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SPOTLIGHT: Well Dressed Windows with Caryn O’Sullivan + Drapery Street

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, Drapery Street

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

Drapery Street, Suite 109 at the IDC

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.

Drapery Street designers always help clients to pull together a cohesive look.


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.

Hunter Douglas Drapery Street

Modern window coverings from Hunter Douglas available through Drapery Street

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.

O’Sullivan’s living room featured in Indianapolis Monthly. Photo credit: Indianapolis Monthly.

O’Sullivan’s modern kitchen featured in Indianapolis Monthly. Photo credit: Indianapolis Monthly.

Many thanks to Caryn O’Sullivan and the Drapery Street team for being an integral part of the Indiana Design Center community!

2019 Meridian-Kessler Home Tour

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!”

Homes are selected not just for their superb design and architectural elements, but to highlight a wide variety of styles from DIY bungalows and cottages to professionally decorated manors. Featured property: Albaugh Home, 5858 N. Washington Blvd.

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 Pre-sale and standard ticket pricing can be found below:
Twilight Tour
Friday, June 7, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Standard: $80 (after Memorial Day)

Home Tour
Saturday, June 8 & 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Standard: $20 (day-of/walk-up)

2019 Featured Property: Nord Home, 4930 N. Washington Blvd.

2019 Featured Property: The MK | milhaus property group: 5858 N. College Avenue

Sassy Green Interiors Partners with Local Builder

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.”
Sassy Green Interiors

Cottage living room designed by Sassy Green Interiors at Inglenook.

MARKET REPORT: 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

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.

Tech Savvy

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.”

kohler kitchen & bath industry show

Kohler Sensate voice-activated kitchen faucet in an ombre finish. Available through Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101.

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Kohler DTV Mode Shower with touch controls. Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101.

Culinary Style

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.

Richelieu kitchen & bath industry show

Richelieu featured sleek and functional designs like its Fioro collection of pull-out systems for pantry storage.

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.

True Fridge Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

True refrigeration available in custom door colors and hardware finishes. Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Healthy Home

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

IN THE KITCHEN: Designer Details to Note

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. DesignWhittney Parkinson 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.

Two tones of cabinets play nicely in this kitchen by Whittney Parkinson Design.

“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.

Mixed metals and varied textures lend depth to this kitchen by Whittney Parkinson Design.

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.

Photo courtesy of GE featuring the  GE Cafe appliances in a matte white finish.

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.

Observing Multiculturism, 2017, cotton and alpaca fibers, 96 x 48 in.

Observing Multiculturism, 2017, cotton and alpaca fibers, 96 x 48 in.

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.

Marco Querin

“Memory of an Earthquake”, 2017, wool, cotton, linen and synthetic fibers, 72 x 42 in.

“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.

Marco Querin

Construction details of “Memory of an Earthquake”.

To learn more about Querin’s work, contact Dianne Wright: [email protected] or (317) 569 5980.

2017 Spring High Point Market Report

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.

Gold accents and accessories at Holder Mattress.

2. Acrylic

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.

Acrylic drapery hardware

Acrylic drapery hardware at Drapery Street.

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.

Island living in the A Lantz Design & Consulting showroom window.

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.

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


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.

Figure Back (with blue background), mixed media, 40×26 by JD Naraine

Tree Mass, black enamel, 36×36 by JD Naraine

Red/Green/Ochre Figure, mixed media, 40×26 by JD Naraine

Tree with Ochre Wash, acrylic, 13×20 by JD Naraine

Turn Your Outdoor Space Into an Oasis

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 Sorrell, Surroundings by Natureworks+ located in the Indiana Design Center, suite 120-A.

Randy’s 5 steps to creating your ideal outdoor design:

  1. Pick Your Partner – In selecting an outdoor designer, the most important things are to set expectations early and communicate often with the team.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

BEFORE: Every space is different and can present unique design challenges.

surroundings by natureworks outdoor living

AFTER: Re-imagining your own backyard can be difficult to conceive. Working with a professional outdoor designer can cleverly blend your ideas with your desired functionality (from the design portfolio of Surroundings by Natureworks+).

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.

Flagstone, pavers and travertine patio combine seamlessly in this custom grill station to provide a long-lasting and quality space to enjoy for years to come (from the design portfolio of Surroundings by Natureworks+).

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.

Pergolas come in all shapes and sizes. Everything from a do-it-yourself kit to a fully custom design. This custom pergola by Surroundings by Natureworks+  incorporates the home’s classic Italianate architecture while enhancing the transition from indoor to outdoor space beautifully.

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.

Custom firepit and mixed rock media patio from the design portfolio of Surroundings by Natureworks+.

