Good News! We have extended the New Year’s Sale through Saturday!

Posted on Jan 3, 2018 in Blog

Save 30% to 70% storewide on quality home furnishings and accents during our extended New Year's Sale!



Today, I am celebrating a blogging milestone!

Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in Blog

Dear Readers,

I have reached a personal milestone this month as I celebrate five years of writing McNabb & Risley's design blog, "Tara's Take on Design."  The post featured above was my first inspirational quote and the photo was taken in my own backyard.  This stunning sunset is another great example how you can find design inspiration and beauty anywhere even in your own backyard!  

This photograph was the first of over 2,350 blog posts and countless images I have shared with you over the last five years.  My design blog was created to be inspirational, uplifting, informative, and fun.  When I developed the concept for the website and design blog I thought it would be nice to share all the amazing things I love about McNabb & Risley and what makes us unique in the Milwaukee marketplace. 

Thank you for visiting our website, it has been a pleasure and a journey exploring the latest design trends, color schemes, and all our interior design projects with you over the last five years.  Here's to new design adventures in 2018!   

Yours, Tara Wilke

Creative Design Director



The countdown to the New Year has begun, 4 big days to save including New Year’s Day!

Posted on Dec 29, 2017 in Blog

Shop today from 9am-8pm.

Saturday 9am-5pm.

Open Sunday 11am-5pm.

Open New Year's Day 11am-5pm.



New Year’s Sale going now, 5 days to save 30% to 70% off on select merchandise!

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in Blog

Save 30% to 70% off during the New Year's Sale!

Shop today from 9am-5:30pm.

Friday, December 29th from 9am-8pm.

Saturday, December 30th from 9am-5pm.

OPEN SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31st from 11am-5pm.

OPEN NEW YEAR'S DAY from 11am-5pm.



The countdown to the New Year has begun, 6 big days to save including New Year’s Day!

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Blog

Save 30% to 70% off during the New Year's Sale!

Shop today from 9am-5:30pm.

Thursday, December 28th from 9am-5:30pm.

Friday, December 29th from 9am-8pm.

Saturday, December 30th from 9am-5pm.

OPEN SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31st from 11am-5pm.

OPEN NEW YEAR'S DAY from 11am-5pm.



New Year’s Sale begins today!

Posted on Dec 26, 2017 in Blog


Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted on Dec 25, 2017 in Blog


The Holiday Sale ends today, shop until 8pm tonight!

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in Blog

Present panic anyone?  No need for that!  Shop McNabb & Risley's Holiday Sale and you will find the perfect gift for everyone on your gift list, and we will even wrap it for you!  

Gift Suggestions: 

Holiday scented candles

Save 50% off on estate jewelry

Save 50% on all Christmas accents

Gift Certificates

Save on all spa bath products buy one get one half off

Save 50% on all scarves and totes

Save 50% on all journals and notebooks



Here is a sneak peek at a few additional accents in Michael’s design project! Enjoy!

Posted on Dec 21, 2017 in Blog

This George III antique reproduction mahogany arm chair was custom ordered for Michael's client's study.  The back of the chair features a gothic design influence and the hand carved feathering accents are repeated on the chair legs. The rich chestnut leather seat enhances the warm wood tones and makes this a comfortable place to sit.  

Michael selected this exquisite modern abstract art to complement and enhance his client's color scheme.  He added a floating museum quality gold leaf frame which brings an upscale traditional touch to the piece.  The client loves the additional vibrant colors including the bright cobalt blue featured prominently in the painting.  Simply stunning, we love the mix of modern and traditional!



We are inspired this month by Michael’s client’s opulent sitting room!

Posted on Dec 20, 2017 in Blog

The sitting room is the family's favorite place to gather.  The cobalt blue walls and crisp white painted woodwork set the stage for the high color contrast which makes this room so appealing.  The stunning sapphire blue velvet sofas feature plush down seat cushions and toss pillows.  The luxurious velvet fabric is a hard wearing commercial grade textile!  The velvet has an extremely soft feel and is child and pet friendly.  A pair of English inspired lounge chairs in ivory add additional seating and the high chair backs offer comfort.  The mahogany cocktail table is an English reproduction that features a satinwood banding bordering the tabletop.  Blue and white porcelain complete the setting beautifully.   Everything in the client's home is meaningful to the family and was selected with great care.  The result is beautiful and timeless!  To the client and her family, thank you so very much for sharing your lovely home with our readers!



