Adler says. “We wanted to experi-
ence the beauty of the site from the
indoors and the way it connects to
the outdoors.” It’s that integration
that makes the home feel much
larger than it is. “The veranda, the
pool, the trellis are all one continuous open space,” says Adler. A wall of
windows adds to the expansive feel and ties the rooms together.
Once the open floor plan was set, the Parks asked interior designer Ivee
Fromkin, a longtime friend, to help create a sophisticated interior that suited their taste. “I wanted a clean, crisp, simple, contemporary interior,” says
Joan. “I had done beige my whole life, so my husband said, ‘Enough with
the beige.’ He wanted gray.” And since the Parks had sold their West End
home with all of their furniture in it, they literally had a clean slate.
Fromkin developed a monochromatic color scheme, creating a sim-
ple, streamlined interior. “It’s a very soothing color combination,” says
Fromkin. “It’s light and bright and clean.”
Speaking of clean, Fromkin offered some tried-
and-true ideas for easy care of the busy home. “Some
of the upholstery is ultrasuede. That’s key,” she says.
“It’s totally washable.” And the paint? It’s Benjamin
Moore’s Aura line. “It proves itself over and over
again,” says Fromkin. The products were put to the
test at the Parks’s first dinner party, when a guest
splattered a glass of red wine on a dining chair and
the adjacent wall. “You can’t even tell,” says Fromkin.
Lucky for the Parks, the house sits on a high bluff
and, unlike many homes in Monmouth Beach, escaped damage from Hurricane Sandy. “The water
came all the way up the lawn and over the pool, but
not in the house,” says Joan.
Summer family gatherings now take place inside
and out, and there’s space for everyone. “This is a kids-
outside, adults-inside house,” Joan says. “There are a lot
of rules inside, but outside is all chaos. It can get crazy.”
Adds Fromkin, “This is a little house with a big
CRISP AND CLEAN: A peninsula
separates the kitchen from the living
room without obstructing the cook’s
view. Clever storage includes a
built-in wine rack. The master suite,
right, opens to the outdoors. Joan
and Stephen, top right, enjoy summer poolside while two of their nine
grandchildren, left, enjoy the pool.
RESOURCES Architect: Robert W. Adler & Associates, P. A. West Long
Branch, 732-571-1010. r wadlerassociates.com. Builder: Mark Socha, Socha Builders Inc., Rumson, 732-530-4070. Interior Designer: Ivee Fromkin, Allied ASID,
Monmouth Beach, 908-400-8559, Ifromkininteriors.com. Landscape Designer:
Park Avenue Gardens, Ocean Township, 732-822-0611, parkavenuegardens.com.