Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2018

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Bobbi Brown's eponymous makeup line is a household name, but for her latest endeavor she chose a makeover of a different kind: working with her husband, attorney and real estate developer Steven Plofker to metamorphose the once forgotten Georgian Inn into e George, a design-minded, boutique hotel located in the heart of Montclair, New Jersey (just 12 miles west of New York City). e couple are longtime residents of the quaint town, which Brown has referred to as "the Brooklyn of New Jersey," putting down roots the day after returning from their honeymoon and raising their three sons there. Built in 1902 as a private residence by Charles Van Vleck, mostly notably known as the architect for the Rockefeller family, the property was converted to The Georgian Inn, a residential hotel for short-term stays, in the 1940s. During this period, the Montclair branch of the French Institute Alliance Fran├žaise (FIAF) relocated its New Jersey headquarters to the Queen Anne carriage house located at the rear of the Inn. The historic building was granted landmark status in 2008, but years of less-than-attentive upkeep caused it to fall into a state of disrepair. After Brown and Plofker acquired the property in 2012, they embarked on full-scale renovation that was mindful of preserving the building's handsome original architectural details. BY GEORGE Makeup entrepreneur Bobbi Brown puts a fresh face on a landmark New Jersey property to transform it into a luxury boutique hotel. Written by Caylee Matthews 62 Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker

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