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Reese Kitchens Talks Color in the Kitchen on “Design Your Life…Style with Barry & Joni”

Reese--LOGOReese Kitchens (a Ferguson company), located in suite 201 of the Indiana Design Center, says it’s okay to have color beyond wood tones in the kitchen and to mix and match your finishes.  In fact, Reese Kitchens carries a cabinetry line called Decora which will match your Decora cabinetry design to any shade of Sherwin-Williams paint.  Talk about options!  Check out the video below to learn more from showroom manager, Jeremy Konechne, who shared this information on Design Your Life…Style with Barry & Joni.

Video: Trends Report Featured on “Design Your Life…Style with Barry & Joni”

Design Tip: embrace interior design trends that are also long-time classics!  IDC marketing director, Andrea Kleymeyer, and tv host+designer, Barry Lantz, have great examples from their chat on Design Your Life. Style With Barry & Joni. Check out the recap which shares how you can be on trend but also timeless by using Bronze, Blue and White China and Animal Print into your decor!

Annual IDC Sample Sale – May 15 & 16

S A M P L E   S A L E
Open to the Public
10+ Showrooms Featuring Endless Choices & Unique Finds at Up to 50% Off
2 Days Only – Friday, May 15 & Saturday, May 16

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

The Sale Runs:

Friday, May 15 – 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday, May 16 – 10 am to 3 pm

Key Information:

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

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An Island of Bold.

The kitchen island is a great place to make a kitchen design statement and it can be about more than your countertop selection. Consider contrasting your cabinet finishes and even using bold color.  Check out these great designs by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork and Reese Kitchens.  The Reese Kitchens showroom is located in suite 201 (second floor) of the IDC and Conceptual Kitchens is located in suite 116 (first floor).

Design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

Natural wood tones contrast the classic white kitchen.  Design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

Design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

A “stormy grey” island grounds this bright kitchen.  Design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

Design by Reese Kitchens.

Be bold, go blue.  This design incorporate various colors and textures that are brought together by tones in the natural stone.  Design by Reese Kitchens.

Design by Reese Kitchens.

The green island mixes beautifully with the bronze faucet, light fixtures and natural wood tones. Design by Reese Kitchens.

Oceanside Vacation Home

The Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design team recently returned from a trip to complete an ocean front vacation condo.  The seaside view inspired every detail along with a beautiful blue and white color palette.  Enjoy photos from this casual and sophisticated retreat.Ros 2


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DOC Workshop Recap: Mixing Patterns to Create Visual Interest

Patrick Schmidt, interior designer with J. Baker Interiors and ASID member, led a workshop for the public that covered everything from finding your color personality, to mixing patterns and design trends.

Patrick’s design philosophy is client-driven as he believes in letting the client lead with their own color inspiration and general style preferences.  From there, he provides the right guidance and consult to bring the client’s vision to life.  How do you find your design vision?  Patrick suggests looking inside your closet and taking inspiration from the items you and your family wear.  Or, look to nature for color palettes; a love for the ocean or mountains may inform a color direction for a project.

11 “Tricks of the Trade” from Patrick:

1. Mix patterns and use accessories on the odd number.

2. Brass, in an antiqued or rubbed finish, is making a comeback. Look for it in accessories, kitchen and bath fixtures and mixed with other finishes.

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3. Use a common color throughout a home for a more complete look.

4. Do not be afraid to use bold and unexpected design choices.

5. Animal prints, in all colors, add visual interest and are a neutral design element.

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6. Do not forget the ceiling! Add a tint of the wall color to ease the possible glare of a white ceiling.  Or, use wallpaper on the ceiling if the room scenario allows.

7. Also trending in appliances are ice white, slate and glossy black finishes which differentiate from the popular stainless steel look.


8. Designer web site portals and public sites such as Houzz are great to gather ideas and save inspirational images.

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9. As a rule of thumb, divert from trendy colors as your main color. Instead, use basic color staples and change accessories and pillows with seasonal choices.

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10. Use outdoor fabrics for interior upholstery, especially in family rooms and kid spaces.

11. Watch what is current on the fashion runway…it will make its way to interior décor within a season or two. Paint color forecasts are always a season in advance.

Did you know? J. Baker Interiors has been a design participant in the St. Margaret’s Guild Decorators’ Show House and Gardens since its inception 54 years ago. Their work will be featured this year at the 4038 N. Pennsylvania house Great Room. The Show House opens April 30 and runs through Mother’s Day weekend.  Visit for special events and details.






Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 107
Carmel, IN 46032


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Black & White: Always at the Forefront of Fashion

Because of its timeless elegance, the black and white color combination remains an interior design trend for 2015. Although bold colors such as reds and blues are making their way into the fashion world, a clean, traditional black and white room continues to prosper in interior design.

“Red certainly made a powerful statement at Fall Market. And blues, ranging from indigo and navy to cobalt and robin’s egg, continue to thrive. Black and white, however, brought bold clarity and timeless elegance to High Point’s 2014 Fall Fashion Week, defining structure and silhouette in many of the fashion forward showrooms. One can’t help but imagine that Coco Chanel would be pleased.”

– Gary Inman, High Point Market, Fall 2014 Report

Here are a few examples of black and white used in interior design by professionals or showrooms affiliated with the Indiana Design Center.

The use of black and white by Courtney Casteel Homes gives a crisp look to this dining area.

This black and white tile pattern in a master bathroom designed by Hoskins Interior Design brings a simple elegance to the room.

Black and white camel back chair with acrylic legsThe camel back chair with acrylic legs from the Trade Connection is anything but subtle.


A collection of black and white motif fabrics are perfect for a drapery statement created by Drapery Street.

IMG_7886Black and white tile and natural stone selections from Santarossa can be used as accents or to make a larger impact.

This elegant chandelier is also available in black at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting.

black and white rugs from Jack LaurieCarpets clockwise from top left: “Shagtastic” wool and nylon blend, “Zebra” in 100% wool and “Highland Park” in 100% New Zealand wool from Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs.

For more ideas, visit the Indiana Design Center showrooms or take advantage of the IDC Designer On Call program to meet with a design professional.

Color Tricks: Depth & Drama

Bright and airy spaces are certainly lovely but don’t overlook the comfort and charm of depth & drama when it comes to designing a room. Here’s a quick “Color Trick” to help inspire change within your home.

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A dining room with dark wood floors, walls and furnishings may sound overbearing but, as shown above, it creates a very handsome and dramatic look. “The light, creamy toned artwork and accent pieces contrast with the dark setting of the hardwood floor and wall color which fashions an intense, yet calming, environment. There is also a mix of dark tones among the dining set which creates the right amount of design drama to compliment a great dinner party,” said Courtney Casteel Schenberg of Courtney Casteel HomeSuite 220 | 317-817-9100

Discover the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Pantone is the leading authority on color and determines color standards for professionals who then design clothing, products, spaces and all that is influenced by color. They search carefully among the entertainment industry, traveling art, films in production, popular new artists and traveling destinations, as well as technology, sporting events and textures that impact color. Pantone then chooses a color based on several influences and Marsala has been deemed the 2015 Color of the Year. 

It encompasses a richness through its red and brown roots that simulates an earthy feel throughout any room. When used as a statement color, Marsala becomes a dramatic, yet grounding hue that embraces the warmth of its surroundings as well as enhancing the accent pieces, paint and accessories around it.

“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
– Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Ways to incorporate Marsala in Design:

  • A natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home.
  • Its plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.
  • See different ways to pair Marsala with other colors here.

“Marsala” at the Indiana Design Center

This Marsala and Navy Blue herringbone backsplash is displayed at Reese Kitchens, Bath and Lighting Gallery, tile from Santarossa.


This White Persian granite’s hues of Marsala can be found on display at Reese Kitchens, Bath and Lighting Gallery, stone from Santarossa. artwork“Origin” by Deborah Stewart exhibited in the IDC lobby.

holder mattressThis garden stool is the perfect way to bring that pop of Marsala into a room from Holder Mattress

onyxA beautiful bathroom countertop made of Onyx incorporating Marsala as seen at Reese Kitchens, Bath and Lighting Gallery, stone from Santarossa.

fabricOf any shade or pattern, you can find a collection of Marsala fabrics at The Trade Source.

For more ideas, visit the Indiana Design Center showrooms or take advantage of the IDC Designer On Call program to meet with a design professional.

2015 Trends Forecast: Reported by Caryn O’Sullivan, Drapery Street

Drapery Street LogoOver the years at Drapery Street, we’ve seen lots of interior design trends come and go, and we’re always looking for what’s new and what’s next. The new year is going to bring some new and exciting trends, and we wanted to highlight some of our favorites for you.

Orange is a color that is making a big comeback. Tangerine Tango was the Pantone Color of the Year in 2012, and we see this and other shades of orange in the contemporary living room below make it feel rich and warm.


