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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Sam Ciardi Creates a Space With Much Mistletoe-ing to Keep Hearts A-Glowing

Each year, visitors to Mansion in May—the preeminent designer showhouse in the New Jersey–New York area—are invited to cast votes for their favorite design in a variety of categories. The winner is presented with the coveted Tulip Award.

“Our guests truly had a tough time choosing their favorite spaces,” says Barbara Ruane, co-chair of this year’s event presented by the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center at Three Fields in Menham. “The visitors were so enthralled with the beauty of each room, which made their decisions even more difficult.”

Ultimately, though, visitors gravitated toward the festive coziness of home that is heralded by the winter holidays. 

Behold: “Moor and Mountain,” the Tulip Award winner for interior design created by Sam Ciardi of Samuel Robert Signature Spaces in Millburn. 

In this room—named in homage to a verse in “We Three Kings of Orient Are”—the natural color palette warms guests as it illuminates against the dark wood. Fine art and trophy collections add to the appeal of this rustic, but regal retreat. From a deconstructed wingback, visitors can enjoy the magnificent spruce trimmed to perfection, as well as the rest of the holiday decor. 

Ciardi’s description of “Moor & Mountain” sets the scene: “Come in out of the cold, curl up by the fireplace and enjoy the holidays in this majestic, yet cozy cabin. Allow the natural color palette to warm you as it illuminates against the dark wood. Suspended from the soaring ceiling, a hand-forged crystal antler chandelier becomes an ice sculpture carved from the frozen mountain just beyond. A luxe velvet sofa creates a comfortable place to gather, and the oversized cocktail table provides ample space for entertaining. From a deconstructed wingback, one can enjoy the magnificent spruce trimmed to perfection as well as the rest of the holiday décor. Fine art and trophy collections add to the appeal of this rustic but regal retreat. Let’s all raise a glass as we enjoy, if for a moment, this exquisite feast for the eyes and the senses. Peace on Earth – Goodwill to All!”

View more of Ciardi’s designs at SignatureSpacesNJ.com.

  • Sam Ciardi