One enormous living space includes a gathering
room (shown here) and the dining area. To warm and
divide the space white maintaining unity, the Mettlers
created boundaries with large-scaled iron floor lamps
softened with linen shades. A light camel area rug
adds striking, warm contrast to the floors, stained
a deep brown-toned black, and the existing walnut
cabinetry, whose glass shelves display a collection
of large, white porcelain pieces. Two Barcelona chairs
(originally designed by Mies van der Rohe), upholstered
in saddle leather, and a woven leather ottoman
(repurposed for extra seating) surround a coffee table
created from a leather ottoman and topped with a
dark wooden tray. The homeowner commissioned the
enormous black-and-white canvas from Sylvan Lake
artist Eric Wiegand. "I met him when he was out
rollerblading one day, showed him the space and Jane
and Joel took care of the rest," says the homeowner.
Mettler replaced a row of lighting in the kitchen with
four custom large-scale beveled mirrors framed in
dark wood. "They give the impression that the win-
dows keep going throughout the kitchen and reflect
the water from the outside," says the homeowner. In
between each mirror is a large-scale iron wall sconce
with white linen shade, giving the area a more inti-
mate feeling. "It's so welcoming; it feels like a liv-
ing room instead of a kitchen," says the homeowner.
"When I have people over, it doesn't matter how hard I
try to get them out of the kitchen; this is where they
want to be." Black granite tops the breakfast table's
natural oak base; French bistro chairs are woven in
tan and black leather.
Upstairs, two bedrooms provide plenty of comfort
when the homeowner's out-of-town children and
grandchildren come to visit. A loft sitting area, with
A custom Indonesian-inspired headboard in natural oak brings sculptural texture to
the first-floor master bedroom, which also faces the water. Floating night tables add
weightlessness to the room. The chair belonged to the homeowner's mother.
a Marcel Breuer white wood and steel coffee table
and an Eames lounge chair, easily doubles as extra
bedroom space when the sofa pulls out into a bed.