Surroundings by Natureworks

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.

DOC Wrap-Up: Mastering the Art of Small Space Design

Dianne Wright

Dianne Wright

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.

living area, small space

Vertical storage is another key element, with room for stacking books and also baskets for closed storage as well.

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.

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An antique buffet is a perfect place for the television, and also for storage.

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A view of the living room from above shows the ottoman, serving as coffee table, but can be pulled apart for additional seating, etc.

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.

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Favorite pieces of framed fine art create a gallery wall up the stairway.

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
PH 317.569.5980

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.

DOC Wrap-Up: How to Achieve a Well-Curated Look

Dianne Wright, gallery director for Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery, has dedicated her career to interior design for over 20 years and fine art for over 35 years. For Dianne, blending various design styles and seamlessly presenting an overall cohesive look comes naturally.


Dianne Wright

Dianne uses her knowledge of art in every design and specializes in incorporating her client’s cherished collections into stylized vignettes that both encourage conversation amongst guests and honor the items that are special to their owner.

In her beautifully curated gallery showroom, it is evident that Dianne draws inspiration from one of her favorite style icons, Darryl Carter — a designer from Washington D.C. who celebrates a “collected” look. Inside the showroom, one finds clean white walls with paintings ranging from contemporary acrylic pieces to classic oils in traditional frames.

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Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery showroom at the Indiana Design Center.

Set against these works are handsomely worn antique French wood furniture tables and seating covered in white fabric. Softening the edges you will find burlap curtains, a Turkish-inspired hand knotted rug, fresh cut lilies in a simple glass vase and an original glazed pottery piece on display. Each item tells a story and harmoniously works together to create an interesting and well-curated look.

“Be willing to go outside the box and enjoy the process”

-Dianne Wright

Comparing a Decorated vs. Collected Look


With a “decorated” look all finishes are characteristically identical on all of the furniture from chairs to sofas, dining room table and dining chairs. Bedrooms have matching linens, bedspreads and matching lamps. When all of the finishes are the same, it’s predictable and leaves little to the imagination. Your design will look more like a furniture showroom. A decorated look is safe, risk-free and is typically acquired over a short period of time.


This look is described as a comfortable space that appears to have been acquired over time. It incorporates sentimental items displayed in a meaningful fashion. It is also characterized by a mix of different design styles with various finishes for example: formal with informal, velvet with silk or burlap, and pairing high style with simplicity. While this may describe a hodge-podge look, Dianne advises that the best way to unify a room with multiple styles is to use similar fabrics in a similar color with varying texture. A cohesive color story unifies elements of the room.

Dianne Wright designer

Collected objects shown in a meaningful way set alongside modern cabinetry, original artwork and an antique-inspired light fixture.

Tips to Achieve a Collected Look

1. Create a neutral environment.

Dianne believes it’s important to give your eyes a rest from a busy and stimulating day. Choose a calming wall color (Dianne recommends white). This way, colorful artwork and properly displayed collectibles do the talking while the rest of the room remains quiet. If a predominately neutral environment is not appealing to you, then layer in your favorite colors by adding accent pillows that can be changed seasonally.

Coats-Wright Art & Design Art Gallery

Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery Showroom. Artwork by: JoAnn Belson (florals) and Hunt Slonem (bunnies).

2. Move your furniture around.

It’s okay to use a dresser from a bedroom as a sideboard or vice versa.

3. Group collections together.

Your collectibles can be sentimental or not, but when similar items are displayed all together, it makes more sense than having them scattered throughout the home.

4. Enjoy the process.

Shop antique and artist shows, resale shops and purchase items of interest while on vacation. This way, your home reflects your individual style and does not wholly consist of random objects from a popular retailer. Plus, the unique items you collect are often great conversation starters when you entertain.

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A collected look from the design portfolio of Coats-Wright Art & Design.

5. Hire a designer. A professional can help you pull it all together in an attractive way. Having someone work with you as an extra set of eyes to edit your process can be very helpful.

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A well-curated look from the design portfolio of Coats-Wright Art & Design.

For more design and art expertise, visit Dianne at her showroom in suite 122 of the Indiana Design Center.

About Coats-Wright Art & Design

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Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 122
Carmel, IN 46032
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm
PH 317.569.5980

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.

DOC Wrap-up: Fall Trends Forecast – New Looks from the Brands You Love!

Fall brings with it a plethora of exciting new fabric collection launches from some of the most popular fashion designers in the industry. Caryn O’ Sullivan, owner of Drapery Street, hosted a September workshop and shared with us the latest fabric introductions from two high-profile designers, Lilly Pulitzer and Kate Spade, and tips for what’s trending now in home window fashions.

1. Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa

Lilly Pulitzer has a recognizable look inspired by the authentic Palm Beach lifestyle characterized by happy, bright, colorful and whimsical patterns. Her new fabric collection for Lee Jofa is no exception and brings Lilly’s seaside vibe into the home.


Lilly Pulitzer fabric collection for Lee Jofa available through Drapery Street.


Lilly Pulitzer fabric collection for Lee Jofa available through Drapery Street.

2. Kate Spade for Kravet

Kate Spade’s fabric line stays true to her classic and preppy look in clothing with fabric prints and trims that convey a classic Kate Spade look paired with black accents. O’Sullivan explained that when using bright fabrics, you don’t have to go “all in”. By keeping the walls and furniture quiet, you can afford to use bold or oversized pattern on drapes without it taking over the entire room. Layering in these bright and colorful fabric designs provides visual interest and a chance to express your personal style.

Kate Spade collection for Kravet available through Drapery Street.

Kate Spade collection for Kravet available through Drapery Street.


Kate Spade collection for Kravet available through Drapery Street.

3. Bold Florals

Along the lines of larger scale prints, O’Sullivan reports that floral is back. New floral designs are updated and tend to have an oversized appeal giving the pattern a modern flare. Making a statement with large scale florals on drapery panels is a great way to show off your window coverings as artwork. The best way to highlight colorful floral drapes is to keep the rest of your room in neutral grays, creams or whites.

4. Menswear

The menswear look is also trending. O’Sullivan noted the popular use of pin stripes, animal print and plaids. Plaid is always a solid choice but many of these updated plaids are neutral. Stripes and florals mix well together and create great visual interest. Don’t be afraid to mix your favorite patterns in similar color tones for a unique and cohesive look.

5. Velvet

Classic velvet has re-emerged and is becoming more pervasive in window treatments and furniture fabric. Despite some of our pre-conceived notions, velvet is not a “winter” drape or fabric.

6. Emerald

Go green! Beautiful emerald greens are regaining popularity, says O’Sullivan. It’s one of the most common colors in nature, so this color never goes out of style. Infuse some green into your next window coverings project or cover that tufted sofa with a deep emerald velvet for a look that transcends the trends.

Looking to add some pizzazz to your current décor or update your window coverings? Visit the design professionals at Drapery Street. Caryn and her team can help you create the look you want and will enjoy.

About Drapery Street


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Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 109
Carmel, IN 46032
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10 am – 6 pm | Sat. 9 am – 3 pm

Drapery Street is a design boutique that offers a beautifully curated assortment of one-of-a-kind fabrics and custom design resources.  This creative workshop engages the customer in a personal design process that is organized to deliver beautiful interiors that suit each unique taste and lifestyle.  By focusing on design expertise, friendly and personal creative consultation and curated style inspiration, Drapery Street appeals to shoppers with different tastes, incomes and styles of living.

KITCHEN DESIGN TODAY: Designer Tips for Your Next Project

As summer has come to an end and kids are back in school, fall is the busiest time of year for kitchen and bath remodels. In fact, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) deems October “National Kitchen & Bath Month”. If a kitchen project is on your horizon, take note of the following design considerations, trends and new products for your upcoming project.




Amy Kreutz, CKD designer

Amy Kreutz, senior designer for the award-winning design firm Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork, is a certified NKBA designer who specializes in kitchen and bath design. In an interview, Amy noted how cultural changes influence design decisions and how we operate in the kitchen.

“Families are cooking more together, rather than relying on one person to prep meals, which means we need to design several prep and cooking zones that allow for others to pitch in without bumping into each other,” said Kreutz.

This consideration translates to careful placement of appliances throughout the kitchen and multiple prep and clean-up stations that are both efficient and ergonomic. “The ‘cooking triangle’ is really a thing of the past,” said Kreutz.

Multiple prep and cooking zones allow for the whole family to participate in meal preparation. Kitchen design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

Multiple prep and cooking zones allow for the whole family to participate in meal preparation. Kitchen design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

The farm-to-table movement has more homeowners sourcing fresh, locally-grown ingredients and relying less on freezer storage in the kitchen. “Sophisticated and well-placed refrigeration helps to preserve fresh ingredients and aid in cooking efficiency. We strategically place drawer refrigeration near the cooking and prep areas of the kitchen,” said Kreutz. Sub-Zero refrigeration is among Kreutz’s favorites and she attests that what may seem like small design details make a huge difference in the function and flow of a kitchen.

