dining displays a cool, funky side in this Milwaukee condo,
proving that lively, yet practical, furnishings can help reset a
From her condo’s
vantage point, where the Historic Third and Fifth wards meet, Nancy
Lindenberg can view the city’s active urban landscape, stretched out
from the confluence of the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers.
floor-to-ceiling windows or from a generous balcony, she can look east
toward the Hoan Bridge and lakefront-dotted structures or south to
walkable shops, restaurants and numerous other attractions.
neighborhood teems with activity and the promise of growth — a perfect
reflection of her own recharged life.
foyer sets the makeover tone for the 2,400-square-foot residence.
Nancy Lindenberg relied on a tried and true method — her own
creativity paired with the professional design help of Mara
Wierschke from Warren Barnett Interiors in Brookfield.
single mother of five grown children has created a residence built
around a renewed interest in the city of her childhood, with a nod to
hosting friends and family. It is decidedly different from the quieter,
sprawling suburban properties she made home for much of her adult life.
the move after witnessing the city’s residential renaissance and
visiting various developments with friends. "I never realized there
were so many great properties," she says. "This is the first
time I’ve lived by myself. I love to travel, and I’m close to the
airport. I don’t have to worry about a yard. There are so many
restaurants, and of course, there are the summer festivals."
living room features both comfort and views, with large
upholstered pieces arranged for conversation, television or
enjoying the cityscape. The two-way fireplace is shared with the
dining room. Furniture and design sets throughout the home are
from Warren Barnett Interiors.
design sense blends eclectic contemporary with a dash of country,
resulting in a bohemian-like mix of fun and sophistication. "I knew
what I wanted to do," Lindenberg explains, opting to keep the
good-bones kitchen while elsewhere tearing out carpeting, adding a
variety of customized cabinetry from Delafield-based Colby Construction,
and moving from a neutral color palette that worked well in previous
homes to splashes of color that reflect her personal taste.
Two bedrooms, for
example, are dedicated to a son and daughter who live there when they’re
home from school. Her daughter’s room includes a bunk bed with storage
over a seating area and a desk with surrounding shelves. Her son sleeps
on a queen-sized Murphy bed so the room can double as a place for
Lindenberg to do crafts, a favorite pastime.
to family needs, this bedroom wisely uses available space to
accommodate sleeping, studying and relaxing.
bedrooms, the level of room-by-room makeover depended on how much
Lindenberg liked what already existed. The foyer’s neutral backdrop
has pops of color, various furnishings and starburst-patterned
wallpaper, which Lindenberg says "adds a little sparkle."
cabinets and island suited her, so she had the woodwork repainted,
pairing it with patterned swivel chairs to accommodate a casual dining
experience. The dining room was revitalized with vibrantly colored
pieces, including a peacock-feather-patterned silk rug, fuchsia chairs
and a cobalt blue table on an acrylic base.
bathroom awash in blue and white takes on a distinct, beach-spa
The living room is
a mixture of patterns and colors throughout. Lindenberg opted
for a large,
curved sofa and wide bench paired with an equally dominant sculpture.
Swivel chairs near the tall windows enhance views to all parts of the
room and to the exterior cityscape.
take on their own personality — one sporting a bright blue and white
beach feel, the other a more formal look with an orange-red,
Grecian-inspired cabinet and a wall covering with a peacock feather
It all balances
Lindenberg’s active life. She loves to walk her dog, a golden doodle,
throughout the neighborhood and beyond. "I find myself outside so
much more than when I lived in the suburbs," she says. "It’s
the best of both worlds. I love it." M
queen-sized Murphy bed offers a smart-space technique so the
homeowner, an avid crafter, can resume her hobby when she chooses.
new coat of paint for the cabinetry and the addition of
fashionably casual dining chairs refresh a good-bones kitchen.