space extends the possibilities. That notion was put into
practice by Terri Schmidt, owner-designer of Delafield’s
Dream House Dream Kitchens, when she helped an Elm Grove
family expand the capabilities of their midcentury modern
Bill Koehnlein of Waukesha-based Collaborative Design,
completing the bowling alley renovation of this Milwaukee
area home was the final piece of the project puzzle. The
house was built three years ago, but Koehnlein and the
homeowners toyed with how to customize the bowling alley
before deciding on a final design concept.
Cameron and Dawn Knuth, building and moving into a new
home meant more than fulfilling a lifestyle need for their
family, which includes two children and two dogs. It also
meant meeting that need with very specific style.
is making a comeback. But if memories of Grandma’s house,
"Dynasty" and shoulder pads come to mind, think again.
Contrary to the shiny, polished variations popular in the past,
this brass is set to complement any room — not to overwhelm it.
gather around the fireplace. "Have
you ever sat in front of a fire in the morning on a cold winter
day?" asked Dennis Forston, owner of Forston Construction in
a village of artisans to help a Whitefish Bay family make its 1929
home practical for today’s lifestyle without losing yesteryear’s
been nearly two years since the Meredith Corporation, a publishing
giant whose subsidiaries include Better Homes & Gardens
magazine, initially contacted Lakeside Development Company of
to style a console table
tables are among the most versatile pieces of furniture in a home.
Because they are shallow, they are great for spaces like a foyer.
A console table in your home’s entryway welcomes guests and adds
personality and function to your front hall.
has been set higher than ever. Homeowners seeking a convivial
space to enjoy a beverage and much more are turning to design
pros. Bill Koehnlein, president of Collaborative Design Inc. in
Waukesha, and Tara Wilke, owner of McNabb & Risley Fine
Furniture and Interior Design in Thiensville, served up their home
homeowners Jim and Sue Marriott more than refreshed their home’s
1995 contemporary interior. They reset the look and the impressive
space to reflect their current life as well as their modern taste.
A sense of
designer and fine arts expert Timothy Whealon credits his Midwest
upbringing with influencing his approach to interior design.
in Wisconsin, I developed an appreciation for wide open spaces,"
says the Fox Point native, who now calls New York City home. Downtown
Milwaukee landmarks and nearby Lake Michigan have also had a lasting
impact on Whealon’s style.
discussing trends in home remodeling, industry experts agree —
quality is trumping quantity. "In the past, the most
important thing was, ‘How big can I afford to make it?’"
says Chris Egner, a member of the Milwaukee/National Association
of the Remodeling Industry board of directors and owner of
Design-Build-Remodel in New Berlin.
with a purpose
remodeling the basement of a Washington Highlands home, Matthew
Jahns of Refined Renovations, Wauwatosa, understood the homeowners’
desire to have an adult space to call their own.
with a view
Whitefish Bay homeowners and a local architectural
designer/engineer spent a decade transforming a near-teardown home
into a contemporary gem that takes advantage of Lake Michigan
views and incorporates a plethora of building materials.
meets mancave in a 6,500-square-foot contemporary home nestled in
the wooded wonder of Delafield’s Kettle Moraine State Forest.
The updated domicile
came together from 2011 to 2014 in a collaboration between Lisa
Minneti, an interior designer with Peabody’s Interiors, and
longtime partners Christine and Rob.
before the green movement took root in interior design, La Lune
Collection has been quietly crafting its environmentally friendly
furniture in its Riverwest workshop for more than 35 years.
of a feather
accessories and decor influenced by our feather-laden friends.
13 years, the beauty, elegance and historic significance of living
on Oconomowoc Lake is not lost on Dean and Tammy Laing.
comes to color, Bill Koehnlein of Collaborative Design in Waukesha
doesn’t like to follow trends. "I
like the unexpected," he says. His
room designs often incorporate blocks of color or ceilings painted
a bold hue in contrast to the rest of the room.
designer Linda Carver of Thiensville-based McNabb & Risley
collaborated with the owners of this River Hills estate to create
an environment radiating with comfort and warmth. "They live
in each one of these rooms with their children, family and
friends," she says of the homeowners’ lifestyle.
