Home Tour: This Pewaukee Boathouse Captures The Nautical Spirit

The designer of a Pewaukee Lake boat house lets the outdoors in.

Boathouses are a common sight along Wisconsin’s shorelines. But few are as inviting as this 480-square-foot construction on Pewaukee Lake.

The interior of the one-room stunner, at the hands of Jessica Jubelirer Interior Design, blurs the line between outside and in. Barn-style doors on the lake side slide open to reveal the lake and the family’s private pier. On another wall, half-doors allow gentle breezes in or frame a view.

Guided by a vision for a “fun, whimsical, nautical place for people to gather,” Jubelirer says, “we wanted the architecture of the space to meld with the original house that’s on the property.”

French blue and crisp white hues in the sofa, area rugs and throw pillows evoke the seashore, while a skylight and porthole windows that recall ship life flood the house with natural light.

Simple roll-up shades in a lake-inspired blue continue the theme. A twin Edison-bulb light fixture above the two blue sofas casts a soft glow. All fabrics are indoor-outdoor appropriate and family friendly.

“We go down there and read a lot,” says the homeowner, “and the kids hang out there with their friends. To be on the water and out of the sun is lovely.”

photo by Tricia Shay

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‘Home Tour’ appears in the April 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.