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BE MERRY: Holiday Decor Tips & Inspiration

The fall season of our Designer on Call series wrapped up Thursday, November 14 with a seminar on holiday entertaining tips and finding holiday décor inspiration, presented by Stacy Molander of Rusted Window and Brooke Csukas of Uncommonly Styled. The workshop offered many great ideas for decorating your home and table for the holidays.

Stacy, a floral and event design expert, and Brooke, and party and table stylist, recommended a few key things to keep in mind as we get our homes ready for the holidays.

1. Know Your Audience

When entertaining for a group, it is best to keep in mind who will be attending the party. A sit-down plated meal for adults is perfect for elegant place settings and elaborate centerpieces, but a family-style gathering calls for minimal tabletop decoration (to provide more room for food) and simple table service.

Stacy mentions, “A garland – real or artificial – in a dining room chandelier looks beautiful and festive, and doesn’t need to be moved if you set your table differently throughout the season.” Even paper goods can be chic and stylish.

Stacy shows how greenery paired with pinecones and garland can add a holiday vibe without the traditional use of red.

2. Freshen Up What You Have

Once you know what kind of holiday gathering to plan for, then you can assess what you need. You may have china or crystal to use for your dinner party, but a new runner or flatware may be in order to revitalize your nostalgic holiday decor. Fresh floral arrangements can be made from heirloom vases and placemats are an easy way to change up the look of your table by adding a pop of color.

Brooke shared, “Chargers are another great way to transform a tabletop with sparkle or shine.”

Brooke utilized a uniform color palette to unite different textures and shine.

3. Mix and Match

Both Stacy and Brooke agreed that mixing and matching is key to create a unique and memorable setting. Mixing patterns in tableware with varied textures in velvets, faux fur and feathers is on trend for holiday, as well as using non-traditional patterns like animal prints and florals in holiday applications.

“Using snowflakes or reindeer motifs in a tablescape is a subtle and classic way to bring in a holiday feel without going the traditional Christmas route,” says Brooke.

The green, black and brown palette is thoughtfully layered and finished with the detail of a snowflake plate to feel festive.

Both designers agreed that decorating for the holidays should be fun and should make your home feel festive, so don’t be afraid to do something different. Playing around with color and texture and shine can make your traditional holiday décor truly special. Cheers!

Fall Design Open House & Rusted Window Grand Opening

The Indiana Design Center’s Fall Design Open House was a festive night of seasonal vignettes, featuring autumnal decor and trunk shows showcasing the latest in furniture, art, accessories, jewelry and apparel. It was a fun evening to visit the IDC, see what’s new, mingle with friends and connect with the professionals and resources in the building.

Rusted Window celebrated its grand opening with an open house and holiday decor preview. Holder Mattress presented special mattress savings, in addition to two trunk shows: Vine & Branch and Brocade Blackbird. Coats Wright Art & Design featured a Matouk-dressed bed in coordination with Parkside Linen, and new additions to the gallery: two works by John Mellencamp. Drapery Street hosted two stylish pop-up shops: Love Your Body Boutique and Cindy Riser Designs Jewelry.

PAIR’D Furnishings hosted an expansive art showing with six local artists represented in its space, and Surroundings by Natureworks+ served up Santa Fe Spritzers along with home remodeling advice and conversation. Special thanks also goes to the pop up shops in our Grand Hall: Everything Home and Uplift Intimate Apparel.

Visit the IDC web calendar to stay up to date on future events and sign up for our email to receive invites in your inbox via the “subscribe” button at the bottom of this post.

The IDC halls and showrooms were abuzz with visitors checking out the latest fall introductions, holiday collections, pop-up shops and more. Photo: Michael Durr.

Guests enjoyed meeting with the professionals who call the IDC home over casual design chats. Photo: Michael Durr.

Shoppers perused pop-up boutiques from Cindy Riser Designs, Love Your Body, Everything Home and Uplift Intimate Apparel. Photo: Michael Durr.

The Rusted Window welcomed friends new and old to its new showroom at the IDC. Photo: Michael Durr.

Rusted Window is now open in suite 120-b of the IDC. Photo: Michael Durr.

Blu Moon Cafe served up a delightful fall menu. Photo: Michael Durr.

Coats-Wright Art & Design presents work by John Mellencamp. Photo: Michael Durr.

PAIR’d Furnishings presented the work of six local artists. Photo: Michael Durr.

Holder Mattress is all set for holiday gift-giving and decor. Photo: Michael Durr.

Holiday decor at Holder Mattress. Photo: Michael Durr.

Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs introduced pairings of navy and blue colored tile with flooring by DuChateau. Photo: Michael Durr.

58th Annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

The Indiana Design Center is proud to support the 58th annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens. This year’s home is located at 4160 Washington Boulevard and celebrates its 100th year. The Show House features the work of more than thirty participating design firms and opens to the public for daily tours on Saturday, April 27 and runs through Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Mondays). We encourage you to enjoy what is one of Indiana’s most beloved design traditions!

Watch the video below for a sneak peek of the home and to learn more about the “Centennial Estate”. Visit to purchase tickets.

