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In this era of clean lines and edited rooms with hushed tones and restrained colors, maximalism is a bit over the top. Riots of color, tangles of patterns, masses of artwork all can complement cushy textiles and houseplant jungles to create a thoroughly original space. Some people may not subscribe to the maximalist ideal; they argue that it is too busy and it doesn’t give the eye a place to rest. On the other hand, many others are invigorated by maximalism and enjoy a break from subdued spaces, but have no idea how to combine colors and patterns in a pleasing way. The maximalist style is not easy to achieve so we looked to Amanda Lantz, of A Lantz Design, to learn more about this look and how her firm does it so well.
She explains, “You must have an eye for balance, scale, proportions and color. A room should also always be layered with old and new.”
The best maximalist looks are carefully and thoughtfully layered, usually over many years. But there are a few tips to help create a maximalist look in your own home.
1. Maximalist Favorite: Gallery Walls
Many people may have a gallery wall in their home – even the most minimal decorators. For a more maximalist gallery display, introduce varied sizes of frames, showcasing a selection of items important to you – not only photography and artwork, but objets d’art, framed mementos and even lighting fixtures can be incorporated.
“I believe that no room is complete without a layer of authenticity. This could be an antique chandelier, art housed in old gilt frames, a vintage rug or even a chest passed down from your grandmother,” shares Lantz.
The scale of a gallery wall can expand as well. Consider hanging the gallery from floor to ceiling, or descending the full length of a stairwell.
2. Keep it Colorful
A bright hit of color introduced among a landscape of muted neutrals can go a long way in creating a maximalist appeal. A saturated paint color can completely change the way you feel in a room, or a selection of vibrant pillows or accessories in a favorite hue can be a good starting point to move out of the neutral zone.
Says Lantz, “Maximalism provides a cozy aesthetic and makes you feel that you are wrapped in all the things you love, all in one place – including color, pattern, art, objects and texture.”
3. Play with Pattern + Texture
Pattern might be the hardest element to get right in a maximalist look. Mixing patterns can be tricky. Many experts recommend mixing a large scale pattern with a smaller scale pattern in the same colorway for those attempting something like this for the first time. Lantz emphasizes that maximalism is a great opportunity to truly create a custom interior. “At A Lantz we never use the same pattern in the same color twice – avoiding that “rinse and repeat” look so prevalent in today’s interior design,” she says.
If pattern-mixing is scary, or too much of a commitment, texture is another way to bring in some pattern to an otherwise neutral room. Grainy wood floors, woven baskets, plush velvet pillows and cozy knit throws can contribute some low-stakes pattern for more visual interest.
These days you don’t have to work hard to find inspiration to create a maximalist space. Pinterest offers a trove of finds for the pattern-obsessed, and colors of the year have taken moody and saturated turns for the past few years. In addition to gallery walls, collections continue to be a staple in the design world as well. These elements combine to create an atmosphere, which is what moves Lantz the most.
“I love the look because it is more about the feeling it evokes and creating livable spaces for our clients. Also, who wants a space that looks like everybody else’s?” says Lantz.
Most of us are spending more time at home than usual right now, perhaps filling some time dreaming about a new home project, or realizing that our homes might function a little better if the design could be improved. We might even be watching more home improvement shows, which can be a source of inspiration to get going on a project, but is that realistic? We have all seen these shows – they seemingly can achieve the impossible in just a few days, and by the end of the 30 minute show there is a magazine-worthy, beautifully-styled result. These types of programs are great to help us envision a new space in our own home, but it’s important to distinguish between a source of project inspiration and project expectations. We consulted with design industry expert Caryn O’Sullivan, owner of Drapery Street, for guidance on what’s fact vs. fiction on the beloved design shows.
Progress vs. Perfection
When thinking about a home renovation, you have to think in terms of time, money and experience to be able to manage expectations of the finished product. On a television show, all of those elements are carefully planned through existing relationships and partnerships that ease timelines and pad budgets. A TV renovation show looks easy because it is easy when you’re just seeing a slice of the real picture.
“Every renovation comes with its own set of challenges which is why it’s so important to work with the right professionals. Experts know all the peaks and pitfalls of a home renovation. We can eyeball your inspiration and translate it, so you can get the effect you want in the space you’re actually dealing with,” says O’Sullivan.
