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Kid-tested, mother approved
Shorewood home updated with family in mind


October 2012


The homeowners worked with Design Group III to remodel the kitchen and other areas of the home. "They were very conscious of keeping the feel of the house to the period in which it was built," interior designer Meg Zamzow says of the homeowners. "It doesnít look over-remodeled."
Photo by Doug Edmunds


In remodeling their 1922 Shorewood Mediterranean-style house, homeowners Greg and Becky wanted the interiors to be livable for their family of five.

"Itís casual family comfortable," says interior designer Meg Zamzow of Haven Interiors, who has worked with the homeowners for about seven years updating the interiors. "They wanted to preserve the architectural perspective of the house, but make it more informal so they could live in it and be comfortable in it," Zamzow says.

The dining room with its round table serves as a casual spot for family meals and for more formal occasions. "The homeowner wanted it to be sophisticated but still cozy, comfortable and warm," Zamzow says. Grasscloth on the walls adds dimension to the room.
Photo by Doug Edmunds

"The house, when we moved in, was very traditional," Becky says. "I didnít want the kids (now 6 and 8-year-old twins) to be restricted from any room, but we do entertain. It was hard to find that balance."

Zamzow suggested well-constructed furniture that could withstand the rigors of family living as well as the use of outdoor fabrics. The result is sophisticated but not too precious spaces for the family to gather, from the family room and its brown leather sectional to the dining room where the family enjoys dinners together at the round table.

"I think it is a very updated look," Zamzow says of the interior design. "It feels timeless." 

Chocolate brown walls show off the painted woodwork and newly redesigned fireplace in the living room. Light-colored upholstery contrasts the dark walls.
Photo by Doug Edmunds

A sunroom converted into a family room is where the family hangs out and watches movies.
Photo by Doug Edmunds

Wrought-iron railings are one of the stunning architectural details of the home. "The homeís open concept is very unusual for how old it is," Zamzow comments.
Photo by Doug Edmunds


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