DEBBIE LEIBOLE says she was honored to be asked last fall by the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club to open her home for its annual spring kitchen tour, which benefits local charities and scholarship programs. Leibole loves her spacious light-filled kitchen with its 12-by-4-foot calacatta marble-topped island and expanse of windows overlooking Perrin Park. But she was also apprehensive. “I knew people would be walking through all the rooms on the first floor to reach the kitchen,” says Leibole.
While she, her husband, and their two children had lived for a year in their dream home — a brick Colonial with English carriage-house characteristics, designed by architect Kent Duckham and built by ABRN Development Corp. — the interiors were still a work in progress. The upcoming tour provided a reason to get serious about finishing them, and a deadline. With four months to go, Leibole hired Chestnut Hill-based designer Elizabeth Benedict to help create warm, welcoming rooms with a preppy, family-friendly vibe.