DOC Wrap-up: Tips for a Chic and Organized Holiday Season

The fall season of our Designer on Call series wrapped up Thursday, November 8 with an informative seminar on how to have a chic and organized holiday season, presented by Caryn O’Sullivan of Drapery Street and Maria Baer of The Baer Minimalist. The session was focused on tips to organize yourself in preparation for the coming holidays and how to do it in a beautiful, chic way.

Maria Baer and Caryn O’Sullivan.

Caryn and Maria both had lots of tips and suggestions to not only have an organized and stylish holiday season, but also one that is true to your individual style and has meaning for you and your family. Here are 5 key takeaways from the workshop:

1. Create a Checklist

Before decorating a single branch of your tree or baking the first gingerbread cookie, it is important to make a holiday checklist to determine tasks at hand, budgets, etc. Once a plan of action is put into place it is much easier to tick off items on the list, or to delegate things to other family members!

Set out platters ahead of time and make notes as to what food will go where. It makes it easy when it is time to set the table for the party – and for people to help set up!

2. Attending Events

Look at your calendar ahead of time and think about your needs: do you need babysitters? Holiday outfits? Hostess gifts? Add these things to the list so you can cross things off your list early. Once the invitations roll in, you will have these things in mind so you can reply immediately. RSVP to your events and make it a point to be there and be engaged with the other party guests. Have fun!

3. Hosting and Decorating

Some of Maria and Caryn’s best tips involved hosting holiday events and setting a beautiful table. It helps to think about the look or the mood of the party you are going for and then you can plan food and décor accordingly. Determine your look – modern, traditional, casual – and then pick a color that you can repeat throughout your home in all of your holiday decor. A traditional red is always welcome, as is a beautiful, neutral gold. Add in texture with greenery and fabrics in cotton, burlap, even faux fur, and in a variety of patterns. On the tabletop, a selection of table linens with flowers and greenery and varying heights in candlesticks and serveware complements the metallics and sparkle of place settings.

Once your plan has been set in place, you can relax and mingle with your guests as they arrive. It is fun to have an activity like a gift exchange or game or even wine tasting to get people involved and talking. Setting the atmosphere is also something that instantly welcomes your guests – so make sure you have a cozy fire going, light some candles and make a Spotify playlist with all of your holiday favorites. Careful consideration of your home’s ambiance is one of the most important things when making sure that everyone feels welcome – that is what makes the holiday magic.

A modern place setting is achieved with square white dishware and matte black utensils. Touches of gold and greenery add elegant touches, along with a mini Champagne party favor.

A beautiful and polished place setting can also be made with paper goods. Hexagonal plates are stacked with celebratory swizzle sticks, in tones of gold and marble, setting a casual but refined mood.

4. Consumable Gifts

When thinking about those hostess gifts (and any other gifts), think outside of the literal box. Consumable gifts aren’t things that are easily wrapped in a pretty box, but they are things that most everyone enjoys. Whether it be a plate of home-baked cookies or a beautiful bottle of champagne, these gifts are always appreciated. Things like tickets to events, museum memberships or other experiences like classes to learn a new skill are appreciated as a new and different kind of gift.

Consumable gifts include candles. These Plaid candles are from Holder Mattress in suite 119 of the IDC.

5. Holiday Storage

When it is time to put everything away for the season, think about the decor you pull out every year. Are there things that sit in the box, unused? It might be time to donate or get rid of some decorations, making sure that you aren’t taking up valuable storage space. When storing wreaths, hang them on a wall with removable hooks. The wreath won’t be crushed and will be ready to hang for next year. You can also plan to hit the after-holiday sales to stock up on wrapping paper, ribbon, etc. Getting a head start on next year’s holiday is always a good idea.

For even more great tips and further details from the presentation, visit the two-part recap series on The Baer Minimalist’s blog.

DOC Wrap-up: Classic Designs and Fresh Ideas with Rosalind Brinn Pope

The first Designer on Call workshop of the season was a great success, with designer Rosalind Brinn Pope presenting inspiration in the form of photos of selected design projects, as well as a recent lake house remodel. She gave professional tips on how to incorporate light into a home, what materials and finishes to use in an open-concept design, and how to incorporate colors harmoniously. Her classic, refined style seamlessly ties in with her practical and timeless advice.

At the seminar, Pope spoke about the Decorator’s Show House, in which she participated again this year, a Carmel home that she redesigned and lakeside cottage on Lake Maxinkuckee.

In the Carmel home, she took a dark, closed-in kitchen and brightened it up by taking out some upper cabinets, as well as using white in a variety of finishes to achieve a clean, beautiful design open to the other living areas of the house, with expansive workspace.

This open concept kitchen uses white in a variety of finishes, including marble, subway tile and cabinetry.

To maximize space and functionality in this kitchen, she installed a rolling barn door to hide a coffee station and microwave, as well as conceal additional storage space. This solution creates an area in an otherwise small kitchen and maintains streamlined sight lines in an open floor space.

A gray-slatted rolling door moves easily for access to the microwave or coffee station, while providing additional concealed storage space.

Pope also spoke about open floor plans while discussing the lake cottage remodel. In this home the living room, kitchen and dining room are all open to each other, as well as being visually adjacent to much of the rest of the house. To create harmony and closeness in a shared space such as this, she used recurring finishes – warm pine planks and paneling, white trim and wainscoting, natural stone, black granite and black metal – and compatible colors, in taupe, blue and white. These elements recur in all areas in the vast, connected room, which joins the spaces and makes it feel cozy and cohesive.

