The home’s layout is the perfect recipe for
lakeside living: a middle floor with main living areas, a top floor and
private master suite, and a bottom floor to grow into.
A recent addition to the Pewaukee Lake shoreline is a
sleekly crafted home that blends Scandinavian-modern and
Euro-contemporary sensibilities. The result is a nautically inspired
residence that emphasizes natural and enhanced light, specialized
furnishings, neutral hues, and an invitation for family and friends
to gather in an inviting, open-concept space.
This abode perfectly reflects its owners’ personalities and storied
backgrounds. Homeowner Peter Harken was born in Indonesia to Dutch and
Swedish parents before living most of his life in the U.S. He is
president of Harken Inc., a Pewaukee-based, international manufacturer
of performance sailing hardware and industrial solutions. His wife and
fellow homeowner, Hungarian-born Dr. Edit Olasz Harken, is chief of
dermatology at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center and sees patients and
teaches at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Situated next to their former home, which originally doubled as Peter’s
bachelor pad decades ago, the new residence features architectural
design work by Milwaukee-based Bruce Jackson Architecture and Johnson
Design Inc., an Oconomowoc company. The home took 18 months to design
and construct, and the couple moved in last summer.
This inviting whiskey bar becomes a gathering focal
point — and an entree into the
home’s eclectic contemporary style.
The 5,500-square-foot home includes three bedrooms,
four bathrooms, an open entertainment space that combines a linear
fireplace below a big-screen television, an expansive living room
flowing into the kitchen and dining room, and, oh yes, a whiskey bar
that has become a favorite.
Like most interior touches, the bar is Edit’s brainchild.
“From the beginning, we wanted a bar on the same floor as the kitchen,”
says Edit, noting that visitors then experience other living spaces.
The bar sports textures and shades of black, bronze and ecru, suggesting
this sophisticated watering hole could be from a bygone era.
That exotic detail is threaded throughout the rest of the home.
The living room is awash in comfortably calm gray tones, with
Italian-crafted sectional armchairs, side tables and bookshelves as well
an Eames lounge chair by Herman Miller. Lustrous chandelier lighting and
an Italian-designed table are paired with Eero Saarinen armchairs to
create a unique dining room environment. The kitchen’s island countertop
surfaces include cement and quartzite.
Enveloped in a sleek skin, this kitchen offers
added function with multiple food preparation areas.
Wood is king. The home’s interior is wrapped in rift
sawn oak floors and walls of tongue-and-groove cedar shiplap
finished in a high-gloss varnish.
“We were advised against (the high-gloss finish) because it would show
all the imperfections in the wood, but that’s exactly what we wanted,”
says Peter, who loves the nautical aspect of that outcome.
The exterior’s expansive glass windows and curved roof were an
architectural challenge for Kent Johnson and builder Peter Feichtmeier,
owner of Delafield’s Colby Construction.
“The roof is a modified butterfly construction, (creating a valley near
the middle of the roof), so we had to construct a way for water to run
off,” Feichtmeier explains.
A whimsical chandelier and porthole help frame the
Johnson says structural engineering was key.
“Peter (Harken) is big in the sailboat world, and we wanted to bring
that into the picture,” he adds, noting that the exterior — and its
emphasis on natural wood — has the elements of a piece of furniture.
Although Peter visited the construction site daily, as the pair lived
just next door, he is quick to point out that Edit drove interior
selections, sometimes staying up to pore over details until 3 a.m. She
credits a number of experts with turning her ideas into reality,
including Burmeister Woodwork Company for the cabinets and bar, Amy
Seckinger for assisting in cabinet and surface design, and Annamaria
Dekaney, a Budapest-based interior designer, for overall inspiration.
Are we on land or water? The wood-wrapped master
bedroom, warmed by a linear fireplace and paired with soft, white
accessories, suggests drifting off to dreamland. The adjoining bath is a
perfectly paired amenity.
The soaking tub is a favorite
respite for homeowner Dr. Edit Olasz Harken, who, along
with husband Peter Harken, has created a home that
combines their personal tastes.
Edit says all of the home’s details, such as the
Audrey Hepburn portrait she found in Slovenia that hangs in one of
the bathrooms, define the couple’s life.
“We really enjoy
(the home),” she says. “We are close enough to Milwaukee, and Pewaukee
Lake is a great lake to live on.”
How to Re-Create the Look
light fixtures featured in the bar and kitchen are by Tom Dixon.
Meurice chandelier over the dining room table is by Jonathan Adler.
white Eero Saarinen dining room chairs are from Rove Concepts.
ecru bar chairs are sourced from Richardson Seating in Chicago.
porthole between the dining room and bar, one of three in the home, is
from Burmeister Woodwork Company in Hales Corners.