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IDC Welcomes Gary Nance Design

Carmel designer Gary Nance recently moved his firm, Gary Nance Design, into space on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center. The commercial and residential architectural firm will offer design services for high-end custom homes.

Gary Nance

Nance has more than 30 years of residential and commercial design experience. The majority of his business takes him to northern Indiana, northern Michigan and the Carolinas. He brings a fresh dose of classic style, emphasizing functional design plans and architectural details. Working closely with clients and contractors, Nance incorporates integrity through the design as well as the construction process of each project.

In addition to home design, Nance offers custom architectural products through the Gary Nance Collection. During his many years of design work he saw the need for a line of products with the appropriate scale-to-design. He offers American-made custom light fixtures, stair spindles and hardware. “Clients, designers and even friends would ask where I could find certain pieces and each time, I had to send a sketch to get them custom made,” he says. He recently designed new light fixtures at Woodstock Country Club.

Nance is excited to be in close proximity to vendors and other designers at the design center, offering more opportunities for collaboration. Being in the IDC also offers convenient access to 15 different showrooms for product selection.

“We are glad to open our new office in the IDC, joining several esteemed industry peers that we work closely with on our projects. We hope that being here will foster new professional relationships and we know our clients will love it,” says Nance.

This addition is one of many changes in progress at the IDC like the upcoming opening of the Le Peep café and Glass House Gallery.

“We are pleased to welcome Gary Nance Design to the building. Adding another design firm reinforces the cooperative dynamic on which the industry thrives,” says Melissa Averitt, Pedcor Companies senior vice president for sales and marketing.

Scroll down for more examples of Gary’s recent work:

Design/Build Partners: Gary Nance Design, Alice Stillabower Design, Hoss Homes, Photographer: The Home Aesthetic

Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home 2015 – Photographer: Don Daugherty, Design/Build Partners: Scott B. Campbell Custom Homes, Savvy Decor, Kitchens by Design, OEG, Santarossa

Indianapolis Monthly HOMES feature – Photographer: Tony Valainis; Design/Build Partners: Gary Nance Design, Gradison Builders, Fuller Architectural Hardwoods, Nathan Alan Fine Cabinetry & Design

Brownstones at Jackson’s Grant – Design/Build Partners: Gary Nance Design, McKenzie Homes, Kittle’s Furniture, Republic Development

10 YEAR PROFILE: Creativity & Collaboration at Premier Group

As the 10-year anniversary of the Indiana Design Center is upon us, we wanted to speak with our resident showroom owners and leaders – the tastemakers and forward-thinking innovators in our local design landscape. Jason Barth, the CEO and lead designer of the Premier Group, has been a part of the IDC since the beginning. Here he shares his thoughts on how technology is an integral part of design.

Jason Barth has always been passionate about music. As a college student, he and a few classmates at DePauw University formed a popular band called Push Down & Turn that made the rounds in Indiana bars and colleges, recorded five albums and went on bigger national tours. While playing and touring and recording, Jason and his friends became more knowledgeable and passionate about technology and how to use it in their industry, and soon thereafter The Premier Group was born.

Never losing a passion for music, Push Down & Turn reunited at the Vogue in 2015.

Today Premier is a leader in the home technology industry, covering everything related to home entertainment, home automation, security and networking, all made simple, and designed to be controlled with a single, intuitive app. In 2018, The Premier Group was recognized by the CEDIA organization for the best residential project in all of North & South America with the industry’s top honor, “Integrated Home of the Year,” at the annual trade show awards held at Petco Park in San Diego, California.  In 2019, Premier repeated their big win for “Integrated Home of the Year,” producing once again the most outstanding integrated system design and installation for another prestigious project. The industry awards presentation was held on July 25th in Chicago, Illinois at The Drake Hotel.

The Premier Group taking top honors for North and South America “Integrated Home of the Year” at the CEDIA Awards convention in 2019.

Devising original solutions to automating homes is a creative endeavor for Barth. He loves being involved in every space in the home, knowing that he can make a huge impact on reducing wall clutter with great lighting design, hidden technology and other smart home automation features that enhance the overall space.

Barth recommends that it is never too early to start planning when integrating technology into a home. With technology becoming such an immersive part of our daily lives, he urges that homeowners plan and make sure that the technologies work for them.

“I like to think that Premier has brought back a simplicity that hasn’t existed in our industry, which has become so complicated. That doesn’t necessarily mean a simple system, but a system that is more reliable and easier to use for the whole family.”

Barth speaking on the CEDIA podcast about managing a technology business during the pandemic.