Other distinctions to be made on a television set vs. reality are design elements like lighting for filming as opposed to real life and the true quality of products selected. If it looks great for the final reveal, it’s a win on TV but homeowners should also focus on the quality of a product as much as the overall look (which may affect the budget). Additionally, make sure the space will function how you need it to rather than simply be a pretty room reveal.
O’Sullivan advises that “Experts will help you anticipate challenges you might not see and ensure the finished result lines up with your vision.”
Timeline & Budget
A good rule to keep in mind and help with your expectations is that any renovation project you have in the works could cost twice as much and take twice as long as the projects you see depicted on television. Chances are you don’t have Chip Gaines doing demo on your home – it will be a hired crew who may have other jobs and commitments, or it may even be you. And maybe you have never done any kind of demo before.
“Work with a team you trust. They will help you set a realistic budget and timeline and stay within those parameters,” assures O’Sullivan.
Steps in the process like paint and tile selections and seeing the cosmetic details come together are always exciting, but the less glamourous stages like living without appliances or waiting two weeks between measuring for and installing a kitchen countertop are both inevitable and daunting.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
“In reality, home renovations aren’t tv-easy. But living in your dream home is worth it!” says O’Sullivan.
That is where a team of professionals – like the many talented designers and showroom associates working at the Indiana Design Center – can come in to take charge of your renovation, whether large or small. Experienced designers know how to plan timelines, hire experts, and also have partnerships in place that can help save time and money. They make sure that your project comes in on budget and they make sure to get the details just right.
The team at Drapery Street is conducting Virtual Consultations to help get your project rolling while you social distance. Click here to book a consultation.
How would you define your design style? Many people know exactly what their style is and can confidently navigate furniture and fabric choices, paint colors and accessories. It is easy for some to make these types of selections and effortlessly incorporate them into their homes, but others don’t know where to begin. If you don’t know how to define what you like, take into consideration a few things that might be able to unveil your true style. And buyer beware that a space someone else deems perfect, might miss the mark in your own personal domain so lean into creating a space that’s tailored to you rather than the trends.
You might not know your home style, but maybe you know your fashion style. Is it easy for you to pick out an outfit every day? Do you have a knack for mixing and matching your clothing? Maybe you know that you favor a monochromatic look, or you like mixing patterns and bold colors – and knowing that those looks make you feel comfortable and happy can go a long way in helping you figure out what makes you feel comfortable and happy in a room. A monochromatic look could lean toward minimalism, and mixed patterns could be considered bohemian or maximalist. If you get an extra pep in your step wearing a bright color, you may also draw energy from a room with pops of color.
What do you do for fun? Do you enjoy nature and go for long hikes or picnics on the weekends? Do you like to go out – to parties or dinners or movies or would you rather snuggle up under a blanket at home playing games or reading a book? Depending on what you favor, you may lean toward a specific style of decorating. Nature lovers may incorporate lots of houseplants, organic materials and natural light, while homebodies may decorate with cozy textiles and soft, cushy furniture. Think about your favorite pastimes or environments and how your home can emulate them.
Some people may not know their style, but they know how they want their home to feel. Do you favor a formal home – with defined rooms, traditional furniture and symmetry? Or is an informal home – with open concepts and more modern, relaxed touches – what makes you feel most comfortable? Knowing how you want your home to make you feel can help you or your designer find your most complementary style.
Pinterest boards and shelter magazines and even fashion magazines can be useful resources for helping you define your design style. If you talk or work with a designer, it might be hard to describe to him or her what you want, and what your true style is so visual references are great tools to guide the conversation.
At any level of your design style awareness, a design professional is always a valuable guide to help you make great choices and bring ideas to the table you may never dream up on your own. Want professional advice or more design inspiration? Click here to browse portfolios of several Indiana design professionals.
As the 10-year anniversary of the Indiana Design Center approaches, we wanted to speak with our resident showroom owners and managers – the tastemakers and forward-thinking innovators in our local design landscape. First up is Caryn O’Sullivan, the owner of Drapery Street, which is one of the longest-tenured showrooms at the IDC. Drapery Street is located in suite 109 on the first floor, serving both the public and design professionals.
