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Designers put forth fresh designs for the 2013 Breast Cancer Showhouse

Photos by Doug Edmunds

June 2013

From 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.

The 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.

Other designers 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 treatment."

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 this home."

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.

"Every job 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.

"Some of 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 showhouse:

Flow: As 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 flow throughout."

The 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.





Color: Turquoise 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."

Style Mix: Tour-goers will see traditional furniture shapes with cleaner lines for a more contemporary look.

Masculine and 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.

The Unexpected: 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.

Working 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 room.

Ethan 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.


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