Premier has recently freshened up and renovated their showroom at the IDC. The light, modern space is a showcase for the newest, most relevant technologies. These technologies are demonstrated in a relatable environment for the consumer, so they can see the products in action. They feature innovative indoor & outdoor home entertainment demonstrations, as well as the behind the scenes technologies that make us all feel safe and secure: alarm systems, camera surveillance, door locks and more. In this update they also made a substantial investment in in motorized shades, drapes and screens as well as LED lighting technology, showing a variety of solutions, from recessed and linear LED lights, as well as decorative and outdoor lighting. “It’s truly an environment that provides an effective “drive before you buy” experience,” says Barth.

Like many of the designers and showroom owners in the building, the Premier team enjoys the creative spirit and the dynamics of collaboration that is a hallmark of the IDC community.

“We get to work with some amazing architects, interior designers, builders and homeowners, and it’s so much fun to be a part of collectively bringing “the dream” to life,” says Barth.

To learn more, visit the Premier Group website and enjoy some project photos below.

Jason Barth, The Premier Group

Decorators’ Show House Member Spotlights

The 2020 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens at Fox Hill Manor was reimagined to an online-only experience this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The video tours began July 17 and will be ongoing for anyone that would like to virtually tour the spaces that were beautifully crafted for the annual event. Voluntary donations will directly support the Eskenazi Health COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund.

Take the Virtual Tour here: 2020 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens.

Indiana Design Center members Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design, Sassy Green Interiors, JB Designs and Rusted Window all designed original and impressive rooms for the tour.

Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design – Living Room

Rosalind Pope designed the living room at Fox Hill Manor, with soft white walls and chocolate and raspberry textiles featured in her signature classic design. Clean lines in a traditional vein are what she is known for, but the textural details like the shag rug and grasscloth wallpaper lining the back of the bookcase add depth and comfort to the room.

show house living room

Living room by Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design. Photo by Anne Buskirk.

Living room design by Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design. Photo by Anne Buskirk.

Sassy Green Interiors – Studio Retreat

Sassy Green Interiors created a cozy retreat on the second floor of the home in an enchanting studio with a fresh spring palette, combining old and new in furniture and upholstery fabric choices. The peaceful gardenscape decor offers a serene reprieve from everyday life.

Studio retreat by Sassy Green Interiors. Photo by Anne Buskirk.

Studio retreat by Sassy Green Interiors. Photo by Anne Buskirk.

JB Designs + Rusted Window – Gretchen’s Room

JB Designs and Rusted Window teamed up for the second year in a row, designing a comfortable teenage girl’s bedroom. The space was envisioned as a haven where she can study, spend time with friends and relax at the end of the day. Rich colors and embroidery inspired the design of the room, using soft textiles and custom artwork to create a little hideaway.

Gretchen’s Room by JB Designs & Rusted Window. Photo by Anne Buskirk.

Gretchen’s Room by JB Designs & Rusted Window. Photo by Anne Buskirk.

For a closer look inside the home and to see the full video tour visit: 2020 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens.

Ferguson Trends and Influences Report: Metallics

A little bit of shine is a desirable enhancement to any room, adding a luxe upgrade in the form of a light fixture, furniture hardware, appliance or even a gleaming stripe circling the toilet. Mix metallics in different types and finishes with natural textures for a fresh, updated look. The Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom offers many types of metallics for any room of your home.

To view more examples, visit the Ferguson website and call the showroom today at 317-705-0794 to make an appointment or schedule a virtual consultation to learn more about how these or any products can work for your project.

Progress Point Dume Wandermere Foyer Chandelier

Kohler Eir Toilet

GE Cafe Professional Dual Fuel Range

Park Harbor Fairview Down Light Pendant

Brizo Rook Pull-Out Spray Kitchen Faucet

Click here to receive a full Trends & Influences book by mail.

Outdoor Shades Provide Comfort and Protection

With summer now well underway, we are all spending more time outside. Most of us are still spending the majority of our time at our own homes enjoying spaces like porches, patios and decks. 

Though we enjoy the summer sun and heat as a respite from the cold and dreary winter, the weather isn’t always ideal to spend outside in the open air. Full sun, biting insects and gusty breezes can make outdoor time less pleasant. Sun shades and screens can make your outdoor living experience more comfortable, and the design professionals at Drapery Street offer many options in a wide selection of fabric colors, textures and opacities. Shades can also be automated, making it easy to open and close as needed manually or with a phone app, on demand or set for specific times of day.

Enjoy the View

High quality outdoor shades do a great job blocking harsh sun and heat as well as pesky insects, but they also have additional benefits that add value. For many, being outside means enjoying the view from their porch or patio, but a drawn transparent shade can protect from the elements while maintaining the sights the homeowner wants to enjoy. 

Retractable shades protect this deck from bugs and debris without sacrificing the golf course view.

A semi-opaque roller shade provides some privacy without obstructing visibility.

Protective & Durable

Shades can withstand wind gusts up to 55 mph, and can also block debris from blowing into outdoor entertaining or dining areas. They can also provide privacy with a more opaque version, adding a secluded, protected space that can serve as another room to your home.