The white wood cabinetry mixed with the natural wood, as well as the black hardware and countertops joins the connected spaces in this open floor plan.

The dining room, with natural wood, dark metal and white-painted details echoes the adjoining kitchen and living room.

The living room showcases more natural wood tones as well as the blue and white color scheme seen in other main areas of the home.

The repetition of the blue and white and natural wood tones, enhanced with a patriotic pop of red lends interest to the den, without looking discordant.

The adjacent den employs the same finishes and color scheme while also playing up the blues and whites with touches of red for a dose of Americana. Layered with the Oriental rug and other bits of chinoiserie and nautical motifs, the overall effect is an interesting and collected whole.

About Rosalind Brinn Pope

Rosalind Brinn Pope has been creating custom designs in Indiana and North Carolina for over 20 years. She is renowned for her classic, timeless designs and attention to detail. Rosalind works with your architecture, collections and favorite furniture to create a home of comfort and grace, reflecting your lifestyle.

Rosalind Brinn Pope is a professional member of ASID. She has participated in numerous Indianapolis Dream Homes and Show Houses, and has been featured in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine.

  • Complete interior design services, including interior space planning and design consultations
  • Custom draperies, bedding and upholstery in sumptuous fabrics and trimmings
  • Fine furniture, lamps, flooring and accessories
  • Bed linens, including Egyptian cotton sheeting, duvet covers and matelassé coverlets


LUXE 2018 Celebrates the Best in Design

The Indiana Design Center recently presented its annual two-day home design event to celebrate the best in luxury design, sponsored by Victory Surfaces, on February 9 and 10, 2018.

The Friday evening event, “Setting the Table for Good Design”, kicked off the weekend, showcasing over 20 tabletop displays decorated by the state’s leading interior designers. The special guest speaker was designer and artist, Barry Lantz.

Barry Lantz and his daughter and business partner, Amanda Lantz.

Party attendees with Barry Lantz prints.

Barry, in a lively exchange with WTHR’s Julia Moffitt, shared his story of creative inspiration which started in small town Indiana. Inspired by his mother’s style and with his roots in furniture, design and art, he has built an impressive career that has led to a business partnership with his daughter, Amanda Lantz, and most recently, licensing partnerships with prominent design industry manufacturers like Kravet Inc.

The money raised in this ticketed event benefitted the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation (IBCF), whose mission is to invest in children with visual impairments, so each child will thrive in school and daily life. The event also featured a pop-up art gallery, exhibiting student work from the School for the Blind as well as honoree Barry Lantz, with its proceeds also going toward the IBCF.

Tablescape design by David Jackson & Co.

Tablescape by Julie O’Brien Design Group

Tabletop design by Interior Design Therapy’s Angie Wilson.

The second day of the LUXE Design Showcase saw the IDC welcome celebrity designer, TV personality and author Thom Filicia. The program began with an informative kitchen design panel discussion featuring Adam Gibson of Adam Gibson Design, Rob Klein and Amy Kreutz of Conceptual Kitchens and Millwork and Jason Barth of Premier Home Electronics.

Kravet Inc.’s Beth Greene chats with Thom Filicia.

Jason Barth of Premier Home Electronics, Adam Gibson of Adam Gibson Design and Amy Kreutz and Rob Klein of Conceptual Kitchens and Millwork all speak on kitchen topics and design.

Following the kitchen panel, an entertaining and informative conversation with Thom Filicia was moderated by Beth Greene, Kravet, Inc. Executive V.P. and Director of Strategic Branding & Marketing. On his first visit to the Indianapolis area, Thom shared his design philosophy. He also told stories about his broad career in design, spanning television shows, retail and creating fabric and furniture collections, to approximately 120 attendees in the Indiana Design Center’s Grand Hall.

As promised, both days provided inspiration and expertise for attendees to carry through to their 2018 design projects. New ideas and event plans are already underway for LUXE 2019. For more photos of this year’s event, please go to our Facebook page.

Beth Greene, Amanda Lantz, Thom Filicia, Barry Lantz, Andrea Kleymeyer, Laura Beck LaFrenais and Tom Vriesman commemorate LUXE 2018.

Event photography by Jamie Carey Sangar.

A special thank you to the Event Sponsors:

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Our Picks for 2017

The holiday shopping season has begun and the Indiana Design Center is a one-stop shop for the special people in your life and your own wish list. From unique hostess gifts to heirloom jewelry for your sweetheart, we’ve selected chic holiday gifts for the most discerning recipients.

December will be a special month in the Carmel Arts & Design district as Santa’s House will be located on the Indiana Design Center’s grounds and a holiday trolley will shuttle shoppers to and from downtown Carmel’s shopping districts. Join us Saturday, December 2 when Santa arrives in the District for Holiday in the District. Cheers to a memorable holiday season with those you love!

Holiday Cookie Box from Blu Moon Cafe, suite 115.

“Bunnies” portrait, acrylic on canvas by Hunt Slonem from Coats-Wright Art & Design, suite 122.

Gold and rose gold glassware from Holder Mattress, suite 119.

