From design concept to completion!

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Blog

The Great Room custom floral drapery is what makes this space so dramatic!  The colors in the gorgeous linen fabric pull this room together perfectly.  The soft gold makes a statement while providing an inviting warmth and the steely blues give a cooling calmness.  This color combo provides a peaceful place for the family to relax while reflecting on their busy day.  The aqua chair in the corner is comfy and stylish and I added a kidney pillow for a subtle contrast.  I found a soft gold, ivory, and aqua oriental rug that grounds the space and adds the just the right amount of pattern!  -Krystle N.

We are honoring all Mothers today!

Posted on May 14, 2017 in Blog

Shop the Art Sale Today!

Posted on May 13, 2017 in Blog

Here’s a sneak peek at what Krystle N. is designing now!

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Blog

Making a house a home is a goal that every family has and I am so excited to share my latest design project with all of you!  The design presentation featured above is a Modern Farmhouse concept that I created for a local Cedarburg family.  If you love this look, follow May's Design Blog and my client and I will be sharing pictures of their completed home.  -Krystle N.

I am obsessed with the Modern Farmhouse trend!

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Blog

When I think of chic farmhouse style décor, slipcovers instantly come to mind and are my go to choice!  I mean who doesn't love the relaxed look of a linen slipcover?  I discovered this fabulous chair on my latest buying excursion and I adore the blue and white brushstroke floral print (another hot trend for 2017).  Love the look?  Stop in and see our huge selection for slipcover upholstery that can be customized especially for you!

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift?

Posted on May 10, 2017 in Blog

Treat mom to some Spring arm candy in the form of this gorgeous bracelet!  The easiest way to update any Spring wardrobe is to accessorize.  This bracelet is an updated classic and on trend for 2017.  Dress it up with your favorite Spring frock or wear it with a t-shirt and jeans, either way you are going to look amazing!  Find it locally at the McNabb & Risley jewelry case.

Hot design trend- We are branching out this month in style!

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Blog

Branch motifs are trending for Spring in accent furniture and accessories.  McNabb & Risley Interior Designer Krystle N. recently completed this stunning dining room and placed a golden branch on the rustic sideboard.  What a beautiful touch!

Looking for more design inspiration?  These silver lamps have a natural branch form and linen drum shades.  They are the perfect update for any room in the house!  Find them locally at McNabb & Risley and save during the Spring Home Sale.

Looking for a focal point for your living room?  Try a over scale cocktail ottoman with a dramatic branch inspired base.  This is an excellent example of furniture as an art form that is entirely hand made.  Select from fabric or leather and the base is available in ten custom metal finishes.  Special order and save during the Spring Home Sale!

Treat Yourself!

Posted on May 7, 2017 in Blog

Stop in soon and check out the new Spring fragrances at McNabb & Risley!  Our soy based candles are hand poured in Georgia and the scent is amazing.  We love the hand blown artisan glass container that you can repurpose after your done burning the candle.  You can use as a vase or in the powder room for storing makeup brushes, cotton swabs, or other beauty products!  

Happy Spring everybody!

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Blog

Spring accessories are arriving daily, stop in soon to see our new collections!

Thinking about your next design project?

Posted on May 3, 2017 in Blog

Stop in soon to see what is new for Spring!  Save storewide on floor samples and custom orders.

Spring is in the air and in my garden at last!

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Blog

Please take time to go outside and bask in the beauty of a Wisconsin Spring day!

Happy Saturday, here is a little Spring design inspiration!

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 in Blog

Thinking about making a change in your home this Spring?  Stop in and see all of McNabb & Risley's exciting new Home Collections.  Save storewide on custom orders and floor samples!  

Modern Heirlooms- A classic oriental rug updated with a fresh neutral palette.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 in Blog

Our interior designers are often requested to work with a client's existing oriental rug, usually an heirloom passed down over several generations.  Many clients have fond memories of the rug being in their grandparents' home and are emotionally attached to the rug and wish to use it in their new interior.  Our designers welcome the opportunity to work with your heirlooms because they understand how important they are to you and your family.  If you are like me and not lucky enough to inherit an oriental rug, you can purchase beautiful heirloom quality orientals here at McNabb & Risley.  This is a remarkable carpet I hand selected on my last buying trip, it is a hand knotted, 100% New Zealand wool rug imported from India.  This is a new take on a classic Oushak, only in a more subdued color palette in ivory, taupe, and soft golds.  Find this rug locally at McNabb & Risley and save during the Spring Home Sale!  

