Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2016

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By way of subtle contrast, the kitchen, with its bright white and open space, is altogether more modern in feel. Here, subtly integrated subway tiles provide a hint of a connection to the Victorian era, again linking the classic with the modern. A breakfast area looks out over the lake. With its relaxed atmosphere and absence of formality, this is the quintessential hub of the modern American family life. It is easy to imagine a leisurely breakfast in this idyllic spot as the frst rays of sunlight illuminate the waterside setting. Adept at working with existing furnishing and architecture, m a n y i t e m s we re i m p o r t e d f ro m t h e h o m e i n Me r i d i a n Kessler, and several key pieces of furniture were re-purposed, re-upholstered, or both. Te living room, which also overlooks the lake, harkens back to an era halfway between the kitchen and the dining room, with its cofered ceilings and foursquare, overstufed furniture. Tere is almost a country club feel to the room with its sharp lines, equestrian painting and pastel palette, which combine to lend a formality to the space. Uniting the main floor's living spaces is a long, narrow hallway, which, with its three-quarter height white paneling and breezy draperies, puts one in mind of a Hamptons retreat. Te wainscoting, to properly accommodate the artwork and not appear constrained, "had to be either low or high, so we chose high" according to the designer. Tis lake house look is echoed by the robust, almost rustic, windowless front door, which opens directly into the hallway and onto a seagrass area rug, bound in marine blue. The den offers a warm retreat with its wood paneling, stone hearth and cozy chairs. Bucolic artwork and family photographs combine with chintz curtains and upholstery to evoke the placid, lake-house memories from a time long since passed. Te master suite, with its luxurious spa-like feel and massive shower, adds yet another layer of bucolic tranquility to this already restful setting. As the sun sets over the lake, its dappled orange light streaming through the picture windows of the living room, one easily forgets the home is plumb in the middle of a rambling city, just a couple minutes from the bustle of bars, boutiques and restaurants. Whoever said "location is everything" certainly wasn't exaggerating. sl Te den ofers a warm retreat with its wood paneling, stone hearth and cozy chairs. slmag.net 79

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