The prevalence of technology also has a strong impact on kitchen design. “Each kitchen we create has a place for a tablet to reference online recipes and a hidden charging station to support the family’s devices, rather than an office station and desk that attracts clutter,” said Kreutz.


When it comes older homes, Kreutz said, “The style of the home often sets the tone that drives the design focus.” Some of the most popular colors and finishes are timeless white cabinets and the re-introduction of brass hardware in a brushed or satin finish. White and brass pair beautifully with a deep navy kitchen island.

Subway tile remains classic but new, yet clean, tile shapes are also making waves. Arabesque, hexagon and varying scales of tile create a fresh look. Kreutz also urges her clients to mix countertop materials.

“Marble is beautiful, but may not be best suited for your heavy duty prep areas. Soapstone is a great alternative—it’s durable, non-porous and gets better with age,” said Kreutz.

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Arabesque tile available through Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs or Santarossa

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Soapstone wall and countertops paired with marble island. Kitchen Design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.


The Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery at the Indiana Design Center (IDC) is a great showroom to see and source the latest products for your kitchen and bath. On the tech front, the Jenn-Air Connected Wall Oven is essentially a “smart oven” that allows you to operate it from an app on your phone. Touch technology like that offered by Indiana-based Delta Faucet Company is also a popular choice among homeowners.

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Delta Trinsic faucet with Touch2O technology available through Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

“Modern light fixtures are increasing in popularity. The more we show it on the floor, the more customers go for it,” said Laura Rolka, showroom manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

This is especially true for mid-century modern styles. Crystal light fixtures remain supreme, but with clean, simplified lines that create a modern twist. And just as Kreutz mentioned brass tones in cabinet hardware, metallic hues ranging from rose gold to black stainless steel are finding a place in kitchen design as well.

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Maxim Cocoon hanging light available through Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

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Crystorama Hollis chandelier available through Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery


If you’re ready to embark on your journey to a new kitchen or bath, here are a few ways to get started:

First, attend a complimentary kitchen design panelist discussion hosted by NKBA at the IDC on Saturday, October 29 at 10 am (call 317-569-5975 to register). Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork’s studio in suite 116 at the IDC where you can meet designer, Amy Kreutz.

Second, download a free Kitchen & Bath Planner Guide at that provides step-by-step planning tools and tips to help you manage your project.

The Indiana Design Center is located at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel, Indiana and Open to the Public. Visit Learn more about Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork at

This article was originally submitted by the Indiana Design Center and published in Meridian-Butler magazine, October 2016.

BEYOND THE BASICS: Top 5 Flooring Trends to Consider

IDC welcomes guest blogger David Decker of The Affordable Companies to the blog to discuss the latest flooring trends outside of the standard offerings.  David shares 5 different flooring materials that can offer more creative choices for your next project.

If you are like most people you are familiar with the basic flooring options for your home: carpet, hardwood, laminate, or vinyl flooring. These are all fine options, but these days, many people are getting more creative with their flooring choices. If you’re ready to go beyond the basics, we think you’ll love these flooring trends. They’re unique, durable, and beautiful.

Top 5 Flooring Trends

1. Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that is as hard as many hardwoods when dried. Its popularity is growing, and today there are hundreds of style and color choices, from traditional thin bamboo strips to wider bamboo planks that mirror the style of traditional hardwood.

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Medium plank bamboo with the hand-scraped look of wood.


2. Cork

Cork has long been used in places like radio stations and recording studios for its acoustic benefits, but its popularity in homes is growing. Cork provides a softer and more comfortable surface for walking, and like bamboo it has become available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Cork works best in cool dry areas that are protected from the sun – cork will fade with prolonged sun exposure.

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Cork is often overlooked as a flooring option, however, it provides several benefits with the right application.


3. Luxury Vinyl

Want the look of hardwood without the high price tag? Many people are choosing luxury vinyl flooring over hardwood floors. Luxury vinyl flooring is more durable and stain resistant than wood, and is a great choice for families with pets or young children. We like the Floorte product from Shaw for its style and durability. It’s even waterproof!

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Luxury vinyl flooring by Shaw.


4. Large Tile

Tile flooring has always been popular, but these days homeowners are going beyond the traditional 12” x 12” squares. Larger tiles are a gorgeous look, with more of the beautiful surface and less grout. This choice works well in a kitchen or bathroom.   Consider using tile from Ergon to create a floor you will love.

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Oversize tile can create a beautiful, seamless look.


5. Matte Finish Wide Plank Hardwood

If you like the look of hardwood floors, but want to do something different, consider wider planked hardwood with a matte finish. The smooth finish of a matte floor adds character to your home, and like traditional hardwood, this style of flooring is available in several colors and finishes to match your décor.

