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Wanting to redo
her kitchen without completely starting from scratch, Kris O’Meara
was inspired by two things: painted blue cabinets she had seen in
House Beautiful magazine and a dining experience at Eddie Martini’s
beautifully decorated space not only functions well, it sets a mood
and reflects your style and personality. But homeowners often are
unsure how to combine design elements that will result in a room with
wow factor. Local experts weigh in on the design rules that are the
foundation for any well-planned living area.
When Cindy and
Ken Denison stepped into the empty-nester world, they were ready to
remodel their home to fit their new lifestyle. The Delafield couple
wanted a clean, sleek style incorporated into a kitchen with plenty of
space to cook, says Cheri Ware of Ware Design in Delafield.
What are critical pieces of information homeowners should have before
embarking on a kitchen remodel?
For 10 years
Mary Ann Thielen had been gathering ideas in a three-ring binder for
her dream kitchen, so when it came time to renovate, she was more than
prepared. "Our main objective was to give her an updated kitchen
and to let her have all the features she had been dreaming about and
collecting," her husband, Paul Thielen, says.
If winter is
cocoon time, then summer is the time to burst out and show your true
colors. You can turn your home from warm and cozy to bright, airy and
vibrant. And, it can be easily done with just a few changes.
Inc. co-owner Terri Schmidt and her team had their work cut out for
them in designing a kitchen to rise to the level of the Frank Lloyd
Wright-inspired architecture of the home. The empty-nester homeowners
wanted a kitchen in keeping with the architecture, and one that would
I need space
home is a small apartment or a 5,000-square-foot house, it can feel
crowded if you simply have too much stuff. According to home design
experts, the key to living well in a small or crowded space and
finding room for the things you want to do is to use your imagination.
With the proper strategy, you can reclaim the room you need for a play
area, exercise room, office — whatever the purpose.
aren’t mincing words when it comes to one of the fastest growing
trends in interiors these days. Letters, numbers, phrases and symbols
are everywhere, from the floor on up. Upholstered furniture like
chairs and ottomans as well as accessory pieces like pillows, rugs and
even coasters are showing up in homes all around town. While you don’t
want to overdo it, adding a typographically inspired piece is an
unexpected way to add pizzazz to a room.
If you’ve been
inspired to go a little mod in your home, join the club. The trend
toward clean lines and streamlined spaces in residential interiors has
really taken off. Even if you still lean toward the traditional,
mixing in a little modern flair can freshen up your home.
Fit for a
linens, like fine wine, get better with age. "In addition to its
luxurious look and feel, with proper laundering and care, fine bedding
has longevity and becomes softer with time," says Mark Van Ess,
co-owner of Cranston, Milwaukee. Although more expensive up front,
treating yourself to fine linens is an investment that will pay off in
the long run.
faux-wood and Formica. Today’s vanities are luxe pieces of furniture
that make a statement.
Say it with 'Ahhh'
Manyas white polished marble floor imported from Turkey adds a touch
of glamour to the master bath in this condominium at River Renaissance
Condos in the Third Ward.
The woo of
Cabinets are one
of the most important elements of kitchen design. Historically, wood
has been the material of choice; today 80 percent of cabinetry sold is
made of wood.
Harris returns from a business trip to her downtown Milwaukee condo
and its bright red kitchen, she wonders if she will have tired of it.
"I still love it three years later," she says. "I
wouldn’t change anything."
a home can be an intimidating proposition, and if you don’t know the
lingo, it can be downright confusing.
As an interior
designer Emily Winters is adept at melding her clients’ tastes with
her design know-how.
holiday season is nearly six weeks long stretching from Thanksgiving
to New Year’s. So we asked three area designers for their ideas on
how to give your living room a seasonal face-lift that transitions
from holiday to holiday and won’t break the bank.
The design world
has fallen in love with mirrors. Look through any home magazine these
days and it’s hard to find a room without one. Mirrors aren’t just
for the bedroom and foyer anymore — they’re even hanging around in
kitchens and laundry areas.
décor follows fashion," says Michael McKinley, partner at the
Milwaukee Design Collection in Milwaukee. "We’ve been seeing
gold and silver purses and shoes for some time. Now we’re seeing
gilded furniture, even silver and gold leather furnishings."
Continuing to dominate the 2010 design
landscape, geometrics make a bold statement in any living space.
Global influences play out with the use of strong, repetitious
patterns and shapes on everything from upholstery to picture frames.
Say it with
On the walls, covering the floor and even as
pulls on cabinets and drawers, leather is fast becoming a major trend
in residential design.
prints add a sense of adventure, fun and personality to any space in
your home. "Animal prints add texture to a room," says Sarah
Steltenpohl, an interior designer at Swan Interiors in Wauwatosa.
