• March 29, 2018

    We’re Inspired: Spring Things

    March 20th began spring, but it hasn’t sprung just yet. As the days start to seem longer and the sun out later, we’re just waiting for the temperature to rise. Until then, we’ll be getting inspiration from the comfort of the indoors. We’re seeing lots of bright bold colors as well as delicate pastels as we dive into some spring-inspo.

     

     

  • March 12, 2018

    Color Inspo: Luck of the Irish

    Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re getting in the spirit! Celebrations throughout the month of March have us dreaming in green, and in the spirit of the Irish, we’re sharing our favorite festive design inspirations.

    Lovely green in Purchase, NY.

     In Irish folklore, it is thought that painting your door red will keep away evil spirits. Other spiritual references say a red door symbolizes safety and shelter where one is welcome.

    “Find a penny, pick it up. All day long, you’ll have good luck.”

     

    The Luxe/Bohemian Peckham Rye Kitchen.

     

    The most forgiving of all house plants, the chain of hearts plant. It is a trailing vine and looks great hanging from a shelf or in a small hanging basket.

     

    The cutest vintage Irish hand cart.

     

    Forest Park House complimented by Waterworks fixtures.

    Waterworks Architectonics in Pine.

     

    Beautiful Pea Green Kitchen.

     

    Lucky Spinach Quiche, see link below for recipe.

     

    The clover cocotte combines the performance and durability of enameled cast iron with a cheerful shape just right for springtime.

     

    This lucious green centerpiece brings life to an Irish inspired table setting.

     

    Irish Celtic Switch Plate

     

    The Pool Room Oak Valley, South Africa.

     

    Traditional Irish Leek & Potato Soup. See link below for this recipe from the Irish Countryside.

     

    It’s traditionally believed that a St. Brigid’s Cross protects the home and family. It hangs in many Irish kitchens for this purpose.

     

    Sources: Mendelson GroupMichelle Marsden Design, Twink + SisDeVol KitchensFresh FlowerOh JoyBright Design LabWaterworksDeVol KitchensDiamonds for DessertLe CreusetTwink + SisHome and Spirit@ihavethisthingwithfloorsThe View from Great Island, Mindy Brownes.

  • February 6, 2018

    Trending: Two-Tone Cabinetry

    The trend of contrasting islands has been established, and we’re beginning to see natural woods and warmer tones make a comeback.

    We’re seeing two-toned cabinetry in bold neutrals such as charcoal grey, taupe, and black mixed with bold painted colors and wood tones such as walnut and aged oak. For the client looking for a crisp white kitchen, pairing whites and organic woods is another way to incorporate two tones.  Whether it’s contrasting cabinets or contrasting drawers, this trend is bringing unique style into the kitchen.

    Looking forward to seeing a Master Bath vanity for a client come to life with contrasting doors made of Alder in a black glaze & carbon finish:

    Town & Country Kitchen and Bath

     

    Smith Hanes

     

    Gateway Grassroots Home Design

     

    The Inspired Room

     

    Town & Country Kitchen and Bath

     

    Decorpad

     

    Smith Hanes

     

    Trendir

     

    Trendir

     

    Homey Life

     

    Gateway Grassroots Home Design

     

    Town & Country Kitchen and Bath

     

    Maillot Homes

  • January 24, 2018

    Sun Valley Bronze: We’re Inspired

    With a wide range of fresh styles, Sun Valley Bronze offers handcrafted hardware that will not disappoint. We’re excited to carry SVB’s on-trend finishes and beautifully detailed pieces!

     

  • December 19, 2017

    Industrial Design in the Kitchen

    We’re bringing industrial design into a client’s kitchen with the Waterworks Regulator collection. A stunning focal point in this kitchen project, the Regulator plays on the design of industrial boiler room controls from the early 20th century. Excited to see this kitchen come to life!

  • December 12, 2017

    The Spirit of Giving 2017

    Town & Country Kitchen and Bath hosts it’s first “The Spirit of Giving” holiday charity event. The Spirit of Giving will provide foster children of CASA Monmouth County with holiday gift bags created by local designers. Designers have taken on one or more children to personally design and fill each a holiday bag with items on their wish list. Generous donors have come forward to provide the children new helmets, locks and bells, with a refurbished bike of their own.  Designers and CASA advocates join Town & Country for a cocktail party exchange December 7, 2017. Check out the gallery below!

  • November 30, 2017

    VNA Holiday House Tour 2017

    This year two Town & Country kitchens will be featured on the VNA Holiday House Tour. Check out our kitchen designs on Rumson Road, and Osprey Lane!

    The Holiday House Tour will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 9:30AM – 4:30PM.
    The tour will feature magnificent homes in the Two River Area of New Jersey. All proceeds from the event will support Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey’s Hospice Program.

    For more information, please call the VNA Foundation Office at 732-224-6780.

  • November 27, 2017

    The Spirit of Giving 2017

  • November 20, 2017

    Cranberry-Pear Crumble Bars

    Thanksgiving is around the corner, and you know what that means- kitchen time!  We’re trying a few new recipes to spice up tradition, this year by adding these Cranberry-Pear Crumble Bars to the dessert table.

    Sweet pears and tart cranberries pair perfectly in these treats, which are part bar cookie, and part fruit crisp. Here, both crust and crumble topping are made from the same almond flour-rolled oat mixture mixture, giving it a nutty flavor. Precooking the filling allows the fruit to soften and release some juices ahead of time so the bottom crust stays nice and crisp. The result is a chewy, fruity cookie that just as easily a perfect afternoon snack as it is a paired with some ice cream for dessert. Choose pears that are on the firm side of ripe: Comice and Anjou both work great.

    Source: Cranberry-Pear Crumble Bars Recipe – NYT Cooking

    INGREDIENTS

    FOR THE FILLING:

    • 1 pound/454 grams pears (2 large), ripe but firm
    • 2 cups/200 grams fresh cranberries
    • ½ cup/101 grams granulated sugar
    • 2 tablespoons orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
    • ½ teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger

    FOR THE CRUST AND CRUMBLE:

    • 2 cups/256 grams all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup/220 grams light brown sugar, packed
    • 1 cup/112 grams almond flour
    • 1 cup/99 grams rolled oats
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 cup/227 grams unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • ½ teaspoon almond extract

    PREPARATION

    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×9-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
    2. Prepare filling: Peel, core and chop the pears into 1/2-inch pieces. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of chopped pears. Add  pears, cranberries, sugar and orange juice to a heavy-bottomed skillet or saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until pears soften, cranberries burst, and juices are thickened and jammy, 7 to 10 minutes. Add vanilla, orange zest and fresh ginger and stir to combine. Remove from heat and let cool while you prepare the crust.
    3. Prepare crust and crumble: In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, almond flour, oats and salt. Stir to combine. Add butter and almond extract, and stir until crumbs are well moistened.
    4. Reserve about 2 1/2 cups/360 grams of the mixture for the topping. Pour remaining crumbs into prepared dish and press them into an even layer. Bake the crust until golden, 10 to 15 minutes.
    5. Spoon filling (it’s O.K. if it’s still warm) evenly over the hot crust, top with reserved crumbs, and return pan to oven. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let the bars cool slightly before cutting and serving.