When Mike Monseur and John Leskovisek bought their home on Fairview Lane overlooking Lake Springfield, it had no landscaping and needed a lot of work.
Six years later, it still needs a little work, but their decorating and landscaping skills are evident in the home.
The front driveway, flanked by two stone lions, lets visitors know they are in for a special treat both inside and out. The front brick façade, with tiered landscaping and a charming side entrance, is breathtaking.
Monseur and Leskovisek, who run the local Godfather's Pizza parlors, combine a flair for color, eclectic tastes and showcasing items with sentimental value to make their house into a home that is comfortable and showy.
Visitors know they are in for a treat when they enter the home and are immediately warmed up by the chili-red wall in the front foyer. The warm brown rug with dark dashes of color leading upstairs turns the staircase into a piece of art.
The front sitting room to the right features an antique chandelier as well as a grandfather clock from France. Monseur's love of antiques with French provincial bent is evident throughout the house. Many of the antiques that have been incorporated in the décor come from Monseur's parents' home, but the two also pick up interesting antiques and decorating items in their travels.
The front room has a fireplace that is a real conversation piece. It has glass chips instead of logs and ashes, which is not only neater, but also quite spectacular. The flames dancing among the chips send little sparks of light everywhere.
An antiqued white dining room table goes well with an antique chandelier and the sunny yellow walls. The dining area overlooks the lake. The two are in the process of converting the dark woodwork to white, which will better complement the color scheme and also carry light throughout the house.
A large, arched doorway separates the dining room from the kitchen, which is stunning.
Done in a light green, it boasts all stainless-steel commercial appliances, including a commercial oven with a pot filler and a huge, industrial-sized exhaust hood. The granite countertops are antique brown, and the center preparation island has a two-tiered glass display area and built-in microwave drawers.
Leskovisek said care was taken to transition the colors of the hardwood floors into the tiled areas by using different sets of tile colors.
The tiled backsplash area in the kitchen uses the same colors in the countertops as well as the travertine tile.
The table in the breakfast nook is from Monseur's father's office. A working antique milkshake machine came from a store owned by Leskovisek's family, as did an antique clock on the wall.
A wine cooler is set into a side bar area in the kitchen, which also has a built-in coffee maker. A custom sink set into the bar is an unusual design and contains a decorative ceramic inset at the bottom.
The living room off the kitchen has a wall of windows that faces the lake as well as the beautifully landscaped backyard. Monseur did the landscaping, and the beautiful islands of flowers and greenery hold special memories because they contain plants and flowering bushes that were in his parents' garden.
Their office with two large desks is on the main floor, and the tiger wood flooring is complemented by stylish desks and red-accent accessories. A beautiful piece of ornate decorative wood above their office doorway is from an old carousel.
If guests disappear at the home, check the powder rooms. The one on the main floor has lovely wallpaper, an antique mirror, pedestal sink — and a phone. You just never know when a call might come in, Monseur says with a laugh.
The upstairs "Jack and Jill" powder room separates the two older children's bedrooms. It has pedestal sinks, and the mirrors are offset, giving the room an art-deco feel. A center pillar functions as a towel rack.
The girl's room is done in lime green with a zebra-striped rug as an accent. The four-poster bed has an ornate metal scrollwork accent, and there are two comfortable niche areas for studying or reading.
Next up for renovation are the tiered back decks and the master suite.
Story published Friday, July 2, 2010 ( Volume 5, Number 4 )