Project Spotlight: Cranmoor Drive Project

This month, we are finally shining the spotlight on our Cranmoor Drive Project. This project was a combined effort, executed by builder, Padula Builders, with interior designer, Tracy Pearce Interior Design, and our Design Team. This fully custom, new construction home was completed last year and has been patiently waiting for its moment to shine.

Why the wait?

In anticipation of this feature article we kept the project under wraps, but we are excited to report that this project is featured in this month’s issue of Industry Magazine. In the article, Industry beautifully highlights the combined efforts and obvious benefits of hiring a team of professionals to execute a luxury project like this.

Before you head off to check out the Industry Magazine article, stick around to see additional images and spaces beyond the featured article. In this spotlight we are focusing on the areas near and dear to our hearts from the Cranmoor Drive Project. Below you will find additional details and insights on some of the spaces we helped create. We are also sharing some pro tips along the way for those who find inspiration in these spaces.

Kitchen

This kitchen is one of our favorites to date. We had plenty of room to work with, with a large open footprint and high ceilings it was important that the room felt airy yet cozy. Rustic Cherry stained base cabinets ground the room, while pale taupe-grey painted uppers balance the space, keeping it from being dark or heavy.

The high ceilings afforded the opportunity to incorporate rustic beams that span across the open concept living space. The overall styling of the space, like the entire home, begged to be classic and understated.

We kept with mostly clean lines for the hard surfaces. The “x” mullion detail in the stacked wall cabinets offer just the right visual break to accentuate the beautiful custom cabinetry.

We adore the dropped pendant light fixtures Tracy Pearce Interior design selected for the center island. They have an effortlessly luxurious feel, perfect for the home.

White and rustic stained wood kitchen

Pro Tip:

High ceilings are often desirable for clients, but can significantly increase material costs in a kitchen. If you love these high ceilings, keep this in mind when planning and budgeting for a new kitchen! For instance, going from a standard 8′ ceiling to 9′ height, you can expect to spend an average of 3-10% more for your cabinetry alone. Costs will vary based on a number of variable such as style, function, and cabinetry manufacturer.

stained wood base cabinets and White painted cabinets

If you know us well, you probably are already aware, but we love mixing metals in spaces. This kitchen offers the classic combination of brass hardware and dark plumbing fixtures. In this kitchen the hardware finish, which will age and patina with use, which will only enhance the casual feel of this kitchen over the years.

Pro Tip:

Unlacquered brass hardware is a gorgeous finish and very popular at the moment. Although beautiful, this finish is not always the right choice for everyone or every space. In our design practice, we believe in the importance of educating our clients of the pros and cons when considering materials for their home. Unlacquered brass is a living finish, which means it “raw” and as such will change. If you like the way a finish looks brand new and will not be happy with the aging effects a living finish may not be a good fit for your project. Most finishes offer some level of change over time, consider selecting finishes that have been coated to help preserve the original finishing of the fixture. Look for lacquered or PVD finish options, these coatings are designed to help regulate wear.

Inset Stained Cabinetry with Brass Hardware

The difference between cabinetry and custom cabinetry is in the details. In this kitchen, we used Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry. This image highlights the special detailing of the cabinetry door style and the thoughtful attention to highlighting the specially selected wood material. The placement of that knot in the wood is no accident in this space!

Bathing Beauties

We got to help create some pretty lovely bathrooms in this home as well. Below is a gallery of these spaces!

Regal Spa-like Master Bathroom

Bespoke finishes and extreme attention to detail make this master suite pure luxury. Everything from the handpainted wallcovering in the bedroom, to the soaking tub, and even the custom cabinetry and finishing continues from the bathroom through the master closet (not pictured) make this space the ultimate master retreat.

Each Bathroom is designed in their own selection of finishes and styles to make each room unique. The continued use of horizontal ship lap on the walls is a nice touch to create a cohesive feel for the bathrooms throughout the house.