Interior Design: Lu Olp Kittles |  Photo: Tony Valainis |  Drapery: Drapery Street

Another trend we predict will be big in 2015 is menswear fabrics. Plaid, pinstripe, houndstooth, wool, and tweed will be showing up more and more in homes, creating a tailored look. The bedroom looks very crisp and modern, and the plaid comforter and striped roman shade add texture to the room.

“Plaid, pinstripe, houndstooth, wool and tweed will be showing up more and more in homes, creating a tailored look,” said O’Sullivan


Interior Design: Jill Huse Design |  Photo: Tony Valainis |  Roman shade: Drapery Street

As an update to crystals and bling, you will see metallic accents used to add a wonderful texture and detail to spaces. Here you will see where we added chrome nailhead trim to a drape. This nailhead on the drape balances beautifully with the nailhead in the bench.


Photo: Tony Valainis |  Drapery: Drapery Street

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At Drapery Street, we have blinds, shades, shutters, and drapes to fit every style, whether you prefer something trendy or a traditional classic. You can visit us at our store in the Indiana Design Center to view full-size samples of our products and literally thousands of different fabric samples. You can also schedule a consultation with one of our talented designers to find out exactly how we can help your home. We’ll make sure you start 2015 off on a stylish note!  Call 317.816.9774 to schedule your appointment.

This article originally appeared in the Indiana Design Center pages of the Jan./Feb. ’15 issue of Sophisticated Living.

An Industrial-Chic Christmas

Rogue Decor Coming SoonTraditional gifts and novelties are essential to the holiday season, but it’s often difficult to find a special gift that is one-of-a-kind for your loved one or maybe even yourself.  Look no further than Adam Graef, artisan and owner of Rogue Decor Co., who has been in his workshop creating some incredible, handcrafted furnishings that can add industrial-chic style to any home.

And if you need to throw in a little kitsch, not to worry, Rogue Decor Co. also carries plenty of gifts with personality. Happy Holidays!

Rogue Decor Co. is open to the public on the first floor of the IDC. | 317-810-1658

Dining room table made from poplar wood with butterfly splines supported by dark grey metal legs.

Dining room table made from poplar wood with butterfly splines supported by dark grey metal legs.


Reclaimed hand hewn beam table lamps.

Poplar and oak coffee table with antique casters from factory carts.

Poplar and oak coffee table with antique casters from factory carts.

Antique Devoe Paint hinged box coffee table with metal welded legs.

Antique Devoe Paint hinged box coffee table with metal welded legs.


Hometown T’s.

Antique Readers Digest letters.

Antique Readers Digest letters.


And finally, a festive hostess gift to pair with a bottle of wine.

The Wonders of Wallcovering

Wallcovering is an incredible design tool that creates subtle to bold impact in an array of applications.  Modern innovations in printing technology can mimic textures that fool the eye, but the art of hand-crafted wallcovering also prevails.

The Trade Source, a to-the-trade fabric and wallcoverings showroom, has seen a design resurgence in the use of wallcovering styles that bring nature inside the home.  The Trade Source owner Susan Crockett shared that “Designers are specifying more and more grasscloth and woven wallcovering styles for projects.  We’re seeing a movement toward organic textures such as woven jute, paper weaves and even fine sisal.”

Thibaut is among the popular lines available through a design professional at The Trade Source and has collections dedicated to providing three-dimensional quality that offers warmth and natural texture to a room.


Basket Wave, Cream from the Thibaut Grasscloth Resource Collection

Patterns and damasks also offer elegance and sophistication to rooms that paint cannot attain.  Walter Knabe Studios produces wallcovering designs by hand on a 30 foot-long screen printing press located within its studio.  “Unlike mass produced designs, we offer clients a product that is truly hand-crafted and unlike any other roll.  We have the ability to customize color schemes and portray elements of classic antiquity among modern designs,” said Knabe.

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Weston, lime by Walter Knabe Studios

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Tangiers, orange by Walter Knabe Studios

“While we are doing more of our hand textured papers, we are also seeing a real surge in demand for papers that are brightly colored,” said Knabe.

The Trade Source is a trade-only showroom located in suite 226 at the IDC.  Call 317-569-5975 to schedule a complimentary appointment with a Designer On Call to visit the showroom and view wallcovering collections.  Walter Knabe Studios is open to the public and located in suite 217 at the IDC.

Color Tricks: Crisp Blue & White

Need some help choosing a color to add to a room?  With the help of some designers at the IDC, we have put together a few “Color Tricks” that will hopefully inspire a color change within a room.

