interior designer Kelly Neumann of Vyolette Design and Consulting
to choose the favorite room in her house is like asking a woman to
pick her favorite pair of shoes. The sparkly, the comfortable, the
sexy — each is a favorite in its own way.
holiday time — and at just about any gathering of family and
friends — the focus is on the dinner table where most of the
festivities occur. Like a landscape, a tablescape creates the
backdrop for your meal. "A tablescape should draw you in with
a variety of interesting details," says Pam Stasney, photo
stylist, set decorator and interior designer.
have to put all your ornaments on the tree, says Dawn Adamec,
designer at Steinhafel’s. She has a collection of antique
ornaments she likes to display in different ways, such as placing
them in a milk glass serving dish.
the lowly lower level. It can be the most difficult part of a
house to decorate. It may be dark and sometimes damp — and it
tends to become the dumping ground for old furniture and other
items. But the right design can make these spaces as beautiful and
important as any other spot in the home. Here are four stunning
lower level redesigns that elevate the basement experience.
Ruiz endured a serious house hunt — from Hartland to Wauwatosa
— before putting in an offer five years ago on the 1937 Lannon
stone fixer-upper on a dead-end street in West Allis. Yet the
house was no dead end: its good bones realized Ruiz’s remodeling
lighting in your home is one of those things you might not think
much about until you realize it leaves something to be desired.
Whether you are highlighting a well-loved piece of art, a food
preparation area or your latest shade of lipstick, lighting can
make all the difference. Consider these tips on how to achieve the
best possible lighting in your home.
Christopher Poehlmann may not have intended to cultivate an
international reputation as a designer of cutting-edge light
fixtures and home furnishings, the former Milwaukee resident has
accomplished just that during a prolific career that spans over
remodeling their 1922 Shorewood Mediterranean-style house,
homeowners Greg and Becky wanted the interiors to be livable for
their family of five.
materials, a design vision and amenable homeowners allowed
Renaissance Design and Renovation to create a showplace for a
Chenequa couple that reflects the homeowner’s love of the
equestrian life and the Southwest lifestyle.
"in-the-moment" space in the coach house, designer Mara
Wierschke and the Warren Barnett team approached the design with a
yin-yang concept in mind.
1954 Cedarburg ranch wasn’t what Allen and Jody Washatko were
looking for, but once they saw the property along the banks of
Cedar Creek and the adjoining three-acre woodland, they knew they
had found their next home.
balance with nature
Iowa couple gave the nod to an open canvas for Doug Wells to
express his creativity, the result was an architectural
masterpiece nestled between two kettles on a wooded lot in Elm
In this very
traditional house off of Lake Drive in Milwaukee, Peabody’s
Interiors designer José Carlino infuses bold color into the
library with bright red walls and a crisp color scheme.
need to travel to New York City to find furniture and accessories
designed by leading-edge firms. Milwaukee is home to some highly
regarded design firms with reputations that go far beyond the
worlds colliding, in the best possible way. Fashion
trends — straight off the runway — are popping up in interior
design in a variety of ways this season. From furniture to
wallpaper, room accents and paint colors, look for a barrage of
imagery straight from high fashion to your home.
years ago, while shopping for homes, David J. and Jane Frank didn’t
know what to think about the odd perk — a full-size bowling lane
in the basement — in a Fox Point 1950s ranch.
design trend that I’m enjoying is the use of bold color,"
says Mara Lisa Wierschke, interior designer with Warren Barnett
Interiors in Brookfield. "Color is one of the best ways I
know to make a statement that is personal and expressive.
Cindy Gear saw the potential when they pulled into the four-acre
property on Waterville Lake. The decrepit home and barn,
constructed in 1850, would have to go — but not without
salvaging everything they could and giving it away. The couple
kept a few things for themselves, including the four front columns
and hardwood floors.
photograph of Pat and Louise’s cottage on the shores of Lake
Michigan just north of Milwaukee hangs on the wall of their master
bedroom. The beloved cottage gave way to this new vacation home
for the Hinsdale, Ill., family.
Tanya and Daven L. Hines Sr. sold their River Hills home two years ago
to move into a glossy new condo inside The BreakWater Condominiums on
Milwaukee’s East Side, they vowed to retain coziness.
Moving into the North End apartments in Milwaukee this spring, Matthew
Mackai and Jeffrey Raddatz brought just a handful of furnishings with
them. "We wanted a fresh start being that it was our first time
living together," Mackai says.
In the master
bedroom, closet and bath redo of Gregg and Susan Achtenhagen’s
Oconomowoc home, space wasn’t the issue, but the layouts were
cumbersome and not very efficient. Enter Jake Ruiz of Quality
Remodeling Specialists, who worked with the homeowners to improve the
layout and update the design of the rooms without changing the overall
Kohler curls up in a comfortable chair near her fireplace reading from
her grandfather’s cherished book collection on the shelves beside
her, it’s more than a Rockwellian moment.
The lure of
A sense of calm
seems to take over when you head up the steep, winding drive to Moon
Valley Farm. At the top of the hill is Melody and Tim Narr’s home,
with a breath-taking view of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The
first thing you want to do is plop down in one of the Adirondack
chairs and put your boots up. It’s the perfect place to watch the
sunrise and, later, the moon, peaking over the horizon.
As husband and
wife photographers — he advertising and she architectural — Steve
Puetzer and Tricia Shay have been like-minded in the design of their
farmhouse in a rural Oconomowoc subdivision. "We’ve been
through a couple of different building projects in the past,"
Shay says. "We reclaimed an 1850s log cabin and put all the
details in. We work well together and our choices are really similar.
It’s as much him as it is me."
has come full circle from the 16-year-old teen who was
"devastated" when her parents sold their multilevel modern
house and bought a condemned farmhouse. "I thought my mom and dad
had gone bankrupt," Kruepke recalls, noting her bedroom had
"nothing old" in it.
this downtown Milwaukee condo a "man cave." The homeowner, a
single 50-something business executive, bristles at the suggestion.