"There’s an element of surprise; you’re not just playing it
spaces, big ideas
today are simple and sleek, spa-like and calming, says Molly
Madsen, vice president of AB&K, Greenfield and Mequon. The
easiest way to ruin the mood is by loading up counters with
toothbrushes, hair dryers, makeup and more of life’s daily
essentials. Madsen and interior designer Karen Kempf of Karen
Kempf Interiors, Waukesha, offer some tips on how to reduce
clutter and keep your Zen.
Showers are one of the most important
elements in bathroom design today. "A number of our clients are
replacing their whirlpool tubs with showers. People are looking for a
total shower experience," says Sandra Bernacchi, general manager
and designer at Colleen Horner in the Third Ward and Pewaukee.
The Schuettes wanted to create a master bath in their home on
Nagawicka Lake that would provide the privacy and space they desired.
Dream Kitchens of Delafield found the answer by decreasing the size of
an upstairs patio and using the space for a new master suite.
Americans spending more than 90 percent of their time indoors, a
greater portion of that time is being spent at home as technology
allows us to do our jobs away from the office in increasing numbers.
For many of us, bedrooms are more than just places to sleep. They
are personal, rejuvenating retreats in which to relax and unwind from
the stresses of the day. And not surprisingly, the use of color has a
big impact on how we view this special space.
When it comes right down to
it, fireplaces are a matter of taste. Homeowners now have
options — and plenty of them — when it comes to adding ambiance
and warmth on a cold evening. Some want the traditional wood
burning kind while others prefer to flip a switch on a gas unit.
It’s another way to say uninteresting, and that’s the last thing
we want when it comes to our décor. The creative Frugalitarian knows
that in every room it’s essential to have a point — a focal point.
No matter what atmosphere you’re trying to create — a little
serenity or a sensation — the first place you look when you enter a
room should be stunning.
You love your home, but lately it seems so … well, drab and
boring. Redecorating can add a new look and feel, but how should you
spend your money? Local design experts give their advice about the
best places to spend — and when it makes more sense to save — if
you’re considering making some changes.
for plaid? Gaga for geometrics? Nothing says you can’t paint your
walls with a mix of hues that would have gotten you bounced out of a
traditional art class. It just takes a supportive designer and a
willingness to take a risk and go against the grain. So throw away the
color wheel, think outside the box and let your imagination — and
paint choices — run wild like the clients of these two designers.
Wallpaper has gotten a bad wrap over
the years. The mini florals, tacky prints and cringe-worthy colors
that made their way onto the home design scene in the ’70s and ’80s
have most homeowners frightened to even say the word
"wallpaper." Can you blame them?
The owner of this Whitefish Bay Colonial did his due diligence
before he bought his house in April 2008, looking at dozens of
properties with the help of his Realtor, Shorewest’s Kate Kenlay.
"I wasn’t sold on it right away because the kitchen and baths
were so outdated," the homeowner says.
Set a swanky
"good china." Isn’t "good" really code for the
expensive, unused china? If it’s safely tucked away for special
occasions only and it cost a fortune, then technically, it’s a
wasted resource. The Frugalitarian says all china is good china and
there’s no need to spend a fortune on it.
Taking a relaxing soak has a whole new meaning when it comes to
using a chromatherapy tub.
spaces, big ideas
or not, it can take more creativity to plan a small room than a large
one. That’s obvious when you look at some of the big mistakes people
make when they attempt to design their small spaces, according to
M asked Milwaukee-NARI members to make their picks for home design
trends gaining in popularity and proving to be more than just a
Andrew and Laura Brusky took one look at their unfinished Wauwatosa
basement and knew exactly what they wanted to do. The couple called
Jim Grote at Cream City Construction and turned the
"storage" space into a valuable living area.
baths help couples carve out private spaces at home.
Rate your space
your home or room desperately needs a face-lift, you don’t have to
break the bank — and it doesn’t have to be a big production. The
first step? Organization and decluttering, the old "less is
there will be no photos of living room accessories with black bars
across them to shamefully mark as erroneous don’ts, the passionate
responses from top local designers on what accessories can completely
make a living room may be just as dramatic. Here’s what they had to
say on the subject of accessorizing your living space.
In the case of this Whitefish Bay remodeling project, familiarity
breeds harmony, not contempt, as the old saying goes.
homeowners are returning to the hearth to spend quality time with
family and friends. Ensure your abode is making a (positive) lasting
impression with tips from local experts on the hottest trends in
Molly Fay enjoys the art of conversation and practices it every
weekday as co-host of WTMJ-TV’s "Morning Blend" talk show.
When supermodel Cindy Crawford launched Cindy Crawford Home, her
signature furniture line, in 2005, she relied on more than two decades
of experiences around the world for her inspiration.
Meeting in the middle
The thought of custom
cabinetry — the oohs, the ahhs, the envy — is often
regretfully followed by a more common and sobering reaction: The
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