This maritime-inspired, second-floor family room
sports hanging fixtures that conjure images of a ship’s wheel, durable
fabrics for active family members, and a view into the adjoining game
and bunk areas. Notice the portholes in the sliding hanging doors that
divide the two rooms.
A recently supersized lake home proves that one can
reimagine a longtime family residence for today’s needs.
Jeremy Hartline, studio manager of Wade Weissmann Architecture, and
Emily Winters, a senior interior designer with Peabody’s Interiors,
teamed up to convert a ranch retreat in Lake Geneva into a two-story
main residence that maintains yesteryear’s weekend and holiday fun.
From Cottage to
Hartline says the home’s conversion is typical of what is happening on
lakes across southeastern Wisconsin.
“Lake architecture has been changing over the last few years,” he says,
noting that this project involved using the existing foundation, adding
a second floor and infusing historically inspired details. “People are
looking for a fresh look.”
Hartline refreshed the exterior with a mix of materials, including
HardiePlank lap siding, stone veneer and a metal roof.
A mix of traditional and more contemporary styles
dresses this elegantly cozy seating space
in the master bedroom.
The new dimensions are impressive: 10,000 square
feet, five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half baths. Oh — and
Inside, Winters took cues from Hartline’s curved archways on the first
floor and the second-floor family room’s open truss ceiling to
incorporate stylings from the clients’ previous East Side Milwaukee
Tudor and a desire to subtly reflect their new home’s waterfront locale.
“It feels like a classic lake home,” Winters says. “We wanted to give
the home some personality — a sense of who the clients are and their
style. We were aware that we were on a lake, but wanted to not be too
The Right Mix
That meant mixing various favorites from the clients’ traditional home —
such as oriental rugs, framed posters and prints, and a model ship
gifted to them years ago — with new fabrics, marrying a previous life of
raising children to a new focus on extended family and fun.
good example is found in the master bedroom, where a fireplace, the
clients’ area rug and a poster combine to provide a cozy seating area.
Winters added a round table with lines that mimic the rug and decked two
chairs in a wide, linen-stripe fabric to create a sophisticated space
with nautical undertones.
The kitchen also mixes tradition and modern — while nodding to the
The master bathroom elements, with subtle blue hues
as a nautical nod.
Winters designed the bulk of the room in modern
white, with the exception of an artisan-crafted copper hood and
sturdily upholstered blue chairs that line the island. At one end of
the island, a Heritage Beam and Board butcher block and dropped-down
extension allows for rolling out pie crust and includes a built-in,
old-style yardstick for seamstress activities.
The second-floor family room, adjoining game area and bunk space, and
powder room blend nautical and non-nautical elements.
The family room’s open tresses are dressed with a series of cylindrical
light fixtures hanging by rope, suggesting the look of a ship’s wheel,
while a pendant hanging in the bunk room provides an alternative
nautical vibe. The opening between the family room and game and bunk
area is divided by a trendy, sliding barn door.
Another example of a family keepsake is a large American flag hanging
over a built-in buffet. Winters notes that it’s signed by astronauts.
There are other subtle nautical hints throughout the home, including a
powder room with an Impressionist-style ship scene. Other nautical items
adorn shelves, and a subtle blue-and-white motif mixes well with
natural wood tones. The refined result? An updated cabin feel dressed in
The project’s success, Winters says, is based on relationships.
“When you do something of this scale, you really get to know the
homeowners,” she continues. “This was a very different process — a much
longer process over three years, working closely with the architect and
builder. When this happens, you really get to create exactly what
How to Re-Create the Look
Miramar large hanging shades in the second-floor family room are from
Ralph Lauren’s lighting collection.
master bath’s attractive white vanity cabinet was crafted by Burmeister
Woodwork Company in Hales Corners.
round table in the seating area of the master bedroom is available
through Peabody’s Interiors.
urn-shaped fixtures wrapped in metal hanging over the kitchen island are
set a subtle nautical tone in the foyer is the E.F. Chapman Alderly
globe pendant, available at Visual Comfort & Co.