Holiday throw pillows from Holder Mattress Co., suite 119.

LED Bluetooth portable lantern by Kichler from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101.

Marble cheese board and knife from Holder Mattress Co., suite 119.

Tahitian pearl necklace with amethyst geode pendant from Aronstam Fine Jewelers, suite 215.

Sonos Play5 wireless speaker from The Premier Group, suite 118.

Faux fur gloves from Holder Mattress, suite 119.

Couture drapery and fabrics by Diane von Furstenberg for Kravet from Drapery Street, suite 109.

Milan Furniture Fair Review Reported by Tom Vriesman

Every April the design faithful make their pilgrimage to Milan, Italy for the annual international furniture fair, the Salone del Mobile. Nearly 350,000 devotees from around the world flock to design mecca to experience firsthand the latest innovations from industry leaders and design universities. This year Euroluce, the lighting fair, was also held. Just as in fashion, it seems that “no trends” is the “new trend.”

Tom Vriesman

Tom Vriesman, Design Studio Vriesman

With an anything goes ethos pervading—mining history, inventing new materials and fabrication techniques, hypothesizing future needs and applications—eclecticism rules the day.  Nevertheless, certain commonalities do emerge. Whether they take hold or are the genesis of new movements remains to be seen.

At the lighting fair, reduction in form to basic geometries and elements, sculptural exuberance and the use of light as a physical material captured the imagination. Michael Anastassiades Mobile Chandelier series, continued his minimalist formal explorations.  Forma Fantasma’s collection for Flos produced lighting that “delivered the most with the least.” Their Wire Ring series reduced illumination to just the light source and the power cord. Lighting maestro Ingo Maurer, further developed his beloved MaMo Nouchies with new bulbous sculptural forms inspired by Japanese lanterns.


FORMAFANTASMA WIRE RING SERIES | | Photo credit: Officine Mimesi


“MOONATI” LAMP BY INGO MAURER | | Photo: Tom Vack. (c) Ingo Maurer GmbH, Munich.

Greenery continues its global dominance begun at the beginning of 2017 with its being named as the Pantone color of the year. Moooi’s Marcel Wanders enveloped his Cloud sofa in the verdant tone. It was also seen in many shades and forms of marble’s dramatic veining especially in the artful hands of Martina Gamboni. Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata inspired Germans Ermics’ Ombre Glass Chair in a way that was pure homage.


GERMANS ERMICS’ OMBRE GLASS CHAIR | | photo credit: Jussi Puikkonen

—Reported by Tom Vriesman, Design Studio Vriesman

2017 Meridian Kessler Home & Garden Tour

The longest-running home tour in Indiana, the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association Home and Garden Tour, has been set this year for June 2, 3, and 4. This year’s theme is, “Live, Work, Shop, Learn, Play, and Grow” and the Indiana Design Center is a proud sponsor.

The 44th annual tour, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, features 8 homes – 4311 N. Meridian St., 4115 Washington Blvd., 519 E. 57th St., 5815 Carrollton Ave., 5855 Carrollton Ave., 3825 Ruckle St., 5240 N. Delaware St. and 4511 Broadway St.

Tickets for the day tour are $15 in advance at Fresh Market (College Ave. and 54th St.), two Sullivan’s Hardware locations (49th and Pennsylvania St. and 71st and Keystone Ave.), all Ferguson Enterprise locations (54th and the Monon, Indiana Design Center in Carmel and Appliance Gallery on 96th St.) and National Bank of Indianapolis at 49th and Pennsylvania St.  Tickets may also be purchased in advance online by going to  Same-day tickets may be purchased for $20 at any of the tour homes. For more information, please also visit Meridian-Kessler Home and Garden Tour on Facebook.

Prior to the day tour, this year’s event begins with a special Twilight Tour on Friday, June 2. The homes are open from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The tickets ($65 through May 26; $75 thereafter) entitle participants to tour two homes, 4304 N. Park Ave. and 4144 N. Ruckle St., as well as the Day Tour homes on June 3 or 4. Included with these tickets: dinner (appetizers, 2 drink tickets, and a dessert bar), dancing and a silent auction from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at a party tent with a live band on the grounds of St. Joan of Arc school, 500 E. 42nd St.

Reservations for the Twilight Tour event are also available at Online bidding for the silent auction will be available at the event and may also be done by those not able to attend. Visit the home tour website for more information.

All proceeds from the tours go to benefit the 52-year-old Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association (MKNA) which, in turn, will use 25 percent of the funds to provide annual MKNA Vi Walker Neighborhood Grants. Since 1999, MKNA has provided more than $300,000 in grants. The 2017 grants, totaling $15,000, include support for bikes for kids, art, gardens, health, and playgrounds.

For more than half a century, MKNA has sustained, protected, and enhanced the neighborhood, one of the most popular in the city.

meridian kessler home and garden tour

meridian kessler home and garden tour

PREVIEW: 2017 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

As spring gets underway, it is time again to announce the dates set for the 56th annual St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorators’ Show House and Gardens. Public tours will begin Saturday, April 29 through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14.

Enjoy this video produced by the Indiana Design Center to hear what participating designers have to say about the 2017 show house.

