2015 home trend forecast
Watching 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.
The art of Oriental rugs
No matter what its color, scale, origin or pattern, a good-quality Oriental rug never goes out of style, and it works with just about any decor.
Wooded retreat
Originally, 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. 
Farm Fresh
Before 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.
Consider Copper
Warm 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.
Natural influence
For 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.
Masterfully transformed
Architects 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.
Building a chef's kitchen
The 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. 
Positive flow
Placing 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.
Kitchen Trifecta
When 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 entertaining. 
Walking the line
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. 
Holiday Soiree
Hosting 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.
Timeless Elegance
When Mark Hackbarth and Eric Nelson purchased their 1891 Victorian 10 years ago, it had good bones but no style, Hackbarth says.
Condo ready?
Downsizing 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. 
The next chapter
As a 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. 
Gallery in the sky
Step 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.
Secrets from a stylist: How to decorate your fireplace mantle
Fireplaces 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?
Reclaimed and rebuilt
Reminders of the 2013 fire that destroyed their 1800s farmhouse are scattered throughout the rebuilt Burlington home of Richard and Sharlene Pasko.
Relaxed elegance
You 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. 
Cottage castle
While some drive hours to an Up North getaway, one Waukesha County family can leave it all behind simply by walking across the driveway.
Going glamping
How do 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 lake home.
Mod pod
In the 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.
Table talk
Both nonconforming traditionalists and modern design diehards can agree that dining tables are still a necessary component in today’s homes
Worlds Collide
In 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.
Secrets from a stylist
Have 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.
Designer's Gallery
From family friendly spaces to spa-like retreats to swanky business interiors, area designers showcase their work
Hawaii Life
The first time interior designer Emily Winters set foot in the cottage she designed was to set it up prior to the client’s arrival.
Meet a designer
With an 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 design.
Universal Themes
Even though it seems as if people started talking about universal design only recently, the concept of adaptability was developed in 1997. 
Hardware Heroes
When 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 says.
Mountain Timbre
Who 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.
Kitchens that work
In 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.
Go bold at home
It’s summer! Introduce some color and some fun into your home interiors with these big-impact pieces.
The Art of Hardscaping
There’s 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 user friendly.
Sea-worthy tour
Breathtaking 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.
The beauty of boathouses
Most 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.
Summer staycation
With a 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 couple.
Gadgets gone wild
Family 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. 
All in for green
In 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.
The Elements of design
Patricia Algiers has been written up in the New York Times, ICON and Contract magazines, among numerous other publications.
Love it or leave it
In the 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.
Urban upgrade
When Paul and Natalia Hackbarth sought decorating help for their house on the East Side, they knew just where to find it. 
Still Life: Home
With their daughter going off to college, Lisa and Jim Gleason decided the time was right to spruce up their Whitefish Bay home.
Backyard refuge
Rick 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.
On the edge
When 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.
Team approach
There 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.
Milwaukee's forgotten architects
When 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."
Luxe Living
Shopping 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 homes available. 
Investment property
Years 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.
Home Work
When it comes to designing a home office, form and function share equal roles. Here are three designs that promote productivity and look good, too.
Color conscious
No 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 experts.
Industrial chic
Mary 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 old-fashioned feel.
Presto chango
Children’s 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.
Winning whites
When it 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.
Kitchen Styling
When Stephanie Quinn of Modern Edge Design visited the downtown Milwaukee condo of a potential client, she saw a kitchen that, while functional, needed an update.
To Hollywood, with Love
Who would have guessed that Milwaukee has its finger on the pulse of what’s hot in Hollywood? Since May, 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.
Design well-lived
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.
Setting the bar
Party guests may be known to congregate in the kitchen but they will also migrate toward the bar if you have it set for holiday entertaining.
Casual Christmas
Even 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."
Secrets from a stylist
I have 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.
Style points
An uninspired 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. 
Inspiring design
Local designers are feeling the love on, the online platform for ideas about architecture, interior design, landscape design and home improvement. 
In a 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.
Out of the box
After 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 says.
Design speak
I love 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. 
Inside the design
Beneath 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.
Newport of the West
An 1884 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 Both.
Telling 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. 
Build Out
If you 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.
Favorite homes
Thoughtful 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.
Chasing Dreams
Elizabeth Rees 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.
Vintage Industrial Chic
Walking 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.
Showplace kitchens
In 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 some skylights.
Trunk to Punk Tour
You don’t 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.
Castle Collective
From 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.
Living Luxe
Jeff 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.
No boundaries
Multifaceted 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 Wauwatosa designer.
Treetop adventures
Dustin 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."
Double decker
When 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.
Extreme Pool Party: Fox Point Edition
Fox 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.
Set in stone
Tom 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.
Prairie reinvented
"I 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.
Element of surprise
Walk 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.
Waterfront revival
You 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.
Design trends: Bold colors, patterns prevail
They 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.
Moderne Man
Rick Barrett is doing something no other Milwaukee developer has ever done. He’s building a high-rise development in downtown Chicago.

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