We are celebrating today!

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog

The entire McNabb and Risley Staff thanks Carol, Diane, and Susan for keeping our company running smoothly.  Jim and I are treating the staff with a catered luncheon and flowers for the ladies!  Thank you for all you do for our customers and the design staff!

The new Spring fabrics have arrived!

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Blog

Spring’s Special Offer!

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 in Blog

A Modern Heirloom- A French Bibliothéque, a book lover’s dream!

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 in Blog

This bookcase is not only a Modern Heirloom, it is a modern masterpiece.  Whether you place it in a dining room, living room, or library, this extraordinary French antique reproduction will add a touch of sophistication to any setting.  Just imagine displaying your prized books and art objects within this cabinet, sheer joy!  There are four French wired doors with pewter cross braces completed with a brass center medallion.  The finish is a hand rubbed antique black paint and best of all the cabinet has an ivory milk paint interior.  Love that!  

If you love books as much as I do, you deserve something beautiful to display your collection.  This bibliothéque is very versatile even though most would believe it to be too formal for today's lifestyles.  Envision the cabinet in a loft with brick walls, distressed floors, and an open concept floor plan.  Add a pair of 120 inch long slipcover sofas, a huge cocktail ottoman in leather, and a pair of comfortable chairs- see how it could work?!  Special order and save during McNabb & Risley's Spring Sale!  Important- remember to measure your space because this piece is 87 inches wide, 16 inches deep, and 94 inches high.  

I have a question for you, is it considered hoarding when it's books?  Hmmmm- when I begin to think I own too many books, I remember my Great Aunt always said, "Never underestimate a well read woman."  So true!

Make every day Earth Day!

Posted on Apr 22, 2017 in Blog


Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues that affect our planet. Here are ten simple projects you can undertake this year to help make the world a cleaner place.

-Walk or ride your bike to work.
-Purchase reusable grocery bags.
-Compost all food waste.
-Conduct a trash pickup at a local park, school, or in your neighborhood.
-Plant a tree.
-Run full loads of laundry.
-Use phosphate-free detergent.
-Use energy saving light bulbs.
-Utilize natural pesticides.
-Make a commitment to go green in at least five areas of your life for the next year.

The small steps we take today will make a huge difference in the environment tomorrow. Yours, Tara Wilke

McNabb & Risley, you make my world beautiful!

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in Blog

Enjoy a sneak peek at what is being delivered!  Love what you see?  Meet with one of our talented designers today and see what they can create for you!

In case you missed it- In The Press!

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in Blog

Our beautiful accent chair was featured in April's M Magazine and I feel this is definitely in the Modern Heirloom category because of its timeless style.  Inspired by an earlier era, this graceful French carved oak chair is upholstered in a natural linen and features small antique tacks along the base and arms.  We have recently sold out on this item, however we are happy to special order it for you during the Spring Home Sale!

It’s time for McNabb & Risley’s Sample Sale!

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in Blog

Here is your opportunity to enjoy quality home furnishings and save 30% to 70% off on select furniture, home accents, art, lighting, accessories, and area rugs.  Hurry in for best selection!

In the Press! We were featured in April’s Milwaukee Magazine’s Best of the ‘Burbs!

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 in Blog

Thank you Milwaukee Magazine for giving McNabb & Risley a shout out in your April "Best of the 'Burbs" Issue!  We are so excited to be featured!

The photo above was actually shot at McNabb & Risley yesterday and was not in Milwaukee Magazine, but we wanted to share some of our cool gift items that are new for Spring!  We are so excited that you included McNabb & Risley Fine Furniture and Interior Design in the Shopping Section!

Designer’s Choice- Modern Heirlooms by Dona W.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in Blog

When this table arrived in the store I was so excited.  Typically, round tables become oval when leaves are inserted; and finding one with self –storing leaves is rare.  Imagine my delight to find that this 54” round table extended to a 70” round AND had self-storing leaves.

The mechanism on this table is amazing!  You expand the table by sliding the pie shaped leaves outward and bring the hidden leaves forward; it all fits together like a giant puzzle. There are no heavy leaves to store and haul out and the whole process takes about a minute.  I thought it was so ingenious and modern!  Imagine my surprise when I learned the mechanics of this round expanding table was created in the Victorian Era C.1835.

I enjoy showing this beautiful table more than any other piece of furniture in the store because of the delight and wonder it elicits from customers.  I invite you to come in and see for yourself why this quality, unique, table would be perfect for the casual lifestyles of today and become a family heirloom!

