pieces sourced from local and regional
were combined with items from the likes of West Elm, Restoration
Hardware and Room &
Board. Here, a vintage lamp from Riverview Antique Market in
Milwaukee is paired with two Restoration Hardware sconces,
illuminating the entryway.
For some projects,
three minds are better than one.
When Anne Wangman
of Forbes Design was approached by a Chicago area couple to transform
their second home, a nearly 8,000-square-foot retreat on Oconomowoc
Lake, into an oasis fit for the pair and their four children, she called
in Andre Walker and David Simmons of Walker Simmons Design to assist.
us in at the beginning of the project, and we all kind of took different
roles," explains Walker. "Anne took the head and we went with
her vision, and David and I were supportive of most of the things
sofas and chairs from Restoration Hardware provide a place to
relax, read a book or enjoy views of the lake. A custom-made
console table covered in a Thibaut ikat fabric adds a touch of
pattern to an otherwise neutral scheme.
"The three of
us tag-teamed," Wangman adds. "Nobody had an ego. It was a
The first thing
they determined needed to be done, she says, was to maximize views of
the lake. Knotty pine covered the majority’s of the home’s interior
sills — a visually distracting design feature. "We neutralized
everything by painting it (white)," Wangman explains. "It
opened up the views, and lightened and brightened them."
Dash & Albert rug from The Home Market, Milwaukee, complements
the home’s relaxed, lived-in motif, and the dining room chairs,
custom-made and covered in a highly durable Pindler & Pindler
fabric, are kid-friendly yet chic. "We really tried to
utilize as many local resources as possible," says interior
designer Anne Wangman.
space was usable became a secondary goal. The dining room, for example,
was renovated, updated and given new meaning. "We gave that room a
purpose — there was (originally) no function to it," Wangman
says. "With a large family that likes to entertain, we thought it
would be a perfect dining room space. We transformed it into something
that was usable." Avocado-green-colored walls were painted a soft,
white hue; brown shag carpet was ripped out and replaced with polished
wood floors; and a Restoration Hardware dining room table, which seats
up to 14, was brought in to accommodate the family of six, plus eight
stylized dining room vignette plays with proportion, combining
reclaimed pieces and various textures.
antique booth owners, both Wangman and Simmons gravitate toward a mix
of old and new, so a carefully curated selection of locally and
regionally sourced vintage items, from accessories to furniture, is
found throughout the home. "We wanted to mix in vintage pieces
with reproduction and newer (pieces) so it’s comfortable for a
modern family but also lends itself to being a true Wisconsin lake
her statement, adding that he often encourages his clients to
incorporate their own collections into the project. "We can give
you a beautiful space, but unless we can personalize it (with
something that is yours), it just looks like a space we styled for
you," he says. In the case of this
of the four kids’ bedrooms evokes a certain sense of North
Woods style. Custom-made buffalo check bed skirts are paired
with the homeowners’ own linens, and a vintage chair was
recovered in the same buffalo check fabric to
all together," Wangman says.
home, that meant adding a subtle (and tasteful) canine theme — the
homeowners have two dogs — to the home’s decor. m