expansive oak-paneled room was created from several small
rooms and a hallway in a 1929 remodel, and includes a Tudor
style cast plaster ceiling designed by Matthew Orlandini.
Designer Kerry Shannon for Boston Store Furniture Gallery
treats the room as gallery to feature, among other works, the
1992 Roy Lichtenstein "Wallpaper with Blue Floor
Interior," two Roberto Matta etchings and Tara Donovan’s
"Bluffs," made of buttons and glue. "Art and
architecture are the stars here, creating an impactful yet
inviting space for conversation or contemplation,"
Shannon says. "This room’s design is intentionally
subdued, textural and tasteful." It debuts pieces from
Boston Store’s Lauren Ralph Lauren Lake Shore Drive
When one of the
pre-eminent homes in Milwaukee’s North Point South Historic District
went up for sale, Andy Nunemaker knew he had to act. After all, it’s
not every day that such a property is on the market. "It was one
of five houses in Milwaukee I liked better than mine," says
Nunemaker, who lived just two houses away from the mansion at 2221 N.
He loves the
neighborhood for its location on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan,
its closeness to downtown and the close-knit feeling among the
residents. "I would never want to move from this
neighborhood," he says.
So he bought the
house, which was built in 1905 for grain merchant William Sawyer, with
the intention of restoring it. "I view myself as a caretaker of
the home," he says. "I want to make it last for generations
collaborating with Milwaukee-area designers in making over the home as
this year’s Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure. It’s the
15th anniversary of the fundraising showhouse tour, which has raised
more than $4 million for breast cancer and prostate cancer research at
the Medical College of Wisconsin.
fall, designers, contractors and a cadre of BCS volunteers — many
of whom have been involved since the very first showhouse — have
been transforming the historic house into a 21st century showpiece.
criteria and challenge to renovate this space was to maintain the
traditional character of the home while accommodating the contemporary
choices of the homeowner," says Sandra McSweeney of Design
Services Inc., who designed the 12-foot-by-18-foot bathroom in the
master suite from a dressing room and small compartmentalized bath.
the antique billiards table as his starting point, Nicholas
Konzal of Nicholas Carl Design created focal points in the
former dining room using modern art pieces, such as Oliver
Herring’s "Chris After Hours of Spitting Food
Dye." The large-scale art is flanked by 10-foot windows.
Underneath is a handmade mahogany console table topped with a
Kenneth Snelson aluminum and stainless steel sculpture.
Dermond Peterson pillows were custom-made with the artwork in
consists of a main house and a two-story carriage house separated from
the residence by a courtyard, totalling about 11,000 square feet. The
renovation, led by general contractor Living Space Design-Build Co.,
involves four floors of the main house, including a complete lower
level designed for entertaining with bar, lounge and cabana with
access to a new in-ground pool outside.
their inspiration from the architecture, historic interior detailing
and the homeowner’s extensive collection of artwork that ranges from
Chagall and Picasso to Reginald Baylor and Dale Chihuly. "Knowing
that the designers would have access to one of the most unique modern
art collections in the city was exciting," says Nicholas Konzal
of Nicholas Carl Design, who redecorated the dining room as a
billiards room at the homeowner’s request. "I created the
design by paying close attention to the delicate balance of art
display and dynamic interior design," he says.
Patricia Virnig of Ivy Interiors says the showhouse will be of
interest to a wide variety of people. "It appeals to those with
an interest in historic homes, those who love art and those who love
interior design," she says.
that a previous owner of the home, Virginia Booth Vogel, was a
collector and patron of the arts. Several of the pieces she and
husband William Vogel owned were donated to the Milwaukee Art Museum.
"The home has had a history of art," Nunemaker says.
"My collection is not even close to hers, but the house is full
of art again."
Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure will be open June 2-17. For ticket
information, tour hours and related events, go to www.breastcancershowhouse.org
page clockwise from top: Marcia Klode of Mille Tesori Design
Studio acknowledges the home’s traditional past with her
design of the breakfast room that includes built-in china and
silver cupboards and the authentic call station in the former
butler’s pantry. The classic diamond pattern of the black and
white ceramic floor and an 1894 August Renoir etching inspire
the scheme. MacRae’s architectural table sets a casual tone; a
square iron chandelier offers a modern twist.
glass beaded wallcovering and glistening white glass tile used
in varying sizes throughout the master bathroom establish a calm
feeling in the room designed by Sandra McSweeney of Design
Services Inc. David Dimichele’s "Broken Glass"
photograph hangs above the bathtub.
canvas by Wendy Williams of The Faux Image Ltd. looks like
tufted leather on the wall of the dining room. Its Harlequin
pattern is also on the silk taffeta fabric of the dining chairs.
The wood inlaid dining table from Honquest Furniture is crafted
in Italy; Berardaud table settings from George Watts & Sons
depict images from the ceiling of the Paris Opera House by
artist Marc Chagall.