Boardman-Miller built her design business, Lime Chandelier, on the
premise of one simple question: "Can you do drapes?"
clutter-free kitchen counter might sound like an impossible dream.
After all, the kitchen is a high-traffic area and, let’s face
it, a dumping ground. But there is a way to avoid clutter. Here
are some suggestions of what to keep and what to let go of from
Cheryl Ryan of Kitchens by Design in Elm Grove.
family members get their space
long ago, dogs lived in dog houses. But as we increasingly treat
our pets like one of the family, we want to make space for them
inside the house.
to Las Vegas is not generally described as inspirational, but for
Dave Belman of Waukesha-based Belman Homes, it was just that.
comes to designing kitchen spaces, installing leather cabinetry
isn’t likely to top the list. Generally more enduring materials,
such as wood, metals and glass, are considered. Leather, on the
other hand, has long been viewed as extravagant or excessive.
your "roommates" include a husband and three boys,
having a place to call your own is a welcomed luxury. Such was the
case for a Mequon mother, homeowner and longtime client of
interior designer Lisa Anne Minetti of Peabody’s Interiors,
Brown Deer. "She refers to her kitchen as her own
apartment," says Minetti.
are interested in building a contemporary style home but are
concerned about blending into a traditional neighborhood, Stephen
Betts, an interior designer with SGB Designs Ltd. and Penny
Mustard Furniture in Menomonee Falls, says you need not worry.
Jenni Radosevich, restoring a vintage rotary telephone and turning
it into a trendy succulent planter is just another day at the
office. The Wisconsin-raised designer turned DIY lifestyle blogger
is the embodiment of a thousand Pinterest do’s, and she doesn’t
appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
headboards first hit the design market years ago, but like any
trend, they too have evolved. It was only until recently that
manufacturers and designers began seeking inspiration from the
more traditional headboards of the past, incorporating sleigh bed
styles and wooden trim into their designs.
a slab of Statuary marble that served as Robin Swernoff’s
inspiration behind the bathroom renovation in her Bayside home.
Swernoff and her husband own Lakeside Stoneworks in Brown Deer, so
it seems only fitting that her creativity spawned from a piece of
its 18th year, the annual Showhouse for a Cure is traditionally
held in a historic East Side home, but its presenting
organization, WBCS Inc., took a new approach this year, instead
selecting a newer home as its 2015 showhouse location.
seeing this 1952 River Hills Colonial for the first time, designer
Anne Wangman knew it was special. "The moldings, doors and
trim were intact, so it was important that the design of the
interiors complement the millwork, not compete with it."
they serve a practical purpose, window treatments can also make a
huge aesthetic impact. Whether you’re partial to drapes or
blinds, a stylish window covering will easily elevate the design
of any room.
the public’s general aversion to wallpaper, Suzan Wemlinger,
owner of Decorating Den Interiors/Suzan J. Designs in Milwaukee,
says that wallpaper is "coming back in a big way." And
tearing down the existing home on their Elm Grove lot, homeowners
Madan and Gwen Kandula wanted their new house to blend into the
established feel of the surrounding neighborhood. The couple hired
John Van Rooy of John Van Rooy Architecture, Milwaukee, to take on
and build pros worked together swimmingly well to redefine outdoor
residential life for a Mequon family.
transplant from California, I’m not a fan of long Wisconsin
winters. I do, however, love experiencing the dramatic change of
seasons. When it comes to interior décor, spring and summer call
for a home refresh.
you double the size of a home, use its original foundation and
salvage a crumbling wood ceiling without taking anything away from
the natural beauty of the setting? That was the challenge faced by
architect Bruce Wydeven and builder Erik Knuth of EarthRite
Construction on a large-scale renovation project of a Lake
Kim and Owen Sullivan of Wauwatosa found themselves on the brink
of an empty nest, the parents of four wanted to find a home to
emanate the next phase of their life. They mulled over a move west
to Lake Country, then east to downtown Milwaukee, but ultimately
realized they wanted to stay near and dear to their beloved Tosa
Rockton, Ill., couple turned to a Milwaukee architect to make
their dream of living on the Rock River a reality. The result is a
modern three-bedroom structure — a "bird" the owners
named Kingfisher that takes flight, showcasing natural beauty and
melding the river’s shimmering surface and the sloping,
sometimes rugged, terrain above.
