Title: Senior designer, Betty
Johnson Interiors, Whitefish Bay
The nice thing about Betty Johnson
Interiors ó which has been in business for 50 years ó is the store
isnít wrapped into any specific style. When walking through the
vignettes of furnishings and accessories itís obvious that both
contemporary and traditional styles are respected here. "We
encompass all styles ... and a variety of looks ó from the very
funky to contemporary, classic and traditional," says Linden
Laurent, senior designer. "Sometimes we get into a rut where, ĎIt
has to be this way,í so we try to show different ways of putting
1. Ren-wil metal mirror with gold
finish and small mirrors, $311
"To me, itís a very happy piece,
and I like the way itís dispersing the light around. It also has a
little bit of a retro look to it, reminiscent of the late í50s. It
actually reminds me of the Galaxy, an old hotel near Disneyland."
2. John Richards floral painting, with
gold-accented frame, $598.
like the intense colors of the flowers and the subtle background. The
green is a really soothing color. This is also a piece you can put
with a lot of different pieces."
3. Pride Sassar cocktail table, $826.
"I like the asymmetrical top. It
almost looks like it was made out of an old door. It gives you this
feeling of an antique piece. There are a lot of ways to accessorize
this piece. Itís got a rustic country feel."
4. Two-tone, metal-finish side table,
"I like the combination of the
different materials for a faux leather look. You can use it in a
contemporary or traditional setting."
5. E.J. Victor upholstered sofa in
cream with chocolate-brown flecks, $4,030.
"It has the appearance of raw
silk, but itís not. I like this, too, because the scale is very
good. And it has braid trim at the bottom for a designer touch."