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The past year has brought in a new era of living well at home. Even those of us with newer or well-appointed homes have discovered places where we might be able to improve the design or functionality. Because of this, remodeling and redecorating is at an all-time high. We have seen increased traffic at the Indiana Design Center (IDC) from industry professionals and homeowners alike, looking for ways to create a more efficient or luxurious home. Kitchens and bathrooms are always first on the list for makeovers, so Natalie Gertiser of Ferguson offers her take on the top trends in kitchen and bath that help promote your home to the highest level. MIXED TEXTURES Mixed metal tones on hardware and fixtures continues to be popular, both in kitchens and in bathrooms, but building on that trend are mixed textures. Favorite fixtures pair sleek, shiny marble and onyx with tactile knurled metals to create a striking contrast. “Consumers have really embraced the mixed metal trend, and mixing textures is the next logical step to really elevate a space,” says Gertiser. Creating that juxtaposition between the high vs. low or the luxury vs. utilitarian creates more tension and interest in the design of a room. ROYAL FLUSH A small addition to create a spa-like bathroom experience is a bidet. Long considered an essential in Europe, bidets have only recently become more commonplace in American homes with the innovation of the in-seat bidet. Consumers can add a new seat to virtually any toilet, easily upgrading their bathroom to luxury status. Gertiser says, “Being able to add such a feature without expensive plumbing or labor costs is a relatively easy way to enhance the bathroom.” OVERSIZED LIGHT FIXTURES Another somewhat simple way to add a big visual element to a room is an oversized light fixture. These have been trending for the past few years, but have continued to stay popular and have become more of a mainstay in kitchen design. Says Gertiser, “A set of three substantial pendants over a large kitchen island makes a formidable visual impact, while rounding out the style of the room.” Light fixtures in an array of finishes and styles are on display at the Ferguson showroom. To learn more, contact the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom at the IDC: 317-705-0794. Appointments are required for showroom visits and consultations.


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From the Editor-in-Chief I was having coffee the other day with a longtime friend who owns a catering business. We were chatting away when she said offhandedly, “By the way, your daughter is working for me this weekend.” To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement... our high-school-aged daughter is a great student, a talented team tennis player, and a delightful person, but so far, (outside of a few babysitting gigs) she’s had little experience in the working world. I, on the other hand, am my father’s son. Growing up, my dad was (and still is) the hardest-working guy I know, and he made sure I followed suit. From the age of 13 on, during summers, he always had one job or another for me at one of his construction sites. My first assignment was working on a landscaping project, digging holes for trees to be planted at an apartment complex, then laying railroad ties in the 90-degree heat. The smell of creosote still brings those days right back to me. I remember always making sure to have a few bucks in my pocket so that I could buy the foreman two iced teas from the Pizza Hut next door...ensuring he’d take a break, and I could too. Another time, I painted carports -- my mother loved that one, since I invariably got more paint all over my clothes than on the walls. One memorable summer, I worked on a drywall crew, the lowest guy on the totem pole. I was charged with scraping drywall mud that fell to the floor from the finishers, who thought it great sport to aim for my head. I eventually got very good at lobbing it directly back at them with my spade...the Roger Federer of drywall. It wasn’t just me that my dad, he viewed my entire high school class as his potential work crew. And he was offering $5 an hour, which for some of us was incentive enough. One of my longtime friends recalls the inevitable early morning call from me and hearing his parents say “No, he’s not doing anything...we’ll send him right over.” He says, ”You knew it was going to be a long day.” I had one friend, who, by virtue of being held back a few times, could drive well before my buddies and me, so that summer my dad had us driving around collecting trash from various properties and taking it to the dumpster. Getting paid to drive around?? Sign us up! And while I may not have had the camp experiences some of my contemporaries enjoyed, or spent long afternoons at the golf course or pool, I could brag of knocking back a cold Schlitz after work with the crew (a job perk of which my father was unaware), and my toilet-repair skills are still strong to this day (just ask any wife which quality is more important in a husband: possessing a low handicap or the ability to fix a toilet...I rest my case). Comparatively, my own offspring haven’t had many jobs, but it must be said that today’s world is not the same as when I was growing up. First of all, there’s more danger out there -- or maybe we’re just more conscious of what can happen to a teenager; some situations just don’t feel safe anymore. And, too, the academic competition is much greater today. Kids are preparing for college before they hit high school, and even getting into what we used to call a “safety school” is anything but a given; consequently, many of us urge our children to prioritize school rather than getting a part-time job. But it’s important to instill a strong work ethic in them, and having a real job is a time-honored way to achieve that. That’s why I was so happy to hear that my daughter was going to help my friend in her catering business. Our girls are besties from grade school, and when the opportunity arose to help her mom, her daughter asked ours to join her. As we dropped her off, I had high hopes of lessons learned, satisfaction from a job well get the picture. What I actually got at the end of the night from our daughter of few words was a single text: “Slavery.” I assured her Lincoln had freed the slaves eons ago, and privately decided it might be time for a discussion about the value of real-world work experience. But it turned out, that wasn’t necessary at all. Upon further reflection the next day, our daughter said she thought it had been great, adding, “We worked for almost seven hours, helping set up and then serving at the event. It was tiring, but it was cool to experience what it’s like to work in catering....and while I probably wouldn’t want to make it my career, I’d definitely do it again.” I think her grandfather would be proud.

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While browsing iconic department stores and boutiques in New York during the height of the pandemic, it was clear the trend of luxury sneakers is still hot and here to stay. The handmade Italian fashion footwear line Golden Goose best reflects how people are living, working, commuting, and dressing now and for the foreseeable future. The line of distressed sneakers and bags started as a passion project of founders Francesca Rinaldo and Alessandro Gallo, a couple from Venice who were outsiders to the world of fashion. Since its inception in 2000, it has grown from a company of $20 million in sales to more than $320 million in 2020. Golden Goose expects to grow another 35 percent in 2021 and has attracted private equity from Permira, a British global investment firm, and fashion industry superstars Silvio Campara to serve as CEO and Maureen Chiquet as Chairwoman to build the global brand. Although competing with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Christian Louboutin, Golden Goose has emerged as a distinctively excellent Italian brand inspired by vintage fashion --

initially because the founders didn’t have the money to buy new luxury goods. Shoe prices start at $500 for men, women, and kids. While expensive, they are roughly half the price of other luxury brand sneakers. In a world of fashion sameness, Golden Goose customers are as original as the brand; seeking creativity, authenticity and relevance to make a personal statement and reinforce the uniqueness of their identities. According to Silvio, “Everything we do at Golden Goose goes against what I learned before I came here from Alexander McQueen and Armani. We are about scarcity, word of mouth, and making people feel relevant...not important. I was asked to not work the way I had before, not to worry about replenishment or assortment, but rather to focus exclusively on customizing the fashion and the experience for every customer. At first it was hard as it went against everything I thought I knew, but I decided I just needed to trust the vision and grow the business without changing the founding values.” The results speak for themselves. 33

Inside Golden Goose’s Milan headquarters.

