WESTFIELD, NJ – Guests on Holy Trinity Interparochial School’s fifth Hearth & Home Kitchen Tour strolled through eight elegant area homes Saturday, admiring custom-made kitchens, cozy libraries and inviting living spaces.
Rupa Motwani and Erinn Del Gatto, friends and neighbors who reside in Westfield, went on the tour together “to get some interior ideas” for their homes and to see what local vendors had to offer, Motwani said.
“The first one we saw was [on] Prospect, and it was stunning,” Del Gatto said while she and her companion were touring a home on Harrison Avenue in Westfield.
On hand to answer questions at each featured property were the home’s contractor, architect and designer, as well as local chefs serving complimentary delicacies to guests. Ticket-holders were also able to explore the homes’ expansive backyards, too.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Holy Trinity’s Catholic elementary school and preschool.
At the Harrison Avenue home, Nick Zito, owner of Stoneleigh Builders, stood in the kitchen surrounded by sleek white cabinets and black granite countertops and recalled the major renovation at the home two years ago. The house was originally built in 1910.
“It was a painstaking process,” he said, smiling. “Everything you see in here is custom made.”
After their tour of the home on Harrison, visitors grabbed a slice of wood-fired pizza at the Big Cheese Mobile Pizza Truck of Toms River parked outside.
On Chapel Hill Road in Mountainside, house manager Erinn Murray welcomed visitors at the front door and led them into the five-bedroom New England style Colonial, pointing out the Waterford chandelier in the dining room.
“The masterpiece is the library,” Murray said. “It’s like you never want to leave.”
The two-story library with cherry wood paneling featured a rare spiral staircase and fireplace.
In the light-filled kitchen, a server from Mulberry House in Westfield prepared mini-scones with jam or clotted cream for visitors.
Nearby, architect Barbara Vincentsen of Vincentsen Associates, LLC of Westfield, explained the unique character of the home’s kitchen, which includes beamed ceilings and a cheerful blue, green and white tile backsplash.
“The kitchen is actually designed for two people cooking at a time,” said Vincentsen. “It’s also designed for entertaining.”
Back in Westfield, Andrea Carbine, co-owner of Cranford's A Toute Heure restaurant, offered butternut squash soup to guests at the home on Prospect Street in Westfield, a rambling house built in 2012.
“It’s nice to be in such a big, wonderful kitchen,” said Carbine.
The light-colored kitchen features white Italian marble countertops. French doors off the kitchen open onto an expansive backyard complete with several seating areas, a stone fireplace, a pool and a functional treehouse built by the family’s children last summer.