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Vintage refined
Classic furnishings mix with contemporary stylings in Mequon condo



A French limestone fireplace is sandwiched between sleek ebonized millwork to create a striking focal wall. A sectional sofa in a "soft as butter" neutral superkidskin leather dominates the room, providing plenty of space to lounge and enjoy casual conversation. Pattern and texture combine to add interest in the space. Rattan lounge chairs with a red, Asian-inspired pattern and a zebra-patterned desk chair are memorable accents in the room.

Jon Schlagenhaft of Jon Schlagenhaft Design incorporated his client’s ’40s, ’50s and ’60s vintage furniture into a new condo nestled into the Mequon countryside. The home has a spacious floor plan, yet has the appeal of a modern, cozy cottage. While maintaining a neutral background, Schlagenhaft added punches of color and updated vintage pieces to achieve a fresh look. A contrast of creamy neutrals and ebonized finishes with metallic accents throughout create a classic yet contemporary appeal. He used texture, pattern and details that are inspired by the outdoors to infuse a sense of intimacy and comfort. Artwork and accessories with birds, florals, hunting and garden scenes help bring the outdoors in, along with the ample daylight and landscaped views through the numerous windows. Chenille, luxurious leather, bamboo and rattan are rich and comforting, while Asian-inspired fabrics and furnishings offer a Zen-like appeal that complements the soothing neutral palette.




A handcrafted wallcovering in a snow leopard print creates a rich backdrop for a keyhole-shaped mirror and figurine sconces. "This space is subtle but offbeat; it is hip and fun," designer Jon Schlagenhaft says.


A bronze-colored, hatch-marked wallcovering complements the Louis XVI hand-carved mahogany mantel with a St. Laurent marble surround. A handmade wool rug in an Art Deco Chinese cloud pattern combines beiges, bronzes and reds to create a signature element in the room. A vintage Dunbar sofa in bronze chenille is paired with a lounge chair and ottoman in red English leather for cozy fireside conversations. Horses, hunting scenes and floral patterns add a touch of the outdoors.

A custom marble and limestone mosaic medallion is a centerpiece in the foyer’s limestone floor. A stone urn with bronze serpents on a custom pedestal displays a grand floral arrangement that infuses color and fragrance into the home. A custom chandelier and matching sconces take cues from garden observatory armillary spheres and offer a contemporary edge to the elegant entry.

This area of the home combines a kitchen, dinette and sunroom for a multifunctional space. Granite countertops, ebonized cabinetry, limestone floors and stainless steel appliances create a classic kitchen design. Over-scaled pulls selected for the cabinetry add a striking detail for a contemporary edge. Between the kitchen and dining table, a desk-height granite countertop creates a work area, a favorite spot for the owner. "Good design is sometimes just simple, clean and utilitarian," Schlagenhaft says.