This magnificent colonial home was built in 1995. The arrangement of windows surrounding its majestic entrance arch works in harmony to create symmetry and graceful lines. The character of the house is emphasized by its stunning three-story foyer, high ceilings and its charming decoration.
Upon entering the home, you are greeted by a warm and soothing atmosphere. The unique textures, fixtures and furnishings set a design tone that continues throughout the home. One of the Imperiales’ favorite rooms is the great room. In particular, they love the TV mounted above the fireplace and disguised by an oil painting on a mechanical shade. It perfectly resembles a framed piece of art.
The owners worked with Ravasy Design to create the kitchen of their dreams. The Imperiales loved their kitchen but not the 1990’s oak finish on the cabinets. So they kept the original kitchen and updated it with all new surface materials to include trending details and accent colors.
Layered details and beautiful molding were added to the entire space. They added a built-in refrigerator, under-cabinet lighting, pendant lights and the “live stone” island with quartz perimeters. The cabinets were spray painted, hand glazed and rubbed with contrasting paint. New hardware, a new sink and a new cooktop set complete the kitchen. This “save what you love” approach minimized disruption and allowed the homeowners to use the kitchen as work was in progress.
Looking through the kitchen window, you’ll see a peaceful and breathtaking backyard complete with a swimming pool, patio and plenty of room and amenities for the family to enjoy. The home is perfect for relaxing, entertaining and enjoying large family gatherings.
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Hidden at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on 1.5 acres is this lovely six-year-old, custom-built colonial. When the owners decided to build this home, they sought out the help of Needle Point Homes. Steve Needle came highly recommended and he did not disappoint.
The quality and craftsmanship that went into building this house are evident as soon as you enter the foyer and see the vaulted ceilings, trim work and custom built-ins. Although the rooms are large and open, there is still a feeling of comfort and relaxation. The large rooms and open floor plan were designed with the owners’ large English Mastiffs in mind.
Upon entering the over-sized kitchen it’s easy to understand why it is the owners’ favorite room. From concept to completion, and with the help of Candelino Kitchens, every detail was carefully considered.
Architecturally, the innovative use of space complements the layout of the home. Aesthetically, the design reflects the family's taste and lifestyle. The eating area and the unique light fixtures create the perfect space for family and friends to gather.
The tour is not complete without seeing the backyard oasis. The family had something more in mind than a traditional pool. Thanks to J&M Landscaping & Construction, their backyard became a stunning tropical paradise, complete with a gorgeous pool and a gazebo. The design includes an enticing pool complemented by a waterfall, a slide for the kids and a bridge to accommodate the family’s desire for a “private island” feel.
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Nestled along the edge of the meticulously manicured neighboring golf course, this original rustic modern colonial, built in 2015, integrates seamlessly with the natural landscape. Together with Jerry Infantino of Premier Design and the interior design firm House of Funk, the homeowners created a home that marries form and function while incorporating personal treasures from the their time spent living abroad.
Clean lines, natural accents and geometric designs are the hallmark of this beautiful home. The airy, two-story foyer features exquisite wooden ceiling beams and walnut-stained wood floors. The open-concept main floor is designed to flow smoothly from room to room and maximize the abundance of natural light. Warm orange and cool blue décor pop against cream-colored walls finished in French plaster wax.
The office and poolroom are decorated with souvenirs from the homeowners’ time overseas, including handmade rugs that were brought back from Morocco. Many pieces of furniture throughout the home—such as the server in the dining room, the office furnishings, and the console in the mudroom—were purchased in Westfield. All other furnishings, window treatments, lighting and rugs were selected with the assistance of House of Funk.
Natural elements and interesting textures lend a warm and inviting touch to the kitchen. Leathered granite tops the island and the countertops are made of Caesarstone. Both the backsplash and fireplace feature slate. A double oven, six-burner stove top, and a hidden microwave in the island make meal prep and entertaining a breeze.
While each room in the home provides comfortable living space, the homeowners’ favorite room is the mudroom. Practical and with a spot for everyone and everything, the mudroom evokes happy memories of time spent living in Switzerland. The mudroom’s red brick flooring extends into the adjacent powder room, which also features a unique vessel sink.
The natural design tone is carried throughout the home, even extending to the bent-copper art in the dining room. Exterior details, including siding, trim and plantings, balance harmoniously with the rustic modern interior and the outdoors.
