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SoIN Style

An invitation to explore with Extol

There’s so much to love about Southern Indiana, including the places we call home. Whether you own, rent, lease or are selling your abode, we want to see your SoIN style and what makes your pad the preferred place to be.

We’re looking for residences that are old, new, big, little, unique, classic, interesting, futuristic, inspiring, vintage, immaculate, wacky, wonderful, historic, brand-new – and everything in between.

We’ll never give your address or share any identifying information about your home’s whereabouts – unless you ask us to – but will explore what defines your SoIN style in your personal sanctuary.

If you’re interested, send an email to extol@extolmag.com and put “Welcome Home” in the subject line.

The Color of Love

Angie and Mark Maxwell open the doors to their unique, eclectic Jeffersonville home


Some creative people are so flexible in their talents, it seems they can do anything. To me, that describes Mark and Angie Maxwell to a T.

The couple’s love of art and music floods their Jeffersonville home. The extensive outdoor living space that includes an in-ground pool and a separate entrance to accommodate Angie’s home business has become the ideal home where family memories are created through their shared love of the arts.

For the Maxwells, it is important that their home be their haven – an oasis from their busy lives. Mark relishes his role as lead singer of The Louisville Crashers along with being the owner of Maxwell’s House of Music, while Angie juggles her home business of Angie Maxwell Makeup Artist/Licensed Esthetician. (This writer commutes from Louisville just to get one of her spray tans.) Most recently, they launched Maxwell’s House of Fitness, where Angie is an instructor and the manager.

But back to their home. Each room features something unexpected and unique. The warmth and colors showcase Angie’s other passion, interior design. She created spaces that designate privacy for both of their occupations along with areas where they can relax, unwind, and hang out with their fur baby, Lampchop.

“Some would describe our home as eclectic or whimsical,” shared Angie. “My goal in decorating was to make it vibrant yet cozy. After all, this is our shelter away from the world.”

Family photographs on color canvases decorate aqua walls in the family room. Tray ceilings add a touch of drama. Vibrant pillows adorn a plush, oversized sofa – found while vacationing in Savannah, Georgia – that is accompanied by a faux fur ottoman. Angie used wine corks to frame the fireplace, adding a playful touch to the room. Her creativity is displayed everywhere you look. Quirky art pieces – like the penny covered torso Angie created – add elements of surprise.

“This seems to be the place where everyone gathers the most,” Angie said recently while standing in the kitchen. Bright orange walls are decorated with family mementos and art created by her grown children, Cruz and Remington. Distressed cabinetry boast stylish hardware. Stools are tucked under a spacious island brightened by pendant light fixtures. Tile countertops are complemented by a tin backsplash while mismatched, upholstered chairs surround an angled farm table that plays host to many family gatherings. A door leads out to the covered “boho” porch that provides an optimal view of the lush landscape, including the inviting pool and a garden that her son Cruz planted as a Mother’s Day gift a few years ago. Angie loves the round, hanging bed with pillows, which is one of their favorite spots to relax. Colorful cotton scarves are used to frame the space. A playful chandelier accentuates the ceiling that features a whimsical sky motif.

The lower level is full of fun and surprises. A story wall showcases brightly painted canvases highlighting special family moments. The theater room is revealed by a “magical” bookcase that doubles as a secret door where only one book unlatches it.

Obviously, music plays an integral part of their lives, so it was fitting to have a space dedicated for rehearsing and creating. Guitars and a flat screen television line the wall in Mark’s rehearsal man cave. Comfortable seating is provided by an accent chair and sofa. Empty frames add a creative display to the charcoal walls.

“Our home is colorful and quirky but feels warm and inviting,” Angie reflected. “Colors are mood changers. There nothing stuffy about our home, and it is a true representation of who we are as a family.”

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Floyds Knobs couple thrilled with stunning renovation

Living in their Floyds Knobs home since 2001, Jenny and Sean Stumler have raised two children and spend countless hours building memories with nearby family members. But, with any home that has been lived in for a while, refreshing the décor is always a welcome detour. So, with the help of Karista Hannah – owner/interior designer of Set the Stage – the Stumlers brightened up the space to reflect their collective spirit: relaxed and vibrant.