Setting the stage for elegant entertaining in River Hills!

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Blog

Michael's client enjoys the formality of a traditional dining room and was excited to find the perfect antique reproduction mahogany table and chairs through McNabb & Risley's design services.  The incredible table and chairs were entirely handcrafted for our client's dining room.  This setting is timeless and the off white walls create a calm atmosphere, perfect for leisurely dining.  Michael encouraged his client to add the large modern abstract painting which features exuberant gold metallic brushstrokes.  The golden accents in the painting bring out the soft brass highlights of the crystal chandelier.  The final result is a bold style statement the client and her family adore!



High style meets elegance in a classic River Hills home! Featuring McNabb & Risley Interior Designer Michael D.

Posted on Dec 18, 2017 in Blog

I am so excited to share this beautiful home with you that McNabb & Risley Interior Designer Michael has collaborated on.  Michael's client loves classic design with a timeless appeal so it was a perfect design match for both of them!  What makes this formal interior fresh is the unexpected pairings and the bold indigo blue color palette.  The antique reproduction table is surrounded by four stools instead of chairs, and in place of an oriental rug the client chose a zebra cowhide rug to define the area.  Simple window treatments frame the bay window and draw the eye to the view outside.  Michael's client's home features heirloom quality home furnishings that she has collected over the years from McNabb & Risley.  Each piece was carefully selected for its timeless classic appeal and enduring quality.  Whether it is art, accessories, or furniture the client and Michael have achieved a highly personalized space that is dramatic and represents the family's exquisite sense of style.



The Holiday Sale ends December 22nd, there is still time to shop and save!

Posted on Dec 17, 2017 in Blog

Present panic anyone?  No need for that!  Shop McNabb & Risley's Holiday Sale and you will find the perfect gift for everyone on your gift list, and we will even wrap it for you!  

Gift Suggestions: 

Holiday scented candles

Save 50% off on estate jewelry

Save 50% on all Christmas accents

Gift Certificates

Save on all spa bath products buy one get one half off

Save 50% on all scarves and totes

Save 50% on all journals and notebooks



Dashing through the snow?

Posted on Dec 16, 2017 in Blog

Gather holiday design inspiration locally as you explore the latest trends in quality home furnishings.  Stop in every Saturday for refreshments, holiday music, and festive shopping. 



It’s time to be festive!

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 in Blog

Save 50% off the regular price on all holiday accents, estate jewelry, work totes, and scarves!  Stop in soon for best selection and we are offering free gift bags with purchase!  



In the Press!

Posted on Dec 14, 2017 in Blog

Thank you to everyone at M Magazine for featuring Thiensville in December's issue!  We enjoyed the article and agree there is something special about our small town holiday celebrations and we are honored that you included McNabb & Risley as a shopping destination.



Looking for a gift your design obsessed friends will love?

Posted on Dec 13, 2017 in Blog

The best design present you can give friends and family is a McNabb & Risley Gift Certificate.  The gift of a beautiful and comfortable home is priceless!  McNabb & Risley offers everything you need to fill your home with comfort and joy!



Happy Hanukkah everyone!

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 in Blog


Everybody’s talking- In the Press!

Posted on Dec 10, 2017 in Blog

Every year we all look forward to the M Magazine Gift Guide and this year does not disappoint.  Thank you to the M Staff for featuring our stylish and super comfortable leather recliner!  Custom order our recliner in fabric or leather as shown.  Find it locally at McNabb & Risley and save during the Holiday Sale!



The magic of the season begins!

Posted on Dec 9, 2017 in Blog

Add comfort and joy to your living space with stylish home furnishings and save during McNabb & Risley's Holiday Sale!  Explore a vast array of exclusive furniture, art, lighting, and more right in your own backyard!  Shop local and browse our extensive offering of gifts and holiday accents while you take in the sights and the sounds of the season.  Let us treat you to a peppermint latte and pastries while you relax!  Hope to see you soon!



2017 Gift Guide- Tis the season to be merry!

Posted on Dec 8, 2017 in Blog

One of my favorite Christmas memories was that every year my mother gave each one of us a special holiday ornament.  I thought that this was such a lovely family tradition, I passed it on to our children and now to the grandchildren.  Our featured Santa ornament has an Old World feel and would make a sweet addition to any Christmas collection!  Find it locally at McNabb & Risley and save during the Holiday Sale.



