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CURATED: Contemporary Artists of Note

Art can change the energy of a room with tone and color alone. Dynamic lines and bold themes energize a space, just like muted colors and soft focus can calm a room. As you look to refresh your surroundings with the new year, artwork is a wonderful design element to breathe new life and self-expression into your domain.

Coats Wright Art & Design, a gallery located at the Indiana Design Center, features a mix of modern artists representing contemporary Impressionism and Expressionism. Gallery director and designer

Dianne Wright shares, “We’ve thoughtfully curated this gallery to feature different styles of artists and design that show how an eclectic collection of art can actually look quite harmonious.”

Wright is particularly fond of new work featured in the gallery presented by Eric Forstmann, Chizuru Morii Kaplan and Indiana’s own, John Mellencamp.

Eric Forstmann

Eric Forstmann is a Connecticut-based realist painter who has had several one-man exhibitions and his work has been featured alongside works by Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein and Pablo Picasso. His work is evocative of a 17th century still-life, incredibly detailed tableaus in ordinary settings, but with a modern sensibility. Forstmann’s work has been a staple feature in the gallery and popular among collectors since it opened seven years ago.

PEARISHING, 22 X25 IN., oil on board by Eric Forstmann.

Chizuru Morii Kaplan

Japanese-born Chizuru Morii Kaplan is an architect-turned-watercolorist who has received many awards and had multiple exhibitions throughout New York City. Her detailed paintings are soft and dramatic at the same time. Some of her works mask an intricately detailed subject matter with streams of intensely colored paint, while others display an ethereal, dreamy landscape, often in a dark and light duality. Coats Wright has several of her pieces available that lend a sense of depth and allure in any room.

PEONY 1, 40 X 30 IN., watercolor on arches paper by Chizuru Morii Kaplan.

John Mellencamp

Hoosier-born and bred John Mellencamp made his name as a rock star and songwriter, but is equally talented as a painter. Influenced by the German Expressionists, his works often evoke the feelings of his music – moody and dark at times, but in touch with the heartland. He has had several exhibitions across the United States. Coats Wright has two of his mixed-media works on display.

J71051M, 48 X 36 IN., mixed media on canvas | TRUE, 48 x 36 IN., mixed media on canvas by John Mellencamp.

To learn more, visit the Coats Wright Art & Design gallery in suite 122 of the Indiana Design Center and contact gallery director Dianne Wright ([email protected]).

Three New Showrooms to Open Fall 2019!

The Indiana Design Center is pleased to announce that three new showrooms will open in the building this fall: Lorenzo Finestre, PAIR’D Furnishings and Rusted Window. Lorenzo Finestre and PAIR’D Furnishings are new to the local and national marketplace, and Rusted Window will relocate from within Carmel, IN. These new business developments come as the Indiana Design Center approaches its tenth year as a premier destination for the design community and Indiana residents looking to build, remodel or decorate their homes.

The Lorenzo Finestre showroom will showcase a curated selection of both interior and exterior European doors, windows, and other luxury architectural products. With a high ability for customization and unmatched expertise, this showroom will be a wonderful resource for the design-build community. Lorenzo Finestre is a second business venture by entrepreneurs Cori Brown and Scott Brown, who also own Franklin Window & Door in Carmel.

“We have a passion for sourcing architectural products that can transform a home, and this showroom will feature designs and craftsmanship you simply cannot find elsewhere,” says Cori Brown, Lorenzo Finestre CEO.

Synua door available through Lorenzo Finestre.

PAIR’D Furnishings is a family-owned furniture manufacturer founded over 25 years ago that brings modern, clean lines to original classics. PAIR’D will provide trade designers and retail clients unique furniture pieces that offer customization; allowing each piece to bring personal, unique design to every space.

The owners of PAIR’D have designed collections that, “Create spaces with functional identity, balancing comfort level with visual impact, new innovations and old charm,” says Muniza Karim, PAIR’D Furnishings owner.

Modern coffee table and chair from the PAIR’D Furnishings collection.

Rusted Window is a floral design business and lifestyle boutique that takes great care in assisting its clients create beautiful home environments, celebrate breathtaking events and give memorable gifts.