“I had met Karista during a Homearama in 2015 and immediately felt a connection,” Jenny shared. “We have worked on three different projects since that time and she has never let me down. The renovation itself took about five months. We had to move out, but fortunately, we had a family member who was moving and still had their previous home for us to use.”

The style of the home was darker and constricted, so they opted to eliminate walls in order to improve the flow. Newly added architectural elements, stylish furniture, accessories, and lighting were all the elements needed to breathe new life into this family home.

Reclaimed beams add a rustic touch to the space and architectural details, like the trim, accentuate the room. White cabinets are complemented by the island painted in a dark hue. Pendant lights hover over the expansive island that includes stylish bar chairs. The breakfast nook includes table and chairs overlooking the outdoor entertaining area that features a pool.

“What I love about working with Karista is that she is very conscience of costs and is eager to repurpose furniture,” Jenny said.

A large console – a focal point in the great room – was painted and given a new look. It plays host to family collectibles and a flat screen television. Checkered upholstery cloaks the plush club chairs and pairs well with the sofa and leather chair for comfortable seating. Pedestal accent tables host stylish lamps, and a metal chandelier adds drama to the room.

“The ceiling was already in place, but we decided to give it a more rustic appearance and then added the chandelier,” Jenny reflected as we chatted about the master bedroom. The vibe is relaxed and tranquil while the décor is simple and understated. Crisp linens dress the bed accentuated with a tufted headboard. Patterned drapes frame the windows that provide a view of the lush landscape surrounding their home. Inviting wingback chairs flank an accent table. Collectibles are displayed on the ornate dresser while an elegant mirror is propped against the wall.

“Now that our children our grown, we had talked about downsizing,” said Jenny, “but this is home, and we want them to be able to come back and visit the place where our memories have been made.”

Karista’s Paint Picks for the Stumler Home

Housing Doesn’t Just Mean Houses

By Charlie Smithscreen-shot-2018-01-31-at-5-27-35-pm

Southern Indiana was once a place of small farms and back county roads. While you can still find those things, we are not a rural as we used to be. Our region is now a place of new business investment, job growth, and change. Every community experiences growth pains at some point but the strength of a community can be determined by how they work together to succeed.

If you live or work in Southern Indiana, you have probably noticed an increase over the last several years of new homes being built. Maybe you have a whole new neighborhood being developed near you. Those homes are great for the person or family who is moving into their second home, but what about the downsizers? What about the upcoming professionals who need a home but are not ready to take on the burden of a mortgage? They want somewhere clean, safe, and nice but allows them to focus on their future. Where will they go? How can help them become our neighbors?

As our area continues to experience economic success and job creation , it is important we all work to understand what the housing needs are to accommodate our growing communities. As a community, we also must understand that housing does not mean “just houses”.

For the sake of clarity, just because a developer would like to invest in a multifamily project near you doesn’t mean it is a bad idea. In the industry, multifamily includes anything that is not a single house while keeping in mind that multifamily housing doesn’t just mean rental either. It could mean patio homes, duplexes, as well as mixed-used projects that blend retail and residential.

There are some misconceptions revolving around multifamily developments.

One of the most popular is it will lower your property values. That is a fallacy that has been well studied by universities such as Harvard and Columbia. Studies actually found that an area with a mix of housing options enjoy an increase in property values. Those same areas are also more likely to attract small niche businesses and become more attractive to future residents. In addition, by supporting the multifamily development near you, it will actually help lower your taxes. Those multifamily units pay taxes based on a higher assessed value and as well as a tax rate than single family properties. Because the local unit of government is seeing these added benefits of additional tax revenue, it lessens the tax burden for every resident because the financial needs of government are being spread over a larger tax base.

What actually does lower your property values?

If neighbors and local government oppose projects that provide multifamily housing options (including rental units) it is actually increasing the demand for it. The only way to fill the demand for rental housing is for more single family homes in your neighborhood to be purchased as an investment for use as a rental home. A few here and there are not bad but a large concentration of rental single family homes does have a negative impact on surrounding property values. This is confirmed by the American Community Survey conducted by the US Census Bureau.

It is easy to forget that building and development companies are businesses like any other.

In order to be successful, the business has to take a risk by investing in their craft with the hopes of positive return on investment. They are no different than the owner of the local coffee shop, pub, or salon.

