Midwestern United States
10 years of planning, collecting, designing and building, brought the vision for this grand residence to fruition. The exterior façade and interior design were influenced by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s estate in Paris’s Bois de Boulogne and a neoclassical design aesthetic.
Clean, neutral walls and white moldings are accented with hues of pale lavender, soft teal, gold and champagne throughout the main level. A large, custom patterned rug in the living room unites and grounds the surrounding colors. Luxurious floor to ceiling draperies accentuate three sets of French doors on the west side of the room.
The walls in the formal dining room are covered with a hand-painted wallcovering by Gracie which features an intricate garden motif. Architectural niches flank the doorway to the living room and display large Italian carved urns acquired during the homeowner’s travels.
At the south end of the residence, directly opposite the dining room, sits the library. Rich wood tones encapsulate the room from the floors and furniture, to the custom bookcases and millwork. The ornate, oversized antique mirror above the fireplace creates a dramatic focal point as you enter. Warm reds in pillows and oriental rugs accent and define the space.
Situated just off the master bedroom, the second level sitting room serves as a more casual place for the homeowners to gather. Three distinct seating arrangements create intimate areas for reading, relaxing or conversation. The dynamic room features soothing salmon colored walls, accenting the blush and peach tones of the custom floral rug, inspired by the Windsor’s Bessarabian.
Much of the home’s design focused around properly displaying the homeowner’s vast antique collection. Working with antiquarian Solomon Jones, RWA architects, the project architect, and RJ Klein, the builder, design solutions were collaboratively created to accommodate each piece, such as the dining room niches. When the project was complete, every painting, heirloom and treasured antique had its place; seamlessly integrated into the spaces they inspired.
2013 IIDA-Indiana IDEA Award Winner: Best of Category, Residential Design
Photography: Scott Pease Photography