lake home This
year's showhouse brings the outdoors in
SARAH C. LANGE
Photos by Matt Haas
the formal dining room, "I wanted to incorporate the history
of the area," says Judy Fleming of Manhattan Textiles in
Wauwatosa, who worked with Shelly Dineen. The linen buffet runners
show scenes of Oconomowoc Lake printed from historic photographs.
Traveling further in time for a natural element, the custom-made
velvet host and hostess chairs are covered in a pattern taken from
a forest design from the mid-15th century.
"We wanted to
create a perfect relaxing getaway space for easy lakeside living,"
say Jessica Forston and John Edbauer of Fringe Interior Design &
Home Furnishings, designers participating in Wisconsin Breast Cancer
Showhouse Inc.’s annual Showhouse for a Cure. In fact, it seems most
of the designers shared that goal for this year’s home on Oconomowoc
Taking a cue from
the stunning lake view and the light streaming through the house’s
many windows, designers brought the outdoors in with an elevated
nautical theme and nature-inspired details. Evoking the lake at its
calmest, soothing blues and grays cover bedroom walls. And peacock
fabric fans its feathers in the bold kitchen, part of the addition,
while draperies inspired by "shimmering aspens"
glisten in the living
room at night.
embroidered sham dictated the color scheme," says Betsy
Peckenpaugh of uncommon walls, who collaborated with Margaret Weis
of calico in Brookfield on the master bedroom. The walls were
painted charcoal, making the light woodwork pop, and the serene
space benefits from the luxurious play of textures. "The rug
was chosen to contrast the slick, dark wood of the floors,"
"We wanted to
keep the feel of the original home," says Dan Druml, who with his
wife, Mary, and Milwaukee’s Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling
recently expanded the neoclassic Lake Country house built in 1899 to its
current 8,100 square feet.
Along with the
kitchen, the dining and family rooms are new, and the latter’s
coffered ceiling imitates the one in the living room, original to the
home. They also expanded the screen porch and outdoor entertaining areas
and converted the lower level to a recreation destination complete with
game room, fitness room and movie theater.
Upstairs, a guest
apartment with sleeping porch offers what may be the house’s best lake
view, and the home’s five bedrooms all contain private
baths, adding to its
retreat feel and overall vibe of easygoing elegance.
For a glimpse at
this light-filled lake house, you can buy advance tickets for $20
3 at a number of area locations as well as at breastcancershowhouse.org.
The showhouse opens the following day, and you can tour the home through
June 19. Proceeds benefit research in early-stage breast cancer and
prostate cancer at the Medical College of Wisconsin. m
top of the staircase to the second floor, a bonus room promises a
reprieve. Its ceiling mimics that of the master bedroom, and its
windows are adorned with motorized shades to allow just the right
light into the relaxed atmosphere. "We selected a mixture of
both wood and metal finishes to complement the home’s existing
combination of painted and stained woodwork and gorgeous metal
light fixtures," say Jessica Forston and John Edbauer of
Fringe Interior Design & Home Furnishings in Whitefish Bay.
the architecture already timelessly elegant," says France
Lavin Design’s France Lavin, gazing upward at the formal living
room’s original coffered ceiling, "I wanted to provide a
touch of a nautical theme." To that effect, she chose a rug
reminiscent of a cable-knit sweater, settees and chairs with
strong wooden detailing, and mirrors like portholes lining the
living room wall.