Owner and creative director, Stacy Molander, shares, “We look forward to joining the creative community of designers and retailers at the Indiana Design Center, and continuing to offer stylish design and décor resources plus fun workshops to our beloved clientele.”

Home furnishings, decor, gifts and florals available through Rusted Window.

Along with the opening of the new showrooms, the Indiana Design Center will soon launch its fall workshop series for the public to visit and learn on a range of topics presented by design professionals.

“As we approach our tenth year, we’re proud to have built a design center that is 100% leased with a collection of showrooms and professional offerings that serve as a vibrant resource for design professionals and Indiana residents,” says Melissa Averitt, Pedcor Companies senior vice president for sales and marketing.

The Indiana Design Center is located at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel, IN.

Drapery Street showcases latest collection from Stroheim

Drapery Street design boutique reports that bold and beautiful colors are the perfect way to add personality to your space and designs from Stroheim are hitting the mark this season.

“Drawing its inspiration from the gardens and chic interiors of Paris, each fabric in this Stroheim collection captures the nuance and stylish flair of the French,” says Drapery Street owner Caryn O’Sullivan.

Whether you are inspired by fashion, nature, travel or art, the design offerings and expertise at Drapery Street can help you to find and create the perfect drapery and window treatments. Schedule a free consultation at the Drapery Street website or visit the showroom Monday through Saturday to be inspired.

Stroheim fabrics available at Drapery Street showcase bold and beautiful color.

TECH NEWS: Indiana Design Center Certified as AT&T Fiber Ready

Joined by local elected officials and business leaders today, AT&T announced the Indiana Design Center in Carmel has been certified as being AT&T Fiber Ready.  This marks the first time that an Indiana location dedicated to design professionals has been deemed Fiber Ready.

“Today’s designation means that this beautiful facility has been equipped with AT&T’s fiber infrastructure – that it’s in place and ready to help local artists create and businesses grow,” said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards.

“The design center is now a proud member of our successful Fiber Ready program, which is part of our continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in the Hoosier state.”

“Thanks to the tireless work of AT&T employees in Hamilton County and across the state, we’ve been able to deploy fiber and other infrastructure that deliver high-speed internet access,” Soards added. “Our employees’ dedication, combined with nearly $1.7 billion invested by AT&T in Indiana’s rural and urban communities over the last 3 years, is enabling Hoosiers to connect and innovate.”

State Rep. Jerry Torr, Melissa Averitt, SVP Pedcor Cos. and Bruce Kimball, Carmel City Councilor, look on as Bill Soards, Indiana AT&T President speaks to the public at the Indiana Design Center about it being certified as AT&T Fiber Ready.

In today’s world, connectivity is important to businesses of every type, including those that are involved in redecorating, remodeling or building homes. The AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps economic development leaders more effectively position their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services.

“This certification helps us clearly communicate that the city is connected, as our economic developers and community leaders work to bring new artists and businesses here and drive growth for the ones that already call Carmel home,” said State Rep. Jerry Torr.

“The AT&T Fiber Ready designation shines the spotlight on our modern communications services; it will be a valuable tool in local efforts to create and retain jobs,” said Carmel City Councilor Bruce Kimball. “Our community has so many assets that make it attractive to investors, and connectivity is an important one.”

“We have showrooms, art and design studios and galleries here,” said Pedcor Companies Senior Vice President Melissa Averitt.  “Ensuring that advanced technologies are available not only helps our current design professionals make the most of this fantastic facility, it can lure additional entrepreneurs and bring new jobs and investment to the area.”

DESIGN NEWS: Hoskins Interior Design Passes the Torch to the Next Generation

Hoskins Interior DesignHoskins Interior Design will continue its almost 20 years of serving the Indianapolis interior design community by passing the torch on to the next generation. Kathy Hoskins has taken over the helm of the firm from Deanna Hoskins, who is stepping back from her 40+ year distinguished career. While this transition in ownership will bring some changes to the firm, the underlying philosophy of creating beautiful custom spaces for clients remains the same.

