MORRISTOWN, NJ - Local designers have begun transforming Alnwick Hall-The Abbey for this year's "Mansion in May" Designer Showroom. Among some of the nearby designers are Judi Schwarz Interiors of Livingston; Mediterranean Tile of Fairfield; Karla Trincanello Interior Decisions Inc. and Plumberry Designs of Florham Park; and Samuel Robert Signature Spaces of Millburn.

Alnwick Hall, known in recent years as The Abbey, was once the residence of Edward Peter Meany and his wife, Rosalie Behr. The brick mansion, designed for the Meanys by architect, Percy Griffin, and built between 1903 and 1904, was modeled after various fifteenth and sixteenth-century English prototypes, including Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England.

It is now a rare and largely unaltered survivor of “Millionaires’ Row,” the stretch of Madison Avenue between Morristown and Madison that, during the area’s Gilded Age, was lined by a nearly unbroken series of large and elegant estate houses.

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Organized by the Women’s Association for the Morristown Medical Center, more than 45 interior designers and landscapers from the Metropolitan area were selected to design one area in this thirty-room estate. All funds raised will contribute to establishing the new Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at the Morristown Medical Center.

General Co-Chairs for this year’s Mansion in May fundraiser are Katie Nolle and Megan Cassie Schubinger, who are also working with Interior Design Chairs Susan Kiernan, Katherine Sheeleigh and Louetta Shioleno.

Designers were invited to attend a brunch on Wednesday in order to begin planning their room design.

“Hosting the designers for their first walk through of their designated spaces was exciting,” said Kiernan. “When they learned about this year’s introduction of a new feature that will allow visitors to interactively tour The Abbey by accessing the designers’ pages on the website, they were extremely enthusiastic.”



CWI Designs from New Providence will be designing one of the larger rooms on the first floor of the mansion. Designer Rachel Kapner explained that they were nominated a few years ago by a client and even won “Best Room” at the last Mansion in May event in 2014.

“We usually begin (our design) with a fabric that inspires us,” she said. “This year’s room will feature accents of blue agate and marbleized agate.”

Other designers will be working on the remaining rooms on the first floor.

On the second floor, designer Sagri Freiber from Accents by Designs in Bedminster, chose to work in one of the smaller rooms in the estate. Her room design is called “The Believers War Room” and was inspired by Freiber’s own life experiences.

“I chose a smaller room because I feel that all homes should have a small, quiet place where you can sit and talk to God,” she said. She went on to say this room is not just for Christians or those who practice a specific religion, it is simply a quiet place to meditate and listen for messages from God.

Other designers from Morristown who are participating in this event are Custom Steel Ltd., Garden Cottage, John Puglionisi, John P. Turner and The Michael Thomas Collection. Additional designers participating in Mansion in May 2017 are: 

Mediterranean Tile, Fairfield

Judi Schwarz Interiors, Livingston

Karla Trincanello Interior Decisions Inc., Florham Park   

Plumberry Designs, Florham Park

Samuel Robert Signature Spaces, Millburn

Accents by Design, Bedminster

Affordable Closets Plus, Bangor, PA

Artists in Residence, Chester & Morristown

Barbara Ostrom Associates, Mahwah

British Home Emporium, Madison

Broadfoot & Broadfoot, Boonton

Cabri Inc, Summit

C.R. Interior Designs, Lebanon

Curren Design Associates, Mendham

Custom Steel Ltd., Morristown

C.W.I. Design, New Providence

Design Consultants, Bedminster

Diane Durocher Interiors Inc., Ramsey

Eclectic.house, Chatham

Elizabeth Guest Interiors, LLC, Lebanon

Ethan Allen of Somerville, Somerville

Garden Cottage, Morristown

Garden State Tile, Bethlehem, PA

Interchange Technologies, Stewartsville

Jaeger Kitchens, Stirling

Jane Danielle Interior Designs, Lebanon

Jessica Reilly Interior Design LLC, Mendham

Joseph P Turner, Morristown

Katja van der Loo, Boonton

Kristin Ashley Interiors, Bernardsville

LeRoux Interiors, Lahaska, PA

Maria K Bevill Interior Design, Chester

Olcott Square Interiors, Schooley’s Mountain

Plainfield Restoration and Reproduction LCC, Plainfield

Portfauxlio Inc., Chatham

Raiser Contracting, Liberty Corner

RJR Restorations, Mendham

Sara & Eileen, Mendham

Sophisticated Storage Solutions LLC, Bound Brook,

Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery, Bernardsville

Studio K LLC, Whippany

Susan M Niblo LTD, Tuxedo Park, NY

The Michael Thomas Collection, Morristown

The Red Shutters, Warwick, NY

The Toy Tamer, Madison

The Urban Dweller, Boonton 

Mansion in May will take place from May 1 through May 31.

Advanced tickets will be available until April 30 online and at select retail locations. Tickets will also be available at the door. Visit mansioninmay.org for more information.