Abbey light fixtures illuminate the space. "What was really
neat about this project is that I had printed those out on the day
we first met, and she (the homeowner) had also seen them in a
magazine — so we had both picked out the same ones," says
"roommates" include a husband and three boys, having a place
to call your own is a welcomed luxury. Such was the case for a Mequon
mother, homeowner and longtime client of interior designer Lisa Anne
Minetti of Peabody’s Interiors, Brown Deer. "She refers to her
kitchen as her own apartment," says Minetti.
designer worked with the homeowner to renovate the space into one that
was clean and efficient but still "fun and user-friendly."
Cambria stone countertops, an easy to care for work surface, were
installed throughout the kitchen, and the adjacent mudroom’s vintage
wallpaper adds a touch of girlishness and flair, complementing but not
distracting from the kitchen’s clean, crisp design. Sue Chapman of 1
on 1 Designs LLC, Milwaukee, served as the project’s general
features further characterize the space. The cabinets are stained with
three different finishes, and the ivory backsplash melds modern design
with a unique twist. "We wanted that clean look of subway tile for
the backsplash, but we wanted something fresh and fun so we used an Ann
Sacks geometric pattern," says Minetti. "The detail is
unexpected and a little edgy."
local businesses was top priority. The island chairs were found at
Peabody’s Interiors in Brown Deer, and the light fixtures were
custom made by Brass Light Gallery, Milwaukee.
the kitchen of a Franklin home, Kris Bilty and her business partner,
Jody Ryg, were challenged with improving the overall layout of the
existing space. "The kitchen was disjointed compared to the quality
of the rest of the home," says Bilty, who with Ryg co-owns
Renaissance Design & Renovation, Elm Grove.
The duo created a
plan to push out the house, squaring off a once-angled corner and
relocating the kitchen sink to the island. The new footprint provided
space to install a professional-grade Wolf range and custom-made
overhead hood — an elegant feature that, from start to finish, took 11
artisans to create. Plus, each tile in the backsplash was individually
laid by Matt Heinrichs of Heinrichs Custom Tile & Stone Inc.,
A two-tone color
palette adds a sense of richness. The perimeter’s countertops are
Caeserstone quartz, and the Wood-Mode custom cabinetry is stained in a
hand-glazed, vintage finish. Comparatively, the island counter is
manufactured from serenity granite, and the dark-stained cabinetry is
embellished with decorative moldings.
iron light fixtures from BBC Lighting, Milwaukee, feature a small
crystal drop at the bottom, tying into the crystal motif
established on the upper kitchen cabinet knobs.
owners of a Mequon farmhouse initially thought to renovate the existing
home, the project turned into a complete demolition and new
construction. The homeowners wanted to preserve the original home’s
farmhouse feel, says interior designer Lisa Draves of Mequon-based
Henderson Group, Inc. "The homeowners wanted to maintain the style
of having a farmhouse, but they wanted it to be a modern
farmhouse," she explains. "We used updated features like white
cabinets and stainless steel appliances, bringing in other elements with
an old, rustic feel." These "rustic" elements include a
beamed, knotty pine wood ceiling, an apron farm sink and crystal cabinet
knobs reminiscent of 1940s farmhouse style.
creating a tasteful balance between old and new was important. "We
kept some farmhouse elements from the olden days but used more
modern-looking materials to help make the kitchen function a little bit
better," notes Draves. The granite and quartz stone countertops are
from Lakeside Stoneworks LLC, Brown Deer, and the wide-planked, pine
wood floors evoke a lived-in yet upscale feel. m