Showing Off

Everybody loves visiting a show house. It’s an amazing opportunity to enter a grand home and see the latest in decorating ideas from top designers.

This is something of an off year for designer show houses around our state.

Two of the biggies, the Hackensack Designer Show House (sponsored by the Hackensack University Medical Center) and Mansion in May (sponsored by the Woman’s Auxiliary of Morristown Memorial Hospital) won’t roll around again until 2010.

Still, there are numerous home, garden, and kitchen tours worth checking out. Here are a few recommendations:

Stately Homes-by-the-Sea 2009
Designer Show House in Rumson
Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey
April 28-May 31
www.statelyhomesbythesea.com

Two Rivers Garden Tour
Sponsored by the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center
at Monmouth Medical Center
May 30-31
www.tworivershow.com

Cape May Designer Show House 2009
Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
June 26-January 3, 2010.
www.capemaymac.org

43rd Annual Seashore Open House Tour on Long Beach Island
Sponsored by the Long Beach Island Foundation
August 5
www.lbifoundation

Kitchens by the Sea in Bay Head
Sponsored by the Bay Head School Foundation
September 26
www.bayheadschool.org

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Beautiful Bounty: An avid—read obsessed—Somerset County gardener defies New Jersey climate with her extravagant tropical garden.

A Conversation With Michael Graves: New Jersey’s renowned architect/designer reflects on form, function, and those fanciful whistling tea kettles.

Chic Convert: The top floor of a former Catholic school becomes home for a Hoboken family of four.

Leeding The Way: Leadership in energy and environment design, the new wave of ultra-green certification, moves from schools and businesses into private homes.

Vintage Points: The New Jersey homeowners—wine lovers all—create cool cellar spaces to store and enjoy their bottled bounty.

Rainbow On The Hill: History blooms each spring at Montclair’s Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.

Superior Interiors: Members of New Jersey Monthly’s Design Advisory Council pinpoint the latest trends in Garden State homes.

Home of the Brave: A Jersey town honors its wounded Iraq veteran with a place that’s truly his own.

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