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An Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter

by Quelcy Kogel

For , living in New York City played such an integral part in shaping who she became. Living there meant taking some of her first leaps of faith, forging her own path in the big city, working in fashion and immersing herself in all New York had to offer. Living in New York meant learning to believe in herself. It meant finding the love of her life, Carlos, and knowing immediately he was the man for her. The couple married, and after years of living in the city, the idea of a family home began to take root.

Tanya recalls their early thought process for house hunting, “We were both still working in NYC, so we knew we wanted to be in commuting distance. I’ll be honest, when Carlos suggested New Jersey, I was wary… as is most everyone when they hear ‘New Jersey.’ But all of that changed the moment we got off the train in Maplewood. It was a cold day in February, and it had just snowed. All of the dads and their children were sledding down the hill behind the train station. It was like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting. In that moment, we both looked at each other and knew this was the place we wanted to be.”

A similar feeling of certainty struck Tanya when she walked into their future home. Coming from the city, their main goal was more space and room to start a family. They thought they were investing in a starter home, but the minute she walked through the front door of the largest home on their list, a 1906 Craftsman, she felt an overwhelming warmth and coziness that merited a longterm commitment. “Looking back, we are so happy we did not go with a starter home. We filled the rooms quickly and happily. It was certainly the home that was meant for us.”

Since that initial walkthrough, Tanya and Carlos have filled their home with a family and a mix of Bohemian and Scandinavian styles that still feels livable. Tanya says, “We are a laid-back family. Life can be serious, and at times, it should be, but boy, life is also FUN! And we try to celebrate that fun, not just outside the home, but inside as well. We have three indoor swings, and a few chalkboard walls for the kids to get creative whenever they want. There is nothing I like more than to make a house inviting, stylish, beautiful and livable.” —Quelcy

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Image Above: Tanya’s dining room showcases her love of whites, bohemian layers and livable accents for her children.

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The family’s warm and laid-back vibe is apparent as soon as you walk through the welcoming door.

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Layers of greens and textiles against white walls speak to Tanya’s love of mi Bohemian and Scandinavian styles, but overall, the goal of the home is to be lived in.

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The bright, whiteness of the dining room brings Tanya a sense of calm and a lot of happiness. She confesses, “People think I am crazy for having such a white home and a white rug in the dining room (gasp!), but you know what? It’s the look I love. I can’t sweat the small stuff. Has anyone ever written on the rug? Yup. you bet. Know what I did? Washed it out. It’s important that the kids can play all over the house, without boundaries. Our goal is that our children know and feel that this is their home as well… that they live here just as much as we do. We wanted to create a beautiful space that we all live, love and laugh endlessly in… that’s what it’s all about, right?”

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The dining room’s built-in cabinets speak to the rich history of their 1906 home.

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Tanya showcases some of her collections in the dining room, but she says, “Nothing is too precious that it can’t be touched or washed. I do not live in fear of our white walls. Have I ‘trained’ my kids? Of course (lol), but I still don’t panic when all their friends are over. I love having a full house of kids laughing, grabbing snacks, swinging, playing hide and seek, running in and out of the house to play capture the flag.”

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Tanya added twinkle lights to the nonworking fireplace to create a cozy vibe in the living room, which she refers to as  their “everything room.” There’s always a kid or grownup reading, watching TV or simply spending time together. Tanya says, “It’s not just the design or styling that makes our space a home, but it’s the feeling, the sounds, all the activity that make ours truly a home.”

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This green corner of the living room is also the music corner. Tanya plays her vinyl collection on the floral record player.

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It’s easy to see why this nook of the living room is Tanya’s favorite place in the house. “This chair is so comfortable. I can see why babies love those swings that sway! We all literally fight to see who gets to sit here!” Tanya loves curling up here with a book.

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Tanya calls this the “Maplewood Room,” since everyone in Maplewood, New Jersey seems to have one of these enclosed porches.

 

 

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Tanya still envisions more work on their “Maplewood room,” but it has come a long way toward her vision for a bright, clean, cozy space for snuggling. Here she is with her children, Beckett (7 1/2), Peyton (5), Dylan (11 1/2), and Emerson (10).

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Tanya is still navigating the master bedroom styling. She says, “I’ve always struggled with this room. I don’t know why, but I haven’t had an ‘ah-ha’ moment with it yet. I do love all of the textures here. This is my favorite spot in the room. It’s easy, laid-back and interesting.” It’d be hard not to succumb to the powers of the chunky knit throw.

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Each of her children inspired Tanya’s design choices for their rooms. She says, “Beckett is a shining light in our lives. He is pure love. He walks through life with such graceful ease. I designed his space with that in mind. His casual bed goes hand in hand with his carefree attitude. The stars reflect how bright he shines in our lives. And his pillow-filled bed is ready for pillow fights at any time.”

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Oh, to be little Peyton with this playful house bed! Tanya looks back and says, “Peyton’s house bed is one of the best things we have done! She loves to sleep here. She plays family and this is their home. It is truly such a functional and fun, whimsical piece!”

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Tanya chose the “” print for Peyton’s gallery wall because, “She will always be our baby, the one who forever completed our family.”