A retractable shade blocks sun and wind.

Outdoor shades custom installed for the summer will continue to pay off this fall when you want to enjoy outdoor spaces without feeling the chill. These shades can keep warmth from a heater or fireplace inside a patio, extending your outdoor entertaining options for a couple more months.

To learn more, contact the professionals at Drapery Street and set up your virtual or in-person consultation: 317-942-3796.

KITCHEN DESIGN: Behind the Scenes Beauty

While browsing shelter publications and inspirational design images online, there is no shortage of breathtaking kitchens. But what can be missed in a beauty shot are the details and design nuances that influence how the space functions for the homeowner. For a look behind the scenes of an elevated kitchen design, the experts at Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork, Amy Kreutz and Rob Klein, highlight key design elements and considerations that create the inner beauty of a kitchen that may not first meet the eye.

Command Station

While a clutter-free countertop is ideal, day to day activities ranging from reading the mail to completing children’s school work, lead to a never-ending paper pile in most kitchens. Enter the command station.

Says designer Rob Klein, “In designing what lies behind the cabinetry we knew our clients needed a dedicated space where they could store items for easy access like folders, important documents, garage openers and keys. This command station is a great alternative to leaving items out on counters.”

Smart storage solutions for this family help to keep folders and papers off of the countertops. Kitchen Design: Conceptual Kitchens, Interior Design: Hilari Goris | Photo by Sarah Shields Photography

Take Note & Inventory

A custom kitchen is only as good as how the client functions within it. Different considerations are taken for clients who cook formal, chef-driven meals contrasting with those who lead a more informal style of entertaining and engagement with family and guests. Before deciding on kitchen components—a mix of drawers versus cabinets, refrigeration, display space or custom storage solutions for pans and/or spices—it is imperative a designer take note of a client’s lifestyle and kitchen inventory.

“There are endless storage solutions for how items can be put away behind a door or cabinet. With that, we always design with a keen understanding of exactly what the client has and the perfect position in the kitchen to place it for them,” says Klein.

Specific placement of cabinets and storage solutions keeps items in the perfect spot for the kitchen to function. Kitchen Design: Conceptual Kitchens, Interior Design: Hilari Goris | Photo by Sarah Shields Photography

Stylized Storage

Storage is not limited to putting items where they can no longer be seen.

“Many of our clients have collections or pieces worth showcasing in their new kitchen and we help them determine the best way to do so,” says designer Amy Kreutz.

In a custom-designed wet bar, the designers and clients created a showstopping display featuring a gorgeous Ann Sacks tiled wall along with the family’s crystal glassware, tea set and silver collection arranged on open shelving. Clear glass cabinets filled with more heirloom-worthy pieces flank the grouping. Kitchens are intrinsically functional spaces, but by using smart storage and organization, one of the most utilitarian rooms of the house can be intentionally beautiful as well.

Always consider ways to showcase and enjoy the items and heirlooms you love. Kitchen Design: Conceptual Kitchens, Interior Design: Hilari Goris | Photo by Sarah Shields Photography

To learn more or begin your custom kitchen journey, contact Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork: 317-846-2090.

4 Benefits to Working with a Design Professional

Are you ready for a refresh in your home or office space? Working with a design professional will give you the confidence in decision-making and results you desire for your project. Here are 4 reasons to work with a designer today.

ACCESS: An interior designer has established many relationships in their career with reputable trade partners and also artisans and vendors that offer unique and specialty items you cannot find on your own. A designer helps to coordinate and oversee important projects in your home or office to ensure top quality and style.

EXPERTISE: An interior designer’s rich experience and on-going training offers an expertise to your project that can help you to avoid mistakes and navigate the important technical and safety details that can make or break the final outcome.

VALUE: Get it right the first time. An interior designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes like having to re-order furniture or re-do projects that don’t hit the mark. Scale, lighting, color, space planning, safety and balance are always taken into account to work in harmony together.

VIRTUAL: Design firms have adapted their processes to support the safety of everyone involved in a project and limit personal contact while communities practice social distancing. When you interview a design professional, be sure to ask how you can work together virtually through tools like FaceTime and Zoom.

Get started today! Visit our designer portfolio pages to find a designer that could be a good fit for you or book a complimentary virtual Designer On Call appointment with a designer.

Ferguson Trends & Influences Report: Matte Black

Whether fashion or the home, black is a signature go-to color that seems to go with just about anything. It can add depth, a modern touch and great contrast in a bathroom space. The Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is especially attuned to this trend with an array of showroom offerings that fit the bill. The products below are among the most popular according to the experts at Ferguson.

To view more examples, visit the Ferguson website and call the showroom today at 317-705-0794 to set up a virtual consultation to learn more about how these or any products can work for your dream project.

