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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art
Showroom Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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.”
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.
When entertaining for the holidays, or anytime, David offers what he calls his “5 cornerstones of entertaining” for hosts and hostesses:
- Always think of your guests first.
- 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.
- Place cards go a long way. The more personal, the better because guests enjoy being recognized.
- Centerpieces should be no more than 12” tall so you do not block view and conversation across the table.
- 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
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.
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.
About David Jackson & Co.
David’s work has received countless regional and national awards and has been published in Town and Country, W, Traditional 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
Design Studio Vriesman
Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 219
Carmel, IN 46032
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.
Our 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.
About Adam Gibson Design
Adam Gibson Design
Indiana Design Center, Suite 223
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).
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.
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.
About Surroundings by Natureworks+
SURROUNDINGS By NatureWorks +
Indiana Design Center
200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 219
Carmel, IN 46032
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.
Many of us don’t think about the quality of sleep we are getting at night. In fact, counting the total number of hours you sleep does not guarantee it was a quality, restful slumber.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep each night for an adult 26-64 years old. Job and family commitments, stress and a lack of time are major factors affecting sleep quality. Couple that with bedtime habits that are not ideal for restful sleep (i.e., watching TV in bed), and you’re left exhausted.
The Good News: Interior Designer Amy Contreras, owner of Amethyst Interiors, has tips for how to create a restful bedroom design which can help you to unwind and stay asleep. Amy’s tips for Restful Bedroom Design were featured nationally in a video produced by Angie’s List and published by the Huffington Post. Portions of the segment were filmed throughout the IDC showrooms. Watch below.
3 Design Tips to Transform Your Bedroom into a Sleep Sanctuary
1. Install black-out shades or room darkening drapes.
The bedroom should be kept very dark at night. Depending on your current design and window placement in your room, the experts at Drapery Street, suite 109, can help you find the right type of shade for your bedroom.
2. Invest in comfortable bedding.
Your mattress is integral to achieving good rest. Sheets, comforters and blankets also play a vital role in a good night’s sleep. Choose natural, breathable fibers such as cotton and avoid synthetics such as polyester. Contreras recommends sheets with a high thread count for a smooth feel. Also consider an upholstered headboard that adds to the overall softness of the bedroom. Check out the selection of beautiful upholstered headboards, comfortable quality mattresses and bedding options available at Holder Mattress, suite 119.
3. Cozy décor.
Decorate your bedroom with serene artwork (i.e., nature-inspired prints) and a soothing wall color to create a peaceful bedroom. Contreras recommends the addition of scented candles to help you relax. Flowers or realistic greenery can also freshen the feel of the room. Many of these natural and organic inspired accessories, candles and greenery can be found at H Curated, located in suite 120B of the IDC. H Curated’s aesthetic exudes a calmness that encourages relaxation.
Inspired to make simple changes to enhance the quality of your sleep? Stop by the showrooms at the Indiana Design Center to incorporate these design elements into your bedroom and contact Amy Contreras for professional guidance.
H Curated is owned by Kim and Chad Helm who travel to markets nationally and internationally to curate one-of-a-kind salvaged and repurposed furniture and accessories for resale. H Curated originated out of the Helm’s love for traveling to seek unique and reclaimed décor items as they prepared to build a new home.
“After a few buying trips, we realized we couldn’t take home everything we loved, so continued to collect and curate pieces for friends and designers,” shared owner Chad Helm.
It’s no surprise that when the Helm’s return from a buying trip, we anxiously await the delivery truck that travels across the country full of their hand selections. As the items unload, your mind goes back in time and around the globe learning the story of each piece.
Here is a small taste of what they found. Hurry in to the showroom to have the first look and pick of the unique decor items. Showroom hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Showrooms and professionals at the Indiana Design Center are constantly keeping track of new product introductions and the design elements that can give your space classic appeal or a modern edge. This blog post highlights 2016 high design themes reported by Drapery Street owner and window treatment design expert, Caryn O’Sullivan.
“Well dressed windows finish a room and you can embrace high design themes with everything from drapery trims to texture and color.”
-Caryn O’Sullivan, owner
1. Drapery Trim
Afraid to commit to a bold drapery pattern or color? Our designers love to embellish a neutral drape with the sophisticated detail of drapery trim. Some of the best design statements are subtle and a bit unexpected.
