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June Gallery Walk Kick Off Event at the IDC

This past June, the Indiana Design Center welcomed guests to the building to kick off the Carmel Arts & Design District Gallery Walk. Attendees enjoyed galleries, meeting artists, live music presented by The Warehouse, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, plein air painters, and kid friendly activities. Many thanks to Guerin Catholic High School students who organized a paper sculpture art activity for the kids.

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Guerin Catholic students teach the paper sculpture piece.

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Artist Beth Clary Schwier paints plein air style outside of the IDC.

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Plein air painting of the IDC by Katheryn Pourcho.

Galleries, studios and showrooms were open and artist Walter Knabe gave a tour of his studio located on the second floor of the IDC. Most importantly, this was one of the first times the public saw the work of artist, Christine Kim. Kim is a Cut Paper Sculpture and Mixed Media artist and her work will be displayed through July in the IDC Grand Hall. Kim attended the opening to answer questions for the public and helped with the paper lantern activity.

Screenprinting demo's in Walter Knabe Studio.

Screenprinting demo’s in Walter Knabe Studio.

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Gallery Two presented an opening for a multi-artist show “Summer Lyric”.

In case you missed the June Gallery Walk, there’s always July!  Please join us from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on July 11 as the IDC kicks off the Gallery Walks each month through October.  Take advantage of convenient underground and surface parking in the District and stop into the IDC to enjoy art, design, and entertainment.

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Preview the IDC Sample Sale!

With the arrival of spring, showrooms at the Indiana Design Center are making room for new merchandise and floor models through a building-wide Sample Sale. The Sample Sale at the Indiana Design Center runs two days only and will feature designer furniture and home goods with significant markdowns.  Products range from well known designer brands to one-of-a-kind pieces made in Indiana.  All items are sold and purchased through the individual showrooms. Join us Friday, May 15 (10 am-5 pm) and Saturday, May 16 (10 am – 3 pm) for the sale!

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find at the sale…

65% off lighting red tag sale  at Ferguson.

65% off lighting red tag sale at Ferguson.

Major markdowns on floor models at Outre.

Major markdowns on floor models at Outre.

20% off accessories at Holder Mattress Co.

20% off accessories at Holder Mattress Co.

Marble and granite cheese and cutting boards from Santarossa.

Markdowns on marble and granite cheese and cutting boards from Santarossa. These make fabulous hostess gifts!

As low $5 discontinued designer fabric samples, and markdowns on floor models at The Trade Source.

As low $5 discontinued designer fabric samples, and markdowns on floor models at The Trade Source.

Significant markdowns on select showroom merchandise and 20% off accessories.

Significant markdowns on select showroom merchandise (chair, ottoman, side table and prints) and 20% off accessories at Holder Mattress Co.

Significant reductions on discontinued display panels, remnants and more at Drapery Street.

Significant reductions on discontinued display panels, remnants and more at Drapery Street.

Major markdowns on floor models at Outre.

Major markdowns on floor models at Outre.

65% off lighting red tag sale  at Ferguson.

65% off lighting red tag sale at Ferguson.

Herron School of Art Senior Thesis Exhibition at IDC

We are pleased to have partnered with Herron School of Art, IUPUI seniors Abigail Pennycuff and Stephanie Hunter on their senior thesis exhibition through an introduction by their project mentor Sandy Ziebold of Ziebold Imagery. This is a public invitation to visit this art thesis exhibition starting Friday, April 24th and ending with the closing reception.  You are also invited to the closing reception event on May 1st from 7pm-10pm. The Thesis Exhibition will be on display in Carmel, Indiana at the Indiana Design Center (IDC) in Suite 113.  If you’ve never been to the IDC what a wonderful opportunity to take a broader look at discovering Indiana design.  The Herron School of Art artists, fellow students, professors and many other art lovers in the community are excited to give their heartfelt consideration to this exhibition.

For every piece of art the artists sell during the show dates and during the closing reception they are donating a portion of the proceeds to support crisis center services provided to domestic violence victims.  Specifically they are donating to Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc. which serves domestic violence victims not only in Indianapolis but many times victims coming from numerous cities and rural areas throughout our State.

More About The Artists…

Abigail Pennycuff

Abigail Pennycuff is an artist born in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Having a passion for photography since a young age she began to pursue the arts more deeply at Herron School of Art + Design in Indianapolis, Indiana where she is currently completing a BFA in photography and a minor in Art History.  Her work has been shown in The Basile Gallery at IUPUI.

Stephanie Hunter

Stephanie Hunter is an artist in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She was born in a small city in western Louisiana, but spent most of her life in central Indiana.  After playing flute for seven years, she left music to pursue visual art.  She is currently completing a BFA in photography from Herron School of Art + Design with minors in Art History, Book Arts and Business.  Her work has been shown in The Basile Gallery and Cultural Arts Gallery at IUPUI, The Attic Gallery and at IU Bloomington’s Fine Art Library.

