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Apple Green Room
Two more rooms with fresh personalities have recently been renovated at the Inn. Similar to the recently completed Metro 14 and 15, Rooms 19 and 21 provide guests with elegance in an efficient space. I chose a fresh, uplifting apple green wall color for Room 19. The tobacco stained headboard and furniture is beautifully contrasted by crisp white accessories and mirrored frames. The green and naturalistic textures and fabrics are soothing for the stay, as are the fern details on the upholstery and accessories and the textural woven desk chair. In both rooms I strived to feature interesting wa...
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Planning a wedding takes an extreme amount of coordination of details. But who comes up with the overall design and vision for the wedding? And who pays attention to the details of the various elements and ensures that they are coming together to tell a story? In many cases, the bride and groom have snippets of ideas that they want to include in their dream wedding, maybe a color or the style of the wedding dress, but they struggle in how to pull it all together. Several years ago, I developed the Jeffrey B. Haines Signature Style of Entertaining, exclusively at the Bernards Inn. Having worked...
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Sparkling glasses and lavender tablecloths on an early fall afternoon… Our most recent Signature Style event was a fundraiser hosted by the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to including students with disabilities in their neighborhood schools in preparation for living as independently as possible in their communities. While the school year had begun, I felt that it was still a bit early to pull out the mums and typical autumnal accessories. The palette for the event was inspired by the final days of summer and very early days of autumn....
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Design and Technology Advice From the Inn’s Interior Designer Recently while sitting at the Inn’s Library Bar, a guest asked me if something had changed in the room – he shared with me that it felt even more warm and inviting than he remembered. “Yes,” I quickly responded – “we’ve added a large screen TV to the room” – No a large screen doesn’t add to a room – but a beautifully detailed bookshelf with aged books does.  Here’s a design tip that I would like to pass along – when you have to have “technology stuff” in a room, think about how it can become an added plus or feature.  My ...
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In early September I began restyling the Fenwick Ballroom -- stop in and take a look at its new sophisticated atmosphere and organic touches. The room is designed to be versatile in atmosphere, therefore making it available for a variety of events, both professional and social. The walls were custom mixed for a natural comfortable non-color, I like to call it Mellowed Sage.  I designed the carpet with a large scale interlocking block pattern ­ and of course there is the silver touch on the new custom painted shaded sconces. The whole room has taken on a wonderful air of sophistication tha...
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