Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a silk top from Joie, skorte from Anthropologie, and shoes from Valentino.
Happy Wednesday! It is hump day!! Michelle and I went to visit our new potential office this morning. We will be moving in June and for the first time in 14 1/2 years Kay Genua Designs sign will be on the outside of a building. I must say that I am excited and scared at the same time. My business has grown so that it is time for me to be on my own. I am frantically drawing floor plans of the new office space so that I can know where I want walls. Keep posted I will inform our readers as I move along with my new fabulous corporate headquarters. Today I am featuring a home in New Jersey out of House Beautiful. Designer Michael Maher finally purchased the home that he had always stared at when he was growing up. How exciting is that to have a dream come true?! Have a fabulous day and a great rest of your week!
Isn't this solarium beautiful?! The painted pine floors add so much charm and interest to the room; as do the incredible plants that are in the space. The Lee Jofa stripe on the rattan furniture is so pretty and fresh.
The blue on the walls in this dining room is so luscious. The article talks about how Maher host many Sunday dinners for large crowds. He swaps out his Theodore Alexander chairs for 18 bamboo ballroom chairs to accommodate everyone. I love people who open up their homes to others and enjoy their beautiful things. The art work and the draperies in this room are so pretty and inviting! So lovely to share it family and friends.
What a precious breakfast room! I love using the settee as a banquette in this breakfast area. The porcelain ceiling fixture makes this space double as a breakfast room and homework station. The pantry wall was cut out to link this room to the rest of the house which is so cool!
A view from the living room looking into the dining room. I use to have my son Harrison's room painted this same orange color as the living room. I think it is so striking!
The gardens were very important to Maher and he re-planted all five acres of this house so that they would be deer proof. Something we don't have to worry about much in Texas but boy I know they have to worry about it on the east coast. Deer can destroy a garden over night.
Beautiful moment in the living room. The walls are a gorgeous Farrow & Ball color and the mantel is original.
How beautiful is this entire structure?! This house was designed by architect Calvin Vaux. He and Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central Park. What history!!
I love bedrooms that have odd ceilings. This room is cozy and precious!
Believe it or not this is a scene from the potting shed. I have never seen such a fancy potting shed complete with a Rohl faucet and Tramp art mirror. So fine!
This 12-foot porch is the scene of many outdoor dining. The house was built and meant to have a lot of fresh air running through the house. It is described as this porch between the ceiling fan and the citronella candles repeal the insects from this porch. Way to go Maher and this incredible dream home!
"Garden State Of Mind" Article Featured In House Beautiful May 2017 Issue
Interior Design By Michael Maher
Interview By Douglas Brenner
Photography By Luke White
Producer By Doretta Sperduto
This quote about continuous learning is applicable to me. I have never negoitated a lease or search for my own space. I learn something new every day!
I had to include this picture from one of my favorite client's daughters who was proposed to in Amsterdam. Doesn't this give you the goose bumps or what?!
Dinner last night was salmon seasoned with butter and lemon served with steamed okra. Simple and delicious!
If you are not familiar with Steve Forbet's music. You must look up this song. It warms my heart!