Having spent a great deal of time in Milwaukee, we have a special spot for the old world charm, mixed with rustic interiors that have a hint of renovation to them. Think hunting lodge meets cheese chalet. Obviously, not every home in the area has this motif, but once in awhile we love a good carved Otter banister!
After taking the tour of the Breuer's home, you might think the majority of it to be more old world than new. But that's not the case, or rather, maybe we should define the time frames behind the ideas.
The "old" part of their home was constructed in 1846, while the "new" part was done in 1872. They've worked to bring heat into the "new" part as well as update fixtures and the like. Their home is simply charming, warm and comfortable with hints of custom woodwork everywhere you turn. There's some on the walls, floors, ceilings and even the banisters have been hand-carved.
(Images: Mark Hoffman for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)