Go Behind the Scenes of John Colaneri's HGTV Magazine Shoot
We take lots, and we mean LOTS, of pictures during photo shoots for our house tours, and only a small fraction (the best of the best!) make the final cut, earning a spot on our pages. With no room to share all those amazing images from our archives, we thought you deserved a little behind-the-scenes look.
David A. Land (Styled by Christina Wressell)
John Colaneri, one half of the handsome, wow-they-can-do-everything Kitchen Cousins (alongside Anthony Carrino), took us through his stunning home in Ramsey, N.J. Taking his own advice from years of on-air renovations and makeovers, he created the gorgeous space to share with wife Jennifer and daughter Lilyan Belle. Take a look at some of the details (found exclusively here) that make John's home so special.
East Coast(er), West Coast(er)
Native to New Jersey, John is loyal to his East Coast roots, but his love of travel (work keeps him busy!) has him spending lots of time on the West Coast, too. "Especially with the new show, America’s Most Desperate Kitchens, I'm everywhere!" says Colaneri. The two sides meet on this fun drink coaster set on this living room coffee table.
Brooklyn in New Jersey
North Jersey is just a hop, skip and a subway ride to Brooklyn, and this pillow on the living room's chaise sofa, is a nod to that. The borough is a lively mix of new and old elements, much like John's "rustic contemporary" design style.
Cohesive Mix of Textures
You can see several different patterns and textures in every square-inch of the living room. A yellow leather pouf, patterned armchair with similar yellow piping, and plush over dyed area rug show off a few of these masterful mixes.
With the exception of a saturated fuchsia rug (pick up the October issue to see it) John and Jenn's master bedroom is a sea of calming neutrals—perfect for a peaceful slumber. A highlight of the space—the custom barnwood panel behind the bed.
For Lily Belle
Lily (short for Lilyan) was named after Jenn's grandmother Lillian. "We put a spin on the spelling to give it a contemporary feel," says John. The proud parents spend lots of time with their sweet daughter in her nursery. This quiet spot is just right for a soothing rock before bedtime. This pink pouf is the same style as the yellow version in the living room, and the patterned wallpaper is from HGTV HOME.
How to Make a House Starworthy
Alongside his cousin Anthony Carrino, the designer and contractor has hosted four HGTV series, in which he’s done everything from overhaul exteriors to construct kitchens from scratch. All that experience sure came in handy when John and his wife, Jennifer, a teacher, decided to upgrade to more spacious digs in anticipation of growing their family (they had their first child, Lilyan Belle, last year).
When It's OK to Bring Work Home
Working with Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, John built a 4,000-square-foot modern farmhouse in Ramsey, NJ, that’s equally inspired by his love of contemporary architecture and Jennifer’s fondness for old barns. “We wanted people to look at our home and wonder, Was this always there? ” he says. The exterior features a mix of corrugated steel and ipe wood to look like a barn that’s been updated over time. Inside, the house showcases all the design ideas John champions on his shows, like an open living area, lacquered kitchen cabinets, and reclaimed-wood accents. “I’ve used a piece of every episode I’ve done in this house,” he says. “No wonder I love it so much!”
“On TV I usually go with colored or custom appliances instead of stainless steel—and I did that here, too,” says John, who covered the fridge with panels that match the lacquered slab-front cabinets. Obsidian-like backsplash tiles from Artistic Tile, an ebony Dekton countertop, and futuristic pendants from Barn Light Electric add to the kitchen’s sleek look. The low-back red barstools are from allmodern.com.
An unexpected mix of seating—including mid-century-modern armchairs from allmodern.com, upholstered wingbacks from Lulu & Georgia, and an oak bench from Restoration Hardware—give the dining area an informal vibe. “We’ve done mismatched chairs a lot on TV, and I love how it warms up a space,” says John, who built the table from beams salvaged from a brownstone reno.
With its minimalist sofa and weathered wood tables, this space epitomizes the Colaneris’ rustic-meets-polished aesthetic. To keep the focus on the barn-wood accent wall, which features a fireplace trimmed in Carrara marble, John painted the adjacent built-in black. “A TV should never be a room’s focal point,” he says. “This downplays it.”
Even with his jam-packed filming and construction schedules, John clocks serious hours in his home office, so he wanted it to feel as much like an escape as a place to work. Leather chairs from allmodern.com offer a comfy place to perch, while the aluminum-plated desk from Restoration Hardware is “the coolest,” he says. On the wall is an autographed Mariano Rivera New York Yankees jersey.
To boost the cozy factor in the couple’s bedroom, John piled on different textures. First he covered the walls in a silvery Thibaut paper, then he added a custom barn-wood panel, and finally he chose a tufted Restoration Hardware headboard. “I wanted to layer the walls like you would layer rugs on the floor,” John says. A fuchsia rug from ABC Carpet & Home is the room’s only jolt of bright color.
Although it’s surrounded by warm wood, the oversize Duravit sink takes center stage. “If you want a sink to make a statement, get it in black,” says John. Wall-mounted Kohler faucets don’t interfere with the basin’s clean lines, and, better yet, “Jenn says they remind her of being at a spa.” What looks like stacked stone on the wall is actually porcelain tile from Italy.
Lilyan Belle’s Nursery
Done up in gray-and-white HGTV HOME wallpaper and a neutral Restoration Hardware crib, the baby’s room is sweet but not “girly-girl,” says John. “Change out the pale pink pouf, the rug, and the stuffed animals and it could easily work for a little boy. Can you tell we’re excited to fill this house with more kids?”