Custom Creations

Projects like the Cranmoor Drive Project allow designers and craftspeople the opportunity to do their best work. A client who trusts the teams they have hired and are open to thinking beyond what is expected, are often rewarded with spaces that are completed beyond what they could have imagined. The early concepts of this wine room were much like a napkin sketch, pulling design inspiration from several places. Through careful planning and expert execution this vision is now a showcase space in the main living space of the home.

The basement boasts a myriad of features, including a wet bar, golf simulator (shown in Industry Article), and home theatre. Among the special attributes on this level of the home, this cozy nook (below) is a space we are particularly proud of. Again, offering the benefits of having a great team on a project to take a concept and make it reality. The entire banquet, shown below, was built completely onsite. We sourced the parts in the same materials as the bar cabinetry to continue the pub feel in the space.

Custom Banquette seating in the basement entertainment zone

We know that the pictures tell so much of a home’s story, for that reason we kept this feature short and sweet. We hope you enjoyed this little deep dive behind some of these spaces.

Do you have a question about this project? Interested in working with this team of professionals for your home project? Please feel free to reach out at general@tckbdesigns.com.

Project Sources

Builder: Padula Builders, Inc.

Interior Designer: Tracy Pearce Interior Design

Cabinetry Design and Sourcing: Town & Country Kitchen and Bath

Architect: Aquatecture Associates

Photography: Chris James Photography

Project Feature

Want more of our Cranmoor Drive Project Spotlight? Check out the Industry Magazine, Just Add Water article here to see read more about this project collaboration.

Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas Verde

This month, we are sharing The Blonde Shallot’s Chicken Enchiladas Verde recipe. The Blonde Shallot, owned by Jessica Rogers, is locally based in Little Silver NJ. Specializing in accessible quality food; they offer salads, soups, and so much more which can be picked up from their market or delivered to your home.

As we look toward welcoming Spring, we were craving something tasty and satisfying yet fresh and lively. When we asked Jess to share a favorite recipe for our March feature, the minute we heard “chicken enchiladas verde,” we knew that was the perfect dish to help kick off the season.

The Blonde Shallot's Chicken Enchiladas Verde

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tblsp. Butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened & cut in large cubes
  • 2 (4oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 Tblsp. minced cilantro
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast (Jessica uses 1 rotisserie chicken)
  • 8 soft corn tortillas
  • 1 (16oz) jar salsa verde (she like’s Herdez)
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet or pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Add in salt, cumin, and garlic and cook for one minute more, until fragrant.
  3. Stir in cream cheese and reduce heat to medium-low and stir continuously until melted nicely. Stir in green chiles, cilantro, chicken and ½ cup salsa verde and mix well.
  4. To soften tortillas, place between damp paper towels and microwave for 1 minute. This should help them to avoid cracking, but if they do, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
  5. Divide filling evenly between 8-10 tortillas, about ⅓ cup in each. Roll tortillas and place them seam side down in the pan. Cover chicken enchiladas with remaining salsa and sprinkle with the cheese. Place in
    oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until cheese is lightly browned on top.

Serve:

Garnish with chopped cilantro and scallion. Dig In!

Perfect Pairings:

Naturally, enchiladas pair perfectly with chips, fresh salsa, and an ice cold light beer, but we are partial to a sangria pairing. We like this Easy Red Wine Sangria recipe, great as is and easily customizable for seasonal or flavor preferences.

Details on The Blonde Shallot

Jess Rogers, Owner and Chef of The Blonde Shallot

Visit their website to order for pick up or delivery and follow their Instagram for updates to their market selections.

Location: 471 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver, NJ

Contact: 732.383.5302

Also, check out this APP Article to learn more about The Blonde Shallot!

Thank You, Jess, for sharing this special recipe with us and our readers!

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Project Spotlight: Sunset Avenue Project

Sunset Avenue Project Background

Our clients purchased a rundown Victorian home, built in a shore town’s glory days of the early 20th century. The home would become their weekend haven to escape the busy city. A place to welcome friends and family, and enjoy the coastal area’s evolving cultural and culinary scene.

