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Audrey Kerchner: What inspired your interior design?
Jackie Sterchele: I wanted an uncluttered design to the home, and it was important that each room receive a lot of natural light. In the den, we replaced the traditional fireplace with a European-inspired Stovax fireplace. The mantel is cherry wood, and our designer, Therese, used the red tones as an accent color for the room.
AK: What do you love most about Flemington?
JS: I love that we are in the middle of nature and how rural it is. We also like that we're not in the confines of a neighborhood. We really see the seasons change and all the animals that come through our yard throughout the year. The privacy is wonderful, and our window coverings are more for decor and not because we need to keep people from seeing in.
Fireplace: Stovax; chairs: Klaussner; wall paint: Fennel Seed and Colenta, Benjamin Moore; cabinet: Hooker Furniture
AK: Where do you feel most at home in your house now?
JS: The den. The fireplace keeps the room cozy and warm, and it's just off the kitchen, making it easy to be in the den and talk to someone in the kitchen. It's also the central gathering place for when we have people over. Our 16-year-old cat, Madison, loves all the new seating options.
Couch: Kincaid Furniture
AK: Tell me about your kitchen design process.
JS: My interior designer and my kitchen designers from Cranbury Design Center were super helpful. It was important for us to have a quiet, top-of-the-line dishwasher, and we're glad we decided to go with one from Miele. The first time I used it, it was so quiet that I didn't think it was actually turned on and working. Light was also a priority to me, and we added as many hood and high-top ceiling lights as possible, as well as more windows.
JS: I also wanted the refrigerator to be camouflaged, so we covered it with wood paneling to match the cabinets. We positioned the granite island so we can watch TV while eating meals.
AK: What was your biggest design dilemma?
JS: If I had to offer a theme to all of our remodeling projects I would have to say it would have been to bring in as much light as possible, and to have enough cabinet storage space for the purpose of decluttering the countertops and tabletops. We put windows in the kitchen, dining area, living room, den and the master bedroom to stream lots of light into the house.
AK: What did you do to make your house your own?
JS: The original formal dining room was closed off from the kitchen, so during the renovation it was opened into this eating area. We use it much more now, and when we entertain it becomes part of the flow in and out of the kitchen.
AK: How did you find your house? Was it love at first sight?
JS: When we moved from Ohio, nothing was available on the market at the time, so we rented and waited to find just the right home. We loved the property, but the home was just so dark. The first thing we did was ask our builder to install a picture window in the living room to let in more natural light. The built-in bookshelves are used to display pictures and family treasures. My husband snuck in an Eagles football helmet, though, when I wasn't looking.