2. Gold Hardware.
Gold remains popular as the hardware finish of choice and even weaves its way into beautiful drapery fabric options. Small touches go a long way.
3. Textured Textiles.
Using texture in your window treatments is an easy way to give a room a fresh and modern feel and there’s a wide variety of textured fabric choices. Distressed faux leather paired with soft linen creates a lovely juxtaposition.
About Drapery Street
Caryn O’Sullivan, owner
Drapery Street, Suite 109
Indiana Design Center
Drapery Street is a design boutique that offers a beautifully curated assortment of one-of-a-kind fabrics and custom design resources. This creative workshop engages the customer in a personal design process that is organized to deliver beautiful interiors that suit each unique taste and lifestyle. By focusing on design expertise, friendly and personal creative consultation and curated style inspiration, Drapery Street appeals to shoppers with different tastes, incomes and styles of living.
Did you catch the first episode of Good Bones on HGTV lastnight? If not, be sure to set your DVR for Tuesday nights to watch the Indianapolis mother-daughter duo and owners of Two Chicks and a Hammer, Mina Starsiak and Karen E Laine, embark on renovation projects that are revitalizing Indianapolis homes and neighborhoods like Fountain Square.
Mina and Karen focus on keeping a home’s exterior appearance true to the traditional style of the neighborhood. With Mina’s real estate know-how and Karen’s no-nonsense legal background, these ladies are unstoppable in getting a property they want and enlisting their family’s help with demo and construction. When it comes to exciting new homes in the city of Indianapolis, it all comes down to the ladies of Good Bones.
Keep up the great work, Mina and Karen!
Showrooms and professionals at the Indiana Design Center are constantly keeping track of new product introductions and the design elements that can give your space classic appeal or a modern edge. This blog post highlights recent showrooms picks from Tony Wright of Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, suite 124 at the IDC. Enjoy learning what’s new in the tile industry fresh from the 2016 introductions.
“We are always looking for new ways to accentuate a room. Taking a cue from nature, these products can bring life and variety to either the floor or wall in a room; we especially like to create a focal wall with a unique finish.”
– Tony Wright, Director of Residential Sales
1. Textured wood wall finishes by DuChateau
This wood wall tile adds great dimension and linear motion to a focal wall.
2. Bee Hive porcelain tile by dal tile
The large format geometric tiles bring great visual interest to an otherwise neutral color palette and allow for custom color combinations.
3. Metal Art tile by Soho Studio Corp
The combination of natural textures like woodgrain and animal print with a metallic gold finish is anything but understated.
About Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs
With nearly 5,000 square feet of showroom dedicated to the latest in-home fashion, you will find that Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs offers everything you need to transform your flooring selections into a statement about yourself, or your client! Well-lit and well-organized, you will find the showroom to be a comfortable environment in which to make your selections. Our well-trained and experienced sales consultants will direct you to the products that best fit your lifestyle. No pressure, only a promise to offer the utmost in service whether you are finishing an entire home or one small room.
The Indiana Design Center is pleased to announce that Surroundings by Natureworks+ has moved into a studio space on the second floor of the IDC. Surroundings by Natureworks+ is known for its creation of unique, custom outdoor and indoor living spaces for homes across central Indiana and joins a vibrant community of design industry businesses located at the IDC.
Surroundings by Natureworks+ has operated in Carmel and been creating luxurious landscapes, patios, pergolas, sunrooms and interior renovation for nearly twenty years. “Our clients have come to know and expect luxury from us, which is why the Indiana Design Center is such a great fit for our business. I value the synergies and depth of resources the building has to offer both our clients and business,” said Randy Sorrell, Surroundings by Natureworks+ founder and president.
Surroundings by Natureworks+ joins more than 30 design industry businesses located at the IDC. “We are very strategic about the mix of businesses represented at the Indiana Design Center and Surroundings by Natureworks+ is the perfect fit for the IDC given its solid reputation in the marketplace and the luxury outdoor living niche it fulfills,” said Melissa Averitt, senior vice president for sales & marketing at Pedcor Companies. Additional lease negotiations are underway for 2016 and a full directory can be found here.