Caryn O’Sullivan started her business in 2005 after struggling to find fabulous fabrics and custom draperies for her own home. She identified a need in the marketplace to offer quality and well-designed drapery. That need has expanded to Modern Window Treatments and Custom Design. Drapery Street recently modernized its showroom on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center to feature:
- A Hunter Douglas Gallery
- Automated window shadings – watch for the upgraded experience center coming in late 2019!
- Outdoor bug screens and solar shades
- Drapes, roman shades and cornices
- Commercial automated and manual shades
- Fabrics and couture fabrics
O’Sullivan finds that Drapery Street is a great partner for homeowners who are buying, building or remodeling a home and are frustrated because they don’t want to cover their windows but want privacy/sun control. Some feel they don’t have an eye for design and want a designer to lean on, while others are overwhelmed and worried about making an expensive mistake.
Her designer clients are generally 1-4 person firms who want to focus on design while having Drapery Street as a partner who can handle all of the details from measure to installation. Designers enjoy having the Drapery Street showroom available to host their clients showing them the ideas and concepts first hand and demonstrating the available technologies in person. Working with the Drapery Street professionals means designers are using their creative talents instead of troubleshooting issues that can arise throughout the process of design, fabrication and installation.
“As an accountant-turned-business-owner, I enjoy the flow between finding creative solutions to evolve the company and focusing on sound business practices that result in thoroughly satisfied customers,” says O’Sullivan.
As in-home design technology becomes more accessible, the prices come down, which makes a custom-designed project something that is more within reach for a customer that comes into the Drapery Street showroom. The client can hand-select everything from fabrics, linings, hardware and trim, and then customize the motorization to control it. There is a whole universe of shades and custom solutions that can integrate seamlessly with your home technology system. Automated window shadings have expanded past just roller shades and are a design element like lighting and chandeliers. There are treatments that can actually bring light into your home and connect using simple Alexa and Google home controls or Lutron and Control 4 systems. A sign that you do not have the right solution is if you are doing the same treatment in every room of your house.
O’Sullivan assures that both the minimalist and maximalist design tastes are kept in mind, “My design associates and I travel the country to ensure we are offering a curated selection of design options from crisp, clean lines to bold florals.” The recently-remodeled modern window treatments design boutique features a couture collection design studio, with lines like Schumacher, Thibaut, Lee Jofa and Stroheim. The studio provides a comfortable and convenient atmosphere to be able to touch and see in person the variety of selections available. Once the design is fabricated, Drapery Street’s in-house installers hang and set up the window treatments. The motorization options are customized window-to-window in each room of the house, depending on sun exposure, privacy, views and time of day.
With all of these options available, O’Sullivan stresses the importance of getting involved from the first step.
“In building or remodeling a house, especially one with modern style, it is best to assemble your team from the beginning. If we can be there in the planning stages, it is much easier for us to advise your contractor, avoid costly additions and create the best window coverings for each window involved, making sure to use the correct materials and finishes to make the window treatment accentuate the customer’s lifestyle.” – Caryn O’Sullivan
Caryn’s own design style falls on the modern side but not without bold pops of color and playful patterns like Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon or Kravet’s Bunny Wall wallcovering designed by Hunt Slonem. Her recently renovated mid-century modern ranch was featured in Indianapolis Monthly in 2018.
“Designing my current home has been a completely different experience than the one more than 15 years ago. I enjoyed being on the ‘client side’ of the Drapery Street experience and seeing how our designs transformed rooms in my own home,” shares O’Sullivan. Contact Caryn today to learn more about the Drapery Street process and reflecting your personal style through custom window coverings.
Many thanks to Caryn O’Sullivan and the Drapery Street team for being an integral part of the Indiana Design Center community!
The Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association (MKNA) will host the annual MK Home Tour on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The tour was started 46 years ago to showcase some of the areas biggest, most impressive homes and has grown over the years to be the largest, longest running home tour in the state. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization that serves the Meridian- Kessler neighborhood residents and businesses.
Each year, a portion of home tour sales are given back to the community in the form of grants via the Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program. Organizations like Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, Reach for Youth and Coburn Place: Safe Haven have been awarded monies in the past to support their programs.