Deanna launched Hoskins Interior Design in early 1998 and Kathy, Deanna’s daughter-in-law, joined later that year. The continued success of the firm has come from the duo’s unique mix of skill sets, with Deanna bringing a deep knowledge of custom furniture and Kathy offering her background in project management and interior detailing. As Deanna has begun to phase out her role, the firm has been developing a team to continue to grow the business and expand their services. “Kathy is extremely talented, creative and capable,” said Deanna. “I know our firm is in good hands with her leadership and vision. To remain relevant in this industry, it is important to be flexible and welcome change. Kathy has always lived this attitude, and mixed with a strong foundation of designers, clients and vendors, the firm is poised to continue its success.”

According to Kathy, “Deanna has been a mentor to me and many other interior designers during her tenure. The team is happy that she plans to stay on to help with the long list of clients dedicated to her design philosophy. We are also happy that she is finally taking some time for herself after devoting the last few decades to her work.”

The firm will also be changing locations in November, moving from its downtown Broad Ripple location to the growing community of boutique businesses at the 54th & Monon Courtyard later this year. “We have seen a lot of growth in our firm over the past few years, and it was time for a change to a larger, updated space,” said Kathy. “We are thrilled to be a part of the supportive small business community Suzy & David Reese have created. Our team is expanding too, ensuring we can continue to provide the service and quality design our clients expect.”

Hoskins Interior design will be participating the Holiday Hop at their new space at 1100 E 54th Street on November 10 from 5-9pm. Please visit for more information.

The Hoskins Interior Design team.

Lighting Tag Sale at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

The Ferguson showroom is making way for new lighting products and fixtures for the showroom by hosting a floor model clearance sale.  A wide variety of lighting products (chandeliers, pendants, vanity lights and more!) are marked 75% off of the list price.  Stop in soon for the best selection and be sure to check back to see what new products will be showcased on the showroom floor.  Happy shopping! Showroom Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.





Catch the IDC on “Design Your Life. Style with Barry & Joni!”

Tune into “Design Your Life. Style with Barry and Joni” this weekend to learn about the IDC from host Barry Lantz and IDC marketing director Andrea Kleymeyer.  The segments were taped in the beautiful Santarossa showroom.  Later in the season, Andrea and Barry will share what’s most current in the design industry and the advantages of working with a design professional.  Barry’s studio, A Lantz Design & Consulting and Barry Lantz Art, are both located at the Indiana Design Center.

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Andrea and Barry chat about all things design!

Andrea and Barry chat about all things design!

California Closets locating near the IDC!

cal closetsThe Indiana Design Center is excited to announce a new neighbor coming to the Carmel Arts & Design DistrictCalifornia Closets will be located just one half block north of the IDC  in the prominent Old Town Shops building at the corner of Range Line Road and Main Street in Carmel, Indiana. The approximately 2,000 square foot retail location will open in spring 2015. California Closets specializes in crafting custom home storage solutions for all rooms of the home. This will be the company’s second location in central Indiana.

California Closets will join over 100 businesses in the Carmel Arts & Design District and be located steps away from the Indiana Design Center which anchors the district with over 30 home design related businesses. “We were attracted to this retail location because it’s located within an epicenter of merchants and professionals who cater to a clientele that appreciates great design. We look forward to helping new clients enhance their homes through a truly customized process,” said Charlie Meyer, President, California Closets of Indianapolis.

The addition of California Closets to downtown Carmel is evidence of the Arts & Design District’s ability to attract new businesses to the city. “California Closets is a perfect fit for Carmel, a city that continues to attract new residents to a variety of diverse housing opportunities that extend beyond traditional 4-bedroom suburban homes. Carmel’s growing City Center and Midtown developments, where mixed-use and higher density developments are under construction, provides many opportunities for a company that helps consumers think creatively about the use of space,” said Carmel Mayor James Brainard.

“We are very excited for California Closet to open in Old Town Shops as their reputation for excellent service and design precedes them,” said Melissa Averitt, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Sales at Pedcor Companies.

