That most wonderful time of year is
upon us again and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League is getting into the
spirit with its 2012 Holiday House. Andy Nunemaker, local entrepreneur and
well-known art collector, has opened his spectacular home to some of
Wisconsin’s most talented designers.
Two designers from Otter Creek Landscape and Wreath Factory were given the
honors of decorating Nunemaker’s expansive living room. Matt Trotter, who
worked on the room with Otter Creek owner Mike Beeck, says the living room
plays an important role during the holidays. “It’s where everybody comes
together to reconnect with family and friends,“ he says.
For this gathering space, Trotter
says they were instantly struck by Nunemaker’s vast art collection. “The house
was huge but magnificent,” Trotter says. “We immediately noticed the historic
roots of the home and its age paired with his great collection of art that’s
The artwork found itself integrated
into the living room design, as the team tried to work with it instead of
“We tried to use some of the colors
in the pieces and play off of the traditional home with the traditional tree.
We used some more off the wall things in the tree,” Trotter says.
Some of his favorite pieces they used
were large, white lights. They were originally meant to be used outside, with
solar power but the designers brought them inside to hang on the traditional
As a company who begins their
Christmas season in July, Otter Creek was the source for all of the items used
by Trotter and Beeck. Along with the company’s landscaping services, they house
a 16,000-square-foot showroom that Trotter says is full of everything
Christmas. They got first pick of everything to use in the Holiday House.
Everything used in the design was either made at Otter Creek, (like the
stunning feather wreath) or it can be purchased from their showroom in
The duo is still working on their
final edits of the room, as things are added or removed on the spot. Trotter
says they will bring in some of their signature fresh greens just before the
The public is welcome to visit the
home from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day from Nov. 10 -18 at 2221 N. Terrace Ave.
Tickets to tour the home are $15. Guests will also participate in a raffle to
benefit MSO education and community programming. A boutique and café are
set up in the basement bar, serving coffee, tea, cider, and other holiday
All photos by Veronica Jones.