A Home Designed For Family In Wisconsin

A Home Designed For Family In Wisconsin

After traveling to Ethiopia to adopt their daughter Charlotte, Jamie and AJ Fink fell in love with the country’s culture and people. Their affinity for Ethiopia not only inspired their design aesthetic, but drew them back in when they wanted to adopt again. They endured a long, painful, and discouraging process, but in the end prevailed by bringing home their two baby boys. The Finks became a family of seven plus two dogs and were in need of a space large enough for everyone.

With the right number of bedrooms and baths, a side entry, 2.5 car garage, extra recreational spaces for the kids, and set on an acre less than 20 minutes outside of Milwaukee, WI, the Finks found their dream home. Despite feeling like the home was in a time warp from 1968, the couple decided to take it on as a fixer-upper. Since Jamie works as a freelance interior designer and her husband AJ is a corporate interiors sales manager, it was easy for the couple to see the home’s potential.

The house was a full and complete gut job. “The day that we closed, AJ and I walked through with tears in our eyes and almost immediately began tearing out the wall-to-wall carpeting!” Jamie recalls. In order to accommodate seven people and four animals, an open-concept floor plan was a must. They tore down walls to open up their formal living and dining room, giving them space to create a huge open-concept kitchen and dining area. They also removed paneling in the living room and basement, painted every wall and ceiling, installed all new hardwood and tile throughout the house, and replaced a former closet with a first-floor laundry. After 10 solid months of nonstop work, the Finks were able to get their house to a place where they could move in and decorate.

Enhancing the newly remodeled home, Jamie aimed for a “clean, eclectically modern” aesthetic that tells stories by “incorporating personal items collected through travels or moments.” As you click through and explore each room, it’s easy to recognize that the Finks designed their space to maximize their family’s life in both the shared and private spaces. —Tawnee

Photography by Denise Fink


Sunroom (chalet)
Paint (walls): Benjamin Moore China White
Paint (ceiling): Benjamin Moore Decorators White
Paint (trim): Benjamin Moore White Dove
Sectional: Ikea
Pillows: Ikea
Side Chair: World Market
Sheepskin Throw: World Market
Pillow: Vintage (Turkey) Etsy
Rug: World Market
Coffee Table: West Elm
Lanterns: Pier 1
Side Table: Target
Lighting: Shades of Light
Moroccan Pouf: Overstock

Dining Room
Paint: Benjamin Moore China White
Table: World Market
Kilim Rug: World Market
Solid Rug: Crate and Barrel
Light Fixture over Table: Shades of Light – Hinckley Lighting
Black Cabinet: Crate and Barrel
Bamboo Blinds: Blinds.com
Pottery on top of Black Cabinet: Tuesday Morning
Table Tray: Crate and Barrel
Chairs: West Elm
Table Decor: Ikea

Kitchen Area
Flooring: Hardwood Bargains (Engineered Acacia Wood to honor Ethiopian Acacia trees)
Mirror: Crate and Barrel
Settee: Wayfair
Pillows: Vintage
Paint: Benjamin Moore White Dove
Cabinets: Cabinets to Go
Pendant Lighting over Island and Sink: Restoration Hardware
Countertops: Quartz
Beam: Reclaimed Barn Wood / Craig’s List
Countertop Accessories: Crate and Barrel and Target
Paint: Benjamin Moore China White
Pendant Light: Restoration Hardware
Bamboo Blind: Blinds.com
Rug: Kaya Kilims
Coffee Maker: Crate and Barrel
Counter Accessories: Target

Paint: Benjamin Moore Halo
Shelf: Crate and Barrel
Yellow Vase: Vintage
Letter Basket: Target
Books: Williams and Sonoma
Bonsai: Steins Gardens and Gifts
Accessories: Vintage
Baskets: Target
Books: Williams and Sonoma
Frames: Target and Ikea
Art: Photos of our travels
Felt Message Board: Letterfolk
Desk Lamp: Ikea
Chair: World Market
Pillow: Vintage Etsy
Travel Books: Barnes and Noble

Living Room
Paint: Benjamin Moore Halo
Rug: Pottery Barn
Chaise: Ikea
Throw Pillows: Pottery Barn and Ikea
Side Table: Kohls
Woven Poufs: Ikea
Built in Bookshelf Paint: Benjamin Moore White Dove
Artwork and Decor: Vintage
Fireplace Tools: Target
TV Cabinet: Crate and Barrel
Turquoise Planter: West Elm
Curtains: Ikea
Blinds: Blinds.com
Artwork: Home Goods, Society6, Vintage

Sophia and Charlotte’s room
Paint: Sherwin Williams Seasalt
Curtains: Ikea
Fabric Banner: Made by me from left over fabric scraps
Bookcase: Target
Wallpaper Lining back of Bookcase: Anthropologie
Bedding: Target
Side Table: Anthropologie
Artwork: Collected
Rug: Home Goods
Chandelier: Pottery Barn
Bedside Lights: Ikea

Laurent and Nicasio’s bunk bedroom
Paint: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Chandelier: West Elm
Bed Lights: Ikea
Bunk Bed: Ikea
Bedding: Target
Rolling Book Cart: Target
Stickers on Cart: Redbubble
Wall Decals: Etsy
Rug: Home Goods
Curtains: Lowes

Etienne’s room
Paint: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
Bed: Restoration Hardware Teen
Black and White Rug: Target
Kilim Rug: Kaya Kilims
Bedding: Target
Bean Bag: Target
Side Table: World Market
Lamp: World Market

What we love about our home
Scarf: Ethiopian village shop obtained during our travels
Message Board: Letterfolk
Gold Thimble: Vintage heirloom

Master Bedroom
Paint: Benjamin Moore French Canvas
Bed: Vintage Heirloom
Bedding: West Elm
Throw Pillow: Pottery Barn
Artwork: Ethan Allen
Bedside Lights: Ikea
Bedside Tabels: Crate and Barrel
Planter: Anthropologie

from Design*Sponge http://www.designsponge.com/2016/09/a-home-designed-for-family-in-wisconsin.html


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