About California Closets:

California Closets crafts custom furniture and storage solutions and has been locally owned and operated in Indianapolis since 1984.   Although California Closets is the industry leader in custom closets, their design and product offering goes far beyond just the closet to include media centers, wall beds, pantries, home offices, mudrooms, garages, bookshelves, man caves, and more.  Whether your style is traditional or modern, we tailor every design to your home, taste, and budget.  California Closets offers professionally designed solutions for all spaces of the home that are locally manufactured and skillfully installed.  Visit for more information.

About Old Town Shops:

The Old Town Shops are home to more than 49,000 square feet of art galleries, boutique shops, roof-top gardens and office suites. Over 13,000 square feet of retail and office space available on the premier Range Line & Main Street corner of the Old Town Shops. Parking located just behind development.   The Old Town Shops are a Pedcor Companies development.



Professional Opportunities

Compass Design

CompassDesignServicesLogoCompass Design | 212 W. 10th St, Suite B400, Indianapolis, IN  46202 | is seeking highly motivated, self-reliant thinker for Administrative /Design Assistant position.  Person must be willing to take direction and be able to work independently, as well as a passion for working with people.  Attention to detail and organizational skills are a must.  Must have computer knowledge in the following:  Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Excel (Quickbooks, AutoCAD & 3D Rendering Programs – optional).  Other responsibilities include:  maintain resource and design library, product delivery, purchasing, studio services, client interaction, project management assistance, helping with special events and assisting with Ecommerce site.

Hours:  24-30 total work week | Contact:  Stacy Thompson, (317) 417-0770 or [email protected]

NY Times Features Carmel & Indiana Design Center

This month, The New York Times released an article noting the growth and success of Carmel, Indiana led by Mayor Brainard, as well as featuring the Indiana Design Center as the “anchor” of the Carmel Art & Design District.

“The district is anchored by the $25 million, 156,000-square-foot Indiana Design Center developed by Pedcor Companies, a real estate development and investment firm with headquarters in Carmel. The center, which opened in 2010, features interior design stores and the offices of professional decorators.” – NY Times, 7.1.14

To read the full article, please visit The New York Times online.

7.1.14 NY Times

“Here & Now” at the Indiana Design Center

As Seen in Indianapolis Monthly SHOPS 2013

INDIANA DESIGN CENTER-SEPT13 SHOPS INDIANAPOLIS MONTHLYLearn what’s “Here & Now” at the Indiana Design Center in the latest issue of SHOPS from Indianapolis Monthly. You’ll find inspiration from some of the IDC’s many professionals and product showrooms and see how you can “reflect the of-the-moment design trend with expressions of brilliant color,” according to Tom Vriesman, IDC Director of Design Community Relations. All of the items and services in this feature are available through businesses that call the Indiana Design Center home. Contact us today to learn more about any of the featured items.

castelle___casual_living_by_especiallywicker fire pitIndoor & Outdoor Casual Living Furnishings from Causal Living By Especially WickerLocally-owned and operated since 1987, Especially Wicker has grown from wicker-focused furniture to an all-purpose furniture store. They are a retail store featuring a design workshop along with furniture for both indoor and outdoor living spaces. Services include space planning and helping you find the best style, furniture and fabric for your home.

Silk drapes and design services from Drapery StreetSilk Drapes & Drapery Design from Drapery StreetDrapery Street is a design boutique that offers a beautifully curated assortment of one-of-a-kind fabrics and custom design resources. You’ll work with experienced designers who will walk you through every step of the process–from style selection to measuring to installation. This creative workshop engages you in an organized personal design process to deliver beautiful interiors that suit your unique taste and lifestyle. By focusing on design expertise, friendly and personal creative consultation and style inspiration, Drapery Street appeals to shoppers with different tastes, incomes and styles of living.

Thibaut Fabrics & Design Services available – Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior DesignThibaut Fabrics & Design Services available through Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design: Rosalind Brinn Pope, one of the resident interior designers at the Indiana Design Center, has been creating custom designs in Indiana and North Carolina for more than 20 years. She is renowned for her classic, timeless designs and focus on detail. Rosalind works with your architecture, collections and favorite furniture to create a home of comfort and grace, reflecting your lifestyle. Attention to detail is what makes Rosalind’s creations truly custom. Each and every client receives excellent service and personal attention.

