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NEW @ THE IDC: Mitsch Design Expands Studio

Highlights include furniture showroom and virtual reality design studio

Mitsch Design’s consistent growth, and the desire to offer clients more turnkey services and advanced technology, has prompted the firm to open an Atlanta office and triple the size of its headquarters office in the Indiana Design Center. The $2 million expansion will create up to 43 jobs in Hamilton County by 2021.

The One–Stop Source for Clients

Founded nearly thirty years ago by Jeryl Mitsch, Mitsch Design is one of Indiana’s largest firms in its field. They have a staff that includes nearly thirty accredited designers and architects, focusing on multifamily, senior care, corporate, healthcare and education projects. “We are anything but typical; we are a one-stop source for our clients,” says Mitsch. “We offer innovative interior design and architecture services, we are also a furniture dealer with over one hundred fifty lines, plus we offer branding and marketing expertise,” she adds.

Mitsch Design: Indiana residential design project.

This simpler, more efficient turnkey business model has helped the firm expand its national market reach with multiple projects underway in nearly twenty states. Local projects have been completed for Angie’s List, Dow Agro Sciences, Citizens Energy, Eskenazi Health, Delta Faucet, Flaherty & Collins, Indianapolis Museum of Art and many others.

“Here in Indianapolis and across the nation, our clients value spaces that encourage face-to-face interaction and green space that creates a connection to the outdoors. The workday can be stressful, so like in a home, we aim to create spaces where people can find a sense of retreat or personal connection,” says Mitsch.

Mitsch Design: Lakes of Valparaiso multi-family project – outdoor space.

Efficiency, Collaboration and Amazement

“We are in a creative, technology-driven business and our headquarters are designed to reflect that,” says Keith Cole, principal at Mitsch Design. Mitsch Design staff members will enjoy the high-tech efficiency and ergonomics of the latest work stations at the newly-designed office.

Mitsch Design: portfolio – commercial project.

In addition to the expansive corporate furniture showroom, the new headquarters will include a space not found everywhere—a Virtual Reality (VR) Studio. With the use of special design processes, software and goggles, Mitsch Design clients will be able to visually and functionally immerse themselves into design options. This ability helps with decision-making and eliminates costly errors. “Virtual Reality is a leading-edge service, and that’s what Mitsch Design is all about,” Cole states.

Local news sources have reported on the Mitsch expansion, including Indiana Economic Development CorporationIndianapolis Star, and Inside Indiana Business.

“Indiana has an abundance of talented and knowledgeable individuals graduating from its universities, so it makes sense for Mitsch Design to attract and hire forward-thinking individuals from our own state to maintain our leadership as innovators in our field,” said Mitsch. “Working with the city and the state will help us to hire and train the high caliber talent that our clients deserve.”

The IEDC has offered the firm up to $75,000 in training grants and up to $225,000 in conditional, performance-based tax credits.

DESIGN NEWS: Drapery Street Awarded “Trendiest Customer of 2016” by Trend

Tenth anniversary celebration honors 32 vendors nationally with Trendiest Customer award; Drapery Street only retailer in Indiana/Michigan region to receive honor.

Drapery Street announced that it has received the Trendiest Customer 2016 honor from Trend, a leading worldwide distributor of decorative fabrics, as part of Trend’s 10-year anniversary celebration.

“We were so honored to be the only Indiana company awarded Trend’s Trendiest Customer 2016,” says Caryn O’Sullivan, owner of Drapery Street. “Trend is one of our favorite resources for exceptional fabrics, trimmings and hardware at a value-conscious price point. We love working with Trend and are proud to carry their line in our store,” adds O’Sullivan.

Designers and clients collaborate at Drapery Street.

The Trendiest Customer designation was awarded to 32 retailers nationally, and Drapery Street was the only recipient of this honor in all of Indiana and Michigan. “What sets us apart is our ability to design with both trends and value in mind delivering beautiful shades and draperies that are trend classics. Our customers value fashionable, stylish designs, and with the recent addition of our extra space, we have been able to showcase more of Trend’s unique styles,” says O’Sullivan.

The textiles and design industry changes quickly as new looks and technologies emerge. “From emerald greens to bold floral prints, velvet and menswear-inspired patterns, Trend has incredible offerings that are on point with the styles our designers and clients want for 2017,” says O’Sullivan.

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Emerald and gold designs from Drapery Street are on trend for 2017.

You can find photos on Instagram with the hashtags: #10YearsofTrend and #trendfabrics. You can also follow Drapery Street: @draperystreet and Trend: @trendfabrics.

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design

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Rosalind Brinn Pope

Please join us in congratulating designer Rosalind Brinn Pope, who is celebrating 5 years in her studio at the Indiana Design Center and recently won a 2017 Best of Houzz Award for Service. Rosalind also won this award in 2016. In addition to serving and creating for her clients, Rosalind is giving back by participating in this year’s Decorators’ Show House and Gardens.

“I’m so happy to be working with St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild on the Decorators’ Show House again. The event has a wonderful mission that I love to support while showcasing my design work,” said Rosalind.

A classic look with French and English flavor is what Rosalind is best known for. She believes a home should feel as if it developed naturally over time, never trendy or contrived. In achieving this look, her designs include English fabrics, fine silks and woven fabrics, sumptuous trimmings, tassels and plump down-filled upholstery. Her experience includes remodeling projects, kitchens and bathrooms. Attention to detail is what makes Rosalind’s creations truly custom.

Classic design by Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design. This dining room was featured in a Decorators’ Show House.

Rosalind holds a bachelor of science in Interior Design from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, and has over 20 years of professional experience designing beautiful and comfortable home interiors. As a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), she belongs to the country’s oldest and largest professional association for Interior Designers.

Visit Rosalind’s portfolio page to view more of her work.

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Classic design by Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design.

Classic kitchen design by Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Howie Green

MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art presents the pop art world of accomplished artist, Howie Green. Green’s paintings are characteristic of the pop art movement – bold and colorful.  The gallery is currently featuring works that depict famous musicians and notable sports figures, many with Indiana roots.

