My grandmother’s house in NJ is one of my favorite places to be.
Not to be out-shined by her house in Brooklyn where she resides for the winter. She decorated this house in the 70s and pretty much hasnt changed much… except for the kitchen and bathrooms…
(Some of you met Grandma at Nate Day… )
Im going to start with my favorite room:
Gracie wallpaper on two walls, Mirrored squares on the other two. Silver leaf ceiling. Need I say more? I just love it.
Here you can see how she personaly hand painted the radiator to match the wallpaper… What can I say, people? Its in my blood.
She designed this wall leading into her den and had a local artist mosaic it by hand.
The den is a converted garage… She custom designed the wallpaper herself. Memories of sitting here on Saturday afternoons watching movies abound…
She turned antique screens into a media cabinet.
AND NOW, another one of my favorite rooms…. the living room.
The lime green cabinetry was the first piece of furniture she ever bought. All of the needlepoints in the house are by my great-grandmother that you can see in the picture hanging on the wall… the walls are silver grasscloth! Can you believe I was looking at grasscloth all of my life and I never knew what it was? My grandmother also had the rug custom made to her specifications. Parts of it are raised and shaggy and parts arent. The cabinets boast a gorgeous collection of glasses, plates, lalique and more… Collections that would make Eddie Ross jealous, I bet!
This is the first painting my grandmother ever did. She was in the 5th grade.
The main seating area of the living room…. I love the bookmatched marble over the fireplace. Sorry for the strange lighting, it was a terribly cloudy day! Do you see a little baby in an oval frame? That’s me!
Of course, I bed my grandmother to get rid of the roses, but she likes them. Old habits die hard. Notice the chrome and glass coffee table and the lacquered quatrefoil end tables. Notice the little garden stool by the pink damask chair. Proof that garden stools may be trendy, but they are always a classic! A view of the living room from the foyer… You can see the full pattern of the rug, which she based on the pattern on the sofas… Again, sorry about the lighting.
The master bedroom… she recently redid this room: as in about 15-20 years ago. She made it double height and her bed is on a raised platform in the center of the room.
Her room takes up the entire front of the house…. Her TV rises from the unit at the foot of the bed….
I literally have about 100 more pictures I could show you… old campaign furniture in the attic, clawfoot tubs, tiny onyx jewel box bathrooms, adorable pairs of benches under every console… There is too much to show in just one post.
But here it is. Grandma’s house in Brooklyn.
I wish I knew how to take better pictures.