PARK HARBOR – Hillpoint Pendant Light

BRIZO – Atavis Bathroom Faucet


TROY LIGHTING – Hunters Point Pendant Light

KOHLER – Tempered Bathroom Faucet


DURAVIT – DuraSquare Bathroom Sink

Click here to receive a full Trends & Influences book via the mail.

Design Tips to Work from Home by Adam Gibson

WFH Series: This guest blog series offers design tips for your work from home environments according to the experts affiliated with the Indiana Design Center. Enjoy this piece by Adam Gibson of Adam Gibson Design.

As an architectural designer and consultant, I occasionally work from home. Now that it’s mandatory, I made sure that I had a few comforts to facilitate a successful experience.

Enter the Stand Desk

I moved my favorite desk chair to my home office, and fortunately have a stand desk just like in the studio. If you don’t have one, they’re easy to create by stacking books or boxes on the kitchen counter for a comfortable laptop height.

Tip: Your next kitchen should have a stand desk!


The stand desk in this kitchen offers a place to stand (or lean) while checking your email and looking up a recipe. Inside the stand desk are multiple outlets and USB charging blocks to keep clutter off the counter.

A Daily Dose of Vitamin D

An infusion of natural light provides a mental boost, especially with the isolation. If you’re able to be near a window it will help your overall mental state. I find that getting outside several times a day to soak up some Vitamin D, which aids in immune and emotional health, steadies my mood. Anything to keep the immune system in top form is so important these days.


Don’t forget the importance of Vitamin D in your day and getting safe exposure to the sun.

Go Virtual

There’s nothing like being home for an extended period of time to motivate someone to want to improve their environment. While most all of us are working from home, I am doing virtual consultations via Zoom and FaceTime. The only time I need to go to someone’s home is for detailed measuring. Preparations can be made to ensure a safe and healthy experience for both parties when scheduling. Best of luck during this historic time!

Adam Gibson Design
Indiana Design Center, Suite 223
[email protected]

Visit Holder Mattress at the “Made In America” Trade Show, Oct. 3-6

Holder Mattress has announced that it will be participating in the inaugural Made in America trade show at the IndianaConvention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The show features only businesses with products that are fully made in America, including all raw materials. The show runs from Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6, 2019.

This national event was created to feature American-made products and manufacturers across the spectrum of industries, from
aerospace and automobiles to textiles and home goods. The organizers hope to be able to showcase the largest collection of U.S.-made machines and products in one place.

Holder Mattress Company has been a family-owned and operated business since 1947 and has a location in Kokomo, IN and showrooms at the Indiana Design Center in Carmel, IN.


Lauren Taylor

“We are proud to take part in this event, as our mattresses are, and have always been, fully American-made with the highest-quality materials. We champion buying local and sourcing the best American-made products so look forward to connecting with like-minded shoppers and vendors,” says Lauren Taylor, owner and president of Holder Mattress Company.

The convention is open to the public and the organizers hope to inspire American-made innovation, drive and passion. Many well-known speakers and musical acts are scheduled to be a part of the event as well.

Tickets are available at

Holder Mattress

All Holder Mattresses are custom made by hand in Kokomo, In using the finest raw and American-made materials.


2019 Fall Designer on Call Workshop Series Schedule

Are you thinking about building, remodeling or redecorating your home? If so, attend these complimentary workshops hosted by design professionals at the Indiana Design Center. Email [email protected] or call 317-569-5975 to register.


Workshop Admission: The workshops are shared with the community at no charge, so we kindly ask that attendees bring a donation item for Second Helpings, an agency dedicated to fighting hunger and promoting culinary job training in greater Indianapolis. Ideal donations: pantry spices, pasta or rice.  


Tuesday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m.
SPOTLIGHT: Explore Today’s Top 10 Design Trends + Influences
Presented by Jeremy Konechne Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

From smoldering hues to coastal edge, modern markings, globe-trotting and technology, this workshop will take an inside look at the trends and influences that are shaping how spaces are being designed today. As area showroom manager, Jeremy Konechne has first-hand experience at how these design movements are being interpreted in the local marketplace and tips on the considerations to make as you create a design plan that meets your goals for style, ROI and ease of implementation.


Saturday, October 19 at 11 a.m.
2020 SPACES: Tips to Plan for Your Kitchen + Bath Remodel
presented by Adam Gibson, CMKBD Adam Gibson Design


DID YOU KNOW? There are only three Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designers in Indiana, and we have one right here! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from architectural design expert, Adam Gibson, also the only Certified Living in Place and Aging in Place professional, who will share tips on how to prepare for your project, how to hire the best team and key design considerations for your space. Adept at creating healthy living environments, Gibson will step outside the zone of trends and address design elements like proper lighting, door widths and shower transitions that create a space equally usable by everyone. And of course show beautiful examples of what to do and what not to do.


