Headlines earlier this week came as a shock. The grand and lovely Blithewald Mansion of Rumson, New Jersey, set for its gala debut and fundraising tours in just a few days, was seized by a four-alarm fire that engulfed the home and quickly turned aspirations to ashes.
As a sponsor of this show house, we at Crossville were jarred by the news. Our first thoughts were for the designers, workers, and craftspeople who were surely on site giving the home its final preparations, as well as the teams of firefighters who came to tackle the blaze. We reached out to those designers we’ve come to know–those who had carefully selected our products to grace the spaces they were transforming. It was a relief to know that Ginny Padula and Christine Bolton of Town & Country Kitchens and Baths, as well as Amanda Haytaian of House of Cline were safely out of harm’s way. We also felt our hearts sink on behalf of the homeowner and to all who dedicated so much effort for this home’s creation and in the planning of the fundraising events that would surround its opening.
The spirit of camaraderie is always present among participants in a showcase home. From every idea to each installation, we’re in it together, striving to create exceptional spaces and experiences that spotlight talents and unite communities in the support good, important causes. Following the fire at Blithewald, we’ve seen designers and event organizers rally together to express gratitude to firefighters and first responders, share heartfelt thoughts to the homeowner, and support each other in the midst of an unexpected, unwelcome turn of events. We’re honored to be part of the camaraderie and caring community of Blithewald participants.
We’re unsure of the next steps regarding the show house. The gala event and tours are cancelled, of course, with no specific future plans yet announced. Despite our disappointment that the home that was already beautifully transformed succumbed to fire, we’re thankful to have a few snapshots of one of the bathrooms that featured our tile products. We know our products looked stunning alongside other sponsors’ contributions including DXV fixtures, and the amazing craftsmanship of Padula Builders, Inc. and Eastman Street Woodworks for the renovation work and cabinetry and custom armoire, respectively.
Here are a few shots of the “His” master bathroom snapped before the fire, featuring Amanda Haytaian’s stellar design.
The beautiful rooms of Blithewald may not have survived the fire, but the spirit of friendship, community, and shared purpose came out stronger. The local community and the design community are once again reminded of what is truly beautiful, irreplaceable, and timelessly important.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
You Can Support the Cause
The Blithewald Mansion gala and home tours were to serve as fundraisers for Visiting Nurse Association Health Group’s Hospice and Home Healthcare programs. Though the event and tours are cancelled, you can still give. Click here to make a donation to help provide care for hospice and homebound patients in need of care.