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SPOTLIGHT: Custom Made Community with Eric Reynolds

As the 10-year anniversary of the Indiana Design Center approaches, we wanted to speak with our resident showroom owners and leaders – the tastemakers and forward-thinking innovators in our local design landscape. Eric Reynolds, owner of Outré Furniture, shares his take on working in a family-owned business, and how he values working with small, locally-owned businesses in the IDC community.

Eric Reynolds is a third-generation member of a furniture-making family. His father and grandfather have run a manufacturing business since the early seventies, primarily making furniture for RVs and mobile homes. All of the furniture they make is fabricated in their factory in northern Indiana. When Eric graduated from Butler University he decided to join the family business but went his own direction, opening Outré, a custom furniture builder and designer for both residential and commercial design. One of the IDC’s original tenants, Eric knows that relationships – family and otherwise – are a key component to a successful small business.

Eric Reynolds (right) and his dad, Clif Reynolds, in their family-owned factory in northern Indiana.

Family businesses lend a personal touch, and that is something that Eric and his family don’t take lightly.

He says, “I feel like all of the pieces that we design and manufacture for our clients allow us to become part of their stories and traditions. I take the furniture design and build process very personally and our team works very hard to get it right, the first time. To me it is not just furniture and upholstery, but a part of my family’s legacy that I get to share with others.”

It is also important to Eric that his family business continues to make a product that that is made, not only in the USA, but in Indiana. For him, it is especially gratifying to see a design project go from concept to finished product using businesses that are all locally-based. That is a major benefit to being at the IDC, says Eric.

Commercial installation pictured is one of many custom furniture collaborations between Outré and IDC neighbor, Mitsch Design.

“What I think really sets the IDC apart from other design centers is our concentration of locally-owned businesses and tradespeople. Most of the spaces in the IDC are leased by businesses that work, design, build and install in Indiana. We don’t have a lot of national showrooms here at the IDC, which I think is unique.”

That familiarity and community-minded philosophy is obvious when you come to the Outré showroom. Eric is the owner and he’s the one that you work with directly. “If someone comes to the IDC they are going to likely meet with the owner of the showroom and work with people who live and work in their community. Watching a job come together that so many of the people in the IDC have worked hard to create is really special, and it’s fun to share that experience.”

Outré outdoor furniture, custom designed for maximum style and durability.

Looking forward to 2020, Eric and his team plan to utilize more of their pieces in outdoor applications. “I really love working with outdoor spaces and concepts and introducing our furniture into the design. We worked really hard to develop an outdoor line with all of the right components to withstand the elements, and I believe that we achieved that without compromising the style of our pieces.”

When Eric isn’t teaming up to make furniture creations come to life, you can find him spending time with family and enjoying travel, golfing and cheering on the Butler Bulldogs.

Eric with his wife Emily and two children Hayden and Emerson.

SPOTLIGHT: A Collaborative Design Approach with Randy Sorrell

As the 10-year anniversary of the Indiana Design Center approaches, we wanted to speak with our resident showroom owners and leaders – the tastemakers and forward-thinking innovators in our local design landscape. Randy Sorrell, owner of Surroundings by Natureworks+, shares his take on working in the design industry for over 26 years, and how the IDC community has made a difference in his business.

A Calling for Collaboration + Design

You may know Randy Sorrell. You may have seen him around Carmel, at various community events with his wife, Kim. You may be in the Rotary Club or OneZone with him, or you may have met him while supporting an Actors Theatre of Indiana event. You may even read his design column in the Current in Carmel. He is an essential part of the communities he inhabits – not only in Carmel, but in the Indiana Design Center as well.

Randy has enjoyed a stimulating and creative entrepreneurial career as a design professional for 26 years. His love of helping homeowners update their spaces speaks to his unique ability of creating community and improving lives. Says Randy, “Being a design professional is incredibly uplifting and quite fulfilling. Working directly with homeowners is very rewarding and after many years, I’m still thrilled to call this my livelihood.”

About 3 years ago, Surroundings by Natureworks+ moved into the IDC. He shares, “The positive energy and collaboration here is exhilarating. It’s an honor to have our studio in the IDC rubbing elbows, and brains, with some of the nation’s brightest talent. We often brainstorm over project solutions and materials. We share projects and marketing ideas. We have fun together. On a bad day…I still get to go to work in the IDC.”

Randy conducting Surroundings by Natureworks+ Ribbon Cutting in November 2016 at IDC.

As a designer and entrepreneur, it is fundamental to know what the current trends are and what might be the next sought-after thing – be it materials, styles or techniques. In general, Randy sees technology playing a bigger role in both interiors and exteriors. He has observed that color is still popular in interior applications like appliances and tile, coupled with innovative storage solutions and hidden LED lighting. In exteriors, advanced deck and patio materials are popular, as well as elevated grill stations and privacy and shade solutions that improve and extend outdoor living, even into the cooler months. Being able to create a livable, lovely home for clients is the ultimate goal for most designers.

Surroundings by Natureworks

An outdoor grill station, pergola and patio area created by Randy and his team.

Randy leading one of several outdoor living and kitchen and bath seminars within the IDC workshop series.

He says, “Perhaps the most compelling trend is that we are beginning to appreciate how well-planned, beautiful spaces can positively impact how we live and communicate.”

Designer and IDC tenant, Adam Gibson, enlisted the diverse skills of Surroundings for this comprehensive and modern kitchen renovation. Adam’s sophisticated design called for demolition, rescuing / repurposing the 1930’s glass tile backsplash and precise installation of Ferguson supplied cabinetry and Santarossa quartz counters.

Randy and his wife Kim have 2 grown daughters and one grandchild. They love travel, bucket list concerts and creative pursuits, such as painting and jewelry making. To learn more about Randy and Surrounding by Natureworks+, email [email protected].

Randy with his wife Kim, daughters Sydney and Shelby, and son-in-law Jacob.

Holiday Shopping Guide + Tips to Be Ready

With the holidays upon us, we perused the IDC showrooms to provide a quick preview of the IDC holiday gift guide and ways to have your home ready for guests and holiday entertaining. It’s never too early to get started on your wish list and shopping for others.

Check out the stylish ideas below from within the Indiana Design Center showrooms and join us for special shopping events on Small Business Saturday and Holiday in the District.

Shaken or stirred? Dress your bar cart or gift your friends with fun glassware and accessories from Holder Mattress.

Treat your guests with the gift of good sleep. A top-quality, handmade mattress from Holder Mattress paired with a well-dressed bed from Rusted Window’s bedding collection will upgrade your guest retreat.

Master jewelry designer Marc Aronstam of Aronstam Fine Jewelers curates elegant jewelry and gifts and can help you dream up the ultimate custom piece.

Don’t forget the finishing touches on your home decor. Order custom draperies from Drapery Street by November 15 to have them installed by Christmas. Interior design by Everything Home.

Candles are a great go-to gift. Rusted Window has a variety in stock for everyone from your hostess to teachers.

The Frasier Fir candle from Rusted Window is a holiday favorite with its notes of fresh holiday greenery. There are also scented lotions and hand soaps.

PAIR’d Furnishings is featuring the work of 6 local artists and Coats Wright Art & Design has an eclectic mix of artists from across the world. Art can be a very special gift to last a lifetime.

Looking for more ways to be ready for the holiday season? Check out this blog post with tips from The Baer Minimalist and Drapery Street on how to have a chic and organized holiday season.

SPOTLIGHT: Art & Design with Dianne Wright

As the 10-year anniversary of the Indiana Design Center approaches, we wanted to speak with our resident showroom owners and leaders – the tastemakers and forward-thinking innovators in our local design landscape. Enjoy learning from Dianne Wright about her design philosophy and talent for combining both art and design.

Walking into Coats Wright Art & Design at the Indiana Design Center is an inviting experience.

Dianne Wright

Dianne Wright

Before even crossing the threshold, you can see the huge colorful canvases hung tastefully in the space through the clean glass storefront. Works by Hunt Slonem figure prominently (he was here for an art show and the IDC Luxe event earlier in the year), and his vibrant birds and bunnies are the thing that pulls you in. But as you enter you begin to see that the gallery is not just art, it is an experience. The simple, subdued French antiques and tasteful furnishings are lovely and the soothing music is playing at the just the right volume. Fresh and simple flower arrangements stand tall and bring in a green, leafy natural element. The juxtaposition between the old and the new and the sleek and the organic is charming, inviting you to peruse the artwork or just have a conversation with the designer and gallery director, Dianne Wright.