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Tanya says her daughter Emerson’s bohemian room is a “reflection of the spitfire she is! She is my little helper but at the same time fiercely independent.” Emerson also delivers the final design approval on all the house projects. She’s doing an excellent job so far!

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Emerson’s room was the first room to feature a swing. Tanya uses the artwork on her children’s walls to remind them of how special they are. “I want them to be constantly reminded of how safe and unconditional our love and home are for them.”

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For Dylan, the oldest child, Tanya wanted a room with a grownup vibe, but she says, “you will still find a collection of Legos on any given shelf!”

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Tanya gushes, “This corner… ahhhhh, I love it all. That rug, the hanging plant and that wall light.” She says, “my heart skips a beat! I love the contrast against the white walls.”

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Dylan is an avid reader, and luckily, Tanya scouted the perfect vintage bookcase while thrifting last spring. The letter board currently features a Harry Potter quote, but Dylan can change it whenever any of the many books inspire him.

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Another vintage piece adds more industrial charm to Dylan’s grownup room.

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Tanya reflects, “I am most thankful that I get to share my home with my amazing tribe. They are my people, the absolute loves of my life. They are the inspiration behind  my interior styling company.”

ENTRYWAY

Paint – Benjamin Moore “China White”
Rugs – Woven Abode,
Hanging Saddle bag –
Wreath –
Mirror –

DINING ROOM

Paint – Benjamin Moore “Super White,” door – “Black Horizon”
Rug –
Sonoran Chairs –
Salvaged Wood swing –
Metal chairs – Restoration Hardware
Vintage mudcloth chair –
Sputnik light –
Hanging rug –
Wood Bead mirror –
Small Beni rug –
Pillows – , , ,
Oversized “Mask” print – ,
Mariana Print – Ruben Ireland/Society 6
Gold mirror on Built in – Anthropologie
Bowl –

LIVING ROOM

Paint color – Benjamin Moore “China White”
Sconces-
Sofa pillows – , , ,
Leather sling Chair –
String globes lights –
Rugs – , , The Tribal Loom
Natural Leather pouf –
Hanging Chair –
Feather Art –
Beni Pouf –
Pillows on hanging chair – ,
Macrame garland –
JuJu Hat –
Hanging rug –
Leather chairs – Pottery Barn
Pillows on leather chairs – Minimalist Shop
Sheepskins –
Floor Lamp –
Face Vase –
Mid-century side table –

DEN- “The Maplewood Room”

Sofa –
Pillows on sofa – With Lavendar and Grace, , Zig Zag Design Studio, Uriel Home
Square leather cube –
Custom Vintage rug bench –
Floor Lamp –

BECKETT’S ROOM

Paint – Benjamin Moore China White
Star Decals –
London Underground Print –
Pillows on Beckett’s bed – Mor Design, Intl Threads, Kaekoo Shop,
White mudcloth –
Name Letters – Pottery Barn Kids

PEYTON’S ROOM

For Like Ever Print – Domino
Bedside table –
House bed –
Bedding –
Pillows on Bed – , Society 6,
Rug –
Friends Art – PB Kids

EMERSON ROOM

Paint -Benjamin Moore Simply White
Bed – Wayfair
Wall Hanging above bed –
Throw on bed – Urban Outfitters
Tassel Light –
Pillows on bed – , ,
Rug – Zartiques
Stool – Turkish Boho Style
Dip Dyed Stools – Serena and Lily
Curtain panels – Home Goods

DYLAN ROOM

Paint – DM Simply White (at 75%)
Letter Board –
Curtain Panels – H&M Home
Curtain Rods – Target
Rug on wall –
Wall hanging on rug –
Wall Bedside light – Urban Outfitters
Pillows- ,
Chair, pillow –
Black Cylinder planter –
Ceiling light – Ikea

MASTER BEDROOM

Paint -Benjamin Moore simply white (at 75%)
Pillows – The Ivory Gull,
Vintage painting –
Macrame garland –
Rug over headboard –
Chunky knit throw –
Bedside lamps –

 

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Comments

  • I love Tanya’s home! It’s truly spectacular – the layers and texture are amazing. She has an amazing eye for detail and bringing warmth in her home. And….I took these pictures so I am especially excited about this post!! :) You have an incredible home, Tanya
    thank you for allowing me to capture it. xo Jamie

  • I really appreciate how the photos show the details as they work in the rooms. I liked seeing the multiple perspectives but not so zoomed in that you don’t see the plants or art as they exist in a broad scope. The personality in each space comes out, especially in the kids’ rooms. Fantastic job! Though I have to say……”my favorite thing…are”? Thing is singular. Sorry, grammar nerd.

  • What an absolute gem. I totally get why New Jersey wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice.. but if that means lots of space and a beautiful home, I would definitely live there as well.. what a beautiful family! Loving all the plants, chairs and colours of their home. I would love something similar..

  • So beautiful! To be honest, this post has really helped calm my anxieties!! We are moving from Europe (UK/Italy) to Princeton next summer and seeing this beautiful home as well as having that super-list of where to find beautiful things makes me think we’re going to be all right and feel at home in NJ, eventually… thank you Tanya for sharing and thank you DesignDroits-Humains for hosting. Love, love, love this! Barbarax

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