homeowners wanted it to be an open concept for good
entertaining," says Betts. A small room beyond the kitchen
provides an intimate gathering space for family and friends.
If you are
interested in building a contemporary style home but are concerned about
blending into a traditional neighborhood, Stephen Betts, an interior
designer with SGB Designs Ltd. and Penny Mustard Furniture in Menomonee
Falls, says you need not worry.
"It’s a big
design dilemma," says Betts. "Clients ask, ‘How do I build a
home that is soft contemporary and fits into a salt box neighborhood?’"
To accomplish a "soft contemporary" style, he recommends
combining traditional building elements and Frank Lloyd Wright-style
ceiling architecture — both of which were applied when working with a
local couple on their new Menomonee Falls home. Zach Building Company,
Oconomowoc, assisted Betts in this endeavor, serving as the project’s
exterior architect, general contractor and builder.
People often shy
away from contemporary styles, says Betts, because they feel the designs
are too cold and not suitable for family life. "The majority of
people want it (to feel) warmer because we live a number of months in
darkness, cloud and snow," he adds.
Betts worked with
the homeowners to ensure their new home’s interior felt
"contemporary yet livable," a task achieved through pops of
warm color and natural textiles while using locally sourced materials.
playful, unexpected design features was equally important. The master
bedroom’s shower grout, for example, is embellished with silver
glitter, adding a touch of glitz and glamour, and the staircase’s
lower base is lined with hand-stacked grey marble, complementing the
fireplace’s ivory-toned aesthetic.
Thomasville rosewood buffet serves as the focal point of the
dining room, which Betts says "transitions toward
traditional." The buffet’s ebony granite top completes the
quartz kitchen countertop was scaled larger to fit the size of the
space, and the upper kitchen cabinets are made from a striated
gray oak, requiring very little stain.
says the lanai situated adjacent to the master bedroom functions
as "an extension of the master bedroom," offering a
quiet place to read a book or enjoy a cup of coffee. Like the rest
of the home, the bedroom walls are painted in summit gray by
master bathroom, which Betts describes as "spa contemporary
glam," boasts clean lines and lucite adornments. Its most
intricate and unusual detail, however, is the shower grout, which
is speckled with silver glitter.
pedestal bamboo sink and brushed French gold faucet anchor the
powder room. "Interestingly enough, this is the only cabinet
in the house that’s an espresso color," adds Betts.
"Everything else is a gray color."