September-October 2017 | DIVINE DESIGNS




Joe Kendall and Adele Zaniewski teamed to create a trio of spectacular and diverse interior spaces that showcase Kendall Furniture's whole-home design talents

Written By: Jonathan Westman | Photographer: GRANT L. GURSKY, SCOTT KRALLER

Kendall Furniture’s Adele Zaniewski exudes the qualities of a person you’d hope to have as your next-door neighbor. She’s kind, compassionate, thorough and trustworthy. Her interior design talents align perfectly with her personal traits — a combination that has earned her Coastal Style’s Best Interior Designer in Worcester County honors each of the past three years. It also is a key component in Kendall Furniture’s ability to design and decorate entire homes for their clients.

Mike and Kim Curcio, a busy professional couple from New Jersey, purchased a spacious retreat to enjoy with their large family in Ocean City’s idyllic bay-front community of Sunset Island. When the precious, and all-too-rare, opportunity allows them to get away and relax for a few days, you’ll find them here. The Curcios chose Kendall Furniture to decorate their vacation home based on the glowing reviews of other community residents who had worked with owner Joe Kendall and Adele in the past. 

“I remember Mike and Kim coming in on a Sunday, dressed to enjoy a relaxing day at the beach,” Adele recalled. “I knew they didn’t want to spend a lot of time in our showroom, so I showed them a selection of five fabrics in varying color palettes. I asked them, as I do all of our clients, to remove two that they didn’t love. I then encouraged them to take their favorites back to their residence and place them in various rooms, to get a true feel for the colors in different lights and times of day. Kim then said, ‘No, that won’t be necessary. This is the one.
I’m certain of it.’”

With that, the Curcios were off the beach and Adele had new clients to get to work for. Their color selections included a very coastal-inspired palette of turquoise, lime green and splashes of gray. In addition to designing each room, including the bathrooms, Adele was charged with incorporating window treatments, bedding selections and choosing the appropriate art and hanging each piece on walls throughout the home, among other duties. 

“We communicated frequently by email,” Adele recalled, “but Mike and Kim really allowed us to do our thing. I love working this way. It’s like decorating a model.”

In the master suite, Kim threw Adele a curveball, so to speak, with the selection of a plum (between purple and lavender) color to make the central theme of the space. 

“I don’t work with this color very often, but it’s what she wanted, so we were going to make it work,” Adele said. “And I have to say, I underestimated the power of plum! Your eye is immediately drawn to the fabrics and the complementing accessories in that room. I’ve shown many people this space, and they absolutely love it.”

Another highlight of the Curcios’ design is the upstairs bedroom of teenage son Chris. 

“It’s a nautical theme that also presents itself very patriotically through the red, white and blue palette,” Adele said. “It’s really neat and turned out wonderfully.”

The project, Adele stated, took several months from start to finish and was a wonderful project to direct. For her, the most gratifying element came when the Curcio family returned to the home for first time after its completion.   

“It’s very much like a reveal on an HGTV program,” Adele said. “It’s so amazing. The look on their faces reminds me of Christmas morning.”

Readers can see the Curcios’ Sunset Island property as part of the 13th annual Sand Castle Home Tour, September 22–23.


Look no further than next door to the Curcios’ home for another stunning example of Kendall Furniture’s design talents. Gary and Robin Houston of Baltimore also worked with Joe, Adele, Donna Ware and McKena Cooke,
who combined their talents to create a gorgeous, upscale, modern coastal look throughout their entire Sunset Island home.    

“Gary and Robin are a delightful couple who are very detail-oriented,” Adele said. “They even brought samples of their granite and tile selections to our West Ocean City showroom to ensure they complemented their color palette of crèmes, tangerines and grays. It’s great to clients highly involved in the design process, too. We often texted after business hours about various aspects of the project.”

The home’s open floor plan unities the living room, dining room and kitchen and is one of Adele’s favorite spaces in the residence. Highlighted by handsome furniture selections from Lexington and finished with pristine chandeliers and pendant lighting, this space looks like it came directly out of the pages of Architectural Digest, Adele said. Every appointment is perfectly reflected in Adele’s design, including a fun infusion of personality through a custom creation by local artist Patty Falck. Her creamsicle painting, which adorns a wall in the living room, offers a strategic blast of color and cleverly incorporates the Houston family name on its stick.  

“Because this is their dream home at the beach, the Houston’s affectionately nicknamed the home Dreamsicle. It’s so neat for them to personalize their space in such a fun way,” Adele said.

The Houston’s welcome their children, Chase, Jordon, Ashley and Sonny, and their families to the beach often. The fourth floor was designed specifically for them and includes personalized bedrooms for their grandchildren. 

“It is a very special home,” Adele said. “It is very unique and branded perfectly to their personality.”