Thursday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m.
BE MERRY: Holiday Décor Inspiration & Entertaining Tips
co-presented by Stacy Molander, Rusted Window & Brooke Csukas, Uncommonly Styled

Enjoy a workshop with floral and design expert Stacy Molander and party stylist Brooke Csukas. Molander and Csukas will feature place-setting and decor ideas to inspire your holiday entertaining and share their expert advice on how to create holiday experiences that are memorable for your loved ones. Have a family heirloom you love but don’t know how to incorporate in your space? Bring it to the workshop for on-the-spot advice and styling ideas.


The Premier Group Awarded CEDIA’s 2019 “Integrated Home of the Year”

The Premier Group, a home technology integrator located in Carmel, Indiana was recognized as the CEDIA Awards’ top honor for “Integrated Home of the Year 2019” in North & South America for outstanding integrated system design and installation on July 25th in Chicago, Illinois held at The Drake Hotel.

“After 20 years in business and always striving to provide the most comprehensive and innovative solutions for our customers, it is incredibly rewarding to be honored with this award. Our team is extremely talented and well-rounded, and they are each asked everyday to wear multiple hats to best serve our homeowners. I am so thankful for my team, and because of them, I know we are able to provide top-notch service before, during and after the sale. We have worked many years for an accolade of this caliber, and because of our design partners’ collaboration in this specific project, along with homeowners that trusted us to provide a technology experience designed around the way that they live, the culmination has resulted in us receiving CEDIA’s top honor of ‘Integrated Home of the Year,’ something myself and my team take great pride in.” – Jason Barth, CEO & Principal Designer

The Premier Group team enjoys top honors at the CEDIA Awards ceremony.

The Premier Group partnered on this custom home with builder Carrington Homes and interior design firm Julie O’Brien Design Group (located in suite 228 of the IDC). The clients desired a fully integrated home that made managing the technology in the house simple and intuitive. With Control4‘s easy-to-use operating system, every room is operable with a consistent user interface via their mobile devices, in-wall touch panels, keypads, or on-screen guides. For more information on how to get your next project started, visit

This whole-home integration project included a seamless lift system to allow the clients to watch TV in the kitchen or for the TV to be concealed when desired. Interior Design by Julie O’Brien Design Group.

Automated shades and lighting throughout the home allow for controlled scenes throughout the day. Interior Design by Julie O’Brien Design Group.

The home would not be complete without a state of the art theatre system designed by The Premier Group.

Well-suited for entertaining, areas throughout the home can be transformed with the touch of a button on a smart device. Interior design by Julie O’Brien Design Group.

CEDIA’s Awards program recognizes technical excellence, product innovation, and individual professionals succeeding in the home technology industry. The CEDIA Awards celebrate the many ways technology enhances the home. Installations can be entered into multiple categories and are judged by industry experts. Entrants compete and are recognized within their region — Americas, EMEA, or Asia Pacific — based on their primary location.

“Every year the technical judges are blown away by the project submissions, the quality of work, and the creative solutions and this year was no exception.” – Jenny Scott, CEDIA Director of Member Engagement

About The Premier Group

In addition to earning top honors at the CEDIA Awards, Premier was also awarded the “Circle of Excellence” by Control4 out of 4,000 dealers in 2018. Control4 is a global leader and provider of personalized automation and control solutions platform. Premier became Indiana’s first technology integrator to become HTA Certified in May 2018—involving a rigorous examination to be considered for the accreditation. Less than 10% of the companies in the Technology Integration industry nationwide meet the strict HTA Certification standards. Premier offers a wealth of knowledge to architects, builders and interior designers during the new construction or remodeling planning stages, and completes each project with careful attention to detail and personalized customer service, simplifying clients’ lives one project at a time. They specialize in lighting and shade design in addition to innovative home entertainment, automation, networking, and security solutions. Customers and building partners have the unique opportunity to experience brilliant scenes and demonstrations in their state- of- the-art showroom inside the Indiana Design Center.

The Premier Group fosters an energetic, fresh and dynamic approach. When you call Premier, you get a real and knowledgable person on the phone, with a team that is constantly monitoring clients’ systems including the alarm, network and automation devices, as well as power and service providers. With their proprietary service app, they help their clients stay connected 24/7/365.

2019 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens Winners

St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild and ASID have announced the winners of the designed spaces at this year’s Decorators’ Show House and Gardens, at the Centennial Estate, 4160 Washington Boulevard. We are proud to say that many of the award winners are IDC members. Congratulations to everyone involved in this stunning Show House!



