Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2018

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Gregarious by nature, the Helds love to entertain; an early component of the remodel was a plan to facilitate large gatherings by knocking out the wall that connects the kitchen with what was previously the family room, and is now the library. Plans changed, however, when Jenny began to consider not only the need for separate spaces for herself and her three growing children, but also her love of books, with which she is constantly surrounded. "I'm so glad that we didn't tear down that wall," she explains. "Because this creates our own go-to room; the kids can hang out in the kitchen area with their homework, and switch on the TV if they need to, and we can be close by but not in the same exact space." Creating a showcase for the Helds' thousands of books eventually led to the room's becoming something of an informal gathering place at parties. "I realized the extent of Jenny's book collection, so the idea for the library occurred to us," Huse tells us. "Now people want to stay in that area, and dinner parties tend to congregate there, where it's more casual and relaxed." If much of the home's makeover was primarily cosmetic, the kitchen presented far greater challenges. Previously, it was a confined space hardly conducive to large-scale entertaining and—in the words of the owner— "narrow and dark." e solution was to extend the room by approximately five feet to permit the integration of the fireplace and hearth area, which provides comfortable seating and much-needed additional daylight from two large windows flanking the chimney breast. Designed by Tom Quinn of Chateau Kitchens, the new design is modern, spacious and airy, allowing guests to congregate around the large center island or the adjacent dining area. "Tom did a great job of capturing the owners' visions for what they wanted to do with the kitchen," says Campbell. "They needed a contemporary space in which to cook, entertain and relax. He delivered that and a lot more." Custom white gloss porcelain tile from Architectural Brick and Tile was installed in a herringbone pattern for the kitchen and cooktop splash, in addition to a handsome black porcelain for the back hall, laundry, bath and closet. A key focal point and conversation piece in the kitchen is the impressive hood, faux- finished by Mark Tourney Decorative. 70

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