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Inspired by the Arts
02/28/2011 - By Michael Berman

Inspired by the Arts

Photography by AK Photo / Al Kruper



A Colts Neck home transforms into a masterpiece


This lovely home in Colts Neck is owned by Marie Mascaro and Deborah Blasucci, who have been family friends and business  colleagues for many years. They both hold high level executive positions at the same multi-titled magazine publishing company in  New York City. In 1994, when each was in the market for new living space, they decided to build a house as a place to call home  when away from the hectic pace of Manhattan.

The new, 4,000-plus square foot house was built on a cul-desac in Colts Neck. Both Marie and Deborah knew the commute to the   city had the potential to wear thin on occasion but weren’t overly concerned, as each of them owned other real estate properties in  the New York area. They both loved the friendliness of the town, and the two acre lot was just perfect for the future installation of  a built-in pool, pool house, and many other outdoor amenities that soon became a reality. Additionally, having a home within half  an hour of the Jersey Shore became a real advantage when entertaining family, friends and business associates, especially during the  summer months when house guests abound.

Initially, the home was decorated in a contemporary style; but over the years the owners’ tastes changed, partially as a result of their business affiliation with art, antiques and decorative art publications. Marie and Deborah decided their home, although  beautifully appointed, needed to be expanded to better accommodate their needs. After a period of time working with their  architect, Jerry Regan of Long Branch, they developed a plan and moved forward with a 3,500 square foot addition which encompassed two levels and a design  for a newly expanded gourmet kitchen, an expanded second master suite, as well as additional  guest bedrooms and bathrooms. The completion of the work took a year and a half, and included upgrading the entire home and  transforming it into the timeless, classic jewel it has become today.

The owners were thrilled with the work performed by the contractors and crafts people who carried out the project. Neighbor and  Groves Custom Builders of Wall handled all aspects of the construction and mill work, while Mr. Paul’s Custom Cabinets  of Manasquan designed and built all of the custom cabinetry for the gourmet kitchen, second master bathroom, and laundry room of  this ambitious project.

Thetile work alone in the home is of the most tasteful design. It was conceptualized and designed by Avra Karak, owner of  Monmouth  Street Tile of Red Bank. The results of her talented efforts truly deserve a standing ovation.

All of the necessary decisions regarding style, molding fabrication and other selections were a lot easier to reach because of the  excellent working relationship that Marie and Deborah developed with their builder. As a result, they really enjoyed the process  and couldn’t be happier with the results. The completed home is a carefully designed, masterfully finished work of renovation art.  It exudes warmth – a warmth that reflects the charm of its owners.



Quality and classical touches throughout the home make the results timeless. The moldings and carefully placed furnishings allow the architecture of the exquisitely designed dwelling to shine. The color choices are subtle, yet bold enough to accent the overall  composition of a well thought out plan. Soft colors and buttery textures create an enveloping feeling, despite the nearly 8,000 square feet  of living space.  Leaded glass windows announce the interior entrance in to the grand living space beyond. Although the large space is grand in proportion,  the placement of upholstered furnishings softens and creates a sense of intimacy.




When it came to planning the various living spaces in their newly expanded home, the owners wanted  comfort and style. Calling this fully furnished and finished space a basement would not do it any justice at  all. They have created a wonderful leisure area which boasts a fully appointed bar, a screening room and  a billiard table in the gaming section . The results speak – and play – for themselves, as this space  becomes one of the most popular places int he house when entertaining.




This fully realized home is anything but cold or uninviting, as is clearly illustrated by this tranquil Library setting. The striped wall treatment and fireplace add coziness to this elegantly appointed room. The classic wing-back, tufted chairs, white trimwork and suspended chandelier combine to complete  a most charming and warm room to enjoy reading or a game of backgammon.




The gourmet kitchen features custom-glazed cherry wood cabinets by Mr. Paul’s Cabinets of  Manasquan, and custom tile work by Monmouth StreetTile of Red Bank. The center island features  granite Typhoon Bordeaux countertops and vintage style, polished nickel faucets. The crystal chandeliers  add romance and light to this beautifully finished workspace. The divided windows bring a lot of natural  light in to the kitchen and allow for exquisite views of the back portion of the property for all season appeal.




Space can be the final frontier, even in a large home, but Marie is careful not to clutter or over-furnish  her master suite. Adramatic see-though fireplace, with beautiful ornamental molding and detail, creates a central focal point without closing in the open floor plan.The careful attention to detail continues in her  master bath with mosaic tile by Monmouth StreetTile, detailing decoratively serving the overall design plan. The color palette is soft . . . the intimate space invites bathing .. . during which the stresses of daily life seem to melt away.




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