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Buying & Selling a Home During a Pandemic

While we all stay safe while staying at home, some people planned to move in 2020.

It seems like a plan to move would have been canceled along with everything else canceled this spring, but people are still buying and selling houses. According to Indiana state regulations, real estate is an essential business, so it is still possible to look for and close on a home during these unusual times. But all is not business as usual; real estate has taken certain safety measures to protect those on both sides of the transaction.

Jimmy Dulin, broker/owner of RE/MAX Ability Plus, is proud of the way that the industry has adopted these safeguards so quickly and easily, maintaining the flow of business during such an uncertain time.

“Though we have used virtual tours and social media in real estate for several years, these tools have become a vital resource that have enabled us to seamlessly service our clients right now. The safety precautions and social distancing standards have also made it possible for our agents to help our buyers and sellers conduct business safely.”

Home Showings During a Pandemic

RE/MAX Ability Plus real estate professionals recommend taking certain precautions when showing your home. Disinfecting surfaces after showings and providing hand sanitizer to potential buyers is helpful, as is keeping closet and cabinet doors open to minimize touching. Buyers are urged to not attend showings if feeling ill, wash hands frequently and wear protective shoe covers inside the home, as well as taking care to drive their own vehicles to each showing.

How to Virtually Sell a Home

Likewise, buyers and sellers should take extra precautions while conducting the listing and buying/selling transactions. Like many of us, real estate has taken to the internet to compensate for not being able to operate in person. Realtors have leaned on teleconferencing, 3D virtual tours, remote staging and social media messaging to confer with buyers and sellers. Once a contract has been accepted, inspections can be conducted in a socially-distanced way and closings can be conducted curbside with minimal contact through e-documents.

Some of us might not be ready to jump into the process of buying & selling yet, but find ourselves with some extra time on our hands while at home. Contacting a real estate professional like the agents at RE/MAX Ability Plus is a great way to get started; establishing a working relationship from the beginning. Getting pre-approval from a lender is another way to get plans in order.

Preparing Your Home for the Market

Preparing your home to get ready to go on the market is something else that can be done while you stay at home. Here are some key projects to consider:

  • Make small repairs around the home like fixing a leaky faucet, tightening a cabinet hinge or making drywall touch-ups.
  • Embark on a deep clean like wiping down baseboards, dusting blinds and descaling hard water spots.
  • De-clutter your pantry, linen closet, bedroom closets, garage and storage room. Space sells!
  • Donate what you no longer need–Goodwill is still open for you to drop off your donations.
  • Enlist your green thumb to tidy up landscape beds and plant new landscaping for added curb appeal.
  • Re-paint rooms that could use a refresh and consider a fresh coat of white on your baseboards and trim work.

Pantry perfection by the professional organizer and party stylist Maria Baer, owner of the Baer Minimalist.

Next Steps

Make sure to reach out to the brokers and agents at RE/MAX Ability Plus to get your moving plans underway. And, if you’ve perhaps fallen in love all over again with your home and want to re-imagine the possibilities, connect with a design professional who can help you do so.

GUEST POST: New Products at LP Building Solutions Display

Post submitted by Jeff Bills, LP Sales Representative

It is amazing that we are now in the year 2020 where we thought the future would include things like flying cars. While we are not surrounded by The Jetsons-like technology, LP has revolutionized building solutions to create an easier home building experience. Whether you are renovating the exterior of your current home or tackling a new construction project, we want to house all of our LP Building Solution products under your roof.

Today, LP is continuously working toward the future of building. We’re creating stronger, longer lasting and more innovative products while focusing on protecting the environment. With that, we are introducing four new products to our LP Kiosk on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center. Check out the features and benefits of LP’s newest additions!

LP SmartSide ExpertFinish

ExpertFinish® color isn’t just painted – our process ensures that your siding’s color looks great and stands up to the test of time.

  • Provides the durability and longevity you look for in a prefinished product with high-grade paint
  • Primer and finish coat are sources from the same trusted supplier
  • Uniform color application in a controlled environment ensures a more attractive look
  • Consistent paint coating across texture variations

Our collection of 16 pre-finished colors bring high quality color to your home’s look. Check out LPCorp.com to test the color visualizer!

LP SmartSide Smooth Lap Siding

  • Advanced Durability – engineered wood technology offers superior protection against the elements
  • 16-Foot Length – can allow for faster installation and less jobsite waste
  • Fewer Seams – can result in a cleaner, more elegant look
  • Industry-Leading Warranty – backed by a 5/50-year limited warranty

LP SmartSide can also be painted to look like stained wood by independent local pre-finishers.

LP WeatherLogic

  • Protects from Water – helps safeguard the home from water intrusion while allowing moisture vapor to escape
  • Tighter Building Envelope – reduces air leakage allowing for a more energy-efficient home for the owner
  • Easy Installation – installs like regular sheathing for potential labor savings while keeping jobsites cleaner and more professional
  • Long Lasting Protection – protects against air and water during construction, providing structural stability for years to come

LP Legacy

  • One of the Stiffest in Class – APA-verified panels are one of the industry’s strongest, stiffest sub-floors alongside exceptional fastener holding
  • Superior Moisture Resistance – panels are packed with more strands, resin and wax to provide exceptional resistance to moisture and edge swell
  • Gorilla Tough® Panels – wood strands are coated with water-resistant resins using Gorilla Glue Technology® for exceptional stiffness
  • Industry-Leading Warranty – LP offers a unique Covered Until It’s Covered® No-Sand Warranty PLUS a Lifetime Limited Warranty that lasts as long as the home

To see samples of these new products, visit the LP display on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center (take a left off the elevator and see the display in the library alcove near the Trade Resource showroom). For more information, contact Jeff Bills with LP Building Products at [email protected]

IDC Members Awarded Best of Houzz 2020

The Annual People’s Choice Award from the Houzz Community Highlights Home Remodeling and Design Professionals with Most Popular Designs and Top Ratings

The Indiana Design Center announces several of its members have been awarded BEST OF HOUZZ for 2020. Houzz®  is the leading platform for home renovation and design.

