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Established in 1996, James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery
is located in the second floor loft space of the former 1917 firehouse
at 45 E. Main Street (Rt.520) in Historic Holmdel Village, NJ 07733
Entrance on the inside corner of building & additional parking lots in the rear.

Open Saturday 12-4pm. Weekday & evenings hours scheduled by appointment
732 993 5278 or 732 993 5ART

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PERSONAL OASIS - DesignNJ Aug/Sept 2012

A designer creates a luxury day spa in a Colts Neck master bathroom

When Colts Neck homeowners decided to trade their drab builder's master bathroom for a sparkling new version, they called on designer James Yarosh to re-create a luxury day spa for them.
"When the idea of upgrading teh space came up, we discussed the great hotel bathrooms and spas you experience traveling the world and decided to bring those elements home where they could be appreciated daily," says Yarosh, who is also an art dealer and the owner of Holmdel-based James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery.  
To design a successful master bathroom on that model, Yarosh knew he'd need to adapt the concept by using materials of a more residential nature than those appropriate to public spaces.  "The aim who to create an everyday space that is a personal oasis," he says. "Day spas can be very sterile so I sought to take the best of a day spa but use more beautiful materials."  

The materials for the new bathroom include cherry cabinetry, wood-grained floor tile, ceramic and mosiac glass tiles, Corian countertops and porcelain fixtures.  Asingle color scheme in shades of honey and amber for the cabinetry, floor tile, mosiac glass tile and stacked cognac glazed-brick tile strikes a clean, minimalist note.  This creates a warm contrast with the bisque fixtures- including an eclectic "hat box" toilet -- and Corian countertops.

Study in Contrasts
"The bathroom references a minimalist look in the flat sinks and simple faucets but there's also a bit of Hollywood glam in the Lucite knobs on the vanity," Yarosh notes.  "Everywhere you look there's something beautiful."

There's also an unexpected combination of the beautiful and the practical in a Philippe Starck designed Baccarat chair near the vanity.  Featuring chrome legs and crystal details, the chair is covered in a luxe copper hued material that resembles a high-end silk but is a wipeable and durable polypropylene, Yarosh says.  As for function, the bathroom earns it's billing as a luxury day spa with a multijet and steam shower room that shares a glass wall with a spa-like overflow whirlpool tub.  Custom cabinetry has dual sinks, a television and audio above a double vanity, while a full-length cosmetic closet opposite the vanity provides ample storage.  "My goal was to keep maximum function for the space yet still remain un-busy enough to maintain a restful space to rejuvenate and detox," Yarosh says.

His lighting design for the bathroom incorporates square high hats to maximize the space and continue the clean lines throughout.  Functional lighting above the vanity balances the back lighting of a skylight.  

"As an artist I love design and believe one's home should be a very personal space to function for family and to share with guests as well as a retreat to renew,"  Yarosh says.  "Of coarse, we're talking about a feature as basic as a bathroom, but I believe the idea of a self-nurturing spa continues this philosophy."

SOURCES: Design, James Yarosh in Holmdel; cabientry, Regina Bilotta for Bilotta Cabinetry in New York City; hardware, Bullet Lock in Long Branch; glas tile, Studium in New York City; porcelains, glass shower surround and faucets, JoAnne Artale for Ferguson in Middletown; lighting, Ryan Clarke for Liberty Lighting Group in Chatham; Baccarat chair, Studio Baccarat in New York City.  
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EYE ON DESIGN - DesignNJ Dec/Jan 2009

As an artist and art dealer, everything is about aesthetics and proper placement for me, something that makes my interest in interior design a natural medium.  The holidays mark that one special time of year that affords putting on every piece of jewelry at once and letting your home sparkle to receive family and friends.  

Here, we see a sampling of holiday decorations in the home of a client and friend who originally purchased paintings from the gallery and then asked me to specify the design of her home’s complete renovation and expansion.  The strong gothic dining room is anchored by black paneling, beams, built-in curios, and a wood parquet floor against the backdrop of a thorn and orange blossom wallpaper.   The dining room table and crème leather chairs serve as a center point, but leave room for shopping and collecting fun.  The room’s central oil painting by Russian artist Olga Belakovskaya features holiday ornaments, which inspired the color and warmth for a room of celebrations.
White embroidered napkins and an appliqued tablecloth draw the eye to a table filled with heirlooms, including Herend bone china and amber Baccarat wine glasses surrounded by sentimental ornaments and cloisonne’ Santa Claus napkin rings.  Saint Louis crystal goblets and a globed candelabra rise up toward a clear and very versatile Murano chandelier.

A two-sided stone fireplace, tiny silver tree boasting Gucci silver ornaments, a set of six Jacob Landau drawings create a holiday haven trimmed with pinecone candles and the charm of squirrels and acorn chair fabric.  Homemade gingerbread cookies atop a petrified wood table serve as a reminder of the extra care that goes into perfecting each and every holiday season.

ART & SOUL -DesignNJ  Dec/Jan 2008


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