rug is from Kashou Carpets. The china in the dining room is
from George Watts & Son.
Interiors, Brown Deer
Designers Emily Winters and Rachel Rivera
As an interior
designer Emily Winters is adept at melding her clientsí tastes with
her design know-how. But when she walked into this house, she felt as
if it were calling out to her personally. "As a designer itís
really rare that you come across a house that could be you," she
says. "It is a great chance to create a beautiful reflection of
my own style."
her style as classic ó almost traditional ó and eclectic. She
chose a soft color palette accented with pops of color. Her first
selections were the sofa and the chair by Lillian August. Next, the
rug, which complements the furniture and adds interest. Punches of
color in the rug, pillows and other accents pull the design together
without overpowering the soothing and neutral aesthetic.
this to be a wonderful fireside room," Winters says. "Cozy
library meets hearth room."
She chose a tea
table and Regency chairs instead of a second arm chair to round out
the roomís design. The silver urn adds a bit of glam and the purple
sticks bring additional color and texture to the space.
books as a design element in the built-ins to unify the space and adds
family photos and collectibles as accents.
room is created by lots of pieces from lots of different places to
give it an eclectic sort of feel," Winters says.
Kelly Neumann connects the study to the dining room through
the use of repeating color and textures. "Every room
should have some connection with the other," she says.
Interior Design Consulting and Preen Transcending Design,
Designer Kelly Neumann
inspiration for her Moroccan-themed design is the scrolling arch of
the fireplace mantel. "Even though the rest of the house is
French country, I felt that it could be a different look," she
says of the room. "You can take cues from the permanent things in
the house and play off of them."
The design, she
says, is still in keeping with the natural style of the house. But she
uses surprises in finishes and textures and a reverse design
psychology to create a sophisticated look. "A lot of people think
they have to get solid furniture and then do accents of patterns. I
did it the other way around ó the solid rug and the patterned
Neumann chose a
9-foot long sofa and coordinating accent chairs from a new line of
furniture she is creating with business partner Kim Pollard, in which
they take vintage furniture and rework it with design-forward, ethnic
and vintage fabrics. The pieces she uses in the room are covered with
a custom-made Indian silk. "The style of the chair allowed us to
use three different fabrics. The seat cushions are reversible and the
chairs have finials on top. Thatís true vintage furniture,"
Neumann says. The chairs are backed with brown patent leather, which,
Neumann says, adds that element of surprise. A tea-height coffee table
is another resale shop find. "A solid wood table wouldnít work,
but because itís glass óeven though itís a huge table for the
space ó it doesnít seem as bulky."
color palette allows the shiny golds, brass and porcelain finishes to
tie all the browns in the room together. "Instead of using
colors, I used textures and finishes as accents," Neumann says.
"The bling gave it the accent." Each accessory gives the
homeowner a story to tell, from the deer antlers to the Chinese
calligraphy brushes to the bell collection. "You can please any
couple with mixing different things, from feminine things to masculine
things," she says. "That worked within this design."
Lewandowski sets the stage for the roomís design with a
hand-knotted, one-of-a-kind rug made in an Afghan refugee
village. Through a program called One Rug at a Time, a portion
of the sale goes to support the villageís women and
Home Furnishings, Brookfield
Designer Mary Lewandowski
Lewandowski thought about the design of the room, she considered the
type of person who would buy this house. "This client would be a
well-traveled person who would have collected great artifacts from
around the world," Lewandowski says.
comfortable, relaxed and unique pieces to tell the story and
complement the natural elements of the house. "I see this room
more as a den or a retreat," Lewandowski says. "Itís a
room in which to read a book, light a fire or have a couple of friends
the Hadley sofa facing the foyer to draw guests into the room. A
leather chair embossed with alligator and cushioned in leather is a
comfy conversation piece. But the roomís main talking points are its
accent pieces, starting with the one-of-a-kind solid wood table from
Nagaland, India, that was used to grind seeds. The stools near the
fireplace are from Portugal and the floor pillows are covered with
saddle blankets from Afghanistan. "Iím all about mixing it up
and adding special pieces that are unique," Lewandowski says.
Accessories from around the world highlight the built-ins. "I
think bookshelves always have a lot of personal keepsakes in them and
should reflect the clientís life," she says.
carries the theme into the dining room with a framed Kuba cloth along
the back wall. Kuba cloth is from the Congo and is woven from the
leaves of the rafia tree. Each patch is symbolic and uniquely arranged
to tell a story. A dark wood dining table contrasts the hand-scraped
wood floors and the white, painted built-ins. "I wanted the table
to make a little more of a statement. Itís a little hint of
elegance," she says.
space reflects Lewandowskiís philosophy she has cultivated in her
35-plus years as an interior designer. "I donít like things to
match. Itís about making pieces being special. Everything ends up
going together," she says. "It creates this whole picture in
your mind. Every room is an inspiration."