2017 Gift Guide- Tis the season for scents!

Posted on Dec 7, 2017 in Blog

Here is my top gift pick that everyone on your list will love!  The evergreen candles are not only a holiday favorite, they will smell amazing all Winter long.  I love the handcrafted glass container because you can repurpose it, I use mine as a mini vase.  Find this candle and more fragrances during the Holiday Sale!  

Looking for a hostess gift?  We recommend The Smell of Christmas and we offer free gift wrap!



2017 Holiday Gift Guide- Tis the season for comfort and joy!

Posted on Dec 6, 2017 in Blog

We love the glitz and glamour of these stylish holiday pillows!  Pile them together as we did on a sofa or select one stand out as an accent for a chair.  Love the look?  Find it locally at McNabb & Risley and save during the Holiday Sale!



2017 Gift Guide- Tis the season to sparkle!

Posted on Dec 5, 2017 in Blog

McNabb & Risley's jewelry case shines!  For a limited time save 25% off the regular price on all jewelry!  Never before have we offered such significant savings!  Select a stylish piece for a friend and treat yourself, after all you have been very good, right?



2017 Gift Guide- Tis the season to make everyone happy!

Posted on Dec 4, 2017 in Blog

One of the most popular holiday gifts year after year are our stylish work totes.  We feel they are the best totes for storing all of your everyday work essentials!  Chic and colorful, these totes are waterproof (which is very important when you live in Wisconsin) and offer sturdy handles.  Best of all, we are offering 50% off the regular price while quantities last! 



2017 Gift Guide- Tis the season to be cozy!

Posted on Dec 3, 2017 in Blog

Wrap up some comfort and joy with our cozy faux fur throw!  So soft and luxurious, this is a must have gift especially when the snow starts to fly.  Get it now at McNabb & Risley and save during the Holiday Sale!

*December's Inspirational Quote



Making spirits bright!

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Blog

This gold leaf enhanced reindeer painting just makes me happy, I hope it brightens your spirits today too!  Find this print locally at McNabb & Risley and save during the Holiday Sale.

Stop in today and enjoy peppermint lattes and holiday treats while you shop!



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

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 in Blog

I want to thank my clients first and foremost for sharing their beautiful interior with all of our readers.  I thoroughly enjoyed assisting them with their new addition to their lovely home.    I wanted to highlight some of the accessories I selected for the lower level that were not featured in the main photographs.  I believe an interior is not complete until it is fully accessorized and art selections are installed.   These finishing touches enhance the space and make it truly your own.  I hope all of you have found our featured Cedarburg home dressed for the holidays inspiring!  

Yours, Tara Wilke



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

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 in Blog

A custom bar serves as a major focal point as you enter my clients' newly renovated lower level.  Top of the line custom cabinetry, a wine refrigerator, and built in cabinets house the glassware and make this a stylish place for refreshments and entertaining!

Custom barstools complement the adjoining dining room chairs and create a striking contrast to the stacked limestone bar and granite countertops.  The masculine windowpane fabric is repeated on the barstools and was treated to repel liquids for that occasional spill!  

My favorite design detail in the bar area is the delightful large canvas print of a stag with a high contrast abstract background.  My clients and I loved the modern playful approach to a wildlife print.  The black, tan, and neutral painting complements the space perfectly!



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

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in Blog

The dining room offers a creative solution to traditional seating.  The rich leather tufted bench is comfortable and can easily be moved to the seating for extra guests.  The focal point of this space is the reclaimed wood dining table with an unique metal base and tapered legs.  The chairs were custom created for the setting and sport a classic charcoal and gray windowpane fabric.  The centerpiece on the table are three iron candleholders that are intertwined with a natural looking faux evergreen garland.  My clients love setting the scene for Christmas and all accessories, Christmas trees, garland, and Santa were discovered at McNabb & Risley's Holiday Open House Event!  The red Beastie is the clients' own.  

The nature inspired brass installation behind the dining table is actually four metal sculptures I hung in an overlapping cluster to look like one large piece.  I shaped the brass leaves to give the sculpture a three dimensional effect and I love the way it reflects the overhead lighting.  We added a contemporary art print to complete the area and provide a pop of color!



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