Rosalind Pope Blue and White Room

The all-American classic, crisp blue and white color scheme throughout a room creates a cool, calm and collected feel. “In this room, shades of blue take center stage, while the beige walls and furnishings create a calm foundation for the room. The key to this design direction is to choose a variety of motifs within the same color palette to dress up the room and ensure a timeless and inviting look,” said Rosalind Brinn Pope of Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design. Suite 221-A | 317-475-1906


Featured Design Trend: Asian Inspired

The timeless and elegant art and design of Asian culture is making quite the statement across the interior design industry. Examples of Asian design influence are chinoiserie and the use of the well-known symbol, the pagoda. These two style elements are found in traditional, as well as modern schemes, and will transform any room. The Spring 2014 High Point Market Style Report highlights how chinoiserie and the pagoda were presented at market:

“Accent pieces have always utilized chinoiserie motifs but are now evolving in terms of color and scale for a more modern feel.”

– High Point Market, Spring 2014 Report

Chinoiserie patterns are moving from pillows and drapery to sofas, chairs, case goods, and outdoor fabrics- and owning the stage. Pagodas are also found in a number of items throughout the industry, that simply give a room a bit more character.

“The pagoda’s current resurgence in vibrant colors and bold scale assures this whimsical form will again transcend culture and time.”

– High Point Market, Spring 2014 Report

Pagodas, along with chinoiserie can bring elegance, originality and beauty to any room. Below are several pieces throughout the IDC showrooms that can help you achieve this look.

Pagoda Mirror | The Trade Connection

pagoda mirror A bamboo motif and a whimsical pagoda crown provide this mirror with updated Asian style. It is handcrafted of polyurethane with a white-lacquer finish. (Pagoda Mirror available through a design professional at The Trade Connection, suite 225






 Chinoiserie Secretary Desk | J. Baker Interiors

ap4This secretary desk displays a chinoiserie motif using vibrant color to create a modern feel. (Chinoiserie Secretary Desk is located at J. Baker Interiors, suite 107)






Enchantment Collection | Thibault Wallpapers & Fabrics

asian picAs featured in Sophisticated Living Magazine, modern design elements mimic fashionable chinoiserie compositions like sceniscs, fretwork and delicate florals. (Thibaut  fabrics and wallcovering are available through a design professional at The Trade Source, suite 226)






 Terra Cotta Jade Green Pagoda | J. Baker Interiors

asain picThe elegant, Asian style jade green pagoda is the perfect statement piece to tie the room together. With its bold dimensions and beautifully crafted details, no one will miss this piece. (Terra Cotta Jade Green Pagoda is available through  J. Baker Interiors, suite 107)








Hand Painted Entertainment Cabinet | J. Baker Interiors

ap2This hand painted entertainment cabinet is the perfect display of the unique and modern, yet traditional feel of chinoiserie. (Hand Painted Entertainment Cabinet is available through  J. Baker Interiors, suite 107)








 Stop by the IDC for more ideas and ways to incorporate an Asian inspired look into your design projects.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop Recap: Design Dilemmas with Barry Lantz

On the third Tuesday of every month, the Indiana Design Center hosts a Designer On Call workshop that the public is welcome to attend. This month, designer Barry Lantz with A Lantz Design and Consulting,  joined us and offered his advice for those struggling with various design dilemmas and gave a preview of a few of his trend predictions for the upcoming year.  As seen in his gorgeous display, Barry loves to work with color although he admits his house is completely neutral. He believes that by this time next year, bright summer colors that bring energy to a room, paired with floral prints will be the top trend. During the workshop we also gathered advice from many of the design dilemmas shared by workshop guests.

He believes that by this time next year, “bright summer colors that bring energy to a room, paired with floral prints will be the top trend.”

Here are a few tips from the workshop:

“How high do I hang a piece of artwork above a case good item?”

In Barry’s opinion, the lower the better. About four to five inches above the case good is enough to allow those standing, as well as those sitting to enjoy the work of art displayed. More often than not, he finds that people tend to hang their artwork too high above the case good.


 “Do I change my picture frames in a room to match each other?”

No. Barry believes that by keeping the frames as their original miss-matched look, the room will appear eclectic and they bring more character into a room. He also does not think that anyone should re-frame a frame with value, or that is gilded. Usually the frames are picked for the painting, and by changing the painting out of its original frame, you may not get the same beauty out of the painting that the artist intended it to have.

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“If I have a collection, how can I best display these items without the space looking cluttered?”

