Beautiful Homes on a Neighborhood Tour

Hello friends!  If you love touring beautiful homes, I have a special treat for you today!

Those of you who follow me on Instragram, might have caught some of my stories this weekend as we toured 4 stunning homes in Westfield, New Jersey.  Don’t worry if you missed the videos because I took tons of pictures and I am going to share them with you!

First, let me ask you a question… What is the most dreaded phrase you hear when you take a home tour?  “No photos allowed” – Am I right?  Well….we lucked out on this tour because one of the homes allowed interior photographs!  Hooray!

Beautiful Homes of Westfield:

This weekend was the 36th Annual Tour of Notable Homes tour and the first time I have ever attended.  Where have I been these past 36 years?!!  Believe me, I am putting this on my calendar for next year because this home tour is definitely a must-see event!  The tour was presented by the Friends of New Jersey Festival Orchestra and showcased 4 beautiful homes in Westfield, New Jersey.  All proceeds from the tour are to benefit the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

Since we visited the homes out of order, we had no idea that the last home we toured would allow interior photos.

We began the tour with a newer environmentally friendly home.  (For some reason I didn’t take a photo of the outside). From the recycled materials and reclaimed lumber to a stunning staircase, the home was a sight to see!

From there, we headed to the stately brick home you see below…

Brick home and front lawn

Just the front lawn and the mature trees alone would have been enough for me to move right in!  From the outside, I expected the interior to be dark with decor to reflect the age of the home.  Thankfully, that was not the case!  Inside, the home decor was completely updated for a family who loves to entertain.  With my love of navy, the interior was a dream for me!  Luckily, I was able to snap a photo on the back patio for you…

patio furniture on stone patio

 

From there, we headed to a new build for a family who relocated from California.  This modern home was a showstopper with its glass staircase and modern art throughout.  As we walked in, the builder greeted us and was available for questions about the home.  The home was truly a work of art!

New Construction Home

 

Husband and Wife – Contractor and Interior Designer:

Like I said, we visited the homes out of order and were pleasantly surprised to learn that the last home on the tour allowed photos inside!…

House Exterior on tour

Since the home was built by husband and wife team – Michael Robert Construction and Ellie Mroz Design, they allowed photos inside to showcase their work.  In fact, they encouraged visitors to use the hashtag – #shadowlawndrive.  And you know they didn’t need to tell me twice!

Porch swings

Home Tour – Main Floor:

As we approached the home, the first thing that caught our eyes were the two porch swings in front of a fireplace.

Foyer with chandelier

When we stepped into the foyer, we knew this home was something special!

round mirror and lounge chairs

To the left was this luxurious sitting room where I could imagine lounging after a long day.

See Thru Fireplace

And remember that porch fireplace?  This is the other side of it!  Love this idea!

white bedroom

On the other side of the foyer we found this relaxing guest bedroom.

modern bathroom

Attached to the bedroom was this modern bathroom with a floating vanity.

sitting room and wine bar

Around the corner was the perfect living room/wine bar seating area.  Why would you ever have to go out?

sitting area

All the furniture was neutral and looked so inviting.

bamboo chair with cushion

And these bamboo chairs are just my style!

kitchen with marble

When you turn around, this is the view into the kitchen.

island with counter stools

The marble backsplash is so eye catching and those stools look so comfortable.

kitchen and coffee pantry

Don’t you love the coffee bar tucked away in that cabinet?

pantry with mosaic tile floor

As expected, the pantry was amazing.  Notice those mosaic floors – wow!

mudroom lockers and shiplap

The floors continued around the corner to this classic mudroom.

guest bathroom with floating vanity

A guest bathroom..

house tour dining area

On the other side of the kitchen overlooking the side yard sits the dining table.  Take a notice at all the textures in this home.

 

surfboard on wall in family room

And who wouldn’t love a surfboard in the family room?  The family definitely carried their love of the west coast to this east coast home.

family room with fireplace

Tons of texture in here as well along with a shiplap ceiling.

sectional and fireplace

herringbone rug and plaid blanket

Home Tour – Upstairs:

Now let’s head upstairs to the master bedroom…

bedroom with wood ceiling

Neutrals and textures were continued in the master bedroom.  For some reason I didn’t take a photo of the bathroom.  Sorry about that!  Check out the ceiling, though!