Green’s artistic career stemmed from his childhood dream of becoming a cartoonist. When he was 11 years old, he received a Christmas present consisting of a large pad of multi-colored newsprint paper and some drawing supplies. From there, something clicked inside of him and he has been drawing ever since. He has always been a pop-culture collector and enthusiast heavily influenced by the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

When Green entered art school at RIT in Rochester, NY, it was the mid-60’s and an explosive time in popular culture. As a student, he met and collaborated with several artists who would later make their mark in the art world such as Mike Gilbert, Karin (Harter/Berg) Lewis and notable painter, Peter Berg. After school, Green worked for the next several decades as an award-winning illustrator and designer. It wasn’t until 1992, when he finally gained notoriety for his paintings with the publication of his book Jazz Fish Zen: Adventures in Mamboland.

Martin Gallery of Fine ArtVisit the MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art to view Howie Green’s work and discuss custom sizes and commissions with owner, Marlon Marton. MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art, Indiana Design Center, Suite 120-B, http://martingalleryoffineart.com/product-category/artwork/pop-art/

Gallery Hours: Mon – Sat, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Maximize Your Budget with Expert Refinishing Solutions

Want to elevate the look of your kitchen but don’t have the budget to pull and replace all of your cabinets? Shines Studios decorative painters, Sarah Hines and Mets Schilstra, shared how you can have the kitchen of your dreams on a tight budget during a workshop hosted at the IDC in March.

A major kitchen remodel is one of the most expensive home improvement projects to undertake, second to adding an entire room addition. The good news is, many homes already have good quality cabinetry in place and simply need an updated finish and hardware selection. With the right artisan and expertise, cabinet refinishing services can be half the cost of new cabinetry.

Kitchen “before”: Shine Studios was called in to modernize this kitchen.

Kitchen “after”: This spacious kitchen now feels more modern with glamorous touches. From the design portfolio of Shines Studios.

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Dining room “before”: the client wanted to refresh the space while staying true to its architectural details.

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Dining room “after”: The custom paint application completed by Shine Studios and color brightened up the space and added visual interest. From the design portfolio of Shines Studios.

Professionals like Sarah and Mets can help you overcome the most common remodeling challenges reported by Houzz.com users:

  1. Finding the right service provider
  2. Sourcing the right products and materials
  3. Staying on budget

In terms of technique, refinishing cabinetry is like refinishing furniture, and not as simple as painting your walls. This is where a decorative artisan painter makes all of the difference. Artisan painters use the finest tools, techniques and spray equipment. They know the right paint and glazing products that won’t chip, fade or yellow. And, they can easily customize a paint finish to suit any design taste. The result: beautifully refinished cabinetry at half the price of brand new cabinets. Below you’ll find examples of Sarah and Mets’ work which extends beyond the kitchen into bathrooms, faux painting, countertops and more.

Staircase revival in a historic home by Shines Studios.

Custom bathroom wall treatment design. A great alternative to wallpaper by Shines Studios.

Custom countertop treatment by Shines Studios.

Custom basement bar cabinet by Shines Studios.

ABOUT SHINES STUDIOS

Sarah and Mets have been providing professional refinishing solutions to their clients for years and are both members of IDAL, the International Decorative Artisans League. Sarah is also a CIR for Caromal Colours, a division of Country Living Magazine. Mets is a certified installer for Vahallen Papers which are cutting edge in design for commercial and residential settings. When they are not in-studio, they travel to other markets conducting seminars on techniques and paint products across the county. Thinking about starting a remodeling project? Look to Shines Studios when assembling your design team. They offer cabinet and faux painting at its finest which include: cabinet refinishing, cabinet staining, cabinet glazing, faux finishing, concrete countertops, furniture refinishing, Italian plasters, decorative finishes, Venetian plasters, wood graining, backsplash finishes, wall finishes, ceiling finishes and furniture restoration.

Sarah Hines & Mets Schilstra
505 Sunset Drive
Noblesville, IN  46060
P:  (317) 709-8015
E:  [email protected]
W: ShinesStudios.com

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TRENDS REPORT: Design Resolutions for 2017

With spring around the corner, it’s natural to think about the updates and tweaks that will breathe new life into your home. If you are seeking inspiration and guidance to take the first step toward a design project, this IDC trends report can help.

A carefully-embraced trend can transcend time and ensure you will not be back to the design drawing board in a year. At the IDC, showrooms and design professionals are taking note of national and international design movements via new product introductions and design markets. In the showrooms you’ll find a prevalence of mid-century-inspired designs, geometrics and calming colors.

Mid-Century Modern

As in years past, clean furniture lines continue to reign supreme and take cues from the iconic mid-century modern era of the 1950s and 60s. This mid-century look can be found in the Holder Mattress showroom which features locally-made pieces like chairs and sofas from Outré that are simple and sophisticated.

Outre Lauren chair from Holder Mattress, suite 119 at the IDC.

Geometric Patterns

The prominence of geometric patterns is being expressed in everything from furniture and fabrics to tile, lighting and artwork. Whether a geometric pattern is subtle and adds texture or is bright with bold appeal, the graphic detail provides a modern edge. In the IDC showrooms, the Coats-Wright Art & Design gallery has perfected the combination of geometrically-styled modern artwork in a classic setting. Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs also has a myriad of tile and flooring options that feature geometric patterns.

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“Seed Storm” Diptych, 60″x60″ by JoAnn Belson from Coats-Wright Art & Design, suite 122 at the IDC.

Multi-pattern hexagon tile from Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, suite 124 at the IDC.

Calming Colors

While top colors for 2016 from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams were both versions of white, each color authority has amped it up for 2017, while staying in the neutral sphere. Sherwin-Williams has deemed the color Poised Taupe, a timeless neutral that is modern with a balance of warm and cool, its 2017 color of the year. Benjamin Moore introduced a moodier hue, Shadow, that is a deep, rich blend of amethyst and gray.

Poised Taupe by Sherwin-Williams.

Shadow by Benjamin Moore.

Ready to reimagine your space for 2017? Showrooms and professionals at the IDC keep their fingers on the pulse of the industry and combine to make up the best design resource across the state — all under one roof. The Indiana Design Center is open to the public and located in downtown Carmel at 200 South Rangeline Road. Visit today or call 317-569-5975 to set up your personal tour.