What started with 17 employees is now 750 strong and the company recently moved into new headquarters in Milan. “Just like the day the company started, we still know each other, we still love each other, and we still trust each other,” Silvio adds. “Seventy percent of the employees are women, from every race and religion, and always very international. We embrace talent above all else -- the best people with the best hearts. We don’t hire the best professionals we can find because that limits our possibilities. We hire inspired people and let them focus on what makes them unique.” According to Maureen Chiquet, former CEO of Chanel and a native St. Louisan, “Golden Goose is more than a brand. It's a family of creative, passionate, soulful, visionary people. One thing I loved about working for Chanel was the emphasis on perfection in everything they did but the one thing I love about working for Golden Goose is the emphasis on the perfect imperfection!” With the majority of its consumers being Millennials and GenZ, the emphasis is on the individual. “We give our customers comfort and authenticity first, then cool. But the brand really caters to anyone who is passionate about life,” says the very passionate CEO. The pandemic helped Golden Goose understand the importance of their brand’s values of family first, positivity, creativity 34

and hope for the future. The main goal of its newest collection is to convey a positive message of hope and of a fresh start. In these times of uncertainty, creativity becomes an uplifting response. “CREATIVITY IS THE ANSWER” became the company’s motto and a recurring sentence used extensively throughout the collection. Going back not only to its founding values but also to the brand identity, the new collection is called ReStar, which perfectly narrates the values and the real DNA of the brand. Bold statements such as Rethink, Future, Happiness, Kindness in the Small Things, Do What You Love, and Creativity is the Answer are printed or embroidered on T-shirts and sweatshirts, embellished with jacquard or flock print on knitwear, and embroidered with studs and Swarovski crystals on leather and denim. A deep sense of freedom underlies the whole collection with its balance between easy and versatile pieces in jersey and knitwear, or in leather and denim -- all of these garments being very effective means of spreading these messages of positivity. Images of beautiful landscapes are used in some pieces to suggest the freedom of outdoor adventure and the willingness to begin traveling again. Golden Goose artisanal craftsmanship is fully manifested in the Dream Maker collection through the use of different treatments adapted to the different categories, recreating the

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The iconic Golden Goose lived-in look, distinctive feature of the perfect imperfection of the brand.

distinctive Golden Goose lived-in touch. To reinforce the importance of positivity, love, and being connected to each other, Golden Goose launched another initiative to encourage customers to join its creative community and work together on its designs. Believing that the energy of a collective is able to overcome any type of obstacles and that the most outstanding results can only be achieved through cooperation and co-creation, the company is inviting everyone to participate in a new activity called the “Dream Maker.” Dream Maker challenges people’s creativity and invites them to become an active part of the design process. In order to do so, Golden Goose decided to design a few garments on which the customers can give their final touch by themselves, adding their personal twist to these pieces following some specific input and guidelines given by the design team. This ensures a desired and appropriate outcome and pushes customers’ imaginations and creativity. For example, several T-shirts and sweatshirts come with small pieces of tape on which the customer can finish a brief sentence already written on it by adding a personal message with a colored marker that comes in a tool package included with the purchase of the garment. Other T-shirts come with numbered dots that customers can connect by embroidering through them and then

discovering the outline of the Golden star. These T-shirts come with a small kit containing colored thread to use for the embroidery. Other sweatshirts feature handsewn fabric patches on the back which the customer can decide to leave them on or remove them with the use of scissors to reveal a printed picture underneath. All these Dream Maker garments come with a QR code on the tag. By scanning it, the customer will be redirected to a guide on how to properly customize that specific piece. The brand is asking its lovers to push their creativity to the limits and work together on some of its most memorable styles, ranging from ready-to-wear pieces to footwear and accessories. The intertwining of ideas has always been one of the structural pillars of Golden Goose's design ethos: how the experiential pedigree of one notion or an object could develop and flourish in a completely different context, as seen or perceived through the eyes of someone else. It’s a journey of love, co-creation, and imagination. What Golden Goose does best is bring out the emotions of their customers in all of its designs. The company’s singular focus on their customers who, above all else, are passionate about life comes through. Even if the designs are not your thing, it’s hard not to be inspired by their vision, dedication, and success. sl 35

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Where to soak up the sun in Scottsdale from daybreak on Written by Bridget Williams French composer Claude Debussy is credited with writing, "There is nothing more musical than a sunset." Mother Nature struck up the band shortly after we arrived for a six-night stay in Scottsdale, during which I planned to scout the best places to bookend our day by watching the sun rise and set. It was cloudy when we checked into our first hotel—Mountain Shadows Resort—so I'd all but written off any chance of spying famous desert sunset show. Wandering around to get the lay of the land, I happened to look outside, and the sky seemed to be on fire. We made a bee-line to a hill on the resort's short course, where I stood in awe of the colors on the horizon. My mission was off to a promising start. From the outside, Mountain Shadows (rooms from $399/ night), which originally opened in 1959 and was quite the swinging spot in that heady era, hosting the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne, boasts a slightly brutalist facade, giving little hint of what lies inside. Completely rebuilt in 2017, today, the resort's midcentury heart is palpable within airy and contemporary interiors infused with subtle industrial touches that add just the right amount of edge. Towering walls of glass bookend the lobby, providing an unobstructed view of a terraced lawn and onto the iconic Camelback Mountain in the distance. There are ample areas for casual gatherings, outfitted with midcentury-inspired furnishings with exposed brass frames and upholstered in jewel-toned velvet. 36

Two u-shaped wings contain 216 guest rooms and 42 condominium suites. One wing envelops the aforementioned lawn, the other, the hotel's social heart, including The Citizens Club, home to a very well-equipped fitness center and juice bar, as well as a hot tub and a pair of cabana-lined pools that stair-step the gentle slope of the land. Immediately upon entering our spacious studio-style firstfloor room facing the garden, I was quick to notice the shower, with glass on three sides, that seemed to float in the center of the space. Moving into the bedroom, one is quick to notice that the concrete ceiling nearly doubles in height. The abstract pattern of the flat-weave rug under the bed paid homage to the region’s Native American heritage, while a colorful canvas abstraction of a mountain range on a nearby wall highlighted the property’s legacy. Across the lawn, the second-floor Camelback Overlook is part of 37,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and provides a front-row seat to the sunset. The terrace overlooks the par-3 18-hole Short Course, which promises fun and fast rounds for both beginners and pros. Arthur Jack Snyder designed the original 1961 course; it was later redesigned by Forrest Richardson, a Snyder mentee. Rounds end at Rusty's, a patio and lounge, where tradition mandates that the player with the lowest score on The Forest Wager (a bonus Hole 17.5) picks up a round of drinks.

The pool area at Mountain Shadows with Cambelback Mountain in the background. Photo by Mark Boisclair.

Exterior of Mountain Shadows at dawn. Photo by Mark Boisclair.

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Mountain Shadows. Photo by Mark Boisclair.