This year’s location, the boyhood home of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., is part of the Year of Vonnegut, a year-long citywide celebration of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s life, artwork and activism. 2017 marks a decade since the death of Vonnegut in April 2007. The address for the Show House is 4401 North Illinois St.

“This year the Vonnegut home has very interesting architecture, a lot of history behind it and a great story for Indianapolis,” said interior designer and long-time show house participant, Tom Korecki, an IDC designer.

Since last fall, many local interior designers, landscape designers, and their support teams have been working hard to prepare and execute their design plans.

“What I love about participating in the Decorators’ Show House is that you have the opportunity to really show your own style,” said designer Amanda Lantz, also a designer with the IDC.

This is a unique event where local designers transform blank walls and empty rooms into extraordinary canvases of art and décor and landscapers create lush gardens and outdoor living spaces. The wonderful talent of Indianapolis’ design community combined with the mission of the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild has raised over $12 million for Eskenazi Health.

By purchasing a ticket, visitors to the Show House are inspired by great design and give back to an exceptional cause. Tickets are available for purchase for the home tour at, in addition to tickets for some special related events: Taste !ndy, Style !ndy, !ndy on Tap and an Evening with Dan Wakefield, a friend of Kurt Vonnegut and fellow Indianapolis-born writer.

LUXE 2017: 2 Days of Inspiration & Expertise for your Home

The 2017 LUXE Design Showcase was a success as hundreds of central Indiana homeowners visited the building to see and learn the latest in luxury design trends. The Friday evening event, “Setting the Table for Good Design”, benefitted Coburn Place and featured gorgeous tabletop displays designed by Indiana’s leading interior designers and included a conversation with special guests Gwendolyn Rogers, owner of The Cake Bake Shop, and Fanchon Stinger, evening anchor for FOX59.  On Saturday, showrooms were open featuring special products and 8 complimentary design seminars were led by industry professionals and national brands.  Many thanks to everyone involved!  Enjoy this highlight video.

2017 Highlight Video:


DETAILS & DECOR: Holiday Entertaining with David Jackson

Indianapolis event planner, David Jackson, has experience planning the most elegant and memorable events in the city and for clients across the country. From galas to intimate dinner parties, Jackson has in-depth knowledge on how to entertain beautifully for your guests and enjoy your role as host for the holidays.

“The foundation of fine entertaining has everything to do with thinking of your guests’ comfort,” says Jackson. One of his favorite ways to make a guest feel special is to add personal touches to the event. Examples can be as simple as creating a place card for each guest and having a note of gratitude at his or her place setting, especially during the holidays.

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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.

During the holiday season, family traditions become beloved and cherished memories that last from childhood into adulthood. “I always encourage my clients to think about ways to honor their loved ones or uphold traditions,” says Jackson.  Jackson suggests sharing a family recipe on the back of a menu card, inviting the most senior guest to say grace, and showcasing family relics, like heirloom servingware or china, that honor generations of the family. Children especially find anticipation and comfort in family traditions like receiving a holiday ornament each year.

thanksgiving tablescape holiday entertaining

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.

The stylish details, menu and family dynamics involved with hosting a family event can often become overwhelming for a host. Jackson advises his clients to do two to three elements of a party really well — strong and memorable details come through to your guests. Guests can also sense an anxious host, so try to take a moment before the event to relax.

“A warm smile and genuine spirit go further with your guests than a perfectly pleated napkin,” says Jackson.

thanksgiving tablescape holiday entertaining

Thanksgiving tablescape decor designed by David Jackson. Floral design by Loran Hilton, Enflora. Photography by Zachary Raber.

Jackson enjoys collecting fine china and urges his clients not to be afraid to use their beautiful pieces for special occasions, especially with family and friends.

“The world is a complicated place and we host these intimate gatherings to celebrate one another and all that is good in the world. Share what you love, with those you love,” says Jackson.

David Jackson

For more guidance on entertaining for the holidays and special events, contact David Jackson at [email protected] or 317-205-7170.  David Jackson & Co. is located in suite 214 in the Indiana Design Center.

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of Sophisticated Living Indianapolis.

IDC Welcomes Interior Design Students

We were pleased to welcome more than 15 interior design students from the Art Institute of Indianapolis to the Indiana Design Center this week. This group is among many schools and students that we tour throughout the year and introduce to the resources available through the showrooms and professionals at the IDC.  Have an interest in interior design or know someone who does? Schedule a personal tour of the design center to learn about the building and Indiana’s design industry.  For a list of current job opportunities available in the building and design industry, visit the IDC careers page.

Interior Design students visit Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Interior Design students visit Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Rob Klein, owner of Conceptual Kitchens, offers a few pointers to the students.

Valuable advice obtained at Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

YOU’RE INVITED: Fall Design Preview Night

IDC Fall Preview Night | Thursday, August 25, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel

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Mark your calendars for an evening to enjoy the latest design trends and showroom introductions at the Indiana Design Center and meet the design professionals who can help you to pull it all together.  Showrooms will be open late with drinks and refreshments and interior designers will be on site with table top vignettes representing their style. Do not miss this event if you are seeking inspiration and guidance for your fall design projects!