GREENERY: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

“A New Beginning”
Reported by Tom Vriesman, Design Studio Vriesman


Renew. Refresh. Reenergize. Reinvigorate. These are all words that come to mind when one thinks of spring. The cold, gray earth begins to awaken from its slumber and life begins again as infantile shoots of green begin making their way through the earth’s crust. Ah green, it’s the color of optimism and I love it!

The Pantone Color Institute has anointed Greenery, a yellow-green shade, the color of the year. Seen on runways around the globe and furniture introductions from Milan to New York to High Point, Greenery has been creeping onto the world’s radar little by little.

So how do you integrate Greenery into your space? Reupholster a chair or two. Throw down a rug with verdant tones of green. Bring nature inside with a statement-making, large scale plant such as a fiddle leaf fig tree. Paint a room with it. Whatever the scale at which you choose to incorporate green, it will be sure to lift your spirits and give you hope for the future. Showrooms and designers at the Indiana Design Center can also help you go green this year and several examples are below.  From artwork to accessories, furniture, tile, fabrics and wallcoverings, you’re sure to find the right design elements to renew your living space. To learn more, contact Tom Vriesman, Design Studio Vriesman.

Turner wallcovering from Thibaut

Turner wallcovering from Thibaut available through a design professional at The Trade Resource, suite 225 at IDC.

Living room design by Design Studio Vriesman with green Knoll Saarinen Executive chairs.

Living room design by Design Studio Vriesman with green Knoll Saarinen Executive chairs, studio 207-C at the IDC.

Glazzio Oceania glass tile

Glazzio Oceania glass tile available at Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, suite 124 at the IDC.

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“Prosperity” by fine art photographer, Robert Park, available at MARTIN Gallery Fine Art suite 120-B at the IDC.

MARKET REPORT: High Point Fall 2016

2016 High Point Market, Reported by Tom Vriesman, Design Studio Vriesman

Twice yearly, the North American design world descends on High Point, North Carolina to witness the introduction of the latest furnishings, textiles and decorative accessories that will transform homes across the nation. Designers, retail buyers, the press and students all clamor to see what will be the tools with which they ply their trade in the coming months. This past fall, gem tones, the romance of Havana, Cuba and the mixing of metals became the overriding trends that will influence home decor in 2017.

1. Gem Tones

The influence of nature is seen in shades of leaf, grass and emerald green.

The Jonathan Lounge by Oly Studio in Lily Pad.

Social Sofa by Wesley Hall.

2. Mixed Metals

While yellow metals like brass, gold and bronze continue to intrigue, their combination with quartz crystal, marble and black add new drama. Lighting fixtures especially radiate the glow of these natural materials.

Kelly Wearstler Halcyon antique burnished brass sconce with quartz by Visual Comfort.

Vaughn Fixed Chandelier by Arteriors.

3. Old Havana

The newly accessible, romantic heritage of Cuba’s capital city is reflected in the flora and fauna of tropical prints. Mid-century styling feels new again with the contrast of vibrant island style.

Hojas Cubanas temporary and removable wallpaper by Tempaper Designs.

“Untitled (Pink Butterflies)” Oil on Canvas, 93x133in by Hunt Slonem. Available at Coats-Wright Art & Design.

To learn more about these trends and products, contact Tom Vriesman ([email protected]) and visit the Indiana Design Center showrooms to see more new product introductions for your home.

Martin Gallery of Fine Art Introduces Dimitra Milan

Martin Gallery of Fine Art is pleased to introduce fine artist Dimitra Milan who has work on display in the gallery. Since she was a young girl, Dimitra Milan has been refining her technique as a fine artist. And, because she graduated from high school 2 years early, she has been on a faster track than most in regard to the national and international sales of her work. But that hasn’t changed the girl within who believes in giving back by supporting ComfyCozies4 Chemo and any organization that advocates against human trafficking. 

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Dimitra Milan, www.dimitramilan.com

Dimitra was born in the Southwest and raised by artists Ellie and John Milan. Her artistic process was further informed by the never ending light, the beauty of animals and nature, and her love of children. Whimsical and surreal, her paintings bloom with atmosphere. Each painting boasts the creative and intuitive talents of a master painter – one who has been developing her skill and techniques since the age of 14. 

Martin Gallery of Fine Art represents Dimitra here in Indiana and her works are displayed here at the Indiana Design Center. Marlon Martin welcomes you into his world of gorgeous organic wood furniture and accessories as well as the work of this lovely woman, Dimitra Milan. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. 

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“Sweet Truth” and “Always on My Mind” by artist Dimitra Milan.

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“Distant Ties” by artist Dimitra Milan.

Jeryl Mitsch Awarded NAWBO 2016 Woman Business Owner of the Year

Indianapolis held its 13th annual celebration of Indiana’s women business owners and leaders. This year’s NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Indianapolis Visionary Awards luncheon was presented by PNC Bank on Thursday, December 15, 2016 and boasted over 700 attendees including Indiana Lieutenant Governor and Governor-Elect Eric Holcomb.

We are proud to share that the 2016 Woman Business Owner of the Year was awarded to Jeryl Mitsch, owner and president of Mitsch Design.

Jeryl Mitsch, President Mitsch Design located in the Indiana Design Center, Carmel IN., Suite 213.

Mitsch Design was founded in 1989 by Jeryl Mitsch and Amy Hillenbrand, respected members of the design industry with nearly fifty years of accumulative experience. In 2003, Jeryl became sole owner and her vision continues to drive the business. As president and owner of Mitsch Design, Jeryl has been responsible for the firm’s overall vision and growth. With over 35 years of experience in all phases of architectural/interior design and project management. Mitsch Design is a leading commercial interior design firm with projects in the state of Indiana and throughout the country. During it’s twenty three years of business, Mitsch Design has received numerous awards recognizing design excellence within it’s extensive areas of expertise which include: public/community venues, corporate, healthcare, hospitality, education, museum, government and multi-family projects.

Mitsch Design has been headquartered in the Indiana Design Center in the heart of the Arts & Design District, Carmel for 5 years and we are happy to announce are in the planning stages of expanding into a new space within the center by 2017. This has been a very exciting year for Mitsch Design as they became an exclusive dealer for Tayco furniture – able to offer a high quality product at the best pricing. This partnership allows the firm to provide the right furniture solution in all price ranges.

