an artist father, Ariel Steinke grew up surrounded by creativity. She
began sewing in eighth grade ó blankets, pillows, etc. ó and after
a visit senior year in high school to Waukesha County Technical
College, she was headed toward a career in interior design.
The recent grad
from WCTCís interior design program will begin an internship this
fall at Building Service Incorporated where she hopes to expand her
knowledge of the commercial side of interior design and complement her
previous internship in residential design at Susan Louise Design in
She shares her
insight for her recently completed senior project, inspired by the
Second Empire design style of the mid-19th century.
M: Was there an
inspiration piece for the room?
inspiration was the fabrics and wallpapers. Iím a very tactile
person and love to see color and pattern come together. I implemented
modern furniture that was simple but would highlight the fabrics and
not take away from the wallpapered accent walls. Most importantly, I
wanted inclusive Second Empire pieces to stand out, such as the
klismos chair. It is such a classic image of this era and I love
M: What is your
favorite element of the design?
AS: My favorite
element of this space was the palette. Itís soothing, yet has the
color flavors of spring. Itís about the sensation and balance they
give you that envelop the space.
M: How do you
describe your design style?
AS: My design
style is eclectic. I feel it adds interest to a room. Itís
interesting to throw a modern floor lamp into a room with ornate
designer Timothy Westbrook is parlaying his love of unicorns,
exposed in his stint on "Project Runway," into an
exhibit at the Charles Allis Art Museum. In "Unis: The
Origin of the Unicorn," Timothy Westbrook Studio creates a
fictional narrative of an expedition funded by Charles Allis to
discover the origin of the unicorn. Using natural history,
costume, sculpture, personal ephemera and an expedition team,
Westbrook and nationally recognized artists create original work
for a mythical journey through the museum. The exhibit runs Aug.
1 through Sept. 28. The museum is located at 1801 N. Prospect