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“Peak of Chic” Founder Jennifer Boles Coming to Indianapolis!

bookThe Indianapolis Star recently showcased an exciting design event happening this spring. The article written by Sally Falk Nancrede highlights Jennifer Boles’ upcoming visit to Indianapolis for the Decorators’ Show House & Gardens and the Pink & White Party.  Boles is the founder of the “Peak of Chic” blog and author of  In with the Old.

This year’s Decorators’ Show House & Gardens program is unique as the tour features two Meridian-Kessler homes from two different eras – 1925 and a new build complete in 2015.  In addition to the tour, a great list of special events are scheduled.  The Decorators’ Show House & Gardens is one of Indianpolis’ finest design traditions and the IDC is proud to be an event partner for a 5th year!

Nancrede notes “Just as the two houses represent the combination of old and new in a grand neighborhood, Boles is an expert in mixing heirlooms, classics and modern furnishings”  

Visit for details and to purchase your tickets and visit Bole’s blog to read about her upcoming visit.


Photo from A Chinoserie tablescape is one of many designs on display at Charles Mayer. (Photo: Provided by Charles Mayer & Co.)



2015 Meet the Designers Event

In case you missed it, more than 15 design firms participated in “Meet the Designers” on Feb. 26 at the IDC. The event was geared toward connecting the public with design professionals and making new connections in the design industry. Each firm shares a passion for creating beautiful and functional living spaces that in turn enhance how their clients live.  Check out the event photos and gorgeous vignettes presented by the firms.  Did you know you can browse designer portfolios on the IDC website?  Click here to see a collection of work from designers affiliated with the IDC.


ASID Indiana Chapter members.

ASID Indiana Chapter members.

Dianne with Coats-Wright Art & Design.

Dianne with Coats-Wright Art & Design.

The Affordable Cos.

Carley and Haley with The Affordable Cos.

Details from Design Studio Vriesman.

Details from Design Studio Vriesman.

Courtney with Courtney Casteel Home

Cynthia with Walker Designs LLC.

Cynthia with Walker Designs LLC.

Julie with Julie O'Brien Design Group.

Julie with Julie O’Brien Design Group.

Maryellen with Sassy Green Interiors.

Maryellen with Sassy Green Interiors.

Elissa and Tom with Thomas & Jayne Interior Design

Elissa and Tom with Thomas & Jayne Interior Design


Corporate Fine Art Group.

David with David Jackson & Co.

David with David Jackson & Co.

Rebekah with Decorating Den

Rebekah with Decorating Den

Amy with Amethyst Interiors

Amy with Amethyst Interiors

Patrick with J. Baker Interiors

Patrick with J. Baker Interiors

Caitlin and Deborah with Reese Kitchens

Caitlin and Deborah with Reese Kitchens



“Let Inspiration Take the Lead” – hosted by Dianne Wright, Coats-Wright Art & Design

diannewrightDianne Wright of Coats-Wright Art & Design shared with us her opinions on “letting inspiration be your guide” when designing your personal space.  She offered her personal Purpose of Design which is:  To create an environment where you can “heal” from the day.  If your immediate surroundings are “busy” it does not promote a tone of restfulness and reprieve.  Keeping it simple and “quiet” goes a long way in creating your personal oasis.  Dianne started in the business in 1980 as a curator of fine art and art continues to drives her design philosophy today.  “Let things of great value be the thing in the room that speaks”.  It does not have to be something that costs a lot.  Feature something of great value to you whether its a sculpture, pottery or a fabulous painting.  Keep the background simple.  Just because it’s simple does not mean there is an absence of color and interest.  White is one of Dianne’s trademarks.  By using white as your background, the artwork or object of your choice becomes the focus.  A great way to add interest is by mixing in textures of similar color tones.  This bumps up the interest without over-taking the room.

When contemplating where to start, consider the following:  “Start with the art, then tweak the stuff around it”.  Many times people redo a room and look for the art last.  Trying to find something with the right colors or subject matter after the room is almost finished is often more of a challenge than letting the actual piece guide the overall look.   Starting with the art makes it easy to grow and change with the piece as years go by.  Also, using what you already have by re-covering (for instance re-upholstering a chair, or by painting a gilded frame) is a great way to breathe new life into a room rather than replacing everything.  Never underestimate the power of the re-use!

“Start with the art, then tweak the stuff around it”.

– Dianne Wright, Coats-Wright Art & Design

Similar color tones set against a pure white lend a calming, but interesting arrangement.

Similar color tones set against a pure white lend a calming, but interesting arrangement.

Ultimately, think about how a room makes you feel.  Music, fresh flowers and scents are all a part of the experience and feeling in your room.  Dianne believes that the most important element in a room is people.  Create a space that is comfortable and inviting.  With so much stimuli bombarding us on a daily basis, there is great value in creating a place that’s “quiet”.

Grouping art is a great way to make an impact.

Grouping art is a great way to make an impact.

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Don’t be afraid to group different styles…modern with a rustic farm table and antique chairs.

