house great room by Warren Barnett Interiors design team
"in-the-moment" space in the coach house, designer Mara
Wierschke and the Warren Barnett team approached the design with a
yin-yang concept in mind. "The overall and undeniable theme was
to find the balance that every getaway should have, namely, a little
Zen calm and a little energy/diversity at the same time,"
Wierschke says. "Itís expressive, without being overdone;
refined and fun at thesame time."
Q: This is a big
room; how did you break it down?
A: We knew that
it needed to multitask. It was easy in that we wanted to address
comfortable living and needed to have seating and an area for
entertaining and dining. The fireplace is the natural focal point of
the room. The sofas flank the fireplace and the dining area is in the
back half of the room. There was some debate about that because it was
farther away from the kitchen but it laid out really well that way.
Q: What did you
want this room to be design-wise?
definitely was a strong concept in our mind as a group. As a coach
house it could be addressed as a guesthouse. We wanted it to have a
retreat feeling so we kept it somewhat minimalist. I say that with a
smile; we wanted it to have a Zen feeling so we used some neutral
(elements), but we also wanted it to be inviting. (We concepted) a
well-traveled idea. If you were staying there you could conjure up fun
times taking trips and travels you had. Thatís where travel and Zen
come together. (The vibe) does kind of evoke that wanderlust.
Q: What was the
A: The agave
colored leather consoles with their arabesque shape, outlined with
dramatic nailhead trim. They solidified that we were on the right
track with the design.
Q: If this room
were a song, what would it be?
"Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes" by Paul Simon. Itís
layers of happy, and a deep soul.
Q: What are the
"now" design elements?
A: Maybe the
most au currant element would be the horse picture. Itís got that
very neutrally calming Zen vibe. Itís got just enough color but didnít
go too far with it.
year Milwaukee designers converge on the Wisconsin Breast Cancer
Showhouse for a Cure to imagine spaces that will impress and inspire.
Visitors to this yearís showhouse ó Andy Nunemakerís 1905 home
in Milwaukeeís North Point South Historic District ó were treated
to a bonus: the 3,500-square-foot three-bedroom coach house, which was
entirely redone for the tour. Here are three spaces from the coach
house and a designer Q&A on the thoughts behind the designs.
kitchen by Colleen Thompson of i.e. DESIGN
In assessing the
coach house kitchen, Colleen Thompson was struck with a thought:
Remove the wall between the dining room and the kitchen. "The
space felt kind of confined," Thompson says. "When that wall
came down it changed the whole flow of the space. The kitchen became
more of a gathering space rather than just somewhere to put food
what did you want this room to be?
A: I wanted it
to be striking and in tune with what the coach house was originally
intended to be. I also wanted it to be very clean and simple ó not
fussy ó and to give it a contemporary edge.
Q: What was the
A: It started
with the backsplash tile. It was a random geometric both with glass,
which is contemporary, and stone, which is traditional. That, and the
Kohler Karbon articulating faucet (were the inspirations.) Those are
the things I started with and really pushed for."
Q: Tell me about
the custom island.
A: We followed
the geometric pattern of the backsplash tile. The round top has a
stainless steel square inlay in it. The island cabinet door style is
just a slab door, something youíd see in a European kitchen. The
door handles are clean and contemporary; the pulls have leather
accents. The Touchstone cabinets are painted maple and the island
workspace counter is Carrara marble.
Q: What ties
this room together?
A: Itís the
geometrics. The clean, simple squares and circles playing off of each
Q: Describe this
room in three words.
house master debroom by designer Mary Schaufelberger and assistant
Danelle Blazejovsky of Steinkellner Decorating Center
Hollywood regency" is how designer Mary Schaufelberger describes
the coach house master bedroom. "This room could be for a male or
a female. I really held back (so it wouldnít be too feminine). Itís
more masculine Hollywood glam with the red and stripes. There arenít
any flowers anywhere."
A: Initially, I
just had the stripes ó but it was too boring. I wanted something
really impactful. It was the starting point for the rest of the room.
Q: Tell me about
A: I made the
headboard. It is a linen tweed. I wanted something very tailored and
very simple against the trees. I loved the idea of the great big
buttons and carried that same detail down to the bedskirt. Because the
headboard is so simple, I added texture and glitz for balance in the
softness of the cut velvet shams and the red pillows. I chose a faux
silk spread because I wanted focus on everything else in the room. I
made the throw to match; itís trimmed out in same fabric as the
Q: The light
fixture is a little retro.
A: I had
envisioned a chandelier, but I didnít want lots of crystal and
drippy stuff. Itís from Elektra Lights. There is a red glass bead
right in the middle. I love the chrome and the linen shades. It has
bottom glass diffusers so when you are in bed and looking up you donít
see the harshness of the bulb.
Q: If this were
a celebrityís room, who would be sleeping here?
Clooney. Heís kinda hip and elegant but not too serious. Canít you
just see him in here in a smoking jacket with his hair slicked
addition to the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure,
numerous related events are held to raise funds for breast
cancer and prostate cancer research. The Pinktacular Fashion
Show and Luncheon will be held Oct. 4 at the Italian Community
Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shopping bazaar, followed by the
luncheon at noon and fashion show.
are $65, or $85 for a patron level; tables of 10 are available
for both levels. For more information, call (414) 324-1868 or