Join us in congratulating Jeryl Mitsch on her achievement and for being recognized for her continued excellence in business and the design industry!

NAWBO-Indianapolis 2016 Visionary Awards Luncheon. Photo for NAWBO facebook page.

Martin Gallery Introduces Fine Art Photographer Robert Park

It is with great pleasure that the Martin Gallery of Fine Art is exhibiting artist Robert Park’s most notable landscapes for purchase. Stop in today for a personalized demonstration and experience how the light and colors play together creating a unique interpretation of Robert’s artistic vision.

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Robert Park, fine art photographer.

A native of New Jersey, Robert Park began his art journey during early childhood taking painting and drawing classes throughout grade school. By high school, he was receiving private instruction from a professor at the Philadelphia College of Art. Enrolled in an exploratory college level program for career artists while in high school, Robert was nominated to the United States National Achievement Academy for outstanding performance in art curriculum. Robert began studying industrial art and launched his career in industrial design in NYC.  By 2000, Robert decided to relocate to Utah and began capturing the light and drama of the Colorado Plateau. In 2001, he left his industrial design career to pursue photography full time.

Robert’s works are dramatic, highly colorful and expressive. He is best known for these beautiful environmental portraits featuring natural landscapes at just the right point in time. Robert uses large format 5 X 7 inch transparency type (slide) film to yield artwork that is the equivalent of his artistic vision. The oversized ephemeral images he produces are captivating.

"Prosperity" Japanese Garden, Portland, OR. - 2008

“Prosperity” Japanese Garden, Portland, OR. (2008). Available at Martin Gallery of Fine Art

"Emergence" Antelope Canyon, AZ. (2010)

“Emergence” Antelope Canyon, AZ. (2010). Available at Martin Gallery of Fine Art.

His works have been featured in numerous national publications and he was also recently selected to exhibit his works in the US Senate Rotunda in conjunction with the National Parks Conservation Association.

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“Heaven’s Gate” Scripps Pier, CA. (2013). Available at Martin Gallery of Fine Art

"Frontier Life" Grand Tetons National Park, WY. (2009)

“Frontier Life” Grand Tetons National Park, WY. (2009). Available at Martin Gallery of Fine Art.

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MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art

Marlon Martin, Owner
200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 120-B
Carmel, IN  46032
P:  317.564.4404
E: [email protected]
W: MartinGalleryofFineArt.com

Showroom Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

DOC Workshop Wrap-Up: Setting Inspired Holiday Tablescapes, presented by David Jackson

David Jackson, owner of David Jackson & Co., rounded out our final workshop of the 2016 series in November with his much-anticipated presentation entitled, “Setting Inspired Holiday Tablescapes.”

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Thanksgiving tablescape designed by David Jackson. Jackson’s Ralph Lauren and Saint-Louis crystal stemware, English hunting scene china, and pewter mixed with stag handle flatware combine to create a refined fall theme. Floral design by Loran Hilton, Enflora. Photography by Zachary Raber.

This year, David presented three carefully curated table designs to inspire workshop attendees for the holidays. Each table was unique in style and included an elegant floral design provided by Loran Hilton of Enflora. David and Loran have worked together for years and partner on a majority of David’s special occasion installations.

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When entertaining for the holidays, or anytime, David offers what he calls his “5 cornerstones of entertaining” for hosts and hostesses:

  1. Always think of your guests first.
  2. Do three to four things really well. Don’t try to do it all. Delegate the remaining 15 items you don’t enjoy to someone who will. For instance, if you are a great cook, but can’t do calligraphy, hire an expert to personally write your invitations.
  3. Place cards go a long way. The more personal, the better because guests enjoy being recognized.
  4. Centerpieces should be no more than 12” tall so you do not block view and conversation across the table.
  5. Take 30 minutes before your party to sit and relax. Don’t rush around until the final minute with finishing touches. Guests will sense if you are still stressed.

“Remember, your guests will not scrutinize as you, the host, will” ~ David Jackson

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Fresh greenery with cream and brown hues join together to create a cozy and inviting look. Centerpiece by Enflora

When preparing a holiday table, David often uses a throw to create a warm setting (shown above in a plaid pattern). David likes to mix and match his silverware and china as well. This keeps the look interesting. If you mix and match, stay within the same color palette for a cohesive look.

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This red ensemble is elegant yet simple using gold accents. Centerpiece by Enflora.

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This table is more playful to captivate younger guests. A personalized touch like place cards makes guests of all ages feel special .

 

David believes that the holidays are the perfect time to honor loved ones who are no longer be with us. Incorporate china from a grandmother or perhaps a handmade ornament from a favorite aunt as a part of your centerpiece. It makes your tablescape unique and gives guests an opportunity to remember loved ones.

Happy Holidays!

About David Jackson & Co.

david-jackson-01_circleDavid’s work has received countless regional and national awards and has been published in Town and CountryWTraditional Home and Indianapolis Monthly. DJ&Co is located in the Indiana but its talents have extended to Beaver Creek and Vail, Colorado; Key Largo and Palm Beach, Florida; Harbor Springs and Leland Michigan; Santa Barbara and Bel Air, California; Fripp Island and Las Vegas, Nevada. Have a special event coming up? Visit David Jackson at the Indiana Design Center, suite 214, or call317-205-7170 to make an appointment.

GUEST BLOG: Small Spaces, Big Storage Solutions by California Closets

IDC welcomes guest bloggers Jennifer Phelan and Brandon Labay from California Closets to share with us a recent project that solved one of the most common needs in older homes: small space storage solutions

Creating quality customized spaces is what we do best at California Closets. Recently, we had the pleasure of working with a couple on a master bedroom closet project. They had purchased a new home in south Broad Ripple. While the home was new to them, it was actually built in 1920 and the couple fell in love with its many charming details.

Design Challenge:

Like most older homes, it lacked functional and adequate storage space. The wife, a fashion and style blogger, needed an organized and stylish space to set out her clothing, accessories and wardrobe pieces that she photographs on a regular basis for her blog readers. Needless to say, the traditional small closets of this home posed a storage issue. Storage is a very common problem today for two reasons: first, home layouts from the early 1900’s are more segmented and choppy; second, in a modern society of consumption, we tend to have more clothes and belongings to store.

