“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Welcome to the real world

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It’s a sad, sad day in New Jersey.

Teresa and Joe Giudice with their daughters, Gia, 9, and baby Audriana from the book "Skinny Italian."/Photo credit Hyperion Books

Sure, we all know the economy is in the toilet, and the state unemployment rate is hovering just below 10 percent. But now we have irrefutable proof that our sad state of affairs has actually penetrated *reality* television.

People reports that “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Juicy Joe, will have the contents of their “granite, marble and onyx” Towaco mansion auctioned off on Aug. 22 as part of the terms of their bankruptcy filing. And judging by the catalog, nothing – and I mean nothing – is exempt from the sale.

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You can’t get more “Jerseylicious” than Green Brook

Big news, New Jersey residents: The Garden State will no longer be defined by “The Sopranos” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”


Fuggedaboutit! Thanks to The Style Network, New Jersey will no longer be known just for its abrasive personalities and big hair. Then again, maybe it will.../Credit HBO (above) and Bravo (below)

RHNJ reunion necklace

No, sirree. Instead, the little state that could will from now on be known as “Jerseylicious”… or so The Style Network hopes.

The network has given the greenlight to the *reality* show – and yes, it’s most definitely called “Jerseylicious” – which will follow both the professional and personal lives of six hair stylists. The action, according to New Jersey Newsroom, will take place at The Gatsby Salon in Somerset County’s Green Brook (which also happens to be the home of “Real Housewife of New Jersey” Teresa Giudice’s favorite furniture store, Unique Furniture).

“Our viewers are in for a wild ride when they enter this hairspray mayhem,” Salaam Coleman Smith, president of The Style Network, said in a statement obtained by New Jersey Newsroom. “We love that this series takes a fun look at the always entertaining personal lives and real-life drama of this outrageous staff while also capturing the fabulous makeovers and ‘Jerseylicious’ styles at the salon. It’s a perfect combination for Style’s young female audience.”

The salon, located on Route 22, is run by Gayle and Christy, a mother/daughter team. After two marriages, Gayle is back on the dating scene, and Christy is working hard at building up her stake in the business, says the article. Other stylists profiled on the show include Gigi, who is described as a “Bridezilla”-wannabe, and Anthony, the lone male who is trying to provide for his family.

The show, which is set to debut in the spring, will also be filming in other Central New Jersey locales. It is produced by Endemol USA, which also produces “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Deal or No Deal,” Big Brother” and “Wipeout.”

You can check out The Gatsby Salon’s Facebook page right here.

Teresa Giudice and Somerset County: Perfect together

Forget pickles. Move over, foot rubs. Shopping and dining are what the heavily pregnant star of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is craving these days. And she is finding them all in Somerville, N.J.

Make room for baby: Teresa Giudice better grow more hands now that she's expecting baby No. 4./Credit Teresa Giudice

Make room for baby: Teresa Giudice better grow more hands now that she's expecting baby No. 4./Credit http://www.teresagiudice.com

According to The Star-Ledger, mother-of-three (soon to be four) Teresa “FABULOUS!” Giudice was spotted this week doing both in the quaint Somerset County town. And while Bravo has not yet confirmed that there will be a second season of its hit reality show (seriously, how could there not?), there evidently were indications that Teresa’s moves were being documented on film.

I assume it wasn’t for the sake of her unborn child, either. “Look honey, here’s where Mommy went shopping just days before your birth!”

But I digress. The Ledger reports that Teresa had her father (who was celebrating his birthday) in tow, and the two had lunch at Alfonso’s Family Trattoria & Gourmet Pizza before shopping for baby furniture at Main St. Kidz. Anthony Ianniello, owner of Alfonso’s, said Teresa was wearing a long green dress with a denim jacket. She ordered an appetizer, spinach salad and fried zeppoles stuffed with cannoli cream and chocolate, he said.

And while Teresa was eyeing up various cribs and bedding, she didn’t commit to anything, said Main St. Kidz manager CeCe Mitrani.

“She wants to wait and see if she has a boy or a girl,” she told the Ledger, adding that cribs start at $500 and bedding at $2,000.

You can get a pretty good idea of the quality of  furniture Main St. Kidz has to offer by checking out these pictures. The shop apparently used to be based in nearby Bridgewater before moving to its new location a few months ago.

And as we all know, dropping large amounts of money on furniture is no problem for Teresa. In fact, it appears to be a passion. In the premiere episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” she was famously shown tossing out thousands of dollars in cash for furniture at another store not too far from Somerville – Unique Furniture in Green Brook. And interestingly enough, Unique Furniture has a showroom, Urban Living, which also just happens to be located on Main Street in… Somerville!

So, what is it about Somerset County furniture stores that Teresa loves so much?

“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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