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Interior Designer Spotlight
Emily Winters, Allied ASID
Six questions with the interior designer at Peabodyís Interiors

By JEN KENT
PHOTO BY DAVID SZYMANSKI

Dec. 2017

Describe your aesthetic in one sentence.

I really think Iím pretty classic in my aesthetic ó traditional at the core with a good mix of elements, nothing too serious, and lots of personality.


 

Tell us about one of your favorite projects ó and why you enjoyed it.

Itís hard to pick just one! Iíve been blessed with a lot of amazing projects. Iíd have to say, though, about two years ago I did a project on Crystal Lake and fell in love with it. Iím very serious about designing homes that completely reflect my clients and their lives and personalities. I take what I know about good design and marry it with their personalities, and we end up with a space that tells their story and speaks to them. In this particular project, however, the homeownerís tastes so resembled mine that I can honestly say it was the first time in 15 years that Iíve designed a home and walked away feeling like, ďOh my gosh, thatís me. That could be my home, and I could live there.Ē


 

Aside from furniture and dťcor, who or what influences or inspires you?

I find inspiration in a lot of things. Sometimes itís sitting on the deck at our lake house, enjoying quiet; sometimes itís traveling and taking in architecture and new sights; and sometimes itís my kids and family and the way they allow me to see the world in new ways.

 

Finish this sentence: Every room needs _____ .

Personality. There should be something in each room that tells your story and reflects who lives within those walls.

 

What is something that would surprise people to learn about you?

I feel like Iím pretty much an open book. I wear my heart on my sleeve and pretty much share it all, so Iím not sure what would be new information. Maybe people would be surprised to know that I love to cook. Itís sort of how I unwind at the end of the day. My husband and I are both in this business, him as a general contractor, and so we often open a bottle of wine, cook dinner and debrief about our days. Itís great.

 

What are your favorite Milwaukee-area spots?

I love little gems like Centro Cafe in Riverwest, The Noble and Screaming Tuna. For shopping, Iím all about boutiques and local artists like Stephanie Horne Boutique and Birdís Tail Designs. And some of my favorite places include Big Bay Park, the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and, of course, the Milwaukee Art Museum.













 

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