Special Event Features

  • Holder Mattress presents a Vine & Branch furniture trunk show.
  • Coats-Wright Art & Design presents a new collection of artwork by artist J.D. Naraine.
  • Drapery Street presents the latest fabric designs from designer lines Vervain, S.Harris, Schumacher and Stroheim. The showroom will also be running its biggest sale of the year with 25% off draperies and hardware.
  • Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery presents the latest luxury collection of DXV faucets which are the first-ever 3-D printed metal faucet collection.
  • Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs presents the latest tile introductions from SOHO Studio Corp.
  • The Premier Group presents 4K UltraHD TV displays from Sony and LG and will also provide complete home automation demo’s including lighting control, climate control, motorized shades and drapes, alarm system integration, camera surveillance, and home entertainment.
  • Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co presents natural stone slabs on display from the warehouse that are among its most popular or exotic natural stone selections. The slab materials will be matched with current tile designs that create a cohesive design scheme.
  • Aronstam Fine Jewelers will offer complimentary jewelry check-ups and cleaning.
  • More showroom features to be announced!

Meet the Designers Showcase

More than 10 interior design firms will have stylized design vignettes representing their work and be on hand to chat about your fall/winter design projects.

  • Amy Yacko Contreras
  • Gary Nance Design
  • Sassy Green Interiors
  • The Affordable Companies
  • Decorating Den Interiors
  • Hoskins Interior Design
  • Julie O’Brien Design Group
  • JB Designs
  • Surroundings by Natureworks+
  • Corporate Fine Art Group
  • Christine Zandervon Interiors

Live Music & Complimentary Refreshments

  • Complimentary beer/wine and hors d’oeurves from the Blu Moon Cafe
  • Live music by Andra Faye and Scott Ballentine

IDC SAMPLE SALE: July 29 & 30

Stop by the Indiana Design Center this Friday and Saturday for the annual Sample Sale. Shop designer brand furniture, accessories, electronics, tile, art and more at discount prices throughout the building in IDC showrooms. Find bargains on a variety of items that must go to make room for fall merchandise. Shop early for the best selection.

Friday, July 29 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


In addition to the showroom sales, a space will be dedicated to a Designer Sale Room in suite 107 on the first floor where individual designers have special sample sale items on sale for purchase.  

Designer Sale Room Payment Note: Most designers only accept payment by cash, business or personal check, so be prepared! All sales are final. Certain restrictions may apply.


Bring your design dilemmas for a mini Designer On Call appointment! A designer will be on staff from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for complimentary 15 minute design consultations. Bring photos of your project and design inspiration for on-the-spot advice.

Contact [email protected] to arrange an appointment in advance (walk-ins welcome).

Follow the IDC on Facebook and Instagram (@indianadesign) for a sneak peek of sale items.

Sample Sale Ad

SPRING FEVER: Create Your Outdoor Oasis

With warm weather upon us, now is the perfect time to prepare for another season of outdoor entertaining and enjoyment. The outdoor living experts at Godby Hearth & Home have compiled a list of the most innovative products from outdoor fireplaces to heaters and pergolas that will inspire, enhance and invigorate your outdoor living experience.


With so many styles and variations to choose from, the pergola is the perfect way to define an outdoor space. Rather than managing a custom construction pergola built on-site and anxiously awaiting its completion, consider a high-quality pergola that comes as a kit and can be assembled by a professional or yourself. Manufactured to factory-built specs and in a controlled environment, these pergolas are beautiful and high-quality.


Pergola and gas hearth available through Godby Hearth & Home.

Outdoor Gas Fireplaces

The new breed of outdoor gas fireplaces are free-standing, moveable and made of stucco and stone. The portable fireplaces pictured operate on a simple 20 lb. gas cylinder tank (like that of a portable gas grill). These units look like a traditional site-built fireplace, are easy to use and are built of quality materials. Bonus features: there is no need to gather wood to build the fire or clean after use and you can take the unit with you if you move.

Outdoor gas fireplace from Godby Hearth & Home.

Outdoor gas fireplace from Godby Hearth & Home.

Outdoor Heaters

Traditionally used in commercial settings, outdoor porch and patio heaters have become increasingly popular in residential settings. Properly proportioned and well-positioned heaters are the best way to extend the life of any outdoor room.  There are 3 basic types: gas, electric and portable. Today, the mounted units are sleek, attractive and fit nicely into the decor of an outdoor room.


Bromic portable outdoor heater available through Godby Hearth & Home.

Visit the Godby Hearth & Home showroom at the Indiana Design Center in suite 113 to consult on the design elements and products that work best for your project

Godby Hearth & Home Interactive Studio, suite 113 at the Indiana Design Center.

Godby Hearth & Home Interactive Studio, suite 113 at the Indiana Design Center.

Mitsch Design Takes Home “Most Innovative Award” at IIDA’s Avant Garbe Fashion Show

Congratulations to Mitsch Design for taking home the “most innovative” award at the bi-annual Avant Garbe fashion show hosted by IIDA (International Interior Design Association).  The design team, Lauren Coley, Courtney Roessler, Katie, Divine, Jill St. Claire and Maria Ellingwood, created a fierce design for their model and colleague, Kelsey Parkison.  The event was held at Crane Bay on Friday February 12 and 16 professional teams and 5 student teams competed for various categories.  Mitsch Design’s sponsor and design parter was Chris Stahl from Dal-tile. 


