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Nestled in a Nature Preserve, a New Jersey Couple’s Customized Retreat

by Garrett Fleming

It’s not often that one can live both the metropolitan and rural life simultaneously. Typically one is sacrificed for the other. There are those lucky few, though, that have stumbled upon a gem that lets them have both. Furniture/lighting manufacturers and interior designers Roger and Chris Stout-Hazard, founders of Roger + Chris, are one such lucky duo. Their home is nestled right in between New York City and the mountains, meaning the best of both city and country living is right at their fingertips.

Their 60s-era rental is situated in Montclair, NJ on a picturesque nature preserve where “foxes, deer and chipmunks” scurry about. Most mornings, the guys drink their coffee on one of the home’s many balconies. High above the treetops, they can even take in an unobstructed view of Manhattan as they sip their cups of Joe. But the views aren’t limited to the patios. Nearly every room of the house features larger-than-life windows that frame the forest beyond so perfectly you’d think you were looking at a painting.

Initially those windows, while gorgeous, were the space’s most challenging design element. They’re so large and take up so much wall space that arranging furniture around them proved to be a tough puzzle to solve. Roger and Chris like to settle into a place quickly though, so they wasted no time in taking a crack at the layout. They rearranged and rearranged until they found the perfect configuration for each room. And when it didn’t work, like in the dining room’s reading nook, they simply had a piece custom made to fit just right.

While it sounds lavish, having furniture totally customized is no big deal for this pair. Most of their home’s pieces they’ve designed themselves. It is their job after all, and they’re quite fabulous at it. Chesterfield sofas and period lighting of their own making pay homage to the home’s mid-century roots, and they’ve peppered in vintage accessories to add depth to the decor. A collection of pottery from local artisans here, a set of oil paintings depicting the changing seasons there — everything in the home has been well curated, and boy, are the results stunning. I can’t stop looking at it! Click through to ogle over this mountaintop retreat just outside Manhattan for yourself. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Chris Stout-Hazard

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When Roger and Chris moved in, they wanted their home to blend into its mountainous surroundings. This informed not only the color palette of the space, but the decor as well. The kitchen table's gallery wall is the perfect example of this. The pieces depict landscapes during various seasons. They're illuminated by a light fixture designed by the couple and are paired with chairs from Design Within Reach and a slip-covered, vintage settee.
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Chris (left) and Roger (right) have been renting this New Jersey home for a year. It has 13 rooms, nearly all of them featuring their own balcony. They've made it their own by dressing it in vintage finds and furniture of their own making, such as this pretty Chesterfield sofa.
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"We used this army green (in the kitchen) to marry the interiors with the surrounding woods," Chris tells us. The light fixture was deigned by Roger and Chris.
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The home's dramatic entry features a collection of pottery, some of which was created in collaboration with upstate New York potters.
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Roger and Chris love how their dining room's high ceilings and larger-than-life windows make guests feel as though they are "floating over the treetops." They love the space so much, in fact, they designed the green armchair specifically for it. Making the custom piece also guaranteed that the reading nook would get just the right sized piece. The dining table is from IKEA, and the Vitra Panton chair is from Design Within Reach.
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In an homage to the home's 1960s heritage, the pair displays this laminate coffee table on top of layered, vintage rugs. The white sofa is from their furniture line, and the artwork is vintage.
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Roger and Chris' bedroom sits on the home's third level. They have mixed high and low by combining an IKEA bed frame with a customized, waxed-canvas headboard. The butterfly chair is from Circa50, and a vintage garden stool acts as a side table.
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Across from the couple's bed hangs a Depression-era painting they snagged at a Housing Works auction. It rests on a wall coated in Benjamin Moore "Bittersweet Chocolate" paint.
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Chris and Roger's bathroom doesn't get an abundance of sunshine, but come that special hour it's drenched in glowing rays. The wooden stool was made by the house's original owners, a Polish couple who designed and built the home themselves.
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The third-floor office boasts a large, IKEA table, something the pair tells us is mandatory when running a business from your home. It's illuminated by one of their own creations. The area rug is from Pottery Barn.
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This tripod -- a wedding gift -- is an antique and doubles as a lamp. Its colors stand in contrast to the room's Benjamin Moore "Army Green" hue.
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"What we love most about our home is..."
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Roger and Chris' home is situated just between Manhattan and the mountains, therefore it features some pretty spectacular views. They often sip coffee here in the mornings, soaking in the beauty of the vista.
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The four-story, 2,800-square-foot home's floor plan.

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Comments

  • Yay, Montclair! (Summit, NJ here.) I am new to Roger+Chris and this introduction to their designs is so great. This incredible rental is the perfect living showroom for their work. Stunning!

    Now I need to save up for a chesterfield!

  • I have the same question as Bree. Not about buying it though, lol. The new digs are gorgeous, as always.

  • I love it! Besides a great interior design the house has good bones. I love all the windows, shelving and closets.

  • No words for how much I adore these two and everything they do. This home tour is no exception. Thankful they let the likes of me eye-paw through their rooms :)

  • When Roger + Chris’s previous home was bought and transformed there were pictures of the before and work in progress. Are there such picture for this new residence? I’m a fan and I’d love to see such work!

    RC

  • Hello Roger and Chris: Many years ago, while shopping at Ikea in San Diego, I met you, Roger, in the fabrics area. You were doing Sell This House–perhaps a house in Mission Beach. Anyway, I was thrilled to be able to tell you how much I like STH because of the innovative design choices you made. Then, a few years ago I came across your present website and check in every once in a while. Your summer house is beautiful. Especially like the pottery display. I have something similar in my living room. Pieces from my childhood in Canada and new things from Austin, TX area and Provence. Cheers, Diane.

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