“How to Go From Good Interiors to Great Interiors” by Julie O’Brien Design Group

Julie O’Brien of Julie O’Brien Design Group presented great tips to keep in mind when redoing your interior at the August 19 Designer On Call Workshop she hosted.  Julie shared that while it’s easy to get excited about current trends, color schemes or a certain “object of desire”, the trick is not to focus on these things.  It sets one up for a challenge and struggle to “make it work”.  According to Julie, there are 3 major differences that elevate GOOD interiors to GREAT ones:

1.)    Don’t miss the details  You’ve heard it so many times, but the magic really is in the details.  It’s easy to miss important elements that are subtle while busy concentrating on the big picture.

2.)    Re-imagining space is difficult to see sometimes, so put it on paper!  Determining a furniture plan or spatial arrangement is like solving a puzzle.  Simply look at the space in black and white: measure items, draw them to scale and visually see how they lay out on paper.  Even the most seasoned designers have to do this!

3.)    Style  Yes, style is a concept hardest to define.  Often, style is best when it’s a little ‘mixed up’ rather than a strong, single recognizable style that exists in every single element of a room.  This is a big mistake.  Be ‘undefinable’ but be stylish in your own way.

Julie O’Brien led a design workshop for guests to attend. Complimentary workshops are offered at the IDC on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am.

Julie also offered great advice regarding color.  She suggests that it is often better to layer variations of the same color instead of matching them.  Let them be ‘off’ a little bit.  When in doubt, look to nature for color inspiration.  This often creates the softest, most natural color scheme.

Lastly, she offered up the following when approaching patterns.  There are 2 ways to go about it:

1.)    Juxtapose patterns next to each other.  This creates visual interest.

2.)    Create power by putting lots of linear lines together.  As a general rule, similarity in lines is key to giving balance in any room.

Thank you to Julie O’Brien for an inspiring workshop and design guidance.  To learn more, please contact Julie O’Brien Design Group at 317-706-0772 and see her work at

Click here to view the Fall Workshop Series schedule.


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Fall Designer On Call Workshop Series Schedule Announced



After a popular spring workshop series, the Indiana Design Center is excited to announce a fall 2014 schedule of workshops.  The public is invited to connect with Design Professionals each month on interior design topics that range from finding design inspiration to setting the perfect holiday tabletop.

The one hour workshops take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am. The fall series will begin August 19.


Turning Good Interiors Into Great Ones
The small differences that distinguish spaces and move them to a higher level.
presented by Julie O’Brien Design Group
August 19 – 10:30 am

Click Here to RSVP Today
Free & Open to the Public – Space is Limited

Letting Inspiration Take the Lead
presented by Dianne Wright of Coats-Wright Art & Design
September 16  10:30 am

Interior Design Therapy 101
presented by Angie Jakad Fischer of Interior Design Therapy
October 21  10:30 am

Setting an Inspired Holiday Table for Family and Friends
presented by David Jackson of David Jackson & Co.
November 18 – 10:30 am

All presentations take place at the Indiana Design Center.
Free parking is available in surface lots and the underground parking garage.

Preview Items: Artichoke Design Backroom Sale 7/24 to 8/9

Artichoke Designs’ Annual Backroom Sale opens Thursday, July 24! The sale runs through August 9, so be sure to stop in and shop this annual event. The sale will feature items from top designer brands such as Vanguard, John Richards, Burton James and more, for up to 50% off their lowest price. Below are some preview items that will be available at the Backroom Sale.

Sale Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday: 10am-3pm, Sunday: Closed

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This high-end chair by Coopers and Rogers retails for $3,255.00 and will be reduced to $895.00

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This is one of nearly 75 lamps that will be available at the Artichoke Designs Backroom Sale.  Retail value is $199.00 and it will be available for $65.00

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A beautiful mirror wall décor piece is an example of the many statement pieces featured at the sale that will make your home standout.

2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again, when the struggle to find the perfect Father’s Day gift for dad continues. We have good news and have done the work to find gift ideas located here at the IDC that your dad is sure to love.


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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones | The audiophiles at The Premier Group attest that “every dad needs a cool set of headphones!” A pure blend of sound technology and design, these P5 headphones are known not only for their comfort, but also their remarkably natural and highly detailed sound. These are available at The Premier Group located in the IDC.

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Wine Bar | This vintage repurposed Indian shipping container made wine bar would be the great gift for a lover of wine. It has multiple racks for storage, as well as drawers, shelves and secret compartments. This wine bar is a “1 of a kind” piece designed by Adam Graef and available at Rogue Decor Co.


KOHLER Moxie Showerhead | Invite your playlist, podcast or live broadcast into the shower. The Moxie showerhead and wireless speaker delivers up to seven hours of music by pairing wirelessly with your device enabled with Bluetooth technology. Plus, the sprayface features 60 angled nozzles that deliver a full, enveloping spray.  Warning: dad may sing in the shower. The KOHLER Moxie Showerhead is available from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

perhc24rb5Perlick Beer Refrigerator | A top of the line refrigerator that is unlike any other beverage cooler. With its exclusive features and its superb technology, this refrigerator is designed to leave your beer refreshingly crisp. The Perlick Beer Refrigerator is available from Reese Kitchens.


