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Photo by David Bader This story appears in the March 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. It was anything but love at first sight when Lisa Moy first saw the condo that would become her office and occasional hangout. “With dingy shag carpeting, drab walls and crappy furnishings, it took two visits and a good friend […]

Photo by David Bader
This story appears in the March 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

It was anything but love at first sight when Lisa Moy first saw the condo that would become her office and occasional hangout. “With dingy shag carpeting, drab walls and crappy furnishings, it took two visits and a good friend to convince me of its eventual potential,” Moy says.

The price didn’t hurt, either. “It was a real steal,” she admits. In a slow real estate market 20 years ago, Moy got the condo for just $50,000.

Yet the transformation of the former hotel suite didn’t happen overnight. “I needed to live with the space awhile to understand what felt right for it,” she says. Grabbing ideas in home magazines and taping them to the walls as inspiration, Moy eventually decided to highlight rather than hide the hotel’s vintage character. Soon, walls came down and shag carpeting gave way to gleaming dark wood floors ideal for reflecting the glow of crystal chandeliers, candles and amber uplighting. Moy also worked closely with contractors, designing built-in bookshelves and cabinets to look original to the building. 

To make the most of day and evening lake views, mirrors of all sizes were strategically placed to create the illusion of additional windows, light and space.

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