Designer’s Choice- Modern Heirlooms by Krystle N.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 in Blog

When I think of Modern Heirlooms, blue and white porcelain came to mind.  In design, blue and white color palettes are timeless.  Accent pieces like oriental jars, Japanese blue and white plates, and ginger jar lamps add an historic touch to any design aesthetic.  

Blue and white color schemes can span from traditional, coastal, country, and even modern.  Today, I shared a few photos of a classic interior where I used blue and white and a close up of custom furniture and an area rug I created for a client's home!  

A pair of slipcover sofas and this blue and white chair are heading North to a lake house.  I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek of some of my blue and white design projects, they are fresh, classic, and inviting!     -Krystle N.

Designer’s Choice- Modern Heirlooms by Michael D.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 in Blog

I recently sold this pair of exquisite glass sculptures to one of my clients.  The sculptures are hand crafted of Murano glass and are infused with metallic copper accents that reflect the light at different angles.  I feel these sculptures are Modern Heirlooms because Murano glass has been in the collector category for over two centuries.  These artistic sculptures have been reimagined with a modern edge, it is decorative glass art at its best!

Historic Shorewood home gets an update- Interior Designer Sara R.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Blog

Sara will share more of her design project later in the month, be sure to check back!

Designer’s Choice- Modern Heirlooms by Sara R.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog

I am traditionalist at heart.  My selections for the Designer Spotlight page reflect my love for classic home furnishings that have timeless appeal.  The hand carved accent chair is small scale and will fit in any room in the home.  The brass round glass top table has an Asian influence which is always in good taste and I could see it placed on the exquisite oriental rug.  The hand crafted area rug is one of many we offer at McNabb & Risley through our Interior Design Service.  The color palette is from Benjamin Moore's curated historical paint collection and are accurate color pigments from America's past!

Modern Heirlooms- Classic Mid-Century style.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Blog

If I had to select one superb Mid-Century classic that would endure the test of time, it would be this chic cabinet.  This piece is a classic in its simplistic design and the use of rare woods makes it extraordinary.  The cabinet features a beautiful book matched Olive Ash Burl veneer that covers the case on all four sides including the top.  Only the most perfect highly figured sections of wood are chosen by the expert craftsmen who then apply the veneers to a solid wood cabinet.  This process can only be done by hand, just as it was done two centuries ago.  The completed cabinet is placed on a hand cast cubist brass base that was polished and finished by the same craftsmen to ensure enduring quality and beauty.  I would love to see this cabinet placed prominently in an entry, den, or dining room.  There is an interior shelf and the outside measurements are width- 36" depth- 19" height- 35."  This piece is available in the natural finish with no other finish options.  Custom order this cabinet and save during the Spring Home Sale!

Passover begins at sundown tonight!

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog

Passover will start on Monday, April 10th and will continue for seven days until Tuesday, April 18th.  Passover is one of the most important Jewish religious holidays.  The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

Modern Heirlooms- Chinoiserie is always a chic choice!

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog

This month I am exploring Modern Heirlooms, fine furniture being hand crafted today, that future generations will collect tomorrow.  Today's choice is a delicately scaled display cabinet (or bar) with stunning hand painted Chinoiserie.  If you are not familiar with Chinoiserie, it is a French term that refers to a European style design motif influenced by Chinese art.  This style was popular with the English aristocracy from the 16th through the 19th century and remains a tasteful choice for today's home.  The Chippendale style cabinet is constructed of solid mahogany and Imbuya burl veneers and features a pierced brass gallery.  Just think of the treasures you can display on this extraordinary piece of furniture!  Custom order today and save during the Spring Home Sale, your great grandchildren will thank you!

Calling all design enthusiasts! Don’t miss the Floor Sample Sale!

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 in Blog

Every design project needs a starting point... Find yours at the McNabb & Risley Sample Sale!  For a limited time save up to 60% off!  No holds during this event, so hurry in for best selection!

Are you a star gazer? Then you will love today’s Modern Heirloom selection!

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in Blog

This amazing starburst table was inspired by a 17th century Spanish original.  We offer it in an inky black finish with silver leaf accents, however it is available in twenty-five specialty finishes.  The unique molded starburst top is stunning and I believe it is an excellent example of a Modern Heirloom that will be cherished for years to come.  I would love to use this table in a contemporary setting paired with sleek modern chairs, or you could use it in a traditional home flanked with classical wing chairs.  Custom order in the finish of your choice and save during the Spring Home Sale!

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