“Our goal with the MK Home Tour is to showcase the variety of homes that our neighborhood has to offer while raising funds to give back to the community,” says executive director Chelsea Marburger. “There are some impressively large estates alongside quaint bungalows, apartments, Tudors and cottages. You don’t just get one thing in MK, you get it all!”
This year’s tour will feature 6 homes during the day tour and include a Twilight Tour on Friday, June 7th which is a 21+ party to kick off the weekend. The party will take place at the Basile Opera Center at 40th & Pennsylvania and will feature food, drink, and live music.
“It’s a great opportunity for neighbors to get out and get to know one another for a common cause,” says 2019 Home Tour Chair Kait Schutz. “Our neighborhood is so big that it’s impossible to really know everyone. Home Tour weekend, including Twilight Tour, is a great way to have a good time while meeting neighbors and supporting our neighborhood association.”
Tickets to both the Twilight and Home Tour are on sale at www.mkhometour.com. Pre-sale and standard ticket pricing can be found below:
Friday, June 7, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Standard: $80 (after Memorial Day)
Saturday, June 8 & 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Standard: $20 (day-of/walk-up)
Maryellen Hodapp and Christy Soldatis of Sassy Green Interiors announce that they have partnered with builder Inglenook Cottage Homes for their new neighborhood in Zionsville, Inglenook of Zionsville. “We did many of the homes in Inglenook of Carmel, so it is a natural transition to work directly with the builder as they develop the Inglenook of Zionsville neighborhood,” says Hodapp.
“This is the first time Inglenook Cottage Homes has partnered with a design firm. In many ways this partnership reflects the heart of what Inglenook is all about – building community,” says Casey Land, Inglenook’s Builder. They hope to lend warmth and comfort with their vibrant style in the new Zionsville community. To celebrate the partnership and the new neighborhood, they plan a Porch Party on Sunday, May 5, 1-4PM, at 10479 Dusty Rose Drive in Zionsville. All are welcome to attend.
“Inglenook of Zionsville is a colorful, storybook neighborhood. Each Cottage Home exudes its own personality as expressed through its unique colors, personal gardens, and individual take on the respective floorplans,” said Casey Land, Inglenook’s builder. “We are excited to have Sassy Green Interiors join the Inglenook team. Their timeless style and thoughtful design complement Inglenook’s built-in character and attention to detail.”
The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is North America’s largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen & bath design. With the expansive show floor filled with the freshest designs from over 600 leading brands, it is a one-stop shop providing attendees and exhibitors the ultimate destination to network, exchange ideas and build their businesses. Several Indiana-based design professionals and vendors attended KBIS in March and shared the following insights and favorite finds from the show.
The Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom manager, Natalie Gertiser, is eager for many new products to arrive on the showroom floor that were showcased at KBIS. Gertiser says that smart home technology is further making its way into the kitchen and bath through products like Kohler Sensate and DTV Prompt. “Our clients enjoy touch technology in the kitchen and Kohler Sensate takes that convenience to a whole new level with voice-activated controls. Simply tell the faucet if you’d like it on or off and it will act without being touched,” says Gertiser.
Kohler’s DTV Prompt product eliminates the need for handle and knob controls along the shower wall or in a tub. Gertiser explains, “A wall-mounted digital touchscreen allows you to operate the shower and temperature from a sleek and intuitive touch panel. The interface is clean and functionality is precise.”
Principal designer for Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork, Rob Klein, attended the show alongside his team with a key intent to find vendors and product lines that offered innovative design solutions for his clients. Among his favorite booths were Bertazzoni Appliances, Richelieu hardware, GE Monogram and True Refrigeration.
Klein appreciates the Italian design behind Bertazzoni appliances because they are showpiece appliances at a moderate price point compared to the ultra-luxury brands. He additionally notes the customization options available in finishes through GE Monogram appliances that can add another element of design in a kitchen. “We were pleased to see vendors thinking ahead on concepts like sustainability that are important to our clients. Richelieu Hardware has some great storage products for spice containers that can be refilled which helps to cut waste in meal preparation. We were also excited about many in-door and in-drawer storage designs presented,” says Klein.
