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HOME TOUR | Rustic Meets Feminine on the First Floor

On a beautiful wooded lot in Colgate, a couple dreamed of turning their tired home into a place where they could proudly host family and friends – a place that blended their differing tastes and showcased their scenic backdrop.

The remodeled home is now a balanced mix of their individual styles (hers: feminine and eclectic, his: more rustic). The project features decorative lighting, antiqued oak floors, a distressed beam mantel, and a large kitchen. An open staircase with floating treads is the focal point of the first floor, and a master suite addition takes advantage of the home’s views and serves as a retreat.

E N T R A N C E

Colgate Front Entry

This inviting foyer is flooded with natural light and features a stylish light fixture.

Looking into the home from the front entrance, the rooms were dark, dated, and compartmentalized.  The center staircase cut the kitchen off from the family room, making it difficult to prep food while entertaining friends in the other room.

Colgate Open Staircase

Now, the spaces are open to one another, making it easier to mingle with guests and allowing natural light to flood the first floor.  Not only does the new staircase accommodate a better layout, but it also serves as a unique focal point.

D I N I N G   R O O M

Colgate Dining Room Remodel

The dining room is the perfect spot to host family and friends.  It is easily accessible from the kitchen, and it has great views of their wooded lot (note all those gorgeous trees framed by the window).  The space also features grass cloth wallpaper, adding texture and a rustic element.  The light fixture offers a more feminine touch, and the coffered ceiling creates interest and dimension.

K I T C H E N

Kitchen Before

The kitchen was isolated, and it didn’t lend itself to hosting larger groups.  It was also rather “non-descript.”  The homeowners wanted the space to truly highlight their personality.

Colgate Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is a great blend of refined and rustic details – decorative lighting, custom painted cabinetry, a faux metal finish on the hood, sueded perimeter tops, an earthy backsplash, and oil-rubbed bronze hardware.  It is now open to other entertaining areas and has a functional and efficient floor plan, with a natural flow between work areas, storage, and appliances.

F A M I L Y   R O O M

Family Room Before

One word to describe the existing family room?  Flat.  A flat ceiling.  Flat color palette.  Just flat out boring.  The homeowners wanted to create a more grandiose space while maintaining the rustic look of the fireplace.

Colgate Family Room Remodel

The remodeled family room’s vaulted ceiling gives the illusion of more space.  The fieldstone fireplace was preserved, and a faux metal finish and metal straps were used to create a focal point without the added expense of restructuring for heavy stone.

Because the space is open to the rest of the first floor, the “weight” of the fireplace balances the kitchen.  The space also has excellent views to the backyard!

O F F I C E

Office Before

The existing master bedroom was dated.  The homeowners desired a new master suite that suited their needs better, offered more privacy, and took advantage of their setting.  An addition was built to accommodate this.  The homeowners also wanted an office space on the first floor.

Colgate Home Office

The master bedroom was transformed into a new home office.  It features sliding French doors, antiqued oak flooring, and an eye-catching light fixture.  It’s a light-filled space with clean lines, perfect for working from home.

M A S T E R    B E D R O O M

Colgate Master Bedroom

The new master bedroom is flooded with natural light, and the large windows offer a spectacular view.  The vaulted ceiling draws your attention up and showcases a unique light fixture.

M A S T E R   B A T H

Master Bath Before

The master bath was stuck in the past.  It was essential to bring the space up to speed and reflect the homeowners’ style.

Colgate Master Bathroom

The master bath has a more masculine feel and complements the rustic details throughout the house and outdoors.  Acid-washed tile offers a natural and neutral aesthetic.  A marble pebbled tile ties in with the flooring and wainscoting while delineating the tub and its view.  It also gives the space a sense of outdoors.  The vanity has ample storage and features quartz tops, a recessed tower, and distressed knotty alder.

12 Days of Entertaining Spaces (and Recipes)

12 Days of Entertaining Spaces

We’re sharing some of our favorite entertaining spaces with a holiday recipe to whip up at home!

Day 1

The Space

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen is ideal for entertaining, featuring double islands, ample storage, layers of lighting, and high-end appliances.  It is a mix of rustic and refined design elements – a cozy spot for the holidays.