The Coats Wright gallery and Wright’s design business has been based at the IDC since 2011, a majority of the decade the Design Center has been open. Wright opened the gallery with her business partner and friend of nearly 30 years, Jane Coats Eckert, who also owns a gallery in Kent, CT called Eckert Fine Art. Wright is a valuable part of the life and culture at the IDC. Not only does artwork from the gallery hang all over the building, she also is a vital participant in hosting design seminars, offering her interior design expertise in conjunction with her art curator’s eye. She started in the art world, working with artists and dealers, and hosting shows in her home. Inviting people into her space, the retreat that she designed and created, organically evolved into the design work that now makes up most of her business.

Patrons enjoy the Coats Wright Gallery opening event featuring the work of Hunt Slonem.

Jane Coats Eckert, Hunt Slonem and Dianne Wright gather for a picture after moderating an artist chat with Slonem for LUXE 2019.

Being at the IDC is important to Dianne – the nearness to resources based in the building has been an asset.

“Time is money, and design work becomes much easier when I can run upstairs to look at fabric or go down the hall to bounce an idea off another designer, or even to get lunch. Being at the IDC has made a world of difference to my business,” says Wright.

She has learned that running a design business means that she needs to be available at unconventional times, but working with people that trust her skill and aesthetic makes it easy to form great working relationships with her clients. Making service a priority is easier when client and designer work well together. Wright would recommend that taking time out for yourself is important, however. “You need to make time to recharge, to find personal inspiration, which in turn, reinvigorates your work,” says Wright. When Dianne takes time out to reinvigorate, she is often with the people that matter most: her family. Dianne and her husband Tim have three daughters and 10 grandchildren, and they all have sustained an appreciation of the arts and an eye for beauty since before they can remember.

Being in the same space with so many other designers has also helped Wright in ways she never thought possible.

“Having other creative minds so close and available has helped me grow so much as a designer. It is invaluable to have so many points of view in such close proximity. It is a huge benefit of being at the IDC,” says Wright.

Dianne Wright and kitchen designer Rob Klein, whose firm is also at the IDC, collaborate on a client project.

Wright believes that in creating a personal haven, where you can recharge and feel at peace, can be done simply by considering a few things.

  1. Start with art: She believes in starting with artwork, or something beloved, and building around that valuable piece, be it an incredible painting, piece of sculpture or even rustic pottery. Color and texture can go a long way in dictating the feel of your space.
  2. How does the room make you feel?: Thinking about this is something that also helps guide the decision-making process. Textures, sounds, smells, light – considering all of the senses is essential to creating a relaxing and peaceful home.
  3. Live with what you love: Artwork, family heirlooms, décor that speaks to your true style – are all things that will make you happy when used and displayed in your home, not following trends dictated by someone else.

Contemplate these things when creating a space, but then keep the background quiet and neutral and layer in texture and color with furniture, textiles, lighting and natural elements. To learn more, visit the gallery in suite 122 of the Indiana Design Center or contact Dianne Wright at [email protected].

French antiques from Beauchamp Antiques playfully paired with original artwork by Hunt Slonem.

Outdoor Living: Beyond the Back Door

The showrooms and professionals at the Indiana Design Center are abuzz with outdoor living projects as residents enjoy entertaining, relaxing and everything in between in their outdoor spaces. Professionals like Randy Sorrell, owner of Surroundings by Natureworks+, make it their business to be in the know on the latest outdoor living products, design movements and techniques to create incredible outdoor living spaces.

“We’ve listened closely to our clients over the years and have learned that most have similar goals for their outdoor living spaces, which are shade, privacy, style and low-maintenance living,” says Sorrell.

While the execution of each project is different, Sorrell taps into his network within the IDC showrooms to bring each design vision to life.

Trex Transcend deck in spiced rum and vintage lantern decking with gazebo and Trex outdoor lighting.


Advancements in the textiles industry have propelled the design capabilities of outdoor furniture and fabrics. Outdoor fabrics must be resistant to sun fading, water damage and mildew growth, as well as durable and easy to clean. Fashion houses like Trina Turk have created outdoor fabric collections with luxury textile companies like Schumacher to bring high-design to the outdoors. “Fashion wasn’t always a top priority in design selections, because options were limited, but it’s now at the forefront of our clients’ minds. We can also offer furniture options that are as comfortable and stylish as indoor options like the line manufactured by Outré located here at the IDC,” says Sorrell. The Drapery Street and The Trade Resource showrooms at the IDC always have the latest outdoor textile offerings.

Brown Jordan fire pit available through Godby Hearth & Home at the IDC.


Home automation extends outside the home as Sorrell’s clients seek to seamlessly control outdoor living features like sound systems, weather-resistant TVs, screen shades and gas fireplaces. Each component is part of the ambiance and can be controlled remotely. The Premier Group showroom features how integrated technology can ease your ability to change a living space from tranquil to entertainment-mode with the tap of a button on a smart device.

“We also recommend combining the earth’s elements in the design of a space by including a water or fire feature. Our friends at Godby Hearth & Home help us to determine the right offering for each client’s set-up,” says Sorrell.

Outdoor dining and lounge space designed by Everything Home with the use of a motorized sun and bug shade system from Drapery Street at the IDC.


Sorrell wants to ensure that his clients spend more time enjoying their outdoor living spaces than tending to them. Material selections, landscaping choices and design features help to achieve a low-maintenance space. Caryn O’Sullivan, owner of Drapery Street, promotes outdoor sun shades and bug screens that are highly functional design options and says, “The benefits of bug screens are great, as they prevent the build-up of dust and pollen on furniture, block pesky bugs and shield against rain and wind.”

Companies like Trex offer composite decking which is very easy to care for and does not require the upkeep of a timber deck like seasonal staining, painting and sealing. A composite deck will also never rot, warp or splinter.

“While the investment of a line like Trex is greater than that of using raw materials, I’ve never had a client regret going that route. The color options are stunning and keep their depth,” says Sorrell.


To create shade and privacy outdoors, Sorrell recommends using a combination of solutions that work together. “We always employ a multi-prong approach to this goal and it’s often a mix of cantilever umbrellas with structural features like a pergola with climbing greenery and, of course, trees and shrubbery at appropriate heights and widths,” says Sorrell.

Through Sorrell’s expertise, it is clear that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to creating a stylish and functional outdoor living space. With ever-changing technology and product offerings, there is great potential for spaces of all sizes when paired with the right design vision and completion plan. The professionals at Surroundings by Natureworks+ recommend approaching this type of project with a “master plan” that can be achieved in one season or over the course of a few years.


To learn more, contact Randy Sorrell to set up an appointment to discuss your outdoor living space: 317-575-0482 | [email protected] |

Custom Furniture from Sketch to Completion

Murrin Woodworking Studio is an artisan woodworking studio located on the south side of Indianapolis, specializing in creating unique pieces of furniture, architectural installations and built-in cabinetry. Not all furniture can be bought or ordered from a store – some pieces require a truly dedicated artist to visualize and fabricate a custom piece.

In this blog post, Pat Murrin, owner of Murrin Woodworking, shows the process of creating a custom piece of furniture to show what goes into it, from sketch to completion. This piece was an 8’ diameter round table commissioned for the Indiana Pacers Player’s Lounge in the new practice facility that took nearly 300 hours to complete. You can see more furniture pieces custom made by Murrin Woodworking Studio at their portfolio page here.

Conceptual sketch of table.

Marquetry pieces illustrating the Pacers’ logo to go into the top of the table.

Finished product, ready to be delivered to the Pacers Player’s Lounge.

You can view the entire custom process through the step-by-step gallery below.




The Luxury of Good Sleep with a Holder Mattress


Lauren Taylor

Sleep is important. We need it to rest, to recharge and heal ourselves each night. Quality sleep has become a luxury of sorts, made much easier if the bed you are sleeping in is the right one for you. The Holder Mattress Company, located in suite 119 at the Indiana Design Center, has made it their business to make the best, most comfortable bed for their customers for over 70 years. Pride in construction, attention to detail and excellent customer service are the key factors that make Holder Mattress the place to get the finest mattress set, customized to your specifications.


Skilled Craftsmanship & Quality Materials

All Holder mattresses are made by hand by skilled craftsmen in its Kokomo, Indiana factory. A rarity in the industry, all of the raw materials (foam, thread, springs, etc.) used to make a Holder mattress are made in the USA. Because of this careful sourcing, Holder can control the materials and quality of its mattresses, ensuring the safest and healthiest product.

“Natural materials like wool have benefits of being temperature-neutral while upholding industry standards of flame retardancy which are all too often met by using harsh chemicals,” says third-generation president and owner of Holder Mattress, Lauren Taylor.

holder mattress

Careful attention to detail, fine craftsmanship and responsible sourcing of products ensure a quality mattress.

Tailored to You

Each customer that comes in to Holder Mattress works closely with a sales associate to determine what they are looking for and what fits best with their lifestyle. This practical information is the most important part of selecting the right mattress. Key considerations include: Will this bed be in a master bedroom or a guest bedroom? Does the person most often sleeping in this bed have any allergies or medical conditions? How long do you plan to have this mattress? Once the customer’s needs have been determined, the two-sided mattress is made to order, tailored to their way of life, and built to last.

