Hills home fosters family-friendly feel
Photos by Doug Edmunds
great room functions as the main area for entertaining. Carver
drew inspiration from the existing foremost area rug, playing off
its indigo blue color scheme. "We wanted something that would
stand the test of time in a traditional sense, but be more of an
updated traditional look," she says.
Linda Carver of Thiensville-based McNabb & Risley collaborated with
the owners of this River Hills estate to create an environment radiating
with comfort and warmth. "They live in each one of these rooms with
their children, family and friends," she says of the homeowners’
was given to the shape of certain items, further enhancing the softness
of each room. The great room’s indigo blue sofa and boldly patterned
chairs, for instance, have a curved backing. "It draws you into the
room, giving it a more intimate, softer profile," says Carver.
architectural details, like the music room’s built-in bookcases, were
used to tap into the family’s well-traveled past, which includes time
spent living abroad. "They wanted an area they could showcase some
of the pieces they had purchased during their travels," explains
Carver. "The bookcases worked out beautifully for that."
Carver notes that
many of the home’s pieces are custom- and American-made, often
featuring custom upholstery chosen by the homeowners. "Rather than
doing the expected, they were able to think outside the traditional box
and put in unique pieces that fit their taste and lifestyle," she
says of their vision and design aesthetic.
a very sizable room, so we split it into two areas," says
Carver of the home’s great room. The secondary nook is used as a
quiet place to read a book or enjoy the backyard view. A
"chair and a half," a larger version of a traditional
armchair, flanks each end of the window.
hand-worn velvet chair adds an antique look to the office.
"It looks like a piece that is well-loved," says Carver.
Red leather corner chairs are purposefully set low, not
distracting from the window’s serene view.
pieces of art in a smaller scale room really set the tone,"
says Carver of the music room’s oil painting. The area rug and
ottoman colors were picked up from accessories filling the
the kitchen’s outdoor view was key when selecting furniture for
the room. Backless bar stools and an unassuming custom-made cherry
wood table allow for high visibility. Both the kitchen and wine
cellar were remodeled when the owners purchased the home, a
project completed by SJ Pope Design and Renovations.
says the yard is "very important to the overall restfulness
of the home." Wild turkeys and deer wander the property,
which includes a small lake and island. "The back of the home
overlooks all of this, so when you come into the driveway, that’s
the first view you see. It’s stunning," she says.