1st: MW Harris (Kitchen)

Timeless Kitchen: A Lesson in History, MW Harris

2nd: Shine Design Interiors (Sleeping Quarters)

Sleeping Quarters, Shine Design Interiors

Major Supporting

1st: Elissa Decker Interior Design (Nursery)

Madrecita’s Nursery, Elissa Decker Interior Design

2nd: Design Works (Sunroom)

Modern Sunroom, Design Works


1st: Cabinetry Ideas (Laundry Room)

The Family Fold, Cabinetry Ideas

2nd: Misch/Bobrick (Mudroom)

The Mud Room, Misch/Bobrick


Shine Design Interiors

Landscape Architects

1st: Mark M Holeman Inc.

2nd: Property Pros Land Management



The Toren, Reinventing Amsterdam (Bedroom)

Cornerstone Interiors – Julie Boutilier

The Toren, Reinventing Amsterdam, Cornerstone Interiors

Major Runner Up

Dining Room

Compass Designs – Stacy Thompson

Dining Room, Compass Design LLC

Major Supporting

Morning Room

Rosalind Brinn Pope Interiors – Rosalind Pope

Morning Room, Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design

Major Supporting Runner Up

Paranjapes Palace (Bedroom)

Polish Interior and Art Design – Christina Grieve

Paranjape’s Palace, Polish Interior and Art Design


Guest Powder room

Sassy Green Interiors – Maryellen Hodapp

Guest’s Powder Room, Sassy Green Interiors LLC

Supporting Runner Up

West Entrance

Wright Interiors – Cathy Wright

West Entrance, Wright Interiors

IDC Welcomes Ennis Custom Homes

Please join the Indiana Design Center community as we welcome Ennis Custom Homes to the IDC! Ennis Custom Homes is led by Brad Ennis and his wife, Linda Ennis, whose custom home building company is now located on the second floor in suite 221A.

Brad is the president of the company and you will mostly find him on the job site. He likes to be immersed in every project, nurturing his drive for excellence by being involved in the custom building process on a day-to-day basis. Linda, vice president, manages the details behind the scenes, handling accounting, correspondence, social media and business outreach. They are a complementary team, each working to their personal strengths to create a company with an unsurpassed reputation.

From the portfolio of Ennis Custom Homes.

Ennis Custom Homes works with the most highly-regarded tradesmen and professionals in the area, curated carefully to create the best team to build a custom home.

As Brad says, “The homes we build are a legacy. They are often the most precious and enduring thing that a family has, and I feel honored to be trusted with such an investment.” He is there for every step of the process, offering peace of mind to the homeowner that each detail will be attended to.

From the portfolio of Ennis Custom Homes.

While Brad is in the field, you’re most likely to find Linda at the IDC studio space, overseeing the logistical pieces of the business. “I love coming to work each day and helping our projects come to life. The relationships we build with our clients are just as rewarding as our final projects,” says Linda.

Brad Ennis speaks at a builder panel at this year’s LUXE event. Also part of the panel, from left to right: Clete Kunce, One 10 Studio, Marika Klemm, Marika Designs and Tom Vriesman, panel moderator.

It is a wonderful asset to have a custom home builder in the IDC to connect with the group of designers and vendors in the business of creating beautiful spaces. “Highly-regarded companies with leaders like Brad and Linda further add to the collaborative spirit and reputation for design excellence within the building, and we’re proud they call the IDC home,” says IDC executive director, Andrea Kleymeyer.

You can learn more about Ennis Custom Homes at

2019 Spring Designer On Call Workshop Series Schedule

Are you thinking about building, remodeling or redecorating your home? If so, attend these complimentary workshops hosted by design professionals at the Indiana Design Center. This spring, our Designer on Call Workshop series has been scheduled to coincide with our ongoing Solutions Saturday program.

Email [email protected] or call 317-569-5975 to register.
Indiana Design Center, 2nd floor
200 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel

Workshop Admission: The workshops are shared with the community at no charge, so we kindly ask that attendees bring a donation item for Second Helpings, an agency dedicated to fighting hunger and promoting culinary job training in greater Indianapolis.

Ideal donations: pantry spices, pasta or rice.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 | 11:00 A.M.
BEYOND THE BACK DOOR: Secret Ingredients of Stylish Outdoor Spacespresented by
Randy Sorrell, Surroundings by Natureworks+
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 | 11:00 A.M.
MARKET REPORT: Top Finds from the 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

presented by
Adam Gibson, Adam Gibson Design
SATURDAY, MAY 11 | 11:00 A.M.
VISITABILITY: Products & Design Tips to Achieve Accessibility in Your Home
presented by
Kathleen Cannon, Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs & Bill Bernard, Surroundings by Natureworks+

Email [email protected] or call 317-569-5975 to RSVP.

Indiana Design Center joins Design Centers International

The Indiana Design Center is proud to announce that it has joined Design Centers International (DCI) which is comprised of an esteemed list of design centers across North America. DCI was formed approximately 30 years ago to serve as an educational and networking resource for design center owners and management teams. Members work together to share in successful programming initiatives, best practices and the general state of the design industry.

