Our business takes us to some absolutely great locations around the world. This home is located in The Great Northwoods of northern Wisconsin on a wooded lot that overlooks a private lake. The clients wanted something interesting and unexpected for this region. We were contracted to help them with design of the home in blueprints and and also all of the decorating,
We wanted the color palette to come from nature and hence look amazing during the four distinct seasonal changes. There is a beautiful spring. a lush green summer , an unbelievably colorful fall, and a serene snowy winter. We wanted the exterior to look somewhat like a traditional lake house of the 1920’s. We chose a dark tobacco color for the siding with a natural color rover rock from that area.
For the interior , the clients requested that the furnishings and backgrounds look modern and updated. We selected some light neutral toned limestone tile in a wheat and gray color. We wanted them honed and slightly textured to give an organic feeling. We chose granites that blended with these stones. For the cabinets and mouldings throughout we wanted them stained so that it would bring in the outdoors and connect to the heavily wooded lot in which the home is placed. For the first and second floor we chose a rich dark walnut color that blended nicely with the antique mantle, antique doors, and beams that were from France, For the top floor and entire Master Bedroom we selected a lighter knotty pine color that blended with that fireplace mantle and a set of antique double doors. We did light neutral looking tones for the paint colors throughout and interesting wallpapers like the toile used in the master Bedroom. We made certain to do specialty lighting in main areas to showcase the client’s antique ship model and art collection.
“The home looks beautiful all year round.”
As far as furnishings we wanted an Arts and Crafts look mixed with Mid-Century modern accented with Asian. The furniture pieces are new combined with some antiques. The main public areas are more modern. Large comfortable upholstery in the Living room and screened in porch make it conducive for entertaining and relaxing. Cocktail tables and side tables are functional and are an integral part of the design scheme. We did a nice mix of tribal and ethnic accessories from around the world that add interest. Custom made carpeting and area rugs in bold patterns are used to create an interesting graphic effect. Window covering remained minimal since the clients wanted to let plenty of light in and enjoy the nice views of the wooded lot. We also made certain to display the client’s existing collections in choice spots.
We wanted to maintain a relaxed serene environment that would have a spa like quality for this very special residence. We were very pleased with the interiors and felt it reflected the client’s personality. They loved the results and hopefully will enjoy going there for years to come with friends and family.