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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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    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.

    Wallpaper (discontinued); drapery (Colefax & Fowler): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com, trade only. Rug; red chair; brown chair and fabric ; floor lamp ; nesting tables ; tray table: owner’s collection. Red-chair fabric: Clarence House Ltd., 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com, trade only. Tray table: painted by Patrick Roullier, 773/549-7858.

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

    Sofa: owner’s collection. Sofa fabric (Colefax & Fowler): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, trade only. Sofa trim: Smith & Brighty, smithandbrighty.com. Pillows: Marita Designs, 703/354-6610. Side table: Pavilion Antiques, 773/645-0924.

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    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.

    Wallpaper (discontinued); drapery, chair fabric, tableskirt (Colefax & Fowler); roman shades fabric (Jane Churchill): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, trade only. Ceiling paint: Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667. Dining chairs : Gore Dean, 202/625-9199, goredean.com. Demilune ; chandelier; mirror: owner’s collection.

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    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.

    Wallpaper, drapery and bed fabric (discontinued); love-seat and tableskirt fabric (Colefax & Fowler); headboard fabric (by Jane Churchill): Cowtan & Tout, 212/ 647-6900, trade only. Roman shades: Coraggio Textiles, 800/624-2402, coraggio.com, trade only. Chest: ABC Carpet & Home, 212/473-3000. Swing- arm lamps: Hinson & Co., 212/ 688-5538, trade only. Rug ; chair; table lamps; love seat : owner’s collection. Chair fabric: John Rosselli International, 212/772-2137, trade only. Shades on table lamps: Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070, trade only. Shades on swing-arm lamps: Pierre Deux, 888/743-7732. Bedding: Frette, 212/ 988-5221, frette.com. White side table: Susanin’s Auctions, 312/832-9800. Arched mirrors: Walker Simmons Design, 312/664-4646.

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

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    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.

    Paint: Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667. Cabinetry and hardware: Omega Cabinetry, 319/235-5700, omegacab.com. Stovetop: Viking, 888/845-4641, vikingrange.com. Hood: Best by Broan, 800/558-1711, broan.com. Sinks; fixtures: Chicago Faucets, 847/803-5000, chicagofaucets.com. Chairs ; dishes; accessories; subway tile: owner’s collection. Painted farm table: Pine & Design Imports, 773/227-2505. Transferware: owner’s collection.

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

    Wallpaper ("Orleans Stripe’’ #WFBP6-67): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com. Sink; tub, faucets: Waterworks, 800/899- 6757, waterworks.com. Cabinetry: custom. Drapery (by Jane Churchill): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, trade only. Countertops: Carrera marble. Lamp: owner’s collection. Sconces: Brass Light Gallery, 800/243-9595, brasslight.com.

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    David and Andre with their dogs Chester and Shirley.

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