This is the last in series of posts on the houses on the Hearth & Home Kitchen Tour of Westfield and Mountainside homes. Last minute tickets can be purchased at Baron's Drug Store, 243 E. Broad St., Westfield; Town Book Store, 270 E. Broad St Westfield; and Christoffers Florist, 860 Mountain Ave., Mountainside. Will-call tickets can be bought online at htisnj.com.
This beautiful 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom Colonial home located in the “Gardens” area of Westfield is the perfect combination of historic charm and modern conveniences. Built in 1925, the previous owners conducted a major renovation of the back of the house in 1997 and finished the upper floors in 2007. In 2009, the current owners purchased the house and made it their own.
Beginning from the ground up, the oak wood floors of the house were stripped and re-stained and all rooms were repainted to give a fresh, contemporary feel to the house.
Furniture, artwork, fabric and color were integrated into the design of the house by homeowner, Hilary Hefner of MORe Staging and Design, to give it character and warmth. Antique and commissioned works of art, from oils to silk tapestries, were acquired through travels in the US and abroad and are a favorite design element of the homeowner.
As you enter the house, you are greeted by a striking zebra runner that leads up the main stair to the second floor and adds a sense of movement and energy to the foyer area. The living room is bright and airy, anchored by a wood burning fireplace with Delft tile surround and custom built cabinetry. The dining room marries an eclectic mixture of antique and modern; a Henredon table, antique art deco bar, Asian cabinet and silk curtains from England. The custom-made chandelier, “super nova” completes the room adding a touch of whimsy to what is often a more traditional area. Off the dining room is the office of the homeowner, where work and family are close by.
Through the adjacent French doors, the kitchen and family room comprise a favorite space for family and entertaining - built in bookcases and shelving surround the entertainment center in the family room while large walk-in bay windows flood the room with light.
The kitchen received a “face lift” in 2009 when the cabinets were refurbished with an oil-based lacquer to update the space. New wood moldings and a Walter Zanger marble backsplash offset by dark granite counter tops complete the sparkle and lightness of this updated kitchen. The center island with stainless steel sink provides easy access to extra workspace and the main appliances of this busy kitchen, including a GE range, microwave and side-by-side Kitchen Aid refrigerator. Additional cabinets and bar extend the kitchen to the back of the house and encircle a pedestal table topped with travertine and surrounded by antique French chairs. The stone floor provides utility and definition to the space.
A mudroom and powder room complete the first floor. The powder room is beautifully adorned with a Suzanne Kasler chandelier, Ronald Redding wall paper, and a metallic paint on the ceiling in “zephyr.” French doors open to a lovely, covered porch and patio with a beautifully landscaped yard that complement the serenity and charm of this house.
Contributed by Daria MacDonald, a Westfield resident and past president of Holy Trinity Interparochial School Home & School Association.