Modern European

Transitional Custom Home, Elm Grove, WI
Architecture, Interior Design & Furnishings


Design Introduction

Positioned atop a hill, the Modern European Residence is surrounded by an engaging landscape and mature trees on a 3.5-acre site. The serpentine drive and garden walls create a calming approach and ease the response to the site’s increasing elevation. The low auto court walls and granite cobble circle drive activate the entry sequence, and introduce the use of pattern seen throughout the home. Old-world European masonry farmhouses, rich with interesting details and fine millwork, inspired the design. The theming is modernized through simple architectural shapes and clean lines that steer focus to the beautifully aligned details revealed in the high-quality materials of white-fired brick, granite, cut stone, simulated slate, and zinc.

Interior Theming

Ceiling beams, wallpaper treatments, rugs, and furnishings create definition, where fabrics and patterns stand out for visual interest and subtle additions of color. A brighter look is achieved through a neutral color palette to accentuate the contemporary accents and bright artwork that delivers the desired, comfortable elegance in a formal home. Cabinetry columns at the corners provide definition at the great room, dining and kitchen. An open floorplan flows from room to room for easy daily living and entertaining of large gatherings. The substantial 11’ ceilings are visually lowered with perimeter soffits and wood ceiling beams that ground and define the space. An all-white kitchen allowed for creative expression through color and pattern in the backsplash, countertops, and wood stains. The large central island anchors the space and serves as a place for daily casual dining with a wrap of seating around the shape. An old-world European bath feel is embodied in the main bathroom’s use of marble flooring, countertops and shower tile, and is subtly modernized with clean, architectural features.  

Outdoor Spaces

Beyond the built home, a connection to the outdoors was inspired by the site, filled with nature, year-round color, and areas for entertainment. Through glass French doors at the gallery, a step into a small formal garden leads to the raised stone terrace. A pergola defines the dining and grilling area. The fireplace, a reflection of the home’s theming, warms the lounge. Limestone steps and curved granite landings act as a guide to the manicured yard and connecting sport court that enhance the overall quality of outdoor living.

“It is so light and airy! Seeing so much natural light throughout is uplifting and completely changes your mood.”