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Time to Update Your Lake Geneva Kitchen

Updating your Lake Geneva Kitchen Doesn’t Need to Be Expensive

Interior Designer Timothy Whealon for

Interior Designer Timothy Whealon for

Contemporary home design on lakefront property is all about knowing what the latest trends are and which to choose when regular maintenance calls for a change in appliances or décor.

What’s ‘In’ for Lake Geneva Kitchens in 2014?

In 2014, Eco-friendly appliances are definitely ‘in’—as are the pops of bright color meant to create a vivid and welcoming kitchen.

And as convenience features continue to evolve, those are increasingly prominent factors influencing design choices.

If you are planning to sell your Lake Geneva home in the near future, there are a few home design directions that you can go in.

They’re most likely to impress prospective buyers who’ve been exploring the latest kitchen trends.

Renewable Materials

Eco-friendly Bamboo Butcher Block by

Eco-friendly Bamboo Butcher Block by

Going green is a pronounced trend, not just in home design.

Using renewable, Earth-friendly materials can be a way to update a kitchen while minimizing environmental impact.

A sample idea would be a sustainable bamboo parquet butcher block to grace the kitchen counter or table.

They come in beautiful, rich wood tones, and when large enough to cover a substantial counter area, can warm the feel of the entire room.

High Tech Gadgets

Photo Courtesy of Siemans/Multimedia Ventilation Hood

Photo Courtesy of Siemans/Multimedia Ventilation Hood

Another (almost diametrically opposed) current direction is to deck the kitchen out with a few of the latest high-tech gadgets.

Even if you resist an ultra-modern look, a few chic techie touches can add a dash of luxury to your Lake Geneva kitchen.

TVs aren’t just for refrigerators anymore.

Siemens Home Appliances makes a multimedia ventilation hood comes with a 17-inch LCD screen.

It has options for listening to music and watching TV, too.

It’s a creative way to make cooking more entertaining—and one that would certainly help make your Lake Geneva listing stand out!

Appliances in Bright Colors

Color hasn’t always been popular in kitchens, but lately, appliance manufacturers have been less shy about offering exuberant finishes.

You can find blenders, toasters, microwaves and refrigerators in bright blues, pinks, reds, yellows, greens and oranges.

And the smaller, more portable appliances can be an inexpensive way to add a splash of color to your kitchen, too.

Big Chill Kitchen Appliances at

Big Chill Kitchen Appliances at

Stay Neutral Rule when Selling Your Home

If you’re planning on selling your lakefront home soon, I’d recommend you forgo the large, bright appliances.

Don’t invest in a red refrigerator or pink dishwasher just yet. You don’t want buyers to walk into your house and immediately think about the extra costs of replacing a stove or refrigerator because they have a strong reaction to the color.

So if you are getting ready to sell your home, it’s always wise to go with neutral colors, no matter how gorgeous that red fridge might be.

Confine the color pops to bright accent chairs, plates, or colorful floral arrangements.

Valerie Pasquiou Interiors + Design, Inc.;

Valerie Pasquiou Interiors + Design, Inc.;

Copper is Popular

In-Detail Interiors at

In-Detail Interiors at

Copper is also an increasingly popular trend in kitchen design this year.

Its natural antibacterial properties make it a practical home design element.

With a cool, rustic hue it looks great in warm, gold-toned kitchens.

Copper sinks and faucets are both practical and stylish – although keeping them bright and shiny can be a challenge.

There are certain things you’ll need to do in order to maintain them.

The great thing about copper is that no matter what your kitchen style, a copper sink and faucet will look beautiful.

It’s a great conversation piece, and a BIG PLUS when it comes to selling your home.

Selling Your Lake Geneva Home? Think Kitchen Update

Lauren McPhillips with Erin Feasby for Bleeks Design for

Lauren McPhillips with Erin Feasby for Bleeks Design for

If you are thinking of selling soon, consider incorporating one or two current Lake Geneva home design ideas if your kitchen could use a decor infusion.

Looking for more ideas?

Let’s connect. We’ll discuss what is making today’s lakefront homes in Lake Geneva S-E-L-L!

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Sheridan Road Magazine

I’m very excited to be a part of the April 2014 issue of Sheridan Road magazine and to be interviewed by my friend, John Conatser.

Here is the complete article . . .



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Springtime is Prime Time for Listing Your Lake Geneva Vacation Home

Know When it’s the Right Time to Sell Your Lake Geneva Vacation Home


Before April 15th came and went, perhaps you and your accountant had one of those occasional chats about your assets and liabilities.

If owning your vacation home in Lake Geneva has resulted in more taxes or less financial gain than you’d planned for—or if you and your family just don’t use the place as often as you used to–this spring or summer is a good time to consider selling.

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Lake Geneva WI

Custom Built Home In Country Club Estates

Luxurious, custom built home in Country Club Estates.


Enjoy seasonal views of the West End of Lake Geneva from nearly every room.

A11 A7

The ideal location to enjoy the lake with friends and entertain in this spacious thoughtfully designed home. Hardwood floors, large group kitchen, screen porch, sun drenched master suite with a wall of windows to maximize your views of the lake.

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Protecting Your Lake Geneva Investment

When we read or hear that Lake Geneva property values continue to be on the rise, it’s a relief.

No matter what else is going on, at least our real estate investments are back on track! That comforting thought has a less reassuring sidebar, though, having to do with time and its effect on our investments.

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One of the Most Sought after Locations on Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva Manor – New Home Listing!


The Lake Geneva Manor has always been the favorite of many…walk to town, awesome pier with a full time lifeguard, and beautiful views on the water watching the Gage boats stroll by.



Enjoy your summer days in this newly renovated home,  professionally decorated, including boat lift.




This stunning 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home is perfect for those who love to live in style.







Every room of this beautiful Lake Geneva Manor home boasts gorgeous views of Lake Geneva. Enjoy your day sitting on the wrap around deck looking over the professional landscaped yard.




The walk out on the  lower level is complete with an amazing wine cellar to house your extensive wine collection and newly added screen porch.




This lake view home has so much to offer! Only steps to the Lake Geneva Manor Association with access to the park, private swim pier, boat pier, and sandy beach play area.







Listing Price: $ $1,699,000
Address: 1530 N. Lakeshore Dr Pier 10
City: Lake Geneva
State: WI
ZIP: 53147-9705
MLS #: 1273644
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5

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