Houzz at a Glance
Location: Montclair, New Jersey
Who lives here: Interior designer Ali Qualy of Roost Interiors; her husband; and their two daughters, ages 2 and 6
Size: 4,000 square feet (372 square meters); five bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms
Year built: 1929
Last year, Qualy found herself both designer and client when she and her husband, a director of advertising for a digital advertising company in New York City, expanded and remodeled their home.
When the couple bought the 1929 house last year, they knew it had good bones, but they felt it was a little small. The plan was to seamlessly expand it for modernity’s sake while simultaneously creating a home to suit a busy family of four.
To capture the concept they wanted, the couple enlisted the help of architect Mike Sweebe of Cedar Grove and RTH Builders in Montclair to enlarge the first-floor footprint with a rear addition. And Qualy sought the opinions of her Roost Interiors partner, Kasey Hodgson, who helped her with the aesthetics of the furnishings and accessories.
Front door paint: Evening Blue, Benjamin Moore
Chandelier: Jonathan Adler
The new kitchen is a showstopper, with Carrara marble countertops, an iridescent-glass backsplash and custom-made cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore’s creamy Collingwood. For contrasting texture, the designer added leather bucket-seat stools with brass legs.
Sleek and functional cabinet panels cover the dishwasher and refrigerator. An appliance cabinet discreetly houses the coffeemaker, toaster and microwave.
Bowls, pottery, a soup tureen and dry-cut hydrangeas on floating shelves add pops of blue and green.
Range: Heritage series, Bertazzoni; pendants: Hinkley Lighting
Sofa: Thayer Coggins, Bloomingdale’s; coffee table: John Reeves, ABC Furniture
Sconces: Visual Comfort
Chandelier: Visual Comfort
Qualy says one of the benefits of being a designer is that you have to keep on top of the trends for your customers, which came in handy for her own project. “While I would be shopping for a customer, I would be thinking, ‘I can use that, too,’ ” she says.