The Living Room and Bar at Hearth '61

At Hearth '61, chef Charles Wiley, named "One of the Best Hotel Chefs in America" by the James Beard Foundation, ser ves up elevated cuisine that draws inspiration from the exquisite flavors of local and organic ingredients. His exhibition-style kitchen turns out beautifully plated creations. Coming from cold Kentucky, we opted to dine alfresco at one of several fire pits positioned near the pool. Sipping a Winter Spritzer, a seasonal spin on the Aperol Spritz, we watched as the sky transitioned from pink to dark purple, and then an inky black perforated by twinkling stars. Presented with our first course— ahi tartare accompanied by blistered shishito peppers— we pulled out our phones to take photos before digging in. I'm not a vegetarian, but the beguiling blend of ingredients proposed in the quinoa and lentil stew piqued my 38

Brussels Sprout Salad from Mountain Shadows' Hearth '61

interest. The colorful composition was hearty but not heavy, and left just enough room to indulge in dessert, a lemon confection encased in white chocolate. On average, the Phoenix/Scottsdale area gets rain just 33 days per year; unfortunately, six of these happened to coincide with my visit. Rain thwarted our plans to watch the sunrise atop Camelback Mountain (the Echo Canyon trailhead is an easy one-mile walk from Mountain Shadows through the Paradise Valley neighborhood). Undeterred, we set out as soon as the skies showed signs of clearing. Be forewarned that the 4.8-mile out-and-back trail to the top of the area's highest peak is rated as extremely difficult, but in my humble opinion, the bouldering involved can bring out one's inner child, and the exertion is well worth the views. As a bonus, each time you glance up at the peak

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Garden Premium guest room at Mountain Shadows. Photo by Mark Boisclair.

Taliesin West served as Frank Lloyd Wright's desert laboratory.

during your stay, you can relish in the satisfaction of knowing that you made it to the top. The Phoenix/Scottsdale area is a mecca for urban hiking, and I found it fascinating how quickly you can go from a bustling city to what feels like the boondocks. At the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, located on Scottsdale's outer edge, there are more than 215 miles of trails for people of all abilities spread out over 35,000 acres. Other notable and challenging hikes with rewarding views include Piestewa Peak, the second-highest point in the Phoenix Mountains; Two-Bit Peak; and, Dobbins Lookout in the South Mountains, whose Depression-era observation deck can also be accessed by car. If you want to feel miles away without working up a sweat, a visit to the Desert Botanical Gardens is in order. Home to more than 50,000 accessioned plants through its five thematic trails, I

was genuinely surprised to learn that there was so much diversity in desert flora and fauna. Prefer ogling structures over shrubbery? Make a reservation to tour Taliesin West, built by Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices in the 1930s and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Wright's home, school, and studio served as a living architectural laboratory, and the tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the golden years of the United States most famous architect. If you time your visit just right, you can cap off your day with a sunset dinner at Isabella's Kitchen. A bustling spot popular with locals, its large patio and second-floor terrace overlooks the McDowell Mountains and Grayhawk Golf Club's Talon course, home to the 2021 and 2022 NCAA Men's and Women's Golf Championships. 39

Clubhouse of the Cambelback Golf Club at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn & Spa

The spa pool at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn & Spa

Tyner's Trail at the base of Mummy Mountain and on the 125acre JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa (rooms from $299/night) requires minimal effort for maximum views, including downtown Phoenix and Camelback Mountain. Our second stop, this AAA Four Diamond property, which originally opened in 1936, and was acquired by Marriott in 1967, holds the distinction of being the first resort in Marriott's history. Guests are comfortably accommodated in 453 adobe-style casitas, some with private pools, and all of which are surrounded by impeccably manicured gardens and pathways whose colors seem even more vibrant against the sienna shades of the natural desert landscape. Tops among the vast amenities at the resort are the 32,000 square-foot destination spa and 36 holes of championship golf at Camelback Golf Club. COVID precautions are in full effect throughout the resort; at the spa, this translates to reduced capacity, requiring a reservation to use the expansive fitness center, and wearing a mask for the duration of spa treatments. Still, an aura of respite and tranquility is maintained throughout the facility, and after so many months of isolation, a massage feels even more 40

Living room in a guest casita at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn & Spa

indulgent and restorative. Those wanting to create an entire spa day can enjoy healthy and flavorful cuisine at Sprouts at the Spa, and reserve a private cabana for relaxing next to the spa pool. There are seven distinct dining experiences on the property, many of which have outdoor patios. During our visit, the pinnacle of on-property cuisine, Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar, was still closed as a casualty of COVID. However, we still managed to indulge our yen for red meat with carne asada served with a savory chimichurri that we washed down with a signature margarita. The area around Mountain Shadows and the JW Marriott Camelback Inn is largely residential. A notable exception is El Chorro, a local institution that's worth a short walk. Operated as a restaurant, bar, and lodge as far back as 1937, the current owner recently renovated the property, expanding the vast landscaped patio and incorporating several green-building features. What didn't change is an 80-plus year history of presenting patrons with a basket of their famous sticky buns. We took ours to go, and even two days later, warmed in the microwave, they were sinfully delicious.

An appetizer at Second Story Liquor Bar A vignette among the impeccably manicured grounds at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn & Spa.

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Hotel Valley Ho is considered to be one of the most well-preserved mid-century modern hotels in America.

The lobby at Hotel Valley Ho


Studio guest room at Hotel Valley Ho.

In contrast, Hotel Valley Ho (rooms from $369/night) sits at the gateway to bustling Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale. Considered one of the most well-preserved mid-century modern hotels in the country, the architecture and interior design of Hotel Valley Ho takes guests on a sentimental journey to a bygone era. When it originally opened in 1956, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, and Zsa Zsa Gabor were among the members of the in-crowd to sign the guest registry. Recently restored to its former glory, the property’s 241 guest rooms have punchy mid-century-inspired décor. Our tower suite boasted a full kitchen with sleek and sunny yellow lacquered cabinetry and a large terrace that provided a view of Camelback's backside. A hub of activity, Hotel Valley Ho’s OH Pool is lined with colorful cabanas and an Instagramable "It's Always Sunny in Scottsdale," mural, which I ironically spied during a walk around the property in the rain. Lining the corridor walls leading to the VH Spa are historical photos and hotel advertisements that guide guests on an interesting walk down memory lane. A more sensory journey to far-flung locales is offered via four Jet Set spa treatments. The hammam experience is infused with savory aromatics from the Far East, while wild-harvested Arctic Berry body wrap is part of the Helsinki treatment. With an expansive poolside terrace, ZuZu, Hotel Valley Ho's all-day restaurant, is always buzzy. The approachable menu (hello truffle fries!) is accompanied by a chic cocktail list. Hotel Valley Ho's Old Town location provides walkable access to a host of shopping and dining experiences. Inside the clubby