Andrea Kleymeyer

Member representatives from the various design centers meet two times a year at host design center sites and share in roundtable discussions. “I look forward to connecting with my industry peers throughout the year and learning from their vast array of experiences while sharing in what we have learned over the nine years the Indiana Design Center has been operating,” says IDC executive director Andrea Kleymeyer.

The Indiana Design Center promotes the importance of hiring a professional designer and works to connect consumers and designers through its designer workshops series, website access to professional designer portfolios, Designer On Call program and more. To that end, DCI works closely with the Decorative Furnishings Association to improve understanding and perceived value of professional interior design. “There are many synergies between our efforts here at the Indiana Design Center and what other design centers are trying to accomplish,” says Kleymeyer. The IDC’s involvement with DCI is an exciting next step as it nears another decade serving as a one-stop shop to build, remodel, or redecorate commercial and residential spaces and buy a home.

Consumers can browse the IDC website to find the right designer for their project.
Consumers are invited to regularly scheduled design seminars hosted by professionals on topics ranging from kitchen design trends to outdoor living.

LUXE 2019 Supports the Power of Art & Healing at Riley Hospital for Children

Sometimes it is hard to express yourself when your emotions are overwhelming. You don’t know what to say – or how to ask forhelp when you feel bad. This can be exponentially harder for kids who are in the hospital, likely battling physical sickness as well as emotional confusion. Art is a natural form of expression for all ages and can be a vehicle to express those confusing inner feelings.

The Indiana Design Center is proud to support the Art Therapy program at Riley at IU Health through the 2019 LUXE Design Showcase ticket sales and highlight the powerful connection between art, creative expression and healing. The Art Therapy program provides mental health counseling through expressive experiences that promote emotional health and physical healing. Two master-level Art Therapists at Riley at IU Health help children process and work through difficult emotions in a creative, healthy way.

Art therapists create unique programs for each patient to ensure they are healing both emotionally and physically through their hospital stay.

Feelings about illness, medical treatment or traumatic experiences can all be expressed through the creative process.

“We are very fortunate at Riley Hospital to work in a culture that supports the mental health needs of our patients and families and acknowledges the importance of our work as part of their medical journey. Every day we get the honor of getting to know our Riley families through the intimate relationships we form with them. Art-making provides endless therapeutic benefits; but what is special about art therapy is the relationship and the bond between the therapist and the client,” says Cassie Dobbs, Registered Art Therapist, Riley Hospital for Children.

The program is completely funded by generous contributions from the community through the Riley Children’s Foundation, allowing Riley at IU Health to provide assessment, mental health counseling and treatment to children and adults of all ages at no cost to our patients and families. “We cannot express our gratitude enough to our generous donors, as their support provides two full-time Art Therapists at Riley. Our program is 100% donor funded. Their support truly makes a difference in the hospital experience of our children,” says Dobbs.

We hope you will join us for LUXE 2019 to help support this wonderful cause! Purchase your tickets today.

Art therapists use the creative process to increase positive coping and problem-solving skills among many other benefits.

KITCHEN DESIGN: The Tailored Approach

A beautifully designed kitchen is as much about the finish selections as it is about form and functionality. In fact, one of the greatest kitchen design challenges is to ensure the space functions perfectly through all aspects of the client’s typical day, from brewing morning coffee and efficiently preparing freshly-made dinners to entertaining friends and family.

The professionals at Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork, Rob Klein and Amy Kreutz, approach every design project with a team and solutions-focused mindset that ensures each design is tailored to the specific client. “I like to start a project by asking questions to gain a sound understanding of how the family uses a kitchen at different points in the day,” says firm president and designer Rob Klein. From this point, Klein can guide his designs to sync with his clients’ needs and help prevent one of the most common host woes: getting stuck in the kitchen, away from the fun.

The main kitchen area is perfectly suited for cooking dinner and entertaining. Design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork. photo credit: Chris Bucher.

In one recent project (pictured), the firm’s client was an active family with young children who had a deep appreciation for design and aesthetics, and a love for entertaining and cooking. “We approached this Williams Creek remodel in a way that created two distinct kitchen spaces for the family,” explains Klein. He designed a prep kitchen area that was armed with small appliances (steam oven, microwave, toaster), pantry items, fridge, sink and a dishwasher that served the daily meal prep of a busy family. This includes routine functions like getting the kids’ breakfasts and lunches ready and clean-up. This multi-use prep zone is hidden from the main kitchen and sight lines of the open floor plan.

Prep kitchen space is designed for routine activities like preparing breakfasts and easy cleanup. Design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork. photo credit: Chris Bucher.

Often-used appliances like toasters and microwaves can be tucked away for easy use in meal prep. Design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork. photo credit: Chris Bucher.