The bedroom next to the master was perfectly positioned to serve as a dressing room. Although well-positioned, this neighboring bedroom posed several design challenges that had to be worked around such as: existing windows, floor vents, wall vents and doors leading to the hallway and bathroom.

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The gorgeous hardwood floors and original baseboards needed to be preserved as much as possible in keeping with the home’s original elements which we were able to accomplish.

Small Space Storage Solution:

We converted the neighboring bedroom into a dressing room. When it came time to choose the overall closet style, the couple decided upon a more modern design and color palette. Adriatic Mist (a soft-light gray paint) with polished chrome hardware and French mitered drawer fronts presented a fresh look and clean backdrop making the clothing the focal point. The built-in dresser top allows the resident fashionista a place to set out decorative accessories and perfumes with plenty of room for hanging garments on three different levels. As for the original closet in the master bedroom, it was converted into a dedicated shoe closet (of course!). In the end, our clients were thrilled with the outcome of their fully customized space that allowed them to do enjoy some of their favorite activities: blogging, photographing and living well.

More Storage Transformations:

Check out additional examples of existing spaces we’ve been able to transform for our clients. Everything from entire rooms, to small, undersized kitchen pantries have realized their potential.

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Utilizing both open and closed storage with varied levels provides great functionality and maximum storage space.

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Built-ins around a bed can create a headboard look with the added functionality of storage that compliments your existing furniture.

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Find your pantry items more easily and quickly with customized shelving and pull-out drawers. Best of all, it gets items off the floor for a clean, organized look.

Looking to maximize your storage space? Call 317.245.4141 or visit our showroom today at 1 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN.

About California Closets:

Visit the California Closets Carmel Showroom to experience the one-of-a-kind custom closets and storage spaces created by the Carmel team.  Explore design and material options in our state-of-the-art Design Studio. As you interact with the life-size systems, you’ll start to get a feel for the quality construction and the details that will work best for you and your home. We can guide you through the variety of finishes, accents and accessories available to help you find the perfect match for your aesthetic and budget.

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Jennifer Phelen
Design Consultant

 

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Brandon Labay
Product Manager

ARTIST PROFILE: JD Naraine

Local artist JD Naraine has recently exhibited some of her work for sale at the Coats-Wright Art & Design gallery at the Indiana Design Center. Her big, bold paintings fit right in with the other artists represented, from local to internationally-recognized artists, showcasing an eclectic mix of styles.

Ms. Naraine, raised in Cincinnati, OH, has always had a creative eye and had painted for enjoyment, but was not a professional artist until she painted her daughter’s portrait about 15 years ago. Once friends and neighbors saw what she could do, her career was launched. She became a painter of children’s portraits.

As she successfully built her career, her style evolved. In many of these works you can see the form of a person, but it is a far cry from a traditional-style portrait.

She uses vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes, and in many instances the female human form, evoking works from Impressionist masters like Matisse and Chagall.

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“Strong Girl Seated” by JD Naraine.

Girl in Blue & Gold by JD Naraine.

“Girl in Blue & Gold” by JD Naraine.

Straying even farther from her traditional training, she has also been inspired by more Expressionistic artists, like Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell. These works are more abstract, and are painted on huge canvases with mixed media, as some of these artists preferred.

"Black & White Figure Seated Abstract" and "Conte Umber Abstract " by JD Naraine.

“Conte Umber” and “Black & White Figure Seated” abstracts by JD Naraine.

She paints at her home studio in the Indianapolis area, taking breaks for yoga and getting re-inspired in nature and at local galleries and museums. To learn more about JD Naraine’s work and to see it in person, contact Dianne Wright, gallery director for Coats-Wright Art & Design, at 317-569-5980 or visit suite 122 of the IDC.

NEW AT IDC: MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art

martin-gallery-logoThe Indiana Design Center is pleased to announce that MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art will open a gallery showroom on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center (IDC) on Monday, October 10. Martin Gallery of Fine Art is owned by Marlon Martin who has extensive gallery experience from his career as a gallery director in Las Vegas, Nevada. New to Carmel, Indiana, MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art provides exceptional driftwood furniture creations that are one-of-a-kind and specializes in outstanding sculpture and fine art that is as inspiring as it is beautiful. Featured artists include renowned photographer Robert Park.

MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art’s furniture pieces feature the finest materials while incorporating exceptional artistry that provides offerings you cannot find anywhere else. “Our eco-friendly wood furniture is made entirely of renewable resources. Materials come from the Narra tree or Pterocarpus Indicus driftwood which are some of the most valuable tree remains in the Philippines,” said Marlon Martin, owner of MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art. The natural forms of the furniture are then complimented by an impressive selection of fine art photography with an emphasis on nature and landscapes.

“The gallery celebrates the natural beauty that can be found and preserved on our earth,” said Martin.

Featured in the Indianapolis Star October 21, 2016.

Fine art photography and eco-friendly furniture paired with fine art photography at MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art.

Fine art photography and eco-friendly furniture paired at MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art, suite 120-B at the IDC.

The showroom caters to both homeowners and design industry professionals and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We are excited about the unique and carefully curated selection of furniture and artwork that MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art offers to the market and design community.  The addition of the gallery further solidifies the Indiana Design Center as the top destination to build, remodel or redecorate your home in Indiana,” said Melissa Averitt, S.V.P. for sales & marketing at Pedcor Companies. Additional lease negotiations are underway for 2016.

Follow MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art on Facebook for regular updates and merchandise previews.

Introducing The Trade Resource Now at the IDC

It is with great excitement that we introduce The Trade Resource, LLC, a trade-only showroom located in suite 225 on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center.

The Trade Source

Katie Kelly, owner of The Trade Resource, is thrilled to be providing an extensive breadth of fabric, wallcovering and trim products with great customer service in a brand new showroom for design professionals. Under Katie’s leadership, the showroom will be adopting innovative new policies and procedures to deliver an experience worthy of Indiana’s design community.

The Trade Resource is currently in the process of putting together its new showroom and will be open and operating in the current Trade Source space in suite 226 until the move is complete.

Designers: Please contact Katie to learn more about her new venture and with any questions. We hope that you will stop by soon to see the progress and join The Trade Resource for its first showroom event listed below. 