You must “present” the collections. For instance, you could place a tray on a coffee table with a few collection items, a stack of books, and a nice flower to really show little bits of your collection. He mentioned that a family member of his collects angels. He loved how many of them were displayed together in a glass case, but then throughout the house there were also some strategically placed. This allowed you to view the collection throughout the entire house, rather than simply all together in one clustered spot.


“How do I transform my living room sectional couch to make it more conversational for my guests?”

Barry gave many different options in regards to transforming a living room with a curved sectional to make the space more conversational for guests. His first thought was to relocate the 80” television to completely transform the room, but the husband of the guest would not approve, according to her. So, he came up with a “plan b”, to purchase two couches and have them arranged in an “L” shape, so the guests would be facing each other and able to talk, while still allowing one couch to be parallel to the television. He stated, “Design is about geometry. Every room should have all shapes. The more, the better.” He also offered that between the couches there should be space left open for a coffee table, bench, or accent piece.


Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of the August through November Designer On Call workshop series schedule.  All workshops are free, open to the public and take places on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am.

Featured Design Trend: Nailed It!

The clever use of nails in the interior design industry is currently on the rise. “Nailhead”, as some say, is taking over the more common, traditional designs we have seen over the years and spicing them up a bit.

“Moving beyond traditional tufted upholstery, nail
heads are being used with artistry and flair not
only in seating, but also in lighting and plump,
sumptuous case goods.” – High Point Market, Spring 2014 Report

This trend leaves an infinite amount of pattern opportunities and creates a more unique spectrum for designers to explore. Below are several pieces located here at the Indiana Design Center that embrace this trend.

 Cabrillo Nailhead Chest | Holder Mattress

Holder MattressA total statement piece for almost any room in the home! Fully wrapped linen covered chest with nailhead trim includes clear lay-on glass with eased edges on top of the chest. There are three drawers with nailhead trim pattern as well.  (Cabrillo Nailhead Chest by Bernhardt, available at Holder Mattress



Leyden Ottomans  | Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design

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Leather ottomans with nailhead trim are great for additional seating or a place to set a tray. This version features a hourglass shape with antique nickel nail accent followed by mocha wood trim around the bottom. (Leyden Ottoman by Bernhardt, summer special $400 down from $695, available through Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design




 Kerry Chair | The Trade Connection

Ralph Lauren Chair

The Ralph Lauren Kerry Chair with ultra blendown seat cushion and upholstered back will be the most handsome piece in the room.  The chair features  a welt trim as well as nailhead trim. (Kerry Chair by Ralph Lauren, available through a design professional at The Trade Connection)




Nailhead Lamp | Rogue Decor Co.

lamp2The pop of color from this unique nailhead lamp will bring joy to any room this season! The summer-y white base, with a mix of a turquoise color lamp, topped off with a nailhead trim is quite the statement in any room. (Nailhead Lamp, available at Rogue Decor Co.)






 Cornice Board | Drapery Street

board 2This Cornice Board is a fun and easy way to add personality to your windows. Drapery Street’s nearly infinite choice of fabrics and trim, such has nailhead, offer many options to customize your project. (Cornice Board, available at Drapery Street)






Avery Dining Chair | The Trade Connection

photo5The curved arms of this chair feature a very comfortable, classic mid-century modern design. The beige and burlap fabrics contrast to create a statement while maintaining a neutral appeal with nailhead trim detail.  (Avery Dining Chair, available through a design professional at The Trade Connection







Stop by the IDC for more great ideas and ways to incorporate nailhead detail into your design projects.

IDC Spring Sample Sale: May 2 & May 3

S A M P L E   S A L E

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

2 Days Only – Friday, May 2 & Saturday, May 3

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

The Sale Runs:

Friday, May 2 – 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday, May 3 – 10 am to 3 pm

Key Information:

  • Up to 50% Off
  • 10+ participating businesses
  • Items are priced as marked
  • Items sold as is
  • All sales are final
  • Certain restrictions may apply among participating businesses
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Designer Picks | Julie O’Brien’s Favorite Things

JulieOBrien-sfwExpression and design have always been a part of Julie O’Brien’s life. During her undergraduate years she studied English Literature and trained as a dancer. She soon realized that her true passion was design and went back to school to receive her degree in Interior Design.

Love of design and the joy that it brings others are at the core of Julie’s work. The idea of a home reflecting an individual has been the guiding force for Julie and her firm for more than twenty years. She happily and strategically guides you to ensure a comfortable transition while respecting your property, the times and your interests — wherever they may be focused. Julie O’Brien Design Group specializes in interior design/interior architecture of residential spaces and enjoys a loyal, friendly and ever expanding national client base.

