Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2013

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Sharing the couple���s love for the better things in life, and enjoying their enduring support, interior designer Rebecca Stratton has been involved in several projects with the family, including a condominium on Chicago���s west side. The Chicago kitchen remains her favorite space to date, but opportunities to outshine herself continue to arise. Inspired by the soft earth tones of Tuscany, Stratton redecorated much of the main foor to emphasize the warmth of the existing rugs, furnishings and refnished hardwood foors. Impressionistic artwork by C.W. Mundy and E.J. Paprocki further enhances the home���s pastoral ambience. Although much of the house, which dates to the eighties, was simply redecorated to refect the current owners��� tastes, several spaces required considerable reworking. Te sun room, with its lake view and pass-through window to the kitchen (especially handy for entertaining), was adapted to seat a larger number of guests than previously. Te newly installed heated slate foor and cool pastel palate lend an airy, breezy British West Indies feel to the room. Te furnishings are appropriately light and informal. On a sunny day, one could almost imagine oneself in the Caribbean, dark and stormy in hand. While earth is a defning theme in the dining room, and water sets the tone for the sunroom, it���s the air which dominates the husband���s remote lair in a formerly vacant attic space up a discreet fight of stairs. Here, mahogany wall panels strike a warm but no-nonsense masculine tone, while built-in shelves house an extensive library, and aeronautical memorabilia abounds. Designer Rebecca recalls that the angles for the closets and panels were calculated in ���an organic way��� sketches on napkins and drawings on the walls.��� Impressive as these two rooms might be, nothing prepares you for the vista ofered by the living room viewed from above from the main foor. With its twenty-seven foot ceiling and appropriately vast picture windows, this room ofers a spectacular panoramic view of the lake outside. On a summer���s day, the refection of the water can be dazzling, in spite of the tinted glass. When the light becomes too intense, custom draperies from Timeless Design automatically close. Here is the wow factor which the modest exterior of the house conceals most admirably, a house which, in Stratton���s words, could be neatly summed up as ���elegant without being pretentious or overwhelming.��� An ideal home, in fact, for family, friends and, let���s not forget, pizza. sl 77

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