built-in shelving in the office uses white exterior and walnut
stained interior to provide contrast to the striking custom-made
desk, which works perfectly with the white office chair.
construction ever began, the owners of a new home in Mequon made two
things very clear. The style should be modern farmhouse, and they wanted
it to incorporate some of their favorite furnishings. Achieving that
look started with the design of the exterior. "We broke the house
up into several distinct parts so it looks like a true farmhouse, which
normally have additions built over time to help the home adapt to
changing needs and lifestyles. We then modernized it by adding clean
lines and simple geometric shapes," says Todd A. Rabidoux, director
of architecture at Lakeside Development Company.
multifunctional entertaining space for the whole family, the
Edison bulb fixtures and the red powder-coated metal stools at the
bar were chosen to satisfy the homeowners’ desire to add some
industrial elements to the space. The owners’ grandkids can
gather all the way around the bar, which doubles as a game table.
Inside, the open
concept offers a comfortable balance of space for entertaining with an
integrated kitchen, great room and dining area, while a separate office
and master suite lend needed privacy for work and retreat. The
difficulty of giving proper definition to individual spaces within an
open floor plan is solved through a use of color, materials and light
fixtures to bring attention and definition to each of the spaces.
homeowners chose light cabinetry in the kitchen to maintain the
modern feel throughout the home while not overpowering the space
between the kitchen and living room. The large, purple chairs
anchoring each end of the dining table draw the eye to the expanse
of windows overlooking the backyard. The concrete table top ties
in nicely with the concrete pendant lights above the island.
interior designer Karen Kempf of Karen Kempf Interiors, part of the
challenge included incorporating some of the homeowners’ traditional
and Asian-style furniture and accessories into the new plan. "We
found ways to freshen up the look of those pieces and have them blend
into the new surroundings. For example, in the living room, the owner
wanted to use a traditional-style rug she already owned. The color
palette of the room and the furnishings were all chosen to complement
and contrast the rug. Also, in the master bathroom and powder room, the
vanities are made from converted Asian altar tables. They add an
unexpected and fun element to the spaces."
room’s color palette of reds, oranges and purple tones is drawn
from the traditional rug the owners brought from their previous
Kempf says the
homeowners took design risks and were brave with their selections.
"I always say, no guts, no glory, when it comes to design. That
made the difference here. This could have been a very ordinary home but
their gutsiness took it to another level and gives the home a look that
is uniquely their own."
for a kid’s bathroom, the trough sink is functional, low
maintenance and has a paintable bottom that coordinates the color
with the space. The Royal Porthole Medicine Cabinet gives the room
a nautical appeal while providing needed storage space due to the
lack of countertops.
the powder room, an Asian altar table is repurposed into the sink
vanity while the walls are covered in stunning stacked slate floor
to ceiling. The window inset lends a farmhouse feel to the space.