I was drawn to this New Jersey home of Italian designer Frank DelleDonne, not because the interiors are my style, but because it's so well designed and it looks homey, yet sophisticated. I love the large kitchen; would love to have a kitchen of that size, a kitchen that is also a family room. The House Beautiful interviewer said he could live in it and I so agree.
When he asked the designer about the library he got a funny answer: "It's European pine — I'm a sucker for pine — in a cognac finish. I love everything about cognac, from the color to drinking it. And the last thing I wanted was one of those testosterone-mahogany libraries that the husbands of my clients always want. It makes me want to put the husbands in a little box and place the box on a shelf until the end of the project."
Dreamy ... mystery – I'm so on board with that!
I cannot begin to describe how much I love the bathroom; the use of white and goldenrod colour, as I would call it. The inspiration for the tub was one "at the Excelsior hotel in Rome, which had radius corners. I love the idea of a soaking tub, and I really use mine. It's a very calming and peaceful bathroom, but by no means flat and ordinary," Frank DelleDonne said.
PS. Thank you for the kind words for my son, he's already feeling so much better.
photo credit: Francesco Lagnese for House Beautiful