The Trade Resource Team:
Katie Kelly, Daniel Crockett, Nicole Simone
The Trade Resource | 317-818-8250

Save the Date!
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The Trade Resource and Schumacher invite design professionals to lunch and a presentation to see the latest fall collection introductions. Invitation to follow.

Thursday, October 6 | Noon to 1 p.m.
The Trade Resource, Suite 225

TRENDS REPORT: 2016 Milan Furniture Fair

2016 Milan Furniture Fair
Reported by Tom Vriesman, Design Studio Vriesman

With 300,000 attendees over six days, an entire city is filled with industry giants, aspiring students, design aficionados and press. The Milan Furniture Fair, Salone del Mobile, is to the world of design what fashion week is to New York, London, Paris and Milan, only all in one city within a single week. It is the global event where the most innovative, artistic and creative furniture and design objects are presented.

This year, as in the past, every inch of Milan was taken over as a canvas for exhibition. Sidewalks, storefronts, abandoned industrial buildings, historic homes and cathedrals were all transformed to artfully exhibit, not just merely display, the latest in design thinking and manufacturing.

Color and form saw inspiration in femininity and glamour especially from the 1960’s.  Green and peachy pinks often contrasted with navy or yellow metals.

1960 Kiki Sofa for Artek Upholstered in Reflex by Raf Simons for Kvadrat.

1960 Kiki Sofa for Artek Upholstered in Reflex by Raf Simons for Kvadrat.

Verner Panton 1969 Flower Pot Pendant.

Verner Panton 1969 Flower Pot Pendant.

Light woods were pervasive throughout the city, which blanketed it in a soft, pastel mood. A glamorous vibe was seen as Knoll 18k recast Warren Platner’s collection in 18k gold and Dimore Studio’s offerings were characterized by voluptuous shapes, maximalist materials and richly patterned floor coverings.

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Dimore Studio Poltrona 081.

Pattern inspired by artist Gerhard Richter’s stained glass windows for the Cologne Cathedral informed Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe’s collection shown at Spazio Pontaccio.

While geometric minimalism is still strongly in existence, a more sensual and tactile mood that reflects what has been happening in the world of fashion at the hands of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is emerging. Design is always at its greatest when it reflects the zeitgeist of our time while at the same time is inspired by a past epoch that resonates with our own.  Bellissimo!

About Tom Vriesman

Tom Vriesman

Design Studio Vriesman

Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 219
Carmel, IN 46032

Tom Vriesman
317.519.1785
designstudiovriesman.com
[email protected]

Professional Bio

Tom Vriesman is the principal of Design Studio Vriesman. For more than twenty years Tom has been creating classically modern spaces of timeless simplicity.

A former creative director of showroom design for Herman Miller, Tom has received local and national accolades for his portfolio. His work has been published in House Beautiful, House Trends, Indianapolis Monthly, and The Indianapolis Star. He has received awards from the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorators’ Show House, and Indianapolis Monthly. House Beautiful recognized Tom for designing one of the Ten Best Decorator Show House Rooms of 1996.

Tom is an advocate for arts and culture in Indianapolis. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and the Design Arts Society of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is a member of the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Chancel Choir. Additionally, he has served as a visiting design critic and guest lecturer at various design schools, corporations and professional organizations.

BE INSPIRED: Attend Workshops hosted by Design Pros

DESIGNER ON CALL WORKSHOP SERIES SCHEDULE- Jan-June 2017

The Indiana Design Center is pleased to announce the spring schedule of Designer On Call workshops hosted by design professionals for the public. The complimentary one-hour workshops take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Topics range from industry trends to luxury kitchen and bath design.

Admission: The workshops are shared with the community at no charge, so attendees are kindly asked to bring a donation item for Second Helpings, an agency dedicated to fighting hunger and promoting culinary job training in greater Indianapolis. Ideal donations include pantry spices, pasta or rice.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Email or call the IDC Concierge to register at 317- 569-5975 or [email protected].

SPRING WORKSHOP SERIES SCHEDULE

 TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 | 10:30 A.M.
Patina vs. Perfection: Natural Stone Tips, Facts & Alternatives
presented by Lonna Heshelman, Santarossa 

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 | 10:30 A.M.
Inspired Outdoor Living: Turn Your Outdoor Space into an Oasis
presented by Randy Sorrell, Surroundings by Natureworks+ 

TUESDAY, APRIL 18 | 10:30 A.M.
Master the Art of Small Space Design
presented by Dianne Wright, Coats-Wright Art & Design

TUESDAY, MAY 16 | 10:30 A.M.
From High Point to Home: 2017 Interior Trends Report
presented by Rebekah Clark, Decorating Den Interiors

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 | 10:30 A.M.
2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Trends
presented by Adam Gibson, Adam Gibson Design

All workshops are free and Open to the Public and take place at the Indiana Design Center at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel, Indiana. Light refreshments are provided. Free parking is available in surface lots and the underground parking garage.

DESIGN NEWS: Mont Surfaces Announces Partnership with Susie Frazier

MontGranite LogoOur western culture focuses a lot of energy on wellness as it relates to nutrition, exercise, and relationships. But today, Mont Surfaces and Susie Frazier are swinging the door wide open on the idea that well-being is also nurtured through nature-based, reflective design choices we make in our built environments. They are launching a home improvement movement around renewal, and everyone who’s ready to reclaim a little piece of themselves is welcome to join.

By combining Mont’s expertise in innovative trends and fine surface materials with Susie’s talent and design-centered connection to nature, Mont Surfaces and Susie Frazier plan to empower consumers to awaken their individuality through their own interior enhancements.  They will collaborate around lifestyle, art, nature, natural stone and creative surface materials in a way that will inspire consumers to initiate a degree of personal renewal through the pattern, color and design choices consumers make at home.  The partnership will connect with consumers through various channels, including shared blog postings, earned media, social media, personal appearances, feature print articles and digital media.

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Susie at Mont headquarters in Cleveland, OH.