The Recipe

Fanciful Raspberry Ribbons Recipe

These little cookies look beautiful on a platter full of holiday treats.  They’re sure to be a crowd pleaser, too!

Day 2

The Space

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

This lower level bar is the perfect spot to host a holiday shindig!  It features leather-textured granite, a stacked stone backsplash, two beverage refrigerators, and custom cabinetry.

The Recipe

Cheese Fondue Recipe

This year, one fun appetizer we’re having at our family holiday gathering is fondue!  Here is a yummy recipe based on the popular beer cheese dip served at The Melting Pot.

Day 3

The Space

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

This family room is flooded with natural light and features a coffered ceiling, gas fireplace, oak hardwood flooring, and a wet bar equipped with wine and beverage refrigerators.

The Recipe

Whipped Cream Fudge Recipe

This fudge recipe is incredibly simple and quite delicious!  It’s the perfect treat to bring to a party or to give as a gift.

Day 4

The Space

Fox Point Butler's Pantry

This butler’s pantry/wet bar is well-equipped, featuring wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker, glass storage, and a bar sink (it’s also important to point out the goldleaf tiles and gold ceiling).

The Recipe

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini Recipe

This festive holiday drink is sure to be a hit at your next gathering!

Day 5

The Space

Oconomowoc Dining Room

This dining room is the perfect spot to host family and friends.  It features a custom-built corner cabinet and a buffet with glass storage and a beverage refrigerator (the ideal spot for your holiday spread)!

The Recipe

Egg Casserole Recipe

This is probably one of the best egg bakes out there!  It’s the perfect breakfast to feed a crowd for a holiday brunch (although the recipe can be halved easily), and you can whip the ingredients together the evening before.

Day 6

The Space

Hartford Sunroom Addition

This sunroom addition is a balanced mix of rustic and refined details – reclaimed barn beams, fieldstone, a coffered ceiling, and an elegant light fixture.  The large windows also showcase the pastoral views (note the red barn)!

The Recipe

Baked Brie Bites Recipe

These brie bites are easy to pop in your mouth, and they always go quickly at parties!

Day 7

The Space

Delafield Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen features custom quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, green soapstone and granite countertops, a subway tile backsplash, and a painted island with plenty of seating for guests!

The Recipe

Amish Sugar Cookies Recipe

These cookies are beautiful (they can really be customized for any season with the addition of sprinkles), and they melt in your mouth!

Day 8

The Space

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

This lower level is a spot that the whole family can enjoy.  It features engineered hickory flooring, a bold chandelier, and room for a large table (perfect for games or meals).  The space also includes a wet bar with marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry.

The Recipe

Chocolate Caramel Fondue Recipe

We already shared a cheese fondue recipe.  Now, it’s time for something sweet!  This is a simple, delicious recipe.  The fun part?  There are endless dipper options!

Day 9

The Space

Oconomowoc Screen Porch Addition

This screen porch off the lower level showcases the home’s beautiful backdrop.  It features a stained concrete floor, cedar, and reclaimed brick.

The Recipe

Hot Ham and Cheese Party Rolls Recipe

This appetizer is a crowd pleaser, and it’s perfect for a party because it can be assembled the night before!

Day 10

The Space

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

This bar is ideal for entertaining!  It’s cozy, featuring a copper top, a Lannon stone wall and fireplace, stained beams, and a travertine floor.

The Recipe

Brandy Slush Recipe

This is a bit of a throwback!  Brandy slush is a refreshing drink throughout the year.  And it can be served with brunch or dinner – very versatile!

Day 11

The Space

Hartford Greeting Room

This is the perfect spot to retire to after a holiday feast.  It features reclaimed barn beams, a tongue and groove ceiling, a gas fireplace, and a slate floor.

The Recipe

Kringle Recipe

Make it for breakfast or serve as a dessert with coffee.  This homemade Kringle is delicious!

Day 12

The Space

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

With plenty of island seating for guests and lots of counter space for meal prep, who wouldn’t want to entertain in this kitchen?  It features Chocolate Bordeaux granite, custom white cabinetry, a stained island, and high-end appliances.

The Recipe

Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This pork tenderloin is a balanced mix of sweet, savory, and tart.  It also looks pretty on your plate!

It’s All in the Details

May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted detail photos every day (every weekday and non-holiday, that is). Here is a compilation of some Bartelt details!