Below are her favorite things at the Indiana Design Center.

Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork | “Rob Klein and his team are among the very best in the country. His work is the epitome of beautiful, contemporary design. I particularly like one kitchen in which he uses a beautiful stone backsplash as the focal point (showroom kitchen pictured below). (Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork, IDC 1st Floor)

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Enamel Vase | “Dianne’s vase is gorgeous! I love the scale of it and the crackled enamel. This piece is versatile since it is pure art. It would be a great accent piece in a classic or contemporary household.” (Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery, IDC 1st Floor)


Laser Cut Stone | “Santarossa creates amazing laser cut glass and stone pieces. They have the ability to inlay marble in tinted glass. As a designer, I like these pieces because you and your clients can determine the pattern.” (Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co., IDC 1st Floor)

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Terrazzo Glass | Terrazzo goes beyond traditional flooring, it is also beautiful and interesting. It is a mixture of marble or granite chips, glass shards, and cement. Since Santarossa pours the mixture themselves, you can choose your own base color and items to mix in for different effects. I especially like the dazzling nature of this one.” (Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co., IDC 1st Floor)


Decorative Laser Cut Wood Grille “Laser cut panels are one of the biggest game changers in the industry. They are available in countless patterns and are much more cost effective than previously.” (Pine Crest Laser Cut Wood Panels Available through Julie O’Brien Design Group, IDC 2nd Floor)


Ochre Lighting | “In such a mass produced world, I love artisans that create unique pieces. Ochre designs lighting & accessories with an emphasis on the use of fine materials and hand-crafted techniques. I recently used the bronze and crystal chandelier below in a client’s home and love how it appears to be raining beautiful crystal particles.” (Available through Julie O’Brien Design Group, IDC 2nd Floor)


Ochre “Seed Cloud”

To learn more about Julie’s favorite things and eclectic design style contact Julie O’Brien Design Group at 317-706-0772.

Designer Picks | Tom Korecki’s Favorite Things

Tom-Korecki-Thomas-and-Jayne-Interior-Design-x200Tom Korecki graduated from the University of Notre Dame as a double major in international relations and Japanese. His appreciation of the Japanese aesthetic and interest in design let him to pursue his true passion:  design.

Tom comes to the trade with more than 16 years of design experience with numerous private residences and commercial projects.  After 13 years of designing client and model home interiors for a prominent local home builder, he launched his own design firm, Thomas & Jayne Interior Design, with his sister, Jayne Reed and later joined by Elissa Decker, design assistant.

Tom’s interiors follow the Bauhaus design principle of form follows function, designing interiors that are right for real people in their real lives yet epitomizing elegance, serenity, and suitability. With a knack for integrating existing pieces into a new design project, he believes that each interior he creates should be a personal sense of home that is relevant but never trendy.

Tom shares his favorite things at the Indiana Design Center below:


Hooker Furniture Medallion Console | “This console is like a piece of jewelry in itself: classic and clean-lined but with interest. The medallion handle draws the eye in, and looks striking against the warm walnut exterior. The red, wallpapered interior of the drawers is a nice finishing touch as well.” (Console available through Thomas & Jayne Interior Design, IDC 2nd Floor)


Christopher Guy Lexa Chair | “This chair is a piece of architecture. It has such elegance and makes an architectural statement. This would be the perfect accent chair for that boring corner everyone has in one of their rooms.” (Chair available through The Trade Connection, IDC 2nd Floor)


Sonneman Champagne Wands | “If you want to make a statement with your lighting without going over the top, this is the one to go with. I especially like the beautiful, bubble effect.” (Lighting fixture available through Ferguson, IDC 1st Floor)

jack laurie tile

Ming Green Marble Tiles |  I think that this is one of the most beautifully simple tile displays. The shapes and colors complement a variety of home styles. I used this in one of my client’s homes and it is their favorite piece to date.” (Tile available through Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, IDC 1st Floor)


Blu Moon Cafe – the Trio | “Every day at Blu Moon Cafe there are up to 15 freshly prepared salads to choose from. I enjoy the Trio at least 4 days a week.  They know when I walk in the door that’s what I’m getting. The only question they ask is WHICH three will it be today!” (Blu Moon Cafe, IDC 1st Floor)

To learn more about Tom’s favorite things and his design style contact Thomas & Jayne Interior Design at 317.582.2727.

