A New Jersey Home With a Masterful Mix of Styles

This home from HGTV Magazine makes “anything goes” look like everything goes!

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Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

The House

"I wouldn’t call it beachy. And it’s not supermodern. There are some really classic things and also some rustic ones.” That’s Kelli Suozzo describing the 1950s home she shares with her husband, Chris, and their two children in Rumson, NJ. The interiors of the home actually came about due to very unfortunate timing. The Suozzos moved into the 2,700-square-foot house in August 2012, just two months before Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast. When the storm hit, the house took on almost 3 feet of water. “The whole first floor and most of the furniture on it were destroyed,” Kelli recalls.

Before they could rebuild and move back in, the couple had to raise the entire home by 5 ½ feet to bring it up to code. “We were out of the house for nine months during the renovations,” says Kelli. “Not what we had anticipated, but we consider ourselves lucky. Some people lost everything.” With fresh drywall, new floors and an entirely remodeled kitchen complete, Kelli started in on replacing furniture and accessories. “I used this second chance to buy only what made me happy, whether it was an ’80s-style brass floor lamp or a country-looking farmhouse table,” she says. “It’s certainly not a one-note house. It’s a combo of everything I love.” 

The Family


Kelli and Chris with Lilly, 9, John Michael, 11, and Rufus, the family’s pug.

Living Room


The three tables in the living room are a perfect example of Kelli’s style mash-up: a driftwood and glass coffee table from Roost lives in the same space as a metal cutout side table by Noir and an industrial-style concrete one from CB2. Rounding out the look are neutral pieces, like the Vanguard sofa covered in an outdoor fabric, a mid-century-style woven chair that she found at a local antiques store and a caramel-color leather bench from Oly Studio. The graphic black-and-white rug is IKEA. “Our rugs get so trashed,” she says. “There’s just no point in dropping a lot of money on them.” Kelli bought the extra-large metallic gold handprints from Natural Curiosities, and the floor lamp is from a yard sale.



One of the many changes the Suozzos made during the reconstruction was creating a double-sided fireplace between the living and family rooms. On the living room side, Kelli added a mix of glitzy pieces (a wood and brass console by Mr. Brown and a coral-looking resin mirror from Ballard Designs) to more rustic ones (a Buddha head by Tozai Home and a wooden wheel on a stand from HomeGoods). The photograph of the buffalo is by Kevin Russ.

Dining Room


The couple’s dining room table is more like a hangout-homework-puzzles space. “We use it for everything,” says Kelli. Here, she finagled yet another mingling of styles: black mid-century wood dining chairs from Noir, a molded plastic Panton chair from Design Within Reach, and a pine farm table from British Cottage. The circular industrial-style chandelier is by Robert Abbey. 



Before the remodel, the kitchen was decidedly modern with glossy white IKEA cabinets and butcher-block countertops. To get the traditional-meets-industrial look she wanted, Kelli had all of the lower cabinetry replaced and skipped uppers in favor of floating shelves and to-the-ceiling subway tile (it even covers the vent hood) with gray grout. Kelli wanted reclaimed wood shelves, but to save money she bought new boards and “had my carpenter bang them with a chain, and hammer some nails in to make them look beat up before staining them.” The cabinet color is Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore, and the countertops are 1-inch-thick Calacatta marble.

Family Room


Just off the dining room is the family room, where the Suozzos pile on their blue denim-y sectional to watch movies and English soccer matches. To complete the space, Kelli brought in a slew of pieces that caught her eye: a retro-looking ottoman with an olive-hued leather top by Vanguard, a traditional English-style Lee Industries armchair with nailhead trim and a rustic wood-block side table from Arteriors, “which has lived in practically every room in our home,” she says. Above the sofa are framed pages from a beloved stamp collection that belonged to Chris’ grandfather. The large artwork is from Natural Curiosities. 



On any given day, Kelli says she’ll find her son or daughter in here “elbow deep in a crafts project.” The room came together around one of her favorite traditional fabrics — Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon for the curtains. “I know it’s a bit of an adult pattern for a playroom, but I had to put it somewhere in my home,” she says. She paired a mid-century-style oak table by France and Son with mod wire Bertoia chairs draped with IKEA sheepskins. The brass-finish Sputnik light was an Etsy score. Kelli bought the sailfish to commemorate a vacation she and Chris took to Florida when she was pregnant with her son and caught a giant sailfish on a fishing trip. 



While the rest of the Suozzo home is open and airy, Kelli purposefully went dark in here, painting the walls deep gunmetal gray. “The wall opposite the bed is floor-to-ceiling windows,” she says. “We needed something to counter all that bright sunlight.” The only thing that came over from their previous home was the classic wingback bed upholstered in camel-color leather by Oly Studio. With it, Kelli mixed in a whole array of pieces, including a contemporary light fixture and duvet cover by West Elm, geometric art by the Wendover Art Group and a narrow wood bench she found at a vintage store. The Oushak-style rug is from Annie Selke’s Dash & Albert, and the Mongolian fur pillow is from West Elm.

Side Porch


To contrast with the home’s all-American exterior, Kelli went for a modern vibe on the porch. Chris built the daybed, and Kelli had a cushion made from outdoor fabric. She originally conceived the porch as an outdoor eating area, but the long farm table that she tried in the room first proved too bulky, so she opted for two slim mid-century-style black bistro tables from World Market. The black and white powder-coated-metal chairs are from HomeGoods.

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