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.