The house, although beautiful in its character, was in need of a top to bottom renovation. The client’s goal was to keep as much of the original charm and infuse their own, more urban, style to create a home that felt effortlessly stylish and chic.

They came to Town & Country to help with the kitchen and master bathroom, two important rooms in the project.

Kitchen

Sunset Avenue Project - White and wood kitchen

The clients wanted the kitchen to feel bright and open. We chose crisp white painted cabinets with warm accents to balance the classic home’s architecture and infuse some of the couple’s more modern style. Traditional inset type cabinet construction with a modern stepped detail on the door and drawers continue the mission of marrying styles in the home.

The high ceilings on the first floor allow this modestly sized kitchen to feel larger. We maximized this height with stacked wall cabinets and lit glass sections for displaying special pieces.

  • Sunset Avenue Project Kitchen peninsula and favorite art
  • Sunset Avenue Project Peninsula Seating

The original kitchen layout had a small addition that served as a breakfast nook. The patio french doors, a main access point for the home, made flow to the door, table sizing and placement awkward. A formal dining, adjacent to the kitchen, eliminated the couples need for another dining table, however the clients wanted some seating for casual meals and entertaining. The kitchen’s overall size did not allow for a center island, instead we designed a peninsula that would offer some seating, additional countertop space and create a nice separate entry space at the french doors.

  • Contemporary Cabinet Knob
  • Contemporary Cabinet Pull
  • Brushed Stainless Steel Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

Sleek Brushed Stainless Steel hardware pulls offer a modern detail to the classic space. The Stainless Steel farm sink and a contemporary pull down faucet nicely accent the appliances.

*See farm sink in the peninsula image above.

Master Bathroom

The Master Suite was created on the third floor, originally unfinished storage space for the home. True to Victorian style architecture, this space fills various steeply pitched roof lines, creating unique ceiling heights and angles for the space inside.

The master bathroom sits in a cluster of the dormer alcoves, which created some interesting design challenges.

The only place in the room that the vanity could go was a dormer that provided the only natural light in the room.

The windows made it so the countertop would have to be shorter than typically specified. This challenge created the opportunity for added interest with these drum vessel sinks and tall goose neck faucets.

*Kitchen bridge faucets were used in order to accommodate the vessel sink height and create a more prominent focal feature.

We had to work around another obstacle in the room. A main piece of ductwork that ran along the wall under the window. We needed to hide the ductwork, and still provide a fair amount of storage. This vanity is a perfect example of making custom crafted cabinetry work to it’s full advantage. From the outside you would never now what this furniture looking vanity is hiding.

*Check out the next picture for a peak inside the vanity.

Old homes can often present a fair share of challenges, but with some creativity and the right resources can be highly rewarding. We loved working on this project and helping our client’s bring new life into this old treasure!

We hope you enjoyed this spotlight into our Sunset Avenue Project.

Sunset Avenue Project Spotlight Sources

Design: Town & Country Kitchen and Bath

Custom Cabinetry: Town & Country Kitchen and Bath Bespoke Cabinetry

Cabinetry, Countertop and Hardware: Specified, sourced and supplied by TCKB Designs

Styling: T&C Mercantile

Photography: Patricia Burke Photography

Project Spotlight: Conover Lane Project

This month’s featured project spotlight is our Conover Lane Project. It seemed fitting to shine the spotlight on one of our most romantically styled design projects during the month most associated with love. We think you’ll agree!

Project Overview

Fellow designer, Joan Norkus, of Boxwood LLC Interior Design was hired to bring this full home renovation project to life. Joan brought us into this project to help with the design and execution of the kitchen and sitting room dry bar.

From the first meeting with the client we knew that this space would be special. The client explained that she loved pink, which Joan had planned to incorporate the color throughout the home. “Is it crazy to have pink cabinets?” we remember the client asking. The client’s husband (Valentine of the year) said that he was fine with whatever his wife chose for finishes.

