From Margaret Everton on June 9, 2010 in Newark
Owners of this New Jersey Colonial home may have a keen eye for collectables, but when it came time to bring them together in a cohesive design, they knew they needed a little help. Interior designer Gerald Charles Tolomeo rose to the challenge by creating the perfect backdrop for all their treasures. Tolomeo began by revamping the walls with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moores White Dove paint. Walnut stain was added to the wood floors for a clean and crisp contrast. In the living room, a white table brings a touch of simplicity to the large collection of books in the background, while Chinese fabric on two of the chairs adds a hint of fun. Furniture in several of the rooms was reupholstered with velvets, cottons, and linens from Hinson & Company for a simpler look. This sitting area in the master bedroom strays from the ordinary with the addition of Anglo-Indian tables found at a flea market. Tolmeo wanted to find the perfect areas around the house to display the couples collection of portraits and equestrian paintings. This one stands out without making the rest of the design appear too stuffy. While the couples interest in things like English furniture and Chinese porcelain may not seem like it would lend itself well to contemporary design, Tolomeo did a fantastic job adjusting the stereotype to his liking. Now they can keep on collecting.