Mixing + matching different design styles in a home can curate the space into one that is not only functional but holds decades worth of memories as well. This is the case for Brian + Brad Harris and their 1,100 square foot Cape Cod renovation in the Golden Valley neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI. “Everything has a memory attached to it making the space feel warm and personal,” noted Brian. The Harris’ did take on the task of remodeling the home to feel bright + light.
“The main goal during the remodel process was to open the space up and make the home more usable for a modern family. The home had been well-cared for since it was built in 1953 – in fact, we bought it from the original owner who, with her husband, raised 5 children in the home,” mentions Brian. “While the bones of the home were solid, it needed some modern finishes and some aesthetic updates. Really overall, it was also about adding something special to the home that would make it stand out from the others in the neighborhood.”
When it comes the interiors, the couple has an interesting take on the design process – one that makes the smaller space cohesive without making every room so similar. “When we are designing a space, we consider three design styles for the project as a whole. There is always a primary, secondary and tertiary order to the styles used within the home. In our case, it was Mid-Century, global, and rustic – or farmhouse as some refer to it as. So essentially, the first impression that you get when walking through the home is that of more mid-century furnishings while some of the accessories are global and a lot of the background finishes are rustic. We’ve found when doing smaller spaces, the idea of staying true to the “style hierarchy” makes the smaller spaces flow in a more natural way.”
Tour this home below and see how the crisp white tones + eclectic style flow freely.
Photography by Andrew Standaert