In renovating 11 homes, Deb Guerrera has become a visionary of
sorts. "I know with near certainty when I walk into a home for
the first time my vision of what it needs, deserves and what it will
take to bring it to splendor — always comfortable, always stylish
and always unique," Guerrera says.
"My style evolves and is somewhat chameleon in nature, taking
on new life with each home depending on its feel and
environment," she says. For this 1950s-era house near Lake
Michigan in Fox Point, Guerrera worked with Ruvin Bros. Artisans and
Trades and Ruvin selections coordinator Marianne Kohlman of Blue Hot
Design. Ruvin completed a small addition on the house as well as
reconfiguring existing bedrooms and bathrooms in keeping with the home’s
original architectural design. "My goal for the bed and bath area
was to add space as well as create a quiet comfortable haven; to have
it appear near original," Guerrera says.
She invoked a "rustic meets glam, old meets new, masculine
meets feminine" style for this project. In the master bedroom and
bathroom, she set the tone with a neutral color palette. "The
bathroom is a fresh and relaxed combination that exudes comfort,"
she says. "I don’t care much for loud or bright colors. I
generally use muted earth tones and soft jewel tone shades."
All but one item in the bedroom was found at estate clearance
warehouses, antique shops or flea markets. "I’ll confess, the
bed frame was a great find," Guerrera says. "From there, and
a few cans of spray paint — voilà, instant old meets new again.
"This home is the 11th home I’ve renovated and then lived
in, and the smallest of all my projects," Guerrera says. "I
can say with complete certainty, it is my favorite and most
comfortable of them all. I simply adore this home."
owners of this custom-built Cedarburg home wanted to achieve simple
details in the master suite while creating a spacious private oasis.
The master suite is located in the premiere sun spot on the property,
and the couple have private access to a patio and hot tub. This
outdoor space was as important as the impact of the interior. A
contrasting palette of creamy neutrals and chocolate browns creates a
level of sophistication in the bedroom that is infused with
personality with a leopard upholstered chaise and tulip-inspired
artwork. Traditional elements, such as the arched opening with column
details, are offset by a bedroom set with clean lines and