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French Provincial home in Lake Country got a modern vintage facelift

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At Home With Emily and Ryan Frank

When Emily and Ryan Frank moved to Lake Country six years ago, they found a house they loved just a stone’s throw from a large and beautiful lake. 

Built in 1935, it was spacious, had lots of amenities and a large yard.

All it was missing was a style they loved.

Because Emily had always been interested in interior design, and she has a flair for it, she began making changes to her home soon after they moved in. She used a “modern French cowboy” theme, which is an offshoot from the style of decorating she developed and which she describes as “modern vintage with a touch of twang.”

“I like to mix modern materials and modern objects with vintage finds, then give it all a little personality,” she said.

“The style of my home is French Provincial, so when designing this particular home I kept a more traditional French theme to stay true to the design.”

She started by adding a few key pieces.

“I like to start with a piece that’s meaningful and design the space around it,” she said.

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The Frank family, from left, consists of Emily, Maquire, 3, his twin sister, Maren, and their dad, Ryan. (Photo: Angela Peterson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Examples can be seen in the great room, where she used two pieces she found at an estate sale: an antique bureau with a marble top, and a round table with an Italian Carrera marble top that came with two chairs.

“The pieces belonged to a woman who had to move and had a collection of incredible antiques,” she said. “I wanted to find a space for these pieces to shine, so I created a banquette with the table and its two chairs. My father-in-law, William Frank, built the banquette, which has storage in it, and together we made and tufted the cushion and re-covered the chairs.” 

To create a color scheme, she chose colors in a favorite piece of artwork.

“We were married in (Lake) Tahoe and we got a painting there,” she said. “That piece set the tone for the colors in the room, which are hunter green, creamy white and Lake Tahoe blue. You have to have a starting-off point, something to ground the space.”

After doing her own home, she decided she wanted to work in the design business full time, as she also had helped friends with their homes over the years. So early this year she started Frank & Co., an interior design firm that focus on interiors, vintage décor and styling. She runs it with the help of her husband, father in-law and mother, Katie Sipos, out of her home.  

Her husband is in commercial mortgage backed securities.

She said she used this process in all the rooms she updated, but that she and her husband also did more extensive work such as gutting the powder room, creating outdoor living spaces and doing structural work on the home’s exterior.

“In the powder room I used a Farrow & Ball wallpaper in a lotus flower pattern. I did the ceiling in an off-white color that’s also from Farrow & Ball. The room has the original lighting but a new sink with a Kohler fixture and marble flooring. This room and the great room are true representations of my style.

“For the outdoor living areas we elevated the whole area at the back of the house and added two spaces” that have Lannon stone pathways on either side that lead down into the backyard.

“We created two different zones,” she added. “One has a blue stone patio and is more formal and is for dining. It has a pergola that Ryan and his father built. The other is an area that’s more casual and has a light tan brick in a herringbone pattern, but they both flow together.”

She recently talked about her home and her love of decorating while her husband and her nearly 4-year-old twins, Maquire and Maren, played in the yard.

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Emily and Ryan Frank brought their own style to a beautiful Lake Country house, with a mix of modern, vintage and antique.
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Question: What percentage of your pieces are from estate sales?

Answer: About 75%. We also have some new pieces we got from Jayson Home in Chicago. We lived there for 13 years before we moved here to be closer to family.

Q: Do you have a favorite new piece?

A: The Penelope Chairs in the great room. They’re hunter green linen and are based on an old Napoleon antique chair with curvaceous arms and a classic camelback frame. It has turned front legs with antique brass casters and nail heads.

Q: How big is your home?

A: It’s 2,400 square feet. It has four bedrooms, a half bath on the first floor and two full bathrooms on the second floor. The house is on two lots.

Q: What are some of the amenities you love?

A: We have very large windows. Two in the great room nearly go to the floor. There is inlaid wood in the great room and the dining room, and there is a hallway that goes through the house directly between the front and back doors.  I love the French doors.