Indiana T-Shirts | These incredibly soft t-shirts of Indiana are easy gifts for dad that we know he will love. You can find these shirts and more at Rogue Decor Co.


Alfresco Grill | This 30″ free standing gas grill has a 542 sq. inch cooking surface with a stainless steal main burner and two access drawers. It delivers restaurant quality and is super easy to use. The Alfresco Grill is available from  Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery.


GE Monogram Wine Refrigerator | This GE Monogram Wine Refrigerator has adjustable temperature settings for either red or white wine, along with LED temperature display. With it’s full extension wine racks and reversible door swing, it makes the ultimate wine refrigerator, perfect for your dad on father’s day. You can find this wine refrigerator at Reese Kitchens.

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American Rose on Blue | Beautifully crafted, American Rose on Blue, by Michael Kalish is truly unique. Kalish salvages old truck tailgates and transforms them into exquisite works of art. This can be found at Coats Wright Art and Design.


Happy Father’s Day! 


art & design meet fashion Runway Show Announced by ASID

Unique event featuring art, décor and apparel benefits INHP

artanddesignThe Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will host a runway show titled art & design meet fashion on Saturday, May 17 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Indiana Design Center. This unique event sponsored by Brizo, a fashion brand for kitchen and bath faucets, brings multiple elements of design together including fine art, décor and apparel. Local fashion icon Berny Martin, Founder of Midwest Fashion Week, is the show’s Creative Director, and Joni Michels and Barry Lantz will serve as the celebrity emcees.

This fun evening will combine a festive atmosphere with two runway shows featuring designs from Indianapolis-based Catou by Berny Martin, Athena’s Fashion Boutique by Athena Chaillaux and 7:59 Chic by Tamara Griffin. Original couture chairs created by ASID’s interior designers will also brighten the show’s décor with art provided by Editions LTD Gallery of Fine Art.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit:

art & design meet fashion was created by the local chapter of ASID as their annual community service project. Proceeds for the event will benefit the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, the local nonprofit homeownership resource in Marion County. INHP supports neighborhood and community development initiatives and helps working families to become and remain long-term successful homeowners through its lending services, mortgage and credit advising and homeownership and financial education programs.

2014 Home-A-Rama is Around the Corner

Brookside HomearamaWhile it’s hard to believe, another great Home-A-Rama event is less than 2 months away!  Each year the Builder’s Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) puts on the Home-A-Rama event to showcase the latest building trends and innovations. Centered on 5 newly constructed homes, Home-A-Rama offers the public a chance to tour state-of-the-art builds, and learn more about the companies behind the designs. Companies around the city have been hard at work preparing for the 2014 show, which begins on June 4.

Joe Garcia, the owner of G&G Custom Homes, is excited for the chance to participate in this year’s show.  Joe has also partnered with vendors like The Affordable Companies who will design and construct the new kitchen and also interior designer, Hilari Goris.

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“It’s a great opportunity to show off the work we do to so many people,” Garcia said. “We are able to showcase the latest products, and things that they have not seen yet.”

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Hilari Goris led the interior design vision for the home and her goal was to create a space where a family can live comfortable yet have the ability to entertain in an upscale fashion across age groups. The images below show a few of the wallcovering designs from the house and a key paint color was Sherwin-Williams’ Collonade gray (SW7641).  “The transitional design appeals to all the senses, with a mix of woods, metalics, patterns, textures, and colors,” said Goris who partnered with West Elm Indianapolis to feature affordable furniture and accessories for the home.


The line of cabinetry The Affordable Companies selected for the 2014 Home-A-Rama is a custom line called Circle 5 Pines.  They are handmade Amish cabinets made right here in Indiana.  There are multiple options for customization, if you can dream it, Circle 5 Pines can build it!  Some of the luxurious features are dovetail drawers, soft close hinges and glides, and all wood construction.  Be sure and check out the custom roll out bins on each side of the refrigerator.  The Affordable Companies is excited to be a part of this year’s Home-A-Rama!

Kitchen cabinetry rendering by The Affordable Companies.

Kitchen cabinetry rendering by The Affordable Companies.

The G&G completed home will feature some very creative ideas including a luxurious, upstairs master suite, a main floor rotunda, a covered patio, and a step-up cigar and poker room. The feature Garcia is most eager to show off is the “hidden” playroom, which is connected to two bedrooms via a walk-in closet. If you’re looking for a sneak peek at what the G&G build might look like, Visit Their Website and scroll through the photo gallery to see examples of completed projects.

