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Outdoor furnishings have come a long way from the strap and aluminum dining chairs and chaise lounges found only around the pool. The Sunbrella® fabrics, used for so long on umbrellas, have found their way indoors as well as around the fire pit, the outside kitchen and on the veranda, resisting all the havoc that Indiana weather, careless guests, and small children can wreak upon these luxurious fabrics. It is hard to believe that outdoor furnishings can be so sophisticated and elegant, as seen in the classic cast aluminum recliner, the new Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living collection or the beautiful contemporary sectionals. Even around the pool, not only is comfort a priority, beauty is expected and delivered with the latest in weather proof fabrics and finishes.
Newly established Casual Living by Especially Wicker has been added to the many wonderful resources found in the Indiana Design Center, giving the new home consumer another choice for one stop shopping. When it comes to style, design and expert advice on furniture for the outdoors, as well as the casual indoor areas of the home, this added arm of Especially Wicker’s Indianapolis anchor store is equipped to help with those important decisions.
Casual Living by Especially Wicker LLC provides space planning and interior design services, as well as indoor and outdoor furniture and seating for any environment. Vendors include: Alfresco Home, Anacara Company, Brown Jordan, Classic Rattan, Flat Rock Furniture, Jensen Leisure, Lloyd Flanders, Lane Venture|Weathermaster, Lexington|Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living, Pride Family Brands|Castelle, Summer Classics, Telescope Casual, Treasure Garden Umbrella, Vanguard Furniture and Woodard.
Casual Living by Especially Wicker LLC is located in Suite 120B in the Indiana Design Center and is open to the public Monday – Saturday.
The Indiana Design Center is happy to announce a new artist in the 2nd floor IDC Gallery space. The Gallery at Indiana Design Center is a space on the second floor dedicated to displaying work from artists and galleries. It is a means for designers and consumers to view a collection of artists’ work while at the IDC. The relationship between art and design is very strong and the IDC aims to bring the two together through The Gallery and artist studios.
Introducing Shawn Causey
Shawn Causey is a featured artist whose work is now featured in The Gallery. A native of Indianapolis, Shawn earned degrees in fine arts from Herron School of Art & Design and in music from Butler University. She paints at her studio in the historic Stutz factory in downtown Indianapolis. Her work has been exhibited at local venues including the JCC Gallery, the Harrison Center for the Arts, Circle City Industrial Complex, the Stutz Gallery, and IndySwank. Causey’s work has been featured and reviewed in the Indianapolis Star and NUVO.
Texture, form and color play across the surface of Shawn Causey’s work in rhythms that produce atmosphere and movement. These qualities are directly shared with music, which informs her visual sensibility. Working in series of vertical stripes and striations in a variety of color sequences, Causey layers. She looks. She edits, scrapes, paints, sands, layers and looks again until coherence emerges. Using brushes, trowels and a belt sander, she applies and removes acrylic, enamel, house paint, joint compound and paper. Her work ranges from color to white to metallic, in sizes large and small.
Shawn Causey works with designers and clients to create custom pieces for homes and businesses. She is available by appointment at both the Indiana Design Center and Stutz Studio A280.
Have you enjoyed a fresh new shopping experience at the The Fashion Mall this winter? The beautiful redesign of The Fashion Mall flooring, countertops and patterns were done by Santarossa Mosaic and Tile Co. The project scope included everything from Italian porcelain tile flooring to the natural stone granite countertops. The tile has a radius type design and a water jet was used to cut the detailed patterns. The project consisted of the entire mall and the renovation took 3-4 months working at night.
Santarossa has been outfitting commercial properties and homes since the early 1900′s. The company’s landmark warehouse is located in downtown Indianapolis and boasts over 4,000 slabs of natural stone. In November 2011, Santarossa opened a retail showroom on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center that caters to both homeowners and design professionals.
Love to write, tweet, blog, plan events and be surrounded by the latest in interior design? If yes, let’s talk. The Indiana Design Center is currently on the search to fill a Marketing & PR internship position for Spring 2013. If you are interested to learn more about the position, please click the link below and download a description of the internship.
Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter to:
Andrea Kleymeyer, IDC Marketing Director
Indiana Design Center supports American Express in
“Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs’ Business, Goals, and Journey.”
To highlight the achievements of women business owners and to ignite pride and conversation within the community, American Express has implemented a four-week series, “Celebrating Women Business Owners.” The Indiana Design Center is home to several women owned businesses within the design industry and is proud to support this initiative by showcasing the successes of women business owners in the coming weeks.
Meet Caryn O’Sullivan, owner of Drapery Street:
Born from the mind of an accountant, Drapery Street was created to simplify drapery and make them more affordable and accessible, without sacrificing design or quality. After struggling to find drapery to fit her design desires and budget for her Indianapolis home, O’Sullivan and a friend founded Drapery Street in 2005. Their first store opened in Clay Terrace in Carmel, Indiana just one year later. In mid-April 2011, Drapery Street moved from its original location to the first floor of the Indiana Design Center which is open to the public.
When asked what has made Drapery Street thrive into a successful business, O’Sullivan expressed that strong leadership and diligent brainstorming have proven to be the primary components. “It took time to develop my leadership skills and to articulate my vision for the company. The success of Drapery Street grew immensely as I formulated a more direct approach with my staff and empowered them to do what they needed to in order to make sure that the customer was taken care of and a beautiful product was delivered,” admitted O’Sullivan.
