4H ❚ THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020 ❚ THE RECORD
HOMESCAPE / ADVERTISING SECTION
Designed for Living
Miriam Silver Verga, Associate ASID,
and Hillary Kaplan Mimi & Hill, Westfield, NJ
Celebrating the ‘70s without the disco
vibes and the shag carpets for a contempo-
rary, elegant interior.
We love vintage and are very fond of the
Miami Design District where they have a lot
of pieces from the 1970s and earlier.
When it came to designing the interiors
of Miriam’s Westfield, NJ, 1938 Colonial-
style house, which was very much based on
the traditional English model, we wanted to
incorporate these pieces, but also make the
interiors, particularly the living room which
also doubles as a family room, have a con-
temporary flair. So, that meant no crazy
color palette and no shag carpets.
We created a very pared-down palette
of green gray for the walls; we tried a lot
of different grays, and they kept on look-
ing purple, which would have been fine if
we had been going for a ‘70s look, but we
wanted contemporary, so that is why
we added in the green.
We stained the floors a deep walnut
and upholstered the furnishings in neutrals
of black, gray and beige, punctuated with
some caramel yellow and gold. We also
added geometric touches.
We used some great pieces to bring the
best of the ‘70s to life. Two “Soufflé” poufs
by furniture designer Karl Springer from 1st
Dibs with bronze bases take a prominent
spot in the room and we upholstered them
in a black nubby silk.
We also dressed two chairs by Harvey
Probber, who has been credited with
inventing the first modular seating in the
1940s, in black velvet and adorned them
with yellow pillows with geometric trim.
A Lucite-and-brass coffee table makes
a strong statement and ties in the bronze
and warm yellows. A beige sofa in a cream
bouclé was designed to stand up to the
wear and tear on the room, as were all the
fabrics. For the rug, we chose a silk tran-
sitional watercolor design in muted grays
Mixing it up – ’70s glam
and contemporary elegance
Antiques and more contem
porary pieces are included as well,
such as a framed Japanese kimo-
no from Miriam’s grandmother’s
favorite uncle, who was a distin-
guished diplomat, and a French
Miriam Silver Verga and Hillary Kaplan
19th-century secretary at the end
of the room near a window alcove. There,
that highlights the geometry of the door
contemporary pieces from Baker and Mr.
panels and adds a gravitas to the room,
Brown, including a bench with geometric
making the vintage pieces look as though
legs, surround a table fashioned from a
they belong there and reminding us once
large repainted vintage base.
again that we are in the 21st century, not the
The window seat has an array of pillows,
dizzying, dazzling, (boho to some) 1970s.
including a Bargello-patterned piece and
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Kelly Wearstler ombré silk design that brings
American Society of Interior Designers
a hint of Peter Max psychedelics into the
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The pocket doors into the kitchen were
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In this contemporary living room, poufs, chairs and a coffee table from the 1970s
rest comfortably in a contemporary envelope of grays and neutrals, punctuated with
caramel yellows and geometric touches, like the pillow trim and painted door panels.
The designers had the bar cabinet with the refrigerator in the corner custom-made.
At the other end of the room, a game table made from a large repainted vintage
base works well with the grouping of contemporary furnishings, an antique secretary
and a ‘70s Lucite bench. The range of pillows and silk window shades mirror the eclec-
tic nature of the furniture, with Bargello and ombré designs hinting at the 1970s.
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Spring Cleaning: don’t miss
hot spots throughout the house
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in hand, because as Cohron explained, dust
and debris can block your germ-killing mis-
sion. “The disinfectant will simply sit on top
of the dirt that will shelter nasty germs,”
What many don’t know about disinfec-
tants is that they need to “sit” for a time
(according to the directions) to get the job
done. Some family hot spots that should
get the full treatment are high-touch sur-
faces like doorknobs, light switches, faucet
fixtures, pulls, remote control and phones.
(Cohron’s trick: Dampen the cloth with
disinfectant and set the remote face down
on the cloth.)
These days everyone needs to chip in
more…including the kids. “Younger ones
can focus on tidying and older ones on
using (cleaning) products,” said Cohron.
Toy pickup counts among manageable
tasks a child might choose, she said, recom-
mending basic training for bigger tasks to
include a warning not to vacuum the edges
and fringes of rugs! With kids, each job
needs to be short and sweet, like “cleaning
for three of your favorite songs,” she said.
Maniscalco agreed that lively music adds
an element of fun kids are likely to embrace,
as does a family reward or incentive.
Since spring cleaning takes ongo-
ing effort, Lisa Haubenstock of LisaThe
Organizer LLC, formerly of Bergen County,
suggested a daily responsibility chart
or wheel involving each family member.
“Define the routine, what your expecta-
tions and goals are for the day, which is in
a step-by-step format,” she said.
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But why limit your spring cleaning to,
well, cleaning? You’ve decluttered, dusted,
and disinfected; it’s an ideal time to also
work on making life easier all year long by
organizing. “If one isn’t inherently good
at organizing, no worries, start small. You
don’t need to tackle the whole kitchen, clos-
et or bathroom,” said Haubenstock. Simply
target one drawer or shelf and complete it
in small sections, removing everything and
pairing like items, like all the lipsticks or
hair accessories, she added.
“As so many of us are working from
home, this is a great time to pick an area
to declutter … generally, clothes and items
that have not been used in three to five
years should be considered for donation,”
Although cleanliness is its own reward,
she said, you might make some cash by
selling items on apps like Nextdoor and
Letgo. Or, as Harris suggested, designate
a spot to store all unwanted items for a
big garage sale and then donate whatever
doesn’t sell to a nonprofit.
Kids also can find reward in decluttering
if they learn the benefits of giving to others
in need and that “they are doing a huge act
of kindness,” said Harris.
So, stop procrastinating. Spring cleaning
this year has lifesaving potential, and you
have a ready crew. The only problem might
be finding those disinfectant wipes!
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