A Family’s New Jersey Home Was Rescued from the ’90s — and Every Room Is Packed with Style

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Dining room with round black table and palm leaf mural
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Name: Sandy Jandu, spouse, 6-year-old daughter, dog, and two cats
Location: Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Type of home: House
Size: 1,900 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our home has so many weird quirks and angles and surprises — kind of like the people who inhabit it.

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It’s a three-bedroom builder-grade from the 1990s, chock-full of 45-degree angled halls and nooks to nowhere. We have worked our tails off to bring it to life, and while our home has a ways to go, it feels like OURS.

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My daughter uses every space available to color, craft, imagine, and raise a ruckus (along with our dog). My spouse has spaces in the home where it’s open and minimal, which is his style, and I have spaces that are curated and collected like I like — and there’s pet hair on every surface.

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It’s very important to me to feel like I belong. And that anyone who comes into our home knows that they belong, too. So our home reflects comfort and cozy, with varying color stories and hand-painted murals (created by me). And our art choices are collected and intentional and filled with family memories.

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What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is what we call “the blue room.” It’s painted in Blue’d Up by Clare Paint, which has a hue that runs from cold to warm depending on the time of day. So if I’m having a morning cup or tea or a nightcap before bed, I can see something different.

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Escaping the ’90s

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What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A wall sconce for my powder room renovation. It’s GORGEOUS!

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Any advice for creating a home you love? My mantra is simple: Do what you love. Always. Trends are meant to act as inspiration, not the golden rule. So if you love something (a style, a piece of furniture or art, a tchotchke from your favorite film), and you have a home for it? GO GET IT.

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This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.