Custom mattress shown with headboard, nightstand and accessories, tailored to your specifications, all available at Holder Mattress Co.


Tips for Restful Sleep

Beyond the perfect bed, there’s much you can do to achieve good sleep through your daily habits and sleep environment.

“Establish a bedtime routine that you look forward to and that promotes healthy sleep. Your pre-sleep mindset and what you eat or drink before bed can really affect your rest,” says Taylor.

Also, minimizing exposure to light with room darkening shades and avoiding exposure to blue light often emitted by cell phones or cable units (blue light signals “daytime” to your brain) is helpful.

Layered pillows in a variety of fabrics add luxurious comfort.


Consistent, restful sleep is an indulgence that is easy to have if you look in the right place. “I want every customer to be a customer for life,” says Taylor.

The New Way to Work

Mitsch Design, located in suite 226 of the IDC, has been in the business of revolutionizing office spaces for 29 years. Their showroom features everything from ergonomic seating options to fun, colorful occasional pieces. Their fully integrated design and furniture procurement process results in creating inspiring spaces you want to work in.

As open concept offices gain popularity, creating effective meeting spaces presents a challenge. Furniture based modular meeting spaces are versatile, portable, and a fraction of the cost of building a conference room. These modern pieces can create a semi-private meeting space anywhere without building a wall. What’s more, it’s an investment you can take with you.

Co-Op Stations are semi-private meeting enclaves that can be positioned anywhere and do not require elaborate construction. These canopy-style structures create a custom, built-in feel with minimal effort and footprint.

Visors create opportunities for seclusion in open areas, which means that a meeting can take place virtually anywhere.

These pieces are available in many different upholstery colorways, giving businesses the opportunity to align their furniture to their specific style and brand.

Challenges in your office space? Mitsch can help. Contact Alex Cain: [email protected].

Santarossa welcomes Eric Santarossa as showroom manager

Erica Santarossa, showroom manager

Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. is pleased to introduce Eric Santarossa as the new showroom manager for its Indiana Design Center location. Eric is a 4th generation leader in the company and a great-grandson of Domenic M. Santarossa who founded Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. in 1924. Prior to the showroom manager role, his experience over the last 14 years includes installation, estimating and project management. A Carmel-native and Indiana University graduate, he brings with him an abundance of industry knowledge–a real estate license, steeped family heritage and the well-honed 94-year-old family art of applying a personal touch to every residential and commercial project.

“I’m grateful to work in an industry that I love and carry on a family tradition with those I admire most,” says Santarossa.

Standing inside of the showroom, one finds a wonderment of impossible beauty. Marble, onyx, tile, terrazzo, ceramics, decorative tile, limestone and slate are just a few of the items which dazzle the eye. Showroom associates are available on site to help and introduce you to an offering of 4,000 slabs of natural material, thousands of tile selections and a plethora of design ideas. The company takes its clients through the product selection process all the way through to quality installation.

The Santarossa showroom is open Monday through Saturday at the Indiana Design Center in suite 117 on the first floor.

Santarossa Mosaic & Tile showroom in suite 117 of the Indiana Design Center.

Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.

Custom natural stone sinks in the Santarossa showroom.

Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.

Custom limestone tub in the Santarossa showroom.

3 Benefits to Automating Your Motorized Shades

The IDC welcomes Jamie Sangar, director of business development for The Premier Group, to the blog for a guest post about automating motorized shades.

Jamie Sangar, The Premier Group

Motorized shades are often thought of as a luxury item. However, when compared to traditional window treatments, there are quite a number of compelling reasons why you should consider them for your home. They are offered in endless colors, patterns, and fabrics for both decorative and blackout shades. They can also be installed in a number of different ways depending on the end look that you are trying to achieve. Motorized shades can be hardwired for new construction, or retrofitted wirelessly into your existing home.

The icing on the cake is that they can be automated to match your lifestyle and the time of day, whether you’re home or away.

Beyond style and convenience, here are three key benefits to installing motorized shades.

1. Security

We all want our homes to be a place of feeling safe and secure. Motorized shades provide an element of privacy, whether it’s for a bedroom, bathroom, or common area. Automating your shades to operate around your morning and evening routines adds ease and comfort to your everyday lifestyle. Using an astronomical clock, shades can be programmed to raise at sunrise and to lower after dusk—or be programmed to your specific lifestyle and routine. Lowering all the shades from a single button press when leaving the house for an evening out, or for an extended family vacation, helps protect your privacy.

2. Sun Damage

Your home is your most valuable investment, so protecting the finishes should be of utmost importance. Over time, sun exposure is known to discolor hardwood flooring, fade fabrics, and even distress furniture, however, automated shades can help protect your investment. You can either manually choose the time to press a button and lower the shades, or create a standard automated scene to lower the shades during the daytime while you’re at work. An ambient light sensor can trigger to raise or lower shades automatically depending on the time of day and the amount of light in the room. Motorized shades keep your finishes looking pristine and in their original condition, while automating them keeps you from having to remember on your own.

3. Sun Glare

We use an astronomical clock for programming scenes to happen at specific times in the day, meaning your smart home knows the sun’s location based on your geographic coordinates. If sun glare on your television is an issue at a specific time of the day, your automated shades can lower and raise accordingly to reduce glare. In addition, reducing glare helps keep the sun from heating up the house on a bright or warm day, while shades can also provide an additional layer of insulation from the cold emanating from the windows on a chilly night.

For additional information on technology integration for your home, visit for ideas and inspiration. You may also set up a private consultation in our showroom at the Indiana Design Center to experience some of these brilliant scenes for yourself.

Motorized shades provide privacy in a bathroom when desired. Project team: Gary Nance Design, Brandy Ketterer Design Co., Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. and The Premier Group.

Fully raised shades allow for natural light and full enjoyment of a window’s view. Project team: Gary Nance Design, Brandy Ketterer Design Co., Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. and The Premier Group.

Spring Renewal Ideas for Your Home

With the winter doldrums behind us, spring is the perfect time to brighten and breathe new life into your home. Whether you want to make a design statement or renew an underutilized space, showrooms and designers at the Indiana Design Center (IDC) can help you to refresh your home with style and design functionality.

Outdoor Oasis

Creating an outdoor living space to enjoy in the spring, summer and fall months can be a wonderful investment and spending time outdoors is a great way to unwind from the day. As technologies have developed, the amenities that we enjoy inside our home can be extended to your “outdoor room”. For the perfect lounge area, Indiana furniture manufacturer, Outré, developed an outdoor furniture line as comfortable and stylish as indoor furniture.

If you love to entertain, outdoor kitchens outfitted with grills, sinks, stovetops, warming drawers, prep space, cabinetry and refrigeration allow you to gather with guests while cooking your entire meal outdoors.

High-tech grills allow the grill master to perform multiple cooking tasks at once. Hestan grill from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting, suite 101.

Outdoor furniture designed and manufactured by Outre, suite 215, has the look and comfort of indoor seating.

 Let it Shine

Replacing a light fixture in a room is one of the most simple and effective ways to dramatically set a new tone for a space. Design trends are showing a mix of traditional and modern design elements and a modern light fixture over a dining room table or a series of pendant lights above an island can transform the feel of a room. The Ferguson showroom features hundreds of lighting options on the showroom floor. From clean lines to a dramatic scale, or matte black to rose gold finishes, the design possibilities are endless.

Endless lighting options and styles from the Ferguson showroom.

Finishing Touches

If you’re craving an update but not ready for an overhaul, consider switching out your accessories and trying bold patterns on less permanent items like throw pillows. The Drapery Street showroom reports that vibrant tropical prints are trending and there’s no better time to embrace them than spring and summer.

Give your space a tropical vibe with fabric and trimming designs from Drapery Street, suite 109.

Ready to spring into design action? Visit the Indiana Design Center Monday through Saturday, or call the concierge at 317-569-5975 to set up your personal tour. The IDC is open to the public and located at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel.

This article was originally written by the IDC for Active Life Magazine.

DOC Wrap-Up: Simplify Your Life with a Smarter Home

Jason Barth, president and CEO of The Premier Group, kicked off the IDC Fall DOC Workshop Series with an informative presentation on how to improve your quality of life with a smarter home. Smart Home Technology streamlines and simplifies all the technology in your home, offering the ultimate lifestyle of comfort and convenience. With platforms like Control4, the simple act of touching a screen leads to turning on lights, playing music, arming security systems, securing locks, operating blinds, enabling cameras and more.

Control4 simple touch screen panel.

Amazon’s Alexa is one of the powering technologies behind the accessibility of home automation. The easily obtainable and affordable Dot and Echo devices can sync and control household actions like never before. Even if you’re not a tech guru, this easy-to-use technology is reliable and can make day-to-day life more enjoyable.

