“This turn of the century brownstone is located on a lovely tree-lined residential block in Hoboken, New Jersey,” Joan Enger of J.Patryce Design says. Her clients, only the third owners in 100 years, are avid art collectors, intellectuals, and world travelers. Having purchased the home in the late ‘90s, the house appealed to them because of its expansive width and original details—including three working fireplaces, applied moldings, mahogany doors, and original lighting fixtures. 

As their family grew and the house matured, they decided it was time for a face lift. “Their vision included a double vaulted glass exterior to allow for maximum natural light throughout and the living, dining, and kitchen on the same level as the outdoor garden,” Joan says. Since this level was a little dark, they wanted a double-vaulted glass exterior to flood the space with natural light. 

“The floating back staircase was added and would connect the modern extension and upper library with the original parlor level,” Joan explains. “Having spent her formative years in Europe, we channeled the wife’s roots throughout the design process including a fresh, clean palette and natural wood finishes.” Custom millwork was added throughout, connecting the spaces. In the kitchen, an artful combination of warm white matte lacquer with natural white oak complements the honed Calacatta marble. 

For finishing touches, the designer relied on the clients’ collection of original art, European artifacts, and pottery. “We had no problem mixing their tasteful collection into our design vision,” she says. “The juxtaposition of these modern details combined with the original details is what makes this home so special.”

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