“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Granite, marble and onyx, oh my!

Aside from the over-the-top personalities, a big part of the series “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is the homes.

Danielle Staub in her elegant - though admittedly slightly dated - Franklin Lakes home./Credit The New York Times

Danielle Staub in her elegant - though admittedly dated - Wayne home./Credit The New York Times

Opulent and excessive, these five ladies’ homes provide virtual eye candy for viewers every week. And apparently The New York Times thinks so, too, because this week it featured a home and garden story on two of those homes: those belonging to Caroline Manzo (in Franklin Lakes) and Danielle Staub (in nearby Wayne).

(Danielle, as you’re already well aware, has been all over the news this week thanks to unsavory stories that are cropping up about her past. You can read all about that here.)

Danielle acknowledges that her home is a bit dated.

“It was my ideal house in the ’90s,” she tells the Times. “There’s a lot I’d like to do now. Some paint would be nice.”

Caroline Manzo chills in her Franklin Lakes home./Credit The New York Times

Caroline Manzo chills in her Franklin Lakes home./Credit The New York Times

Caroline’s home is decorated (no surprise) by her sister Dina. The direct, down-to-earth nature she exhibits on the show is for real,  judging by her comments to the Times, which include this gem:

“We’re definitely the poor people out here,” Caroline says of her Franklin Lakes neighborhood. “We had no landscaping for seven years. The pool isn’t gunite. I’m not spending that kind of money. Is there a liner, can you swim? So who’s stupid, you or me? I don’t look to impress.”

The most opulent and excessive of all the homes – the perpetually in-the-works manse belonging to Teresa Giudice – is not featured in the piece, mainly because evidently Bravo wants to keep the finished product (which apparently still isn’t complete!) under wraps until the show’s hoped-for second season. (Is there really any doubt there will be a second season?) Just remember – as if you could possibly forget – it will be full of of “granite, marble and onyx.”‘

“My master bedroom is so huge, you could have a party in it,” Teresa tells the Times. “It’s absolutely gorgeous and I love it.”

Remember in the first episode when Jacqueline Laurita accompanied Teresa on a furniture shopping spree (where she dropped over $120,000 in cash? Who could forget?) Little did I know it, but that store is practically in my backyard. (Contrary to what some may think, it takes several hours to drive from one end of Jersey to another – especially when there’s traffic. And when isn’t there traffic?) Anyway, the store is is Unique Furniture (that it is!) on Route 22 in Green Brook. The store also has a showroom, Urban Living, on Main Street in Somerville.

According to the Times article, owner Joseph Mitrani has been known to outfit the state’s biggest McMansions.

“You build big, you need big,” the Times quotes him as saying.

The online article also includes a really cool feature: an audio slide show in which Danielle and Caroline talk about their homes. Check them out!

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10 Comments

  1. Nikki Hermosilla said,

    January 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Where can I purchase wicker kitchen bar stools as in Caroline Manzo’s kitchen?

  2. Nikki Hermosilla said,

    January 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Love the wicker kitchen bar stools in Caroline Manzo’s home. Where can I find?

  3. March 28, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Fantastic post. thanks for sharing with us. We are exporter of tiles, natural stones, paving stones and marbles from UK.

  4. Anne said,

    September 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Long Hill Road is nice isn’t it? Too bad you never saw it when God was there!!

  5. July 23, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Thanks for sharing !! Good post.

  6. AC from NJ said,

    February 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t like Danielle’s house at all. It’s so outdated, there’s absolutely no color whatsoever. Everything is either beige, white or gray.

  7. September 19, 2009 at 11:29 am

    […] Danielle’s $1.5 million home is located in Wayne, aka “the good-smelling part” of New Jersey. (I don’t know about the rest of you New Jerseyans, but it doesn’t stink by my house, either. And no, my sinuses are not clogged.) […]

  8. Lisa said,

    June 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Ava, you missed Portobello’s in Oakland. I forget who had lunch there but it was the same episode as when Danielle met Steve at the Oakland Diner.

  9. June 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    […] Unique Furniture (Green Brook) – Jacqueline accompanies Teresa on a furniture shopping spree in which she drops a whopping $120,000 in cash on assorted pieces for her “French Chateau look” manse that is still a project in the making. (Read all about the ladies’ opulent homes here.) […]

  10. Cynthia said,

    May 31, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Love your blog!! Come visit us! Found something crazy, about one of the New Jersey Housewives!


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