Sometimes walking into someone’s house takes you into another world. This was the case when visiting JoAnn and Mike Robertson’s lovely home in Lake Geneva. The main living space boasts an open floor plan showcasing a wooded view out the back window wall.
The Robertson home is a representation of who they are as a family. Because of Mike's job they have lived in London, Singapore, and Hong Kong, among others. Along the way, remembrances were collected: a panel from a temple ceiling in Burmese, an imposing Japanese armor piece, along with books, linens, and wall hangings.
The Robertson's had an idea to update the mid-nineties feel of the living room backdrop wall that held shelving and a television. Heritage was called in to work in conjunction with Geneva Cabinet Company and Lowell Management. “We wanted to create a backdrop that enhances rather than opposes what we were wanting to do design-wise," JoAnn explained.
“We haven’t had a TV in the living room for thirty-plus years and I didn’t want to be a focal point.” Heritage used 21/2 x 11 inch floor joists with a grey flat finish created floating shelves to accommodate a Korean headboard piece alongside weathered paneling. “What a change. The barn wood cabinets and shelves do exactly what we want them to do- they enhance the beauty of the wood and the TV disappears. We couldn’t have planned it better.”
JoAnn and Mike don’t consider their home only theirs. “This house is for our whole family. We bring everything in, make it fit, make it our own. People come and sleep over and feel comfortable. This is everybody’s house.” The yellow features in the home are inspired by Mike’s mother who is now passed. “She loved the color yellow so everything yellow you see is to remember her.”
JoAnn and Mike may have needed a little help with a barn wood project, but they don’t need any help at all with making their house a home.