Upholstered in soft chocolate brown mohair, the chair in the den was bought at auction. "The longer you have mohair, the softer it gets," David says.

Animal-themed art and a sofa in wool plaid make the den feel like a hunt club.

The dining room’s tall windows, dressed in simple drapery panels, offer drama as well as a view of the countryside. The roman shades are usually lowered during the work week to block the sun’s rays.

Plump dressings on the canopied bed and skirted seating envelop the master bedroom in softness. Shirley, a fox terrier, is a portrait of ease on the settee.

Shirley, the homeowners’ pet (see previous slide), inspired this collection of fox terriers.

Andre, who loves to cook, designed the kitchen for convenience—and the open shelves and ready wares invite curious visiting cooks to help with meals . The pears are from trees he and David planted on the property. The star-shaped mirror was once a hat rack.

Cool blues give the bath a restful quality. Wainscoting, wallpaper, and a display of plates create the elegance of a public space.

David and Andre with their dogs Chester and Shirley.

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Country-Inspired Wisconsin Home

Seasonal changes are easily surveyed from this new Wisconsin home

Written by Sarah Egge
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Guests can survey seasonal changes from the porch of Andre Walker and David Simmons’ newly constructed—but meant to look old—home on a Wisconsin acreage. Country structures from the Midwest and South influenced the design of the house. The star on the side of the house is from an antiques shop.

Architect: Peter Hawrylewicz, Hawrylewicz and Robertson PA, now Peter Hawrylewicz Design, 220 Zoe Way, Miami Beach, FL 33141; 305/868-1546, phdesignstudio.com. Interior designer: Andre Walker and David Simmons, Walker Simmons Design: 312/664-4646, walkersimmons.com. E-mail, us@walkersimmons.com. Landscape designer: Northwind Perennial Farm, P.O. Box 95, Springfield, WI 53176; 262/248-8229.

Photography: Bruce Buck
Produced by Hilary Rose

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