Springtime means so much to so many people but here in the suburbs of New Jersey, the design world is abuzz with showhouses! Many non-profit organizations create showhouses as a fundraising exercise. For the general public it is an amazing opportunity to peek into magnificent homes that have been decorated by prominent, local designers.
One such home is Priory Court in Princeton, NJ. Priory Court is the 17th Designer Showhouse & Gardens of the Junior League of Greater Princeton. It was built in 1933 by an eminent architect Alfred Hopkins whose dream home was featured in House and Garden magazine’s November 1933 edition. Mr. Hopkins was quite affluent and enjoyed a large household staff and entertained Albert Einstein for many years. Mr. Einstein quite enjoyed the Music Wing at Priory Court where he spent many hours playing his violin.
The seven bedroom and five bath home was bought by Princeton University at one point in its history and is currently owned by the Bongionvanni family. The house is currently on the market for $2.45 million.
Two of our favorite rooms were the Study Retreat designed by Kristof Korzeniowski Designs and the Sitting Room designed by Pedro Rodriguez Interiors. Both of these rooms on the third floor were a welcome haven for different reasons.
Image courtesy of Pamela Grund (Grecsek), Jane and Pam Grecsek Photography.
Study Retreat designed by Kristof Korzeniowski Design and Consulting
Intended to be a relaxing hide out on the home's top floor, this room invites calm and tranquility through its cool grey palette and use of natural materials. We loved the abundance of natural light, the mix of modern and classic pieces and the promise of peace of mind.
Sitting Room designed by Pedro Rodriguez Interiors
This multipurpose room evokes the spirit of spring through bright colors against a crisp white. Its three seating areas make great use of the room's irregular shapes as does the built-in shelving in the desk area.
The house is a true treasure nestled among the historic woods of Princeton. Be sure to come back on Friday for more of our favorite rooms and spots from Priory Court. Even better, take time to go see this gorgeous house in Princeton open April 22 - May 20. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.
Want to see all our photos from this showhouse in one place? Look no further than our Priory Court gallery.