Mad Men-inspired confines at Second Story Liquor Bar you'll enjoy savory, modern American cuisine. Citizen Public House blew our minds with their bacon-fat heirloom popcorn, so simple but oh so good. Equally rapturous was the guacamole at The Mission Old Town. The restaurant's beautiful and romantic interior design is a fitting complement to its modern Latin cuisine. Knowing nothing about Arizona wines when we crossed the threshold at Merkin Vineyards' Old Town Tasting room, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of wine produced at this familyowned winery, whose cellars are located 120-miles north in Jerome. Wholly committed to delivering a 100% Arizona experience, grapes are grown on 100-acres in the Verde Valley and Willcox regions, and the food served to accompany tastings utilizes fruits and vegetables grown on the estate. Merkin's ground-to-glass ethos was the perfect ending to a trip heavily focused on relishing the many natural wonders found in the Valley of the Sun, even when it rains. sl RESOURCES Stay Mountain Shadows – 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253; / JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa – 5402 E. Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85253; / Hotel Valley Ho – 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251; Satiate Citizen Public House – 7111 E. 5th Ave. Suite E, Scottsdale, AZ 85251; / El Chorro5550 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253; / Isabella's Kitchen – 8623 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ Merkin Vineyards' Old Town Tasting Room – 7133 E. Stetson Dr. Suite #4, Scottsdale, AZ 85251; / Second Story Liquor Bar – 4166 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251; / The Herb Box – 7051 E. Fifth Ave. Unit 1, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251; / The Mission Old Town – 3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85253; See Desert Botanical Garden – 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008; / McDowell Sonoran Preserve – / Piestewa Peak Summit Trail – 2701 E. Squaw Peak Dr. / South Mountain Park & Preserve / Dobbins Lookout – 10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 8502 / Taliesin West – 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259; / Two-Bit Peak Trail – 9200 N. 40th St. 43



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The tasting room at Cakebread Cellars. Photo by Rocco Ceselin.


Cakebread Cellars carries on the legacy of its trailblazing co-founder with women in leadership positions and a robust culinary program. Written by Chloe Gellar

Dolores Cakebread co-founded Cakebread Cellars, one of Napa Valley's most prominent wineries, in 1973 with Jack, her husband, and her high-school sweetheart. Having celebrated both her 90th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary shortly before her death this past October, Dolores leaves behind a legacy as a trailblazer in an industry in which women once took a backseat to men. As early as the 1980s, Dolores was championing a culinary approach to wine, launching Cakebread's "American Harvest Workshop," one of the first initiatives in the United States to pair food and wine with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Further supporting the integration of food and wine, Dolores was the driving force behind the wineries' famous fruit and vegetable garden that still greets guests today. She also worked with Cakebread's Culinary Director Brian Streeter to create wine-pairing cookbooks. The same year Dolores co-founded Cakebread, MaryAnn Graf became the first woman to be named head winemaker at a California winery. According to on-going research by Lucia Albine Gilbert and John C. Gilbert, in 2020, only fourteen-percent of the more than 4,200 wineries in California reported having a female lead winemaker, up from 10% two years prior. Speaking to these female professionals' proficiency, twenty-percent of the California wineries listed in Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 Wineries were led by women winemakers in 2019 and 2020. The Gilbert's have published their research at 50

Family-owned Cakebread Cellars is among those who have selected a woman to lead the winemaking program, which encompasses 15 sites and 584 acres under vine across all of Napa Valley. As the head winemaker, Stephanie Jacobs has made sustainability a pillar in her practice. Just the fourth winemaker in the winery's history, she is the second consecutive woman to hold the position. Joining Cakebread in 2004 as an enologist, Stephanie has been integral in establishing and maintaining Cakebread Cellars' status as a "Napa Green Certified Winery" – a distinction the winery has held for over ten years. The winery is additionally certified as Fish Friendly and participates in the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing program. Stephanie is continuously finding innovative ways to practice sustainable winemaking. Continuing Dolores' legacy during the pandemic, Cakebread Cellars has devised a unique series of on-going virtual programming that allows fans of the winery to sip, click, and connect in lieu of in-person tastings. Participants order a cooking class tasting kit in advance of a live cooking demonstration via Zoom with Executive Chef Brian Streeter. For more information on upcoming events, visit To whet your appetite, Chef Streeter shared his recipe for Dungeness Crab Cakes, which he recommends pairing with a 2018 Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay. sl

The tasting room at Cakebread Cellars. Photo by Rocco Ceselin.

The Cakebread Family with the late Dolores Cakebread. Photo by Alexander Rubin. Winemaker Stephanie Jacobs. Photo by Alexander Rubin. (

Dungeness Crab Cakes Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients 1 lb. crabmeat, picked over for shells 1.5 c. fresh bread crumbs 1 stalk celery, finely minced (1/2 cup) 1 green onion, finely minced (1/4 cup) ¼ c. mayonnaise 1 T. fresh lemon juice 1 T. chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 tsp. Dijon mustard ½ tsp. Worcestershire ¼ tsp. Tabasco sauce 2 eggs, separated Extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Preparation Combine the crabmeat, bread crumbs, celery, green onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and egg yolks in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the crab mixture. Shape 1/3 cup of the crab mixture into a 2-inch-wide patty. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Add enough olive oil to fill a large nonstick skillet 1/4-inch deep. Heat over medium-high heat. Add the crab cakes in a single layer, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until golden brown. Arrange on a serving platter and serve with the lemon wedges. 51

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THE ULTIMATE M5 BMW's new 2022 M5 CS Sedan is the company's quickest and most powerful production vehicle ever. Written by Andre James / Photography courtesy of BMW USA A limited-production super sedan only available for the 2022 model year, the 2022 M5 CS Sedan builds on the capabilities of M5, which itself was updated for the 2021 model year. The four-passenger seating configuration, with M carbon sport seats in the front and two individual bucket seats in the rear, is a first for the M5 variant. The simple formula of increasing power and cutting weight elevates performance and dynamics for both street and track driving. The S63 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 delivers 627hp, an increase of 10hp over the Competition model. High levels of power and torque and working through the 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive allwheel-drive system, the M5 CS reaches 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the M5 Competition model. The top speed with the standard M Driver's Package is 190 mph. To help drivers hone and harness all that power, the M Driver's Package also includes a voucher for BMW driver training. The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission provides extraordinarily short shift times and fast, precise responses to the accelerator's input. Simultaneously, the dual-branch, electric flapcontrolled sport exhaust system, with quad stainless-steel tips, fitted to the M5 CS, amplifies and enhances the V8's soundtrack while giving the option for quieter operation when necessary. The exhaust tone's characteristics are changed depending on the selected mode – EFFICIENT, SPORT, or SPORT+. Additionally, the M Sound button can soften the exhaust tone for a more understated note. 54

Pressing the SETUP button positioned takes the driver to the 12.3-inch central display's menu for programming an individual configuration for the powertrain and chassis options (ROAD, TRACK, and SPORT modes). Simplified operation using the touchscreen display or iDrive Controller makes it easy to choose different engine, suspension, steering, and M xDrive system settings. The two red-painted M1 and M2 buttons next to the gearshift paddles on the M Alcantara steering wheel enable quick changes between setups. Exclusive exterior appointments include a unique gold bronze finish on the BMW kidney grille surround, the model badging, and the 20-inch forged alloy wheels. A striking feature of L-shaped light tubes within the Adaptive LED headlights is the application of racing-inspired yellow instead of standard white. The M5 CS represents the first application of red calipers with BMW Carbon ceramic brakes. Notable inside the cabin are seats clad in black Merino leather with Mugello red accents and contrasting red stitching. Imprinted on all four is a map of Nurburgring's Nordschleife, one of two circuits at the legendary race track, and where the M5 CS was put through its paces during development. Scheduled to arrive at dealerships later this year, those interested in reserving a BMW M5 CS Sedan from this limited run, which will have a starting price of $142,995, can inquire online at sl 55

Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance

BACK IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT While some event organizers have chosen to focus on 2022, several Concours across the country are making ambitious plans for the show to go on in 2021. Written by Andre James Car enthusiasts are a convivial and generous lot. When they come together at picturesque locations across the country for a Concours d'Elegance, a high-brow motoring show and tell, these gearheads, collectors, aficionados, and admirers make a significant impact on the charitable interests of the host city. Even without an event in 2020, the storied Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance still managed to distribute more than $1million to its local charity partners. "Since its beginning, the Pebble Beach Concours has had two goals," said Pebble Beach Concours Chairman Sandra Button, "to celebrate great cars and to raise money for people in need. We are proud to have raised almost $30 million for our local charity partners since the inception of the event in 1950." While the pandemic has conditioned us to enter dates into our calendars using a pencil rather than permanent ink, we've rounded up a list of domestic car shows that, as of press time, are scheduled to take place in 2021. April 25: Benedict Castle Concours, Riverside CA; 30-May 2: The Greenbrier Concours d'Elegance, White Sulphur Springs, WV; Held on a picturesque show field with The Greenbrier's iconic front entrance as a backdrop, this year, a special Movie Cars class will feature big-screen favorites like ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters and Boss Hogg's Cadillac from Dukes of Hazzard. Special awards pay homage to the resort's historical legacy and roster of famous guests, 56

including the Princess Grace Award (Most Elegant Open Car), the Dorothy Draper Award (Most Stylish Interior, Selected by Carleton Varney), and the Sam Snead Award (Best Country Club Car). May 20-23: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Amelia Island, FL; Now in its third decade, the Amelia Island event is considered among the top motoring events in the world, drawing more than 300 rare vehicles to the show field at the Golf Club at Amelia Island. Special events on the days leading up to the Concours on May 23rd include a "Guardians of Porsche Wine Maker's Dinner" on May 20, a McLaren Dinner on May 21, and seminars on Chevy Thunder and the Porsche 935. 28-30: Sandhills Motoring Festival, Pinehurst, NC; Initiated in 2018 by members of the Porsche Club and Mercedes Benz Clubs pf America, this Memorial Day weekend event draws more than 150 entrants and motoring enthusiasts with events including a Southern BBQ, a road rally, hangar party, a show in the Village of Pinehurst, and an awards dinner. June 11-13: Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance, Cincinnati, OH; The longest continually running Concours outside of the West Coast and the 4th longest in the United States, the 43rd annual

New York City Concours

event will be held in picturesque and historic Ault Park, where a classic pavilion overlooking the show field of 200 premier collector vehicles.The show has the distinction of introducing several innovations, including the first regular classes of motorcycles (2000) and Asian collector cars (2006). Special events include a countryside tour, hangar party, craft beer garden, brunch at the pavilion, and the William Sherman Automotive Art Show. July 10: Concours d'Elegance at Copshaholm, South Bend, IN; This third-annual event will be held on the grounds of the Studebaker National Museum. If you have a budding car enthusiast, be sure to sign them up for the Hagerty Junior Judging program. 17: Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, Lexington, KY; Benefiting the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital, the show field is laid out among mature shade trees on the lawn in front of Keeneland's Keene Barn. 23-25: Concours d'Elegance of America, Plymouth, MI; A distinguished car selection committee upholds a four-decade history of showcasing the most magnificent motoring icons on the lawns surrounding the historic Inn at St. John's. Evolving like other

great motoring shows into a multi-day lifestyle event has allowed it to contribute more than $5 million to charitable organizations. August 12: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Salinas, CA; When the 2021 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion kicks off for four days on August 12 at Monterey County's WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, several driver and fan favorites will be on the grid. Adding to the anticipation will be the first time a dedicated historic Indy Car group, which originally competed between 1963 and 1978, will be racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The Indy Cars will be complemented by two wildly disparate groups: the thundering historic Trans-Am cars from the "pony car" era of 1966 to 1972 and the high-revving historic Formula One cars that competed on the international stage between 1966 and 1985. 13: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Carmel, CA; One of the most exclusive motoring events on the calendar for eighteen years, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has provided an unparalleled and exclusive experience for motorsports enthusiasts and collectors from around the world to enjoy rare collections of fine automobiles and motorcycles in a garden-party setting on the rolling greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Admission includes access to five gourmet culinary pavilions, as well as caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. 57

Lamborghini display at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in 2019

Bugatti stand at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Bentley Centenary Parade at the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Photo by Kelly Serfoss.

15: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA; Seventy years back, on November 5, 1950, the first Pebble Beach Road Race took place — and the Pebble Beach Concours was born with it. To mark this historic event, event organizers invited Derek Hill to retrace the old road race course driving the very same Jaguar XK120 that his father Phil had driven to victory 70 years prior. Three more drivers and four more cars would record overall wins in the Pebble Beach Road Races before the tree-lined course proved to be too dangerous, and a new circuit was built to host them at Laguna Seca beginning in 1957. The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, will gather all five of the winning cars on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, alongside many past Best of Show winners from the Concours to mark its 70th celebration.Additional features and special classes will pay tribute to early electric cars, 90 Years of Pininfarina, Porsche 917, Early Electric Vehicles, Talbot-Lago Grand Sport, Iso Rivolta, Miller, and cars of the Carrera Panamericana. 21: Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance, Denver, CO; Sold out year-after-year, this event brings together one-of-a-kind vintage vehicles, one-off assembly automobiles, custom private jets, 58

extraordinary vintage aircraft, and a moveable feast presented by some of the area's top restaurants. Proceeds from the event benefit The Morgan Adams Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children diagnosed with pediatric brain tumors and other rare cancers. 22: Geneva Concours d’Elegance, Geneva, IL; Special classes at the 2021 Geneva Concours, a leafy community located 32 miles west of Chicago in the Fox River Valley, include early autos built in the Chicago area, the 100th birthday of the Duesenberg, and the 60th birthday of the Austin Mini Cooper. 28: Carmel Artomobilia, Carmel, IN; A unique convergence of art and autos, this annual event takes place on the streets of the Carmel Arts & Design District. Other weekend events include SHIFT, a unique driving experience for an eclectic group of auto collectors, and the REVOLANTÉ gala at THE Bridgewater Club. September 3-5: Virginia Festival of the Wheel, Charlottesville, VA; Held at the Boar's Head Resort in Charlottesville, proceeds from the event support the UVA Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund.

The Ault Park show field at the 2019 Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance. Photo by Tony Bailey.

