Pat Menna is showing off the first floor of his home, a spacious Dutch Colonial he shares with his five-year-old white Labrador retriever, Bella. Its on a corner lot in one of Red Banks more upmarket neighborhoods, and in contrast to the white exterior trimmed in black, the interior is painted in bold, contemporary colors, yet decorated with Roman and other antiquities.
I dont have too many vices, but I love iconography, the Byzantine tradition of religious images painted on wood and highlighted in gold leaf, says Menna. Being 100-percent Italian, I have an immense emotional attachment to the place of my birth. I like to be surrounded by things that remind me of my childhood.
As for the lipsticky color in the stairwell he says, the red highlights, I think, the icons, which need a dark color to bring them out.
Just off to the side of where well be talking, however, in what appears to be a solarium, Bella has added her own splash of color to the oatmeal-colored carpeting by puking on it. And somehow, the fastidious and formal Menna either hasnt noticed this, or is pretending not to.