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Elegant Transformation - The Rinaldi's
Extensive Renovation Breathes New Life into a Beloved Home
Rosanna and Frank Rinaldi of Holmdel met in a hospital, not as patients - but as working professionals. Frank is a podiatrist and Rosanna was working as a physical therapy assistant at the time. Frank, born and raised in Brooklyn, continues to work in the famous borough that is home to Nathanís hot dogs and Coney Island.
Rosanna and Frank lived in Queens after marrying in 1980, but decided they wanted to raise their family in a more open country setting. Frank is 100% Italian and Rosanna is half English and half Polish; both considered family very important and planned to have children soon after marrying. Frank had become familiar with Monmouth County on his travels through the Garden State when visiting a beach house he owned in Manahawkin. Frank and Rosanna were looking for a place that would be family-friendly and afford Frank a manageable commute to Brooklyn. The rolling hills and country setting of Holmdel proved to be the perfect fit, and they have never regretted their decision.
Frank and Rosanna didnít know anyone in the town before moving here, but over the years have made many lasting friendships and have very positive things to say about the school system in which their two children, Marie and Thomas, grew up. Thomas was a star pitcher on the high school team and later received a scholarship to college. He is now in law school. Their just-married daughter Marie, who studied dance as a child, is finishing her residency as an infertility doctor at New York
The Rinaldi's considered their family home in Holmdel to be a perfect place for their familyís needs, but about 5 years ago they decided to do a major renovation to bring their home into the 21st century. They added a third garage, raised elements of the roof, and extended the footprint of their home to add more square footage. The renovation included a new kitchen, new bathrooms, a grand foyer with vaulted ceiling, and new paint finishes. It all combined to transform the Rinaldi home into a totally new vision.
The extensive renovation of the Rinaldi home began with a grand foyer. The mahogany door with leaded glass details was extended beyond the original plan with multiple windows and an arched window at the top. The ceiling is now 35 feet high, after a room above the entry was removed to make this grand entrance possible.
Neoclassical details abound. Rosanna used her artistic eye (she is an accomplished fine arts painter) to select colors and finishes to complement her vision. She found inspiration in patterns and ornamentation found in furniture and ceramics, and used them as a point of departure to design a roomís color palette.
Rosanna worked closely with Susan and Michael Tumblety, a talented brother and sister specialty interior painting team, to create and design the variety of faux finishes and ornamental touches found throughout their home. The leaf pattern on the kitchen wall can be traced directly to the porcelain tile backsplash.
The kitchen of the Rinaldi home features a spacious granite-top island. Rosanna is an inspired chef and loves to try new recipes for her family. She finds inspiration from cookbooks and various cooking shows on cable and network television. When pressed for a list of specialties she lists a number of Italian classics: lasagna, traditional rice balls, and manicotti. She makes it clear that once she married into the Rinaldi family from Brooklyn, jarred tomato sauce was no longer an option.
The family room is an eclectic mix of English leather, neoclassical furnishings, and warm golden-toned wall finishes. The stone fireplace creates a rustic focal point in the playfully elegant room.
The family dining room is replete with details and colorful accents. Rosanna believes in creating a total composition when designing a room. The dining room incorporates pattern, texture, and painted ornamentation to create a formal, yet inviting environment.
The painted vine detail and color scheme were inspired by the Rinaldisí formal china set.
The antique chandelier dates back to the 19th century, and originally used candles to provide illumination. The chandelier has since been wired for electric use, but maintains its elegant, antique profile.
The master bath received the full treatment during the recent renovation. A new tile floor, oversized step-up jetted soaking tub, granite counters with dual sinks and crystal glass hanging chandeliers add just the right sparkle to this private and luxurious space. The double skylights allow just the right amount of natural light into this spa-like sanctuary.
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