Susie Frazier is a pioneering designer of Earthminded Style®, a way of life that connects people to nature, using sustainable materials for personal empowerment. Susie blends organic sensibilities with natural and industrial discards to create biophilic design solutions that provide opportunities for people to heal the patterns of their lives. Her soulful products, textural fine art, original photographs and digitally-illustrated patterns have influenced audiences across America as they pursue their own degree of personal reclamation.

As a compliment to Susie’s art, Mont’s natural stone collections contain some of the earth’s most beautiful patterns and colors while their engineered quartz and porcelain lines replicate many of those elements using fragments of nature’s materials with innovative technologies.  By combining Mont’s natural and engineered products with Susie’s earth-minded aesthetic, the vision is to raise awareness that our surroundings have a direct influence on our ability to foster tranquility and wellness.

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Susie finding inspiration on a slab of blue geodes in the Mont showroom.

Susie Frazier, founder of SUSIE FRAZIER Inc. commented “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Mont Surfaces. As consumers look to create spaces that revitalize and nurture the spirit, we will be there with Mont to offer new design ideas that truly support that mission.

“Mont is very pleased to form a partnership with Susie Frazier.  By combining Susie’s passion for art, nature and reclamation with Mont’s vision to blend beauty, nature and innovation, we can spark exciting new concepts and theories for reflective, integrated design,” said Dinesh Bafna, President of Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc.

For more information on the partnership, please visit MontSurfaces.com and SusieFrazier.com.

About Mont Surfaces

With over 27 years of experience, Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc. is recognized as one of the Midwest’s premier wholesale suppliers of fine surface materials for commercial and residential projects.  Maintaining an extensive inventory of natural stone (granite, marble, soapstone, travertine, quartzite and onyx), porcelain slabs, precious stone and engineered quartz, Mont travels the world to provide architects, designers, developers and homeowners the ability to select the perfect surface material for their projects.

Mont’s knowledgeable and courteous sales associates have the expertise to guide designers and consumers through the exciting material selection process and serve as the liason between the designer/consumer and their industry professional.

Mont Granite, Inc.
5945 W 84th Street, Suite A
Indianapolis, IN  46278

Darik Campbell
317-875-5800
[email protected]
www.montgranite.com

TRENDS REPORT: The Softer Side of Summer

According the new introductions and trends at Spring High Point Market, it’s time to freshen up your home by embracing the lighter, softer side of design. This look can be achieved by experimenting with combinations of gold and creamy whites, airy or curved furnishings and subtle metal accents. Softened decor works as a nice contrast to the old-world look which dominated homes in the past. Lighten up your home this year by welcoming feminine, timeless pieces.

“We’ve spent years embracing the strength and power that industrial elements deliver to a space, but now we’re getting in tough with the softer side of design.”

-Marie Flanigan, North Point Design Studio
Spring High Point Market Style Report

Showrooms at the Indiana Design Center are also on board with this design movement and have an array of softer design options. The following products below were spotted throughout the IDC showrooms.

Aubade Chandelier by Currey & Co. from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101 at the IDC

Aubade Chandelier by Currey & Co. from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101 at the IDC

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Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic chairs from H Curated, suite 120-B at the IDC.

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Vervain drapery from from Drapery Street, suite 109 at the IDC.

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Visual Comfort Aerin Lynn Wall Light from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101 at the IDC.

Daisy Field Glazzio Tile from Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, suite 124.

Daisy Field Glazzio Tile from Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, suite 124 at the IDC.

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French antique chairs, hide rug and artwork by Hunt Slonem from Coats-Wright Art & Design, suite 122 at the IDC.

Crestview Collection Monaco Mirror Side Tables from Holder Mattress, suite 119 at the IDC.

Crestview Collection Monaco Mirror Side Tables from Holder Mattress, suite 119 at the IDC.

High Point Market Style Report: Geometric Patterns

At Spring High Point Market, geometric patterns were among the latest home design trends for individuals seeking an outlet for their pattern-passion. Geometrics can be found in a range of materials for every room in your home. Incorporate this look by finding a marble mosaic tile to dress your shower, discovering the funky vibe of a light fixture, or adding personality to your walls with wallcovering. If you want to take these motifs one step further, find pieces of material that have dimension such as Santarossa’s Giovanni Barbieri tile that is layered with 3-D texture.

“Geometric patterns were everywhere, and their prominence indicated that companies are not afraid to express a love of pattern.”

-Malene Barnett, North Point Design Studio
2016 Spring High Point Market Style Report

Showrooms at the Indiana Design Center are also on board with this design movement and have plenty of geometric options. The following products were spotted throughout the IDC showrooms.

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Giovanni Barbieri Collection from Santarossa, suite 117 at the IDC. 

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Drapery designs by Drapery Street, suite 109 at the IDC.

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Elan Kotton Multi Light Pendant from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101 at the IDC.

Hexagon Kohler Briolette vessel from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101 at the IDC.

Hexagon Kohler Briolette vessel from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101 at the IDC.

Bridgehamptom Demetrius wallcovering by Thibaut available through a design professional at The Trade Source, suite 226 at the IDC.

Bridgehamptom Demetrius wallcovering by Thibaut available through a design professional at The Trade Source, suite 226 at the IDC.

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Bernhardt Nailhead Chest from Holder Mattress, suite 119 at the IDC.

Duomo Calacatta Gold Polished Stone Dimensional Mosaic by Artistic Tile from Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co., suite 117 at IDC

Duomo Calacatta Gold Polished Stone Dimensional Mosaic by Artistic Tile from Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co., suite 117 at the IDC

Flaherty & Collins and Mitsch Design Partner on New Downtown Headquarters

Indianapolis-based commercial real estate and development company, Flaherty & Collins, partnered with Mitsch Design in crafting the developer’s new headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. Mitsch Design, located in suite 213 of the Indiana Design Center, is a leading commercial interior design, architectural design, procurement, and branding firm and is known for its innovative thinking and expert implementation of design including furniture selection and procurement services.

Flaherty & Collins’ aim is to complete its transition from Keystone at the Crossing to the Regions Tower by November 2016. In order to do so, it brought in Mitsch Design to reinvent the new office space.

“The traditional wood paneling will be replaced by bright colors, glass walls and high-end finishes, Flaherty said, to give the space a modern and sleek look. The space also will be open to encourage interaction, and intermixed with treadmill desks, a Golden Tee golf arcade game and either shuffleboard or a pool table to help employees blow off steam,” said reporter Scott Olsen in a June 7, 2016 IBJ Article.