home trend forecast
TV and film could easily lead one to believe that the modern home
is loaded with enough high-tech, glossy amenities to make the
Jetsons envious. Yet for all the world’s technological
advancements, home designers say Milwaukee’s high-end property
owners are striving to preserve a more traditional aesthetic.
art of Oriental rugs
matter what its color, scale, origin or pattern, a good-quality
Oriental rug never goes out of style, and it works with just about
the owners of a home on the Root River in Franklin debated the
idea of building a cabin in northern Wisconsin, but the setting of
their own property made them change their minds.
construction ever began, the owners of a new home in Mequon made
two things very clear. The style should be modern farmhouse, and
they wanted it to incorporate some of their favorite furnishings.
Achieving that look started with the design of the exterior.
metallics, especially copper, is a hot trend in home decor. With
its reflective sheen and rich tone, the metal instantly injects
warmth into a space. From light pendants and furnishings to
accessories, hints of copper add a touch of glamour to any room.
Hubertus-based mother of two Ann Schellinger and her husband,
Brian, building a third home together meant the chance to
incorporate their family’s favorite pastime — exploring and
enjoying nature — into the home’s design.
Nick Blavat and Richard Scherer of Deep River Partners, Milwaukee,
encountered a unique experience when recently remodeling a Gothic
Victorian on Milwaukee’s East Side — one in which the
homeowner served as the project’s general contractor.
a chef's kitchen
rising popularity of television cooking shows has upped the ante
in today’s residential kitchen design, with homeowners seeking
kitchen renovations fit for a professional chef.
a powder room in the middle of the kitchen might have been de
rigueur in home design in the 1940s, but it’s squarely out of
fashion in 2015.
Dr. Madan and Gwen Kandula began conceptualizing their new home in
Elm Grove’s Indian Hills neighborhood, they knew they wanted
their kitchen to be both kid-friendly and conducive to
With it's classic
symmetry, Cream City brick and black shutters, the Georgian
revival brick home along Lake Michigan in Fox Point looks as if it
has been there for decades.
a holiday get-together doesn’t have to be elaborate and
time-consuming — you can be holiday ready for an impromptu
affair or a more formal soiree with these simple preparations.
Mark Hackbarth and Eric Nelson purchased their 1891 Victorian 10
years ago, it had good bones but no style, Hackbarth says.
used to be about the only reason anyone considered moving to a
condo. It was the option of choice for empty-nesters tired
of cutting the grass, raking the leaves and shoveling snow. Today
the market is no longer limited to retirees.
financial adviser who primarily consults clients who are retired
or nearing retirement age, Karen Ellenbecker routinely sees
retirees build their dream homes only to be disappointed when
suburban living falls short of their lifestyle expectations.
in the sky
off the elevator on the 30th floor of the Kilbourn Tower and you
might think you’ve entered an art gallery. In a way you’d be
right. But this is no ordinary art gallery. This is the home of
Peggy Ann, and what you see around you is the product of a
lifetime of collecting.
from a stylist: How to decorate your fireplace mantle
make natural focal points in a home. Yet, it seems to be a
decorating dilemma for many a homeowner. How much stuff is too
much? Is art a must? Should it feel balanced or more playful?
of the 2013 fire that destroyed their 1800s farmhouse are
scattered throughout the rebuilt Burlington home of Richard and
wouldn’t think the words "refined" and
"laid-back" could be used together in the same sentence.