1931 Bentley 8-liter wins top ‘Best of Show’ award at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Class winner at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Photo by Deremer Studios.

The 1972 Miura P400 SV, chassis #3673, best in class winner at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

10-12: Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, Edgemont, PA Bringing together classic cars and the world of horses and fox hunting, it is held at the Radnor Hunt in the countryside of Chester County. A marketplace at the event features motoring and lifestyle vendors. 18: New York City Concours, New York, NY; The event's location, the Rooftop at Pier 17 in Manhattan's Seaport District, gives it the distinction of being the world's first day-to-night rooftop Concours. A lifestyle event that melds motoring with art, music, fashion, and entertainment, proceeds will benefit the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. 18-19: Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance, Huntington Beach, CA; This 35th annual family-friendly event will be held over two days at Central Park in Huntington Beach. Since its founding, this volunteer-run event has raised more than $900,000 in support of the Huntington Beach Public Library. 17-19: Vail Automotive Classic, Vail, CO; This 12th annual event will welcome show cars to the streets of Lionshead Village.

30-October 3: Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week, Newport, RI; In 2019, more than 70,000 visitors participated in a weeklong series of event hosted at some of Newport's most notable locations; the historic mansions of Bellevue Avenue, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Audrain Automobile Museum, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, the National Museum of American Illustration, the Newport Pell Bridge, and local city and state parks. The bespoke Best in Show trophy pays homage to Willie K. Vanderbilt, his 1900 Daimler Phoenix, and the origins of Newport's profound automotive history. October 23-24: Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Greenwich, CT; Owned and produced by Hagerty, this 25th annual event has added new "hands on the wheel" experiences for 2021 in addition to time-honored traditions such as the Grand Tour and Waterfront Party. Featured classes for 2021 will include Ford vs. GM, Lancia, 100 Years of Duesenberg, 70 Years of Allard, Right Coast Rods, Vintage SUVs, 120 Years of Indian, and 100 Years of Moto Guzzi. sl 59

GOING FOR GOLD IN SILVER LAKE VILLAGE The newly opened Goldener Hirsch Residences are a modern marvel on the mountain. Written by Bridget Williams

The snowfall seemed to have a sedative effect on an already sleepy village. Breaking the silence, an army of Snowcats were hard at work on nearby Bald Mountain. Diffused by the glittery flakes, their headlights reminded me of ethereal beams cast by an expedition submarine as it traverses the depths of the ocean floor. A sentiment likely inspired by the fact that I was watching the scene unfold from the edge of a glass-walled hot tub that cantilevers over the side of the rooftop at the newly opened wing of the Goldener Hirsch in Park City, Utah’s Silver Lake Village. Having just opened in mid-December of last year, we were the first people to stay in the handsomely appointed studio room, making the oft lauded “new car smell” a distant second to “new hotel smell”. The 40 residences in the new wing, ranging in size from 570 to 3,720-square-feet, are connected to the iconic Goldener Hirsch Inn— the only family-owned luxury hotel in Deer Valley— via a Bridge Plaza that provides a spacious mountain view outdoor gathering space. 60

In contrast to the 20-room Inn’s dominant Bavarian influences, the architecture of the $120 million expansion, designed by the vaunted firm Olson Kundig, is decidedly modern, rendered in steel, glass, and faux bois concrete walls. Todd-Avery Lenahan of TAL Studio, whose work has been described as “cinematic,” conceived the interior design. In the lobby level, where fireplaces bookend a pair of seating areas, a beguiling blend of touchstones from bygone eras are filtered through a contemporary lens. Surveying the space, I took on a directorial role, envisioning myself as a silver screen siren in this chic environment, complete with pin curls, a bias cut silk sheath dress, and looking wistfully at the camera while lounging, martini in hand, on the sleek moss-colored sofa. Lenahan’s ability to ricochet from a flair for the dramatic to a proficient eye for placidity was evident in our spacious studio room. Boasting a largely neutral color palette, white oak paneling dressed the wall behind both the bed and a sinuous cream-colored

sofa that anchored the seating area near a floor-to-ceiling window. Artwork, both paintings and black and white photography, nodded to Austria’s alpine landscape. After a day on the slopes, I much appreciated the bathroom’s soaking tub and steam shower. On-property amenities include an eye-popping ski-prep room designed in black and white with impactful pops of red. With on-snow ski storage at the base of the mountain, guests don’t have to trek their gear back and forth. The 2,026-acre Deer Valley Ski Resort is one of a handful of properties in the United States that doesn’t allow snowboarding. As a bad skier on a good day, the one-on-one coaching from a ski school pro, one of the largest in the country, as well as ample beginner runs, certainly increased my confidence, and kept me amply occupied while my better half schussed steeper slopes. Even with six mountain peaks and 21 chairlifts, it’s essential to plan ahead for skiing as Deer Valley caps the number of lift tickets sold each day to maintain

optimal social distancing. After a day on the slopes, we were elated to find a plate of warm cookies waiting for us when we returned to the room. While I reveled in the modern marvelousness of the expansion, it’s well worth a trip across the Bridge Plaza for dinner at the Bavarian-influenced Goldener Hirsch Restaurant. Here, classic Austrian dishes meet the best of what’s fresh and local. Beginning with fondue, a traditional Swiss winter meal, we moved on to wiener schnitzel and a stunningly plated Utah lamb loin with lingonberries, which are native to Scandinavia. Another cheesy Swiss classic—raclette—is the star of the show at nearby Empire Canyon Lodge’s winter-only Fireside Dining restaurant. Made in the traditional fashion in front of a stone fireplace, the restaurant reportedly goes through 700 wheels of cheese every winter; the simple deliciousness of warm melted cheese is a reminder that food needn’t be fussy to be fabulous. 61

Raclette at Fireside Dining Restaurant

The Goldener Hirsch Restaurant

The Ski Locker at the Goldener Hirsch


Grappa Restaurant

In the traditional manufacture of mezcal, a giant stone wheel is used to pulverize the cooked agave to create a pulp.

Tubing at Woodward Park City

The Goldener Hirsch provides complimentary on-call shuttle service in Deer Valley and to Main Street in Park City, which is less than three miles away. As easy as Uber, we used the app and never had to wait more than a few minutes for our ride to arrive. For an even more elevated experience and great insider information, hire private transport through Four Seasons Concierge. While wandering Main Street, we stopped into Gorsuch and overheard a salesgirl making her pitch: “We are a store of wants, not needs.” By the end of the day, I’d done my part to support the local economy, returning to the hotel with a shopping bag full of wants. We fueled our retail therapy with lunch at High West Distillery & Saloon, operating out of a historic livery stable and garage. More than one person had recommended The Burger, a delectable blend of Nimon ranch short rib and bison, and we were glad we heeded their advice. At Grappa, opened in 1992 and located in a former boarding house, the eccentricities inherent in an old house make for intimate and unique dining spaces. We went all-in on the Italian offerings. After shamelessly indulging