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2016 Home of Distinction by MAWR Design: March 11-20

The Indianapolis Home of Distinction will be unveiled this weekend (March 11 through 20) as the home opens to the public for tours and special ticketed preview events.


MAWR Design principals Whittney (Beechy) Parkinson and John Beechy.

The MAWR Design, Inc. team has been hard at work to create a nearly 11,000 sf modern dream home located in the Hidden Oaks neighborhood of The Bridgewater Club in Carmel, IN. MAWR Design, whose studio is located in suite 221 of the Indiana Design Center, is responsible for the home’s architecture and interior design, as well as building the home.  Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork, located in suite 116 of the IDC, also partnered on the home to design the kitchen, butler’s pantry, master bathroom and lower level bar.

The 2016 Indianapolis Home of Distinction is sponsored by WTHR-TV and many premier local vendors and companies will display their beautiful work throughout the home.  Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to breast care patients at IU Health North Hospital. Tickets are $15 at the home, or $12 in advance at IU Health North, Saxony and Tipton hospitals, or online here. It’s a MUST SEE!

Enjoy these sneak peek photos from the home and follow @whittney217 on Instagram for a closer inside look at the project.

Construction, architecture and design by MAWR Design in progress for the 2015 Home of Distinction.

Construction, architecture and design by MAWR Design in progress for the 2016 Home of Distinction.

Interior architecture by MAWR Design begins to take shape.

Interior architecture by MAWR Design begins to take shape.

Interior Design and principal for MAWR Design, Whittney Parkinson, inspects the slabs.

Interior designer and principal for MAWR Design, Whittney Parkinson, inspects the slabs.

Spiral staircase begins to take shape.

Spiral staircase in production and soon to make a bold statement..

Sneak peek of one of the incredible children's spaces.

Sneak peek of one of the incredible children’s spaces.

Bathroom finishes are underways with clean lines, modern fixtures and gorgeous finishes.

Bathroom final touches are underway with clean lines, modern fixtures and gorgeous finishes.

Finish selections for the kitchen.

Finish selections for the kitchen designed by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

Don’t Miss the 13th Annual Indiana Art Fair!

13th Annual Indiana Art Fair
Indiana State Museum’s midwinter art show set for February 12 and 13

event-body-postcard_art_fair_16_chosen_non_mailing_ol_01Looking for ways to find color during the blah winter months? Let Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum be the solution. The annual event, featuring some of Indiana’s best artisans, will take place February 12 and 13 on all three levels of the museum. Guests to this year’s festival will be able to enjoy the museum experience, while browsing the works of more than 60 artists.  The Indiana Design Center is proud to be a sponsor in support of this year’s event!

Galentine’s Art Night, February 12, 6 to 9 p.m. The Indiana State Museum will host a special preview titled Galentine’s Art Night on Friday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. This “girl’s night out” will feature an evening of art, food, drink and music. Attendees will be amongst the first people to enjoy artwork by 60 Hoosier artists representing 22 counties. Be sure to stop by the IDC booth that will be at Galentine’s night! Artists will be selling fine, functional and funky art.

Guests will attend a private reception with the artists as well as try their hands at painting their own masterpieces. Spots are limited. Galentine’s Art Night guests will be invited to enter a contest to win art by a Hoosier artist. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers and are available by calling 317.232.1637 or online at The admission ticket to Friday’s event may be redeemed for free admission on Saturday.

Exclusive Member Hours:
Museum members are invited to enjoy an exclusive hour of shopping on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. Regular fair hours on Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is included in general museum admission.

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Coats-Wright Art & Design Exhibits at the LA Art Show

Dianne Wright and Jane Coats Eckert are at the LA Art show representing the Coats-Wright Art & Design (Carmel, IN) and Eckert Fine Art (Pine Planes, NY) galleries.  The LA Art Show boasts 91 participating galleries and 21 participating museums within a 200,000 square foot art fair.  More than 50,000 art enthusiasts will enjoy the West Coast’s most comprehensive art show.

Artist Eric Forstman, Jane Coats Eckert & Kevin Bacon.

Artist Eric Forstman, Jane Coats Eckert & Kevin Bacon.


artwork by Eric Forstmann.


Dianne Wright and arist JoAnn Belson.


artwork by JoAnn Belson.

Be Inspired: Attend Workshops Hosted by Design Pros


Need inspiration and advice for your 2016 home projects? The public is invited to learn from the design pros at the IDC during complimentary workshops hosted on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am. Click the RSVP links below or call 317-569-5975 to register. Space is limited.

As the workshops are shared with the community at no charge, we kindly ask that attendees bring a donation item for Second Helpings, an agency dedicated to fighting hunger and promoting culinary job training in greater Indianapolis.

Ideal donations: pantry spices, pasta or rice.



