Before Anissa Zajac of the Design/Build company HouseSeven and her husband purchased their home in Indianapolis, Indiana, it was owned by a single guy who shared it with four other frat boys. There was nothing about it that was set up for a family: it was dark, with dated generic finishes, and had many closed-off areas including a small galley kitchen. “Needless to say, the home required a complete overhaul,” Anissa shared. “There isn’t one area of the home that hasn’t been completely remodeled.”

On a budget when they first moved in, as a quick fix, they put in inexpensive flooring that they installed themselves, but over a couple of years, the finish was worn complete off. They soon realized that they needed something of quality and style, and selected two types of flooring from Duchateau: Herringbone Faber for the dining area, entryway and upstairs hallway, and Grande Savoy Marquis for the rest. “The floors have completely changed the feel of the house,” she said, “It’s almost as though they made the house more sturdy in a way and they feel so good under your bare feet!”

The home’s configuration was another big feature that they wanted to tackle: the house was given a proper entryway, the former galley kitchen was turned into a mud-room, and the tiny master-bathroom was expanded to include a soaking tub, walk-in shower, and double vanity. They tore out the old closets and put in floor to ceiling wardrobes in the bedroom. As a designer, Anissa needed a workspace – the previously unfinished basement was converted into her office and was given its own bathroom, giving the home a total of 4 bathrooms.

As for the interior design concept, Anissa’s focus was on bringing in neutrals and natural materials. The large pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting in the dining room, for example, features an oversized wicker dome shade to add texture over the table. The daybed and sofa in the living room by Rowe Furniture have been upholstered in washed fabrics for a relaxed feel. Her home appears layered, thought out, and established. But a look at Anissa’s Instagram feed and blog show that her space is constantly changing: “We’ve lived here three years and it’s still ongoing. I don’t think we will ever stop updating our home!”