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ROOM TO RELAX Plump cognac leather sofas offer ample seating in this family room, which opens to the kitchen. Guests can mingle with the cook without being underfoot. A fieldstone fireplace anchors the space and rustic touches, such as the custom mantel (fashioned from a vintage barn beam) and wrought iron chandelier, add warmth. Just beyond the great room— behind French doors, with transom windows for extra light— is a billiard room.

ROOM TO RELAX Plump cognac leather sofas offer ample seating in this family room, which opens to the kitchen. Guests can mingle with the cook without being underfoot. A fieldstone fireplace anchors the space and rustic touches, such as the custom mantel (fashioned from a vintage barn beam) and wrought iron chandelier, add warmth. Just beyond the great room— behind French doors, with transom windows for extra light— is a billiard room.

 

Ginny Zonfrilli knew that symmetry would be key to balancing the generous spaces of this 10,000-square-foot residence in Morris County. “The idea around this home was to create a place of comfort, with room for lots of guests,” says the principal of South Orange-based VHZ Design. A 30-year design veteran, Zonfrilli is a firm believer in balance and harmony in all of her projects. “I don’t have a signature style. I believe in giving clients a space that reflects them, a place they love to come home to,” she says.

Throughout the 5-year-old New Vernon residence, continuity in style and color palette create a cohesive, unpretentious look, while maintaining a stately posture. Architectural details—classic millwork, a fieldstone fireplace and hearth (that mirrors the chimney stonework)—add character, while the modern floor plan lends itself to entertaining.

For this on-the-go client, the home needed to provide space for friends and family to interact. Since the owner enjoys cooking (and previously worked in the restaurant business), a top-of-the-line kitchen was key. Along with all the culinary bells and whistles, Zonfrilli’s kitchen design incorporates a family room and billiard room that flow seamlessly. “The French doors that flank the fireplace offer an element of privacy to the game room, without completely cutting it off from the rest of the house,” says Zonfrilli. “It’s a great place for kids to hang out while parents mingle.”

Private spaces are equally well thought out, says the designer. In the master bath, his-and-hers dressing areas have handsome built-in cabinetry—hers with a sit-down dressing table, his with a pocket door that leads to the walk-in closet. “There’s a place for everything and it’s pleasingly symmetrical,” she says.

Zonfrilli began consulting on the home during its planning stages, though she wasn’t starting on the ground floor with this client. She had worked with him before, and also had designed several properties for his parents. “He’s a second-generation client.” Zonfrilli is currently renovating a beach house, located in Brick, for the homeowner.


ROOM TO RELAX Plump cognac leather sofas offer ample seating in this family room, which opens to the kitchen. Guests can mingle with the cook without being underfoot. A fieldstone fireplace anchors the space and rustic touches, such as the custom mantel (fashioned from a vintage barn beam) and wrought iron chandelier, add warmth. Just beyond the great room— behind French doors, with transom windows for extra light— is a billiard room.



SWEET EN SUITE The focal point of this spacious master bath is a tile mosaic—set within the travertine floor—in a fanciful pattern that spans more than eight feet. The his-and-hers sanctuary is comfortably symmetrical with matching banks of cabinetry—hers with a sit-down makeup vanity. The walk-in closet is cleverly concealed by a pocket door, while the separate shower and water closet flank the soaker tub.


The walk-through butler’s pantry leads to the formal dining room. It is equipped with wine storage for 20-plus bottles. The custom cabinetry has a cherry stain (that matches the island) and water-glass fronted doors to display stemware. A petite crystal chandelier elevates the look of the utilitarian space.


KITCHEN DELIGHT More than 10 feet long, this island provides generous storage, a prep sink, a built-in microwave and warming drawer, and still has plenty of room for a breakfast bar. Carved from a single slab of chocolate granite, the island’s counter is a seamless stone. Top-of-the line appliances include 36-inch refrigerator and freezer and a 60-inch Viking stove. The cabinetry has a timeless neutral, glazed finish and is topped with cream-and-amber granite. The backsplash takes its color cues from the granite and is set in a classic diamond pattern of alternating glazed and unglazed Mediterranean tiles, which also border the range hood. A walk-in pantry provides food storage, while a mudroom supplies closet space right off the kitchen.


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Author: Issue: Jan/Feb 2012
Credits: Photographed by Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography
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