The homeowner knew she wanted a large, open-concept
kitchen and dining and great room area for entertaining and she was
thrilled with the final outcome of their welcoming main level.
When two Washington County homeowners wanted to
downsize from their 20,000-square-foot, traditional home but still
have a dwelling that spoke to their family-centered, nature-loving
lifestyle, they called upon Lisa Moore, vice president of
Germantown’s Moore Designs Inc., to design and build their
3,500-square-foot dream home.
“They just wanted something different from their previous home. … They
wanted something a little more earthy feeling and, I would say, just
more intrinsic to the [rural] property ... something that was more in
keeping with the environment,” Moore explains.
One of the homeowners, who has experience with interior design work, was
eager to assist in the process, offering photographic examples of an
open concept in the main level of the home, as well as conjuring a few
ideas to bring the natural and cozy feel of the home together. A large
but comfortable entertaining space for their sizeable extended family
made an open-concept layout a priority — one that also featured ample
space in the kitchen, dining and great rooms for hosting gatherings.
“[The wood] was to basically add
warmth to the kitchen,” designer Lisa Moore explains.
“All white-painted kitchens are very clean and classic
feeling, but because we wanted this rustic aesthetic
[and] organic appeal to the house, the client wanted to
incorporate this sort of mix into the kitchen.”
The handsome lower level wet bar was a necessity
for the wine-loving homeowners. With stunning yet practical stained
concrete floors, a tasting area and a large wine fridge, it’s a vino
“Modern organic is what we call it,” Moore explains.
“Very clean lines ... but [we] wanted to keep it warm and use a lot
of natural materials, wood floors, the use of steel and metal
components. Clean and simple and elegant, but with organic and
blend of white and wood cabinetry, warm-toned hardwood flooring, large
French doors that lead to a covered balcony, metallic touches and rustic
decor create an industrial yet earthy aesthetic (continued on page 78)in
the home. Moore adds that “somewhat monochromatic” countertops also warm
up the space, while avoiding a drastically modern feel.
“It’s so functional and the aesthetic is so pleasing, and the view of
the backyard is wonderful,” Moore says. “The access to the screen porch
is practical, but it just looks amazing because you get this great view
off to the screen porch.”
Moore, extending other ideas and inspirations provided by the homeowner,
carried the refined but woodsy feel into the master suite, incorporating
the same ceiling from the kitchen and large casement windows accented
with stonework to allow in plenty of natural light. The homeowner
painstakingly selected floor coverings and finishings to complete the
A stone accent wall, wood plank
ceiling, subdued lighting and sturdy, comfy furnishings
— plus a picture window that turns the outdoors into art
— create a soothing sanctuary in the home’s master
In this lower-level powder room, concrete flooring
and sturdy iron chains suspending a raw-edge wood countertop infuse an
industrial touch into the nature themed home.
But the suite wasn’t just designed for appearance;
off the intimate bedroom is the lavish master bathroom, plus a fully
functional laundry room (complete with washer, dryer, folding and
ironing areas) and his-and-hers closets.
The lower level of the home is where the blend of personalized lifestyle
and uniquely breathtaking design truly shines. The homeowners, devout
wine connoisseurs, added a striking wet bar and wine tasting area, as
well as a glass-front, 12 foot by 5 foot refrigeration area adjacent to
the wet bar for their “hundreds of bottles” of wine, according to Moore.
They then laid stained concrete flooring in the wine area for a level of
“It was just a nice treatment down there to give it a little different
feel [than the upstairs], and it was a nice idea for the wine tasting
area. People always seem to spill wine,” Moore adds.
Off of this stunning master bathroom reside
his-and-hers closets and a full-service laundry room, including a
washer, dryer and folding and ironing areas. “It’s a fully functioning
master suite,” Moore notes. “The only thing we missed doing in there was
a wet bar, because otherwise there’d be no reason to leave.”
That stained concrete makes its way into the lower
level bathroom, which pairs nicely with the custom wood countertop,
selected personally by the homeowner from Kettle Moraine Hardwoods
Inc. Chains that add a touch of industrial to the rustic area
support the custom wood countertop.
And while Moore was excited about putting the finishing touches on the
home, as most designers are, she admits that she enjoyed creating the
initial layout the most.
“My favorite part of the process here was the development of the floor
plan, trying to keep in mind the layout of the property, the views all
to the backyard, some light orientation on the property,” she says.
“I was really happy with how the floor plan came together. It just felt
right right from