The impressive showroom continues to grow and drapery displays change almost daily. Stop in to meet Caryn in person and see for yourself!
This Saturday, July 14th, the Carmel Arts & Design District will host a Second Saturday Gallery Walk sponsored by IU Health North Hospital. Lasting from 5 to 10 pm, the different galleries on Main Street and Range Line Road invite you to enjoy an evening of merchant events/activities, entertainment, culture and shopping in Carmel’s Arts & Design District, and to learn more about what each gallery has to offer.
Participating galleries include:
- ArtSplash Gallery
- Atlas Fantasy Art House
- Coats Wright Art & Design*
- Evan Lurie Gallery
- Eye On Art Gallery
- French Bleu Gallery
- Magdalena Gallery of Art
- Mary Johnston Studio Gallery
- Renaissance Fine Art & Design Gallery
- Soori Gallery
- and Trilridge Fine Art
*denotes located within the IDC
The Indiana Design Center is home to one of the participating galleries in this weekend’s Second Saturday Gallery Walk, Coats-Wright Art & Design.
Located in suite 122, Coats Wright Art & Design is an eclectic mix of paintings and sculpture by regionally and nationally known artists, both traditional and modern, whose works span the 19th century to present. Among those are T.C. Steele, C. W. Mundy, Janet Scudder, Boaz Vaadia and internationally recognized Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few.
The Indiana Design Center proudly provides guest blog posts by design/building industry experts to bring IDC blog readers the most up-to-date information and spur new ideas. This week, General Shale Brick answers some questions about their nationally trusted masonry for both professional designers and creative homeowners.
The general impression of masonry is that it is used for large-scale projects like remodeling an entire home. What are some smaller project ideas that General Shale Brick can cater to?
For project ideas outside the home, we offer brick retaining walls, entry columns, brick sidewalks and patios. Inside the home, Thin Brick or Thin Rock can be used to remodel a kitchen or even give warmth to a home office or family room. You can finish a basement with brick, or use them as the perfect veneer to your personal wine cellar.
With the warm yet unpredictable weather quickly approaching, how can General Shale Brick help Indiana residents make outdoor living upgrades and decisions?
General Shale has expanded our product lines beyond the veneer of the home. We offer both clay and concrete pavers, concrete retaining wall systems, outdoor kitchen cabinets, outdoor landscape lighting, outdoor gas grills, mobile vane pergolas, as well as an extensive selection of outdoor fireplace, fire pit, and hardscape kits to make your outdoor living space the new “family room” of your home.
What is the most unique and memorable project General Shale Brick has completed or helped complete for a homeowner or architect?
Locally, we supplied the brick for the Indiana Historical Society building as well as Providence at Old Meridian and the Carmel City Center and fire station. Nationally, General Shale supplied the brick on the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Coors Ballpark in Denver, and the addition to the residence of the Vice President of the United States located at the
Naval Conservatory in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about masonry and General Shale Brick’s products and services, visit their website at www.generalshale.com.
Indiana Design Center would like to introduce you to Barry Lantz of A Lantz Design & Consulting, the latest designer to call Indiana Design Center home. Barry is a familiar face to the IDC as he frequents showrooms like The Trade Source and has been in the business of design for many years with a portfolio of interiors and exteriors projects across the country. Known for his transitional seasoned style and talent, Barry tailors his services for the discriminating client. Barry’s daughter, Amanda, continues the tradition of design by working with her father on many projects while building a clientele of her own. Together they are reinventing traditional for the next generation and defining lifestyles for new and returning customers. Much of Barry’s work has been featured in local and national publications and you may have seen his rooms in the St. Margaret’s Guild Decorators’ Show House & Gardens over the years.
We stopped by Barry’s new studio to ask him a few questions and for some seasonal advice:
1. Is there one thing you start with on every design project?
I start with the client first. It is important to know the person you are working with and discover what they need and desire. After that is established, comes the color scheme.
2. What inspires you as you approach your canvas artwork projects?
Color inspires me the most and the illusion one can create with it.
3. What brought you to Indiana Design Center?
I had been used to working in the center with several of the showrooms. The energy I felt in the building drew me in. I enjoy being around other creative people and the atmosphere the building offers.
4. With the holidays around the corner, what advice can you offer someone who aspires to host an elegant holiday party with a unique twist?
Of course a theme for any kind of a party makes it an event. How about a “flash mob” party or a “holiday bling” party? I once did a red and green pajama party for Christmas time. It was loads of fun.
Barry’s new studio is located in suite 212 at Indiana Design Center and you can view his portfolio by clicking here.
When looking for a bed, most shoppers search for a piece that reflects their own individual style and, of equal importance, that is made well and will last. High quality materials used to create a unique design statement can be hard to find. Holder Mattress, located in the the Indiana Design Center, is proud to offer quality, design savvy product lines from select manufacturers like Bernhardt.
Bernhardt has been recognized by national brands as they have partnered with Martha Stewart and the Smithsonian Institute to co-op in creating their own Bernhardt furniture lines. The family-owned and operated company has also earned the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) Pinnacle Design Achievement Award. They are also recognized for being a leader in the Environmental Stewardship due to their five facilities achieving EFEC (Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture) Certification. With this reputation it is no wonder why Holder Mattress carries the line and is excited to announce a collection of new styles that have been delivered to the showroom!
Stop by Holder Mattress to see the following Bernhardt bedroom furniture in the showroom:
Visit the Holder Mattress Facebook page for showroom photos and to stay up to date on new products.