19th Century Montclair Home Undergoes Stunning Makeover

Antoinette Allande is the mastermind behind her namesake company, Antoinette Allande Interiors, a luxury residential design studio based in Hoboken. Antoinette has worked with a high-end clientele on large-scale multi-million dollar projects in NYC, The Hamptons, and Los Angeles for over a decade. Her design company offers a broad range of services that include home renovations of all types, decorating and art consulting. Her style is recognized for combining vintage and new modern furnishings with contemporary art to achieve relaxed, layered, and eclectic interiors. Antoinette took us behind the scenes of her latest home remodel in Montclair, read on for all of the details of the stunning 19th century home.

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The home is located at 191 Christopher Street in Montclair. It was purchased in 2015 but was built in 1902. The property is 3,174 sq ft and boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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It belongs to Amy and Tristan Morel L’ Horset, Antoinette’s clients. “They are a busy young family with three adorable boys. They are world travelers who have lived in multiple countries. Amy is a registered dietitian and nutrition professor. Tristan is a senior managing director at a global service and consulting company,” Antoinette told The Montclair Girl.

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The Montclair Girl: What was the inspiration behind the decor and/or renovation?

Antoinette Allande: The family wanted a fresh take on the traditional home. They craved a beautiful home with the ease of living in mind. They required comfortable furniture that wouldn’t be too precious or fussy, and furnishings that would mix in well with their existing French antiques. The exterior and interior architecture are formal, ornate, and traditional.

I had to respect the history and soul of the home. As a designer, my style is eclectic and leans towards modern but modern furnishings would not work with the architectural details. My client is fond of whimsical details and therefore my concept became “Eclectic Traditional with a touch of Whimsy.”

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MG: What are the key pieces in the house or a specific room that are essential to the design?

AA: The big family room sectional is the coziest part of the home designed for family time and movie nights.

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My clients’ dining table, chairs, and chandelier are vintage, and purchased when they were living in France. The French furniture, and the chandelier with ornate details and classical motifs, mix well with the elegant architectural details throughout. The rich jewel tones in the textiles are intentionally juxtaposed to the light and airy architectural finishes. The cheerful and hand-knotted contemporary rug is by Rejuvenation. The antique French chairs were given a new life re-upholstered in a sapphire blue velvet fabric.

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The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine 0C-56 and the typical white throughout is Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace OC-65.

Bold entry! When someone enters the home I want them to always feel wowed and connect with my client’s personality. A welcoming and cheerful space with lots of rich colors and patterns adding a touch of whimsy.

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The carpet was commissioned by the clients while they were vacationing in Morocco. This brings in the worldly vibe of the life that my clients live. You will also find the family tree displayed prominently on the wall.

The wallpaper is a Mokum by Katherine Martin design purchased through Holly Hunt New York. An antique British Colonial entry table purchased through Ernest Clair New York Inc. and an Indian block printed tablecloth by Roberta Roller Rabbit.

A Kelly Wearstler light fixture on the ceiling purchased through Circa Lighting and CB2 cabinet adds a little bit of playfulness and youth to the space. The table lamp is by Arteriors Home.

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In the living room/dining area, we kept the built-in cabinetry and millwork details that are original to the home. We enhanced it by whitewashing the dark beams, fireplace, and paneling throughout to create a light and airy feel. This is a nod to the turn of the 20th-century decorating legend Elsie de Wolf; she had a penchant for creating a feminine, light, and airy feel in her interiors by painting dark and heavy interiors white and light colors.

MG: Were there any additional expenses you didn’t think you’d encounter?

AA: No, we stayed on budget and on time, even in a pandemic!

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MG: What stands out about this property compared to others?

AA: This is a stunning Dutch Colonial Revival style architecture and it is full of ornate period details and graceful symmetry. Ionic columns and white painted exterior, Dormer windows with curved head sash detail, and black shutters. It is situated in the desirable historic Marlboro Park area of Montclair.

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MG: Please list your contractors/designers/people who made this possible.

Painter: Franklin Nunez (Phone Number: 347-452-6218) (E: fl.colors75@gmail.com)

Wallpaper: Orlando Silva of Golden Wallpaper

Photography: Ryan M. Brown Photography (Phone Number: 646-335-5304) (E: ryanbrown75@yahoo.com)

Home Improvement: Bret Fixes (Phone Number: 973-986-8341)

Antoinette Allande Interiors is located at 634 Park Avenue, Apt. 3 in Hoboken. To contact Antoinette, call her at 201-920-3943, visit the website, or follow her design company on Instagram at @antoinetteallandeinteriors.


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