Gertiser is also looking forward to offering new introductions from True Refrigeration. “True is a known leader in the commercial appliance industry and is now offering products that are refined for the home with design options like customizable door colors and hardware,” shares Gertiser.
Designer Adam Gibson of Adam Gibson Design was also at the show. As a proponent of designing and building healthy homes, he noted that several companies have dedicated “makeup air” systems to compensate for tightly-built, energy-efficient homes. Kitchen exhaust fans are becoming more powerful, and in these efficient homes unhealthy living conditions can occur if a house doesn’t have enough leaks around doors, windows, light fixtures and vents. The fan may pull air through a furnace or water heater’s flue or a fireplace, bringing carbon monoxide and other dangerous and noxious gases into the home.
These makeup air systems are electronically triggered when the exhaust fan engages, blowing in fresh air to compensate for the exact amount of air exhausted. Fantech, which has a myriad of systems to address this issue, including filtering and tempering incoming air, and Broan, seem to be leaders in the field. Gibson recognized that many other manufacturers offer passive systems, which merely open a damper to let air into the home when the exhaust fan engages, but he is of the opinion that that they don’t compensate like an electronically-powered system, like these from Fantech and Broan.
It’s always a good day in the design world when top design, functionality and performance intersect. To learn more about the happenings at KBIS 2019, visit the design center showrooms or speak to a kitchen and bath design professional.
For more information:
Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork | Suite 116 at the IDC | 317-846-2090
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery | Suite 101 at the IDC | 317-705-0794
Adam Gibson Design | Suite 223 at the IDC | 317-345-1311
Ever walk in a room and fall in love with the space? It just works but you may not be able to put your finger on why it works, which is a sign of good design. Design is in the details, as they say, and thoughtful, perhaps nuanced details are what create visual harmony in a room and make it truly personal.
October is the most active time of year for kitchen and bath remodels which means showrooms and designers at the Indiana Design Center are busy. Designer Whitney Parkinson, principal of her namesake firm, recently presented a seminar at the design center around dream kitchens and master retreats. Parkinson agrees that details are what add personality to space.
“As a designer, I’ve become confident in the art of mixing materials like metal finishes, countertop stone and even cabinetry colors in a room,” says Parkinson. Parkinson’s work shows how a clean palette can still have plenty of dimension as she plays with texture, scale, lighting and color tonality.
“Your eye wants to see balance. And if your design details are right, the space will feel luxurious and have longevity,” adds Parkinson.
Parkinson is a fan of approaching a kitchen space as a blank canvas by utilizing custom cabinetry makers. And don’t forget your ceilings; Parkinson refers to them as “the fifth wall” and loves to add texture, beams or architectural details whenever possible.
The Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery at the Indiana Design Center showcases hundreds of brands from manufacturers of plumbing, lighting and appliances, in addition to offering kitchen design services. The showroom manager, Jeremy Konechne, reports that the most recent product launches are all about design personalization.
“The Café brand of appliances by GE is now offering shoppers the choice between premium matte black and matte white finishes along with interchangeable metallic knobs and handle options. There are countless design combinations to make your kitchen unique,” says Konechne.
The kitchen is arguably the most used room in a home and enjoyed by so many, so it is no surprise that the industry continues to serve up new opportunities to add personal design statements to it. To learn more visit the Indiana Design Center showrooms or connect with a design professional here.
The Coats-Wright Art & Design gallery on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center has added a new artist to its collection of internationally-recognized creators. Marco Querin, an artist born in Milan, Italy, connected with gallery director, Dianne Wright, through the local design industry. Wright was drawn to Querin’s meticulous and detail-oriented aesthetic and knew his work would be a niche addition to the gallery.
Querin’s style reflects his intrigue with all that can be controlled, which resulted from a life of constant change, both positive and negative. Once faced with unclear outcomes and direction, his pieces are creative expressions of an appreciation for precision, order and thoughtful details.
The gallery features an eight by four foot piece, Observing Multiculturism, comprised of carefully-threaded cotton and alpaca fibers.
“This monochromatic piece has a quiet sophistication to it that is juxtaposed with bold, large-scale presentation and a variation of fine textures,” says Wright.
Visitors to the gallery are drawn to the piece’s simplicity only to discover it is incredibly complex in composition.
