IDEA BOARD FOR OUR NEW HOME IN BROOKFIELD, WISCONSIN

 (That's me. In front of some little highway motel way up north.)

(That's me. In front of some little highway motel way up north.)

INTRO

Hi! I am Jill Emmer. I am a professional photographer, artist, content creator, community program director and more. My web site is www.ShineOnPhotos.com

You can see some of the clients I have worked with here: http://www.shineonphotos.com/contentcreator 

My instagram account has over 100,000 followers. I have been consistently posting photos for over 4 years on the page: www.Instagram.com/shineonyoucraydiamond 

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I also share my story through blog posts on my web site and posts to my Facebook page. 

My followers have been with me for years now - on various family adventures, photography assignments, school outings, and through the up's and down's of raising two little boys. I am excited to bring them along with me on this next big adventure!

A SAMPLING OF MY ART: 

 My family in our front yard.  From left to right: Cy (age 10), me (Jill), my husband Patrick and Arlo (age 7) 

My family in our front yard.  From left to right: Cy (age 10), me (Jill), my husband Patrick and Arlo (age 7) 

We are about to start our biggest adventure yet! Our family is picking up and moving to a town called Brookfield Wisconsin which is about 5 hours away from where we live now.  It is my hometown. My husband got a great job offer and I am excited to live closer to beloved friends and family!

THE HOME

We have settled on a 1970's mod home that some may call weird but that's exactly why I like it. It is unique! The home is nestled in a quiet cul de sac and located within walking distance to the elementary school, coffee shop, grocery store and more. 

The home was designed by a well known Milwaukee architect named Ray Prell. He once designed a home for my grandmother. He also designed my parent's current home. And their cabin! So we felt like it was fate when we found this home.

 (photo by Shorewest Realty)

(photo by Shorewest Realty)

Can you see the potential? Or do you just see an ugly seventies home? I am pretty sure I can turn this into a hip dream home! I am bursting with ideas on how I'd like to do it... 

I know it is going to take a lot of work but I have a few secret weapons. The most important secret weapon is my dad. He and my mom live about a mile away. Throughout the years we have enjoyed sharing countless projects. He is a very skilled in carpentry but also knows electrical, plumbing and general home maintenance. He reads Handyman Magazine for fun and has a radial saw and drill press in his basement. Seriously. He is a busy guy so I don't plan to monopolize all of his time -- but he is the perfect person to use as a consult. Basically I come up with crazy ideas and he helps me figure out how to make them! In the past we have created secret forts, a wet bar, a tree house, a shed, we've turned a closet into a mudroom, we've made a new fireplace mantle out of solid wood, home made artsy light fixtures, he has installed toilets, sinks, light fixtures and more..

PROJECTS

Overall Color and Style:

This is a funky house. I am an artist.  I want the style to be a bit funky too. Black and white are my color bases with bursts of colors and funky surprises in each room. 

Trim:

Paint trim in entire house white. All doors as well. (unless I do some doors black?)


Foyer:

Paint front door a new bright color! Red perhaps? Possibly paint ceramic tiles so they're a black and white checkerboard. Or stencil a pattern on them. Stain spiral staircase railing black. Remove pink carpet on stairs.. paint stairs an ombre grey all the way up! or use hardwood. Add a huge funky light and art.

 Foyer as it is now.   

Foyer as it is now.

 

Foyer Mood Board:


LIVING ROOM

This house has a sunken living room! I don't need to change much. Just outfit it with cool furniture. I dream of a green velvet corner sectional and a hanging chair! 

 living room as it is now.

living room as it is now.

 living room as it is now.

living room as it is now.

 

DINING ROOM:

Remove upper cabinets. Funky Wallpaper on wall in place of cabinets - hang a pair of gold mirrors. Paint lower cabinets a fun color. Add mid-mod chandelier. Refinish the floors to a grey? Add a rug and curtains to tie it all together. 

