Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2019

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Written by Neil Charles/Photography by Rachel Lutz Williams Creek Revisited In the July/August 2012 edition of this magazine, we featured a spectacular guesthouse, known (with a hint of irony, perhaps?) as •e Cottage, created by designer Julie Boutilier and architect Bill Sickmeyer, that we still consider to this day a benchmark for quality of execution and audacity of design. After all, how many homes can boast a full-sized basketball court, complete with 27-foot ceiling – underground? Now, seven years on, we are revisiting the main home that dates from around 2009, although the porte cochère and mullioned windows might suggest a bygone era. Like the rest of this secluded neighborhood, the home's exterior harkens back to the elegance and formality of the 1920s. Feeling the need for an update, and to perhaps bring the house more into line with its exquisite guest accommodations, the owner recently commissioned Boutilier and her team to perform a much-needed makeover. With worn Brazilian cherry wood 'oors throughout and a dark kitchen with limited storage space, orange granite and a large copper hood, the owner was looking for something more contemporary that would accommodate a love of cooking and entertaining. "We wanted to lighten up the space," explains the designer. "Once you tear up the 'oor, you also need to replace all the cabinetry, so this became a complete remodel." As principal of Cornerstone Interiors, a •rm she bought from her mother in 2012 having already achieved considerable success in her own right, Boutilier heads a gifted and innovative team of professionals, including lead designer Monica Due, whose work was integral to this comprehensive remodel. "She comes with a wealth of knowledge and a huge amount of talent," says Boutilier. KEEPING UP WITH THE NEIGHBORS 66

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