The new layout of the home provided a formal sitting room off the foyer, this room is a perfect welcome for this couple’s family and friends. The rug set the tone for the finishes in this room. We pulled one of the deeper tones from the rug to create the custom Raspberry Pudding dry bar. We love the beautiful balance of bold modern elements and traditional antique pieces that Joan incorporated into this spaces furnishings.

Wide Open Spaces

From the siting room you enter the open concept kitchen, dining, living space with a stunning view of the Navesink River.

Our joint focus was to create some separation of the individual spaces in this open room, yet ensure that everything was cohesive. A structural column in the room created a natural separation allowing the room be the divided into 4 quadrants; kitchen, sitting area, dining, and living room.

A Pink Kitchen

Wanting the kitchen to be a special reflection of the client’s unique style, yet striving for a space that would be timeless, we made the strategic decision that the cabinetry would be a special stain on Quarter Sawn Oak wood. This linear grained wood presented a more classic, even masculine, juxtaposition to the delicately pink toned stain. This combination offers a beautiful balance for the couple.

Special Finishes

The client fell in love with a marble countertop, on display in our showroom, confirming that decision early on. Brass finishes were planned for many of the selections in the home. We wanted to carry that into the kitchen for consistency, but also put it a little spin on it. We chose a brass finish with a rosy-tone for the cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures. Although subtle, this variation creates a nice transition from the pink toned cabinetry to the more gold toned brass finishes of the lighting and other elements in the open concept living space.

The bronze metal custom made range hood features a tapered curve to offset the curved detail of the window on the adjacent wall. The finish also boasting the slighted touch of pink, yet deeper than the lighting, hardware, and plumbing in the room, building on the room’s palette.

*Design Tip:

The days requiring all metals to match perfectly are gone. Although it can create a consistent look, which may be right for a particular design, we love layering elements. Don’t be afraid to play around with this by mixing finishes, metal or otherwise. in a space. When done well, it makes the design in a space much more interesting and personal.

Design Detailing

If you have to do dishes, this wouldn’t be a bad spot to do them. We love how this sink wall turned out. The curved window was something that the client knew she wanted in the kitchen from day 1. We kept the window wall free of upper cabinetry to make it one of the room’s focal points. A combination of printed and Calcutta Marble tile backsplash accent the window, which is finished off with these stunning vintage sconces that the client had purchased years ago in hopes of using them someplace special.

The center island was designed to feel more like built-in furniture than cabinetry. To achieve this, we integrated legs on all four corners and a vertical apron between the legs to give the island a table look.

When possible, we like to conceal functional elements that may not be very esthetically pleasing. Microwaves are often an important element in a kitchen, however these appliances are not always the most attractive. By placing them on the working side of an island, it is in a convenient location for use, but less conspicuous from most vantage points in the room.

It was a joy to be a part of this project and we are thrilled with the final outcome. We hope our clients will enjoy their new home for many years to come!

Conover Lane Project Spotlight Sources

Kitchen and Dry Bar design and cabinetry, hood, and hardware: Town & Country Kitchen and Bath

Interior Design and Furnishing for these spaces: Joan Norkus, Boxwood LLC Interior Design

Backsplash Material sourced through Downtown Tile

Photographs: Patricia Burke Photography

Want More?

Click the image below to read the cover story article featuring this project in Monmouth Health & Life.

RECIPE: Corn Chowder

This time of year is made for delicious comfort food and soups, chowders, and stews are comfort in a bowl. This month we are excited to share the Corn Chowder recipe from one of our favorite cookbooks, Feed Your Mind. Bay Magazine has created a cookbook is not only beautiful and packed with delicious recipes, but it is local as well. This cookbook draws inspiration from our state’s very own Long Beach Island (LBI to the natives) highlighting locally-sourced seafood, farm-fresh produce and regional ingredients.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 T. butter
  • 4 scallions, chopped plus 2 T. reserved for garnish
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 lb. white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 8 corn ears)
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Preparation:

In a large and heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.

