take full advantage of the views, very few interior walls have
been added to the home. Owner Peggy Ann often uses this largest
area of the condo for fundraising and other events.
Step off the
elevator on the 30th floor of the Kilbourn Tower and you might think you’ve
entered an art gallery. In a way you’d be right. But this is no
ordinary art gallery. This is the home of Peggy Ann, and what you see
around you is the product of a lifetime of collecting.
master bedroom, situated on the northeast corner of the home
overlooking the yacht club and the Milwaukee Art Museum below, is
given a splash of color with a lime green chair made of seat
Of course at this
height and this location there are stunning views of the lake and city
below, but the real story of this home is the art and the owner. Not to
say that Peggy Ann has neglected the views. The interior has been
designed with a minimal amount of walls so that there are views from
every room. "On a clear day you can see as far as Holy Hill. As a
creative person, the openness is important to me. I need the space to
allow my mind to wander," she says.
the media room the owner shows her playful side with a
puzzle-piece coffee table and a collection of vases placed on
their side to resemble jacks.
Everything in the
home has been designed to accommodate the art, including the charcoal
gray color of the walls and ceiling. "I purposely wanted it dark so
that the art would pop. Also, dark ceilings disappear, you hardly notice
them and with all these windows it would have been too glaring with
white walls and ceiling."
Peggy Ann calls
the 6,200-square-foot space "organized chaos." In reality, it
is a collection of 15 houses worth of art and furnishings. "I had a
log home in Colorado, a ranch home in Arizona, a contemporary barn on a
lake and a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Delafield. There are organic and
contemporary pieces and antiques. My biggest challenge — and nightmare
— was finding a way to combine them all."
dressing room is centered by a glass chandelier originally hanging
in the Ritz hotel Paris. The antiqued mirrors are the work of
glass artist Cora Monis, who signed her work with a
herself etched into one of the doors.
After nearly three
years of work, she has done something more than simply combine the
objects. She has achieved a free-flow between each. Not one looks out of
place and taken as a whole, they form a home.
Making such a
large space feel warm and cozy is no easy feat. Peggy Ann has done so by
putting her touch on every inch of the condo. The collection is
personal. Each and every piece, and there are hundreds, means something
to Peggy Ann. "Every piece has a story. Either they are things I
have collected over the years or they were created by artist
give the space its indoor-outdoor feel and completely open the
terrace to the breakfast room, a hurricane door has been added.
Inside, the room is centered by a table made for the owner out of
wood from an old barn and situated to take in the views of both
the city and the lake.
condo, Peggy Ann has added touches of humor and whimsy like the Catbird
Seat, a sculpture of a cat sitting on a chair that just happens to be
enjoying one of the home’s best views of the city from the media room.
In the "Bird Bath" bathroom there are birds walking across the
ceiling; the living room table features a work called "The Money
Trap," a rat trap clamped on a ceramic replica of Mickey Mouse’s
hand with a dollar bill.
Other pieces are
more serious. Some of her collection is now worth a lot of money. The
framed John Lennon cartoons hanging in her office that she bought in the
1980s for $400 apiece were appraised years ago for $7,000 each.
"Money is not the real value of the collection. Some of these
pieces are only worth $10. Others are actually from the junkyard. There
is not a lot of method to it. I just buy what I like and put it here if
I think it fits best. It is a scrapbook of my life."