Azul-Macaubus-Granite-Tub-Wall Santarossa Mosaic and TileAzul Macaubus Granite Tub, Wall & Sinks available through Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.: The Santarossa showroom features hard surfaces, tile and stone that bring quality and natural beauty into the home. Fulfilling the interior and exterior flooring and hard surface needs for countless institutions, corporations, hospitals, retail malls, education and government buildings along with residential builders, architects, designers and homeowners, Santarossa goes to great lengths to provide you with the best finished products made from the finest quality raw materials. Through Santarossa, you get access to virtually every major domestic and foreign supplier of ceramic, stone and terrazzo in the world, as well as the most respected and established mills for carpet and other resilient materials.

Viz Glass Light Fixture from Reese Kitchens Viz Glass Light Fixture available at Reese Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Design: Now open to the public, the Reese Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery caters to the residential market with everything you need to create your dream space. In addition to the state’s largest selection of custom and stock cabinetry, state-of-the-art appliances, stylishly practical counter top materials and decorative hardware, you also benefit from Reese’s specialized interior designers at no additional fee. Their work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Kitchens and Baths, Log Home Living, Midwest Living, Home Planning Ideas and Indianapolis Monthly. The state-of-the-art showroom is conveniently located on the second floor of the IDC, right above the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom.

Rusted Gateway paper and chair fabrics and wallcoverings Walter KnabeFabrics & Wallcoverings through Your Designer or Direct to You from Walter Knabe StudiosWalter Knabe Studios produces hand made fabrics and wallcoverings as well as fine art paintings and limited edition prints. Walter first opened a studio nearly 30 years ago as a painter in New York City. His paintings quickly morphed into full-scale wallcoverings when he received a request to cover the walls of a high profile New York apartment with his heavily patterned paintings. Since then, his studio has also produced wallcoverings, fabrics and other home décor utilizing some of the same screen-printing techniques he developed while making fine art screen prints. Walter also creates hand made and licensed designs for bedding, wall coverings, stationery and national event artwork.  

Want to see more?  Stop by the Indiana Design Center to visit the showrooms and connect with professionals who can help you with your design dilemma or project.

2013 Pantone Color of the Year


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 Emerald Green has been deemed the 2013 Color of the Year. 

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony,” is how Pantone described Emerald in a recent press release.

It is the color of growth and prosperity, showing regeneration more than any other hue. It also represents unity and healing. “Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Here’s where we found examples of Emerald around The Indiana Design Center:

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Emerald adds edge to this chair at The Trade Source

Barry Lantz Art "Sure Wood Forest"

Barry Lantz Art uses beautiful shades of green in “Sure Wood Forest”

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Hues of Emerald Green in nature are radiant in this landscape design by Outdoor Environments Group

Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs

Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs features tile options that display shades of Emerald Green

Accessories such as this planter from J. Baker Interiors are a quick way to incorporate the color in a room

Accessories such as this planter from J. Baker Interiors are a quick way to incorporate the color in a room



Editor At Large Shines a Light on the Indiana Design Center

Check out the Editor At Large website to read their first “Design Center Spotlight” which is about the Indiana Design Center!  The Editor at Large is an online publication featuring daily in-depth coverage of the interior design and home furnishings industry including news, trends, events and resources for design professionals.

Primarily members of the design trade, Editor at Large readers include interior designers, architects, landscape designers, decorating editors, home furnishings manufacturers, showroom managers, PR representatives, design center staff and tenants, and members of design organizations.

“The Midwest design scene is thriving, and the Indiana Design Center (IDC) is at its core.” – Editor At Large

Click here to read the full article.

Carmel Featured on Cover of USA Today

Check out the front page of USA Today to see Haya El Nasser’s feature article highlighting Carmel, Indiana.  On the heels of being ranked #1 Best Places to Live by Money Magazine, Carmel is being recognized as a “small town thinking big.”   The Indiana Design Center is proud to be a part of this recognition as it, too, was highlighted in the article and had the pleasure of welcoming Nasser to the facility in September.

