McNabb & Risley Interior Design feature: A holiday home transformation in Cedarburg Wisconsin!

Posted on Nov 27, 2017 in Blog


This November we are featuring a fabulous lower level renovation.  My clients had recently downsized and built a spectacular custom ranch which had beautiful architectural appointments and the home met all their needs.  There was a large unfinished basement that was not completed at the time they built because they had no need to double the home's footprint.  What they hadn't considered at the time is that their two adult children would meet their prospective spouses and marry within six months of each other!  At once, the homeowners' extended family grew overnight and they realized they needed more space for entertaining.  The clients' wishlist included a full custom kitchen with wine storage, a bar, media center, and a dining space.  They also added at the same time: a full home gym and a spa inspired bathroom (not shown).  They met with their builder and once their needs were established, the space was easily divided for each purpose.  Then it was time for us to meet and fine tune the finishes for their custom cabinetry, wood flooring, carpet, stone, and granite countertops.  

Early on we decided a neutral color palette would be best for the background.  The lower level is very spacious and we wanted the three connecting spaces to be warm and inviting.  The walls are painted a soft neutral shade, several tones lighter than the carpet to keep the area light and bright!  

The design inspiration for the lower level is from a painting that my client purchased in a Door County art gallery.  They love the color palette and want to bring the warmth of the North Woods to their newly renovated space.  

We started the design process with a stunning woven fabric that set the color scheme for the entire lower level and in complemented the painting perfectly.  I designed an overscale ottoman especially for this interior to highlight the key fabric and to anchor the seating area.  Bold reds, russets, Copenhagen blue, and black are highlighted in the textile.  The luxurious fur throw adds another layer of comfort and elevates the style of the setting.

Follow tomorrow's design blog to see before and after photos of the media center!

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