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A Colorful, Fresh Start in New Jersey

by Garrett Fleming

For interior designer Beth Diana Smith, founder of Diana Studios, 2011 was about sinking her teeth into a new task. She needed a fresh start, and revamping her home in Irvington, New Jersey proved to be the perfect project to catapult her into a new era. While she purchased the home back in 2003, it had been years since she had fully reimagined its look. She was eager to get going, but being the design guru that she is, she strategically took her time in order to craft her prefect home.

For three years, Beth slowly and methodically redesigned the look of the two-bedroom house. You’ll see that each room, no matter what level of renovation or decoration, has been given Diana Studios’ careful touch. A full-bath and total kitchen makeover were the largest undertakings with new cabinets and fixtures going into both. Through Beth’s eclectic and worldly styling, she’s created “an oasis from the rest of the world,” that brings to life her hope of feeling like she’s going on vacation every time she steps through the front door. She’s eternally grateful for the “personal, colorful, and eclectic vacation spot,” she has created in the Garden State, and we couldn’t be more grateful Beth’s sharing it with us today. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Patrick Cline

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Beth loves her living room, and she spends as much time as possible here. She chose a Crate & Barrel daybed instead of a traditional sofa so that she could more comfortably kick back. Benjamin Moore "New Providence Navy" serves as the backdrop for an Urban Outfitters tapestry and art by Serron Green.
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The coffee table is from T.J.Maxx, the orange end table is from Bungalow 5, and a HomeGoods statue and mirror decorate the space.
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Interior designer and Passionistas CEO Beth Diana Smith plays with her pup Diamond in their New Jersey home.
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"What I love most about my home... is that it's all mine. I'm proud to own a home that is a true reflection of me and what is important to me. My home reflects the places that I've been, the things that I've experienced, and what inspires me." - Beth Diana Smith
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Looking out on her living room and all the interesting pieces she has collected over the years always makes Beth "feel at home and relaxed." The small patterned plates are by Tracy Reese, and the table runner is by Nicole Miller Home.
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We can clearly imagine friends, good conversation and laughter happening around this pretty CB2 table. Beth loves to entertain so much that she always formally sets the table for guests. The chairs are from West Elm, and the overhead lighting is from CB2.
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Sherwin Williams "Pediment" warms the kitchen's walls, and the masks to the left are from Philadelphia. Beth tore out shelving, got a new sink and gave her fridge some more breathing room when she renovated the kitchen.
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Beth loves "... the subtle mix of colors and textures in the relationship between the tile, countertop, cabinets, hardware, and shelving brackets." The IKEA open shelving she installed helped the quaint kitchen immediately feel larger. The other IKEA cabinets were plussed up with Pottery Barn hardware and white subway tile from Habitat for Humanity ReStore – one of Beth's secret design treasure troves.
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"I always keep The Spice Bible open on my kitchen counter, which is funny because I hate to cook. It remains open simply because the photography is beautiful," Beth admits.
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Diamond's food doesn't have to be hidden since it's stored in these fabulous tins.
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We get a peek into the guest bath sitting behind the kitchen's HomeGoods light-up heart.
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The guest bathroom painted in Behr "Balsam."
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The main staircase, opposite the living room's seating area, leads to Beth's bedroom and home office. It's painted in Behr "Allure."
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Beth is one of those creatives who has a hard time shutting off her brain at night. Oh, I can relate to that! To help her decompress after a long day, she purposefully draped her room in rich Benjamin Moore "Dark Purple." She took many cues from Indian design when crafting her bedroom. The brilliant hues that the country is known for always catch her eye. Her Horchow headboard weighs a ton, but it's still Beth's favorite piece in her home.
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Her HomeGoods nightstand is usually overrun with magazines for inspiration and electronics to keep her up to date on clients and email. On the occasional night off, she loves nothing more than lounging in the comfy bed with a good drink and a good book.
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"I love [my home office's] gallery wall where I mixed everything from expensive prints, art from HomeGoods, photos from books, and even a t-shirt that I framed. All of my books are within arm's reach and there’s ample storage for everything from files to magazines," Beth gushes.
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Having a spot to kick back and relax for a second was a must when Beth began designing her home office. The ottoman used to be Beth's mother's. To kick it up a notch, she reupholstered the piece with fabric from Urban Outfitters. The curtains are from West Elm.
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Beth wanted a serene bathroom, so she chose "light, elongated, and oversized tiles that had variations of color." There is "something about reading that big message [on the HomeGoods poster] in the morning that helps me jumpstart my early mornings," she says. The shower curtain is from Urban Outfitters, and the Einstein print is from a local New Jersey shop.
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"... [the HomeGoods stool's] reflective surface, coupled with the smirking face," always makes Beth smile.
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The home's first floor.
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The home's second floor.

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Comments

  • Sometimes i feel like tapestries can come off as very collegey. But not in this case! It adds such a warm feel to the room that I love! Nicely done x

    Courtney

    • I totally agree, Courtney. It looks fab!

      Maybe it’s the color since it ties in so well with the space as a whole. It absolutely helps it looks more cohesive.

      -Garrett

  • What a vibrant, welcoming and warm home! I’ve never seen a tapestry used so successfully as a design element. I remember them from my (hazy) teenage years and would never have thought one would work so beautifully in an “adult” space. Oh how wrong I was! :) This is the home of a creative and confident woman. What an inspiration!

  • I’m in love with the tapestry! Bright and cheery. The gold accents compliment the teal wall color and ties into the yellow tones in the tapestry beautifully.

    Excellent Job!

  • This is really beautiful. I recently helped my niece move into her first apartment in Colorado. She had a couple of tapestries and I realized how great they are! My college days were filled with posters which bend and crease. They will fill up a whole wall and add some texture and depth to it. I think I need to incorporate some of them into my house.

    • You totally should, Brandeye!

      I love the idea of making a wall of paper with large sheets overlapping to create a quilt-like pattern.

      Pages from magazines like “Wrap” would be fabulous.

      -Garrett

  • I Love the colors on the wall, the selective design pieces, and the great use of space. Fantastic and tastefully done! I need to get her to design my place.

  • Lovely home, I really like your use of color and pattern….the perfect balance between calm yet vibrant- not too loud but still lots of fun. Ah, those wall colors are just gorgeous! Nice work; I’d love to live in a home this pretty.

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