Jason Barth, owner and CEO of The Premier Group, demonstrates the Alexa home automation system.

GAFA, an acronym for “Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple”, is commonly referred to by newspapers, blogs, and TV personalities. The GAFA tech giants are among the most powerful companies in the world and dominate almost every facet of our lives. Amazon’s already-established, cloud-based software and voice recognition technology allows us to fully integrate our home automation account and connect to our Amazon account using the Alexa device. Despite Alexa’s popularity and mass appeal, the platform is not perfect…yet.

Pro Tip: Barth shared that the Alexa platform is password protected and more secure than using an unprotected wifi-based automation like Nest or Ring.

Improving Alexa’s ability to interpret voice commands is the key to making it work flawlessly. For example, a voice command must be said verbatim of how it was originally entered into the Alexa tool (i.e., if the scripted voice command is “Alexa, dim lights to 50%”, then “Alexa, lights down 50%” will not trigger the action). Recent advances will allow for artificial intelligence to play a role so that key words can be assimilated for the desired result without having to recite the exact scripted command.

When using home presets, Barth recommends creating “scenes” like morning, evening, bedtime, and entertaining. A morning scene would consist of: opening the blinds, turning on the lights, turning off the security system and unlocking the doors. The entertaining scene might look like: dimming kitchen and family room lights, turning on music and turning off the TV. 

If you are looking to up the intelligence of your home, contact The Premier Group located in the Indiana Design Center, Suite 118.





Premier Home Electronics
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 118
Carmel, IN 46032
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10 am – 6 pm  |  Sat. 10 am – 4 pm

317.580.1032 P
317.580.1033 F
[email protected]


“Mod Abode” Style Blogger Jamie Sangar Explores the Ferguson Showroom

Modern style maven, Jamie Sangar, is the creator of Mod Abode, an online design haven curated by Jamie’s discerning eye for design. In this blog series, Jamie visits the IDC showrooms to photograph and tell us what inspires her and why.

“Daydream Meets Reality at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery”

Jamie Sangar

Some women get lost in a daydream in their favorite shoe store. I, on the other hand, felt like I was walking in the clouds when I stepped into the two-story Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom at the Indiana Design Center. It’s filled with the prettiest and shiniest bath and kitchen hardware, the coolest and funkiest pendant lighting, and top-of-the-line kitchen appliances. I’m honored that the Indiana Design Center has invited me to frequent their building and photograph anything that catches my eye. What I quickly realized, was that I’m going to need a lot more time there. Everywhere I turned, I found myself picking up my jaw. I am already looking forward to my next visit! Take a look at a handful of my favorite products at the Ferguson showroom.

1. Appliances

As you can imagine, this was the first thing that caught my eye. The glossy red lacquer refrigerator freezer by Thermador was a definite show-stopper.

Red lacquer Thermador refrigerator

Red lacquer Thermador refrigerator at Ferugson, suite 101 at IDC.

Thermador refrigerator

Modern profile of the Thermador refrigerator at Ferugson, suite 101 at IDC.

I also love this display of Wolf ovens.

Wolf ovens and appliances

Wolf oven and appliance display at Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

Wolf appliances at Ferguson

Wolf appliances at Ferguson, suite 101 at the IDC.

Not only are their products top-notch, but they offer a sleek and minimal design, and their customer service is unbeatable. Can you believe this Wolf built-in coffee system?  

Wolf built-in espresso machine

Wolf built-in esperesso machine at Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

It can brew two roasts at a time, it can handle whole bean or ground coffee, you can control the strength from extra-mild to extra-strong, and its durable and intuitive design makes for manageable cleaning.

2. Lighting

“Less is more” is almost always my motto when it comes to design. Especially when referring to lighting. I love a big, bold statement pendant, and here are just a few that I happen to love.

Black and gold pendant lighting

Black and gold pendant lighting from Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

3-D geometric pattern pendant lighting from Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

3-D geometric pattern pendant lighting from Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

Modern statement lighting from Ferguson

Modern statement lighting from Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

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Bold and modern lighting from Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

3. Faucets & Showerheads

I have a strong appreciation for clean lines when it comes to bath and kitchen fixtures. A few of the brands that I gravitate towards are Delta, Brizo and Dornbracht because, well, just look at their beautiful products below!

Delta faucets at Ferguson

Delta faucets at Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

Brizo "gilded" showerhead at Ferguson

Brizo “gilded” showerhead at Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

Modern faucets at Ferguson

Modern faucets at Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

Dornbracht kitchen faucets at Ferguson

Dornbracht kitchen faucets at Ferguson, suite 101 at IDC.

If you have not visited the Ferguson showroom recently, I highly recommend you plan a little field trip. Your eyes will appreciate it, and you’ll leave inspired. This place is oozing with style!

About Mod Abode by Jamie Sangar:

Mod Abode
was started out of a passion for three things; photography, architecture and design. A photographer by trade, I figured, what the heck–why 
not combine all of my passions into one. Thus, Mod Abode was born! For as long as I can remember, I have loved design. I’ve always been particularly drawn to modern design. It has always been a favorite pastime to pick up the latest issue of Dwell Magazine and gawk over the stunning modern architecture and clean, minimalist interiors. And every store catalog I receive in the mail containing simple yet bold interior accessories, has a rather long shelf life in my home, because I love to study the featured rooms photographed so beautifully inside the issue. Since starting my photography business in 2006, I’ve had many opportunities to photograph our travels, our home, and lots and lots of happy moments in peoples’ lives. After being a general contractor on the build of our own modern home here in Indianapolis, Indiana, I gained an even stronger appreciation of modern craftsmanship and functional homes built with form in mind. So here you have it, Mod Abode is a broad range of things that interest me, related to modern homes, for modern enthusiasts. 

WORKSHOP RECAP: 5 Countertop Options to Know


Lonna Heshelman, Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.

Looking for the right natural stone countertop choice for your home remodeling or building project? With so many choices available, the best advice is to start with an introspective approach. Kicking off this year’s spring Designer On Call workshop series, ‘Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. showroom manager, Lonna Heshelman, offered valuable tips on choosing a natural stone product that fits with your lifestyle and your personality. Yes, your personality is a great indicator of how you will tolerate living with certain natural stone surfaces in terms of their look and performance on a daily basis. There are also many alternatives to natural stone that offer pros and cons for your consideration.

“Are you a perfectionist who enjoys uniformity with little room for error? If you answered ‘yes’, then you are a perfect candidate for granite, terrazzo and quartzite. And marble it probably not for you,” said Heshelman.


Currently the most popular natural stone in the industry, granite is one of the hardest and most durable stones. It is available in a wide range of colors and can be honed, polished or given a leather finish. As a bonus, this versatile stone has little maintenance associated with it. Granite sealers have great longevity and last 20 to 25 years.

Granite countertops

Granite countertops by Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.


Terrazzo is a man-made material consisting of an aggregate and a base material to bind it together. Aggregates can range from marble chips, glass, recycled materials or mother-of-pearl. Once the aggregates are chosen, they are combined with an epoxy base. This results in an extremely durable, sustainable and completely customizable material. Terrazzo can be formed and used in flooring, countertops, sinks, showers, bathtubs and more.

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Terrazzo is a completely customizable surface and among the most durable options, which is why you often see it in flooring and commercial applications.


Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock originating from sandstone. Newer to the market (within the past 4 years), quartzite is very dense and has a marble-like appearance. It is a high performer in kitchen applications because of its durability, heat, scratch and stain resistance. Quartzite has natural veining making it an ideal candidate for those who love the look of marble, but demand higher performance. {Of note: quartzite is not the same as quartz. Quartz is actually a synthetic material that combines stone chips, resins and pigments and quartzite is a natual stone.}

Quartzite countertop with waterfall edge by Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.


A softer stone, marble is naturally prone to staining, etching and scratching. A great choice if you enjoy a patina. Marble has a classic appeal and can be honed (dull) or polished according to your preference.

“If you are not ‘Type A’, and can appreciate the look of a natural patina achieved over time, then you are a great match for marble or soapstone. These surfaces have defining characteristics for those who appreciate a timeless look”.

White marble countertop and backsplash by Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.


Soapstone has a timeless look and tends to be darker in color, smooth and soft to the touch. Remember those chemistry lab tables in high school? That was soapstone and it has re-emerged as a beautiful option. Soapstone is acid-resistant and develops a natural patina over time. It can also be oiled for added protection – but it will scratch. Oiling the stone will darken the overall appearance. Soapstone blends nicely with other natural materials making it a great choice for those who want variety in their design.

Classic soapstone with white veining by Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.

