Winters used her
expertise in lighting to create the perfect ambiance for outdoor
background in interior decorating is evident in the designerís eye
she bring to the landscape of her Cedarburg yard. The design of the
nearly 2-acre property on Hidden Valley Lake is loosely modeled after
palace gardens in Europe she and her husband, Frank, have visited in
does come into play a lot," says the ASID-certified Winters of
her design expertise. "Balance is important inside and out."
She designed the
wide wooden staircase that leads from the house to the beach to be 12
feet wide, the same proportions as the sliding doors on the house.
"I donít like to do small things. I think it looks more elegant
when itís done on a large scale," she says.
staircase designed by Winter ties the house to the lake and
The stairs are
lined with golden blooming daylilies and purple Russian sage. The
blue-flowered plants that spill onto the landings are Rozanne
geranium, a perennial, and the roses along the top are specially
selected for their color that matches the brick on the house.
adjacent to the house comfortably seats 10 or more. Birch trees create
shade and hostas, daylilies and ground cover roses add interest
without overtaking the area. Winters has incorporated LED lighting on
the steps and outdoor speakers keep the party lively. The fire pit is
ideal for roasting marshmallows.
The Winters have
lived in the home they built since 1974 after discovering the area
while looking for a place to rent. No motor boats are allowed on the
spring-fed lake. The lake property has been ideal for entertaining,
and the Winters have hosted many gatherings: anniversary parties,
graduation parties, retirement parties, pig roasts, fundraisers.
"Itís important for me to make a contribution to the
environment," Winters says. "Iíve had an annual fundraiser
for Clean Wisconsin for the last nine years with a buffet and speaker
on clean air, clean water and clean energy. We usually raise over
important to the Winters their guests take advantage of the propertyís
natural attributes. "I want to be sure people get out on the lake
and experience how tranquil it is," she says.
though, she isnít one to sit back and admire the landscape. "I
have to admit Iím usually thinking about how much work I have to
striking sculpture in the circular drive is surrounded by a
succession of seasonal blooms: tulips, oriental lilies and
asters. The sculpture is by a Houston artist whom Winters
discovered at the Lakefront Festival of Arts in Milwaukee.
tends the winding Autumn Joy sedum that border the beach where
she has installed 28 in-ground lights. After a day of fishing
and boating on the lake, the Winters and their guests enjoy a
nighttime fire on the beach.