Yet, they perfectly describe Timothy Corrigan. One of the most
sought-after designers in the world, he has made a career out of
bringing easy elegance to home decor.
some drive hours to an Up North getaway, one Waukesha County
family can leave it all behind simply by walking across the
you create a home that’s big enough to entertain 50 people yet
feels warm and cozy for two? That’s the challenge architect John
Vetter faced when he was commissioned to build a Waukesha County
whole house remodel of a Fox Point 1960s contemporary, curves are
used sparingly. "A strong emphasis on line and form — two
essentials of good contemporary design — gives this particular
style its energy," says Terri Schmidt, owner and director of
design at DreamHouse/DreamKitchens, who headed up the project.
nonconforming traditionalists and modern design diehards can agree
that dining tables are still a necessary component in today’s
searching for an older character home in a walkable community,
Sharath and Nirmal Raja narrowed in on a 1920s English-inspired
white brick house on a double lot in Whitefish Bay.
from a stylist
you ever walked into a home and immediately felt enveloped by your
surroundings? You couldn’t put your finger on it, but you were
drawn in by the home’s effortless design.
family friendly spaces to spa-like retreats to swanky business
interiors, area designers showcase their work
first time interior designer Emily Winters set foot in the cottage
she designed was to set it up prior to the client’s arrival.
artist father, Ariel Steinke grew up surrounded by creativity. She
began sewing in eighth grade — blankets, pillows, etc. — and
after a visit senior year in high school to Waukesha County
Technical College, she was headed toward a career in interior
though it seems as if people started talking about universal
design only recently, the concept of adaptability was developed in
Pamela Anderson was designing her kitchen, she thought there was a
lack of appealing handles and pulls for cabinets. "I wanted
something stunning, but everything was ho-hum," the artist
Lives Here: David and Molly Madsen, owners of AB&K Remodeling,
and their two boys, Joe, 14, and Ryan, 13. This is the fifth house
the kitchen and bath pros have built.
terms of kitchen design, it’s time to retire the styles of the
1990s. Homeowners are seeking an openness and functionality in the
hub of the home dictated by busy lifestyles.
bold at home
summer! Introduce some color and some fun into your home interiors
with these big-impact pieces.
Art of Hardscaping
more to a dazzling garden or a serene patio than a lush lawn and
fragrant flowers. Hardscape elements, from stone retaining walls
to brick fire pits, are making outdoor spaces more enjoyable and
views of Lake Michigan are an impressive feature of the 2014
Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure, but the architecture
of the Classical Revival Georgian home on East Lafayette Place has
secured its standing in one of Milwaukee’s most distinguished
neighborhoods for more than 100 years.
beauty of boathouses
lakes in the area have at least a few historic "wet"
boathouses that reside on the shore. Boathouses that were
completely or partially built below the ordinary high water mark
are called wet boathouses.
towering woodland as his backdrop and environmental restrictions
dictating the footprint of the project, landscape designer Peter
Kudlata created a resort-worthy backyard for an Ozaukee County
time. There’s a Norman Rockwell painting for that. A scene in
which family members gather around the table, eagerly sharing the
adventures of their day, with smiles as wide as their faces.
in for green
property development, sustainability has become the industry
buzzword. Many developers are claiming to be eco-friendly, but not
all can back up their words with brick and mortar.
Elements of design
Algiers has been written up in the New York Times, ICON and
Contract magazines, among numerous other publications.
it or leave it
pursuit to own a dream home, families must determine if their
current house can be remodeled or if new construction is a better
route. Both options require careful consideration.
Paul and Natalia Hackbarth sought decorating help for their house
on the East Side, they knew just where to find it.
their daughter going off to college, Lisa and Jim Gleason decided
the time was right to spruce up their Whitefish Bay home.
Swiontek loves the North Woods and frequently travels there to
relax and unwind. One day it occurred to him that instead of
relying on these trips to de-stress, he could bring the North
Woods to his five wooded acres in River Hills.
architect Stephen Bruns visited the piece of land on which he was
commissioned to design Fieldstone House, one thing was clear: The
driving force behind the project would be the two glacial kettles
on the property.
was never any question William Koehnlein would join the family
design business. While
other kids were no doubt idling away their after-school hours, the
young Koehnlein was learning woodcarving.
architectural historian Chris Szczesny-Adams and her husband were
buying an 1899 home on Milwaukee’s East Side, she called her
dissertation adviser to see if he knew of its architect, Elmer
Grey. "‘You mean Elmer Grey of Pasadena?’" Szczesny-Adams
recalls him saying. "From then on, I knew I had found
something that was going to be very interesting."
for a luxury property? You’ll be hard-pressed to find one in the
Milwaukee area. There’s a historically low supply of high-end
ago, on a trip to Colorado, a house featured in a newspaper home
section caught the eye of the traveler. He carried that newspaper
home with him to Wisconsin, and when he and his wife began to
concept their family dream home, that house influenced the design.
comes to designing a home office, form and function share equal
roles. Here are three designs that promote productivity and look
matter where you fall on the topic of color, choosing the right
color for your bedroom is more than just personal preference.
