“I have a weak spot for classically informed architecture paired with more modern touches,” says Joan Enger, the stylish designer behind J. PATRYCE DESIGN in New Jersey. Enger’s recent townhouse design in Hoboken proves her point: neoclassical plaster mouldings are rejuvenated with chic textures and standout neutrals, and ornate cased openings contrast with contemporary, metal light fixtures and natural woods.

For the project — which was completed in three phases over the course of six years, beginning with the master bath — the designer incorporated the client’s extensive collection of English antiques, brought over when she moved from London in 1989. Her antiques complemented the 100-year-old brownstone, yet before Enger’s interventions, the design risked falling too far into an outdated style. “We turned back the dial a bit and leaned into ‘eclectic,’ which was harmonious with the bones of the house, and our client allowed us to mix in her English treasures,” the designer says. Here, we tour the luxe brownstone to see how Enger mixed a range of styles to achieve an entirely unique design.

  • Entryway with dark wood doors and modern side table with modern light fixture

    Throughout most of the house, Enger worked with the architect, Mowery Marsh Architects, to lighten up the overall environment; here, however, the dark elements of the entryway remain. Enger selected a warm shade of gray called Skipping Stone from Benjamin Moore to offset the statuesque, original elements of the architecture. A gray washed lighting fixture from trans-LUXE strikes a contemporary note; the brass and smoked glass console table from Modern Living Supplies is simple and elegant. 

    Photo by Christian Harder


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February 18, 2020

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