The Home-A-Rama event will begin with an invitation only preview party on Tuesday, June 3, followed by a three-week exhibition that’s open to the general public. Last year’s event drew over 7,000 visitors from all over the city. And this year, the planning committee is estimating that the number will grow to 11,000. For more information on the 2014 Home-A-Rama show, visit

Guest Blog Post: IIDA Avant Garb Fashion Show

Aarti Patel is a senior Interior Design student at IUPUI who you may see at the IDC Concierge desk on Saturdays.  Aarti is also involved in ASID, Indiana Chapter and Student Design Organization (SDO) at IUPUI.  Please enjoy this guest blog post written by Aarti from her experience at IIDA’s Avant Garb event in February.

The 2014 IIDA Avant Garb fashion show, which took place at The Crane Bay Event Center, turned out to be a huge success! International Interior Design Association (IIDA) strives to create a strong niche for talented Interior Design professionals and leads the way for the next generation of Interior Design innovators. Fashion Through the Ages was this year’s theme for each design. Each group created a one-of-a-kind piece inspired by a specific time period. This non-traditional runway show combined fashion and imagination by challenging participants to create a couture ensemble using unconventional materials – from carpet samples and tiles to wallcoverings. Each design team was paired with an Interior Design vendor sponsor and challenged to create an outfit made out of the sponsor’s product. They were all showstoppers!

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The Mitsch Design & D.L. Couch team!

One of my absolute favorites from the show was the dress that represented Roman Goddess, by Schott Design. Their inspiration came from Minerva, the Roman goddess of war and wisdom. They created an amazing piece that represented a warrior’s armor through the choice of textiles and metallic materials. Another one that stood out was from Enlightened Woman of 2050. This group used materials from sponsors, E.J. Welch and Barb Lustig. This dress was a mix of traditional and modern. Who would have thought that vinyl could look elegant?


Some of these products were quite abstract and required to be turned into a ready-to-wear outfit. Hours upon hours of planning, designing and constructing all paid off! I think it’s safe to say that everyone is looking forward to 2016!  Stop by the Indiana Design Center to see the winning dresses in person while they are on special display in the Grand Hall.

Congratulations to all of the participants and winners of the show:

 Most Innovative – Roman Goddess, Schott Design

Show Stopper – Mid-1800’s Gold Rush, Designtex

A La Mode – 1950’s Christian Dior’s “New Look”, CSO Architects

Student – Middle Ages (1200-1400 AD), The Art Institute of Indianapolis

People’s Choice – The Golden Era of Vegas, Purdue University




2014 Designer On Call Workshop Series

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After a popular fall workshop series, the Indiana Design Center is excited to announce a 2014 schedule of workshops.  The public is invited to connect with Design Professionals each month on interior design topics that range from tackling design dilemmas to designing your dream master suite.

The one hour workshops will take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am and begin on February 18 with “Design Obsessions & Tricks of the Trade” presented by Courtney Schenberg of Courtney Casteel Home. 

Click Here to RSVP Today!

Free & Open to the Public – Space is Limited


Design Obsessions & Tricks of the Trade
presented by Courtney Schenberg of Courtney Casteel Home
February 18 10:30 am

Living Luxuriously: Designing Your Dream Master Suite
presented by James Kuester of Kuster Design
March 18 10:30 am

From Pinterest to Reality
presented by Caryn O’Sullivan of Drapery Street
April 15 10:30 am

Feather Your Nest: Design Ideas for Your Home
presented by Rosalind Brinn Pope of Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design
May 20 – 10:30 am

Ask the Designer, an Open Forum for Your Design Dilemmas
Presented by Barry Lantz of A Lantz Design & Consulting
June 17 – 10:30 am

All presentations will take place at the Indiana Design Center.
Free parking is available in surface lots and the underground parking garage.

Holiday Entertaining with Style | Tips from an Expert Event Planner

Holiday table by David Jackson 1Relax. There’s no need to stress about your entertaining decor for the holidays! At our “Holiday Entertaining with Style” workshop, resident event planner, David Jackson, David Jackson & Co., shared some of his tried and true approaches to preparing for holiday guests. With more than 20 years experience designing highly creative social, corporate and nonprofit events, David is no stranger to styling festive tables. Here are some of our favorite entertaining tips from David.

1) Inspiration: “I read everything and get inspiration from everywhere–party books, design magazines, my clients and even Pinterest. Some of my favorite magazines for ideas are Traditional Home, W and Town and Country.”

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2) Family Treasures: “Use as many items that you already own as you can. I especially like to incorporate things that have been given to me such as china or other family pieces. It’s such a nice way to include and extend the presence of those that have passed.”

3) Place settings: “For a seated dinner, I recommend using place cards. Everyone likes to see their name and people appreciate that personal touch.”

4) Table decor height: “As a general rule of thumb, the maximum height for table arrangements is twelve inches. You want people to be able to see each other!”

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5) Styling: “Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to items you use for styling the table. Do you have a nice throw that matches your desired color scheme? What about your favorite collection? Consider including personal, unique items on the table to showcase your personality.”

6) Hospitality: “I like my guests to feel like I didn’t go to too much trouble. You want your decor and styling to be gracious, but you also don’t want to be fussing about when guests arrive. You almost want them to feel like you forgot they were stopping by! Just remember that above all, you want your guests to feel comfortable.”

