Organic Warmth

Local designer Lisa Moore helps Washington County homeowners downsize with upscale style.


The homeowner knew she wanted a large, open-concept kitchen and dining and great room area for entertaining and she was thrilled with the final outcome of their welcoming main level.

When two Washington County homeowners wanted to downsize from their 20,000-square-foot, traditional home but still have a dwelling that spoke to their family-centered, nature-loving lifestyle, they called upon Lisa Moore, vice president of Germantown’s Moore Designs Inc., to design and build their 3,500-square-foot dream home.

“They just wanted something different from their previous home. … They wanted something a little more earthy feeling and, I would say, just more intrinsic to the [rural] property ...  something that was more in keeping with the environment,” Moore explains.

One of the homeowners, who has experience with interior design work, was eager to assist in the process, offering photographic examples of an open concept in the main level of the home, as well as conjuring a few ideas to bring the natural and cozy feel of the home together. A large but comfortable entertaining space for their sizeable extended family made an open-concept layout a priority — one that also featured ample space in the kitchen, dining and great rooms for hosting gatherings.

“Modern organic is what we call it,” Moore explains. “Very clean lines ... but [we] wanted to keep it warm and use a lot of natural materials, wood floors, the use of steel and metal components. Clean and simple and elegant, but with organic and natural aesthetic.”

A blend of white and wood cabinetry, warm-toned hardwood flooring, large French doors that lead to a covered balcony, metallic touches and rustic decor create an industrial yet earthy aesthetic (continued on page 78)in the home. Moore adds that “somewhat monochromatic” countertops also warm up the space, while avoiding a drastically modern feel. 

“[The wood] was to basically add warmth to the kitchen,” designer Lisa Moore explains. “All white-painted kitchens are very clean and classic feeling, but because we wanted this rustic aesthetic [and] organic appeal to the house, the client wanted to incorporate this sort of mix into the kitchen.”
The handsome lower level wet bar was a necessity for the wine-loving homeowners. With stunning yet practical stained concrete floors, a tasting area and a large wine fridge, it’s a vino connoisseur’s dream.

“It’s so functional and the aesthetic is so pleasing, and the view of the backyard is wonderful,” Moore says. “The access to the screen porch is practical, but it just looks amazing because you get this great view off to the screen porch.”

Moore, extending other ideas and inspirations provided by the homeowner, carried the refined but woodsy feel into the master suite, incorporating the same ceiling from the kitchen and large casement windows accented with stonework to allow in plenty of natural light. The homeowner painstakingly selected floor coverings and finishings to complete the room.

In this lower-level powder room, concrete flooring and sturdy iron chains suspending a raw-edge wood countertop infuse an industrial touch into the nature themed home.
Off of this stunning master bathroom reside his-and-hers closets and a full-service laundry room, including a washer, dryer and folding and ironing areas. “It’s a fully functioning master suite,” Moore notes. “The only thing we missed doing in there was a wet bar, because otherwise there’d be no reason to leave.”
A stone accent wall, wood plank ceiling, subdued lighting and sturdy, comfy furnishings — plus a picture window that turns the outdoors into art — create a soothing sanctuary in the home’s master suite. 

But the suite wasn’t just designed for appearance; off the intimate bedroom is the lavish master bathroom, plus a fully functional laundry room (complete with washer, dryer, folding and ironing areas) and his-and-hers closets.

The lower level of the home is where the blend of personalized lifestyle and uniquely breathtaking design truly shines. The homeowners, devout wine connoisseurs, added a striking wet bar and wine tasting area, as well as a glass-front, 12 foot by 5 foot refrigeration area adjacent to the wet bar for their “hundreds of bottles” of wine, according to Moore. They then laid stained concrete flooring in the wine area for a level of practicality.

“It was just a nice treatment down there to give it a little different feel [than the upstairs], and it was a nice idea for the wine tasting area. People always seem to spill wine,” Moore adds.

That stained concrete makes its way into the lower level bathroom, which pairs nicely with the custom wood countertop, selected personally by the homeowner from Kettle Moraine Hardwoods Inc. Chains that add a touch of industrial to the rustic area support the custom wood countertop.

And while Moore was excited about putting the finishing touches on the home, as most designers are, she admits that she enjoyed creating the initial layout the most.

“My favorite part of the process here was the development of the floor plan, trying to keep in mind the layout of the property, the views all to the backyard, some light orientation on the property,” she says.

“I was really happy with how the floor plan came together. It just felt right right from the get-go.”