in grappa antipasto, spaghetti arrabbiata, and pistachio affogato, I debated walking the few miles uphill back to the resort! A fun day trip that’s ideal for families and open year-round is Woodward Park City. Opened in 2019, it’s an action sports facility encompassing skating, BMX, trampolining, skateboarding, skiing, liftassisted mountain biking, snowboarding, and tubing (the only place for tubing in Park City). After struggling on skis, I have to admit that it was quite a treat to effortlessly glide down the hill in an innertube. Each evening, almost on cue, a gentle snow shower coincided with our post-dinner stroll through Silver Lake Village. Catching an ephemeral flake on my fingertip, I marveled at its fleeting form. Just like the Residences at the Goldener Hirsch, its architectural uniqueness is a thing of beauty. sl RESOURCES Getting Around Canyon Transportation – / Four Seasons Concierge – Stay The Goldener Hirsch Inn & Residences – 7570 Royal St., Park City, UT; Play Deer Valley Resort – / Visit Park City – / Woodward Park City – 3863 Kilby Rd., Park City, UT; Dine Fireside Dining – 9200 Marsac Ave. #306, Park City, UT; / Goldener Hirsch Restaurant – 7570 Royal St., Park City, UT; / Grappa – 151 Main Street, Park City, UT; / High West Distillery & Saloon – 703 Park Ave., Park City, UT; 63

PURPLE REIGN Amethyst rules Derived from the ancient Greek word amethustos, meaning sober, amethysts have intoxicated many a royal eye as evidenced by their presence in royal collections worldwide, from ancient Egypt to the British crown jewels. Add a regal touch to your everyday ensembles with a selection of amethyst pieces that caught our eye. Compiled by Bridget Williams

Clockwise from top left: Adorned necklace from Anthony Lent ($34,500; Amethyst Eve ring from Samantha Tea ( David Yurman Cable Classic Collection bracelet with amethyst and yellow gold ($825; Amethyst Jelly Munchkin pendant and cable chain necklace from Bondeye Jewelry ($850; bondeyejewelry. com). Akoya pearl and tanzanite cocktail ring from Assael ( Jennifer DeMoro 1120 007 v2 Ameth. Rush Jewelry Design Icon Victoire earrings ( Enamel Frame gemstone studs from Sarah Hendler ($4,750; UVA drop amethyst earrings from Deborah Pagani ($9,500; Double Full amethyst ring from Nouvel Heritage ($4,800; Sapphire ring from Vram (



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Rosemary Peters | Lily Lusk Jaymes Anderson 41 S. Rangeline Rd. | Carmel, IN 46032 317.848.0020

DREAM HOME/DREAM TEAM A Meridian-Kessler classic is reborn.

Written by Neil Charles/Photographed by Ashlee Kindred Constructed in 1926 in the popular Tudor Revival style, with exposed exterior beams and steep gabled roofs, our featured home is a Meridian-Kessler classic that recently underwent a substantial renovation by the talented team of architect Mark Demerly, builder Rob Bennett and designer Tiffany Skilling. Acquired by Kelly and Nick Colby after several years spent scouring the neighborhood for something suitable to make their own, the house was in need of an overhaul to open up sight lines and remedy some of the alterations that had been implemented over the course of the past century. “There had been a lot of hands in it over the years,” explains the designer. “It wasn’t in disrepair. You could have lived in it, but it just felt dark and a little scary.” Having previously worked with the couple on a major remodel and a subsequent addition, Rob Bennett had a good idea of what they were looking for this time around. “Another opportunity to work with Nick and Kelly was awesome,” says the builder. “I knew 66

we were going to make this home into something truly special, honoring its history while still bringing it into today’s way of living.” Kelly concurs. “We love the whole process,” she says. “This team allowed the house to tell its story through its architecture and design.” One of the first orders of business was to replace the original steam heating system and install air conditioning. The project was on an epic scale: the 1920s poured concrete floor had to be broken up and trenches excavated to make way for ductwork, effectively creating a new crawl space. Contemporary hardwood floors were installed, and the original radiator vents were saved for incorporation as architectural details into the new design. “I’ll never forget those days when the floor was completely removed and you would walk through the front door and have to step down two feet to the cinder below, while the amazing plaster detailed ceilings were intact above me,” continues Bennett. “It really was a surreal experience.”

Original iron radiator vents were preserved to provide architectural detail throughout the home. 67

The intricate wood ceiling was painted, highlighting the pattern while brightening the space.


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Gleaming subway tile gives the laundry room a luxe feel.


A stained glass door is original to the home.

As was typical of many homes from the 1920s and ‘30s, the original design is, for want of a better description, rambling. Elements of Tudor highlight the exterior, while inside there is a lively mixture of Gothic and Norman arches, high ceilings and elaborate plasterwork that cleverly resembles solid stone blocks. Add an unusually intricate painted wooden ceiling that might be at home in a Loire Valley Chateau, and you have a charmingly whimsical ensemble. This eclecticism gave the architect and

designer a broader framework within which they could bring the home up to date in a sensitive, but not slavish, fashion. Tall mullioned windows, complete with elaborate turn-of-the-century hardware and iron muntins, could easily have been replaced with something more efficient and modern. Instead, they, along with the doors, were painstakingly sandblasted and powder-coated to resemble their original condition by Midtown Window Restoration. The effect is stunning. 71

Wide arched doorways make the kitchen seem even larger.

In the dining room, original built-in cabinets are highlighted in a blue shade found throughout the home.


The jewel box of a pantry has charm and lots of storage.

The luxurious master suite now encompasses much of the upstairs.

Typical also of the period was the home’s compartmentalized layout, with a labyrinthine series of rooms, many gloomy and uninviting. “We really wanted to make it open and bright,” says Skilling. “We always look at the entire home and start with a master plan that will tie areas together.” Opening up spaces into a more contemporary and appealing layout while retaining the spirit of the original presented plenty of opportunities for the architect and designer. “The transformation maintains original details and room proportions to make it feel it was always there,” explains Demerly. “Adding new arched openings that replicated the original ones helped us unify the formerly closed-off spaces. The home now flows seamlessly between rooms.” The kitchen in particular benefited from being opened via wide arches to the dining room on one side and a small sitting area on the other, with a view through to the base of the iron and wood staircase beyond. Throughout these spaces, a particularly relaxing shade of blue contrasts with new and refinished wood surfaces,

while subtle repeating diamond motifs here and there tie the design back into the formerly commonplace iron radiators. What appears to be an armoire with a distressed mirrored front is in fact a cunningly disguised refrigerator. “If I can make an appliance look like it’s not an appliance, I’ll do it,” says the designer. Upstairs, the entire configuration of the rooms has been redesigned to provide a large master suite, complete with an office for the man of the house. Down a couple of steps and through an informal seating area, one arrives at the guest quarters, constructed above the garage. There is an easy flow to the upstairs rooms, with access provided by either the main staircase, or original servants’ stairs at the back of the kitchen. Throughout this most engaging home, one is met by small and pleasurable surprises: a nook here, an angle there, or a vista only enjoyed from a particular spot. Although the project was ambitious, it is the execution in the details that sets this delightful house in a league of its own, a testament to the skills and vision of all involved. sl 73