Tip: Mix Your Materials

Lonna also shared the very latest ‘on trend’ looks in the workshop. Designers are mixing and playing with multiple textures (honed with polished surfaces, for example). Also gaining popularity are bolder colors or pops of color. Green has emerged as the color of the moment and we’re seeing more color start to win out over the ever-popular grays and whites that have dominated design projects for the past few years.

Stones and surfaces can be mixed in a space to create a beautiful and unique look. This kitchen by Santarossa shows quartzite on the island and granite on the perimeter counter and wall.

To learn more, stop into the Santarossa showroom on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center (suite 117) Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. To schedule an appointment, call 317-580-1924.


Highlights from the 2017 Lighting Market

Dallas Market Center is renowned as the International Home of Lighting, and buyers from the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom at the Indiana Design Center recently returned from its January lighting trade show. Shortly after this annual trip, new shipments of breathtaking and innovative lighting designs arrive on the showroom floor.

Debbie Harrison, lighting specialist at the Carmel Ferguson showroom, eagerly awaits the arrivals and the opportunity to match her clients with the savvy new options available through rapidly-changing technologies.

“Walking the lighting showrooms at market is like no other experience—it’s difficult to convey the beauty of lights we see, whether they are clean and sculptural or bold and extravagant. Fortunately, we have been able to double our lighting display space with a recent showroom renovation, so clients can see many of the new products when they visit,” said Harrison.

Glyph pendant by Swarovski available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

The latest line to be offered in the showroom is by Swarovski, whose designs merge expertly-cut crystal with state-of-the-art lighting technology. The Crystal Empire chandelier (below) is an excellent example of this, as it features the classic appeal of crystal combined with luxurious leather. The remarkable quality of Swarovski crystal is evident when illuminated.

Harrison noted that LED technology has completely changed the design capabilities of manufacturers. “Integrated LED lighting removes the need for traditional bulbs and lends itself to elegant and fluid designs,” said Harrison.

Crystal Empire chandelier and Selene pendant by Swarovski available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.


Dionia wall sconce by Swarovski available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

The continued use of soft and warm gold tones, along with an increase in black, contemporary finishes were prevalent at the show. Clear glass, reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s, was also popular, with the addition of hand-blown glass and organic shapes.

Whether you want a glamorous or sleek and modern look, Harrison stresses the importance of utilizing professional guidance early in your planning.

“Lighting design is a nuanced process and we help our clients enjoy the fun elements while we handle the technicalities,” said Harrison.

To schedule an appointment with a Ferguson lighting specialist call 317-705-0794.

Choosing a Contractor is a Logical Process by Adam Gibson

Why Bidding Doesn’t Always Work for Residential Remodeling
Guest blog post by Adam Gibson, principal of Adam Gibson Design

Daunting as it may seem, if you’re planning to remodel you’ll be choosing a contractor to manage a process that leaves most homeowners overwhelmed and frustrated, but ultimately delighted. Having been in the unholy threesome as a general contractor (former owner of a high-end design/build firm), a homeowner who has lived through several remodels and new home construction as a helpless customer, and a current designer, I strongly urge my clients to do something unconventional: select your contractor before or during design.

In residential remodeling, the conventional process is as follows: A client contacts a designer, names a budget and communicates a wish list. The designer offers scenarios and draws plans outlining the client’s needs. The plans, including construction details, are given to several contractors to bid. But bidding minimizes the distinctions between companies.

Of course your budget is a major factor – everyone wants the most bang for their buck. Here’s where a problem arises. Distinctions between companies are reflected in behaviors other than money. No two contractors detail everything alike. Regardless of the minutiae imposed by designers, there are many methods to complete a project’s tasks. It’s not reasonable only to compare prices, because it is impossible to know the same job is being performed. In essence, the client isn’t really able to comparison shop as it’s never “apples to apples.”

As if that weren’t enough, when the bids arrive it turns out that the project will cost more than budgeted, and the designer must be paid to redesign the project.

Skip this paragraph if technical stuff bores you. Here’s an example of how contractors interpret a detail not spelled out by a designer: when applying interior trim to a window, the “apron” below the bottom of the window stool (a piece of trim) may be cut in several ways. The edges may have a straight vertical cut, or they may have a slightly angled cut, which looks a little less clunky. Or perhaps a 90 degree chip is cut from its ends and a tiny insertion, called a return, creates a fine profile at its ends. Each contractor may choose a different level of detail. Every trade involved encounters numerous choices. Multiply by infinity.

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Kitchen Design by Adam Gibson, Adam Gibson Design

A Better Way

Sure, if you like a design firm, have them create a conceptual design. But before you spend on its completion, choose your contractor.

Here’s the part about saving money. Your contractor will work with the designer to stay within the budget. This is where best-intentioned designers often fall short. The contractor, based on practical experience, has a better idea of costs. Most designers are more than willing to consult with the contractor who will be doing the project because they are assured that what they design will be built.

Additionally, working with the contractor often makes designers look better because they are assured that their vision is affordable. Designing something too expensive only shows clients what they wish they could have – after paying for the design but not the construction. When the designer and contractor work together, the vision can be realized.

choosing a contractor, adam gibsonKitchen Design by Adam Gibson, Adam Gibson Design

Choosing a Contractor

Ask around. Many of your acquaintances have recently remodeled. Angie’s List is good, but speaking with a human is best. Yes, it’s time consuming. But the time you spend up front may save thousands, and priceless time and frustration, later.

Needless to say, you must interview several references. And after you’ve connected with contractor candidate(s) – there’s nothing wrong with checking out only one company if it comes highly recommended – make appointments to visit completed projects. Unless they’ve been naughty, they should have a stable of clients eager to show off their handiwork. Match your needs concerning level of detail with the contractor’s record. Perhaps your project doesn’t need those aforementioned window skirts, or the bathroom need not be insulated for sound or include a quiet and strong exhaust fan (note: always do this!). Visiting the sites will help determine whether you’d be overspending by hiring a particularly detail-oriented company as opposed to one more utilitarian.

After interviews and site visits, you’re ready to choose. By this time you are reasonably certain that the company you’ve chosen is run by honest folks who value integrity and quality as much as you. They’ll keep the designer within your budget, and you’ll sleep better knowing you’re in good hands.

I’ve recommended this avenue to many clients. Some take the advice; others see it as foolish, believing that they may be taken advantage of once the contractor knows he’s getting the job. In my experience, 100% of clients who’ve followed this advice, as time-consuming and unintuitive as it sounds, have been delighted with the results.

Just sayin’.

Adam Gibson

About Adam Gibson Design

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Adam Gibson Design
Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Rd., Suite 223
Carmel, IN 46032
[email protected]

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

TRENDS REPORT: If Your Walls Could Talk

As we look to 2017, new design movements are taking shape, which means the introduction of new products and trends. Interior walls are the envelope of a room and the options for covering them are boundless. From colorful grasscloth wallcovering to faux brick, walls are making major design impact in the most stylish spaces.

1. Paint

Starting with the most traditional wall application — paint — a shift from cool grays to warmer brown tones is evident by the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year, Poised Taupe. “Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams.

 Sherwin-Williams Co. 2017 Color of the Year, Poised Taupe.

Sherwin-Williams Co. 2017 Color of the Year, Poised Taupe.

2. Faux Brick

To take the weathered appeal a step further, there are a myriad of rustic wall finishes and applications that can achieve the look beyond paint color. Marazzi tile, available at Santarossa Mosaic and Tile Co., has created its Urban District collection to complement an industrial design style influenced by the revitalization of downtown warehouse districts. This bold new take on traditional brick uses modern ceramic technology to recreate the characteristics of artisanal masonry in a slim profile with a wide range of color-blends.

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Marazzi Urban District Collection available through Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co., Suite 117.

3. Hardwood Wallcovering

The classic look of hardwood remains popular in the home and high-quality hardwood wallcoverings are also taking center stage in residential and commercial interiors. DuChâteau, a manufacturer of luxury architectural finishes, offers a line of solid wood wallcoverings in an array of patterns and finishes. The product creates a beautiful design statement that celebrates the beauty of natural materials and is available through Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs.

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DuChateau wood wallcoverings available through Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, Suite 124.

4. Grasscloth Wallcovering

Thibaut’s grasscloth wallcovering collection is a popular choice among interior designers who shop at The Trade Resource showroom. Bringing a hint of nature indoors, these wallpapers include woven jute, seagrass, boodlecloth, extra fine sisal, raffia and paper weaves, along with two grasscloth hand prints. The grasscloth finish blends well with other textures and is available in many colors.

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Thibaut’s grasscloth resource collection available through a design professional at The Trade Resource, Suite 225.

Ready to think beyond the basics for your walls? Visit the Indiana Design Center showrooms to see the products mentioned in this article. If you’d like professional guidance, schedule a complimentary design consultation with a design professional through the center’s Designer On Call program by calling 317-569-5975.

