and interior designer Kim Temkin-Taylor says the word
"architectural" comes to mind to describe the
living/dining room. "Itís connected to the adjacent
spaces but still has its own identity." The trusses are
made of a wood composite material with a walnut veneer and
faux parchment finish to give them a rough timber feel. The
wood floor is laid in a chevron pattern to lead the eye to the
trusses that bridge the ceiling of the Mequon home of Rich Taylor and
Kim Temkin-Taylor not only make the room a "wow" space, but
frame the equally dramatic views of the wetlands that lie just beyond
their property. "The seasons change all around us and we are
right there," Taylor says.
For Taylor, a
photographer, and Temkin-Taylor, an interior designer, visual appeal
is an important aspect of the homeís design. For him, itís
reducing visual clutter; for her, creating visual drama with a
well-designed lighting plan. For both, itís enjoying the outdoor
lighting connected to dimmers and installed on the trusses allows for
many different effects in the great room throughout the day. "The
lighting is huge throughout the house but in this room in particular,
lighting is key," she says.
design process allowed the couple to make numerous custom
accommodations. "It took a lot of planning," Temkin-Taylor
says. "There were certain points where we just stopped and
says she first envisioned the design as contemporary. "I really
wanted clean lines, no crown moldings or embellishments," she
says. "But a lot of our furnishings area really quite eclectic.
That sort of creates an artistry in the house when there is that mix.
It creates a space thatís more interesting if you have different
elements, as long as they work together," she says.
She took an
inventory of the familyís existing furnishings, reusing some pieces,
such as the dining table, and selling others that didnít work in the
new home, such as the dining table chairs. "I donít like things
to be too matchy-matchy," she says. "I scout out different
things and put them together because that makes it more interesting.
is also a real mix of high and low price points, and I think thatís
fine to do," she says. "I think there is good design at
glass chest the homeowner and her daughter found in Florida is
framed by a family-themed painting by a Sodona, Calif., artist.
lighted coved ceiling adds both drama and warmth to the master
bedroom. Temkin-Taylor says her goal was to create a peaceful,
serene, comfortable escape. A gas fireplace opposite the bed
adds another layer of comfort to the intimate setting. The bed,
with its fabric-covered headboard, presents a contemporary feel.
Itís covered with a faux fur throw and Thomaspaul pillows.
BainUltra freestanding air tub is a focal point in the master
bathroom, set off by the long, narrow design and mini cathedral
ceiling. Temkin-Taylor uses lighting, warm and cool tones and a
mix of materials ó limestone countertops, wood cabinetry,
porcelain floor tile ó to create a soothing escape.
cozy study is a gathering space for the couple and their two
teenage children. Itís a TV room or a quiet reading room and a
favorite spot for the family dog, Ollie.