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Blend It Forward

To accommodate and delight her expanded family, designer Kristy Fall got busy renovating her New Jersey home.

Kristy Fall has a knack for accomplishing whatever she sets her mind to. While still a senior in college, she started work in investment banking at Lazard Frères. Later, as a young mother, she discovered an inborn flair for interior design and joined her mother, Marilyn Gillio, to form K&M Interior Designs. When Fall remarried recently, she and her husband decided to keep both of their homes—his in Manhattan and hers in River Vale, New Jersey. Fall quickly set out to redo hers, making room for stepchildren and creating vibrant new living spaces for her blended family.          Despite its large size, delicate lines prevent it from overpowering. Nearly everything else in the room is from Safavieh’s Paramus store, where Fall shops regularly, working with staff designer Michele Townsend. “As a designer myself,” says Fall, “I find it super-efficient to work with Safavieh. They have a tremendous inventory, and anything that’s not in stock or I need custom made, they can handle.” Because even designers can use a helping hand.

Crystal, marble and other reflective surfaces create a light and luxurious atmosphere in the entrance hall of this River Vale, New Jersey, home. Through French doors on the left, one can glimpse a vestige of the former homeowner, an English pub room that’s on the short list to be redecorated.

The previous spread shows the Fall house in transition. In the newly minted entrance hall, marble, agate, crystal and other light-toned materials lend a welcoming, contemporary feel. Through French doors to the left of the hall, one can glimpse an eccentric vestige of the previous owner—an English pub room complete with long bar, which is on Fall’s short list to be redecorated. But first things first: Along with kids’ rooms, entrance hall and kitchen, she tackled the living room, seen here. Fall designed the coffee table herself, making it oversized to serve as an anchor in the high-ceilinged space and tie together the seating groups.

A long, narrow living room presented a challenge for homeowner Kristy Fall, herself an interior designer. She placed bar stools behind a sofa table to maximize seating and designed an oversized coffee table (opposite) to tie together the club chairs and sofas. The coffee table base was fabricated by Craig West, and the custom window treatments are by Alan Schatzberg. Most of the other furnishings were acquired from Safavieh’s Paramus, New Jersey store, where Fall worked with staff designer Michele Townsend.

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