At the Sea Watch condominium in Ocean City, Adele conquered yet another whole-house design project — and her fear of heights — in the process. Homeowner Stanley Snow of Potomac, Md., was referred to Kendall Furniture by OC Kitchen & Bath, the contractors who installed its new kitchen. His unit on the 19th floor was in the midst of a complete overhaul, and he wanted Kendall’s to “take the ball and run with it,” so he could one day surprise his wife, Nina, and their three children with a completely remodeled, furnished and decorated beach home. 

The renovation plan was significant and included the addition of another level as the master bedroom and living room were incorporated in the floorplan. 

Adele and Stanley, who was able to personally be on-site during a few occasions to monitor construction, communicated frequently by email during the project. They selected a primary palette of gray and navy with hints of yellow for main areas, while corals and teals were used in the master/
living room space. 

In the children’s rooms, Stanley and Adele jointly decided on mermaid theme highlighted with pink and lime-green colors for his daughter, and his son’s room incorporated a nautical design accentuated with anchors and featured blue and gray tones.

Adele selected new furniture for the entire residence and also chose attractive Hunter Douglas Nantucket sheers, operated by remote control, to allow the Snows both uncompromised views and complete privacy with the push of a button.

The big reveal, which took place this past Father’s Day weekend, was an amazing experience,” Adele said. “It was met with her complete satisfaction. What a wonderful adventure that project was.”


Kendall Furniture’s team of designers work on multiple projects simultaneously, thanks in part to the company’s incredible selection of the latest styles of furniture, mattresses, window treatments, rugs and accessories. Three convenient locations in West Ocean City, Fenwick Island and Selbyville provide over 25,000 square feet of beautiful showrooms to inspire even the most discerning tastes. Kendall Furniture has earned its reputation for quality, value and good, old-fashioned customer service during their 13 years of operation locally. Their no-commission, no-pressure staff is experienced in design and sales and ready to help make furniture buying easy.

“In our showrooms, you can see it, touch it and feel it,” Adele said, “which allows our clients to envision the finished environment in advance. It takes the worry out of the process for them. We’ve done complete whole-home decorating services so often, we have it down to a science.” Kendall’s even works exclusively with local artist Chris Klink, to provide clients custom paint, stripping and mural options to accent their homes. 


“Adele Zaniewski: Truly an angel in this world,” Joe said. “She’s been with me going on 13 years, and she was my first hire here. Her spirit is unbelievable, and her passion for helping people make their dreams come true is unparalleled. I can’t say enough nice things about her. I’ve just never met a person who cares so much for people as much as Adele does. But that’s truly how she approaches every day.”

“Joe has provided me an opportunity to thrive in my role here at Kendall Furniture,” Adele said. “He has trusted me to create our custom-design service department. We’re a great team at Kendall Furniture. I love it, and I’m very blessed.”  


Affectionately known as the Shutter King of Delmarva, Kendall recently partnered with Norman Window Fashions to showcase the company’s innovative and patented designs, which combine beauty, functionality and affordability. As the largest manufacturer of window blinds in the world, Norman backs their products with lifetime warranties — a pledge Joe said was crucial to his decision to carry and promote them. 

“It was a very important part of our association,” Kendall said. “I definitely wasn’t going to sacrifice my reputation to sell someone’s blinds to make a quick buck. But Norman isn’t just someone. They’re widely regarded as the best in
the industry — and offer comparable products to their competitors at a 30 percent savings. My promise to them was that I would spearhead the program, and that meant I would be the one handling sales appointments, measuring and estimating.” 

Kendall said he took on this added responsibility to promote a pioneering company, provide his customers access to state-of-the-art technology and, most important, save them money. Kendall Furniture’s association with Norman also meant that Joe and his team of installers would have to meet their standards, as well — and they did so following the completion of four days of training to become certified by the company.


Joe, a 30-year veteran of the furniture industry, is constantly analyzing the local and regional landscape to determine options to provide additional value and services to his new clients and loyal customer base. His latest endeavor is the creation of a stunning 5,000 sq. ft. mattress center at his Selbyville location.

“Tempurpedic, Sealy and Sterns approached us with the opportunity to serve as a new distribution point in the Ocean City/Fenwick market,” Joe said. “They visited a lot of furniture stores and chose us because of the high-quality and professionalism of at Kendall Furniture. We’ve hired Bethany Bruning, a former manager/trainer for a mattress chain, to manage this store for us — and she’s taught us a lot. Just imagine the knowledge she’ll share with our customers. Bethany has embraced “The Kendall Way,” not the commission-way of her former employer, and she’s been fantastic. Ironically, she even has a daughter named Kendall, so we feel like her joining our team was meant to be.”



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