every point and in every room of this home on Egg Harbor in Door
County, attention to detail was critical. In the screened-in
porch, the post-and-beam construction was hand-framed on site.
beautiful, and then there is divine. The modern ranch that sprawls
across more than 200 feet of waterfront in Egg Harbor is a robust
package of Old- and New-World charm.
Outside of this
tinted stucco home is a multigabled roof covered with cedar shake
shingles, and parts of the exterior make use of reclaimed barnwood as
well. By day, the sun’s reflection off of the harbor floods the
picturesque windows with light. At night, bristling fireplaces in the
living room, library, dining room and screened porch warm the palatial
The style is
decidedly country French, with bits and pieces of a warm blend of
traditional décor and rustic charm throughout. "We wanted to
blend a little bit of the rustic touches and clean areas, almost
contemporary, to create that balance," says Donna Sweet, an
interior designer/partner with Haven Interiors Ltd. in Milwaukee, who
helped to design the interior feel of the house.
seating options and floor-to-ceiling windows enliven the dining
space that makes use of reclaimed timbers on the ceiling and
custom accents throughout. The opening to the kitchen makes it
easy to keep the conversation flowing at mealtime.
designer Mitch Wise of Mitch Wise Design in Door County also played an
integral role. He helped to rework the home’s design, approve final
finishes and fixtures, and worked as the on-site liaison during
construction. But it was DeLeer Construction in Green Bay that built
the house and various contractors worked to get the specific details
just right. From start to finish, Wise estimates that it took about
three years to complete.
came in on the project," Sweet says, "the interior
architecture was already completed, including cabinetry, detailing and
crown molding. We came in at that point to add color and all of those
But that was no
easy task, as it would require no less than a gargantuan effort to
interpret the homeowner’s vision for the grand space. "It was
hard to do," Sweet says of the challenge. "We were working
off the light and the lake view, and trying to find something that
would be soothing and play up all of those details."
herringbone patterned brick on the foyer ceiling is a textural
and visual contrast to the black walnut floors. A circle motif
is repeated throughout the house, seen here in the chandelier
and the floor.
The result was a
soothing, sleek aesthetic filled with muted tones, a diversity of
textures and loads of character peeking about every corner.
everything was well thought out, from the walnut paneling in the
library and herringbone-patterned brick on the foyer ceiling, to the
playful circle motif that bounces from light fixtures and heating
grates, to flooring and some cabinetry. Even the screened-in porch was
a priority, in that the post-and-beam construction was hand-framed on
In the dining
space, the goal was to provide maximum seating without making the room
feel crowded or obscuring any of the wonderful lake views. The dining
room provides a great backdrop for family and local artwork. Anchored
by a fireplace with a flat-screen TV above the mantle, the dining
space is large, expansive and inviting. There’s room to sit by the
fire, dine at the custom farm table and chat with the family chef in
the adjacent kitchen.
water was the inspiration for the pops of color throughout the
living room. Comfortable sofas covered in chenille and mohair
welcome guests. Club chairs swivel around for conversation and
to take in the breathtaking views. But it’s the accent pillows
that add a punch of color and touch of whimsy.
comfortable seating throughout was a must, and the floors are black
walnut throughout, except for the bedrooms, which are covered with
wool carpeting. "We knew that people would be sitting in all
spaces. And in the summer time, coming and staying," adds Sweet.
"You don’t want people to be worrying."
sparkles with painted and glazed custom cabinetry. The island boasts a
teak countertop and fits in nicely with the surrounding details of the
room, including granite countertops, an extended backsplash, built-in
appliances and stainless steel and brass hardware.
client) has an amazing eye," Sweet says, "and a beautiful
style of her own."
roman shades and a studded bed anchor this guest room that
brings together an eclectic mix that includes a classic
chandelier and mismatched and distressed nightstands.
One of the guest
bedrooms is anchored by a striking chandelier set over the custom bed.
Yet, Sweet went for a more casually chic feel here. Inspiration grew
from a bedcover the homeowner selected. "We started to think
about how we could work with it," Sweet says. From there, she
came up with the muted wall color and carpet. Linen roman shades and
distressed nightstands help to complete the look.
all about texture, layering" and surprise, says Sweet.
"There’s a lot of what you aren’t expecting here. The mix is
a little off. It’s a little less structured, and it doesn’t feel
quite as matched."
The great room
cheerfully beckons in guests. Silk pillows add pops of color amid the
muted landscape indoors and the waterscapes outdoors. "People
laugh about pillows, but you can take a neutral sofa and make it look
great by putting on a great pillow," Sweet insists.
its clean lines and chic furnishings, the master bedroom speaks
volumes about the homeowner’s sense of style. While comfort
may rule most of the other rooms, stylish details reign supreme
here. The homeowner’s chinoiserie panels tucked behind the bed
add charm and elegance to this otherwise understated space.
chairs and sofas covered in mohair and chenille add an eclectic yet
unifying feel here. "I wanted to use two different fabrics, so
the main sofa is mohair. The other sofa, which faces out to the bay,
is chenille. The two chairs swivel, which was crucial," the
interior designer adds.
comfortable and inviting. While this house could be taut, rigid and
ultra-hands-off, it’s not. Everything is very accessible, welcoming
and feels like a place that you’d enjoy as a memorable retreat.
and stonework throughout the house were done by Blackstone
International in Waukesha. The two-person shower in the master
bath is made from Calcutta marble and glass mosaic tiles.
something elegant and comfortable, not uncomfortably large," Wise
says of the homeowner’s overarching goal for her new home.
along the curved windows set the stage for drama in the master suite.
A commanding chinoiserie panel behind the bed serves as a headboard
and adds panache, as do other sleek elements like the leather tufted
ottoman, wingback chairs and elegant nightstands and lighting.
master bath exudes elegance with its custom tub and high-end
finishes throughout the space.
To make up for a
closet short on space, the room includes additional shelving in a
built-in armoire. The master bath includes a custom tub and a
two-person shower made from Calcutta marble and glass mosaic tiles.
really pleased with how it came together," says Sweet, who worked
with longtime assistant Jane Neuburg on the job. "Doing the work
with the client was delightful, and when you’re fortunate to take it
to the very end, you make sure that everything feels comfortable. It’s
"I am very proud of the whole home. It was a huge