Vanessa Deleon at The Glass House

The Glass House townhome is New Jersey sophistication at its finest. I had the pleasure of designing one of the two-bedroom, three- bath homes. To complement the spectacular views of Manhattan and the Hudson River seen from almost every room, I decided to create a tasteful yet fun environment—think fairytales come to life in an adult world.

In the living room, I coupled beautiful artwork from Porkchop—a multi-disciplinary artist based in Asbury Park, New Jersey—with a velvety Hunter sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The artworks, Matter and Inward, add a whimsical appeal that continues through to the dining room and kitchen.

Continuous, free-flowing French pleated curtains create an effortless transition between spaces while an Urbanscape wallpaper, courtesy of JF Fabrics, adds visual appeal to an accent wall in the dining room. The bold Addie table—inspired by the fanciful notion of knights at the round table—became the room’s stately centerpiece, enhanced by an elegant bronze finish.

In the kitchen, I continued to draw inspiration from aspects of fairy tales. The Wolf stove’s iconic red knobs are paired with the enchanting MacKenzie-Childs’ Courtly Check Tea Kettle—a pattern reminiscent of the classic Alice & Wonderland Tea Party. For pops of color, I added pepper and salt shakers, a cookbook holder, and a cast iron tomato cocotte by Staub—all in a vibrant red. A marble and copper bowl tone things down while a large glass Biscotti jar filled with pretzels is meant to recall the tale of Hansel & Gretel. To finish off the subtle references to various fairy tales, I filled a beautiful burled bowl from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams with tempting, ripe red apples that appear to glow—forming a perfect contrast to the pristine white marble countertop.

In the master bedroom, I instituted a soft palette of grays, ivories, and creams to add warmth and serenity. A gold-braided picture frame from L’Objet, decorated with a picture quite meaningful to me, aptly decorates the most private room of the townhome. On the dresser, a faux Shagreen box and a lovely brass palm sculpture from Williams Sonoma add an elegant touch, while a sculptural gold-leafed mirror overhead imbues the room with a serious glamorous appeal.

To take advantage of every inch of the space, I converted the optional second bedroom, located directly across from the master bedroom, into an ultra-chic office that works for both men and women. Dark grey hues complement the beautiful leather desk that forms the centerpiece of the room. An imposing Thompson Ferrier Alligator candle in silver greets guests with its surprisingly inviting scent and beauty.


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