curve of the spectacular staircase sets the tone for rounded
shapes in the foyer. Tucked into the nook is a curvy cane-backed
chair discovered at Legacies and reupholstered in a striking blue
ikat fabric. A cigar table displays bud vases filled with turkey
feathers from the property. Circular patterns show up on the
skirted console table and modern lamp. Subtle grey and taupe
horizontal painted stripes add contemporary flair and play foil to
an arrangement of vintage plates, Rococo mirror, petite Wedgwood
vases and Chinoiserie chairs.
When seeing this
1952 River Hills Colonial for the first time, designer Anne Wangman knew
it was special. "The moldings, doors and trim were intact, so it
was important that the design of the interiors complement the millwork,
not compete with it."
Wangman, owner of
Forbes Design, a residential decorating firm, also wanted to retain the
natural light. "We have such long, dark winters in Wisconsin. I
felt the rooms should look like every day is a sunny day even with 6
feet of snow outside," she says.
seemingly call for traditional furnishings. However, Wangman didnít
want the interiors to be predictable, dated or too serious. Instead she
chose transitional styling, a combination of traditional and modern
elements, mixed in Chinoiserie, Chinese-influenced Georgian furniture
and accessories, and added touches of nature. Tapping resources from
Palm Beach and Chicago, as well as local shops, Wangman created an
interior that respects the homeís traditional roots but isnít heavy
or somber. By combining vintage pieces and antiques with new and
reproduction furniture and accessories and incorporating a classic blue
and white color scheme with contemporary neutrals of grey and taupe, the
result is a fresh, cohesive look for this lovely country home.
grey velvet sofas with silver nailheads flank the fireplace. Dana Gibson
pillows playfully interpret the blue and white ginger jar collection
throughout the house. Browns of a turkey feather display on the coffee
table are picked up in earthy blue and brown John Robshaw pillows. A
pair of 100-year-old heirloom chairs is revitalized with geometric
upholstery, their sloping lines coordinating with the sloping arms of
the new sofas. Completing the seating area is a slipcovered
bamboo-legged bench. A sassy blue and gold cabinet sits beneath a
vertical arrangement of artwork and sunburst mirror, creating a second
focal point in the room.