Quantcast

Interiorssneak peeks

An Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter

by Quelcy Kogel

For Tanya Meda, living in New York City played such an integral part in shaping who she became. Living there meant taking some of her first leaps of faith, forging her own path in the big city, working in fashion and immersing herself in all New York had to offer. Living in New York meant learning to believe in herself. It meant finding the love of her life, Carlos, and knowing immediately he was the man for her. The couple married, and after years of living in the city, the idea of a family home began to take root.

Tanya recalls their early thought process for house hunting, “We were both still working in NYC, so we knew we wanted to be in commuting distance. I’ll be honest, when Carlos suggested New Jersey, I was wary… as is most everyone when they hear ‘New Jersey.’ But all of that changed the moment we got off the train in Maplewood. It was a cold day in February, and it had just snowed. All of the dads and their children were sledding down the hill behind the train station. It was like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting. In that moment, we both looked at each other and knew this was the place we wanted to be.”

A similar feeling of certainty struck Tanya when she walked into their future home. Coming from the city, their main goal was more space and room to start a family. They thought they were investing in a starter home, but the minute she walked through the front door of the largest home on their list, a 1906 Craftsman, she felt an overwhelming warmth and coziness that merited a longterm commitment. “Looking back, we are so happy we did not go with a starter home. We filled the rooms quickly and happily. It was certainly the home that was meant for us.”

Since that initial walkthrough, Tanya and Carlos have filled their home with a family and a mix of Bohemian and Scandinavian styles that still feels livable. Tanya says, “We are a laid-back family. Life can be serious, and at times, it should be, but boy, life is also FUN! And we try to celebrate that fun, not just outside the home, but inside as well. We have three indoor swings, and a few chalkboard walls for the kids to get creative whenever they want. There is nothing I like more than to make a house inviting, stylish, beautiful and livable.” —Quelcy

Photography by Jaime Meier

Image Above: Tanya’s dining room showcases her love of whites, bohemian layers and livable accents for her children.

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
1/21

The family’s warm and laid-back vibe is apparent as soon as you walk through the welcoming door.

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
2/21

Layers of greens and textiles against white walls speak to Tanya’s love of mixing Bohemian and Scandinavian styles, but overall, the goal of the home is to be lived in.

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
3/21

The bright, whiteness of the dining room brings Tanya a sense of calm and a lot of happiness. She confesses, “People think I am crazy for having such a white home and a white rug in the dining room (gasp!), but you know what? It’s the look I love. I can’t sweat the small stuff. Has anyone ever written on the rug? Yup. you bet. Know what I did? Washed it out. It’s important that the kids can play all over the house, without boundaries. Our goal is that our children know and feel that this is their home as well… that they live here just as much as we do. We wanted to create a beautiful space that we all live, love and laugh endlessly in… that’s what it’s all about, right?”

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
4/21

The dining room’s built-in cabinets speak to the rich history of their 1906 home.

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
5/21

Tanya showcases some of her collections in the dining room, but she says, “Nothing is too precious that it can’t be touched or washed. I do not live in fear of our white walls. Have I ‘trained’ my kids? Of course (lol), but I still don’t panic when all their friends are over. I love having a full house of kids laughing, grabbing snacks, swinging, playing hide and seek, running in and out of the house to play capture the flag.”

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
6/21

Tanya added twinkle lights to the nonworking fireplace to create a cozy vibe in the living room, which she refers to as  their “everything room.” There’s always a kid or grownup reading, watching TV or simply spending time together. Tanya says, “It’s not just the design or styling that makes our space a home, but it’s the feeling, the sounds, all the activity that make ours truly a home.”

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
7/21

This green corner of the living room is also the music corner. Tanya plays her vinyl collection on the floral record player.

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
8/21

It’s easy to see why this nook of the living room is Tanya’s favorite place in the house. “This chair is so comfortable. I can see why babies love those swings that sway! We all literally fight to see who gets to sit here!” Tanya loves curling up here with a book.

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
9/21

Tanya calls this the “Maplewood Room,” since everyone in Maplewood, New Jersey seems to have one of these enclosed porches.