“Brainard’s plan was ambitious: Take the 1-square-mile “Old Town” heart of the old Quaker village and rebuild the streets, add brick sidewalks and antique-style street lighting and create the Arts & Design District. The Indiana Design Center — a decorators’ showroom for trade buyers and the public — opened and draws people from Indianapolis and beyond. Art galleries, restaurants and lifelike J. Seward Johnson sculptures line Main Street. Upscale condos occupy second and third floors.”

Click here to view the full article. 

The Indiana Design Center & City of Carmel

Carmel was not known as a design hub before the creation of the Arts & Design District. As Mayor Brainard was redeveloping Carmel’s Old Town core from a very neglected and run down part of town into the Arts & Design District, he intentionally added the word “design” because he knew that pairing that part of the industry with the arts world would better serve the long term economic development goals of the area. To fulfill that goal, Mayor Jim Brainard made The Indiana Design Center (IDC) part of the master plan for the redevelopment of Old Town Carmel into the Arts & Design District. Pedcor partnered with the City of Carmel as the private developer to build and manage the IDC.  Having so many of the state’s top designers, resources and artists, from diverse parts of the industry, under one roof has established IDC as the premier destination for the design industry in the Midwest and greatly increased the value of the District as a whole.


Reese Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery to Open at the IDC

The Indiana Design Center is excited to announce that it has signed a lease with Reese Kitchens, a Ferguson Company, to open a 5,000 square foot showroom on the second floor of the IDC. The new showroom is set to open in early 2013 and will continue the tradition of Reese’s prominent kitchen cabinetry design services that cater to the residential design market.  The showroom will showcase national and custom cabinet brands like MasterBrand Cabinets and Mouser Custom Cabinetry, among others.

“The Reese Kitchens name has an excellent reputation in the state of Indiana and we are proud to have the showroom join the Indiana Design Center. The forthcoming Reese Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery brings the Indiana Design Center to 98% leased with only one 1,200 square foot space remaining,” said Melissa Averitt, Vice President and Director of Marketing and Sales for Pedcor Companies.

“With the addition of Reese Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery, we are very excited to expand on the product and services the Indiana Design Center offers the community. It is truly a one stop-shop for homeowners, builders and designers, ” said Clark Cutshaw, Ferguson’s Residential Sales Manager for Central Indiana.

The new showroom will be located on the floor above the popular Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and be open to the public.

About Reese Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery:
Reese Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery is a prominent cabinet designer catering to the residential remodeling market with four locations in Indiana: Broad Ripple, Greenwood, Zionsville and the newest location in the Indiana Design Center. Their work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Kitchens and Baths, Log Home Living, Midwest Living, Home Planning Ideas and Indianapolis Monthly. In April 2012, the company was purchased by Ferguson, the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. Ferguson has sales of $9.7 billion and approximately 18,000 associates in almost 1,300 locations.

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Carmel Ranked #1 Best Place to Live by Money Magazine

Indiana Design Center is excited to share that its “home”, Carmel, Indiana, has been Named #1 Best Place to Live by Money Magazine.  It is an exciting honor as the city’s ranking increased 13 spots since the previous year.  As senior writer for Money Magazine, Donna Rosato, said on the Today Show,

“This is a good news story.  It’s really about the economic trend…they’ve redeveloped the whole city and it’s now a place where people can work and they can play.”

Visit the links below to enjoy coverage of Money Magazine’s report:

Money Magazine Report – 2012  #1 Place to Live in America
Today Show – Money Magazine Announcement & Interview

WTHR Channel 13 – Interview with Carmel Mayor James Brainard

Yahoo Finance
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So how does the Indiana Design Center fit into this equation?  Carmel was not known as a design hub before the creation of the Arts & Design District to which the IDC serves as the anchor. As Mayor Brainard was redeveloping Carmel’s Old Town core from a very neglected and run down part of town into the Arts & Design District, he intentionally added the word “design” because he knew that pairing that part of the industry with the arts world would better serve the long term economic development goals of the area. To fulfill that goal, Mayor Jim Brainard made The Indiana Design Center (IDC) part of the Master Plan for the redevelopment of Old Town Carmel into the Arts & Design District. Pedcor partnered with the City of Carmel as the private developer to build and manage the IDC.  Having so many of the state’s top designers, resources and artists, from diverse parts of the industry, under one roof has established IDC as the premier destination for the design industry in the Midwest and greatly increased the value of the District as a whole.

