M Milwaukees Lifestyle Magazine January 2015 : Page 14

Cream City Design » Walking the Line Modern Melds with traditional in lakefront hoMe By Janet Raasch | PhotograPhy By elisabeth Witt Top: The millwork in the office features a gray-green finish. “I wanted it to feel classic but I didn’t want it to feel old and stodgy,” says interior designer Amy Carman. Above: Rustic furnishings in the dining room contrast the formality of the wainscotting. With its classic symmetry, Cream City brick and black shutters, the Georgian revival brick home along Lake Michigan in Fox Point looks as if it has been there for decades. “Part of the clients’ goal was to build something timeless,” says interior designer Amy Carman of Amy Carman Design, Elm Grove. The previous structure on the property had been torn down before the clients bought the lot, so they were starting with a blank canvas. Carman joined the project before construction began on the 8,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, 6.5-bath house. “At the time I was working on a room in the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure, a beautiful East Side mansion built in the early 1920s,” Carman says. “I spent a lot of time studying the millwork in that old Georgian mansion.” The interior selections — from the crown molding to the flooring to the furniture — are influenced by traditional design. “It’s a fresh take on traditional,” Carman says. “It’s a neutral color scheme but there are a lot of layers and a lot of contrast. It’s not boring.” She chose colors in the midrange of the neutral palette to give the interiors a richer feel. “Everything feels very authentic,” she says, noting that the dark colors, such as the hand-scraped walnut floors, balance the lighter neutrals of the millwork and wall colors. “It’s bright and airy, classic and timeless. It’s something you can live with for a long time.” 14 M | January 2015

Design

Janet Raasch

Walking the Line

Modern melds with traditional in lakefront home

With its classic symmetry, Cream City brick and black shutters, the Georgian revival brick home along Lake Michigan in Fox Point looks as if it has been there for decades.

“Part of the clients’ goal was to build something timeless,” says interior designer Amy Carman of Amy Carman Design, Elm Grove. The previous structure on the property had been torn down before the clients bought the lot, so they were starting with a blank canvas.

Carman joined the project before construction began on the 8,000-square-foot, sixbedroom,6. 5-bath house. “At the time I was working on a room in the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure, a beautiful East Side mansion built in the early 1920s,” Carman says. “I spent a lot of time studying the millwork in that old Georgian mansion.”

The interior selections — from the crown molding to the flooring to the furniture — are influenced by traditional design. “It’s a fresh take on traditional,” Carman says. “It’s a neutral color scheme but there are a lot of layers and a lot of contrast. It’s not boring.”

She chose colors in the midrange of the neutral palette to give the interiors a richer feel. “Everything feels very authentic,” she says, noting that the dark colors, such as the hand-scraped walnut floors, balance the lighter neutrals of the millwork and wall colors. “It’s bright and airy, classic and timeless. It’s something you can live with for a long time.”

Clockwise: In the office, distressed leather chairs with classic nailhead trim look very lived in. Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures add contrast and the old books on the shelves add to the room’s story.

Tile set in a herringbone pattern on the floor of the sunroom provides a modern accent to the room’s traditional decor. Walls of windows showcase views of Lake Michigan.

The kitchen features two large islands topped with a natural quartzite material that has the look of petrified wood. “It’s twice as dense as granite,” Carman says. The pendant lights above the island are a bit unexpected in a warm brass finish. White cabinetry and a white subway tile backsplash are hallmarks of classic design.

Tone-on-tone wallpaper and a beaded chandelier in the guest bath are consistent with the home’s neutral palette, but showcase a modern aesthetic.

Carman opted to paint the millwork on the lower level black. “At the end of the day, black is a neutral, too. It’s just at the opposite end of the spectrum,” she says.

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