Awardees include: Adam Gibson Design, Drapery Street, Everything Home, Jeff Sheats Designs, Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design, One 10 Studio and Thomas & Jayne Interior Design. The winners were chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

“There are so many talented design professionals in our industry and the IDC is honored to have many of them under our roof and as members,” says Andrea Kleymeyer, executive director of the Indiana Design Center. “The Indiana Design Center community sets a high bar and we are proud to have our members be recognized for their award-winning work.”

The Best of Houzz badge is awarded annually. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. A “Best of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“This year’s Best of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home remodeling and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the U.S. and around the world.”

GUEST POST: How Good Design Can Simplify Your Life

Post written by Maria Baer, owner of The Baer Minimalist

When the Indiana Design Center asked if I’d come tour their showrooms, I jumped at the opportunity. With the entire first level open to the public and the second floor dedicated to design professionals and trade, a field trip to the IDC should be at the top of your Spring bucket list, especially if you need inspiration, guidance and/or execution for an upcoming design or remodel project.

As a professional organizer (cue organized + stylized pantries, master closets and corporate supply rooms), my interest was learning about products that conceal typical “eyesores” in a home and on the flip side, ways to showcase items that deserve to be on display. My Baer Minimalist Mission: show how good design can simplify your life.

Let’s go on a quick tour and check out some of the products that caught my eye:

Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork

How can I touch on the topic of how great design can simplify your life without gushing over Rob Klein, Amy Kreutz and the team at Conceptual Kitchens and Millwork? Having the chance to tour their showroom is inspiring to say the least – it also may make you want to tear your house down and start over. Seriously, this showroom should come with a warning label.

ck kitchen

A pull-out spice drawer? Yes, please!

They have a knack for making the insides of drawers and cabinets just as beautiful as the outside. Take for example, this custom drawer showcasing its ability to turn your spices, utensils – even your plastic wrap and tin foil – into a convenient little mecca placed exactly where it should be…right next to your cook surface. Talk about intentional design and attention to detail.

My friends at CK&M thought of everything in this contemporary kitchen. Namaste.

The Premier Group

When it comes to creating a space that marries design and technology, The Premier Group showroom is the spot. I could have stayed and played all day with the control panel that allowed us to lift up a gorgeous piece of art (in this case, a custom painting from Heather Ward Miles) to reveal an inset TV, and the mantel piece below which hid a soundbar and the corresponding cords for the living room’s electronics. These works of form + function are custom-designed and manufactured in Ann Arbor, MI by Leon – leaders in Media Design and Custom Audio.

premier showroom

Concealed behind this custom artwork by Heather Ward Miles you’ll find a TV and the mantle contains sound and electronic equipment.

Whether you choose a Moving Art Lift that takes a piece of art from your collection and uses it to conceal your TV (and wow your guests) or would rather just have an Edge Media Frame to encase your TV and/or soundbar, Leon is creating such unique designs, no matter your décor style. Plus they keep those pesky cords out of view and what could be more chic than that?

premier tv art lift

With the touch of a button the artwork glides upward to reveal the TV.

Holder Mattress

I love “shopping” my clients’ homes to find unique ways to display items that are otherwise tucked away in drawers (and let’s face it, often in a jumbled mess). As I perused the shelves of Holder Mattress, I found so many neat trays, containers and canisters worthy of displaying your most prized possessions.

Consider using a tray to feature your sunglass collection, a metal jewelry stand to display your daintiest necklaces or a ceramic canister to sit bedside for your nighttime essentials.

holder mattress tray

A charming tray provides a secure spot for your trinkets and treasures.

And while you are browsing for gifts and goodies for the home, I dare you not to fall in love with their bed frames and custom mattresses made right here in Indiana. That hot pink number in the back corner is calling my name.

If shopping local is your jam, you can’t beat a family-owned manufacturer that makes its mattresses in Indiana.

Rusted Window

I could have spent all day oohing and aahing over the goods at Rusted Window. What initially caught my eye was the fantastic collection of baskets in the window. Baskets are KEY when it comes to organizing any space – whether they disguise toys in the living room, hold throw pillows and blankets in the guest room or spare sheets in the linen closet. If you haven’t gotten on the basket train, “all aboard, people!”

In the midst of gawking over baskets, I also took such inspiration from how the store displays were styled. I’m always keeping my eyes peeled at how retail shelves are styled, and incorporating those ideas into the storage spaces I organize. Because who doesn’t want their linen closet, or even their basement, to look like a boutique?

rusted window baskets

Rusted Window has so many great baskets and stylish ways to group your belongings.

rusted window wall

Rusted Window owner Stacy Molander uses “color stories” to guide shoppers’ eyes through the store (you can do this in your closet, too!).

And that, friends, is just a snippet of what you’ll find in the Indiana Design Center’s 15 showrooms that welcome the public to shop. The IDC is filled with experts in their craft and any project executed with their assistance is bound to be better than you ever imagined. Need a designer to help you pull it all together? Visit the featured designers page to browse portfolios.

About the Baer Minimalist:

The Baer Minimalist helps busy families create ORGANIZED + STYLIZED spaces throughout Indianapolis. To keep up to date with all of the tips, tricks and inspiration doled out, subscribe to their newsletter, The Minimal-List, here.

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 hoskinsinteriordesign.com for more information.

The Hoskins Interior Design team.

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.