clean-lined shelving serves as the backdrop for the homeownerís
Native American pottery from Arizona, which was the
inspiration for the color scheme of the downtown condo. The
room features two seating areas, one for TV viewing and the
other for conversation and enjoying the lake views. The
fireplace screen is custom made out of iron nails and adds
another textural dimension to the space.
Peggy Ann isnít
afraid of color, she just knows what colors she likes.
"I tend to
gravitate toward warm, earthy colors. I have tried other bold color
schemes and Iím extremely uncomfortable living with that," she
says. "The more color I have and the more objects I have in a
room Iím not able to think as clearly."
with Donna Sweet, co-owner of Haven Interiors, Peggy Annís 27th
floor condo in Milwaukeeís University Club Tower employs a muted yet
strong color scheme to create a sophisticated, tailored residence.
"Itís sheik without being glitzy," Sweet says. "With
Peggy, itís no-color color. Itís not beige, itís not gray, but I
think itís really comfortable, really warm. Itís really all about
texture, all about tone," Sweet says.
collected over many years is integral in the design. "My art is
what makes me feel at home," she says. "Itís my family
album, my scrapbook. To me, itís priceless because Iíve collected
it from travels from around the world for the last 30 years."
Yet, the art is
as subdued as the color scheme. "Everything is kind of
quiet," Sweet says. "You have to sit down and look at her
things and appreciate the details. Itís not Ďin your face.í"
With a primary
residence on 40 acres in the Lake Country, the condo was originally
designed as a weekend and winter residence for Peggy Ann. She has
since sold her rural home and is working on a new, 6,200-square-foot
condo. "I love downtown living. Iím a single person and itís
extremely easy to be involved in the community, in the arts and with
Her new condo
will include added storage and an office. She says it will again focus
on her art, but will be more of a minimalist look. "There will be
even less color," she says.
elements add interest to the streamlined kitchen and dining
areas: hand-made wallpaper, light fixtures and even the table
itself. The base of the hammered-top table is made of one solid
piece of carved wood. Interior designer Donna Sweet of Haven
Interiors suggested creating banquette seating along the windows
so the table wouldnít be in the middle of the room and also to
be closer to the windows and the view. "Itís a great
place to have coffee and watch the sailboats in the summer or
just sit and contemplate," the homeowner says.
chairs provide a cozy spot for reading or lake viewing in the
custom-designed vanity in the master bath lends a clean
aesthetic to the space. The earthy colors of the coarse slate
tile floor are continued up the wall behind the vanity. Frosted
glass doors conceal the toilet room and shower, but still allow
light in. A flokati rug adds to the luxury feel of the space.