CaesarStone countertops, antique-green painted cabinets and a
colorful Mexican, handcrafted tile backsplash are the focal
points of Pollard’s newly redesigned kitchen. The colors
here can be found throughout the house.
With an abundance of outdated oak woodwork and a 1990s style, Kim
Pollard knew her home desperately needed a fresh, new look to bring it
up to speed with 2008.
"It was outdated," says Pollard, who bought the home in
Westchester Lakes subdivision in Mequon four years ago. "I wanted
a different look."
The home, which was featured in the Parade of Homes in 1991, the
same year it was built, needed a face-lift.
"It was clear it was a beautiful home, it just truly needed a
makeover," says interior designer Kelly Neumann, owner of
Vyolette Interior Design Consulting.
For the past year, the two have worked closely together to give the
home an updated look. Work began in the hub of activity for most homes
— the kitchen. "She had outdated, very worn oak cabinets,"
Neumann says. "It’s a big thing to change cabinets, and it can
be a big thing to paint them."
Neumann and Pollard chose chocolate brown countertops — a perfect
match for the cabinets, which were eventually painted an antique
green, with a chocolate brown glaze. "When she did it, she knew
it put it over the edge to what she really wanted," Neumann says.
The other highlight of the room? The colorful backsplash made of
handcrafted Mexican tile. "There are numerous colors on the
backsplash — all kinds of bright colors, a lot of which are driven
from her artwork that she’s gotten from all over the country,"
Neumann says. "That’s how the whole color palette was born —
in the kitchen. It branched off to the other rooms because of the
Pollard’s great room was updated using bold reds and golds
and elegant Tracy Porter chandeliers to turn the natural,
outdoorsy feel of the room into something chic and elegant.
The room was topped off with Tracy Porter lighting fixtures. Then
Pollard and Neumann were ready to tackle the rest of the house. In
Pollard’s great room, an impressive space with a vaulted ceiling,
fireplace, bar and natural, outdoorsy feel, Neumann was again able to
work her magic.
"I was going for ‘elegant lodge,’ so I didn’t want big
Paul Bunyan wood chairs," Pollard says. "But I wanted that
feeling ... more Aspen, more upscale — very livable."
One of the biggest 1990s design elements to overcome in her home
was the oak woodwork, Pollard says. And this room was full of it.
"I had overpowering amounts of oak," Pollard says.
"Different things we did brought the oak under control."
Neumann says the best way to handle oak is to contrast it with rich,
dark colors to make the woodwork "pop."
The existing furniture was used, but the walls were painted gold
and red, and contrasted with leopard and foliage prints throughout the
room — even a hint of turquoise in the curtains and a bowl on the
table — playing off the colors in the kitchen backsplash to create
Once again topped off with Tracy Porter chandeliers — this time
including pheasants, crystals and hand-painted metal — the fixtures
provided the piece de resistance to the room and adding a chic, swanky
feel to the outdoorsy mood of the space.
Pollard’s living room was also updated, and given an ’80s-ish,
"I played off the bright green and red of the current
furniture and went with vibrant green on the wall," Neumann says.
"I brought in metallic gold and fun colors. Instead of seeing
green and red as an obstacle, I used it and worked with it and it
turned out to be a fun but elegant room," she says.
The dining room was updated without losing touch of the things that
really mattered to Pollard. "She had things that meant a lot to
her … Hummels, and those are pretty much timeless," Neumann
says. A muted color palette was boosted up a few notches, Neumann
says. She had the walls painted vibrant shades of turquoise, once
again playing off the colors in the kitchen backsplash.
shades of turquoise were used to boost the color in the dining
room, while Pollard’s heirloom Hummels were kept as a focal
point. The vibrant colors in the upholstery, as well as the
walls and carpeting, are also found in the kitchen backsplash,
creating continuity throughout the house.
"It’s funny because we did not look at the Mexican
handcrafted tile in the kitchen and say, ‘We’re going to use those
colors.’ It just ended up that the color that worked in the dining
room was turquoise."
Work is still continuing at Pollard’s house, as she and Neumann
finish up other rooms in the home.
Overall, Pollard says she’s thrilled with the results of the
project, and has a hard time finding a favorite space in her home.
"My favorite room is the room I’m in (at the time)," she
says. "Each one turned out so great."
Pollard says the color scheme achieved the continuity she wanted
throughout the home, and the various lighting fixtures helped add
scale to the rooms, drawing the eye upward.
"I was going for the ‘wow’ factor," Pollard says.
Lighting was a whole new area for her, and she credits Neumann for
talking her into what she describes as one of the single most
important things she did for her home — lighting fixtures by Tracy
Porter of Ripon.
"I wasn’t even going to do lighting," Pollard says.
"I never look up. I didn’t even know that could be part of the
For those wanting to give their home an updated makeover, Pollard
highly suggests working with a designer. "If I added up all the
mistakes I’ve made on my own — you more than pay for a
designer," she laughs.
Neumann says more people should take the time to update their
homes. "It’s like your little domain that supports you and I
think more people should put an emphasis on getting their home to the
level that they want," she says.