Belle Mead, New Jersey

Equestrian Home

An Equestrian's Office and a New Guest Room Suite

An unused formal living room was converted into a functional office for the lady of the house, who is an accomplished and self-employed equestrian. Our goal was to add character, personality and function to the office, while at the same time displaying all of the equestrian accessories and wall art she had accumulated over the decades. Initially, our clients were worried about the “beige” walls, which really just served as the canvas for her vast collection of decorative items. By displaying so many of her treasures on the walls, not only could she better enjoy them, but it also minimized clutter everywhere else. A few dashes of purple (a favorite color), such as an accent chair and the trim around the windows, break up the neutrals and browns.

A bedroom, which used to serve as the office but was no longer functional and had essentially become a "closet" full of paperwork, collectibles, etc., was now freed up to become a beautiful guest room along with a remodeled hall bath.

Before  - The formal living room served as a combination storage space and exercise room.

Before - The formal living room served as a combination storage space and exercise room.

After  - An unused living room converted into a functional and very personal office space. Can you guess this office belongs to a licensed Parelli Professional? (Parelli is natural horsemanship training system).

After - An unused living room converted into a functional and very personal office space. Can you guess this office belongs to a licensed Parelli Professional? (Parelli is natural horsemanship training system).

Before  - The original office in one of the bedrooms. Not a true before shot as we had already started to move items in preparation for the design project.

Before - The original office in one of the bedrooms. Not a true before shot as we had already started to move items in preparation for the design project.

Before  - You can't have a beautiful guest bedroom without an equally beautiful bathroom! 

Before - You can't have a beautiful guest bedroom without an equally beautiful bathroom! 

After  - Oh yes! This is the same bedroom. New paint and trim, a different fan, a custom bed, bedding, furnishings and accessories welcome guests to this country home. 

After - Oh yes! This is the same bedroom. New paint and trim, a different fan, a custom bed, bedding, furnishings and accessories welcome guests to this country home. 

After  - And voila! There was even enough space to incorporate a second sink.

After - And voila! There was even enough space to incorporate a second sink.

After  - One of our favorite design elements in this bathroom? The "parquet wood flooring," which in reality is a porcelain tile. Although you would never know it unless you physically touched it. Beautiful and practical at the same time and the perfect starting point for this bathroom design.

After - One of our favorite design elements in this bathroom? The "parquet wood flooring," which in reality is a porcelain tile. Although you would never know it unless you physically touched it. Beautiful and practical at the same time and the perfect starting point for this bathroom design.

After  - The framed photographs, sourced from Arizona, are a nod to our client's love of horses and riding.

After - The framed photographs, sourced from Arizona, are a nod to our client's love of horses and riding.

All "after" photos by Paul S. Bartholomew | www.paulsbartholomew.com