its picturesque and historic setting on one of Americaís Great
Streets, "The Castle on Newberry" is ready to welcome
visitors as the 2013 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure from
June 1 through 16.
Bavarian-style Tudor home at 2228 E. Newberry Blvd. was built in 1930
by Charles and Malthilde Boltz. Designed by prolific Milwaukee
architect Frederick Graf, the exterior strikes a medieval image with
its turret entrance, solid stone construction, and half-timber and
patterned brick details.
Though there has
been a succession of homeowners, much of the homeís original
exterior and interior architectural features are intact today. Current
owners Steve and Kadie Jelenchick purchased the 4,500-square-foot
house in May 2012. A newly completed kitchen renovation by Kitchens by
Design replicates original materials, such as quarter-sawn oak
cabinetry, subway tile and white oak flooring.
participating in this yearís showhouse were likewise challenged to
work from original details in their designs. "Each room has its
own architectural embellishments," says design chair Patty Virnig.
"Many rooms have crown molding, for example. Some designers have
made it more subtle; others highlighted it in their ceiling
Virnig says this
yearís venue is more relatable than the larger showhouses of the
recent past. "Most people donít live in 10,000-square-foot
homes. This home is not small by any means, but itís very livable.
Itís a very cozy, family home. People can envision themselves in
the living room, designers Kerry Shannon and Michael McKinley of
Residence blended the coupleís traditional furnishings with
contemporary, organic and Asian themes to create a livable space
for the young professional couple homeowners. "They had
only been there a short time and did very little to personalize
it," Shannon says. Circular shapes, such as the chandelier,
repeat the architectural curves of the room. Traditional foo dog
lamps in a bright turquoise introduce an unexpected pop of
color. "I think itís a very subtle way of bringing in
color without being a slave to it," Shannon says.
you do you are not going to always rip everything out down to the
studs and start over," says Kristi Pross of Design KRP, who
collaborated on the third-floor bath with Laurie Wegner of Step by
Step Interior Design.
those original elements are lovely. Itís nice to have new and
traditional. It makes sense to me."
Virnig says the
designs will inspire tour-goers. "Most of the rooms are
traditional with a more contemporary edge," she says. "They
will give people ideas on how to get an updated look for their own
homes." Here are some of the design ideas emerging from the
designers take their cues from the architectural features, a natural
flow evolves in the design, Virnig says. "We donít tell
designers they have to use certain colors. They always take their cues
from something permanent in the house; thatís why it ends up with a
custom-built mirrored dressing table and bench covered in soft
fabric capture the Hollywood Regency theme in the nook of the
third-floor bathroom designed by Laurie Wegner of Step by Step
Interior Design and Kristi Pross of Design KRP. "It would
have been easy to just put some window treatments in there, but
we really wanted to make it part of the space. Instead of being
a challenge, we made it a focal point," Pross says.
Pearlized gold stripes painted on the walls and ceiling downplay
the predominance of blue in the room.
lamps in the living room, orange-patterned curtains in the dining
room, a graphic apple print in the sitting room ó pops of color are
splashed through the rooms. "It isnít like walking into a
circus," Residenceís Kerry Shannon says of the living room
design. "It isnít overwhelming."
Tour-goers will see traditional furniture shapes with cleaner lines
for a more contemporary look.
Feminine: The juxtaposition of strong and soft is evident throughout
the house, particularly in the master bedroom design by Edyta Wojnicka
of Ethan Allen where rich, dark woods play off sparkle from lighting,
mirrors and even pillows.
Many designers are tweaking their spaces up until the doors of the
showhouse open. Shannon is waiting on a Chiang Mai Dragon fabric by
Schumacher for pillows and an ottoman in the living room, for
instance, which will add "wow" to the room. Mismatched
bedside tables in the master bedroom (one for him and one for her) are
an unexpected but acceptable design path, Wojnicka says. "Thatís
another myth designers are always trying to debunk: You can create
interesting spaces by mixing and matching wood collections, different
colors and even metals," she says.
with yellow plumbing fixtures and lilac tile, the design team of
Patty Virnig of Ivy Interiors and Colleen XXX of Calico Corners,
created a gender-neutral space in the master bathroom. Painting
the walls gray balanced the purple on the walls and floor,
Virnig says. Contemporary light fixtures and gray accents also
help to neutralize the lilac and create a restful mood in the
Allen Design Center interior designer Edyta Wojnicka pulled the
soft green color scheme for the master bedroom from the tiles on
the fireplace. "I wanted to create a room that would be a
sanctuary for the couple. I always use color, but was hoping to
use it very delicately instead of going super punchy with strong
colors," she says. The roomís focal point is the sleigh
bed framed by custom-made drapes and covered with luxurious
linens. "One of the design myths people believe is that you
can never have anything in front of a window, especially not a
bed. But a window can very often create a beautiful backdrop for
a bed," Wojnicka says.