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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Private Aquarium in Rumson, NJ feat. on HGTV show "Million Dollar Rooms"

private aquarium facade in Rumson, NJ as seen on HGTV show Million Dollar Rooms"  photo by Doug Keil      www.palatialstudios.com

for those who missed the first 2 airings:

The show is HGTV's "Million Dollar Rooms"-
The episode is HMDRS-206H
SATURDAY JUNE 23, 2012 @ 4:30pm e/p
It will air again on
6/26/12 at 3:00pm e/p.

8/16/12 at 6:30 PM e/p
(8/26/12 update: HGTV posted two more showings)
  • September 11, 2012
    11:00 PM e/p
  • September 11, 2012
    2:00 AM e/p

I sculpted a facade for this private aquarium a while back out of plaster and then faux finished it with limewashes.

I attempted diligently to avoid the kitsch factor by making the rock cracks as realistic as possible, and sculpturing the breakaway areas so that, structurally and architecturally, there would be an authenticity and continuity throughout the room.
It was a pleasure to be a part of this project.
The homeowner is avid fan of sportfishing and stocks the aquarium with native fish caught off the New Jersey coast. He certainly spared no expense on his aquarium. I'm pretty proud of this project.

I have ideas... tons of them...
Though most of my work is in NJ and NY, I have traveled all across the country,
so don't be shy; give me a call @ 908.334.9995
I'm a pretty low pressure salesperson so feel free to discuss an idea with me if you think I might be a good fit for your project.
Maybe we will be putting together your "million dollar room(s) next!"
By the way... the plaster work was nowhere near a million bucks..... lol.

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"The Grand Tetons" by Douglas Keil 2012



  1. Saw this on TV...was amazing!!! The owner was so proud of this! He put on his wet suit and went diving with the fish. He said the acquarium was really what made this room so awesome! Nice work Doug Keil!

  2. I wish we could hire you. This is so amazing. You are very talented.

  3. incredible work. This fish tank is fantastic.