Co-host, WTMJ-TV’s "Morning Blend"
Molly Fay enjoys the art of conversation and practices it every
weekday as co-host of WTMJ-TV’s "Morning Blend" talk show.
When she wants to unwind in her Mikkelson Colonial in Whitefish
Bay, though, she plops down in her vibrant living room to catch up on
the day’s events with her husband, Keith. There’s no TV, no radio,
but there is a fireplace inviting family and friends to relax and have
With three kids — JoJo, Callie and Maddie — keeping a home
presentable can sometimes be a challenge. The living room, Fay says,
is the one room she keeps picked-up and camera-ready.
A mix of antique accents and contemporary pieces gives the space
its engaging personality, but the conversation-starters are two
original works of art created by JoJo and Callie.
"When people come over they can’t believe it’s kids’
art," Fay says.
Maybe that’s because Fay had the pieces professionally framed.
For the cost of a few dinners out, she notes, she has two treasures to
last a lifetime.
Now she’s waiting for Maddie to come up with the next piece for
"My theory on children’s art is you always know the
masterpiece when you see it," Fay says.
President and CEO
Milwaukee Public Museum
At the Milwaukee Public Museum, Dan Finley presides over countless
priceless collections. At his home in Okauchee, he retires to a
basement bedroom he’s converted to his personal office habitat,
where his favorite memorabilia is proudly on exhibit.
"Sometimes I call it ‘The Cave,’" Finley says,
"or ‘The Republican Room.’"
The former Waukesha county executive — serving from 1991 to 2005,
when he was named president and CEO of the museum — claims to have
assembled "without a doubt, the world’s largest collection of
coffee mugs from service clubs. I’ve spoken to every Rotary and
Kiwanis club there is."
The souvenir pens, calendars and gold shovel relics from
groundbreaking ceremonies have their place, too, but Finley’s most
precious artifacts are the dozens of photographs of himself with U.S.
presidents, governors and other famous figures he met as an
up-and-coming Republican politico.
The family collie, Scout, occasionally pokes his head in when
Finley is in the Republi-Cave paying bills, but mostly, he says,
nobody really bothers him in his GOP lair.
"It’s all going to stay there ’til I die," Finley
insists. "My wife (Jenifer) is starting to call it ‘The Finley
Artist, photographer and location scout
Stephanie Bartz’s apartment in the heart of Wauwatosa’s village
has a belly laugh tucked into every corner.
Bartz, best known for her quirky photos of dogs, pays homage to her
furry friends with Dalmatian spots painted on her closets. A string of
party lights shaped like Winnebago trailers swings in a cheerful swag
across her kitchen. "Gogs," a kinetic sculpture by artist
Roxane Mayeur, features little men with whimsical expressions who
bounce on springs as you approach them.
"I always go for artwork that has characters that are just a
little bit off," Bartz explains.
Her deep blue living room is her favorite room in the place,
because it multitasks as a workspace and she spends most of her time
there. But the entire apartment is a backdrop for Bartz’s collection
of the weird and the wonderful.
Her favorite find? A little German cuckoo clock she picked up while
passing through Branson, Mo.
"It’s really kitsch, but it was the only one I could afford
at the time," Bartz says.
She also has a special affection for her vintage moon, rescued from
an antique store, because, "It just makes me smile."