 Current Dining Room (not my furniture)

Current Dining Room (not my furniture)

DINING ROOM Mood Board:

(the first photo is my current dining room. Obsessed with this wallpaper. I am going to use the same light fixture, table and chairs.)


KITCHEN:

Large changes. Keep original footprint.

Remove a few upper cabinets hanging in sight line to eat-in area.

Remove soffits.

Install new upper cabinets that reach to ceiling. 

Switch out lower cabinet doors to match upper cabinets.

Paint all cabinets. (either grey, sage, blue, white or a combo!)

Move dishwasher so I can center the sink!

New backsplash. A bright color? Penny tiles? 

Marble or wood Countertops.

Hang a mod pendant over sink.

Bright colors! Hanging plants.

Add a new modern oven vent.

New rug.

Back Wall area: get a counter-depth fridge, build this entire area to be much more efficient. Larger cabinets in line with refrigerator. Move microwave to this area. Take doors off one closet and make it a coffee bar area with power. Leave door on other closet but add shelves and create a perfectly organized pantry.  

 Current Kitchen

Current Kitchen

 current kitchen 

current kitchen 

 current kitchen 

current kitchen 

 Current Kitchen

Current Kitchen

KITCHEN MOOD BOARD:


OFFICE: 

This is where I will meet with clients and represent myself and my business. It is also one of the first rooms you see when you enter the home. I have a few ideas on what I want to do with this space. I definitely want to remove all of the upper cabinets. I need a place to showcase my art! I want the desk to face the door so I can welcome clients and meet with them. Perhaps with some fun wallpaper. I am considering removing the lower cabinets and carpet as well.. 

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Office Mood Board:

 

POWDER ROOM:

Paint cabinet. Replace sink and toilet. Paint floor. Turn it in to an amazing, funky black and white bathroom. This is the bathroom my clients will see when they visit. I need it to represent my style. 

 Current Bathroom 

Current Bathroom 


SUN PORCH:

So much potential in this room I do not know where to begin. I'd like to paint it white. Add a thousand twinkle lights, a cool center light and cozy chairs. Maybe a propane fireplace? Some hammocks or hanging chairs. Or an outdoor couch. Make a reading oasis... A quiet place to have a glass of wine with the hubby after the kids go to bed.

 current sun porch

current sun porch

Mood Board:


BOYS BATHROOM:

Current situation: Pink countertop, pink sink, pink toilet, pink bathtub and even pink carpeting! Need to redo it with a masculine side. Thinking white with grays or navy and wood. 

 current bathroom 

current bathroom 

 current bathroom

current bathroom

BOYS BATHROOM MOOD BOARD:


BACKYARD PATIO:

Our new backyard is a little sad. We are moving from a large grassy yard where we spent so much time to a small yard with a concrete slab. I dream of making this a backyard entertainment oasis. Great landscaping. Chairs and couches. A fire pit. Grill. Etc.


MASTER BATHROOM: (a dream)

This will be the splurge that I am not sure we will ever be able to afford to do. For a long time I have dreamt of having a bathtub. Sadly, this bathroom does not have one. To add one, we would need to remove a small wall.

This has always been my dream bathroom:

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THE GIANT GARAGE: (dreams in progress..)

Our new house has a two car attached garage. It also has a "4.5" car attached garage that has heat, a/c and water! This giant 30 foot x 40 foot space is just sitting there, waiting for me to dream up a perfect use! It can be a perfect photography studio. A dinner party space. A workshop local. A block party shelter. A sport court for my boys..   

 the exterior of the giant garage

the exterior of the giant garage

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THE FASCADE:

I know I can make the front of this house cool again. It seems to me that the composition is "off" a bit. It needs a great new paint job and something that balances it. Possibly taking off a bit of the center railing on the left and covering the railing on the right with wood. Wondering if there is a way to change this facade without disrupting the aluminum siding. Perhaps building some little facade walls or even a floating rail guard made out of wood... 

 current home.

current home.

 inspiration. Like the wood.

inspiration. Like the wood.

 inspiration. Like the blues and the white piping. 

inspiration. Like the blues and the white piping.