About David Jackson and Company

David Jackson

A childhood observing gracious living and hospitality combined with his natural desire to make people feel comfortable were the drivers in creating, David Jackson and Company 23 years ago.

Welcoming, beautiful, delicious, relaxed and fun are just some of the defining adjectives used to describe a David Jackson event. Loyal, particular and fair are words always used to describe the man himself.

David also conjures his particular brand of party magic outside of Indianapolis – Colorado, Florida, Michigan and California are just a few of the places where his art has been practiced. And, because building relationships has been a key to David’s success he has planned parties and weddings for two generations of Indianapolis families.

Since David has both Rental and Event Planning divisions, he is able to easily assemble what is needed with his full-time staff of seven. He can create an event perfectly suited to your unique taste and style.

Fresh Holiday Ideas at “A Home for the Holidays”

Looking for new decor ideas for the holidays? The much anticipated Indianapolis tradition, A Home for the Holidays, will feature vintage holiday design from some of Central Indiana’s most prestigious design professionals. Tickets are $15 per person. Proceeds benefit Coburn Place.

Home for the Holidays 2013

: November 23-26 | November 29-December 1
Show Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. | Sundays Noon-7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 per person | Group rates available
Location: The Christian Theological Seminary’s Hospitality House | 1042 W. 42nd Street
Purchase Tickets at the Door or at:
– Capel Rugs | Castleton
– McNamara Florist | Carmel, Broad Ripple/Glendale and Willow Lake locations
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This year’s show home is the historic Christian Theological Seminary Hospitality House located at 1042 W. 42nd Street. The magnificent English colonial home has ties to the prominent Holliday, O’Neal and Dye families. In 1921, W.J. Holliday, chair of the W.J. Holliday Co., decided to move his family to the suburbs to escape the “noise and soot” of the city. The home was built in 1929 as a wedding present for his daughter Lucy Holliday O’Neal and her husband Perry, parents to legendary Golf Course Architect Alice Dye.


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A Home for the Holidays is a signature event hosted by the Circle City (IN) Chapter of The Links, Inc. and sponsored by the Indiana Design Center and the Christian Theological Seminary. The event began as “Holiday House,” a joint community project of the City of Indianapolis and Circle City Links. It was re-branded in 2007 and continues as an annual, highly anticipated community event. A Home for the Holidays celebrates 15 years of showcasing beautiful central Indiana homes decorated for the holidays by Central Indiana’s top interior designers.

Special Event: An Afternoon with Sheila Bridges | Book Signing and Q & A

The Circle City (IN) Chapter of The Links Inc. is pleased to present nationally acclaimed designer Sheila Bridges as the guest judge for this year’s A Home for the Holidays home. Named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time Magazine, Sheila Bridges founded her own interior design firm in 1994. She has been a regular contributor on NBC’s Today Show, hosted her own network television show, appeared on Oprah and has been profiled in numerous national and international publications.

Designers are invited to come and meet Ms. Bridges at a signing of her latest book, “The Bald Mermaid, A Memoir,” Thursday, November 21, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m at the Christian Theological Seminary Hospitality House. Ms. Bridges will participate in a thirty minute Q & A session beginning promptly at 3:15 p.m. The book will be for sale at the event. Click here for more information.

Nov 14: Reese Kitchens Showroom Opening Event


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Reese Kitchens
Showroom Opening Event
hosted in partnership with KitchenAid and Sophisticated Living

Thursday, November 14, 2013
6-8 p.m. at Reese Kitchens
$25 ticket price donated to Second Helpings

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Enjoy live chef demonstrations presented by Ocean Prime, food stations showcasing culinary delights from Cerulean, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, 10-01 Food & Drink, Hubbard & Cravens, Blu Moon Cafe, Xchocol’Art, The Produce Mom and Second Helpings, signature cocktails by St. Germain, beer and wine.


Enter to win raffle items to help you create your dream kitchen. / Discover more than 35 state-of-the-art kitchen design installations. / Enjoy live entertainment!


All ticket proceeds benefit Second Helpings, an agency dedicated to fighting hunger and promoting culinary job training in Indianapolis.


Putting the Wow in Your Home Décor | Workshop Review

photoThe secret is out. Attending a Designer On Call Workshop is a great way to take a peak inside the mind of one of the Indiana Design Center’s talented design professionals. At the October workshop, “Putting the Wow in Your Home Décor,” more than thirty attendees were treated with some fabulous tips of the design trade.

Comfort is key. Make the rooms in your home more comfortable and inviting. In your dining room, pull the chairs back from the table. Stack some books. Place a tray off-centered. Add a collection of something.

-Barry Lantz, A Lantz Design & Consulting and Barry Lantz Art

Hosted by Barry Lantz, the workshop featured twelve tips to help turn your home from drab to dramatic. Guests benefited from Barry’s seasoned skill and talent gained over many years in the design business. With custom interiors and exteriors throughout the country, his transitional style has been featured in local and national publications.

