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Hudson Cribs – Interior Design With Character

Vanessa DeLeon Associates & Robert Jenny Design Give Interior Design Tips


Look around the room. What do you see? Think? Feel? Every room tells a story, and like any story, each one has the ability to affect our mood. Think of your humble abode as a chapter of your narrative. We all have a unique story to tell. In the New York metropolitan area, we’ve got some of the greatest pads and interior designers in the world. These fearless designers are tasked with finding that balance of comfort and elegance, while remaining true to each homeowner’s identity. The result? Homes that make Martha Stewart’s place look like the waiting room at the doctor’s office.


With a little help from a couple of the area’s best interior designers, the Digest got a look at some of the most amazing residences along the Hudson. Remember, a well designed home is about more than just mirrors and cabinets — it’s about colors, about lighting, and about who you are. Every home has rooms, but only the good ones have character. Choosing our favorites was no cakewalk, but we did it. Here are the Hudson Cribs that rocked our world.

1. Charm Meets Contrast


Designer: Robert Jenny Design
Location: Hoboken
There’s no shortage of incredible brownstones in Hoboken, but this residence evokes a classic Victorian charm while giving us the best of contemporary design. By restoring the original details, Robert Jenny Design was able to add a modern touch without disturbing the authenticity of the house— which is the true backbone of this locale.
After a full gut renovation, and the installation of a high velocity air system, the design team brought the elements of the past into the 21st century. In the bedroom and bathroom, the original stained glass windows and mantels were all revived and balanced out with pieces like a sleek, up-to-date vanity. Such features help to create a sense of unity through the house. For instance, while the kitchen is a modern minimalistic design, it still achieves the “old meets new” harmony with pieces such as the antique light fixture hanging above the center island.

2. A Home with Depth


Designer: Vanessa Deleon Associates
Location: Edgewater
What could be more interesting than the home of an interior designer? My thoughts exactly when I got the chance to chat with Vanessa DeLeon about her Edgewater Condo. DeLeon, with fifteen years experience specializing in high-end residential design, couldn’t wait to put her personality into her own home.
“It was important for us to have an open floor plan,” she said, when I asked about the commodious kitchen design. The timeless yet modern kitchen leads right out to the patio, which DeLeon said, “allows you to serve both areas,” when hosting a party. Though the spectacular island is the focal point, the oversized porcelain tiles – which DeLeon wanted to look like one slate floor – steal the show.
DeLeon also created some architecturally fun details as well as a few striking features in order to “hone into the style” of the structure, which has an all glass exterior. An intentional soffit throughout the house serves as a border that elicits a uniform effect, and in the master bed- room, you can’t help but to turn your attention to the stand-up glass fireplace, which appears to be floating.

3. An Interior Reimagined


Designer: Robert Jenny Design
Location: Jersey City
It may be hard to tell now, but this Jersey City pad was once two separate units. After the independent components were combined, the entire space was completely gutted and redesigned. When asked why, the incredible minds at Robert Jenny Design replied, “We wanted to improve the overall use of space.” As determined as they are skilled, the staff did just that.
As it happens, the features of this home designed to open up the space, are also the most aesthetically pleasing—right down to the flat pivot hinge doors. The sleek Scavolini kitchen makes for easy navigation, and the custom, recessed seating area is the ultimate space saver (plus it looks really cool). Above the living area, a triangular aperture plays off the angle of the roof inviting great light to travel throughout the house, and creates a bright, cheerful atmosphere.

4. Organic Elegance


Designer: Vanessa Deleon Associates
Location: Hoboken
With a view that needs no Instagram filter, there was no way I was leaving this crib off of the list. Although the view is stunning, the colors and design are the real heroes of this Hoboken condo. “I wanted to keep the theme of a rustic modern feel throughout the apartment,” DeLeon said. “So I really wanted it to be organic looking but really cool and fresh and modern at the same time.” The outdoorsy decor, juxtaposed with the contemporary furniture, serves to achieve that naturalistic character. But it is the pulling of colors from either side of the room that unites the entire main living area.