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NYC interior designer finds her perfect space in Tinton Falls

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April 23rd, 2013

When Ellen Dubin moved to Seabrook, the Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., she didn t need help from its custom interiors department. An interior designer for 30 years, Ellen decorated her one-bedroom, one-bath, Brighton-style apartment home herself with flying colors.

Sunny glow

Upon entering her home, one automatically gets a warm welcome. The foyer, a mustard yellow color that matches the stylish sofa in her living room, greets visitors. Her living room is painted to match, which gives the entire space a sunny glow. The living and dining area opens to a cozy kitchen, where Ellen fixes breakfast and lunch most days. She usually takes dinner at one of the community s three on-site restaurants. Off of the living room, Ellen s bedroom connects to the bath, which she had painted a warm terracotta. She brought what furniture she needed from her house in Kingston, making her new space feel like home. I didn t buy new furniture. [My apartment] is done nicely. It s home, she says.

Experience with smaller spaces

During her career, Ellen commuted to New York City two to three times a week to work with clients. Her experience decorating smaller city spaces came in handy when she downsized from her Kingston house. Wall color and furniture arrangement makes her space feel large, open, and bright, while still achieving a cozy, welcoming feeling. Ellen says her Brighton suits her needs. I had no need for more bedrooms. For me, this is perfect, she says. And because Seabrook has so much to offer outside her apartment doors, she can enjoy an even fuller life with no hassle of home maintenance. I m quite active. I go to New York City often, and I walk around the pond [at Seabrook] at least once a day, Ellen says. When she goes into the city, she visits her two sons, who live in Manhattan. She s also starting to play cards with friends at Seabrook.