Highlights from the 2016 Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour
100 Brook Street
Contemporary design elements, salvaged materials, and unique artisan touches from around the world come together to make the home at 100 Brook Street a stand out on the tour. Every room has unique, reclaimed elements and thoughtful, creative design solutions that will delight and inspire. The home is a unique mix of rustic meets contemporary. A reclaimed barn door from an old mill in Pennsylvania hangs in the entry and foreshadows what is to come throughout the home. A granite slab from a fisherman’s pier surrounds the fireplace and wood storage becomes a work of art in the living room. Unique design elements continue in the bar area, with a rustic, live edge English Elm bar top offset by high gloss cabinetry. In the kitchen, conventional size and scale have been challenged with amazing results. The customization continues outside with unique granite slabs at the entrance to each garage bay and a mural by an ArtLifting artist flanks the side of the barn. Photo courtesy of Eric Barry Custom built by the builder/designer for his own family, the home stays true to the company’s mission of “building art you can live in.”
21 Cushing Road
Originally built in 1905, the home at 21 Cushing Road underwent a complete renovation in 2013, which included the addition of the family room and dining room areas, a second floor master bedroom above, and a garage below. Coffered ceilings were added throughout, staircases were widened, and the flow of the home was improved for every day living and entertaining. The homeowners have incorporated their love of natural stone, wood, and metals through both design elements and custom furniture pieces. A tone-on-tone color scheme with pops of color is prevalent throughout the home and brings a modern flair to this Dutch Colonial. In the kitchen, homeowner inspired custom glass upper cabinets add style, and extra large pull out drawers, instead of lower cabinets, Photo courtesy of Greg Premru maximize storage and accessibility. A gas fireplace adds warmth and interest to the space and separates the kitchen from the breakfast nook, which is home to a custom table. Interesting touches, unique artwork, and custom furniture come together beautifully in this welcoming family home.
12 Greenwood Road
Historic and architecturally significant, 12 Greenwood Road was built over one hundred years ago. Perched high on a secluded hill, the house was positioned to face a road that would never be built due to the discovery of the “Devil’s Slide”, a 600 million year old geological formation located precisely where the road was to go. The house boasts a surprising, yet comfortable and bright mix of colors and patterns. Treasures collected over the years blend seamlessly with modern design elements to create warm, inviting living spaces. The kitchen is home to the Joyful Kitchen, a boutique cooking school. Pops of tangerine and teal accentuate the classic white cabinetry and honed Carrera marble island. Stainless steel appliances and Photo courtesy of Michael Lee lead paned glass cabinets reflect the marriage of old and new that is prevalent in the home. Recently updated, a complete renovation in 2006 swapped the placement of the home’s original kitchen and living room, maintaining the original fireplace in what is now the kitchen. Artful accents abound, and a focus on casual elegance is continued throughout. Descending the home’s original stonework staircase, you can catch a glimpse of the “Devil’s Slide” off to your right.
8 Hamilton Road
Newly constructed in 2013, the custom Colonial at 8 Hamilton Road is configured in a traditional figure-eight flow and incorporates both formal and casual spaces. The home blends modern conveniences with timeless style. Coffered ceilings and substantial woodworking throughout attest to the superior craftsmanship of the home. Soft textures and textiles bring depth to the design scheme and decorative details abound. The homeowners drew their inspiration for the home’s soft palate of colors from a piece of artwork, depicting birch trees, which hangs in the home. The homeowners feel the piece brings the beauty of the outdoors inside. The sunlit kitchen features white cabinetry with crown moldings and classic styling. The living space continues outdoors with a built-in grill, outdoor fireplace, and magnificent patio and pool.
43 Highgate Road
Originally constructed in 1997, the home at 43 Highgate recently underwent extensive renovations that took well over a year to complete. A designer’s showcase, and a homeowner’s labor of love, the home reflects a balance of comfort, style and beauty throughout. The home is the epitome of casual elegance. Lovely collections of art, furniture, and objets d’art adorn each space and are complemented by rich, colorful textiles throughout. Building on the homeowner’s love of blue and white Asian pottery, a color scheme of blues and creams with pops of peach, orange and red accents carries throughout the home. The renovation focused not only on design, but comfort and function as well. A hidden warming drawer, an extra refrigerator in the pantry, and an ice maker discretely Photo courtesy of Michael Lee tucked into the butler’s pantry are just some of the thoughtful design elements that help ensure the kitchen is not just lovely, but also highly functional. Stunningly beautiful, yet warm and inviting, no detail has been overlooked in this gorgeous home.
89 Ledgeways Road
When Mother Nature gives you ice dams aplenty, why not take the opportunity to start afresh? Winter storm damage necessitated extensive repairs of the 1930’s English Country style home at 89 Ledgeways. Expanded and renovated by the current homeowners several times over their twenty plus years in residence, modern design elements and conveniences have been added throughout, yet the home’s original architectural details and character remain intact. The home boasts a coveted first floor master bedroom with a gorgeous ensuite. Distinct furnishings, notable art, and decorative pieces collected over the years give this home true warmth and personality. Natural light floods the kitchen and thoughtful design elements like magic corner pull-out cabinets and full extension drawer slides ensure it is both beautiful and functional. Stepping out onto the extensive patio, you are surrounded by lush landscapes and Photo courtesy of Allegro Photography tranquility. With gorgeous views of Rockridge Pond from every room, the home is situated to take full advantage of its lovely surroundings.