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Entries in Priory Court (2)

Friday
Apr272012

Princeton Designer Showhouse & Gardens (Part II)

Today we continue our exploration of Priory Court, the designer showhouse of the Junior League of Greater Princeton. Our focus is on five additional rooms that caught our eye for their outstanding design elements and color palettes. In total, Priory Court has 28 different spaces that were revamped by over thirty different designers and architects. The designers were given a magnificent space to work with as the bones of the house had amazing decorative motifs and accents on the walls and ceilings. Of course being built in the 1930's, the houses interior walls were all cinderblock giving today's designers a bit of a challenge on how to handle the wall coverings and lighting. 

Just one corner of the lush container garden-themed Upper Terrace Retreat designed by Princeton Land Design.

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Wednesday
Apr252012

Princeton Designer Showhouse & Gardens (Part I)

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.

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