Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2016

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Designer Pope is perhaps best known for her classic interiors with a French or English influence. Clients also enjoy her old-time Southern aesthetic, which lends a sense of continuity to her fusion of intricate antiques with the functionality modern elements aford. "Tat has become my niche," the designer explains. "I create classic designs with a fresh take. I believe a home should feel as if it developed naturally over time, and it doesn't matter how beautiful something is if it doesn't function properly." With a bachelor of science in interior design from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Pope's professional experience designing beautiful and comfortable home interiors spans over 20 years and include projects such as the 2010 Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home. Always taking her cues from the clients, Rosalind's frst goal is to understand their lifestyles, and to design something that will accommodate their needs, rather than satisfy her own imperatives as an artist. In the case of this Oxbow residence, the house had to be, amongst other things, "warm and inviting, without the appearance of being new." A mix of old and new, the home incorporates design elements from across the decades. Incorporating antiques, artwork and furniture brought from the former residence and either repurposed or used as-is, the designer has created a home that is at once both comfortably familiar and refreshingly new. Perhaps most striking is the formal dining room, something one sees altogether too infrequently these days as kitchens steadily become the focal point of family life, and as busy urban professionals spend more time dining out than hosting elaborate dinner parties at home. For Pope, the dining room represented an opportunity to dig deep into her English-tinged Southern vernacular. Here a bay window is framed with translucent damask draperies, whose coral-shaded fringes are echoed in the richly textured Oriental rug and the accent colors used in a pair of traditional china cabinets. The designer frequently paints the interior of glass-fronted cabinets in this way. Te efect is both striking and unusual. A functional yet elegant butler's pantry between the kitchen and dining room provides the ideal staging area for meals, and invokes a bygone, more formal era. Te dining room presented Pope with an opportunity to dig deeper into her English- tinged Southern vernacular. 72 slmag.net

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