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Be wise when considering carpet
A room’s focal point traditionally has not been the floor. That was then. Today’s decorating trends start, quite literally, from the ground up—putting emphasis on carpeting as a room’s main focus.

Find flexibility, value in area rugs
For years, wall to wall carpeting was the floor covering of choice in homes across the country. These days, people want to show off their handsome hardwood floors and cover only select spaces. You can do that beautifully with area rugs, according to Milwaukee-based interior designer Sally Carson.

Action at the Astor!
Jim Searles is in the throes of an ambitious plan that is designed to not only strengthen the Brady Street neighborhood, but to pay homage to days gone by.

Tally Home!  Historic hollow revived
Almost 70 years have passed since one of Mequon’s most elegant estates was constructed in a woodsy glen near Zedler Lane. Horse-drawn carriages once brought visitors down the winding, one-lane bridle paths that led to a stable and hunting lodge known as Juniper Hollow. It was the ultimate gentleman’s retreat: a reward for the time spent working in the city. It was far away from the urban bustle yet near enough for a day’s fox hunt.


By giving an old building a facelift, contractor Mark Brick of B&E was awarded the national Contractor of the Year award by the National NARI organization in the category of commercial exterior renovation. Although Brick is no stranger to the honor—he’s won two times before—he still believes that every project gives him an opportunity to learn more about what he
does best.

Vintage elegance
When Helen Sheveland heard company was coming, she headed straight for the closet. The Shevelands had lived in their Delafield condominium just a few weeks at the time, but Helen and her husband Richard wanted to make their home as welcoming as possible.

Garden room, dance studio provide plenty of pleasure
A basement doesn’t have to be just a concrete box where you keep holiday decorations. A foyer or sun room can hold more than just a chair and a small table. With a little remodeling magic, you can turn any defunct space into a very useful and integral part of the house.

Expanding your living area
Remodeling often is done when an older home needs updating or enlarging as a family grows and changes over the years. You may live in a home that you’ve loved for a long time and you don’t want to move, or you might be happy with the location of your home because of work or school considerations. This often is the case when homeowners hire a remodeling firm to make structural changes.

Top to bottom proud
When Jim and Elizabeth Neubauer took on the search for their dream house they were surprised at what they found. Their 1950 Cape Cod style house located on a quiet street in Whitefish Bay where they were living had everything they were looking for —well almost everything.

Den of ubiquity
If having somebody else do the work for you is not your thing, or if your budget requires that you do the work yourself, planning for a home office will require even more thought and preparation.

Stone sweat
It seems that nobody ever really completely possesses a Cedarburg stone house. Each resident adds his own history to the building, each family leaves its imprint, but Cedarburg stone homes survive their owners. These houses become celebrities in their own right. David Welky’s home has been no exception.

The Rader house
As a quilter, Nora Rader had been creating masterpieces from shapes for years. But no project she had ever undertaken matched the challenge of piecing unusual spaces together to create the home she and her husband Ken share today. Located in The Arbors in Delafield, the 4,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home is an interesting mix of uniquely-shaped rooms that wraps as comfortably around residents and visitors as one of Nora’s colorful quilts.

A clear idea and a careful choice
The experts want you to know there is more than just dreaming involved in doing a kitchen.

The Schlieter Home
Even on a quick trip up Waukesha’s College Avenue, the Schlieter home catches your eye. Towering over modern-day condos on either side, the pretty painted residence behind rambling old shrubbery seems bigger than life. 

Outdoor room
I submitted you,” announced Peter Kudlata of Flagstone Landscape Design in a telephone call to Shorewood homeowner Carmen Haberman. With that statement, Kudlata started a process that would end with a gold award in the residential design category in the 2000 Landscape Awards Contest presented by the Wisconsin Landscape Federation.

Hole-y historic house!
There’s no denying the charm of an older home. From a Cream City palace to an elegant Painted Lady, older homes offer a sense of historic character not often found in new construction.

Maintaining your log home
Log homes must be properly cared for; there are measures homeowners must take to preserve them.

Convert kid's room into your own special space
Watching your children go off and leave home is hard for any parent. Whether your first or your last, seeing a child off to college, a career or his or her own place is a big step for both parents and children. Though the child may be gone from the home, a new opportunity awaits — what to do with that empty bedroom.

Heavenly hardware puts distinction in details
You can’t put your finger on it, but as you walk through there’s just something distinctive about a home.

Looking for original artwork?  Check out this cabinet hardware
It’s a trend more people seem to be getting a handle on.

Color, texture define outdoor dining
Spring is in full swing and summer’s not far off. It’s time once again to think about entertaining outdoors. 

Blending Old & New
Behind the main house on Rocky and Ellen Cummings’ Mequon property is a barn with a secret: it isn’t a barn at all; it’s a recreation center.

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