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Homes

July 13, 2013

Balancing style and space

ANDERSON — Using elements of design she learned from the workplace, Jahnae Erpenbach has decorated her home to create a chic yet comfortable atmosphere for family and friends to enjoy.

Often the joy of spaciousness can be a challenge to furnish, but she has risen to the task with professional-looking results.

“It has a lot to do with my business,” said Jahnae, general manager of gaming at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. “Over the years I’ve had to redesign restaurants and VIP lounges and entry ways. So I’ve spent a lot of time with designers. The trick is trying to find the thing you want or need to fill a specific spot.”

Sometimes she even enlists the help of her reluctant son, Drake, 16, and his friends.

“We have made it a game on occasion,” she added. “I’ve told them the size and color of what I’m looking for and we spread out in the store to see who can find it first. I had a particularly hard time finding furniture because of the scale of the (great) room.

"We ended up with our Austin Powers chair because we needed something big to balance with the smaller pieces.”

Beginning with a gorgeous home and perfect layout, the Erpenbachs had to change few of the basic elements of the home. The eye-catching entryway walks into the great room, which combines the one-of-a-kind kitchen with a stunning living room.

“This big room is one of the reasons we bought the home,” said Curt, Jahnae’s husband of 18 years. “It’s great for entertaining. The home is very unique and the builder didn’t cut any corners.”

Custom cabinets were made inside the home and curve around corners. Even the island features rounded cabinets. Granite countertops from India top them for a fantastic finish. The kitchen is simply a showcase.

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