Bright Ideas: Interior Designers Talk Shop

What happens when you ask nine award-winning interior designers to lunch? They bring a few of their favorite things for us to ooh and aah over.

Our Panel: In the garden room of the Frog and the Peach, standing, from left: Beth Insabella Walsh, Anthony Passanante, Diane Durocher, Karla Trincanello, Wendy Cruz-Gonzalez, Sandy Lambert; seated, from left: Diane Boyer, Suzan Santiago, Jana Manning. All are award-winning members of the New Jersey chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
Photo by Joe Polillio

Put nine top interior designers in a room—in this case, the wine room at the Frog and the Peach restaurant in New Brunswick—and ask them to talk about a few of their favorite things. Some 3½ hours later, you’ll emerge wanting to redo your home, top to bottom, with the newest, coolest stuff. That’s what happened on an icy day in February, when New Jersey Monthly hosted its annual roundtable with award-winning members of the New Jersey chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The discussion was lively, the products were cutting edge, and the information shared was priceless. And yes, the food was terrific, too.
On these pages, we share some of their coolest ideas.

Texture: Add a New Dimension

An uncommon or unexpected wall covering can add dimension to a room and create endless possibilities.

Sustainable Choices: Green Keeps Growing
Products like cork and coconut shell fiber are not only trendy design products, they’re also environmentally friendly.

Back to the Future: Keen on Retro

Self-adhesive contact paper has emerged in architectural circles in a wealth of styles and patterns, and is giving designers a chic blast from the past.

Custom Creations: Metal Shows Its Mettle
Custom metal craftwork adds unique appeal to doors, cabinets, lighting and more.

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