For a designer, Home-A-Rama is an opportunity to showcase inspiration that’s been carefully collected over the past year like treasure. With life and luxury in mind we proudly crafted one of our favorite homes to date for this year’s show with our trusted build partner, Old Town Design Group.
This crowd favorite was the result of style collaboration that started well before the walls went up, putting a spotlight on design opportunities that are made possible when an interior designer is involved early in the build process. We couldn’t be more excited to share with you what made this home an absolute standout.
Meet Aberdeen Living
Nestled in Aberdeen, Indy’s first wellness lifestyle community in Bargersville, Indiana, we styled our 7th Home-A-Rama home. Last month we welcomed some 8,000 show visitors to experience our design dedicated to luxe family living—many of which selected our model as their top pick! One lucky family cast the ultimate vote with a contract to purchase this beautiful home post-show, and we haven’t stopped being jealous.
Nothing short of home sweet home, this year’s feature highlighted casual southern living complemented by European coastal elegance. With a neutral color palette, accented by warm wood tones and the brilliance of sunlight pouring into large windows throughout—we intentionally designed a home that felt comfortable yet close to nature. Open and airy with an emphasis on shared spaces and hospitality, there are also plenty of places to gather with friends and family.
Tapered Fireplace – A tapered plaster inspired fireplace with a cast stone mantel surround in the main living area set the tone for European coastal vibes throughout—stretching over to the kitchen where a range hood was cleverly designed to match.
Staircase System – Minimal but elegant, an iron handrail system with simple valances and a subtle curve was installed. A continuous wall from the basement to the second floor was clad in a vintage tumbled brick to give warmth and texture to this otherwise large blank surface. Collaboration with the builder also allowed for matching brick headers to be installed over the windows within the same stair system.
Seamless Indoor/Outdoor Living – Seamless finished design is rooted in relationships—to pull off a fully open smooth transition from indoor living to the great outdoors, our team worked with the architect early to design walls in a way that allowed for 10’ tall doors to pocket right into the wall. Additionally, outside on the covered porch, a screen system was installed to cut down on sun glare, wind, and bugs for added comfort.
Second Porch – Having a second porch for service is a sought-after feature. Separate from the lounge porch off of the main living area, a second porch off of the kitchen was added to include cooking space and a couple of seats for relaxing while tending to the grill.
Not Your Basic Basement – Tucked under the fabulous first floor is another level of luxury, and an entertainer’s dream! This basement is beyond basic, bathing in natural light, with a beautiful waterfall edge quartz bar area, trendy theatre space including a massive 10’x10’ screen, energizing wall coverings, and a warm fireplace tucked within a custom excavated sunken style conversation pit lounge area–perfect for cozy catch-ups with friends and family.
Exposed Beams and Wood Details – Adding design elements like natural wood beams in the main living area and master bedroom support a more casual tone, complementing surrounding more formal finishes. Stained tongue and groove wood pieces on the master bedroom ceiling and a unique wood strip wall design in the study echoed similarly relaxed style.
Concealed Kitchen Appliances – Concealed panel appliances were integrated into the cabinet design to appear more furniture-like. This softened the overall kitchen aesthetic without sacrificing function.
Tile Tour – An eclectic mix of tiles was used throughout this home including geometric hex tiles, large format slab-like marbles, and artisanal crafted patterned tiles that are intentionally irregular and organic in form to create movement when installed.
Secret Mudroom – Visible from the kitchen and powder room, the mudroom was styled in a way to look sharp even when in use. Mesh metal screen was also added to cabinet fronts for a clutter-free look, ultimately concealing built-in storage.
See more photos of our 2021 Aberdeen Home-A-Rama house here.
Do you dream of living in a Home-A-Rama quality home? Let’s make it happen! Contact us to jumpstart a design conversation prior to your renovation or new build for luxe interior design that fits your lifestyle.
Happy Home. Happy Life.