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Wide plank hardwoods in a matte finish don’t show scratches as easily and add more warmth to the space.


Whether your tastes or traditional or trendy, The Affordable Companies can help you find the perfect flooring for your home. Contact us today to begin your project, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our favorite projects.

Guest Blogger

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David Decker
[email protected]

The Affordable Companies
1000 3rd Avenue SW, Suite 120
Carmel, IN 46032

As a full-service kitchen, bathroom, and flooring dealer, the Affordable Companies can deliver a custom solution that meets all of your needs. We help customers make informed decisions by providing advice and consultation and bringing passion, an exacting eye for detail, and extensive experience to every project.

STYLE REPORT: Canopy Beds at Holder Mattress

Canopy bed styles are being redesigned by manufacturers which means an exciting twist for bedroom design.  Lauren Taylor, President of Holder Mattress (suite 119 at the IDC), has shared her favorite canopy bed designs on the market and that are available through Holder Mattress.

“The right bed echoes a trend, but withstands time.  We are seeing a return to the traditional bed, now with a contemporary twist.  Our bed manufacturers are bringing back the canopy, but with new materials and a cleaner design.”

Lauren Taylor
President, Holder Mattress

Favorite Canopy Beds from Holder Mattress

1. The Bernhardt Aiden Canopy bed features an upholstered headboard, footboard and side rails with acrylic posts and brass accents.  These details come together for a contemporary yet warm feel.

Bernhardt Aiden Canopy bed.

Bernhardt Aiden Canopy Bed.

2. The Fashion Bed Group Avalon Canopy bed also features an upholstered headboard and footboard panel.  The slate finish on the metal posts and side rails are simplistic, yet sophisticated.

Fashion Bed Group Avalon Canopy bed

Fashion Bed Group Avalon Canopy Bed

3. The Gat Creek Garrett Canopy bed is available in maple or cherry and a variety of stained and painted finishes as well as a storage configuration with drawers. We love the options this company offers. It really allows you to make this bed your own.

Gat Creek Garrett Canopy bed

Gat Creek Garrett Canopy Bed

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Holder Mattress
Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 119
Carmel, IN 46032
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9am – 6 pm

Lauren Taylor
[email protected]


In early 2011, a new Holder Mattress – Home Collection showroom will open at the Indiana Design Center. Holder Mattress Company was founded in Kokomo, Indiana, in 1947. The Holder family built a tradition of excellence by using the finest materials to custom build their own mattresses and box springs. To this day, each set is still hand-crafted in Holder’s factory in Kokomo, Indiana.  Because Holder Mattress hand-crafts their own mattresses and box springs, they can make standard and custom sized mattresses. These mattresses are available up to 84” wide; round mattresses can also be made.  Attention to detail and craftsmanship assures the Holder Mattress Factory standard of quality that has become notable throughout central Indiana. Founding the business on the ideals of providing excellence in quality and superior customer service has proven to be a winning combination.  All mattress sets are non-toxic with a focus on utilizing natural materials whenever possible.  Holder Mattress is also a green business, recycling all raw material scrap as well as old mattresses intended for disposal.

Introducing Gary Nance Collection

Gary HeadshotHome architectural designer, Gary Nance, debuted his custom line of architectural products at Spring High Point Market in April. The Gary Nance Collection offers a fresh mix of classically styled architectural pieces for the home and includes: interior and exterior light fixtures with a variety of finishes, hardware handles, straps and fasteners, and stairway spindles in wood or metal.

Nance’s thirty-plus years of residential and commercial architectural experience have given him a sharp eye for product perfection. After finding a void in the market for easy to obtain, high-quality and affordable products, Gary sketched various designs for custom-made products that his family, clients and designers seek.

Designer Thom Filicia visits with the Gary Nance Collection team at High Point Market.

Designer Thom Filicia visits with the Gary Nance Collection team at High Point Market.

Nance believes subtle details make a huge difference.”I’ve found many situations where stair spindles haven’t been updated in 30 years. I want to take the headache away for all of us including interior designers and homeowners,” said Nance.

Better yet, Nance’s affordable products are not only custom designed, but also quickly produced.

 “I know several designers and homeowners who wait months, sometimes over a year, to get the products they want and now they can get high-quality, American made products in six to eight weeks,” said Nance.

Since his debut in April, Nance has continued to work on a variety of other products to expand the collection. On the heels of its High Point introduction, a local launch event has also been scheduled.  The Gary Nance Collection Indianapolis launch event will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Indiana Design Center.  Guests will enjoy the opportunity to see the products first-hand and to hear from Gary about the collection and its future.




