Wesley Moon, Inc.

Treasure hunting on the Jersey Shore

All Photos by Pernille Loof and styling by Mieke ten Have

Radiant color defines this sunlit dining room, perched above the Atlantic dunes in Mantoloking, New Jersey. When a client brought in Wesley Moon to design a beach house to replace one damaged during Hurricane Sandy, Moon cherry-picked surviving pieces of the wife’s majolica ceramics collection to lend their saturated blues, greens and oranges to the walls of this space in the new structure. “We layered in touches of pink and coral to create a really unique, WOW space,” Moon says, noting that his team customized a mid-century chandelier from 1stDibs with fresh paint and ikat shades. Rush chairs from Hollywood at Home encircle John Saladino’s glass-topped XXX table, while curtains of Pierre Frey’s Caraibes fabric frame the windows. In Moon’s view, the results are both traditional and cutting-edge: “People are starting to embrace color again, and we took it even a step further.” 

“My designs balance simplicity and intricacy, the new and the historic, comfort and surprise.”
— Wesley Moon

Designer Picks

Jake Phipps Lost at Sea Console Table, New
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Jake Phipps Lost at Sea Console Table, New

I used a bright yellow version of this lacquered console table in the entrance of the home. The console is encrusted with resin barnacles, which add additional pops of texture.”

Set of Oak & Rush Side Chairs Attributed to Victor Courtray, 1950s, Offered by FERRER
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Set of Oak & Rush Side Chairs Attributed to Victor Courtray, 1950s, Offered by FERRER

“The boldness of the colors and motifs in the home is tempered by calmer natural materials, like those in these oak and rush side chairs.”

Shayne Greco, Glazed Ceramic Turtle Sculpture, 2018, Offered by Sylvia Antiques
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Shayne Greco, Glazed Ceramic Turtle Sculpture, 2018, Offered by Sylvia Antiques

“I included items like this sculpture in the project for some not-so-subtle references to the ocean and the underwater world.”

CAS Vietri Ceramic Fish Plates, 1958, Offered by Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.
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CAS Vietri Ceramic Fish Plates, 1958, Offered by Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.

“Fish-shaped ceramics are a focal point on the walls of the dining room, adding interest, pattern and dimension.”

Artisan Mirror with Applied Sea Shells and Coral, 1970s, Offered by Lobel Modern, Inc
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Artisan Mirror with Applied Sea Shells and Coral, 1970s, Offered by Lobel Modern, Inc

“A similar shell mirror was hung in the home’s powder room. I really leaned into the idea of designing a sort of sophisticated caricature of a beach house.”

White-Iron Faux-Coral Two-Tier Chandelier, 1950, Offered by Umbrella
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White-Iron Faux-Coral Two-Tier Chandelier, 1950, Offered by Umbrella

“I was able to create custom looks with shorter lead times by transforming ready-made pieces similar to this chandelier. The chandelier in the dining room was painted coral to match the fabric on the curtains and adorned with custom ikat lamp shades.”

Marrazi Sassuolo Majolica Wall Panel, 1960, Offered by Majolicadream
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Marrazi Sassuolo Majolica Wall Panel, 1960, Offered by Majolicadream

“Majolica ceramics in like hues of blue, green and sienna from the homeowners’ beloved collection were the inspiration for the project’s color palette.”

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