JANUARY 19 | 10:30 AM

Preparing Your Home for Today’s Market: High Impact Updates That Sell
presented by
Maryellen Hodapp
Sassy Green Interiors


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FEBRUARY 16 | 10:30 AM

Room to Bloom: How to Achieve Form+Function in Children’s Spaces
presented by
Whittney Parkinson
Mawr Design



MARCH 15 | 10:30 AM

2016 Design Outlook: Fabulous Trends from High Point to Home
presented by
Rebekah Perry Clark
Decorating Den Interiors


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APRIL 19 | 10:30 AM

Start with Art and Let it Be Your Design Guide
presented by
Dianne Wright
Coats-Wright Art & Design


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APRIL 23 | 10:00 AM

2016 Kitchen & Bath Trends + Tips to Hire the Right Professional
presented by
Adam Gibson
Adam Gibson Design



MAY 17 | 10:30 AM

Patina vs. Perfection: Natural Stone Tips, Facts and Alternatives
presented by
Lonna Heshelman
Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.

JUNE 21 | 10:30 AM

A Practical Guide to Beautiful Design: Real Life Solutions for the Aesthetic Soul
presented by
Courtney Casteel Schenberg
Courtney Casteel Interior Design

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday shopping season is upon us and each year the IDC shares a gift guide to help you find unique gifts for everyone from your favorite foodie to fashionista.  The gift items below are available from showrooms located at the Indiana Design Center and will help you check off your holiday shopping to-do list. Don’t forget to visit the IDC and shop Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 28!

These infinity scarves are perfect for your girl on-the-go. A hidden zipper pocket allows you to stow your phone, cards and lipgloss securely and fashionably. Available from Holder Mattress.

A beautiful cheese board made from natural stone will delight those who love to entertain. Available from Santarossa.

A beautiful cheese board made from natural stone will delight those who love to entertain. Available from Santarossa.

Wolf offers a suite of countertop appliances that will impress the culinary artists on your list. Available from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Wolf offers a suite of countertop appliances that will impress the culinary artist on your list. Available from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

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Show your appreciation for friends, teachers, hostesses or family Voluspa Makassar Ebony & Peach Candle. Available from H Curated.

Kurtulan jewelry from Aronstam Fine Jewelers.

Kurtulan jewelry from Aronstam Fine Jewelers.

The Sonos Play:5 Wireless Speaker offers Trueplay tuning which delivers sound that's true to the music and right for the room. Available from The Premier Group.

The Sonos Play:5 Wireless Speaker offers Trueplay tuning which delivers sound that’s true to the music and right for the room. Available from The Premier Group.

Cuddle up this winter with a Barefoot Dreams throw blanket. Available from H Curated.

Cuddle up this winter with a Barefoot Dreams throw blanket. Available from H Curated.

Don't forget your furry friends! Faux fur for the pups among other fun holiday gifts for pets available from Holder Mattress.

Don’t forget your furry friends! Faux fur for the pups among other fun holiday gifts for pets available from Holder Mattress.

Holiday decor, ornaments and accessories are in abundance at Holder Mattress this season.

Holiday decor, ornaments and accessories are in abundance at Holder Mattress this season.

Everyone loves the Blu Moon Cafe and a gift card is the perfect gift to treat your loved ones!

Everyone loves the Blu Moon Cafe and a gift card is the perfect gift to treat your loved ones!

Happy Holidays to you from the Indiana Design Center!

Kitchen Design Panel Discussion for Consumers

A Panel Discussion hosted in Partnership with Indiana Design Center

Saturday, September 19 – 10 AM
Click here to Email RSVP or call 317-569-5975

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), Indiana Chapter, and Indiana Design Center have partnered to create a unique and free panel discussion event designed especially for consumers. The Designing the Heart of Your Home panel discussion will feature and be moderated by award-winning NKBA leaders with both custom design and manufacturing experience.

The distinguished panelists will share project photography examples and discuss:

  • How to create beautiful kitchens with optimal functionality
  • How to mix countertop, metal and cabinet finishes
  • How to maximize cabinet storage and workspace
  • How to create a “smart kitchen” using home automation
  • How to blend modern with traditional from door styles to farmhouse sinks
  • How to create cutting-edge lighting


Featured Panelists & Moderator:

Rick Banter, CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer)
Principal, Design by rlb

Adam Gibson, CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer)
Principal, Adam Gibson Design

Mark S. Goldman, AKBD (Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer)
President, Pennville Custom Cabinetry

Elizabeth Habben, CKD
President, Custom Designs by Elizabeth

Moderator: Janice Pattee, CKD, CMG (Color Marketing Group)
President, Janice Pattee Design

Your Kitchen: Designing the Heart of Your Home will take place on Saturday, September 19 at 10 am on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center (200 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN).  Free and Open to the Public. Space is Limited.  To register, call 317-569-5975 or email [email protected].

design by Adam Gibson Design

design by Adam Gibson Design

California Closets Grand Opening in the Arts & Design District

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We are looking forward to the Grand Opening of the California Closets showroom in the Carmel Arts & Design District. The new showroom is located just one block north of the Indiana Design Center at the corner of Main Street and Rangeline Road.

Join California Closets on Thursday, September 10 from 4 pm to 8 pm to enjoy the new showroom and meet its talented designers.

California Closets specializes in crafting custom home storage solutions for all rooms of the home and joins over 100 businesses in the Carmel Arts & Design District (including the IDC which anchors the District!). “We were attracted to this retail location because it’s located within an epicenter of merchants and professionals who cater to a clientele that appreciate great design. We look forward to helping new clients enhance their homes through a truly customized process,” said Charlie Meyer, President, California Closets of Indianapolis.

Click here to Register for the Opening Event!

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