The homeowner’s colorful collection of glass
artwork was used as color inspiration for the finishing touches in this
airy family room.
the bustling Historic Third Ward, this newly renovated penthouse
proves that you can indeed have privacy in the busiest area of the
Nick Konzal of Nicholas Carl
Design worked closely with homeowners Kathy and Rick Weatherly to
completely redesign this historic loft space to fit the family’s needs.
The long layout of the home
caused a slight hiccup in the design phase, but tearing the walls down
to concrete and studs made the layout feel much more open and airy.
“We blew everything out,” Konzal
explains. “We tore every wall out; we went down to the concrete walls,
concrete floor (and) concrete ceiling and then built out from there.”
The result is a 4,400-square-foot, industrial-style penthouse with three
bedrooms, three full baths, a half bath, office, and living and family
As the space is situated on the
top floor of a warehouse, Konzal kept the building’s industrial origins
top of mind while creating his design plans. “It’s kind of a blend of
(the) industrial area and being more of that warehouse-loft style, but
mixed with her style of fun art (and) color,” Konzal says of the design
inspiration. “It was really a blend of the client and the environment.”
The hub of the home boasts beautiful walnut floors,
ambient lighting under the steps to the living room, a stunning yet
sturdy 16-by-6-foot island, and a tweed-patterned wall wrap to bring in
texture and soften the look of the kitchen.
To create the industrial look,
he sought out brick for exposed columns as well as walls in the
living room, and he didn’t have to look far. An original warehouse
kitty-corner to the penthouse was being torn down at the time Konzal
was building out the space, so he reclaimed several pallets of the
original Cream City brick to use in the design.
“(For) those two (columns) that
were exposed, we bricked all the way up just to give it a different
feel,” Konzal says. “We did several interior walls of just brick, and
the client loves those — (they’re) very industrial.”
An original Hunt Slonem painting adds bright pops
of color against the authentic Cream City brick lining the penthouse’s
living room walls.
To keep the industrial theme
warm and modern, Konzal kept finishes to warmer colors, such as
golds, browns and whites, as well as bronze finishes and a walnut
flooring that had to be craned into the penthouse due to the
elevator’s smaller size. Konzal reserved the most square footage to
make the hub of the home the proper entertaining space, resulting in
an open-concept chef’s kitchen complete with a 16-by-6-foot island
that boasts a curved, walnut-inlayed breakfast counter.
Taking full advantage of the
exquisite city view, Konzal designed a cozy sitting area outside the
private elevator entrance to the condo with a large bay of windows and a
cantilevered, white-tiled canopy, complete with a special LED backlight
to create a soft glow — which he lovingly nicknamed “The Cloud.” This
unique accent piece isn’t the only part of the penthouse with ambient
lighting; Konzal added light under stairs and window sills and
additional accent lighting to enhance the city lights through the
sizable picture windows.
Dual sinks and mirrors in the master bathroom
combine symmetric decor with functionality.
The hub of the home
boasts beautiful walnut floors, ambient lighting under
the steps to the living room, a stunning yet sturdy
16-by-6-foot island, and a tweed-patterned wall wrap to
bring in texture and soften the look of the kitchen.
“It’s designed so that when you
are entertaining and there’s all this ambient light it’s not too
directional, just a soft glow, and when you’re looking out onto the
city, (it’s) all light, and the city lights are coming in. It’s just
gorgeous,” he says.
Konzal had the idea to add
another impressive light feature to the space: chromotherapy in the
shower of the master bathroom. “The theory behind that is if you let
light therapy cycle through the colors, that it slowly reduces your
stress level and sends your body back to equilibrium,” he explains.
Floor-to-ceiling strips alternate soft shades of blue, purple, pink and
green to unwind in the relaxing rain shower.
With ambient backlighting over a glossy white tile
and banks of windows overlooking downtown, this private elevator
entrance provides aserene sitting area, exuding light and breathtaking
The penthouse is nestled in a
location perfect for anyone interested in the different restaurants,
nightlife and overall lifestyle downtown Milwaukee has to offer, and
that location played a part in the open-concept design.
“The design was
inspired by the location, by active lifestyle, … (by) enjoying the city
and being a part of the city,” Konzal says. “It’s definitely a condo for
that — for entertaining (and) having people over.”
How to Re-Create the Look
warm walnut flooring used throughout the house was sourced from Gehl
Flooring Supply Inc. www.gehlflooring.com
wallpaper coming back with a vengeance, interior designer Nick Konzal
sourced printed wallpaper from Cole and Son (Wallpapers) Ltd. to add
texture to rooms. www.cole-and-son.com
patterned rug from Surya warms the entrance area and adds a bold
statement piece to the space. www.surya.com/rugs
to keep the room light, the white settee in the entryway is from
chairs in the entrance infuse the area with a modern touch and are
available through Vanguard Furniture.