The fibers are hand-threaded across the piece and held in place by nails the artist hammered by hand, resulting in a profile that reveals its precise construction process.
“Querin’s work is very experiential – calm, yet compelling, and begs to be inspected,” mentions Wright.
Whether a monochromatic or colorful piece, Querin’s work is exacting in its execution and conjures a sense of order inside the viewer.
“Art’s power to help us heal, connect and relax is evident in Querin’s work. These pieces can exist in any style environment and represent the discipline required to create something magnificent,” says Wright.
To learn more about Querin’s work, contact Dianne Wright: [email protected] or (317) 569 5980.
Rebekah Clark of Decorating Den Interiors gave a presentation on the current trends observed at the recent High Point Market in North Carolina. She outlined many trends in the design world, from colors and finishes to furniture styles and textiles.
Many trends are still going strong—mid-century modern design, neutral gray tones—but there are many more that are growing in popularity.
1. Gold Metals
Muted gold finishes are still trending, but mixing metals has become an attractive and sometimes necessary option as well. Silvers, mixed with gold, copper, bronze and even cast-iron create a collected and curated look.
The clear material remains popular in furniture (chairs and coffee tables), but is also gaining traction in other applications. Acrylic furniture legs, bar carts, even curtain rods and finials are being used more and more. The luminousness of the material is perfect to use in small spaces, as it has less visual heft and lends a chic sensibility.
3. Island Living
With more stable economic times come brighter, more acidic color tones. Greenery, Pantone’s color of the year, is reflective of this, as are other pops of color like bubble gum pink and tropical reds and oranges. Neutral wall colors still reign supreme, but island-themed accessories and bright throw pillows combine to make a space fresh and new. Tropical, leafy prints are trending as well, as is the rattan and wicker furniture that pairs with it. The woven, woody textures look great juxtaposed with bright colors.
4. Details, Details
Lots of trims and details make the boring and neutral more personal. Monogramming and small additions like pom-poms and tassels bring in color and visual interest. These types of things can easily be added to textiles and fabric items in the home. Faux finishes also add welcome detail to small furniture pieces and accessories. Faux bois and shagreen finishes elevate a basic tray or side table to something more remarkable.
Many showrooms at the Indiana Design Center have pieces that reflect these current trends. A customer can go all-in and splurge on a hibiscus-red refrigerator, or add some bright green piping and a monogram to a throw pillow. The combinations are numerous and can be specified to your needs.
Local artist JD Naraine has recently exhibited some of her latest works for sale at the Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery at Indiana Design Center (suite 122). Ms. Naraine trained in the traditional style, starting out painting children’s portraits. As she has built her career her style has evolved. She has been inspired by Impressionists and Expressionists alike, using bold, sweeping brushstrokes and vibrant color. Many of her paintings of the female form are reminiscent of masters like Chagall and Matisse, while other more abstract pieces are hugely evocative of Motherwell and Rothko. Her works are a fresh, inspired take on these modern movements. For pricing and to learn more, contact gallery director Dianne Wright: [email protected] or 317- 569-5980.
Randy Sorrell, owner of Surroundings by Natureworks+ inspired attendees at the March Designer On Call workshop on how to design and execute an outdoor living oasis – outlining steps to visualize the plan, along with best outdoor materials and prominent design trends to get the space you desire.
Randy’s 5 steps to creating your ideal outdoor design:
- Pick Your Partner – In selecting an outdoor designer, the most important things are to set expectations early and communicate often with the team.
- Express Your Story – What is most important to you? How do you live? Do you have kids and want to hang out with them? It is important to express these things initially, as it drives the design of the entire space.
- Identify The Realities – Every person’s home and needs are different, therefore subject to unique challenges. Budget is one such consideration, but other real hurdles can be controlling the bug situation, knowing what plants would aggravate allergies, etc. Other things to consider, especially on a house by house basis: drainage issues, architectural style, easements, easy access to installation and transitions from indoor to outdoor spaces.
- Develop The Design – Once all of the necessary and sometimes logistical practicalities are conceptualized, one must actually make the design for the space, whether that be with pencil and paper, with a CAD program, or 3D renderings.
