neutral tones of the walls and furnishings in the living room
allow art and accents to "pop."
Walk inside the
suburban Cedarburg home and prepare to be surprised. Peabodyís
Interiors interior designer Emily Winters helped a young couple create
an urban sophisticated space to showcase their extensive art
collection. "I feel so strongly that your home should reflect you
and your personality," Winters says.
M: Who are the
EW: The clients
are 30-something professionals who are making the transition from an
East Side condo to their first home. Theyíre both incredibly
artistic and full of personality and wanted a space that spoke to
M: How did the
homeownersí art collection inspire the design?
accents, such as the chandelier and the mirrored buffet, add
texture and a glam feel to the space.
EW: The art is
very strong and lively; choosing the interior elements and placing the
art was a delicate balance. The interior elements needed to provide
interest as well and not just become a bland backdrop. In some rooms,
the decision on which art to place was the first one we made and it
influenced everything else in the room. In others, the art placement
happened later in the process.
M: Describe the
incongruency between the exterior setting of the Cedarburg subdivision
and the interior "wow" of the home.
subdivisions of homes all start to feel the same and a bit like theyíre
void of personality. You feel like you can drive through and predict
exactly what each one might look like on the interior. I love that
this one blows the lid right off that theory. These clients are
anything but "cookie cutter," and I love that they wanted to
keep that vibe going through their house.
ceiling in the master bedroom is painted a graphite color.
"I love a little color on the ceiling so that it doesnít
become a forgotten surface, but not every room can handle that
amount of color," interior designer Emily Winters says.
M: There is a
lot of sparkle in the design.
EW: One of the
clients happened to really love all things sparkling and wouldíve
had the whole place full of glam. The touches of sparkle speak to her
personality and really add a nice layer of texture to each room, but
in a way thatís not too overwhelming.
M: In what ways
did you exercise restraint in the design?
EW: The living
room was a bit of an exercise in restraint with the ivory textured
sofa, creamy beige carpet and very simple off-white paint. It was a
conscious effort at creating a warm backdrop for the art in that room,
as well as allowing for some interesting/unexpected choices in accent
pieces in the room. The very neutral larger elements allowed us to
introduce the antiqued mirror coffee table, the horn table with the
silver patina, and the touches of black and red without the room
becoming crazy busy.
M: Tell me about
that dining room table.
fireplace adds a cozy feel to the eat-in kitchen.
EW: Itís so
fantastic! The clients had purchased it before we started working
together on the home and it was a wonderful choice on their part. Itís
so unexpected and it brings this really amazing texture to the space.
Itís actually made of resin from the railroad ties from the Ho Chi
Minh Trail in Vietnam.
M: What elements
give the master bathroom its contemporary feel?
EW: Itís the
color combination, along with the texture of the art that is mimicked
in the lines of the chandelier. It creates a very serene but
M: Is there a
design secret to displaying artwork?
EW: Iím not
certain there are any real secrets. Art needs to feel like it belongs
in a space. I donít mean the colors need to "match" the
room perfectly or be perfectly themed to fit the decor of the home. It
should have good scale and presence, be loud if the room needs it or
understated if the room is already bold. And, it needs to be hung
around eye level, not up in the stratosphere.
large-scale photograph in the master bathroom was the
inspiration for the roomís color palette.