Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Grandeur in the Garden State

Located in New Jersey’s Morris County just 30 miles northwest of New York City, this neo-Georgian estate had been vacant for 30 years when interior designer Janet Simon and her husband Peter discovered the hidden gem.  “The house was wonderfully untouched,” Janet said. “The grounds were completely overgrown, like Sleeping Beauty’s castle. We had to hack through thorny branches to get to the front door.” 

"Hidden Pond Farm" was built between 1927 and 1933 by architects Delano & Aldrich as a summer retreat for Thomas M. Debevoise, a prominent attorney and personal counsel to John D. Rockefeller Jr., and Janet remained committed to keeping the integrity of the home intact throughout the restoration. 

Hidden Pond Farm

Light streams into the sunporch ensconced in Lee Jofa's iconic Hollyhock chintz.

The enclosed sunporch mirrors the nearby breakfast room with a curved exterior wall.

The dining room features exquisite hand painted Chinoiserie wall coverings, Bergamo fabric on the chairs, Lee Jofa fabric for the draperies, and a Charlotte Moss table lamp.

Imperial Trellis by Kelly Wearstler takes center stage in the garden-like breakfast room. Fabric on the slipcovered chair cushions is by Rose Cumming.

The library welcomes pets as well as people. The sofa is by Ernest Studio Inc.

A timelessly pretty sitting room features watercolors by Stephen Freeburg. The bench is from Second Life Interiors and Upholstery, with fabric by Travers.

The living room owes its serenity to soft blues and creams. Among the many fine details is the custom shell embroidery on the Penn & Fletcher draperies that flank a mirror by R Squared. An area rug by Tai Ping Carpets anchors the sitting area. The ceiling is painted Farrow & Ball’s “Pink Ground.”

This secretary is one of the Simons’ much-cherished and much-used antiques.

The bright foyer features a Damoka rug.

The charming master bedroom has bed curtains by Chelsea Editions and linens by Leron. The bedside tray table is from Charlotte Moss, and the medallion-patterned area rug is by Patterson, Flynn & Martin.

Cowtan & Tout’s Bowood wallpaper sets the palette for another airy bedroom.

Helping the family stay organized is a mudroom outfitted with Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper.

A winding staircase is original.

Small lime-green tables from Lexington Gardens garnish the terrace. The tablecloth is by Dransfield & Ross.

Janet insists on quality, no matter the context. Whether decorating or entertaining, it’s the details that count. “Keep it simple, but do it right,” she says. To see more of Janet's impressive portfolio, please visit Janet Simon Inc. and to read this entire feature, which originally ran in Traditional Home magazine, please click here


  1. Dear Andrea,
    What could be more sublime than to rescue a fabulous twenties Georgian Revival? Not for the faint of heart or weak of purse! When I lived in Atlanta, I saw many homes such as this one, also in the Carolinas and the DC area...tradition never dies, and it's flourishing even more than ever before!

  2. You just made my day. Wow. A real home, with warmth and character. Kudos to Janet Simon for her use of colour and traditional fabrics and styles. There is nothing like it.

  3. Yet another post to remind me why I adore this website.

  4. I remember this house when I first started blogging, always a favorite...such a classic!

  5. This is too funny, I know Janet Simon and I am going to her sister inlaw's house in a few weeks. Janet's front yard becomes a show stopper with each season from daffodils to pumpkins it's amazing. A truly classi tradtiional designer!

  6. I am dying over all of that Hollyhock/Althea!!! Not to mention the rest of the Simon home--you know I love the Imperial Trellis/Althea combo! Such a gorgeous find--for them and for you! Thank you for sharing! Xo!!!

  7. Wow! What a gorgeous home! I particularly love the pale blue sitting room. It feels so fresh and cheerful.


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