Well, the crowds have dispersed, and the results are in! At the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center’s “Mansion in May” fundraiser for the Morristown Medical Center, the throngs of visitors choose the best designs to receive the showcase’s prestigious Tulip Award for “Best in Show”. This year, the votes were counted and Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors came out on top, with our “Deco in Bloom” design of a bedroom in the Blairsden Mansion in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ.
This is our second Tulip Award in the years we’ve been participating in “Mansion in May”, our first being in 2006 (our first year participating) for a nursery room design. This room in the attic of the historic Ross Family Farm(the site of the 2006 Mansion in May showcase) could have been cramped and dark, but it was transformed into a cozy nursery combining child-like fun and classic elegance.
Our award-winning room this year was a bedroom inspired by American Art Deco design. “Deco in Bloom” is both glamorous and understated, and the more traditional lines of the room are contrasted with blooms of modern color, and broken up by curved ornamental elements. The various shades of grey provide a tranquil canvas from which the pink accent blossoms can really pop. To us, this juxtaposition represents the awakening of growth in design, especially in 2014, without forgetting the traditions and essentials of design that provide the foundation for further experimentation.
This year’s other winners were landscape designers Anthny Sblendorio (of Back to Nature of Oldwick) and William Welch (of BLDG 39 of Pottersville) for their collaborative transformation of Blairsden’s “Walled Garden” into a simple yet elegant outdoor retreat. Sculptural elements, combined with a central turf, broad walkways, and tidy flower planters, emphasize clean geometric principles while paying homage to the memory of the grand Victorian past of the landscape. We are honored to be in such good company with our fellow Tulip Award winners!
Our collaborating designers this year were Rachel Kapner, Lois Darling, Mary LaVecchia, and Virginia Liberato. We are looking forward to see what we can come up with next year!