Add scallions, bell peppers, and celery stirring until hte vegetables start to soften, around 8-10 minutes. Add in the potatoes, two cups of the corn, broth, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occassionally, for 15 minutes.

In a blender, puree the remaining two cups corn with milk and add into the soup. Simmer until the soup thickens slightly, 7-10 minutes.

Serve:

Ladle chowder into bowls or cups and top with chopped scallions and enjoy!

This Corn Chowder is simple yet delicious, making it a perfect recipe for week night dinners. The Feed Your Mind cookbook offers recipes for unique appetizers, side dishes, main courses, desserts, and cocktails, making it a great addition to the kitchen.


We stock the cookbook in our Red Bank shop or click the button below to order your copy!

Project Spotlight: Elm Road Project – Planning

We are kicking off this year’s project spotlight with one that was over a year in the making, finally debuted in the fall of 2020. Our Elm Road Project was a new construction home with the initial intention to be featured as a Designer Showhouse through Aspire Magazine. Then the house would become the new home of the young family having it built.

In this spotlight, we are focusing on some of the behind the scenes planning parts of the project that took place well before it was furnished and open the the public.

The furnishing and Showhouse is a part of the story that will come later.

A Different Approach

This project was unique in many ways, mostly because it wasn’t just a Showhouse and it wasn’t just a new construction home for a client. Typically, the approach to these two types of projects is very different.

When working with a client, designing their home, we are working directly with the end user of the project. Therefore, we focus on making decisions that will serve their needs and ideal lifestyle specifically.

Alternatively, when we participate in a Showhouse project, there are typically many different designers involved in a single homem each completing an individual space. The focus for each space is to provide inspiration and highlight their work in a unique way to be enjoyed by many people. This usually results in a wide variety of styles throughout.

We were brought into the project very early, hired by the clients to make the hard surface design and decisions for the entire home. Since the homeowners would eventually be calling this their home, it was important that the permanent materials and building elements would create a cohesive flow for the home beyond the Designer’s Showhouse debut.

The client wanted a fusion of California modern with Asian influences for their home. Our goal was to incorporate these desired styles of the client with fresh perspectives to help set the the tone for a truly special showhouse.

Starting from Scratch

With new construction projects specifically, it is our job to bring life to the flat nature of architectural plans. We add dimension to these drawings by planning the spaces as they will be used and feel when you are in them.

it all starts with a plan

Set the mood

We use mood boards when designing spaces and homes to help set the overall focus for the house. This is a snapshot of one of the mood boards for this project.

Modern made to be More

Special detailing can often be lost with the abundance of clean lines and simplicity that is generally associated with modern design. We don’t think that has to the be case, we believe that modern design can be an perfect base for highlighting exceptional details. Each space we touched, including the kitchen, butler’s pantry, laundry room, walk-in pantry, 8 bathrooms, mudroom, and wet bar all have some element of uniqueness.

Thinking inside the box

A very big part of what we are known for is our cabinetry. We strive to create more functional and interesting spaces. We achieve this by pushing the limits of basic cabinet design in every project we do.

All of the cabinetry throughout the home is our custom Town & Country Bespoke Cabinetry. We took special care to be sure that every room was a modern reflection of the possibilities that can be achieved when working with quality craftsmanship and products.

sketches of some of the custom door detailing for the project

Many of the cabinet door styles started as rough sketches like this from the design studio. These sketches became reality through the fine work of our cabinet makers as seen below.

child’s bathroom with custom floating vanity and tile with hexagon detail

Beyond the Box

In addition to the cabinetry, we were in charge of selecting and designing all of the hard surfaces for the project. This included the tile, countertops, plumbing fixtures, and bathroom accessories for this home.