Get to Know Godby Hearth & Home

Godby Hearth & Home opened its Interactive Studio on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center at the start of 2016. The showroom is designed to facilitate product selections and design during the concept phase of a remodeling or new home construction project. While the showroom does not show actual products on site, there is a myriad of information and imagery available at your fingertips with the help of a Godby consultant. Godby consultants specialize in the selection of shower doors; glass enclosures; custom mirrors; grills and outdoor living products; fireplaces, fireplace doors, screens, tool sets and wood grates. The videos below walk you through the Interactive Studio’s process and share tips for how to go about your unique project.

The IDC Vibe: 30+ Businesses, 1 Vibrant Community.

The IDC welcomes guest blogger, Randy Sorrell, owner of Surroundings by Natureworks + to the blog.  Since moving to the IDC in February, Randy is quickly forging new relationships.

Collaboration.  Energy.  Enthusiasm.  Resources.  And the list grows daily that describes what I absolutely dig about the Indiana Design Center.  The fact that it’s smartly positioned in the heart of Carmel surrounded by galleries, great dining experiences and a short walk to the Palladium is thrilling bonus!

Today is a great example of the partnerships we experience.  A morning appointment uncovered a need for exterior grade blinds in a screen porch…Caryn O’Sullivan at Drapery Street is thrilled to follow up with her.  Another client has a unique brick and mortar grill that could smartly be converted into an edgy fire feature, which we can handle internally.  Or, thanks to Brian Adams at Godby Hearth & Home, we have another solution.

Those collaborations now easily solve issues for clients that were once cumbersome or presumed unsolvable.  Solutions similar to this occur almost daily.  Of course, we are often consulted in a similar manner.

If you have not toured the Indiana Design Center at 200 South Rangeline Road in Carmel, please do.  Consider this a personal invite.  Stop in suite 219 to say “hi” and grab an espresso or bottle of water.  It’s a great VIBE.

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Interested in a personal tour and introduction to the resources available at the IDC? Call 317-569-5975 to schedule.

About SURROUNDINGS By NatureWorks +

randy, head shotRandy Sorrell, Owner
P:  317. 575.0482
E:  [email protected]

Indiana Design Center
200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 219
Carmel, IN  46032


We love working with happy homeowners who are interested in improving their surroundings. Incredible outdoor living spaces is where we started 23 years ago, specializing in cool patios, dramatic landscapes, shade producing pergolas and anything else required to make your outdoor space wonderful. Our business has expanded / matured to include luxury interior remodeling as well, with spa-like bathrooms, kitchens and basement remodels.  We look forward to meeting you.

7 Ways to Gain A Fresh New Design Look in 2016

IDC welcomes interior designer and guest blogger Rebekah Perry Clark of Decorating Den Interiors to the blog.  Enjoy Rebekah’s great tips for keeping your interiors fresh in 2016.

The holidays are over.  Colorful and festive decorations are stored for another year and now when you look around your home, you find yourself thinking, “I need to do something to liven up my rooms, but I just don’t know where to start.”

No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, it’s always fun to “shake things up a little bit” and give at least one room in your home a facelift.  Here are 7 ideas that will help you to get started on a new look for the new year:

1. Rearrange

Oftentimes, it’s not something new you crave, although new furniture can definitely give any home an instant lift.  Simply rearranging what you already own within a specific room or transferring pieces from one room to another will make a huge difference.  I like to work with my clients to help move their furniture into more interesting positions. Rather than the traditional line of furniture around the walls, try angling your large pieces. I guarantee that you’ll love the difference an angle can make!

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

2. Let There Be Light

Nothing gives a room a brighter sparkle easier and faster than new lighting, especially if your room feels drab.  Consider adding a new lamp or a pair of lamps.  Even replacing an old lampshade can make the right adjustment in brightening a dull room.

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

3. Start Your Own Decorating Notebook

If a whole new room is in your future, than now is the time to plan. I suggest that you save pictures of favorite rooms, favorite things, favorite colors, and make some notes as you study these photos. Ask yourself: Why do I like this room? What would I change? By including the answers to these questions in your decorating notebook, you’ll not only save yourself valuable time, but your design professional will be thrilled with the thought you’ve given to your project.  Also consider more of a digital notebook by storing your favorite images and notes on Pinterest or Houzz app accounts.


Apps like Houzz and Pinterest allow you to digitally archive your design inspiration and ideas.

4. Lighten, Brighten & De-clutter

Try clearing your rooms of excessive clutter and downsizing your precious collections. Brighten your floors with a new area rug. Change out your window treatments to lighten any room. Add a few accent pillows to your furniture for a great new look.