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

TRENDS REPORT: Highlights from BAGI Home-A-Rama

IDC welcomes guest blogger Maryellen Hodapp, Interior Designer/Owner of Sassy Green Interiors, LLC to share her take on the latest trends showcased at this year’s BAGI Home-A-Rama.

I spent a lovely rainy Friday afternoon with a member of my staff at the 2016 Home-A-Rama presented by BAGI (Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis) taking in the work of some of my design peers whose work was spread across 11 new homes in the Chatham Hills subdivision in Westfield, Indiana. Here are six predominant trends I noticed in home décor and interior design at the show.

Predominant Trends from the 2016 BAGI Home-A-Rama

1. Natural Materials

A beautiful use of stacked fieldstone, flagstone and even smooth limestone on walls and fireplaces added a touch of natural warmth. Vaulted ceilings, accented with hand hewn wooden beams in rich browns contrasted with light ceilings; white beams contrasted with richly stained wooden ceilings. Designers applied natural wood in varied weathered hues in horizontal patterns, as well as shiplap in white or other subdued and saturated colors.

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Stacked stone around the fireplace adds a warm touch in the home built by Wedgewood Building Co. with interior design by Thomas & Jayne Interior Design (suite 222 at IDC).

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Unique vaulted ceilings with curved beams featured in the Old Town Design Group modern farmhouse with interior design by Everything Home.

2.  High Color Contrast

I noted high color contrast as a consistent look throughout most of the houses; designers mixed dark materials with lighter walls, trim and cabinetry. Dark wood railings and naturally rustic wide plank hardwood floors in shades of medium brown to espresso were complemented by predominantly lighter, neutral wall colors and light cabinetry. Darker light fixtures in rustic metals tied in with other rich colors in the rooms. Dark saturated paint colors were widely used on bookcases, trim and doors; again offsetting lighter furnishings and soft goods.

Deep color contrasts in the foyer of the Christopher Scott Homes home designed by Dare 2 Design.

Deep color contrasts in the foyer of the Christopher Scott Homes home with interior design by Dare 2 Design.

3. Eclectic Mix of Materials and Styles

Industrial chic, farmhouse, transitional, cottage, New England, contemporary and modern: each of these styles were explored, often with many styles overlapping in one house and even in individual rooms. Traditional kitchens were offset by modern family rooms boasting clean and linear inset fireplace walls.

Ship lap creates a crisp and cozy feel in this children's bunk and play room from the McKenzie Collection / Gary Nance Design home

A mix of metals, stone, cabinet color and even crystal create a harmonious combination in this open concept kitchen and dining area within the Christopher Scott Homes home designed by Dare 2 Design.

4. Industrial Materials

Most of the designers mixed in industrial materials for a fresh, current look. Metal stairwell newels and posts connected with cabled railings and an abundant use of industrial-styled accent lighting made a strong statement throughout the homes. The use of the cool metal finishes nicely balanced the widespread use of natural materials.

Rustic and industrial materials used to create this unique lower level bar in the G&G Custom Home designed by Hilari Goris.

Rustic and industrial materials were chosen to create this unique lower level bar in the G&G Custom Home with interior design by Hilari Goris Designs.

5. Trims and Moldings

Board and batten in ¾ wall height, beadboard and shiplap were lavishly applied throughout the homes. A Chinoiserie-style pattern was repeated in one home on the wainscot and the stairwell railings. Designers created unusual ceiling patterns using painted wood trim that created strong visual statements.

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Shiplap covers the walls and ceilings in this crisp, yet cozy, play and bunk room from the McKenzie Collection home created in collaboration with Gary Nance Design.

6. Tone on Tone Color and Subdued Color Palettes

Designers chose neutral shades for the walls throughout the body of the homes, with varying leanings toward cooler grays or warmer beiges. The master bedrooms continued to lean heavily on spa-like retreat themes with soft shades of subdued blues. Dark, saturated colors accented some doors and trim, especially in basements. The color palettes were organic, saturated and historic, providing a canvas to highlight for the other natural materials used throughout the home.

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Clean living room color palette in the McKenzie Collection home created in collaboration with Gary Nance Design.

Home A Rama Old Town Design Group

A relaxing color palette in the master bathroom creates a spa-like retreat in the home built by Old Town Design Group with interior design by Everything Home. Window shades from Drapery Street (suite 109).

Congrats to the builders and designers who did a great job capturing some of the latest design trends!


Sassy Green Interiors, LLC
Maryellen Hodapp
(317) 370-6523
[email protected]



“As a designer, my goal for each design is to tangibly reflect my client’s passions, experiences and lifestyle by creating a balanced picture of beauty and function that transforms a house into an inviting and comfortable home.”  ~Maryellen Hodapp

Unique among design firms, the husband and wife team at Sassy Green Interiors offers full-service design services- from conception through implementation- as well as general contracting and handyman services. Sassy Green Interiors offers the advantage of established relationships with skilled electrical, plumbing, finish carpentry and painting contractors. As an added benefit, clients enjoy Sassy Green Interiors’ direct purchasing relationships with unique vendors.  Decades of design experience combined with an unparalleled commitment to client satisfaction help to ensure a smooth design experience. Maryellen is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

Maryellen’s designs incorporate the best of both past and present styles: the long treasured and the newly acquired. With a focus on preserving the timeless, classic and balanced elements of traditional styling, she layers in fresh, youthful touches of color and pattern drawn from today’s vibrant palette.  Maryellen works with many of her clients to help them transition from the “family home” to the “empty nest”.  She artfully helps her clients select from their collection the familiar and cherished pieces that will become an integrated personal reflection within their updated design style.

When not designing for her clients, Maryellen enjoys entertaining and creating lavish table decor for her guests to enjoy.  In her free time you will most often find Maryellen enjoying a meal with friends, taking a walk with her husband, Michael, or playing with her English Labrador Retriever Margaret Thatcher, AKA Maggie.

Beautiful Woodworking Solutions for 4 Common Design Problems

IDC welcomes guest blogger Doug Marvel of Marvelous Woodworking to the blog.  See how Doug and his team solve common design dilemmas when the devil is in the details.

Whether new or old, every home presents design problems. At Marvelous Woodworking, we are often called upon by interior designers and homeowners alike to address these challenges from a craftsman’s point of view. In many cases, store-bought options cannot remedy the situation, as there are many details and components in homes that manufacturers don’t make anymore, especially for older houses. Our custom approach allows us to focus on the details and allows the homeowners to bring their own personality and style to their space. From architectural details and trims, to an updated fireplace mantel or custom cabinetry, our custom woodworkers can give you the look and functionality you are trying to achieve in your home.

1. Custom Fireplace Mantels

When you purchase an existing home, you are getting the previous owners’ design choices. We get many calls from homeowners who are unhappy with their fireplace, but are daunted by the complicated remodeling task. Particularly with fireplace mantels, off-the-floor designs often do not fit the style they are looking for, or the functionality they need is simply not available. Custom-made fireplace mantels open all the options to homeowners, in construction, style, and even special storage. Unique wood pieces, trim combinations, and lengths and widths can be created when you incorporate a custom mantel into your fireplace design.


Custom fireplace mantle from the design portfolio of Marvelous Woodworking.

A current popular trend in homes is turning the fireplace area into an entertainment center, mounting the TV just above the mantel. This arrangement presents a challenge as you have to find somewhere to place a mass of ugly cords, wires and components. We approach this issue with both the aesthetic and functionality in mind, creating mantels that conveniently store components out of sight. The result is a mantel that looks gorgeous while also doing something useful.

Hidden wires incorporated behind trim work creates a clean and seemless look.

Hidden wires incorporated behind custom trim creates a clean and seamless look.

2. Staircase Updates

Staircases also come with their homes and have many similar issues. They too cannot be replaced easily because of how delicately they were constructed—it is no small task to take apart a staircase, make changes to it, and put it back together. However, updating a staircase dramatically impacts the look and style of a home’s interior. How you customize a staircase is highly variable: you can replace balusters, newel posts, handrails, treads and other details in different combinations to suit your style and budget.

The staircase is often the focal point upon entering one's home. Make it a work of art reflecting your style.

The staircase is often the focal point upon entering a home. Make it a work of art reflecting your individual style.

 3. Custom Furniture

We build custom furniture for many different reasons, but we are always solving the same problem— finding the perfect piece. There is nothing like coming across an item that is exactly what it needs to be, fits where it is meant to go, and matches a home’s style and décor. Sometimes our clients see furniture they absolutely love in a catalog, only to find the item is no longer in production. Fortunately, all they need to do to solve this problem is bring the picture to us! As custom woodworkers, we can recreate the piece and even add design elements or functionalities the original did not have.

You don't have to settle for the repetitive choices available at your local furniture retailer. Go custom!

You don’t have to settle for the wrong furniture piece because you can’t find what you need at a local or online retailer. Go custom and get the size, color, and exact style you desire.