Product Sponsors for the Showhouse part of the project meant that we had manufacturer restraints on the selections. Working with limited brands we were able to explore the versatility throughout the home that can be achieved when playing with finish and styles.

We wanted the individual rooms in the house to be unique, yet flow from one to the next. Our approach was to stick with a neutral color palette for all selections to create the desired continuity. Clean lines for all styling selections kept things sleek. While sourcing layers of natural and organic feeling materials offers a earthy feel throughout.

collection of finish samples for the project in the planning process

Highlights on products and fixtures will come at a later time.

When a Plan Comes Together

Although it takes time to plan and execute a project like this, it is always rewarding to look back at the process a project and how it all comes together.

We selected a few of our favorite completed spaces in the house. Below are the planning sketches and images of the final room.

master bathroom design sketch
completed master bathroom
butler’s pantry cabinetry sketch
completed butler’s pantry and dining room beyond
kitchen and breakfast nook sketch
completed kitchen and breakfast nook

We are excited to share more of the details and finished images of the house once the Aspire Showhouse Issue coming soon.

Mike Van Tassel was the photographer who took the professional images of the finishes spaces of the Showhouse.

Nanny’s Pecan Puffs – A favorite holiday recipe

Nothing is more keeping with the spirit of the season than enjoying comforts of tradition and family. Food is so connected to these comforts, it is for this reason we are sharing a, staff’s favorite, family recipe today.

TCKB member, Kaila Williams, is counting the days until she gets to enjoy her favorite holiday treat. “Every year when my mom asks for special requests for our holiday visit, without fail, mine is always the same. Nanny’s Pecan Puffs!” explains Kaila.

This classic baked good is also known by other names like wedding cookies, pecan balls, and snowball cookies. Pecan Puffs are a soft, slightly sweet butter cookies, packed with chopped pecans and topped with powdered sugar. “They taste like Christmas to me” reminisces Williams.

This recipe only uses a few ingredients and is quick to make. They can even be made early in the season and frozen until you are ready to enjoy.

“We still use the exact recipe that my great grandmother, nanny, always used. The recipe card itself is an heirloom. Written in my grandmothers handwriting which was given to my mom, it is stained and worn showing its frequent use over the years,” Kaila explains. Images of the recipe card below.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Crisco (you can use alternatives, but we have found that the tasts is a little different)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar (sifted)
    • 1/2 cup for recipe
    • 1 cup for after baking
  • 2 1/4 Cups Flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Pecans

Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Blend Crisco and sugar until creamy and smooth. Stir in flour, salt, vanilla, pecans, and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until well blended.

Mold into 1″ balls and place on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Roll balls in 1 cup of powdered sugar.

Then Enjoy!

We wish you a happy holiday season!

Holiday Entertaining – Combining the season’s natural beauty with it’s sense of magic.

There is just something about this time of year! Is it the bite in the air, the glow of the lights, the melody of the songs? We can’t say for sure. What we do know is this time of year seems to have a bit of magic in it! With this magical time of year, we are surrounded by a barren nature outdoors and turn inside for holiday entertaining.

Above all the things that make this season special is the overwhelming sense of togetherness. Regardless of your beliefs, this season has a way of uniting; families, friends, communities, and neighbors. That alone can feel magical.

Often gatherings are a big part of this togetherness. This year, as we thought about holiday entertaining, we have found that we are especially drawn to nature when imagining how to highlight this magical season.

Our holiday table is a celebration of nature and the season’s magic.

Keeping things more natural, we opted out of doing a tablecloth, using the wood table as the base for our table-scape. A crisp white linen topped with a rustic burlap runner offer some subtle structure to the décor. From there things get interesting…

Bring the outdoors in!

We love the idea of abundance when it comes to bringing in the natural elements, so we decided that we would go all out with layering the greens. Rather than using a more traditional pine or holly, we chose some of the seasons less celebrated plants for this table. A variety of dried and faux sprigs of eucalyptus create a plentiful bed all along the table. Rather than florals, we chose a variety of potted rosemary plants.

