The living room’s cool palette and oversized,
adaptable furniture whisper stylish tranquility.
Find the right home in a great location: check.
Secure a builder to convert the space into your version of
perfection: check. In DIY fashion, furnish and decorate the home for
the long haul: reset!
That’s the quick story of how a Sheboygan couple, who navigated through
the first two steps alone, opted to bring in professional help to
restyle their 2,800-square-foot ranch bought in 2014.
There was much to like about the process, says homeowner Meghan Hanson.
She and her husband, Ben, instantly fell in love with their bluff-side
home, which overlooks Lake Michigan. “The location and the style of the
home were great,” Meghan says, “but we wanted to make the interior to
our taste, including an open concept and a screened-in porch for the
Comfortable, weather-durable furniture, a
television and heat lamps make this screened-in outdoor room useful
throughout the year.
The pair hired Chris Rautmann of Rautmann Custom
Homes in Sheboygan to reconfigure the space. Rautmann says he
specializes in new-home construction, but accepted the challenge
that was taking a “1970s-80s-era, old-school ranch” to its studs. He
opened up the compartmentalized interior, installed new insulation,
restructured the roof line, and expanded the garage.
“Lakefront properties are in short supply, so it’s great when you find
the right house in that location,” Rautmann adds.
Hiring an interior design professional became an apparent need shortly
after the couple attempted to decorate on their own. “Interior
decorating is not our forte, and we spent a lot of money,” Meghan says.
“We knew we needed a professional.”
Enter interior designer Lisa Mohindroo, the owner of Milwaukee-based
Mohindroo Interiors who helped the couple create an interior that is a
respite for their busy, professional lifestyle.
The master bedroom is a blend of the interior
design’s neutral palette, with focal-point touches of the tufted leather
headboard and industrial-chic nightstands.
Establishing a refined color palette was important;
it now includes blues and grays, accompanied by golds, greens and
creams. The outcome is a relaxed, modern ambiance to cool and soothe
workday rigors and provide energy for extended relaxation. “Everyone
has color preferences, so I investigate that,” says Mohindroo. “They
both like rustic, so it was a balance of finding ways to blend a
masculine (touch) with some sparkle into the design.”
Each room exemplifies the effort. The office, a converted bedroom,
combines rustic elements, such as horizontal mirrors framed in reclaimed
wood and an alder credenza, with the softer look of a
chenille-tweed-covered chair and ottoman. Mohindroo says the room allows
two people to work on their laptops in the same space.
The great room sports an oversized leather sectional and a
horsehair-covered ottoman. Topping the ottoman is a straddling wood and
glass tray, so the piece functions as a conveniently movable table too.
Reflecting a lakeside, wooded lot outside, the
chamcha wood console table in the living room is one of interior
designer Lisa Mohindroo’s signature touches.
The true heart of the home, the kitchen, was
completely reimagined and renovated. Its all-white cabinetry pairs well
with the bluish-green palette found throughout the rest of the
open-concept living area.
A tufted leather headboard and a shag area rug deemed
too small for its original use in the living room transform the
master bedroom into one reminiscent of a previous era — but with
contemporary updates. The result is a modernized throwback of
The new screened-in porch was fitted with built-in ceiling heat lamps to
make it a four-seasons room. Mohindroo selected a hearty set of outdoor
furniture and adorned its cushions with chartreuse pillows. Their
hexagonal print is mimicked in the gray outdoor rug, which sports a
Mohindroo also points to alluring signature pieces. The console table
positioned along the back of the great room’s sectional is built of
chamcha wood and stands in stark contrast to the cool tones that bathe
the room. The master bedroom nightstands, each with four draws and
industrial-style metal, sit below amber-glowing, pendant lanterns.
Console table and
master bedroom nightstands aside, there is a third project signature,
Mohindroo says: that of collaborating with accommodating clients who
trust her work. “Each project presents a certain amount of challenge,”
she continues. “Working with clients like Meghan and Ben, who know what
they want but trust the process, helps make everything stress free.”
How to Re-Create the Look
master bedroom’s industrial-chic nightstands are available at
above the nightstands, the smoky-colored glass pendants are from
stylishly natural console table carved from chamcha wood can be found at
of alder wood with a custom-stained finish, the office credenza was
designed by Milwaukee-based Mohindroo Interiors,
green pillows that adorn the screened-in porch’s furniture are available
through Workroom Associates, LLC, in Mequon. (262) 242-4400