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Do the math. The geometric elements of a room are important. If you were to look at a room from above, how many different geometric shapes would you see? To create interest, be sure to vary the types of shapes—squares, rectangles, triangles and circles.

-Barry Lantz, A Lantz Design & Consulting and Barry Lantz Art

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Did you miss the workshop but are interested in learning how using an interior designer works? Contact our Concierge to schedule an appointment through our Designer On Call program. You’ll receive a complimentary, 50-minute consultation to discuss a design dilemma, purchase items from any of our showrooms or simply chat with one of our many gifted designers to see if working with an interior designer is right for you. 

Don’t miss the last Designer On Call Workshop of 2013
There’s no need to fret about the holidays. David Jackson is here to help. Register for “Holiday Entertaining with Style,” hosted by David Jackson & Company, November 19, 10:30 a.m. Learn to create gracious tabletops that reflect your own style and creativity from the IDC’s event planning guru. Bring an open mind and thoughts on what tabletop accessories you may have at home. This workshop is free and open to the public. Register today!


Coming Soon to Drapery Street: Isaac Mizrahi’s New Fabric Collection

isaac_mizrahi_435x290As a leader in the fashion world for more than 30 years, Isaac Mizrahi has always approached his designs with an irreverent sense of color, pattern and texture. This same bold viewpoint is behind the essence of Mizrahi’s newly released second collection of designer fabrics with S. Harris.

Available through Drapery Street, the new collection’s glorious celebration of pattern and color is a perfect example of Isaac’s classic-with-a-twist philosophy: grand-scale, vibrant and bursting with vitality. With this collection, Isaac focused on new ideas like textured animal patterns with a mix of matte and shimmer, over-scaled damasks, heathery menswear looks, velvet stripes and subtle, shimmering drapery.


“Isaac’s first collection was so cutting-edge and ahead of its time that those patterns continue to sell every day—six years later.”

David Klaristenfeld, Vice President, S. Harris


With this second collection, Isaac’s philosophy remains the same as with his first: create a new expression of classic design. This time he turned to his own home for inspiration and the desire to surround himself with fabrics that he would love to live with every day.

The fabrics are still in classic “Isaac colors” but this time his colors are moodier–deep, rich and jewel-like with metallic accents.


November 6 Launch Event:

The trade is invited to see S. Harris’ Terri Gildner present the new Isaac Mizrahi Collection at a special launch event hosted by Drapery Street Wednesday, November 6. Be sure to arrive by 11:00 a.m. for refreshments and to register for door prizes, including a free yard of Isaac’s fabric! Click here to RSVP.

Fearless Furniture Exhibit to Open Soon

A daring and diverse new exhibit will open to the public October 5 at the Indiana State Museum. Fearless Furniture, the first juried show of its kind, features work from 21 of Indiana’s best studio furniture makers.

Glen Fuller Star Chair“The show illustrates not only the immensely diverse talent associated with our state, but also the artists’ fearless approaches to making a living from something they love doing.”

– David Buchanan
Decorative Arts and Furniture Curator, Indiana State Museum

As part of the judging criteria, all artists have an Indiana connection: some were born in Indiana, some are Indiana residents, while others trained at one of Indiana’s well-known design programs. Among the many bold and fearless designs are Star Chair (above), a modern red piece made from aluminum and automotive paint and designed by Indianapolis-based furniture maker Glen Fuller. Also featured is a poplar, glass and steel table titled Fluxus (below), inspired by the ebb and flow of the White River by Dustin Headley, Ball State University Assistant Professor.

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The exhibition of thirty pieces, ranging from beautiful to utilitarian, was juried by internationally-renowned furniture designer Wendy Maruyama, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University. Maruyama will present a lecture at the museum on Friday, October 11, 4 p.m. followed by a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition. Both events are free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, RSVP to the museum at 317.232.1637.

Don’t miss this daring display of unparalleled artisanship from some of Indiana’s best studio furniture makers. The exhibit runs from October 5, 2013 through May 27, 2014.

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Fearless Furniture Exhibit
Open to public: October 5
Opening reception and lecture: October 11
650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 | view on map, 317.232.1637


FALL SAMPLE SALE: Sept. 13 & 14

S A M P L E   S A L E

Open to the Public
10+ Showrooms Featuring Endless Choices & Unique Finds at Up to 50% Off

2 Days Only – September 13th & 14th

With the arrival of fall, showrooms at the Indiana Design Center are making room for new merchandise and floor models through a building-wide Sample Sale. The Sample Sale at the Indiana Design Center runs two days only and will feature designer furniture and home goods with significant markdowns. Products range from well-known designer brands to one-of-a-kind pieces made in Indiana. All items are sold and purchased through the individual showrooms.