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Sangrita grows up and expands to the Yard. Written by Neil Charles/Photographed by Adam Gibson


When the state of Indiana offered up a number of new liquor licenses at auction in 2013, a couple of friends - Tarek Mercho and Christopher Chabenne – both successful business professionals, decided to buy one, as Mercho puts it, “for next to nothing.” Having made the acquisition, the next decision was what to do with it; they knew that by law it would have to be put to use before it could be resold for a profit. “So we parked the license, and decided to open a bar,” he recalls. As it happened, Mercho owned a small building that had housed Greek’s Pizza on 64th Street in Broad Ripple. At the time, the craze for craft cocktails was in its infancy, and bars catering to this demand were starting to pop up around town, offering an alternative to microbrewery taprooms that were becoming ubiquitous. Most of these cocktail bars focused on traditional white and brown spirits, with a strong emphasis on whiskey, a product on the verge of becoming a national obsession. “Tequila and mezcal were starting to hit the scene, but at the time, there was no legitimate tequila bar,” Mercho continues. “We both liked Mexican cuisine, and there seems to be a lot of carryover with that from our families’ national cuisines, which are Middle-Eastern. So that’s how we ended up serving tequila and tacos.” Although craft tequila would not hit its stride for several more years, there were still plenty of good selections around which to build an impressive list.

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Having settled upon a theme, all that remained was to gut and remodel the building into a cozy, intimate space, and the dream concept would become a reality. “We wanted to be a cocktail bar, and knew that we would have to serve food, but we were limited,” explains Mercho. Constrained by an incredibly small kitchen – just 160 square feet – the new restaurateurs had no choice but to keep things simple. Picking up valuable lessons as they went along, such as the fact that residential refrigerators are not permitted for commercial use, the partners learned their new profession by immersion. Needing to keep the minimum of ingredients on hand, and multi-tasking products wherever practical, tacos became the mainstay of the menu, with an emphasis on the freshest and highest-quality produce available. So limited, in fact, was the available space that the restaurant did not offer guacamole for the first four years, as there wasn’t adequate refrigeration to handle the volume. The menu to this day remains short and to the point: convivial and bustling, Sangrita is the perfect spot to enjoy one of the best margaritas in town and share a few small plates among friends. Sangrita Saloon hit the ground running. “We were packed with a two-tothree hour wait for the first couple of years,” says Mercho. Word spread fast, and soon it had become one of the must-visit spots in the Village. Fast forward a few years, and the opportunity arose to open at the Yard in Fishers, a restaurantoriented development that had already attracted the likes of the 1933 Lounge, HC Tavern + Kitchen, Sangiovese, Havana Cigar Lounge and Rize. Bringing on another longtime friend, Chris Szymanczyk, a self-described serial entrepreneur as a third partner, the trio set about scaling up the operation while maintaining the charm of the original location. Day-to-day operations for both locations are handled by Michael Kosene, who also co-owns Mimi Blue Meatballs. “We almost opened this restaurant in two other places,” says Szymanczyk. “We even looked as far away as New Albany, but I can’t imagine making that trek now. Then this amazing location popped up.”

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The menu offers five different types of nachos.

A close-up of the gorgeous bar


Honey-butter-glazed sopapillas are a traditional dessert.

Cozy banquettes provide a view of the room.

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Churro Sundae

And what a location it is. In all likelihood the largest and grandest Mexican restaurant in the state, Sangrita Grill + Cantina takes the charm and quality of the original and blows it up on an epic scale. The sheer proportions are impressive, from the surprisingly high ceiling with its outsized chandeliers, to the bar that runs the length of an entire wall. Upstairs, a separate space provides plenty of room for private events and business gatherings away from the bustle and agreeably boisterous volume of the main dining room below. Now offering a larger selection of tequilas than before, with a number of margaritas and signature cocktails familiar from the Saloon, Sangrita Grill puts quality drinks front and center. Ingredients are top notch and proportions are spot on, and lower-carb offerings such as La Americana are available for those watching their waistline. Juices and mixers are fresh and vibrant, as is the food. A trio of bright and invigorating salsas is a fine way to start the meal: savory roja, hot but balanced habanero and a fresh, invigorating verde complement and contrast each other. We enjoyed them all, followed by a handful of well-seasoned and beautifully presented tacos, including the al pastor and asada. There is nothing mass-produced here; meats are all slow cooked on premise. Sensibly, the owners have decided to keep the menu short and fresh; slightly expanded from the Broad Ripple location, the focus remains on tacos, tostadas and fajitas, again with a strong emphasis on freshness. Churros and ice cream ensure a sweet end to a meal, should one desire, and of course, there are many intriguing afterdinner cocktail options. With a fresh spin on Mexican cuisine, Sangrita Grill + Cantina is certain to become another hot spot in Fishers. And yes, they do serve guacamole. sl For more information, visit


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While we wait for life to get back to normal and social events to resume, Sophisticated Living is highlighting “Best of…” photos from annual events over the years. Let’s reminisce and celebrate the parties, people and most importantly, philanthropy that made these gatherings great.

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Man and Woman of the Year Indianapolis, held annually each May, is a spirited 10-week competition hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since its debut in Indianapolis in 2008, this premier event has raised over nine million dollars for the Society’s fight against cancer. As a global leader in the cancer fight, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is committed to finding cures, ensuring access to treatments for all blood cancer patients and improving the quality of life of those patients and their families. The Man and Woman of the year for 2021 will be revealed at a Grand Finale Gala on Saturday, May 1st. For more information, visit






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Indy Yoga Movement (IYM) is committed to empowering central Indiana youth through the development of life skills using yoga and mindfulness. Since their establishment in 2014, IYM has served over 30,000 students in 40+ schools and organizations. To raise funds and awareness, IYM hosts two annual events: The Gratitude Gala and Monumental Yoga. In years past, these events have welcomed outstanding keynote speakers such as Dr. Sue Morter of BodyAwake Yoga, Jonah Kest, Lade Akande of The Yoga Counselor, with musical guests like Michelle Qureshi, MC Jayson Conley, and the late DJ Indiana Jones. Monumental Yoga has become a cherished Indianapolis tradition, where yogis of all skill levels and backgrounds gather around Monument Circle downtown Indianapolis to flow together as a community! Indy Yoga Movement hopes to bring these special events back in 2022 when it is safe for all to gather. Keep an eye out for some possible virtual options this year by following Indy Yoga Movement on Facebook @ IndyYogaMovement and Instagram @indyyoga.











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1) Rod Davis, Kyle Ragsdale, Andrea Dunn 2) Keri Brantley, Manon Voice 3) Xavier Ramey 4) N. Clay Robbins, David Starkey, Arnie Hanish 5) Julie Goodman, Joi DeFrantz, Deborah Asante 6) Manon Voice, Joshua Thompson, Kari Brantley 7) Mike Woods, Marianne Glick, Suzanne McAlister 8) Julie Goodman, Gary Schahet 9) Victoria Lyras, Elaine Eckhart, Paul Vitale 10) Shannon Forsell

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