Since I am a boy-mom, I was excited to see the kids’ rooms…

bed with life preservers above

 

window seat with pillows

shelves and desk area

 

boys bunk beds

Is this wall the cutest or what?!!..

pineapple wall decals

A perfect bathroom for boys…

sink and mirror in boys bathroom

And another bathroom with blowfish wallpaper.  I totally love this!

bathroom with blowfish wallpaper

Obviously, the designer is not afraid of bold wallpaper….

laundry room with black and white wallpaper

Look at the size of that laundry room!  I could learn to love doing laundry in there!

Home Tour – Attic Space:

finished attic

Let me tell you…my attic does not look like this!  Definitely a creative use of the space!  (check out those floor lights!)

attic guest bedroom

There is even enough room for a guest bedroom and bath up there!

guest bath with tan and gray

Home Tour – Lower Level:

There is no way you can call this space a “basement”!

basement lounge

I cannot even show my boys these photos because they will be so envious!

foosball table

Not only is there a regular TV viewing area but a theater room as well!

home theater in basement

And of course another bathroom.  Black and white is perfect for this entertaining area!

black and white bathroom

Although we didn’t want to leave, we ended the tour on the back patio.  I think I would be happy to just live out there!

stone patio and fire pit

Oh yes, there is more…this side patio off the kitchen.  Love the grass pattern.

side yard with grass and patio

And because they thought of everything, they even added a pair of porch swings to the back patio…

checkerboard grass and porch swings

So much inspiration!  Thanks for joining me on the home tour!

Now you see why I am already planning for next year’s Tour of Notable Homes!  If you are still looking for more house tour inspiration, visit my Tour of the Hampton Designer Showhouse from last summer.

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14 Comments

  1. Diane
    May 14, 2019 / 1:02 pm

    Lovely homes as is yours-plus you have sweet Rosie! Hugs from Waco🥰!

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 3:20 pm

      Awe, thanks so much Diane! Yes, I do have my Rosie – the most important feature of my home! (Well, besides the rest of the family – ha!) Have a great day!

  2. Michele M.
    May 14, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    WOW! What a tour! Thanks for sharing it!

    I think my fav pic – though it’s near impossible to pic one – but I would say that indoor/outdoor fireplace gets my vote – with those two modern black wrought iron chairs facing the interior portion – it just floats my boat. : – )

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      You’re welcome! I am glad you enjoyed it. Like I said, I was thrilled when they allowed us to take pictures. I probably went a little overboard but there was just so much to take in. Yeah, that indoor-outdoor fireplace was such an awesome feature! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. paulasweetpea
    May 17, 2019 / 7:18 am

    It was fun to see the houses that you toured. When interior photography is allowed, I’m always jumping up and down inside.

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      May 17, 2019 / 7:38 am

      Yes, I was jumping up and down inside too! I understand why people don’t normally allow photos but when they do, it’s wonderful! It’s hard for me to remember all the details I loved if I don’t have a picture to refer to. It was such a fun tour!

  4. Mother of 3
    May 17, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    Oh wow! This is an amazing house.

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 7:47 am

      It really was! I am always thrilled when they let you take pictures on house tours!

  5. May 18, 2019 / 10:48 am

    This home is so dreamy! I love looking at homes and the interior design of a home! I dream of having a home like this one day. Thanks for sharing! I’m from Florida and we have something called the Parade of Homes every year and it’s one of my absolute favorite things to do. Wish these houses were on the list!

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 7:51 am

      Isn’t it gorgeous? Seriously, I think I could go on house tours every single day of the week! The Parade of Homes sounds like fun too. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. May 22, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      May 22, 2019 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks Marilyn!

  7. May 31, 2019 / 10:19 am

    Amazing home! Everything looks so stylish, I love the outdoor spaces!

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      June 1, 2019 / 8:15 am

      We had so much fun touring it! Thanks for stopping by!

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