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Following the Natural Progression - The Edelman Family
06/28/2011 - By A.J. Perna
Photography by AK Photo / Al Kruper
The Edelman Family Change Location... and Change With the Times
When Staten Islanders Neil and Shelley Eldelman were actually ready to finally make the move form their home on the Island to northern Monmouth County in the late 1980s, it wasn’t the first time that they had planned this slight migration south. It was just the first time that all of the right pieces had fallen into place.
Just a few years earlier, the Edelmans had scouted out locations in Marlboro, looking for a larger home, with more land than is available in Staten Island for their growing family. They had become familiar with the wonderful reputation of Monmouth County and had known many former neighbors who had already moved to Marlboro and the surrounding areas, citing the fabulous school systems, proximity to the shore and easy commute back to New York as some of the prime reasons for choosing the area as a final destination. Although Shelly considered the family’s move from Staten Island to Monmouth County to be somewhat of a natural progression, she just never found the right home for her family and wasn’t ready to make that final move.
Toward the end of the decade, Neil and Shelley eventually were ready to make that final move when they found a perfect home for themselves and their two young daughters. It was still under construction in a brand new neighborhood in the Morganville section of Marlboro.
The house was a 4,500 square-foot, brick front colonial on half an acre and was not much more than a shell and some plans when the Edelmans purchased it. Since Neil was already experienced in the home building business and he and Shelley were both eager to put their own stamp on their new home, that suited them just fine. At the time, all that was required for a certificate of occupancy was a kitchen and one functional bathroom – and that was what they had. From there, the Edelmans took the reins to complete the rest of their five bedroom, three and a half bath home to fit their style and needs.
The finished home certainly has fit the needs of the Edelman family for over two decades; and since the departure of both daughters in recent years, Neil and Shelley have undertaken the task of updating the home to serve their changing needs and lifestyle. Since Shelley loves to cook and entertain, the logical place to begin their home’s transformation was the kitchen. So, in 2008, the old kitchen was gutted and design began anew. Soon, the updating of the home spread throughout the entire first floor – resulting in what is essentially a brand new space that has changed with the times and is ready to take the Edelmans through at least the next two decades. Shelley likes to think that it’s just another example of the natural progression of things.
A massive, arched, custom, mahogany front door with sidelights that echo its repeating, elongated oval pattern leads visitors into the main foyer, where distressed marble floors meet a simple, curved staircase. Off to the side of the foyer sits a china cabinet with rounded glass that had once belonged to Shelley’s grandparents. The Edelmans took great care when having layers of paint stripped, restoring this piece to it’s natural wood finish.
The new design of the expanded kitchen started with the high center island counter and worked its way out. This efficient and very functional space incorporates many different colors and textures that all still work very well together. This eclectic effect is achieved with a mix of hand painted and natural wood cabinets above and below multiple levels of Jerusalem limestone, granite, slate, and wood counter tops. The clever additions of a drop-in porcelain sink, integrated butcher-block, and professional grade appliances make this the perfect place for Shelley to prepare for her best entertaining.
The entire look of the dining room was designed by using the Edelmans’ collection of signed, Salvador Dali artist etchings as the “jumping-off” point. The color palette for the room was pulled right from the art - from the modeled, painted finish of the walls, to the cream and gold of the trim and draperies, to the deep cranberry of the upholstery on the chairs that surround the large refectory dining room table.
The majority of the first floor has been opened up to create one large great room that flows into the eat-in portion of the kitchen area. During the remodel and construction, walls between the original den, family room, and kitchen were removed and new beams and supports were installed to replace the missing loadbearing walls. In the process, the original brick gas fireplace was fitted with a more updated marble surround.
The first floor bath has a distinct, curved wall and is custom painted with an intricate golden design over a faux finish that appears to be much more textured than it actually feels.
The Edelmans drew from a wide array of design elements and styles when decorating and adding design touches. Southwestern, Asian, contemporary, and provincial influenced pieces and flourishes can be found throughout the home.
The immaculately landscaped backyard and pool area are the perfect places for the family’s summer barbecues with family and friends. This was the place for entertaining when the Edelmans' daughters were growing up - and still is when they come to visit!
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