Indiana Design Center is proud to be located in downtown Carmel and serve clients and design professionals across the state of Indiana.  Visit soon!

The Premier Group Welcomes Terry Andreone!

There is a new face at the Indiana Design Center!  As businesses join the IDC and continue to grow, so does the list of exceptional industry professionals here to serve as a resource for the trade and public.

Terry Andreone

The Premier Group (Home Electronics Division) is pleased to announce the addition of Terry Andreone as their Business Development and Customer Relations Consultant. Terry brings fifteen years of Industry experience to Premier and a strong familiarity with builders, designers and architects in the Indianapolis market. “As Premier continues to grow, we are excited for Terry to join our team, helping us to generate both consumer awareness of our products and services, and to build business-to-business relationships on the local level within the areas we excel. Her upbeat personality, knowledge and professionalism will represent The Premier Group well,” states Premier’s CEO and Owner, Jason Barth.

Join Terry and The Premier Group team this August at an upcoming CEU course hosted in conjunction with CEDIAClick here for event details.

For more information, visit Premier’s website at, or call The Premier Group at 317-580-1032 to speak with a home electronics expert. You may also visit their Lifestyle Showroom located inside the new Indiana Design Center, at 200 South Rangeline Road, Suite #118, Carmel, IN 46032. Product specialists are available Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday’s from 10am to 4pm, and other times by appointment.

Fashion Meets Sustainability at 1st Annual Avant GARB show by IIDA

The International Interior Design Association hosted its 1st Annual Avant GARB Fashion Show as a benefit to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Teams presented a unique showcase of 17 different designs crafted out of commercial interior materials. Designs ranged from beautiful gowns to retro flashbacks, covering a wide variety of styles.

Each team was instructed to choose an inspiration from nature to base their designs, and materials such as wood paneling, leather, metal, canvas, carpet, wall covering, vinyl flooring, chair parts and plastic bottles all made their debut on the runway at the fashion show. The hard work and creativity paid off in the competition portion of the evening, in which four teams were awarded for Sustainability, Innovation, Creativity and Best Student Design.

The Most Sustainable award was presented to Indiana Design Center’s Mitsch Design, sponsored by The Mohawk Group. Mitsch Design created a gown with a bodice constructed of planked vinyl flooring and plush yellow carpet, crowned with a feminine sweetheart neckline. The belt was embellished with teal, yellow and purple glass tile, flowing into a skirt constructed of carpet backing made of recycled bottles.

Team OfficeWorks, sponsored by Herman Miller, won the Most Innovative award for a gown using a discarded Aeron Chair back that was repurposed for the use of the gown. The Most Creative award went to Team bohemedesign, sponsored by DesignTex. The design utilized natural materials including wood, leather and feathers, as well as wallcovering, recycled polyester and yarns made from used soda and water bottles. Finally, the Best Student Design award was given to Team The Art Institute of Indianapolis, sponsored by MDC Wallcoverings. The team created a garment using a non-PVC line of wallcovering with a backing made from recycled bottles.

View the winning designs for the 1st Annual Avant GARB Fashion Show:

Mitsch Design is located at Indiana Design Center and proudly has their award winning dress on display.  Stop by to see the design for yourself.  Congrats, Mitsch Design!


Duravit launches new product series: Darling New

Duravit’s newest innovative full suite series, Darling New, is the evolution of a popular Duravit range that promotes “lots of design for little money.” Darling New is modern yet classic, providing elegance, individuality, versatility and affordability all at once.

The full suite series includes all features that a bathroom would require, including washbasins, bidets, toilets, urinals and bath/whirltubs as well as bathroom furniture including shelves, cabinets and a mobile storage unit. Additionally, the circular rims on washbasins and bathtubs can be accentuated with soft LED lighting, creating a feeling of warmth and comfort throughout the bathroom. Darling New’s website also features a Style Guide which allows you to customize your ideal bathroom on screen, from washbasin style and front colors to furniture style and size.  Duravit products are available through Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery located at Indiana Design Center.