Q: What changes did you make in the kitchen?

A: I took down the backsplash and added plates in that area. I painted the walls Wimborne White, which is a shade away from pure white. The cabinets are a deeper tone, a rich and creamy white, and the countertop is a white and gray granite.

Q: Do you use plates a lot when you decorate?

A: I like to decorate with plates. I get them at estate sales for 50 cents or a dollar. They’re inexpensive art.

Q: What colors did you use in your dining room?

A: The same as in the kitchen, but I used texture to differentiate. On the top part of the walls I used a matte finish, and on the chair rail I used the same color but in a high gloss.

Q: What pieces did you add in the dining room?

A: An old kitchen buffet from my aunt and uncle that’s been in the family for years. She gifted it to me. Near it is wall art that’s an example of negative space art I added for a modern feel. I bought white canvases and hung them up. I do that in a lot in my projects. The absence of color gives it a modern feel.  If I’m looking to tie in a color in a home I will paint canvases that color to tie the pieces in.

I also got an antique table and painted it light gray and distressed it. I got the chairs separately. …. I did them in a two-toned linen fabric. I also have a king chair I got at an estate sale at a Victorian mansion in Sheboygan and fixed it up.

Q: What projects do you do yourself?

A: I sew, upholster, refinish furniture, paint furniture and switch out hardware. I also love to make my own lighting fixtures. There are none in my house right now, but I have done a lot of them for my clients.

Q: Your floors are unique. Are they original?

A: No, a previous owner added them. They’re maple and they brought in an artisan to hand-lay the floor. It has inlaid wood accents around the perimeter of the dining room and the great room. There is also a large medallion in the dining room.

Q: What are the pieces on the small table in your great room?

A: That’s a Jenny Lind table from my parents, and it’s vintage. I got the lamp at a secondhand store and put a new shade on it. There is a picture of our son on it and a picture of an old lady. I don’t know who she is, I just loved the picture.

I also put an antique frame over the table and painted it a dark green, then put a piece of the Farrol & Ball wallpaper in it that I used in the bathroom. I love cheap art.

Q: What’s in your breezeway?

A: It has original bead board on the ceiling and a milk chute. You can also see the original siding on the house from before it was enclosed. We use this space to relax and as a TV room.

I used a foggy olive color in there and two wingback chairs are vintage and from my parents. This room shows design doesn’t have to be stuffy and unusable. It should be kid-friendly and usable.

Q: Do you buy pieces regularly?

A: I buy pieces all the time. They are in the basement. I might need a storage unit at some point.

Q: What did you have to do to create your outdoor living spaces?

A: We raised up that area 8 to 10 feet. We added fill and had a large Lannon stone retaining wall built with a stairway in the center that goes to the house.

Q: What else is in your yard and what other changes did you make?

A: There also was an out building and a fire pit, and we added a play set for the kids. When we were in Tahoe, we saw a fire pit that had vertical stones around the base, so we mimicked that here. The Lannon stone we used for the fire pit and for walkways on either side of the outdoor living spaces were part of the original landscaping.

We took out four dead trees. Our yard has lots of large trees. That was one of the reasons we got this house.

Q: What about the front yard?

A: We regraded it and put in a bluestone patio, added flowerbeds and window boxes made of cedar to mimic the roof. I plant perennials in them. Later I replant them in the garden. We use the front yard a lot at night to watch the sun set with the kids.

Q: What are some of the plantings you added in the raised area?

A: Roses, Karl Forester grass, Little Lime Hydrangea, boxwood, Russian sage, lilies, catmint, Little Princess Spirea, sedum and coneflowers.

Q: How did you update the exterior?

A: It had red shutters and trim.  I wanted to take it back to its original French provincial manor style, so I used charcoal gray on the shutters and trim, and painted the front door powder blue.

Q: Do you bring your flowers indoors this time of year?

A: I cut flowers and add them to the window boxes and I also put them in the wreath on the front door.

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