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Publicity Co-chairs:
Kathy  Hobbs,  Barbara Gallo, Brittany Lusardi
MANSION IN MAY VISITORS CHOOSE TULIP AWARD WINNERS:
CREATIVE WALLCOVERINGS AND INTERIORS OF NEW PROVIDENCE 
BACK TO NATURE OF OLDWICK AND BLDG 39 OF POTTERSVILLE

Morristown, NJ, May 27, 2014 - The Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center is pleased to announce the winners of its Mansion in May 2014 Tulip Award. Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, Ltd. of New Providence and the landscape team from Back to Nature Home and Garden of Oldwick and BLDG 39 of Pottersville were recognized with Mansion in May’s highest honor as selected by visitors who cast ballots for their favorite interior and exterior spaces at the end of their tours 

“All of our interior and landscape designers have done a spectacular job. We are so grateful for their participation in this year’s Mansion in May. Each one of them brought their A-game and worked long hours to make this mansion such a success,” said Prudence Pigott, Co-Chair of Mansion in May 2014.

“Our guests truly had a tough time when choosing their favorite spaces,” said Christie Gisser, Co-Chair of Mansion in May 2014. “The visitors were so enthralled with the beauty of each room, which made the decision even more difficult.”

According to interior space Tulip Award winners, Rachel Kapner, Lois Darling, Mary La Vecchia and Virginia Liberato of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, the design for “Deco In Bloom” was inspired by American Art Deco design. By taking the roots of the past and planting current objects, the design team created a bedroom with all the characteristics of linear glamour broken up by curved ornamental elements. This bedroom is “a symbol of growth in a design which has been awakened in 2014,” with shades of pink in bloom. “We are so pleased to have been selected for our second Tulip Award,” said Rachel Kapner. “Blairsden is such an inspirational home that it made it easy for us to create a glamorous, yet understated space.”

Landscape designers Anthony Sblendorio of Back to Nature of Oldwick and William Welch of BLDG 39 of Pottersville, in collaboration, transformed “The Walled Garden” at Blairsden into a retreat that focused on a much simpler palette with an emphasis on geometry and the memory of a grand landscape. Flowers were limited to planters along the perimeter with a central panel of turf and broad walking paths, and a focus on sculptural elements replaced the Victorian past.  â€œBlairsden is an exceptional property for its history, its hill-top location, and its scale,” said Anthony Sblendorio of Back to Nature Home and Garden. “The collaboration on the Walled Garden with William Welch, gave us a great opportunity to create a special outdoor space within the architecture of the home.  The beautiful antique garden benches and sculpture of Diana were provided by Barbara Israel Garden Antiques. These antique garden ornaments give the space even more authenticity. The garden serves as an inviting and private outdoor retreat overlooked by the dining room and upstairs master bedroom.  We are very pleased that visitors to Mansion in May have enjoyed this unique Walled Garden.”    

The 17th Mansion in May at BLAIRSDEN is a 62,000 square foot mansion, Louis XIV Chateau-style mansion that has been hailed as one of the finest examples of Beaux-arts architecture in the United States. The home was built as a country estate by New York financier and sportsman C. Ledyard Blair in the years 1897-1903. No expense was spared in constructing the grand, four-story, mansion, complete with 14 foot tall ceilings, marble stairways, and carved fireplace mantels in every room. BLAIRSDEN sits atop a mile-long private drive overlooking the rolling green Somerset Hills of Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey.

Mansion in May is the preeminent designer showhouse in the New Jersey-New York area, attracting over 25,000 visitors to the event, typically held every other year. As a fundraiser for Morristown Medical Center, the event is known for presenting the area’s most unique and historic mansions, restored through the work of top interior and landscape designers.  

Mansion in May 2014 at BLAIRSDEN in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey will be open every day until May 31. Tickets may be purchased online and at the door at $50. Proceeds of Mansion in May 2014 at BLAIRSDEN will benefit two causes at Morristown Medical Center’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital: an expanded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a new Autism and Child Development Center. For tickets and to learn more about Mansion in May 2014 at BLAIRSDEN, visit www.MansionInMay.org. 
Mansion in May event Co-Chairs, Christie Gisser of Mendham and Prudence Pigott of Far Hills, congratulate 2014 Tulip Award Winners, Rachel Kapner, Lois Darling, Mary La Vecchia and Virginia Liberato of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors in New Providence, and Landscape designers Anthony Sblendorio of Back to Nature of Oldwick and William Welch of BLDG 39 of Pottersville.

(L to R) Mary La Vecchia, Virginia Liberato, Rachel Kapner, Gary Kapner, Lois Darling, Anthony Sblendorio, Christie Gisser, Prudence Pigott.
About the Women's Association of Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC)
WAMMC has been a driving force and supporting presence at Morristown Medical Center since its earliest days.  The Association has over 600 members and raises more than $700,000 annually for the hospital. Mansion in May is its most profitable event, generating over $8 million for Morristown Medical Center since the first Mansion in May in 1974.
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