Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2017

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Written by Neil Charles Photography by Andrew Kung Form meets function in this renovated chateau. ZIONSVILLE IDYLL Built in 1988 by Roll McLaughlin, one of Indiana's best-known architects, this issue's home has been tastefully restored and updated by owners Frank and Janet Kafoure to reflect their personal style, while respecting the design aesthetic of the original residents. Situated in a heavily wooded area favored by the equestrian community, the home combines semi-rural seclusion with easy access to the amenities of nearby Zionsville. No strangers to the area (Janet is an experienced rider and has participated in the local hunt for many years), the Kafoures had their eye on the property for quite a while. "My family and the original owners of the home have a relationship that goes back generations," Frank explained. "For 20 years, Janet and I had driven past the house, imagining what it would be like to live there. Once it hit the market, we looked at it, and the next day, made an offer." Interior designer Linda Mordoh of Savvy Decor, who worked with the Kafoures on previous projects, recalls her initial reaction after learning of her friends' acquisition. "When Janet called to tell me they had bought a new house, I was so excited because I knew this would be the kind of project an interior designer dreams of," Mordoh said. "The house and property are unbelievable, and Janet has an eye for design, making her a joy to work with." e respect is mutual. "Sometimes you work with a designer and it becomes their work," Janet said. "Here, I wanted my personality to come through, which is why I worked with the people I knew and trusted." e Kafoures love to entertain, making the kitchen the most logical starting point for the renovation. "e home the first owners had built was beautiful; it worked for them, but it didn't quite work for us," Janet observed. "The only thing we wanted to make sure when we bought the home was whether we could open up the wall from the kitchen to the dining room, as we wanted a more open look. e engineers said we could, so we went ahead." 70

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