Michaelis bought Pucci scarves on Etsy and had her dining chairs
covered in them.
ó Kitchens are sleek as stainless steel and slick as whistles these
days ó and, letís face it, that can be kind of clinical.
such as Matt and Nancy Michaelis add touches of color and whimsy that
personalize the cool modernism.
Here are five
things to see at the Michaelis house in Lakepoint:
1. Gone from
country: The kitchen had been done in warm Tuscan tones ó faux
marble, thatched ceiling and iron light fixtures painting a rich
Michaelis is quick to praise how the kitchen looked, she said: "I
grew up in a house like that. I didnít want my motherís
The new kitchen
is not at all like that; itís bright white. The walls, painted in
two different shades of white, show just how different they can be:
One side of the kitchen has a pinkish cast, the other side purple.
banquette: Perhaps the biggest kitchen-related switch happened in the
breakfast nook, which had been a TV-watching area, with armchairs and
a coffee table.
always wanted a banquette. I said, thatís the banquette,"
Michaelis said of the ah-ha moment when she saw the original seating
banquette provides perhaps the most dramatic pop of color in the
kitchen ó itís turquoise faux leather piped in yellow, its
inspiration taken from a box of Cipriani pasta. Orange-red modern
Windsor chairs, which Michaelis had shipped from England, add extra
punch pulled up to the other side of a round white table.
Above the table
is another touch of whimsy: a light fixture featuring a single
lightbulb encircled in a type of bird cage, faux birds perching on its
flashbacks: The artwork in the house includes vintage photography and
a print of smiley faces alongside the breakfast table. Michaelis
bought pink and yellow Pucci scarves off Etsy, and Felicia Serrioz at
A&M Superior Upholstery made seat covers of them for the dining
room chairs, pulled up to a Milo Baughman table. The house doesnít
have a formal dining room, but the kitchen overlooks a room that
serves the purpose.
4. A kitchen
fireplace: An angled wall in the kitchen has a simple box fireplace
built into it. A cubby in the bottom of the wall holds logs: birch,
chosen for, of course, their whiteness.
5. Beyond the
kitchen: In most houses, you donít walk directly into the kitchen,
so other parts of the house are viewed on the way. In the Michaelis
house that includes a library that fits in an angled nook straight out
of a storybook; a big airy living room that Nancy Michaelis likes to
refer to as "the ballroom;" and a giant vertical light
fixture made of Styrofoam hanging in the stairwell.
traveled here from Brooklyn to make the fixture.