Bath bombing isn’t the only hobby Caroline Manzo has recently picked up. The Manzo’d With Children store now has a new passion for interior design. Now that all three of her kids — Albie Manzo, Chris Manzo, and new homeowner Lauren Manzo Scalia — are all officially out of the family house, Caroline and her husband Albert Manzo are officially empty nesters, and ready for a change.
The Franklin Lakes resident tells Bravo’s The Daily Dish that she started her home makeover in August by redoing her dining room with a fabulous checkered train table, chairs, and kitchen stool set from MacKenzie Childs.
“I have a lot of things I want to do. We moved in in 1999. We built the house ourselves, so it needs to be freshened up. It needs a facelift. Nothing crazy,” she says. “After all the years of dogs and kids and everything else, I want new furniture, and I want to paint and make the house a grown-up house kind of thing.”
Caroline says she is going for a more classic, understated look, “Right now, everything is so ornate, and I want to simplify. I don’t want to see gold anywhere. I think I want to do all neutral hues, grays and cream and blue, kind of thing. Just make it very, very simple. Brighter, I want to brighten up the whole house, and just make it mine.”
She plans on turning one of her sitting rooms into a library, and wants to convert Lauren’s old bedroom into a nursery for her soon-to-be grandchild. “We’re just gonna make it our own but still very comfortable for the kids when they want to come,” she says.
We can’t wait to see the finished product!