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

5. Try a New Color Scheme

How about adding an accent wall to a room?  Consider a shade or two darker than the room’s other three walls.  Block painting or adding wallpaper to a focal wall adds more visual interest. It’s amazing what a fresh new color scheme can do.

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

6. Add a Fresh, New Pattern to Your Decor

Perhaps it’s time to consider replacing that tired, worn-looking sofa. Smart fabric choices of bold stripes, botanicals, leafy patterns or geometric designs would definitely add some spice to your decor!


From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

7. Refresh Your Accessories

A new lamp or lampshade, a new piece of art, or the addition of an exciting piece of sculpture can set the tone for a wonderful room makeover.

There’s never a better time than now to think about a fresh new look for your home.

“I believe that everyone deserves to be able to say, no matter what kind of day I’ve had, when I come home I feel happy, peaceful and uplifted!”

– Rebekah Perry Clark, Decorating Den Interiors

Guest Blogger & Interior Designer:

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Rebekah Perry Clark
Decorating Den Interiors

[email protected]

Rebekah Clark and Melanie Nash of Decorating Den Interiors pride themselves on always putting the client first. “Our objective is to make sure our client’s projects reflect their own personal style and character. No two people are alike, so no two designs should be alike.” Starting her own business in 1996 along side her mother was not an easy task. Years of hard work and determination developed into a design business Rebekah continues to cultivate each day. She purchased full ownership of the business in 2001 after working as a decorator for her mother, Barb Perry, for five years. Since that time, she has added two decorators to her team, Melanie Nash and Stephanie Lindley.

Design services include floor planning, space planning, residential interior, and small commercial interior. Products offered include an array of window treatments, blinds, shutters, furnishings, accessories, artwork, floor covering and interior lighting.

New Finds from the H Curated Collection

H Curated is owned by Kim and Chad Helm who travel to markets nationally and internationally to curate one-of-a-kind salvaged and repurposed furniture and accessories for resale. The showroom also features Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture furniture, rustic planters with succulents and greenery, Voluspa candles, and Little Giraffe gifts.  Be sure to stop by for “Small Business Saturday” on November 28!

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Suite 120-A at the Indiana Design Center

Enjoy a selection of new additions to the showroom floor. Call 317-771-6174 for pricing.

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On the Stag Light (left)
This crystal chandelier with stag accents likely adorned a hunting lodge in Europe. Its style is reminiscent of Bavarian or German decor.

Oversized Nickel Gravy Boat (right)
The gravy boat was procured at a Texas antique market and we envision it being used as a sophisticated ice bucket to chill champagne and wine or as a vase for a lush floral arrangement.

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Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrel with Antlers & Moss (left)
This piece is bold and grounded, yet inspires curiosity with the combination of an old whiskey barrel, antlers and vibrant moss.

Medallion (right)
We are constantly inspired by architecture and value the opportunity to salvage the architectural details that once created a beautiful environment. This medallion is from a mansion in Indianapolis.

– Kim & Chad Helm
H Curated

TRENDS REPORT: The Feminine Edge

The Feminine Edge

High Point Market occurs each spring and fall as thousands of design industry professionals and home furnishings vendors descend upon High Point, North Carolina. The furnishings market spans across 180 buildings that feature more than 2,000 exhibitors with an endless list of new product introductions for the home.

Each market, new design themes come to light or are re-energized by the industry and this report will highlight The Feminine Edge, a theme covered in the 2015 Market Report.

The Feminine Edge emerged in response to a dominance of clean, contemporary or industrial lines in furniture. The look restores a sense of elegance and softness in an otherwise disciplined space and invites subtle details and curved lines. The products photographed below are all available through the IDC showrooms and evoke a Feminine Edge in interior design to beautifully adorn a room.


Ingenue chandelier by Currey & Co. from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

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Shiraz Calacatta Gold tile from Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.


Feather sheer drapery from Drapery Street.

Brizo RSVP faucet with crystal finial from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Brizo RSVP faucet with crystal finial from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

H Curated Now Open at the IDC

Showroom Features High-End Flea Market Finds & Specialty Lines
Featured in the Indianapolis Star 10.11.15

HCurated_logoThe Indiana Design Center is pleased to announce that H Curated has opened a retail pop-up showroom on the first floor of the IDC. H Curated is owned by Kim and Chad Helm who travel to markets nationally and internationally to curate one-of-a-kind salvaged and repurposed furniture and accessories for resale. Example findings include a rustic feeding cart turned settee, garden finial-based table lamps and a mirror inlayed in architectural material from a New York City church. The showroom also features Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture furniture, rustic planters with succulents and greenery, Volupsa candles, and Little Giraffe gifts and throw blankets.  The showroom caters to both homeowners and design industry professionals

H Curated originated out of the Helm’s love for traveling to seek unique and reclaimed décor items as they prepared to build a new home.

