Dream Homes

By Sara Rae Lancaster     A Sunday drive through Milwaukee and its suburbs can be an architectural feast. Whether it’s a tree-lined city street or a pastoral lane, there’s a rich assortment of homes that reflect the diversity of its residents, a mix of architectural flavors ranging from Gothic revival, Queen Anne and stick style, to federalist, Prairie style and “Milwaukee bungalow.” Although strikingly different in design and age, each plays an important role in the area’s residential landscape. “Individual houses provide a point of interest,” says Robert Greenstreet, an architect and dean of the School of Architecture and…

Local Holiday Gift Guide- Home Goods Edition

  If you’re like me, weather like this makes you want to just stay home. And comfort in your own home is paramount. A few high-end items can go a long way from transforming your just-out-of-college pad to a personal sanctuary. Two independently owned stores in the Third Ward showcase a thoughtful mix of goods, both functional and decorative, that make great gifts for you or someone else. Going on eight years in the Ward, The Home Market  (222 E. Erie St.) owner Kate Kazlo offers full interior design services. She has curated a store to look like my dream…

Local Anchors

Photo by Brian Holberg Just two and a half hours north of Milwaukee on a sunny day in late May, pop music blares from the rafters of Cruisers Yachts’ high-ceilinged Oconto plant. On the floor, three 30-something women inject resin into fiberglass molds the color of tomato soup – one of the first steps in building a yacht. In another area, a middle-aged woman looks over upholstery choices for Cruisers’ new Black Diamond series, eager to show off a custom seat she’s designed. Yet another woman sits alone aboard the deck of an almost-finished yacht, searching for blemishes or trapped…

Fox Point Couple Designs California Wine Label

I heard about this story last week and could hardly believe it: The roots for a California wine label’s design can be traced back to Milwaukee. Libby and Patrick Castro – a Fox Point couple who design interiors for swank spots such as Milwaukee’s c. 1880 and the upcoming Wishbone Restaurant in Doha, Qatar, through their company LP/w design studios ­– began to create labels for Eno Wines with its first vintage (2001). But wait. The Dairy State connection makes sense since winemaker Sasha Vergage partnered with Milwaukee native Kiara Wilder to launch Eno Wines in Berkeley, Calif. As a…

Interior Designs

The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse fundraising event allows access to some of Milwaukee’s most spectacular homes. Daily through June 17, you will have the chance to peek inside local businessman Andy Nunemaker’s Terrace Ave. mansion and dream home built in 1905. Last Friday, they held a kickoff gala in the street in front of the house and attracted over 400 people. Unlike the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse (WBCS ) is a local organization dedicated to keeping its fundraising dollars at work in Wisconsin. Since 1998, they have been supporting breast and prostate cancer research at…