Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2019

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Providing a quiet space away from the kitchen, the office, with its coffered ceilings and library ladder, is a favorite place for the couple to sit and plan their trips and sundry activities. Situated off the main hallway, the office can also be accessed from the dressing room, which in turn leads to the master bathroom and bedroom. This suite, says Mordoh, was another top priority in the home's design. "ere's a washer and dryer in the dressing room," she tells us. "So the owners love the fact that they can come home from a trip, go straight to the dressing room, unpack, do their laundry and store their suitcases all in one place." e bathroom, with his and her toilets, is distinguished by a unique tiled bench seat in the shower, a fixture that was wanted from the outset. It is one of several features around the home that combines functionality with eye-popping design. "Good design combines function with aesthetics," says Mordoh. "In every room we tried to provide at least one thing that brought a wow factor." In the master bedroom, the wow is provided by the ceiling, which consists of a repeating pattern of Tudor roses against a raised lattice of decorative plasterwork, envisaged by the owner herself. "We laid out the whole thing on paper on the floor so we could see what it would look like on the ceiling," she says. e bedroom, like many other spaces in the home, is also distinguished by its wallpaper, a material in the designer's arsenal that has recently enjoyed something of a resurgence in popularity. "Wallpaper has evolved so much," says Mordoh. "In one room in the basement it even resembles riveted metal." Saving the biggest wow factor for last, the lady of the house opens a door in the hallway to reveal a highly polished slide, large enough for even the more generously proportioned of adults, that takes anyone who so chooses down to the basement. Here in the high-ceilinged and well-illuminated subterranean rooms, family and guests can play pool or ping-pong, watch movies in the theater, enjoy a drink at the bar or use the exercise facilities. It is hard to imagine a house much better designed for entertaining on a grand scale. For Mordoh, the greatest satisfaction as a designer comes "from a client telling me that the home is being used as it was intended." We think she will be absolutely delighted. sl e quickest way to the well- appointed basement is via the slide. 73

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