“After a few buying trips, we realized we couldn’t take home everything we loved, so continued to collect and curate pieces for friends and designers. Opening a retail pop-up showroom at the Indiana Design Center is a natural next step and allows us to share great finds with clients who appreciate goods with a story,”

– Chad Helm, owner of H Curated

H Cuated has joined more than 30 design industry businesses at the IDC. “We are excited to have H Curated in the Indiana Design Center as it further solidifies the IDC as the top resource for homeowners. The Helms bring with them an incredible eye for design and ability to source products that can be difficult to find on your own,” said Melissa Averitt, senior vice president for sales & marketing at Pedcor Companies.

H Curated features one of a kind and reclaimed items for the home.

H Curated features one of a kind and reclaimed items for the home.


In addition to vintage finds, H Curated carries Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture furniture, Volupsa candles and Little Giraffe.

H Curated
Indiana Design Center
200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 120-A
Carmel, IN 46032

Design Trends Report: Geometric Texture

Texture and geometry have been popular design themes for 2015 and can instantly add edge to any room. The trend is quite versatile, too, as it’s being utilized in many ways: door and drawer fronts, accessories, mirrors, lighting, hardware, seating, and fabric.

“Texture and geometry are coming up strong in home furnishings. From stark lines and sexy curves to simple concentric circles and strong patterns, geometric textures are popping up everywhere.”

-Beth Dotolo, High Point Market, Spring/Summer 2015 Report

Check out these great examples we found of Geometric Texture around several of the Indiana Design Center showrooms:

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Toledo Lucido Glass & Stone Water Jet Mosaic, Displayed in Santarossa, By Artistic Bottom (Top) & Inlayed Calcutta Marble Into Gibraltar Limestone, Mimicking Above Pattern, By Santarossa (Bottom).


Bernhardt’s Cabrillo Nailhead Chest, Available at Holder Mattress

Glass Tile from Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs.

Glass Tile, Available at Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs.

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Dodecahedron (Large Silver) Paper Sculptures, By Christine Kim, Displayed in Grand Hall of Indiana Design Center

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CR Laine Chair of Frett Pattern, 100% Cotton Fabric, Pumice Color & Pebble Chamois Pillow 18 x 18 inches, Taupe (Both Items Available through a Design Professional in The Trade Connection)

Courbet Reflection Fabric by Jonathan Adler available through a Design Professional at The Trade Source.

Courbet Reflection Fabric by Jonathan Adler, Available through a Design Professional at The Trade Source.


“Glendale” Down Light Pendant, “Aged Brass” Color, 16.5W x 30H inches, Made By Hudson Valley Lighting, Available at Ferguson

On Trend: “Singing the Blues”

Whether enjoying clear blue skies or the deep blue ocean, tis the season to be inspired by and use blue in your decor.  From indigo, cobalt, to baby blues, the millions of shades produced from this color are showing up in residential interiors and were a staple design statement at the ’15 Spring High Point Market.

“Engulfed in the ‘Shades of Gray’ mentality for the past decade, consumers are ready to be bolder and more confident in their color choices. The beautiful indigos and marine blues are indicative of this confidence. Intuitive, loyal, and assured blues can also represent calm and, coupled with the Coastal Vibe trend, take consumers on a mental trip to a favorite vacation destination.”

-Patti Johnson  High Point Market, Spring/Summer 2015 Report

Depending on your style, we believe there is a shade of blue for you. Check out these great examples from around several of the Indiana Design Center showrooms:

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Portabello Road Drapery from Drapery Street

Blue Chair

Purposeful-Design’s Hudson Adirondack Chairs (Available in a Variety of Colors), Available at Holder Mattress

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Costa Esmeralda Granite Counter Top (From Santarossa) with Dewitt Maple Oasis Cabinetry (From Reese Kitchens), Maytag- Free Standing Range Oven (From Ferguson)

Ming Green & Thassos White Tile Flooring from Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs

Ming Green & Thassos White Tile Flooring from Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs

Blue China

Blue & White Vases, Available at The Trade Connection

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“The Way of Prayer” Oil & Dry Pigment on Canvas, 30 x 30 inches, Artist Carmelo Blandino, Displayed in Coats Wright Art & Design

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“Sethos” Midsize Chandelier, “Old Iron” Color, 28W x 40H inches, Made By Currey & Company, Available at Ferguson