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Your Next Destination Awaits - Morris County, NJ

Splendor in September is here!

By Barbara Taylor, MCTB Guest Contributor

We had a preview of the Designer Showcase and Gardens at Tyvan Hill in New Vernon and it is stunning! This signature fundraiser, presented by The Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center, runs through October 4th, and features the work of 50 interior and landscape designers.


Every room, nook, and cranny was filled with stunning design, artwork, and thoughtful details. Here are just a few of the highlights and some insight on how the designers got their inspiration.


  • The courtyard in front of the mansion is entitled the Jardin de Gabriella, and the focal point is the Gabriella sculpture from Broadfoot & Broadfoot. This outdoor space is meant to provide guests a respite from the hustle of the mansion. Scott Broadfoot and designer Sean Murray from Nature’s Apprentice have created “an escape in plain sight”.
  • The Angel’s Share is a rustic covered space that is technically outdoors. While this area would have been an ideal smoking room back in the day, designer Cindy Dzurita from CD Interiors put a slightly healthier twist on it, creating a whiskey room.  We loved the beauty of the exterior walls!
  • The wallpaper was absolutely striking in the Perfect Powder Room, designed by Caitlin Rutkay of C.R. Interior Designs. “Don’t be afraid of big and bold,” said Caitlin! “You can absolutely recreate this in a smaller space,” or if you are a bit timid, she suggested cutting a piece and framing it as a piece of art.  Great idea!


  • Wallpaper was also the inspiration for Fleur de Vigne, designed by Sam Ciardi of Samuel Robert Signature Spaces. Sam found the wallpaper before he even knew if he was getting this room and loved the floral and slightly vintage feel.  The rest of his vision then came to life and he was thrilled to also find vintage china and chairs.  He said that if he didn’t get the room, he would be hosting Mother’s Day for the rest of his life.  Well that’s still not a bad idea – this room would be a delight to any mother!
  • Upstairs we visited the art studio, STUDIOITALIA, complete with a working artist! John Puglionisi is a “renaissance guy…a real Michelangelo,” according to his partner Valerie Verona.  This space full of artwork was inspired by their time in Italy and includes works from both John and Valerie.


  • Designers Michael Curren from Curren Design Associates and Richard Barr from Plumberry Designs had us ready to entertain outdoors year-round with the Far Niente Pavilion. With a view of the pool, this space had a gorgeous hand painted ceiling with birds designed to look like a conservatory. The area was inspired by their trip to the Amalfi coast.


  • And no article from the Morris County Tourism Bureau would be complete without a map of Morris County! We saw a fabulous map from the Morris County Bridle Path Association, to denote the equestrian pursuits of the early residents of Tyvan Hill.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Splendor in September, visit the event website


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