A small potted creeping rosemary is at home on this earthy table

Tip: Rosemary is commonly used in holiday meals, by having these plants on the table it offers a nice semblance to the food you are enjoying at the table. This doesn’t have to be rosemary. Consider personalizing this philosophy to your meal. If there is a particular herb, fruit, or vegetable used in your menu, consider highlighting it on your table-scape.

Black and Brass Accents offer modern touches to the earthy theme.

We chose sleek matte black dishes and paired them with polished brass flatware for a fun juxtaposition of contemporary glam.

Mixing Elements

The Holiday Tables is set.

Rust and Mercury are both elements of nature. Although we wont go too far into the periodic table, the idea of adding items that are reminiscent of nature’s elements has validity when creating an earthy theme. Giant rustic bells and oversized mercury ornaments are perfect accents to adorn the greens. Wooden Block placeholders display personalized cards for guest’s seating locations.

Set the mood

Aged Brass frames around antique glass hurricanes offer a perfect candle glow.

We all know that lighting is so important when creating a mood. Candlelight is among the most romantic and cozy forms of lighting you can use in a space. We chose to place pillar candles in several glass hurricanes along the table to give a soft warm glow.

No matter if your holiday gathering is large or small, we hope you have a wonderfully magical holiday season this year!

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Project Spotlight – Bingham Avenue Project Holiday Edition

This year’s Bingham Avenue Project, holiday edition project spotlight, is one that is near and dear to our hearts. This new construction project was the home of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath owner, Ginny Padula. Ginny and her husband Lou, owner of Padula Builders, designed and built this home with a heavy emphasis on family in mind.

There is no better time than the holidays to celebrate family and enjoy the comforts of home. This may be one of the reasons that Ginny pulls out all the stops when decorating her home for the season. We had the pleasure of capturing the house during one of the ‘most wonderful times of the year’ and chatting with Ginny about her holiday traditions and decorating inspiration.

We will spotlight details on this full home design project at another time. For this edition, we are going to focus on spreading the holiday cheer.

Style Profile

A welcome holiday entrance with boxwood greens and wintery décor

We started out by asking Ginny the obvious question, what is it about Christmas that makes her give full measure to decorating her home? “I have always loved holiday decorations and everything that goes with this time of year, like getting to spend extra time with my family.”

Ginny describes her holiday decorating style as being similar to her personal design style; classic and natural with hints of rustic elements. Evident in these images, the home features deep wood tones paired with warm neutrals. The traditional styling makes it feel tailored yet welcoming. When adding holiday décor she enhances these elements by layering lots of natural greens, which pair so naturally with the wood throughout the home.

Holiday Traditions

The heart of the Padula Home

Ginny is an excellent cook, this time of year the kitchen is especially busy with baking and extra people filling the home for meals. The décor is kept simple in this space to allow for ease of use during meal prep and baking. A small tree or two, some boxwood wreaths over the windows, strategic greens, and of course the highly aromatic and useful rosemary plant. She confides that her favorite holiday tradition is, being in the kitchen, baking cookies with her two sons.

Dining Room is set and ready for holiday guests .

Once the meal is made, it’s time to gather and enjoy! The Padula’s host a family dinner each year on Christmas Eve with the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes theme. “We both grew up celebrating this way. When we got married we took over hosting to continue the custom for our family and friends and pass onto the next generation.” Ginny explains when asked how long they have have hosted these feasts.

This is a meal that requires that the entire family pitch in and takes days to prepare. Lou is the ring leader and head chef of this meal though and he starts planning for the feast weeks in advance. Everything from the homemade manicotti shells that are prepared the Sunday prior until the last salad hits the table is steeped in family tradition.

When asked if the menu varies each year, “Oh no,” Ginny explains, “everything is prepared using Lou’s grandmothers recipes and the menu is just the way she always did it.”

