With its bright, white walls and wide windows, Blanche Garcia of B. garcia designs’ recently completed project feels more like a modern California home than the New Jersey Colonial it truly is. Blanche says, “The house is very unassuming from the outside but when you walk in you are immediately hit with a large window that looks out to the backyard as the backdrop to a floating mid-century modern bubble chair.” Blanche unified the space with a clean coat of white paint – minus the dining areas’ wallpaper – and selected all new stone and tile for the fireplaces, kitchen, and bathrooms. The wood floor was existing but Blanche enlisted Tim Murphy to custom-tint it a rich brown tone. She also brought in  Shaun Killman to build a custom pantry barn door. 

It was those types of custom details that helped the great room, with its vaulted ceilings and statement bar, win the HGTV 2017 “Faces of Design” award for living space. The home does not lack for great entertaining space, with two fireplaces and an open floor plan. For cozy reading time, however, you’d find us in the built-in nooks that flank the custom bookcase.

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