One of the key factors in determining if a project is worth the risk is density. In relation to density and multifamily housing, higher density allows more investment into the project which then justifies higher rents. This is because more investments in amenities within the project such as a pool, workout room, business office, free wi-fi, garages, playgrounds, clubhouse, etc., higher rents are now justified to new residents. We also have to keep in mind that all of these additional amenities take away from the available land within the project which increases the need for more density as well. This is why allowing increased density actually improves the quality of multifamily projects and not the other way around.

On social media, I have seen countless comments about why certain areas of the community don’t see anything but fast food and convenience businesses. That is a simple answer: There is not enough density or disposable income to support anything but those at this time.

Let’s use the Hwy 62 corridor by River Ridge as an example. The people coming and going to those jobs are not bringing their families to work with them to stop somewhere nice for dinner or shopping on the way home. What would help spur commercial retail developments that host those types of businesses are increased density of housing options. People like to spend their money where they can relax and enjoy a nice dinner, shopping, or an evening out. Having enough people living in the area to support those businesses helps attract more of those businesses to the area.

If you look at some of the areas of Louisville where you go for entertainment and shopping, there is a mix of housing options. This pattern is repeated over and over again in every area of the country including Indianapolis, Carmel, Nashville, and Denver. We can learn from their successes to help guide what Southern Indiana will be for our children and grandchildren.

I support our community allowing investment for growth, but I also believe it has to be smart planned growth based in objective fact and not subjective opinion. Just because it can be built, should it be built? We must learn to answer that question honestly and based on the needs of our community. The honest answer sometimes may not be popular. However, as a resident in a growing community, I know we will learn to keep moving forward.

Charlie Smith is with the Building & Development Association of Southern Indiana, which is the local affiliate of the Indiana Builders Association and National Association of Home Builders. Charlie is a lifelong Jeffersonville resident and married father of one. Want to respond to Charlie? Send an email to extol@extolmag.com.

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screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-5-23-39-pmThe Mint Julep by Murphy Homes Wins BDASI Home Expo’s People’s Choice Award



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And the winner is…

We’ll get to that in a moment. screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-5-23-48-pm

But first, if you missed out on the 2017 Building & Development Association of Southern Indiana (BDASI) Home Expo presented by River City Bank at Champions Pointe, here’s a quick recap: Thousands of people attended the multi-day event, which showcased the latest in housing trends at a brand-new section of the premier development situated on the beautiful backdrop of one of the resort-style golf courses designed and built by Southern Indiana’s own Fuzzy Zoeller, Masters and U.S. Open champion who won 10 PGA tour events and was the USGA golfer of the year in 1985.

Several awards were given, but the most coveted – the People’s Choice Award – was awarded to (drumroll, please!) The Mint Julep by Murphy Homes.

“Winning the award was our goal from the start of it,” said Chase Murphy, who co-owns Murphy Homes with his wife, Amy. “What it tells me is that we put out a superior product and that people who are shopping for a custom home builder, we’re going to be at the top of their list.”
screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-5-24-08-pmscreen-shot-2017-09-25-at-5-23-53-pmMurphy Homes, which is known for daring to be different, showcased an urban farmhouse design called The Mint Julep. Featuring beautiful Hardi Shaker siding and accented with a metal roof and white, sandy Coranado stone and three covered patios, it’s easy to see why this gorgeous abode was awarded the favorite.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home also boasts a welcoming foyer with wainscoting trim and old farmhouse-style glass window transom. The living room has soaring ceilings with ship lap trim accented with a hand-hewn beam, tons of board and batten trim and Mercury glass tile around the fireplace.
Additionally, the massive island acts as the centerpiece of the kitchen, and the master bedroom suite – with its marvelous bathroom – is to die for.

“The Mint Julep,” said Chase, “it’s kind of a melting pot of Pinterest and Houzz.” screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-5-24-02-pm
Again, the 2017 BDASI Home Expo People’s Choice Award means much, but so do the comments from customers. “The the best feedback is that people think I am approachable, easy to get a hold of, down to earth, easy to deal with and I don’t get rattled very easy,” Chase said. “Plus, we try to make it a fun process.”

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