Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2018

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A keen cook, and a year-round Big Green Egg grill enthusiast, the husband enjoys spending much of his free time in the kitchen. "I have always loved the double island concept, and chose this alternative to the traditional kitchen nook," explains the lady of the house. "Everyone loves gathering in the kitchen around the islands." Off the kitchen, a large indoor/ outdoor dining area overlooks the in-ground pool, stamped concrete patios and informal gardens; one is struck by the absence of wood outside. Not one to tempt fate a second time, the husband sees a practical side to their solution. "We'll never have to stain our deck again," he smiles ruefully. Downstairs, in what could easily become our favorite room, a replica of the bar from downtown's Union 50 Restaurant & Bar dominates the large entertainment area, which has walkout doors to the patio beyond and ample seating areas both inside and out. A massive exotic quartzite countertop has been leathered for a textured finish, creating an air of casual luxury that epitomizes the couple's relaxed approach to entertaining. A fitness room and British-themed guest quarters, named 10 Downing Street, round out this floor. Upstairs, weekend guests will find a variety of rooms from which to choose. "We liked the idea of a bed and breakfast feel for our guest rooms, and so gave each a theme, appropriate d├ęcor and a name," explains the wife. e glamorous Audrey bedroom, with its sparkly carpet, ballgown curtains and princess bed, is sure to appeal to aspiring starlets of all ages. Taking the B&B theme a step further, the wife notes that, like most establishments she has visited, "in every room, I have two robes in different sizes and eight coat hangers." Across the hall, inspired by their favorite vacation spots on Martha's Vineyard, the Captain's Quarters features a shiplap wall, white and navy-blue paint and a ship's desk created by an artisan in Fishers. A focal point is the headboard, originally a gift to the wife for their fifth wedding anniversary. Fashioned from a vintage, salvaged door, the husband recently restored it for a second time after it was almost destroyed in the fire. A l t h o u g h t h i s l u x u r i o u s a b o d e h a s b e e n d e s i g n e d specifically with the needs of its current owners in mind, the wife has one eye on the needs of potential future occupants. The ground floor is painted in the shade of gray she prefers to use in her listed properties. Not a fan of bathtubs, she has installed one anyway; laundry hookups have been added at strategic points. "We are not exactly looking for a buyer right now," says the ever-alert real estate professional. "But in this world, everything is for sale." sl 75

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