House of Trees

The family room is so cozy with one of the decorated Christmas trees and fireplace.

The most prominent decorative element that Ginny incorporates are trees. Large and small, real and artificial, there is a tree in each room of the home. Each tree is decorated with it’s own thoughtfully unique theme. “Last year there were 11, this year we are adding 5 or 6 more” admits Padula.

“They are all my favorite,” Ginny laughs when asked to pick, “but the family tree is probably my favorite” she decides, of the tree that the whole family decorates together. They fill the tree with ornaments either made by or collected by the group.

Even Bentley, the family’s Brittney Spaniel gets a specially decorated tree.

As in all design, an important element is to be true to your taste and comfort. When decorating for the holidays make it feel personal and purposeful. Small accents in well placed locations can make a big impact. We hope you have enjoyed this special holiday edition project spotlight and have gathered some inspiration for your own home this season.

Happy Holidays from the TCKB Design Team!

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We rounded up a few items from the shop to help you create your own winter wonderland at home. Our shop is open in Red Bank daily, visit our Shop page for store hours. Please visit us to shop in person, email us: general@tckbdesigns.com , or call: 732-345-1441, we offer curbside pickup, local drop offs, and shipping.

Faux Seedling trees, various sizes and styles available, starting at $40.
Red Stripes Kitchen Linen Dish Cloths $11 and Giant Tin Snowflake Ornaments $12
Preserved Boxwood Wreaths with white ribbon $18

Holiday Entertaining – We are looking to dining outdoors this season

This year, it seems, we are all craving some form of normalcy in an anything but normal time. While holiday entertaining may look different than we would like, there are still ways to make the holiday season special and inviting. We love the idea of hosting an el fresco dinner. The weather may be crisp but this only adds to the enjoyment of the season.

Location is everything

Find a cozy or pretty location like a patio, under a large tree, or in a garden space to set the scene. Consider bringing your dining table and chairs outdoors, the use of furniture that is traditionally used inside the home creates a slightly formal feel in a more casual setting.

Don’t be too concerned with pristine landscape, take advantage of the natural ‘décor’ around you. What could be more fitting than enjoying a meal among the fallen leaves that make the season so beautiful.

Décor for entertaining outdoors

The beauty of this concept is that most of the décor is taken care of by mother nature. For the tabletop, fresh flowers are a must…consider selecting something unexpected. Blooms that offer a contrast against the natural landscape create a focal accent. Here we used various sizes of the same glass vessels for assorted heights while keeping a consistent look. We chose pops of purple wildflower-like flowers. Instead of mixing the flowers in all of the vases, we grouped each flower type in it’s own basin for a more graphic touch.

Mixing Materials

In our design work, we love how mixed materials create interest to a space, this philosophy is true for tablescapes as well. Here we show brass, silver, and mercury metal tones mixed with organic elements like French linens, handmade pottery, and recycled glassware creating a causal yet polished composition.

A collection of vintage brass candlesticks adds a classic elegance and of course the source on an important ambience element. No matter the time of day that your holiday entertaining will take place, a candle glow is a welcome addition to the experience of dining outdoors.

Keep things simple

Stick with a minimal color pallet and use multiples of the same pieces to keep things simple yet interesting. Layer extra dishes to add subtle dimension and substance to each place setting. Forgo any excess of linens, instead stick with simple cloth napkins as the primary textile on the table. An added bonus, less fabric allows for more worry free dining experience. No need to worry about a spill and the makes meal cleanup a breeze.

Toasty Additions

A key to holiday entertaining is making everyone feel at home, this can be achieved even when dining outdoors. Have blankets available for guests to drape over themselves while dining. Light a fire nearby in a fire pit or chimenea to offer elements that have a cozy feel.


Shop the Look

Everything you see in these images is available in the T&C Mercantile shop. We are still working on our online shopping site. In the meantime, our retail shop is open daily through the holiday season for in person and virtual shopping experiences. View Shop Hours

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