Behind The Beautiful Materials That Up The Ante Of This Outdoor Oasis


In Nancy Epstein’s romantic backyard haven in Tenafly, New Jersey—a mere 5 miles from New York City—Azul Bochira quartzite adorns the floor, while Azul Bahia granite tops the bar counters and Walden tile adds a splash on the wall. (Photo: Courtesy Artistic Tile)

“We live outside all summer and my backyard is the joy of my life,” enthuses Artistic Tile founder and CEO Nancy Epstein of her otherworldly outdoor oasis in Tenafly, New Jersey.

With a charming pergola wrapped in grapevines and limestone columns cloaked in jasmine, sitting in the serene surroundings feels much like being in Italy, a favorite travel destination for Epstein.

When the time came to update the area, a striking yet durable blue quartzite from Brazil was cut for the floors while a custom glass floral mosaic called Walden decorates the surface behind the sink. The layers of blue hues create a lovely effect that ties into the large swimming pool, just steps away.

The sweet life, indeed.

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Custom Walden Mosaic by Artistic Tile