Guest Post: Kitchen Design that Spurs Conversation

The Indiana Design Center Advisory Board is comprised of leading design professionals in the state of Indiana that serve as advisors to the Indiana Design Center. The Advisory Board has been established to shape and support the goals of the Indiana Design Center while ensuring the relevancy and success of the professional design industry.  We invite you to enjoy the following Guest Blog Post by IDC Advisory Board Member and design professional, Adam Gibson of Adam Gibson Design.

Kitchen Design that Spurs Conversation
by Adam Gibson, Adam Gibson Design

They say lively conversation is the spice of life. And we are talking kitchens – so if open floor plans are de rigueur, and guests gravitate to the kitchen, why is it so difficult to have a multi-person conversation while sitting? Eating islands (and peninsulas) are in vogue for good reason: we spend most of our time in the kitchen socializing while we prep and cook. The problem is that when seated in a row, one can usually only see the person to either side. The guest on either side of your immediate neighbor is left out.

Straight Counter

Changing that straight line to convex has several effects, not the least of which is livelier conversation. The shape adds to the circumference, providing more personal space for all seated, while not intruding too much (often not more than eight inches); a gentle curve permits all guests to see each other with a nod of the head. Curves tend to soften objects, so a convex island adds a feeling of sensuality.

Curved Counter

Curves were employed to soften several facets of this kitchen, including the island itself, the copper hood, the wood soffit above the window, and the light rail above the island.


Don’t get me started on the inevitable bottle necks that occur at every dinner party! Hint: five feet between counter tops and other objects if the room is sufficiently large.

About Adam Gibson Design

adam-v2-200x261-1Adam Gibson is a design professional specializing in luxury home additions, kitchens and bathrooms, entertainment spaces, and commercial suites. Known for an infusion of clean lines, natural light, warmth, and efficient use of space, Adam brings an outside-the-box imagination, an ear attuned to his clients’ needs, eco-friendly technologies and the desire to create a healthy indoor environment to each of his designs.

Comprehensive construction documents along with color renderings, contractor-client liaison and construction management are all services available to clients. Adam is a Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bath Designer as designated by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).  Adam has served on the Indiana Design Center Advisory Board since 2010 representing NKBA, Indiana Chapter.  Visit to learn more.

Designer Picks | Patrick Schmidt’s Favorite Things

patrick 2Timeless, tasteful and comfortable are the words most used to describe Patrick Schmidt’s interiors. Patrick started his career with J. Baker Interiors while still in design school. Today, more than 25 years later, he is known for creating spaces that are as unique and filled with personality as each of his clients.

Yet despite Patrick’s solid reputation for enduring, classic style, he’s not shy about incorporating contemporary pieces into his work—as long as they will stand the test of time.  “Trends are usually a bad idea. When you stick with classic design elements, you won’t have later regrets,” said Patrick.

We asked Patrick to walk with us around the IDC, point out some of his favorite things and explain why he thinks each item would bring timeless style to a space. Below is what we learned.

Highland Court Leopard Print in Indigo from JBaker Interiors
Leopard Print Fabric in Indigo | “This is a great example of an updated classic. Animal prints can add comfort and warmth to any space. But the print doesn’t have to be in the typical colors. I really like the indigo in this fabric and that it looks like needlepoint.”

American Dunes Observed Eric Forstmann from Coats Wright
“American Dunes Observed” by Eric Forstmann | “Forstmann’s painting of the dunes in northern Indiana makes me reminisce about my childhood. I grew up here and used to work at the beaches as a kid. I love the unexpected image of masking tape painted into the picture.” (“American Dunes Observed,” 2013, oil on board, 11-3/4″ x 20″, Eric Forstmann available through Coats-Wright Art & Design, IDC 1st Floor)

Couristan Patra Sedona Sunset from Jack Laurie

Striped Wool Rug in Jewel Tones | “I’ve used this classic rug in a couple of spaces. It makes a great stair runner or area rug.” (Couristan Striped Wool Rug from Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, IDC 1st Floor)

Onyx from Santarossa

Onyx | “I like the color and movement in this piece of Onyx. I could see it as a table top or the back of a shower. It would also be a great counter top.” (Onyx from Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co., IDC 1st Floor)

Blue Painting by Barry Lantz

Artwork by Barry Lantz Art | “Barry Lantz’s paintings fit seamlessly into any space—from classic to contemporary. I especially love the blues in this painting.” (Artwork by Barry Lantz, Barry Lantz Art, IDC 2nd Floor)


2013 Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re like us, you are still in search of a couple (ok, more than a couple) stylish gifts for those tough-to-buy-for friends and family. Well, we’ve done the hard work for you and found a few of our favorite pieces around the Indiana Design Center that would make great gifts. Even better, many of these gifts come from locally-owned businesses!

cherry Indiana cheese board

Indiana Cutting Board | Celebrate your Indiana roots with this handmade cutting or cheese board crafted from Indiana cherry. Available in large and small sizes from Holder Mattress, they can even be engraved with something personalized such as a name or heart over your city of birth or marriage.

