A Personal Touch
A stylish couple turns up the glamour in their Middleton Hills home
Meg Pekarske and Eli Woyke's home features chic touches—and adorable pets. SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THE HOME IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW.
When Meg Pekarske and Eli Woyke moved into their Middleton Hills home nine years ago, they faced rooms that lacked character and were awkwardly arranged. But thanks to a vision, patience and a sense of style, the pair has turned it into a home that’s smart, glamorous and completely their own.
As soon as they bought the two-thousand-square-foot house, Pekarske, a health care lawyer with a passion for interior design, began contemplating improvements.
They met with architect John Meyer, who helped them think about how they’d use their rooms and created a long-term plan that they could carry out in various projects over several years. “It was good to have a vision,” Pekarske says.
Working with builder Scott Sage, the couple added a fireplace and window and removed a closet in the living room, added double doors to their porch, reworked the back entrance of the house and in 2008 completely revamped the kitchen—a particularly important space to the husband and wife who enjoy cooking together.
Also helpful was Barry Avery, owner of Madison interior design firm and gallery Fontaine. He pushed the couple to pick a rich granite for their kitchen countertops and a dramatic chandelier for their dining room. Pekarske loves bouncing decorating ideas off him, even though she follows her own aesthetic. “I have to pick it out to feel like it’s mine,” she says.
Pekarske’s style has evolved over the years into a mix of contemporary and traditional, with a splash of fun. Her living room, for instance, features dark blue walls, maple floors, white trim and silver accents—from wall sconces to oversize bullhorns. She plays with color and pattern, such as reupholstering traditional wingbacks in bright fuchsia and commissioning a sofa from The Straight Thread.
“I have an eclectic mix,” she says. “I like horns and I like silk.”
Pekarske’s philosophy is to decorate slowly. She decides exactly what she wants and then saves up for it, even if that means waiting months for a piece. “Doing it slowly has allowed me to spend money on things I really love,” she says. “I could have had this house done years ago. I’d rather get the stuff that I really want.”
But she and Woyke aren’t done yet. In March they’ll expand their master bathroom over their garage and add a rooftop terrace. They also plan to move their laundry upstairs, reconfigure the closets in their bedroom and decorate the loft space just off their bedroom.
Projects like these remind Pekarske of why she and her husband have no regrets about buying a house they didn’t love at first.
“I’m so glad that we did it,” she says. “It’s fun to take something and make it your own.”
Katie Vaughn is associate editor of Madison Magazine.
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