean slate. Throughout the home, a curated combination of uncluttered spaces manages to achieve great depth courtesy of varying textures, natural elements and pops of color. Madden notes the couple’s desire for a balance between industry and luxury shines through in the marrying of clean-lined furnishings and architectural elements with high-end materials and sumptuous textures.
The notion is keenly felt in the master bedroom, a room that reads like a dreamy watercolor with a real softness despite furnishings that are largely modern. Ombre wallpaper from Calico Wallpaper’s Aurora collection was custom printed for the height of the space and contributes to a more saturated use of color.
[caption id=”attachment_28414″ align=”alignright” width=”363″] Hanging lights from Design Within Reach create a dramatic visual when interspersed among custom steel rafters designed to support the roof rafters. The custom-designed concrete steps are from JM Lifestyles.[/caption]
“While the main level has a neutral palette with accents of color, we wanted to allow color to run free in the master bedroom,” Madden explains, noting clean-lined furnishings were selected to be consistent with the main floor, with color and texture layered in. “It resulted in a really happy space.”
New light fixtures and windows throughout the home play an important role in making more modern spaces warm, while keeping with the client’s penchant for minimalism. Madden points to the large, dark charcoal windows as one of her favorite features of the home; the clients, on the other hand, claim the newly added yoga studio as theirs. The openness among the family room, dining room and kitchen is important to the renovated space as well. The original kitchen had been closed off from the rest of the home, and the family is now enjoying the newfound flow of these open spaces.
“Interiors can reflect the personalities and lifestyles of homeowners,” Madden states. “The clients aren’t one-dimensional, so the furnishings couldn’t be.” The designer notes that by layering naturalistic, rustic elements with those that are polished and precise, “we reflect a depth of character. The interior felt lived-in on installation day.”
Photography Courtesy of Courtney Apple.
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