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Favorite homes

By JANET RAASCH and AMY SIEWERT

August 2013

Landscape designer Bryan Gore created a classic Virginia plantation on 13 acres of farmland in Grafton. Touring the property one feels transported back in time to Colonial America with fountains, chickens, sheep and stately brick architecture.


Thoughtful design, beautiful landscapes and meaningful possessions are, by themselves, not what makes a house a home. As editors of this magazine’s home section, we have seen hundreds of wonderfully appointed homes through the years. The ones we have selected here are just a few of our favorites — there are so many more we would have loved to showcase again. What makes these so very special to us is how each homeowner’s personality lives among the sleek designs, natural surroundings and great architecture.


 Architect Russell LaFrombois III says Julilly Kohler’s sustainable house on Milwaukee’s East Side defies architectural description. "It’s very Julilly-centric," he says. This cozy niche captures so much of Kohler’s vibrant and warm personality.



Darren Miller’s exacting design for his family home in rural Cedarburg reflects his "domesticated modernism" aesthetic. We love how the unique design is perfectly situated on the pie-shaped piece of land that runs along Cedar Creek.


 

 


The post-industrial modernism of this Mequon remodel is as timeless as the private Lake Michigan views from inside the home. The project by B&E General Contractors transformed the house and its 1985 design, which was featured in the April 2008 issue.



No one can rock purple like interior designer Kelly Neumann. Her redo of a Milwaukee duplex into a single-family home is a hyper-personalized expression of family heirlooms, new and collected pieces, and high style.


 


Amy Siewert found her Zen when she got out of the car at Peggy Ann’s Mukwonago home. She couldn’t help but relax in the natural landscape surrounding her contemporary house. A fire pit that seated nearly 20 and an outdoor shower brought you even closer to nature.



Susan Kim and her family live in a contemporary home on top of a hill with spectacular views. Her home is a reflection of her — sophisticated, cool and fun.



We love the story of how Ollie Adelman drove to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s office in Spring Green without an appointment to hire the architect to design his home in Fox Point. Adelman and his family lived in the home for more than five decades and Adelman and Wright struck up a friendship that lasted until Wright’s death. Adelman died in 2012.



This Delafield home was so impressive we came back twice to feature the interior and exterior. When we walked into the backyard it felt like we entered a resort; we were waiting for the cabana boys to greet us with a tropical drink.



Amy Siewert loved the view of the forest from the floor-to-ceiling windows at Steve and Cheri Ware’s midcentury modern home so much she decided to scale the surrounding mosquito-infested hills with photographer Doug Edmunds for the perfect dusk shots to accompany the layout.








 


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