sits on the couch in her living room, which is centrally
located in her home. The see-through fireplace creates a
division of space between the living and piano rooms. An
exposed circular staircase draws the eye to the second floor
and is a dramatic architectural element.
Contemporary and family friendly design sounds like an oxymoron.
But take a look at the home that Susan Kim, the co-anchor of
"Live at Daybreak" on WTMJ-4, and her family share in Wales.
Kim obviously did not have to sacrifice style when designing a
kid-friendly space. "We designed a house that we wanted our
family to grow in and love," she says. "I wanted a place
where my kids would be comfortable, happy and love growing up in, and
a place that my husband and I could enjoy."
Her secret? A limited palette of colors, textures and styles.
Fabric choices, including the white sofa in the living room, are easy
to clean. A cohesive design helps keep chaos with three kids at bay.
"Iíve always been attracted to contemporary and clean
lines," she says. "I donít like a lot of clutter."
Her color scheme includes deep chocolate brown, taupe, grey, white and
steel blue. Kim decided to introduce orange into the palette, starting
with a piece of abstract art created by Milwaukee Bucks Forward
Desmond Mason. Bamboo flooring throughout the home and alder wood
stained a custom walnut tone add additional warmth to the rooms.
The sleek interior enhances rather than detracts from the
incredible view of the rolling Kettle Moraine just outside the living
Kim and her husband, Patrick, along with their children, Alex,
Madeline and Gabrielle, built their Wales home on two acres of land in
2006. Photos of the children at various ages are prominently displayed
throughout the home, leaving visitors with no doubt as to Kimís
stainless steel appliances, the kitchen exudes a real warmth
thanks to the liberal use of wood, including maple for the
cabinets. The dining room opens off the kitchen, where
interesting fixtures strung on cable light the way for guests.
theater room takes on a contemporary flare with a stainless
steel-tiled fireplace. Shards of glass replace artificial embers
in the gas fireplace, creating a glow as the flames flicker. A
large screen on a remote control is located above the fireplace,
perfect for the family to watch a movie together.
Kim and her
husband purchased Desmond Masonís abstract painting for this
space above a family heirloom, the baby grand piano. She plans
to change the steel blue accent color represented by the pillows
to an orange tone in the space. m