Congratulations to the Mitsch Design team on another exciting project!

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Rendering for the new Flaherty & Collins headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.

2016 DESIGN TRENDS REPORT: KBIS & Architectural Digest Design Show

2016 Design Trends Report by Adam Gibson Design, originally published by the IDC in Sophisticated Living (May/June 2016).

2016 Design Trends Report

The global, three month period of product introductions and the launching of new design trends has just begun with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas and the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City. What most assuredly is a visual onslaught of thousands of new items, inevitably coalesces into trends that send the industry into new directions. Indiana Design Center resident and kitchen and bath designer, Adam Gibson, attended both shows and shared his industry insights for this report. Gibson was delighted to experience the continued strength of modernism as seen in the simple, Bauhaus geometry of Brizo’s Litze line of faucets and Niche Modern’s Quill 5 chandelier. At the same time Gibson reported the emergence of handcrafted items, texture and the warmth of wood.

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Litze faucet by Brizo.

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Niche Modern Quill 5 chandelier.

Reclaimed wood continues its presence though this design period in a peel and stick veneer by Stikwood. Sourced from various locations throughout the U.S., this simple to install plank is the perfect DIY solution. An abundance of textured tile has emerged from raw materials such as concrete, walnut, porcelain and natural stone. Arizona Tile’s Digital Art porcelain beautifully mimics the rich appearance of fabric.

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Peel and stick wall veneer by Stikwood.

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Arizona Tile’s Digital Art porcelain tile.

And just as it appeared that everything was turning gray, blue, especially in pastel hues, is having its moment as are yellow-toned, metallic finishes of rose, champagne and brushed gold. Francophile Suzanne Kasler has taken classic pastels, delightfully reminiscent of Ladurée Macarons and velvet ribbon, to introduce a soft color palette for La Cornue’s luxurious line of ovens. The collection includes 10 elegant hues.

 

Suzanne Kasler color collection for La Cornue 2016 design trends report

Suzanne Kasler color collection for La Cornue.

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Suzanne Kasler color collection for La Cornue.

“Since I visit KBIS almost every year, I sometimes stroll indifferently past thousands of products, many of which I have seen before. However, new trends inevitably pop up. This time it was warm and lustrous walnut wood; the preponderance of lighted drawers and cabinets; rough, linear, textured tile of all sizes; and brushed gold metallic tones,” shared Gibson. To learn more about the introductions at market and how to incorporate them into your project, contact Adam Gibson. To learn more about the 2016 design trends report and how to incorporate the trends into your project, contact Adam Gibson.

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Walnut slab table by David Stine.

About Adam Gibson Design

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Adam Gibson Design
Indiana Design Center, Suite 223
317.255.5001
[email protected]
www.adamgibson.com

Adam Gibson is a design professional specializing in luxury home additions, kitchens and bathrooms, entertainment spaces, and commercial suites. Known for an infusion of clean lines, natural light, warmth, and efficient use of space, Adam brings an outside-the-box imagination, an ear attuned to his clients’ needs, eco-friendly technologies and the desire to create a healthy indoor environment to each of his designs.

Comprehensive construction documents along with color renderings, contractor-client liaison and construction management are all services available to clients. Adam is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer as designated by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

2016 Luxury Outdoor Living Space Trends by Surroundings by Natureworks+

Guest blogger Randy Sorrell, owner of Surroundings by Natureworks+, reports on the luxury outdoor living trends for 2016. Learn how sustainability, fire features and outdoor entertaining influence today’s outdoor living wish lists.

It’s hard to imagine that the strongest response on the American Society of Landscape Architects annual survey regarding hot topics or trends was sustainable living solutions. But when you consider that a large portion of the United States has been in some sort of severe drought for years, its understandable.

Plants that aren’t too thirsty, patios that percolate water into the earth, crushed stone walkways, native plants, rain barrels and those associated items made the top of the project wish list over 65% of the time.

We don’t quite witness that level of interest in the Midwest and around Carmel, but the sustainability conversations have at least started and many architects are specifying LEED certification principles in large commercial projects. Often that is the initial phase of relevant things to come that trickle down towards residential.

Imagine that it took several years for us to grasp the relevance of a dedicated outdoor living space. A place where grilling and hanging out with friends could bring us together. That is where we were over a decade ago. And now, conversations at the Palladium, Saturday’s Farmers market and when friends collide at outdoor concerts often migrate toward that very thing…incredible outdoor living spaces.

Luxury outdoor living space by Surroundings by Natureworks+.

Luxury outdoor living space by Surroundings by Natureworks+.

Of course there are several other trends mixed in which the ASLA survey calls attention to.  Most homeowners would love some sort of fire feature and/or a grill station.  Low maintenance living spaces/landscapes rise to the top as well.  Seems obvious to me.

It becomes important for us, as homeowners and landscape architects, to discern the difference between a short-term trend that disintegrates in a few years to those that hang on for decades with relevance.  For us, 23 years of experience, continued education and leadership help guide that process.

Fire features and outdoor cooking areas create a luxury outdoor living experience.  From the portfolio of Surroundings by NatureWorks+.

Fire features and outdoor cooking areas create a luxury outdoor living experience. From the portfolio of Surroundings by NatureWorks+.

About Surroundings by Natureworks+

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Randy Sorrell, Owner
Eric Beard, Representative
P:  317. 575.0482
E:  [email protected]
W:  www.choosesurroundings.com

SURROUNDINGS By NatureWorks +
Indiana Design Center
200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 219
Carmel, IN  46032

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We love working with happy homeowners who are interested in improving their surroundings. Incredible outdoor living spaces is where we started 23 years ago, specializing in cool patios, dramatic landscapes, shade producing pergolas and anything else required to make your outdoor space wonderful. Our business has expanded / matured to include luxury interior remodeling as well, with spa-like bathrooms, kitchens and basement remodels.

Expect thriving, open-minded design professionals and installation teams who are thrilled to be in this business…and it shows.

Emotion…we have learned, separates from the masses. Everything excels when we are able to connect with homeowners, learn your passions, your family and how you hope to use the space!

We look forward to meeting you.