Kitchens

  1. This range hood serves as a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen.  It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the space.
  2. The base of this butcher block adds a pop of color to the kitchen, and the knife storage keeps tools within reach of where the homeowners need it.
  3. This kitchen niche not only adds interest to the backsplash, but it is also a great spot to store frequently used spices and oils.
  4. A furniture-style island leg is an important aspect of the kitchen.  The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture.
  5. Showcasing the homeowners’ style, this kitchen pendant offers ambient and task lighting over the island.
  6. The roll-out pantry allows the homeowners to take advantage of the entire depth of the cabinet without having to dig through boxes and canned goods.

Lower Levels

  1. This hammered copper countertop is the perfect addition to a lower level bar.
  2. A Tuscan-style lower level features textured plaster walls and arched brick openings.
  3. These chalkboard doors are a fun addition to a lower level playroom.
  4. A finished basement is a great opportunity to get creative with your lighting!
  5. Here is a close-up of that unique lower level fireplace, the face of Prometheus.

Bathrooms

  1. Check out this grand, double-door entrance into the master bath!  The arched doorway mimics the arch above the large soaking tub.
  2. Not only does a recessed niche add character to a bathroom, but it is also perfect for decor or storage needs.
  3. The tub’s handshower offers a classic and sophisticated look.
  4. This steam shower has frameless glass panels, a pivoting transom, and Pietra Calacatta, an innovative porcelain tile that looks like marble, but holds up to the steam.
  5. A wall-mounted faucet, slate tile, and boulder vessel sink help achieve a rustic aesthetic in this home’s powder room.

Other Spaces

  1. This custom, built-in bed takes advantage of an existing alcove and is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ grandchildren to snuggle in for a sleepover.
  2. In this library, a knotty alder coffered ceiling adds warmth and character.
  3. An arched opening between the sunroom and back hall keeps the spaces separate yet open to one another.
  4. The fieldstone and barn beams on this sunroom fireplace tie into the home’s exterior and create a nice balance of rustic and refined.

Home Design is Looking Up

Don’t let your ceiling become an afterthought.

When designing a new space or updating an old space, there is a lot to think about. People can spend hours mulling over paint colors, hardware options, cabinetry finishes, and other details, but one aspect that tends to be neglected: the ceiling.

The ceiling is just as much a design opportunity as elements such as light fixtures or flooring. It can be an unexpected focal point, drawing visitors’ attention upward and adding character to a space.

Now, let’s take a look at just a few options to turn your standard ceiling into something spectacular!

Tin Ceiling

Tin ceilings not only add texture to a room, but they also offer historical charm. They became popular in the 19th century because they were a more affordable option than plaster, but tin ceilings are finding their way into more and more homes today.

Tin Ceilings

Vaulted and Barrel-Vaulted Ceilings

In general, vaulted ceilings give a room height and the illusion of more space, but it’s important to consider the scale of the room. If the ceiling is too high, the area can feel too large and become a cold echo chamber. Barrel-vaulted ceilings offer a soft arch and depart from a typical vaulted ceiling, which can provide more architectural interest to a room.

Left: Vaulted Ceiling with Box Beams; Right: Barrel-Vaulted Ceiling

Tray Ceilings

With a recessed area resembling a tray, these ceilings can contribute to the spacious feel of a room. There are many ways to highlight a tray ceiling – paint, moldings, wood planks, and other details. It is also a great opportunity to feature lighting.

Tray Ceiling

Coffered Ceilings

Coffered ceilings use recessed panels and a grid pattern to add dimension and architectural charm to a room, often created with beams or plaster. They can also offer space to hide ducts, pipes, and other mechanical items.

Coffered Ceiling

Beam Ceilings

Exposed or painted beams often give a space a timeless, rustic elegance. It is a great way to add a touch of masculinity to a room, whether you use reclaimed or paint-grade wood to match the space’s color scheme.

No matter which style you choose for your space, consider getting creative with the materials you use. There are many options other than drywall – painted or stained wood, barn boards, tin (as previously stated), metal, brick, and other interesting items.

It’s okay to think outside the box!

Top: Beam Ceiling; Middle: Beam Ceiling with Barn Boards; Bottom: Beam Ceiling with Brick