When Stephanie Gayol Phillipou and her husband moved into their Mountainside, NJ, home in December 2011, they had a 27-month-old daughter in tow, another daughter on the way, and holiday season just around the corner. Needless to say, decorating their new digs didn't exactly top their priority list.
After entering and winning Real Simple magazine and Chase Blueprint's “Blueprint to a Beautiful Home” contest, the family is thriving in their stunningly decorated home — tricked out by celebrity designer Thom Filicia. We caught up with Thom and Real Simple to discover key design tips for transforming this New Jersey home. Keep reading for decorating ideas to steal and jaw-dropping before and after pictures!