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Built in 1928 as a companion home to an adjoining property, this English Tudor combines period charm with modern comfort. The current occupants are only the fourth owners of the house; and they have lovingly ensured that all improvements and updates to the structure maintain the home’s original style and character. Having met KCH’s Dave Hagan on a previous Hearth & Home Kitchen Tour, the owners were confident that a renovation specialist—rather than a builder—was the right choice to oversee their renovation project.
A primary goal of the architectural re-design was to improve the flow from the front of the house to the back and to allow for an abundance of natural light. The homeowners reconfigured the main floor to achieve a more open layout and eliminate the need to pass through the dining room to access the kitchen and den areas.
The kitchen features traditional cabinetry design and installation by Crown Point Cabinets. The addition of a center island introduced a modern eat-in kitchen space while black granite counters and mosaic green crackle tile backsplash maintain a vintage look. A cozy seating area just off the kitchen featuring a new gas fireplace and built-in bookcase offers an inviting spot to unwind and relax. The mudroom provides organization, with a pantry closet and “golf club cubbies” for easy club storage.
New design elements were added with the same spirit of period preservation. The installation of gas lanterns at the front of the house offers a warm welcome to all who approach at night. And the addition of a first-floor guest bedroom and full bathroom, featuring a beautiful blue porcelain shower and floor tiling, extends the welcome to overnight guests. A new master bedroom and bath, convenient second-floor laundry and a hallway bathroom fit seamlessly with the home’s original design. The hall bathroom features a “Victoria & Albert” English limestone Shropshire slippertub, Horus faucets and marble floor tiling from LaRaj Tile & Marble.
To reinforce the cottage feel the homeowners chose damask and floral wallpaper designs, period colors and complementary art and framing installations from Juxtapose Gallery. Exterior details, including a gable over the front sunroom, Pella Architectural casement windows and carefully curated hardscaping, enhance the home’s traditional Tudor style.
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The Wychwood neighborhood of Westfield was originally imagined by its creators in the 1920s as a “lovely countryside with friendly avenues.” Many of the homes you see here today were built during that time period before construction came to a halt during the Great Depression.
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When the home's family returned to the Wychwood area of Westfield in 2016 after five years of living in Los Angeles, they wanted to bring “some LA style back with us.” When they purchased their house, they undertook a renovation to do just that, creating a modern Tudor with a stucco exterior, slate roof and large windows to let in an abundance of natural light.
The family enlisted designer Hildie Lazar to bring their vision of “LA in Westfield” to life. Lazar then traveled to California to see the family’s LA home for inspiration.
The foyer of the home incorporates a curved staircase that was fabricated in Wisconsin by Arcways. It was then transported to Westfield and installed. The glass railings on the staircase help keep the open feeling in the entryway. The foyer also features lights made of recycled wood. The nook in the foyer was built to showcase “Andy,” a portrait of Andy Warhol the family purchased in Laguna Beach.
The kitchen is a study of contrasting dark and light, with white glass countertops and backsplash set against the dark eucalyptus cabinetry that was found at Premier Cabinetry. An oversized, 48-inch sink sits in front of a window, allowing a view of the outside while washing dishes. The warm, inviting dining room features a white marble fireplace and gets its pops of color from artwork acquired from a New York City-based artist.
The family room serves as the center of the house and offers a great view of the backyard with its floor-to-ceiling windows. A focal point of the room is the slab of Galapagos marble that runs floor to ceiling.
The first floor also features an office, which the homeowner calls her “oasis,” and a guest bedroom. The design in the guest room is much more traditional, as both sets of grandparents spend a lot of time with the family. The artwork is from artists from the Middle East to acknowledge the family heritage.
The master bedroom is decorated in inviting purples and grays. The master bath is evokes an Art Deco feel. The marble in the bathroom came from Italy and involved an intricate layout of small pieces to create the wainscoting.
The children’s bedrooms each reflect the unique personality of its owner. The elder daughter’s room reflects her love of NYC style. The younger daughter’s room is beach themed. And the son’s room is “all-boy” with an industrial feel.
The finished basement was built to accommodate entertaining friends and family. It includes an oversized couch, kitchenette and a table for eating and playing games.
The wine room wasn’t in the original plan. The space was dug out in connection with the construction of the porch and couple opted to not fill it back in. Now it houses their wine collection, which was brought from California.
The backyard features a bluestone patio and gets plenty of use by the children and their dogs.