Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2018

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When a couple with more or less diametrically opposed tastes decide to build a house together, things have a tendency to get interesting. "When we started this project, we were of two minds," explains the wife. "He envisioned a traditional style, while I veered more towards contemporary." Working with architect Stephen B. Goldberg and interior designer Jennifer O'Connor, it was decided that the wife's taste would dominate the interior, while the husband would bring his predilections to bear upon the exterior, which was inspired in part by a home they had seen in Milwaukee. Describing the new hybrid style as "Farmhouse Glam," the couple set out to create an abode that would bring sparkle, intimacy and a strong personality to the 12,000 square feet of living space. Christened "Fenix," based upon an Old English spelling of the fire-retardant bird, the home features several clearly defined areas that reflect the couple's love of entertaining. With staggered floor and ceiling heights throughout the main level, tied together by a uniquely (and perhaps ironically) torched French oak floor, there is an impression of both unity and definition of purpose. Here and there, pieces retrieved and restored from the previous home join wood from a barn at the husband's family farm to lend a sense of history and continuity. Photo by Adam Gibson 70 slmag.net

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