SPONSORED POST: The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC) will present the 20th annual Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour on Saturday, May 4, 11am – 3pm. The tour will showcase six exquisite homes where guests will be invited to visit the first floor and outside spaces while enjoying gourmet bites and shopping at pop-up boutiques (perfect for Mother’s Day gifts) featured at each home.
Architects, interior designers, and/or contractors will also be on hand to answer questions specific to the home. Advanced tickets are now available at Roche Bros. Wellesley and at www.whjwc.org for $45. Same-day tickets can also be purchased at the door for $55.
The mix of houses this year includes several historic homes that have been updated to reflect the needs and tastes of today’s families and homes that showcase the work of several design and architecture stars including Whitney Claire, Jan Gleysteen, Jacob Lilley, Rachel Reider and Katie Rosenfeld.
Drumroll please…here are the addresses:
14 Bristol Road
50 Elm Street
49 Falmouth Road
44 Hundreds Circle
15 Ordway Road
44 Valley Road
As always, event-goers should wear easy, slip-on shoes, as they will take them off at each house and wear the booties provided for them. Other tips for event-goers can be found here.
Building upon the success of last year’s first annual Design Wellesley, a celebration of the local design, artists and retailers that make Wellesley a premiere design destination, the WHJWC is pleased to announce the following 2019 Design Wellesley events, all culminating with the tour on May 4. Find out all about the events below:
Special events details (more info at www.whjwc.org)
April 30: Cocktail Reception and Book Talk with Erin Gates, the NY Times best-selling author of Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life. at Smith & Wollenksy. By invitation. Thank you to lead sponsor Maltby and Company.
May 1 and 2: Fine art consultant Libby Silvia of ArtStyle will host an open house May 1, 6pm – 8pm and May 2, 9am – noon at 9 Rockland Street, Wellesley. RSVP required to [email protected]
May 3 – 5: Wellesley Square Merchants Association will host a “Design Wellesley” shopping event, please check whjwc.org for participating retailers. Discounts will be offered and a percentage of sales will be donated back to the WHJWC for our scholarships and grants programs.
May 4: Local retailer, Tyler & Sash, specializing in custom window treatments, will host an open house from 9am – 4pm, offering morning coffee and afternoon wine for all tour attendees plus giveaways and a raffle for pillows created by textile designer, Ellisha Alexina.
May 4: The Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour will be held from 11am – 3pm
Highlights of the WHJWC Kitchen and Home Tour
Highlights include a new addition on a 1915 Tudor with glass accordion doors that lead from the family room to the outdoor living area, blurring the lines between inside and out; the use of Sunbrella fabrics, faux leathers and washable textiles in a 2014 classic Colonial, practical choices that still imbue a sense of luxury; and a restored 1905 Craftsman that pays homage to the homeowner’s New Orleans roots with a modern functionality that befits their young children, including a recently-added mudroom and widened staircase to the basement to create a more gracious entry to the downstairs.
Big thanks you’s to…
The WHJWC would like to thank this year’s corporate sponsors, which underwrite its fundraising efforts. They include Brendon Properties, Needham Bank and The Teri Adler Group of Pinnacle Residential Properties and community partner, Roche Bros.
The WHJWC would also like to thank the sponsors of the 2019 Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour including Dan Gordon Landscape Architects, Jacob Lilley Architects, Inc., Katie Rosenfeld Design, Rachel Reider Interiors, Whitney Claire & Co. and Yale Appliance + Lighting.
This year’s additional partners include hospitality sponsors Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders, Cutting Edge Homes Architects + Builders, Maltby and Company and Smith & Wollensky; media partner New England Home and Pineapple Sponsors Bees Knees Interior Design, Dover Rug and Home, Ferrari Pools, Patios & Spas, Frank Webb Home, Homesense, Jan Gleysteen Architects, Kohler Signature Store by Supply New England, Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, LeBlanc Design, LLC, The Boston Design Center, The Chelsea Company and Sudbury Design Group.
About the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club
The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club is a group of women who work side-by-side to make a meaningful difference in our community by raising money and giving time to help those in need. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour and the 75th anniversary of its organizers, the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC). Proceeds of the tour directly support scholarships for deserving local students and grants to organizations that provide education, enrichment and essential services to members of the surrounding community. Last year’s tour raised more than $67,000.
We create dynamic fundraising events that celebrate our community and tap into the generosity of those around us. With the money raised, we give scholarships to deserving high school students and we fund programs that make a positive impact in the community, such as an anti-bullying campaign for middle school students. We also volunteer with organizations that are making a real difference, giving our time to help children with special needs, the elderly and families in crisis.
The work that we do helps address some of the biggest challenges facing our society: mental health, hunger, access to education, poverty and domestic violence. And along the way, lasting friendships are created while we work side-by-side. In a world where problems are complex and the news is often bad, we’re making a measurable difference where we can — right here at home. For more information about our annual fundraisers and charitable giving, please go to www.whjwc.com.