Color affects restfulness, and romance, too, say local design
Ann Matter of Elm Grove combines industrial chic with antiques in
her master suite. She worked with Theresa Vaughan of Forte
Interior Design to help execute her vision. The high wingback
upholstered bed by Lee Industries is trendy but gives off an
retailer Land of Nod’s Lottie Dots Decal set contains 48 3-inch
dot decals in silver, gold or white. Paste them in uniform rows,
rainbow shapes or randomly for just the right amount of whimsy.
comes to home design, white is always popular among homeowners. It’s
a color that never really goes out of style, yet easily lends
itself to reinvention.
Quinn of Modern Edge Design visited the downtown Milwaukee condo of a
potential client, she saw a kitchen that, while functional, needed an
Hollywood, with Love
would have guessed that Milwaukee has its finger on the pulse of what’s
hot in Hollywood?
Russell Levin and his staff at Argosy, a distinctive home accessories
store in Brookfield, have been selecting birthday and holiday gifts
for the staff and stars of the AMC network.
Only one thing
could tear Teresa Manns away from a globe-trotting design career in
New York City working for the renowned Steven Gambrel — true love.
After marrying her former high school classmate whom she met at their
20-year reunion and commuting from Wauwatosa to NYC for two-plus
years, Manns decided to make Milwaukee her home base at Peabody’s
Interiors in Brown Deer.
guests may be known to congregate in the kitchen but they will
also migrate toward the bar if you have it set for holiday
before they were married, Dave and Linda McFadden scoured flea
markets, estate sales and antique shops. "I like old
things," Linda McFadden says. "I like them even more
when they are a little bit rustic."
from a stylist
expensive taste, far beyond my budget. As a movie set and photo
stylist in California and now in Wisconsin, I’ve learned some
trade secrets on how to satisfy my designer tastes without
sacrificing budget or style.
basement in a Wauwatosa home became a high-style yet comfortable
space for work and play. The lower-level redesign includes a home
office and a large open area for dancing and game playing, along
with a movie room.
designers are feeling the love on Houzz.com, the online platform
for ideas about architecture, interior design, landscape design
and home improvement.
scene right out of an HGTV design show, Dr. Michael and Mary Ellen
McCormick walked into their renovated condo greeted by their
design team for the big reveal.
of the box
15 years of building for other people, Craig and Georgia Rakowski
finally built a home for themselves. "I’ve taken bits and
pieces from all the models I’ve built and put them all
together," says Craig Rakowski, owner of James Craig
Builders. "It took three years to design my house," he
the feeling gray walls bring to a space. To me, gray is and will
continue to be a "hot neutral" by creating a wonderful
palate or backdrop to work from. It’s the perfect showcase for
bold fabrics, a trend I am happy to see continue.
its comfortable and dreamy exterior, this outdoor getaway is tough
as nails, from the heavy duty drapery fabric to the PVC potted
faux wheat grass. "We made sure everything was designed and
manufactured to withstand the elements," says interior
designer Nicholas Konzal of Nicholas Carl Design.
of the West
Victorian home on Fowler Lake in Oconomowoc certainly lives up to
the adage of standing the test of time. It
has been home to generations of families, converted to apartments
and recently restored to a single-family home by Chris and Frank
stories through design
A background in the performing arts helps
Polish-born interior designer Aga Artka of Aga Artka Interior
Design, Milwaukee, create spaces that reflect her clients’
unique stories. "Growing up I spent a lot of time on stage
acting, singing and dancing.