The Sale Runs:

Friday, September 13th – 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday, September 14th – 10 am to 5 pm

Key Information:

  • Up to 50% Off
  • 10+ participating businesses
  • Items are priced as marked
  • Items sold as is
  • All sales are final
  • Certain restrictions may apply among participating businesses

Fall 13 Sample Sale

The 47th Year of The Penrod Arts Fair

The Indiana Design Center is proud to sponsor the forty-seventh year of The Penrod Arts Fair. As “Indiana’s Nicest Day,” Penrod is one of the nation’s largest single day arts fairs.

Join us on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 on the beautiful grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This year’s fair features over three hundred artists, six stages of entertainment, more than 50 arts-related non-profit organizations, and an extensive children’s area.  Also, don’t forget to visit the Indiana Craft Beer Garden!



DATE: Saturday, September 7, 2013
TIME: 9:00am – 5:00pm
LOCATION: On the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Click here to order your tickets and to learn more about the event.

This year is also the first year to include a Friday evening Preview Party called An Evening with Penrod at the IMA.  Be a part of the inaugural Evening with Penrod at The IMA on Friday, September 6th from 6pm to 9pm for an evening of art, entertainment, food and drink! Todd Snider will be rocking on the main stage while guests get an exclusive sneak-peak of 150 Penrod Arts Fair artists. Please note that an Evening with Penrod is for patrons 21 years and older.



Host Your Next Event at the IDC

Looking for the perfect place to host your next event? The Indiana Design Center offers a variety of unique spaces to host everything from business meetings and seminars to cocktail parties and wedding receptions.

The first two sets of photos are from a wedding inspired shoot done at the IDC by Sara Ackermann, Boldy Chic Events and a team of wedding industry professionals. To see the complete collection of pictures and vendor list, view her blog post.

Recently, a 5oth wedding anniversary was held in the Grand Hall on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center.  The featured piano is from Piano Solutions in Carmel.

CaptureThe Indiana Design center also accommodates speakers and other corporate events in the resource library on the second floor.


For more details on pricing and availability, click here.  Questions?  Email Lindsay Johnson.

NeoCon in Full Swing at The Merchandise Mart

neocon-logo-2011-blueNeoCon kicked off at the The Merchandise Mart in Chicago earlier this week (June 10-12).  As North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, NeoCon provides over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with nearly 100 CEU-accredited seminars, association forums and top-notch keynote speakers. It allows design professionals access to thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate, hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors. With over three days of non-stop resources, energy and ideas specific to the industry, NeoCon is one of the most important industry events of the year.

Keeping in theme with the commercial furnishing buzz happening this week across the nation, below are featured vendors within the contract design industry we are excited to highlight.

KnollTextiles is one of the largest textile suppliers in North America, with products developed for healthcare, hospitality, educational, corporate, and residential interiors. KnollTextiles collaborates with cutting edge designers and artists in an exploration of new materials and constructions to produce a collection that is at once forward-thinking and easy-to-use.

Knoll’s latest pieces come from a new collaboration with SUNO, a designer womenswear label. The collection brings to the interiors market the bold creativity and vision that surrounds the fashion industry. The SUNO Collection consists of upholstery and drapery textiles that have been translated from SUNO’s recent runway collections.


Knoll’s latest collection stems from the inspiration of the fashion industry.


The iconic Saarinen Executive Armless Chair featured in nearly all Florence Knoll-designed interiors, covered in a colorful textile pattern.

D.L. Couch
In 1985, Dennis Couch founded D.L.Couch Wallcovering Source, and developed his love for the ever-changing, highly personal, style-driven business of working with (and for) the nation’s designers. We are proud to say that D.L. Couch is an Indiana based company as it is headquartered in New Castle, IN.  Currently, they distribute wallcovering and fabrics in 23 states in the Midwest, upper Midwest and New England. These include a variety of 54” vinyls, borders, natural textiles, acousticals, olefins, digitally printed designs, privacy curtains, fabrics and specialty wallcoverings, which include ornate handcrafted designs to eco-friendly solutions.

Check out the new ad campaign the company recently launched in Interior Design magazine:

RDS Furniture
RDS builds office furniture solutions for all types of work environments, featuring both new and used office furniture. They have been selling office furniture in Central Indiana for 19 years. They offer high-quality office furniture products, including executive wood desks and storage solutions; modern, collaborative workstations; contemporary cubicle systems; and a wide range of tables, filing, and seating options at affordable prices.

With their System 2 AO2 Clone, adapting to growth is simple. Multiple components can be replaced, resulting in a workstation that is quick to meet your needs and those of your company. Simply add and remove components as needed to create your ideal space.


The System 2 AO2 Clone allows you to adjust your office space to suit your needs.

Working in an office typically involves spending a great deal of time sitting in an office chair —a position that adds stress to the structures in the spine. Therefore, to avoid developing or compounding back problems, RDS recommends an office chair that’s ergonomic and that supports the lower back and promotes good posture.


An executive chair by RDS that combines a sleek look with comfort.

Did you visit NeoCon this year?  If so, tell us your favorite finds and new product introductions in the comments section.