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Thoughtful touches
Three local kitchens extend beyond practical needs

Photos by Doug Edmunds

July 2015

Robert 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 Minetti.

Maternal Oasis

When your "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.

The interior 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 contractor.

Additional 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."


Supporting 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.

From Disjointed to Detailed

When renovating 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., Menomonee Falls.

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.


Wrought 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.

Farmhouse Features

Although the 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.

Nonetheless, 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.



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