 

 

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
10/21

Tanya still envisions more work on their “Maplewood room,” but it has come a long way toward her vision for a bright, clean, cozy space for snuggling. Here she is with her children, Beckett (7 1/2), Peyton (5), Dylan (11 1/2), and Emerson (10).

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
11/21

Tanya is still navigating the master bedroom styling. She says, “I’ve always struggled with this room. I don’t know why, but I haven’t had an ‘ah-ha’ moment with it yet. I do love all of the textures here. This is my favorite spot in the room. It’s easy, laid-back and interesting.” It’d be hard not to succumb to the powers of the chunky knit throw.

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
12/21

Each of her children inspired Tanya’s design choices for their rooms. She says, “Beckett is a shining light in our lives. He is pure love. He walks through life with such graceful ease. I designed his space with that in mind. His casual bed goes hand in hand with his carefree attitude. The stars reflect how bright he shines in our lives. And his pillow-filled bed is ready for pillow fights at any time.”

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
13/21

Oh, to be little Peyton with this playful house bed! Tanya looks back and says, “Peyton’s house bed is one of the best things we have done! She loves to sleep here. She plays family and this is their home. It is truly such a functional and fun, whimsical piece!”

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
14/21

Tanya chose the “For Like Ever” print for Peyton’s gallery wall because, “She will always be our baby, the one who forever completed our family.”

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
15/21

Tanya says her daughter Emerson’s bohemian room is a “reflection of the spitfire she is! She is my little helper but at the same time fiercely independent.” Emerson also delivers the final design approval on all the house projects. She’s doing an excellent job so far!

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
16/21

Emerson’s room was the first room to feature a swing. Tanya uses the artwork on her children’s walls to remind them of how special they are. “I want them to be constantly reminded of how safe and unconditional our love and home are for them.”

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
17/21

For Dylan, the oldest child, Tanya wanted a room with a grownup vibe, but she says, “you will still find a collection of Legos on any given shelf!”

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
18/21

Tanya gushes, “This corner… ahhhhh, I love it all. That rug, the hanging plant and that wall light.” She says, “my heart skips a beat! I love the contrast against the white walls.”

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
19/21

Dylan is an avid reader, and luckily, Tanya scouted the perfect vintage bookcase while thrifting last spring. The letter board currently features a Harry Potter quote, but Dylan can change it whenever any of the many books inspire him.

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
20/21

Another vintage piece adds more industrial charm to Dylan’s grownup room.

A Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter via Design*Sponge
21/21

Tanya reflects, “I am most thankful that I get to share my home with my amazing tribe. They are my people, the absolute loves of my life. They are the inspiration behind House of Six Interiors, my interior styling company.”

ENTRYWAY

Paint – Benjamin Moore “China White”
Rugs – Woven Abode, House of Seance
Hanging Saddle bag – Zartiques
Wreath – The Gifted Wreath
Mirror – No. 165

DINING ROOM

Paint – Benjamin Moore “Super White,” door – “Black Horizon”
Rug – Nordic Knots
Sonoran Chairs – Eclectic Goods
Salvaged Wood swing – Nichol Naranjo
Metal chairs – Restoration Hardware
Vintage mudcloth chair – Zartiques
Sputnik light – Lucent Light Shop
Hanging rug – Shop Moken
Wood Bead mirror – Harper and Arrow Marketplace
Small Beni rug – Sukhi Rugs
Pillows – My Haven Home, The Ivory Gull, Norwegian Wood , LRempelArt
Oversized “Mask” print – Nickiekellydotcom, Pati Robins
Mariana Print – Ruben Ireland/Society 6
Gold mirror on Built in – Anthropologie
Bowl – Perch Home

