Gable View Idea Home 1997 | Midwest Living

Gable View Idea Home 1997

While design details reflect the Midwest's Old World heritage, this house dazzles with all the comforts that families like yours demand today. (Originally published September/October 1997.)
  • The Showcase Home

    An impressive, traditional exterior design combines with intriguing interior spaces.

  • Dramatic Staircase

    A dramatic staircase links all three levels of this home. Handcrafted detailing creates a distinctive look. Six Velux skylights in the ceiling at the top of the stairs let in welcomed streams of light.

  • Triple-Duty Library

    Since the home has no formal living room, the library is where guests gather before or after dinner, as well as the computer center. A pocket door to the adjoining master bedroom makes the library a perfect spot for catching up on paperwork.

  • Great Room

    A vaulted ceiling creates drama and space in the home's great room. Also adding to the sense of space is the wall of custom maple windows. Handcrafted arched beams show Gable View's Old World detailing.

  • Kitchen

    Cabinets with a natural maple finish mix with cypress-green cupboards. Fluted columns on the island add to the handcrafted appearance. The island also features a small vegetable sink.

  • Built-Ins

    The kitchen includes a built-in desk and a special space for a kitchen computer.

  • Breakfast Nook

    Just off the kitchen, the aged, tumbled slate floor in the sunroom's casual dining area lends still another hint of the Old World at Gable View. Cranberry-finished circle-backed chairs surround the scrolled-iron pedestal table.

  • Dining Room

    Guests entering the home immediately see the dining room, which showcases a timeless and traditional look just off the foyer. Four tapered columns separate the two areas. Maple hardwood floors gleam and create continuity between the dining room and the foyer.

  • Master Suite

    The spiral-post bed and fringed "pouf" ottoman add to a nostalgic feeling in this room. The quiet color complements the mix of patterns--floral to plaid--in linens, carpet and upholstery.

  • Guest Suite

    The puckered seersucker fabric on the duvet that covers the comforter adds subtle texture to the room, as does the raised design on the wallpaper. Painted tan, it feels almost like suede. With its curved lines, the bed gives the guest suite a gracious, vintage look that reinforces Gable View's Old World theme.

  • Patio

    From the breakfast room off the great room, step onto the sunny terraced patio. Family and friends will gather here for summertime cookouts.

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