gray wall color was the starting point for the living room
transformation of Paul and Natalia Hackbarthís East Side home.
The couple worked with interior designer Greg Holm of Peabodyís
Interiors, with whom they had collaborated with on several
When Paul and
Natalia Hackbarth sought decorating help for their house on the East
Side, they knew just where to find it. Greg Holm, lead designer with
Peabodyís Interiors, had worked with the couple on a range of
personal and commercial projects.
though they are very different, our personality comes out (with each
project)," Paul Hackbarth says. "We rarely ever say no to
him because he hits the nail on the head every time."
residence, Holm says he took cues from some of the design elements the
Hackbarths already had in place, such as the mirrored fireplace
surround in the living room and a bold wallpaper in the foyer.
"Those were good indications of how they wanted to go," he
dining table and Chippendale chairs make a strong statement in
the dining room, Holm says. The wallpaper has a subtle shimmery
texture, which adds a bit of glam to the room when itís lit up
at night, he says. "They took a chance with the bold
patterned fabric for the window treatments," he adds.
furnishings were fitting for a young couple starting out, Holm says,
but he sensed they were ready for the next step.
Paul and I have a lot of ideas ourselves, but sometimes itís hard to
put them together on your own," Natalia Hackbarth says.
"Greg knows us so well he knew the things we would like. They
might be things I would pick out, but I would not necessarily know
where to find them," she says.
king-sized bed from Peabodyís Interiors is an adaptation of a
British Colonial bed. "It has an Indonesian flavor with the
carving, caning and the brass accents on the posts," Holm
says. The room is a study in textures, from the grasscloth
wallpaper with a subtle metallic shimmer to the David Schaefer
original oil painting. Wall-mounted swing-arm lamps and
nightstands designed by Holm fit beside the bed.
the newly redone interiors as classic contemporary, evidenced by the
Chippendale dining chairs and upholstered pieces in the living room.
Custom window treatments and modern accents ó both existing and new
additions ≠≠ó and a fair amount of sparkle and shimmer in the
chandeliers and textured wallpapers, capture the Hackbarthsí style.
"We replaced what they had with a more sophisticated look,"
like itís very comfortable and practical," Natalia Hackbarth
says. "Every room is very usable. When we have big gatherings
everyone is in all the rooms, not just one. Thatís what we wanted,
everything to flow together."
couple Paul and Natalia Hackbarth embrace a work hard, play hard
philosophy. Paul started his Sound by Design, a disc jockey and
lighting services firm, when he was 13 years old, and has grown
the business to be one of the most recognized in town. He also
owns a number of properties near the UW-Milwaukee campus and the
couple opened Camp Bar in Shorewood in 2012. Here are some of
their thoughts on downtime:
Vacation, European Tour or Asian Excursion: "Beach
vacation. Because we are always on the go, go, go, we like to go
somewhere quick and relax," Natalia says.
Beer or Wine: Paul: beer; Natalia: red wine
"Hanging out with the dogs, watching a movie, cooking,
relaxing at home," Natalia says. "Paul doesnít relax
as much as I do. His day at home would be doing yard work or
answering emails or something around the house."
Life in 3
Words: Passionate, loyal, fun.