LIVING ROOM

Paint color – Benjamin Moore “China White”
Sconces- Schoolhouse Electric
Sofa pillows – Norwegian Wood, The Ivory Gull, Perch Home, The Modern Farmhouse Co
Leather sling Chair – Eclectic Goods
String globes lights – Lights.com
Rugs – Woven Abode, Old New House, The Tribal Loom
Natural Leather pouf – Socco Designs
Hanging Chair – Serena and Lily
Feather Art – Trudy Lynn Elliott
Beni Pouf – Shop Flea Market Fab
Pillows on hanging chair – The Ivory Gull, Zartiques
Macrame garland – The Forest Fern
JuJu Hat – Old World Shoppe
Hanging rug – Zartiques
Leather chairs – Pottery Barn
Pillows on leather chairs – Minimalist Shop
Sheepskins – Cowboy Kate
Floor Lamp – Lamps Plus
Face Vase – Holistic Habitat
Mid-century side table – Refined Design Co

DEN- “The Maplewood Room”

Sofa – Six Penny Home
Pillows on sofa – With Lavendar and Grace, The Ivory Gull, Zig Zag Design Studio, Uriel Home
Square leather cube – Minda Living
Custom Vintage rug bench – RadWeld Customs
Floor Lamp – Target

BECKETT’S ROOM

Paint – Benjamin Moore China White
Star Decals –Urban Walls
London Underground Print – Perch Home
Pillows on Beckett’s bed – Mor Design, Intl Threads, Kaekoo Shop, The Ivory Gull
White mudcloth – The Stella Blue Gallery
Name Letters – Pottery Barn Kids

PEYTON’S ROOM

For Like Ever Print – Domino
Bedside table – Target
House bed – Sweet Home Wood
Bedding – Beddy’s bed
Pillows on Bed – Zig Zag Design Studio, Society 6, Perch Home
Rug – Southern Loom
Friends Art – PB Kids

EMERSON ROOM

Paint -Benjamin Moore Simply White
Bed – Wayfair
Wall Hanging above bed – Hello Hydrangea
Throw on bed – Urban Outfitters
Tassel Light – Eclectic Goods
Pillows on bed – East Perry, Danielle Oakey, Perch Home
Rug – Zartiques
Stool – Turkish Boho Style
Dip Dyed Stools – Serena and Lily
Curtain panels – Home Goods

DYLAN ROOM

Paint – DM Simply White (at 75%)
Letter Board – Retrogram boards
Curtain Panels – H&M Home
Curtain Rods – Target
Rug on wall – Zartiques
Wall hanging on rug – Copper N Twine
Wall Bedside light – Urban Outfitters
Pillows- Kaekoo Shop, The Ivory Gull
Chair, pillow – No. 165
Black Cylinder planter – The Potted Earth
Ceiling light – Ikea

MASTER BEDROOM

Paint -Benjamin Moore simply white (at 75%)
Pillows – The Ivory Gull, NO. 165
Vintage painting – Perch Home
Macrame garland – LaFortune Artisania
Rug over headboard – Woven Abode
Chunky knit throw – Sarah Lou Co
Bedside lamps – Target

 

Suggested For You

Comments

  • I love Tanya’s home! It’s truly spectacular – the layers and texture are amazing. She has an amazing eye for detail and bringing warmth in her home. And….I took these pictures so I am especially excited about this post!! :) You have an incredible home, Tanya
    thank you for allowing me to capture it. xo Jamie

  • I really appreciate how the photos show the details as they work in the rooms. I liked seeing the multiple perspectives but not so zoomed in that you don’t see the plants or art as they exist in a broad scope. The personality in each space comes out, especially in the kids’ rooms. Fantastic job! Though I have to say……”my favorite thing…are”? Thing is singular. Sorry, grammar nerd.

  • What an absolute gem. I totally get why New Jersey wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice.. but if that means lots of space and a beautiful home, I would definitely live there as well.. what a beautiful family! Loving all the plants, chairs and colours of their home. I would love something similar..

  • So beautiful! To be honest, this post has really helped calm my anxieties!! We are moving from Europe (UK/Italy) to Princeton next summer and seeing this beautiful home as well as having that super-list of where to find beautiful things makes me think we’re going to be all right and feel at home in NJ, eventually… thank you Tanya for sharing and thank you DesignSponge for hosting. Love, love, love this! Barbarax

Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, that comment on people's physical appearance, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.

x