About Darling New:

Design, price, versatility: Darling New has everything that a complete, modern bathroom needs.  With individual washbasin solutions, individual furniture fronts and a broad selection, from toilet to whirlpool, Darling New is always the ideal choice in any contemporary setting, from the tiniest guest bathroom to the grandest luxury hotel. –

IDC Welcomes Royal Gallery of Rugs

The Royal Gallery of Rugs can help you create a custom order to suit your personal taste in rugs.

The Indiana Design Center is excited to announce that Royal Gallery of Rugs Inc has opened a 2,000 square foot retail showroom on the first floor of the IDC building. The new showroom caters to both retail customers and design professionals.

Royal Gallery of Rugs features rugs from an array of countries like Egypt, Turkey and Tibet, with sizes ranging from two by three feet to palace-size rugs. Visitors can expect to find a varied selection of styles to please all tastes and budgets whether looking for an Oriental, Persian or contemporary style rug. Custom orders can be accommodated for many rug styles and all rugs can be shipped or delivered within the state of Indiana. Other services include rug repairs, cleaning and restoration.

Tamarian "Billboard Trek" Rug available through Royal Gallery of Rugs.

David Farahan, a fourth-generation owner in the family-owned business, expressed his excitement about the new showroom. “Our new Royal Gallery of Rugs location carries rug styles unlike anything else one can find in the market.  We know the Indiana Design Center will be a great home for our business, and we are excited to engage with new and existing customers who visit us here,” said Farahan.

“Royal Gallery of Rugs is a strong addition to the tenant mix at Indiana Design Center and brings with it an extensive collection of high-quality rugs.  I know that both design professionals and the public will love their unique offerings,” said Melissa Averitt, Vice President and Director of Marketing and Sales for Pedcor Companies.

Royal Gallery of Rugs is located in Suite 113 of Indiana Design Center and is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.

About The Royal Gallery of Rugs
Royal Gallery of Rugs, “Where Trust is a Tradition,” has been family owned since 1888. They have provided the finest quality of luxurious, elegant and one of kind rugs for four generations. As a Certified member of ORRA (Oriental Rug Retailers of America, Inc.), they inspire confidence and professionalism to their clientele for services such as Certified ORRA Appraisals, Professional Restoration, Cleaning, Buying, Selling or Trading.   ORRA is a non-profit organization which ensures high standards and ethical practices to the business of Buying, Selling, Trading and Appraising Oriental rugs.  Services include demonstration, custom rugs, professional cleaning, professional restoration, certified ORRA appraisals, shipping, and financing. For more information visit

Join Us for a Special IDC Preview Night

All are welcome!  We cordially invite you to visit the Indiana Design Center on May 14 from 5 pm – 8 pm for a first floor showroom preview night.  Discover a mix of art and design at the IDC as recently opened 1st floor retail showrooms welcome you, fine artist April Willy has work on display and the Eckert-Wright Art & Design gallery celebrates their opening.

This evening is coupled with the IU Health North Hospital Arts & Design District Gallery Walk and we encourage you to enjoy an evening in the district!  The gallery walk runs from 5 pm – 10 pm.

Special Attractions

Enjoy Art & Design:

  • Official grand opening of the Eckert-Wright Art & Design gallery which has work from nationally and internationally renowned artists and features specialty antiques and oriental rugs
  • April Willy Fine Art to exhibit artwork in the Grand Hall
  • Blu Moon Café to feature artwork by Ernie Mills


Showroom Promotions:

  • Register to win a dream bathroom at Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery
  • Sign up to win an area rug from Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs and receive special discount certificates
  • Register to win a $500 Drapery Street gift certificate
  • Meet special guest and local jewelry designer, Jill Duzan at Drapery Street; Duzan’s jewelry incorporates organic elements to showcase a rugged elegance
  • Take advantage of a one-night, 10% off in-store items offer at Holder Mattress-Home Collection

Please contact the IDC concierge with questions: [email protected] or 317-569-5975.