Door County Idea Home 2006
Small but significant details create a kitchen that works well and coordinates with the adjoining great-room. A farmhouse apron-front sink and linear brushed chrome hardware both have a simple aesthetic. A Kohler pot filler saves trips to the sink when it's time to boil vegetables or cook pasta. Floating Glass appliances from Jenn-Air offer a sleek, sophisticated new option in white appliances.
Privacy isn't an issue on this wooded lot, so we stacked windows like a huge painting over the conservatory's sofa. With nature being such a strong influence, the room's colors had to harmonize. We chose a water-like aqua wall paint from Ace Hardware and leaf-green upholstery.
In Door County's past, bringing nature into the home usually meant the popular rustic log cabin look. We designed this home with an airy, soothing retreat feel that presents a simpler visual environment. We kept colors soft and pure, minimized clutter and reinterpreted natural themes as a subtle presence in the design. For instance, birch tree wallpaper and a gilded branch chandelier accent the dining area.
A gas fireplace from Lennox warms up cool evenings, (along with a propane-fueled Lennox heating and cooling system). The fireplace's pebble surround mimics beach stones found on the lakeshore. A Harden table and chairs offer space for playing games or solving jigsaw puzzles.
Hats, jackets, beach towels, gloves, scarves, sunglasses, umbrellas and many more vacation accessories find a home in our back entry wall of KraftMaid cabinets, cubbies and coat hooks. There's even a bench for sitting and slipping on shoes, flip flops or boots. Another wall of cabinets next to this has closed-door storage for seasonal sports equipment and more. Tall windows facing the front of the house light up this space, which connects to the garage.
We used a soft touch when designing our master bedroom suite. Shades of lavender and a warm taupe on the walls make this room relaxing. Textiles in silks, suedes, plush and cotton feel gentle to the touch. Furniture includes a hand-painted metal bed and Scandinavian-inspired chair.
Porthole windows, painted furniture, quilts, checks and reproduction beds make the rooms informal, yet lively. Natural wood ceiling fans from Hunter Fan keep guests cool.
Floor Plans - Main Level
We designed Harbor View as a vacation and ultimate retirement home for an empty-nester couple. To fulfill the couple's current and future needs, the main level includes a kitchen, great-room and master suite for comfortable living. All primary rooms drink in lake views through large windows. The upper and lower levels are separate spaces that cater to visiting family and guests.
Floor Plans - Upper Level
The upper level has two vaulted-ceiling guest bedrooms with water views and charming porthole side windows. A landing overlooking the great-room has space for a computer, desk and chair.
Floor Plans - Lower Level
The lower level offers more guest space with a fourth bedroom (and bath) that also can function as a home office or exercise room. A large family room that faces the water has its own kitchen with a sink, refrigerator, microwave and eat-at bar. A fireplace, game table, comfy seating and home-theater area offer entertainment for the couple's family and friends.