- Installing, Detailing, Enjoying – After the plans are set, then the installation can begin. Once the hardscape is put in, then the details can be added, like furnishings and other outdoor accessories. With all of the extras added, you can really enjoy comfort in your outdoor area.
When considering an outdoor space, materials are key, as they can make or break the space itself. If the materials don’t fit the needs of the family or the space, or if they aren’t durable enough for the purpose, then you won’t be able to fully enjoy the area. Randy shared some of his favorite go-to materials:
- Limestone – the most frequently-used stone by national monuments. It is easy to use, timeless and readily available.
- Travertine – a dense stone that is also very popular. It is a good choice for pool decks, as it does not get slippery when wet.
- AZEK decking – a newcomer to the polymer decking market. It performs better and lasts longer than other, older composite materials. It is also a beautiful product; it looks like real wood.
- Ipe wood decking – (pronounced EE-pay) is an exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot and decay, is 8 times harder than California Redwood, and is guaranteed for 20 years without preservatives.
Also trending at the moment alongside limestone patios are fire features and mixing of materials. Pergolas are still very popular among homeowners. Almost every outdoor area can benefit from a pergola, which is a trending detail, and a very functional one as it offers semi-permanent shade to the area.
Mixed materials in patios is another trend that has gained favor recently. Rock mixed with pavers lends visual and textural interest to the design lending itself to an Asian-inspired or Zen feeling space.
Dreaming of re-creating your outdoor space into an oasis? Turn to the pros at Surroundings. Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment, Indiana Design Center, suite 120-A.
The 2017 Designer on Call Workshop series continued Tuesday, April 18 with a presentation made by Dianne Wright, gallery director of Coats-Wright Art & Design. With over 20 years of experience in interior design (and 35 in the fine art world), she can speak with authority on all types of home decor and layout design. She spoke about how to design (and live in) a small space in a thoughtful way.
Dianne provided a slide show of her own apartment home, detailing all of the ways she maximizes her limited space with tips for storage, display and design. Her first rule is no clutter. She advises to “edit, edit, edit,” when it comes to living in a smaller-scale home.
“Keep the things you love the most and get rid of anything extraneous, not useful, or not pleasing to the eye. In a small space everything matters, because household items will often be in plain view instead of stored away,” says Dianne Wright.
Because of this, she advises people to use their cherished possessions, for every day, for display and for storage.
For example: Collected platters or trays can display groups of often-used items in the kitchen. Salt, pepper and olive oil bottles look elegant when placed next to the stove in this way. Rustic wooden bowls can hold fruit on a kitchen counter, creating a pragmatic still life. Mixing the practical and functional with the beautiful makes sense in a small area. Using the things we have already solves many problems – the treasured pieces you love get a useful life, and you don’t have to find additional storage for them.
Dianne takes that approach in all aspects of decorating. She offered many other tips to design a modestly-sized home:
1. Use combined storage
Not all of the things you need to store are nice to look at, so for those types of items, use baskets and other pretty containers to keep these things at bay. Vertical shelving and tops of cabinets and refrigerators are key as well, when it comes to keeping things available for use. She also suggested putting wheeled casters on some shelves and storage units to make it easy to move them around when they are serving dual roles.
2. Use double-duty furniture
In a bedroom, you can use an antique armoire to house a TV, while using the drawers below for clothing storage. Or use a small chest next to a bedside for clothing and a nightstand. In a living space, a buffet or credenza can hold a TV on top and store dining items inside, while an ottoman can be additional seating, a comfy place to rest your feet, and an expansive coffee table with the addition of a tray on top.
3. Hang family photos and art
Scattered picture frames are nice, but only when you have lots of tabletops and surfaces to display them on. Since small spaces are often lacking, hanging frames is more sensible. She also advised to create a gallery wall up a stairwell. It creates a lovely opportunity to display favorite pieces in an often overlooked spot.
For more design and art expertise, visit Dianne at her showroom in suite 122 of the Indiana Design Center. To view the upcoming Designer On Call workshops click here.
Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery
Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 122
Carmel, IN 46032
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm
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 and internationally recognized Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. We are very enthused to be introducing to the area two artists who are gleaning much national and international recognition, painter Eric Forstmann and sculptor Michael Kalish. We are also excited to offer and showcase antiques from R. Beauchamp Antiques and provide interior design services.