Another common issue we run across is clients wanting to add to the furniture they already have but the style is no longer available. We can create new pieces to match or compliment their existing set. In other cases, we are creating a distinctive piece for a particular situation, like a reproduction of an old-fashioned medicine cabinet. Regardless of the reason for its creation, the quality of hand-crafted furniture cannot be matched. Our goal is to construct heirloom-quality pieces that will last through generations.

4. Custom Cabinetry

For many storage needs, a store-bought cabinet is just not going to do the job. Homes have their own quirks and funky corners where standard cabinetry will not fit, and it can be tough to find the style or functionality you require. Building a custom cabinet avoids all of those issues, and gives you something you truly want and need. We custom fit the design to your space, and can include doors, shelves, drawers, open spaces, and storage created for specific items. As for the look of your cabinets, the sky is the limit: paint, finishes, veneer wood surfaces and stains are all possible. However, it is our goal to create a piece that complements your home. When we create a custom cabinet, we take cues from the architectural details of your house, such as fluted moldings, crown moldings, angles, or raised panels. The other cabinetry in your space will also influence our design. The result is a cabinet that gives you the functionality you need while adding to your home’s style.


Custom built-ins from the design portfolio of Marvelous Woodworking.

You Have a Partner

Through face-to-face meetings, we gain an understanding of your needs and tease out the details that are most important to you. We also take a look at the rest of your home, noting the architecture and style. From this information we create exactly what you desire. When we build a project, our goal is to make it look like it was original to the house. Giving attention to detail throughout, we end up with a final product you will love. So, don’t fret about those design issues plaguing your home. The custom woodworkers at Marvelous Woodworking are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about our projects.

Guest Blogger and Owner:






Doug Marvel
Marvelous Woodworking
5275 S. 175 W.
Lebanon, Indiana 46205

(p) 317-679-5890
[email protected]


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Doug Marvel, owner of Marvelous Woodworking, has been providing his clients with beautiful hand-crafted custom woodworking since 2009. Doug is a third-generation specialty woodworker who puts persistence and ingenuity into every project he tackles. “No problem is too complicated that it can’t be solved with good design, some smart engineering, and perseverance,” Doug says. “My philosophy is to be a craftsman, not a contractor. To me, that means I love what I do, and I take pride in quality work. With that mindset, I am able to give my clients just what they are looking for.”

Marvelous Woodworking provides top-quality craftsmanship for home architectural remodeling projects, custom furniture and cabinetry, and unique woodworking solutions.

Mitsch Design Profiled in CARMEL Magazine

Congratulations to Mitsch Design on an excellent business profile in CARMEL magazine which discussed the company with principal designer and founder, Jeryl Mitsch. The article highlighted the commercial design firm’s success over the last 27 years and its most recent growth. Jeryl credits much of the firm’s success to a diverse client-base which includes corporate, healthcare, higher education and multi-family housing. Notable clients include Delta Faucet, Eskenazi Health, Dow Agro Sciences and Flaherty & Collins. The multi-family housing industry is booming and Mitsch Design has solidified relationships with top developers in Indianapolis and others across the country who value Mitsch’s start-to-finish approach.

The Mitsch Design team has extensive experience across many sectors and is cross-trained to handle multiple aspects of a project from design to installation. The firm has been in the business of specifying and procuring furniture for its clients for the past several years, but most recently aligned with Tayco, a Canadian-based office furniture company. “This has been well received in the last two months. We can do the entire package. We start with the space planning, get through the design, order the furniture, are there when the trucks arrive and help with the installation,” said Jeryl.  The company also has a branding division. It has been an exciting 27 years for Mitsch Design and they’re sure to be a design firm to watch grow, adapt and lead in the years to come.

Click here to read the full article from the July 2016 issue of CARMEL magazine.

Mitsch Design profiled in Carmel Magazine.

Mitsch Design profiled in Carmel Magazine.

TRENDS REPORT: Clean Traditional at High Point Market

The IDC welcomes guest blogger, Judy Bates, designer and owner of JB Designs to the blog. Judy reports on her “Clean Traditional” findings at the 2016 Spring High Point Market.

High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months and this past spring it was, once again, refreshing! The awesome thing about High Point Market is that it has more than 2,000 vendors that are a great sources of inspiration for interior designers like myself. Markets always debut the latest trends and I saw numerous vendors showcasing a Clean Traditional look. Clean Traditional is a reinterpretation of Classic Traditional and features texture, pattern and some pops of color. Below is a selection of my favorite design looks and new introductions from my trip to High Point Market.

Clean Traditional

Some of the Clean Traditional rooms I saw tended to have straighter lines. The upholstery fabrics were more simplistic but textured and the accessories were pared down which helped achieve that ‘clean’ look. The spaces are still more traditional in that they feel classic and featured more neutral colors.

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Rowe Furniture showroom at High Point Market.

Rowe Furniture showroom at High Point.

Rowe Furniture showroom at High Point Market. Blue proved to still be an important color. 

I loved the drama that was achieved in this bedroom without using a lot of pattern. The blush pink fabric color on this bench was a color that I saw a lot and the lucite legs really made this piece stand out. 

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CR Laine showroom at High Point Market.

It’s All in the Details

Details are everything…the blue tape and nail trim on this chair really makes this piece an elegant showstopper!

Wesley Hall Furniture at High Point Market.

Wesley Hall Furniture at High Point Market.

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John Robshaw Furniture exclusively for Duralee at High Point Market. I love the scallops on this ottoman!

This pillow is one of my favorites, mostly because I love anything Barclay Butera. The metal details on this pillow make it not only visually interesting but add richness to it as well.

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Barclay Butera Lifestyle Bedding for Eastern Accents.

Bold Colors and Patterns

Clean Traditional takes on a bolder look with the handmade fabric on this traditional style chair. I love how the chair and artwork play nicely with the traditional lines of the credenza and coffee table. Bold and beautiful!

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John-Richard showroom at High Point Market.


While fur is not for everyone, I saw it in multiple showrooms covering benches, stools, poufs and more. This is definitely not a trend that has staying power in bold applications, but it certainly would add some playfulness to just about any room.

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Currey and Company showroom at High Point Market.

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Wesley Hall Furniture at High Point Market.


Lighting came in all shapes and sizes. I was inspired by a diverse variety of options.

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Currey and Company light at High Point Market.

Currey & Company light at High Point.

Currey & Company light at High Point Market. Two of these chandeliers over an island would be gorgeous!

Galvanized chandeliers and pendants by Farmhouse living.

Currey & Company galvanized chandeliers and pendants.

I look forward to returning to High Point Market later this year to see what new trends await. Overall, I felt that many Traditional Classic styles were reinterpreted in a fresh new way.

The most important thing is to achieve a space that is beautiful, functions well and that is filled with furnishings that you love.  Judy Bates


Judy brings more than 12 years of experience to the home design business. She founded JB Designs in 2015 to provide more personalized design concepts for her clients’ unique styles. She holds degrees in Interior Design from Purdue University at IUPUI and Retail Merchandising from Spencerian College and is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers. In her own words, Judy describes her personal style as “clean, classic and traditional.” Her designs for clients follow this same aesthetic. Judy can positively impact the design of any home or business whether it’s a simple update or a complete reinvention.

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Judy Bates, Allied ASID
200 S. Rangline Road, Suite 220
Carmel, IN  46032
P: 317.435.2779
E: [email protected]


MADE IN INDIANA: Outré Outdoor Furniture

Summer is around the corner and Outré‘s line of outdoor furniture manufactured in northern Indiana can help you make the best of the beautiful days and starry nights.  One of the top movements in residential design is a focus on outdoor living space— extending the luxuries of a home’s interior to the outdoors. To that end, Outré’s outdoor furniture designs look and feel like interior furniture but have the gusto to withstand the elements: aluminum and powder coated framing, dry-fast foam, outdoor fabrics, a marine grade vinyl cover and more.  The seating can also be customized with heated coil seats to allow you to enjoy the transition to and from cooler seasons.

Eric Reynolds, owner of Outré, works with design professionals to design custom furniture for its clients.  Reynolds is the third generation of his family to lead a furniture business and offers invaluable knowledge about furniture construction and design.

“I knew designers would value the opportunity to offer their clients stylish outdoor seating that completes their outdoor room. Every project is different and satisfies the designer-client vision,” said Reynolds.

Outré is an excellent example of the caliber of Indiana-based businesses located at the Indiana Design Center and quality craftsmanship valued by homeowners today.

Outré Outdoor Furniture

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The Outré Outdoor Ellen Chair.

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The Outré Outdoor Ed Sectional.


The Outré Outdoor Tyler chairs with ottomans.

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A truly glamorous Outré outdoor chair imagined by designer Amanda Lantz of A Lantz Design. Outdoor fabric from Christian Lacroix.