Accent pillows from Drapery Street

Accent Pillows | Choose from an array of fun patterns and colors of accent pillows at Drapery Street. Made from the same top-quality fabrics they use to create their window treatments, these pillows are an easy way to bring a pop of color and instant style to your favorite family member’s home!  For a custom look, be sure to include a feather down insert


Hand-Silkscreened Scarves | Give someone a piece of Indiana art with one of Walter Knabe’s hand-silkscreened scarves. Available in several colors and designs, these scarves are a great way to own a piece of  Walter’s art without the commitment of a larger-scale piece. The scarves are available from Walter Knabe Studios and are marked down 50% for the holidays!

Blu Moon Cookies

Holiday Cookie Boxes | Our favorite local eatery, Blu Moon Café, offers Holiday Cookie Boxes in three sizes—large box (apprx. 42 cookies), small box (apprx 24 cookies) or snack size (12 cookies). Each box is filled with an assortment of almond sugar, molasses sandwich, peppermint meringue, candy cane cookie, pumpkin biscotti, strawberry linzer, chocolate candied walnut and brown butter chocolate chip treats.

Stone Coasters and Cheese Boards from Santarossa

Stone Coasters and Cheese Boards | Give the natural beauty of stone with a cheese board or set of coasters. These pieces from third generation-led, Santarossa Mosaic & Tile, make great hostess gifts. Santarossa also carries several other stone gift items such as marble candle holders or granite trivets.

Candles and feather wreaths from Holder Mattress

Feathery Wreaths, Glittery Candles | Add a little bit of glamour to your holiday décor with these wreaths and candles available at locally-owned Holder Mattress. Both the candles and wreaths come in various sizes.

Kohler Moxie Showerhead

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


Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air | Have an audiophile on your list? Zeppelin Air is the ultimate wireless AirPlay® speaker dock. The best sounding iPod® dock yet features Apple’s AirPlay technology for high-quality wireless streaming from iTunes® or an iOS device.  The B&W Zeppelin Air is available from The Premier Group.


The “Allison” Kids Chair | Your little munchkin will have his or her favorite chair for years once you select the perfect fabric!  Outre is family owned and all pieces are made right here in Indiana.

Happy Holidays from the Indiana Design Center!

Trend Watch | Organic Chic

Design professionals world-wide look to High Point Market to determine upcoming trends and inspirations in design. In their “Fall/Winter 2013 Style Report,” High Point trend spotters point to a heavy influence of organic elements. Embracing the beauty of nature is no longer just a trend for the eco-conscious. The use of natural and recycled elements provide a timeless, chic look to your décor.

“I love to incorporate texture and natural elements into my design spaces. Pure items such as organic fabrics, shell, wood, stone and natural fibers give an element that warms and entices the sense of touch.”

– Courtney Schenberg, Principal Designer, Courtney Casteel Home


We searched our own showrooms at the IDC to find examples of organic accents. Here are a few of our fabulous finds.

Hand-crafted teak root spheres from the Trade Connection

Decorative Spheres | We love these hand-crafted teak root spheres. They would add a playful, yet natural, accent to any home. (Hand-crafted teak root spheres from the Trade Connection, IDC 2nd Floor)


Period French Directoire style chaise from Coast Wright

Antique Chaise | This period French Directoire style chaise, circa 1790, is made from walnut and upholstered in landscaper’s burlap. (French Directoire style chaise from Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery, IDC 1st Floor)

Wood side table from Holder Mattress

Nesting Tables | These wood and chrome nesting tables have the unique feature of lines of sand sealed into the seams. (Nesting tables from Holder Mattress, IDC 1st Floor)

Zebra pillow from Coats Wright

 Zebra Mane Pillow | The late photographer, Pamela Mougin, captured the photo of this zebra mane on a trip to Africa for a wedding shoot. The fabric for this pillow was created from the photographic image and then hand-painted. (Zebra Mane Pillow from Coats-Wright Arts & Design, IDC 1st Floor)


“This renewed focus on seeing the beauty in the organic, as opposed to the strictly man-made, is a welcome byproduct of our attempts to protect and nurture nature, and now seems to be evolving into an exalted, even glamorous, design direction.”

– Janel Laban, High Point Market Style Report