hackensackumc designer showroom

HackensackUMC Foundation Designer Showhouse

Hip New Jersey was recently at HackensackUMC Foundation’s Designer Showhouse. The estate featured #HipNJ‘s top interior and landscape designers, who transformed the sprawling Saddle River estate into a Jersey Luxe wonderland.

The event was to raise money and awareness for The HackensackUMC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hackensack University Medical Center.

Each designer was designated a room in the 10,000 square foot residence, and were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild.

Judi Schwarz of Fairfield‘s Judi Schwarz Interiors reconfigured a “concrete mess of a gym” into a sprawling “man cave” for the homeowner.

“The gentleman informed me he loved to ski and look at mountains, so I incorporated that into the design,” Judi explained.  The scenic space also boasts lush leather couches, a bar and a (cool blue!) pool table.

Patricia Lacourte of Wyckoff‘s Eurica was tapped to do the pool house.  Her inspiration for the space was a piece of artwork that featured a blue bird.  She incorporated the light blue color throughout the room, and used orange as an accent.  The pool house also features a kitchen living room, fireplace and more- in other words, it’s nicer than most regular homes!

Other #HipNJ designers who selflessly dedicated their time to the cause was Thyme & Place Design, LLCChatham InteriorsCreative Wallcoverings and InteriorsDiane Durocher Interiors and many others.

For more information, visit HackensackUMCFoundation.org.

chakra restaurant

#HipNJWeddings: Chakra Restaurant

Say “I do” in one of #HipNJ‘s most romantic spots- Chakra Restaurant in Paramus!

Chakra boasts an intimate setting and ultra-sexy vibe.  The “modern American” menu, whipped up by German-born Chef Thomas Ciszak, is an eclectic mix of farm-fresh ingredients.  It’s the perfect reception spot for the trendy bride and groom seeking an alternative to the traditional catering hall!

Chakra’s general manager, Evelyn Hsu, dished to #HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio about how her staff accommodates customers’ wishes.  “We customize everything.  From cultural traditions to guests’ dietary restrictions, we make sure that every detail is just perfect!”

Chakra is a restaurant before a catering hall, so definitely take advantage of their a la carte menu with your friends or a date.  Their romantic setting is great for popping the question too!

For more on Chakra, visit ChakraRestaurant.com.

washington valley cellars

Washington Valley Cellars

Prolific #HipNJ wine cellar builder Jay Rosen sat with our Kelly Dillon in one of his pristine designs!

Jay’s passion for wine was the motivating factor for starting and maintaining his business.  Since establishing Washington Valley Cellars, Jay and his team have built hundreds of one-of-kind cellars and wine storage areas for oenophiles in New Jersey and around the country.  

Jay and his staff ensure the best possible costumer service.  They work closely with customers on consulting, layout, framing and insulation, installation of vapor barriers, lighting and temperature control, as well as design direction for magnificent cellar doors, brick columns and decorative walls of stone and granite accents.

Recently featured in Wine Spectator magazine- among many other publications– Jay boasts a 4,000-bottle wine loft of his own, and credits the thriving wine industry for a surge in wine cellar design.

For more information on Jay Rosen and Washington Valley Cellars, visit WashingtonValleyCellars.com.

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