About Outré

Eric Reynolds, Outré owner

Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 215
Carmel, IN 46032

Eric Reynolds
[email protected]

Outré features its original custom upholstered furniture designs manufactured right here in Indiana. Outré is a family owned business that is backed by a family owned furniture manufacturer that has been in business for over 35 years. Outré carries over 35 original designs and hundreds of fabric selections. Outré also features the only display for Metric a custom cabinetry line for all rooms of your home. Metric is designed and manufactured locally in Indiana by local artist Jason Myers.

Patina vs. Perfection: Natural Stone Tips, Facts & Alternatives

With so many natural stone and fabricated surface materials on the market, choosing the right material for your project can be overwhelming. In addition to a stone’s appearance there are many other factors to consider like durability and application.


Lonna Heshelman, Santarossa

The May Designer On Call workshop “Patina vs. Perfection: Natural Stone Tips, Facts & Alternatives” presented by Lonna Heshelman of Santarossa addressed the pros and cons among the most popular countertop and hard surfaces options.

This post will help you to discern between natural stone options like granite, marble, soapstone and quartzite, and man-made terrazzo. Experts like Lonna can then help you to narrow your focus and consider the specific design factors and nuances that will also influence your selection

Natural Stone Tips, Facts & Alternatives

1. Granite

Granite continues to be one of the most popular and commonly used surfaces for home and commercial projects. It is an ideal surface for many reasons. Granite is very hard and durable, offers a large variety of veining and colors, and is among the most affordable natural stone options.  Keep in mind, there are varying price points within granite among the basic and premium level stones.

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Granite countertop and backsplash by Santaossa.

2. Marble

Marble has long been prized for its timeless beauty, elegance and rich veining. This stone is softer and more porous than granite so not as durable. From a performance standpoint, bakers prefer this surface for rolling out dough; however, it can stain, scratch and etch. Marble stands up to scratching and etching best if used in a honed (or matte) finish and sealed. Honing also brings out the sparkle and natural beauty in the stone. Bottom line, if you prefer your countertop remain perfect, marble may not be your best option as it is subject to surface imperfections and will patina overtime.

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Marble countertops and wall slabs by Santarossa. Kitchen design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

3. Soapstone

Soapstone has been growing in popularity over the past few years and comes in very few color variations. Soapstone is soft and velvety smooth to the touch and will develop a nice patina. Soapstone is naturally antimicrobial and quite dense so it does not absorb liquids very easily.  Soapstone does not need to be sealed; however, if it is sealed, the oiling process darkens the stone which deters many clients from doing so. Soapstone is a wonderful choice for homeowners who like a natural patina and it contrasts beautifully with marble.  Consider utilizing soapstone on the hard-working surfaces and marble where it will be subject to less “wear and tear”.

Soapstone island and perimeter counters from the design portfolio of Santarossa.

Soapstone island and perimeter counters from the design portfolio of Santarossa.

Soapstone sealed with mineral oil by Santarossa.

Soapstone sealed with mineral oil by Santarossa.

4. Quartzite

Quartzite is a great choice if you love the clean look of marble but want the performance of a granite— it is extremely hard and durable. Quartzite’s appearance in slab form mimics marble, so it’s the perfect combination of high performance and elegance.

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Quartzite countertop with waterfall edge by Santarossa.

5. Terrazzo

Terrazzo is a fabricated material composed of cement or epoxy base and a mix of recycled glass chips, mother of pearl, marble and other aggregates. Applications for terrazzo abound— floors, countertops, sink basins, shower walls, etc.— as it’s a custom made and molded product. Terrazzo provides a seamless look and is customizable in color and composition. Most importantly, terrazzo is among the most durable hard surface options which is why you may be most familiar with it in commercial applications like schools, malls and airports.  Terrazzo is dependable, timeless and popular in clean, modern spaces.

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Terrazzo sink basins and vanity from the design portfolio of Santarossa.


Terrazzo floors by Santarossa at Riley Hospital for Children.

Natural Stone & Trends Today

Mixing stone materials in the same project is on trend and honed or brushed finishes are being favored over shiny polished surfaces. As for popular colors: whites, grays and blues are in high demand.

Thinking about incorporating natural stone into your next design project? The possibilities are endless! Contact Lonna at Santarossa to learn more about your options.

Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.

Santarossa-LogoFulfilling the interior and exterior flooring and hard surface needs for countless institutions, corporations, hospitals, retail malls, education, and government buildings along with residential builders, architects, designers & homeowners, Santarossa goes to great lengths to provide customers with the best in finished products made from the finest quality raw materials. The firm has access to virtually every major domestic and foreign supplier of ceramic, stone, and terrazzo in the world, and represents the most respected and established mills for its carpet and other resilient materials.

The Santarossa custom marble and granite division is unequaled in Indiana and offers a variety of marble, granite, quartz and onyx fabricating, refinishing and custom design using state-of-the-art technology like a CNC Abrasive Water Jet, an In-Line Polisher, and a digital templating system, just to name a few.

Quality product and unsurpassed craftsmanship was Domenic Santarossa’s focus when he opened his doors in 1921 and remains the firm’s mantra over 85 years later.

Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 117
Carmel, IN 46032
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9 am – 5 pm  |  Sat. 10 am – 3 pm

DOC Wrap-Up: “Start with the Art and Let it Be Your Design Guide”

Dianne Wright, of Coats-Wright Art & Design, presented to more than 30 guests at the April DOC workshop. Dianne has spent her interior design career surrounded by and selling artwork which has led to her design philosophy — “Start with Art”. Her organic sense of aesthetic comes through in the designs she prepares for her clients and is elegantly apparent in her beautifully appointed art and design gallery located in suite 122 of the IDC.

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Dianne Wright, Coats-Wright Art & Design

Upon entering the gallery, one feels immediately transformed into softer surroundings dominated by white walls, linen upholstered antique furniture, original sculptures, glorious paintings, a warm burning candle and the background sounds of a string orchestra. Dianne preaches and lives in a neutral environment that promotes a feeling of relaxation.

“We are surrounded by stimulation all day long, home should be your personal oasis”, said Wright.

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Coats-Wright Art & Design, Suite 122 – Featured wall art by Hunt Slonem.

Dianne routinely approaches her design projects by starting with her client’s artwork collection. When you build around the art, the palette is naturally determined and easily lends itself to a cohesive look. Many of her clients are not art experts  Dianne educates her clients on how to buy art which creates confidence and excitement about the eventual purchase.

Here are Dianne’s top 3 tips for acquiring great art:

  1. Buy what you love. Art speaks and appeals to each person in a unique way.  There must be an emotional connection between the patron and art’s subject matter.
  2. Pay attention to why you are drawn to certain subject matters. Whether it’s modern abstracts, figurative or realistic landscapes; take note of what routinely grabs your attention and admiration.
  3. Buy quality. Buy the best artwork you can afford within your budget. Quality art is original (not prints or giclées). Visit a reputable gallery or juried art show for an array of options. Or, start your collection with an artist who carries a successful track record. Consider artists who have a sound art education and use quality materials.

From the gallery of Coats-Wright Art & Design. Pictured: the works of JoAnn Belson (center), J.D. Naraine (left on easel) and F. Peyton (right).

Did you know there are personal preferences that help dictate your taste in art? These include: connection to a subject matter, favorite color combinations, and your wardrobe. Yes — your wardrobe! Look at what hangs in your closet. Oftentimes, the colors you choose to wear make you feel good and reflect your taste. Avoid being swayed by color trends if they do not fit your preference. Gray color schemes are pervasive in the current design scene, but not ‘new’ according to Dianne.

“Gray is not a trend…if a color appears in nature, it’s not a trend,” said Dianne.

Dianne often pulls color from the palette in a painting and then adds fresh flowers or new accent pillows to inject the right colors in her overall design. Working on a project with a time restraint? Stay neutral in the wall paint and furniture selections. This way, whatever art and accessories you choose will work beautifully.

From the gallery of Coat-Wright Art & Design featuring the art of Carmelo Blandino

From the gallery of Coat-Wright Art & Design featuring the art of Carmelo Blandino (floral) and Hunt Slonem (bunny).

Looking to start a new project or edit your current design? Remember to ‘Start with the Art’ and let it be your design guide.

About Coats-Wright Art & Design

Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery
Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 122
Carmel, IN 46032
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm


Dianne Wright

The Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery is an eclectic mix of paintings and sculpture by regionally and nationally known artists, both traditional and modern, whose works span the 19th century to present. Among those are T.C. Steele, C. W. Mundy, Janet Scudder, Boaz Vaadia, Eric Forstmann, sculptor Michael Kalish and internationally recognized Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. The gallery also features antiques from R. Beauchamp Antiques, oriental rugs by Sarver’s, and provides interior design services.