grew up watching the animated series "The Jetsons," then
you’re already familiar with its visionary predictions of modern
life: Piloted in 1962, the show’s creators imagined a life
chock-full of leisure, with homes flanked by technology in every
room, from flat-screen televisions to mobile devices, and remote
controls and push buttons for every household task in between.
design, beautiful landscapes and meaningful possessions are, by
themselves, not what makes a house a home. As editors of this
magazine’s home section, we have seen hundreds of wonderfully
appointed homes through the years.
is not your typical 20-something. The Whitefish Bay native has
traveled across the globe, and, after coming back to the United
States, started her own business.
into Mary Ann Matter’s Elm Grove condo is a little like walking
into a homey Iron Horse Hotel. "I absolutely love the
hotel," says Matter. "When we came here we wanted to
capture that vibe." To fulfill her dream, Matter hired
Theresa Vaughan of Forte Design, John McWilliam, owner of Scathain
Collective, and Jennifer Espenscheid of Soma Gallery.
approaching the whole house remodel of their Mequon home, Rob and
Amy Prellwitz wanted first to bring in more natural light,
particularly in the kitchen. Architect Rory Palubiski of Fein
Design brightened up the north-facing room with lots of glass and
to Punk Tour
need to be decked out in Steampunk to participate in this year’s
Historic Concordia Neighborhood’s Steamtrunk to Steampunk home
tour June 15, but they’ll waive the admission if you do.
its picturesque and historic setting on one of America’s Great
Streets, "The Castle on Newberry" is ready to welcome
visitors as the 2013 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure
from June 1 through 16.
and Lisa Pereles’ Whitefish Bay master bathroom was a cramped
and "strictly functional" space before a remodel by SJ
Janis Co., says Nathan Wachtl, senior design consultant.
is how Nicholas Konzal describes his design abilities, which
include working with organic materials (floral design), textiles
(interior design) and manmade materials (furniture design).
"Good designers can work in different mediums," says the
Feider is building a business based on a simple question: Who
doesn’t love tree houses? "It immediately draws people back
to their childhoods," says Feider, owner of O2 Treehouse.
"People love to tell their tree house stories."
the warm weather finally arrives, Dana and Tom Schreibel don’t
waste a minute of it. From their home on Lake Keesus they have
views of Marshall Bay and two outdoor living spaces from which to
enjoy it. "We entertain quite a bit. We actually hosted a
wedding two years ago," Dana Schreibel says.
Pool Party: Fox Point Edition
Point’s tree-lined streets and quiet neighborhoods now disguise
its former status as a social hub during the early 20th century
when a popular golf club attracted socialites to the area. Though
golf ended in the 1930s, reminders of the country club remain,
such as the beach house, swimming pool and tennis courts.
Halquist didn’t want to be a slave to his garden, so when he
hired Ginkgo Leaf Studios, Cedarburg, to renovate the landscape at
his Menomonee Falls home, he made that point very clear.
knew right away," recalls the owner of the 1950s Bayside
home, about the day she first saw it. The 3,000-square-foot Frank
Lloyd Wright-inspired home is at the end of a winding driveway and
tucked into a wooded landscape. After a walk-through with the
Realtor — during which she saw past the dated décor — she was
even more smitten.
inside the suburban Cedarburg home and prepare to be surprised.
Peabody’s Interiors interior designer Emily Winters helped a
young couple create an urban sophisticated space to showcase their
extensive art collection. "I feel so strongly that your home
should reflect you and your personality," Winters says.
might say fate led Gwen Adair-Strangohr and her husband, Jim
Strangohr, to the doorstep of their Lake Keesus home in 2007.
After the tragic death
of their friend, the couple purchased the home where their friend
had lived. "I think she always wanted me to have this
house," Adair-Strangohr says.
trends: Bold colors, patterns prevail
make our surroundings beautiful, and they do it with aplomb, ease
and wit. They take an idea and whip it into a space that
flourishes with vibrant personality and charm. That’s why we
tapped a few of the area’s interior designers to share their
choices of the latest home design trends.
Barrett is doing something no other Milwaukee developer has ever done.
He’s building a high-rise development in downtown Chicago.