home blends high design and function
Photos by Doug Edmunds
tearing down the existing home on their Elm Grove lot, homeowners Madan
and Gwen Kandula wanted their new house to blend into the established
feel of the surrounding neighborhood. The couple hired John Van Rooy of
John Van Rooy Architecture, Milwaukee, to take on the challenge.
"They didn’t want the house to feel brand new or old — but
timeless," says Van Rooy. Playing off of the Kandulas’ vision,
Van Rooy designed a whimsical, story book-like facade for the new home,
adding small cosmetic details to make it appear aged.
Rooy and the team
at Moore Designs Inc., West Bend, worked together to rearrange how the
new home was positioned on the site, a process that also involved
enlarging the outdoor living space. "The Kandulas wanted to expand
the backyard and create a large, private area to enjoy outdoor time
together as a family," says Van Rooy. Landscape architect Scott
Byron of Scott Byron & Co., Lake Bluff, Ill., was tasked with
transforming the yard into one conducive to an outdoor-loving family of
five. "We concentrated on family entertainment and family
togetherness," adds Byron.
kid-friendly interior space was also high on the Kandulas’ priority
list. "Our goal was to have a really beautiful place to live, but I
didn’t want anything too precious to use," laughs Gwen, adding
that her three kids have recently taken to roller blading through the
kitchen. "No space was meant to be designed in a way where they
(the family) couldn’t use it on a regular basis," says Jessica
Jubelirer of Jessica Jubelirer Design, Whitefish Bay, who worked as the
project’s interior designer.
The result is a
collection of uniquely distinct spaces — each marrying high design and
function without being uninviting or pretentious. The gathering room’s
richly upholstered chairs, for example, are actually swivel-based lounge
chairs, allowing users to turn between the coffee table and TV with
ease, and the terra-cotta flooring throughout the main entryway conveys
a sense of age and permanence. "We really love that everything
looks so lived-in and comfortable," adds Gwen. "It just felt
like home from the moment we moved in."
Van Rooy and Jessica Jubelirer of Jessica Jubelirer Design,
Whitefish Bay, worked together to meld the interior design of the
home with its exterior architecture. A defined skylight is broken
down into nine sections, purposefully syncing with the light
fixture’s design and structure.
formal living room, which also functions as the family’s music
room, reflects the Kandulas’ appreciation for unique,
handcrafted pieces. Jubelirer designed and fabricated the
fireplace to have a clean take on a traditional French
mantelpiece, and the custom-made coffee table is inset with
hand-blocked Italian leather.
gathering room’s wire-brushed and whitewashed ceiling enhances
the intimacy of the space, and the window treatments, though
refined and elegant, are made from more casual fabrics. "Warm
finishes and warmth come at you from every direction," adds
pewter tone of the master bathroom’s wallpaper sets a warm, rich
backdrop, and the Nero Marquina marble floor provides a new depth
of luxury. A brightly colored ottoman injects a splash of color
into the otherwise neutral-toned room.
oldest daughter’s bedroom is dressed in turquoise and hot pink
tones — two colors she can "grow into as a teenager,"
says Jubelirer. A freestanding sofa functions as a place to perch,
read a book or daydream, and the scalloped shape used throughout
the drapery treatments complement the headboard’s design.
accents — like cheetah print carpeting and a floral balloon
ceiling fixture — capture the personality of the Kandulas’
youngest daughter, whom Jubelirer describes as "the perfect
blend of firecracker and sweet little girl."
Kandula affectionately refers to her family’s backyard as a
"private oasis." Landscape architect Scott Byron
separated the backyard into outdoor "rooms," using pear
trees and boxwood to create three distinct areas.