When the family is ready to cook a meal together, they utilize the main kitchen area which has the appliances that do the heavy lifting, like the stove and oven, along with well-appointed refrigeration units to store fresh produce and meats used to create nightly meals. Klein maintains that, “a well-organized kitchen is much easier to enjoy, utilized more often and can reduce food waste.”

Klein also notes that entertaining styles are changing, as people like to enjoy a more progressive and interactive form of entertaining. Food comes out as it’s prepared, wine pairings change throughout the evening and both the hosts and guests can mingle. “This casual, yet gracious, form of entertaining is best achieved by thoughtfully-layered details that complement each client’s vision and ultimate use for a space,” says Klein.

Rob Klein, president/designer & Amy Kreutz, principal designer
To learn more, contact the professionals at Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork at 317-846-2090 or visit


Premier takes top honors at CEDIA event

Congratulations go to The Premier Group, who was awarded top honors at CEDIA Awards for Integrated Home of the Year in all of North & South America. The awards ceremony was held in San Diego, CA at Petco Park.

CEDIA is the leading global authority in the $14 billion home technology industry. The represents 3,700 member companies worldwide and serves more than 30,000 industry professionals that manufacture, design and integrate goods and services for the connected home. It is a huge accomplishment to be chosen for the top award in an organization filled with such talent.

The Premier Group Team at CEDIA convention.

The Premier Group’s submission included a residential new construction project located in Indianapolis on Geist Reservoir. The home is carved into a lakeside parcel of land with a dramatic grade change. Filled with exotic finishes and one-of-a-kind finds, the firm seamlessly designed and installed the comprehensive technology package including a lighting design package that both complemented and enhanced the architectural features of the home.

“After 19 years in business and always striving to provide the most comprehensive and innovative solutions for our customers, it is incredibly rewarding to be honored with this recognition. Our team is extremely talented and well-rounded, and they are each asked everyday to wear multiple hats to best serve our homeowners. I am so thankful for them, and because of them, I know we are able to provide top-notch service before, during and after the sale. We have worked many years for an accolade of this caliber, and because of our design partners’ collaboration in this specific project, along with homeowners that trusted us to provide a technology experience designed around the way that they live, the culmination has resulted in us receiving CEDIA’s top honor of ‘Integrated Home of the Year,’ something I and my team take great pride in.” – Jason Barth, CEO & Principal Designer

Luxury master bathroom from the award-winning project. Project team: Gary Nance Design, Brandy Ketterer Design Co., Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. and The Premier Group.

Entertainment space from the award-winning project. Project team: Gary Nance Design, Brandy Ketterer Design Co., Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. and The Premier Group.

Living space from the award-winning project. Project team: Gary Nance Design, Brandy Ketterer Design Co., Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. and The Premier Group.



Market Report – Salone del Mobile

Every year during the month of April, the design cognoscenti take over the entire city of Milan, Italy for the annual Salone del Mobile.  The 57th annual international furniture fair gathered over 300,000 devotees, manufacturers, students and press agents displaying the most “of the moment” contemporary design. There is no better time and place in the world to get a sense of where design is now, where it has been historically and what trends will set the course for the upcoming months.

The notion of environmental consciousness and sustainability was an important message that was seen in the use of recyclable, post industrial waste combined with the beauty of molded wood in Kartell’s Woody seating collection. Phillippe Starck, the designer of the collection, stated “Woody is not a fantasy because it is based on the basic human need to be surrounded by signs that remind one of nature and predict the future.” Stewardship in another form, respecting the legacy of the past, was showcased in the reintroduction of Carlo Mollino’s iconic 1959 Fenis chair for Zanotta.


Color trends also reflected the preoccupation with nature via shades of moss green, sage, yellow ochre, clay and rose-y pink. There was a softness to the palette that calmed the eye. Pinch’s Elan Armoire for The Future Perfect, renders the fluid memory of a sculpture created by the designer’s father in a gentle pastel color story as its amorphous shapes are translated in a marquetry inlay of birch veneer. The Bouroullec brothers’ Alcova collection for Wonderglass, consists of two, thick walled elements of colored glass —a cylindrical vase and a partner screen—that highlights the craftsmanship of casting in tones of green, yellow, orange and colorless transparency.

The Cypriot designer, Michael Anastassiades, continues to explore the poetic use of light and the reduced vocabulary of geometric forms. His Jack bookcase system for B&B Italia and Arrangements lighting collection for Flos both investigate the disciplined restraint of modularity and how a limited number of elements can create a multitude of compositions.

For any additional source information or to order any of these pieces, please contact Tom Vriesman.

—Reported by Tom Vriesman, Design Studio Vriesman

New and Notable at the IDC

The Premier Group offering Control4 technology

The Premier Group showroom is now featuring the Control4 home automation system. The Control4 experience delivers smart home solutions that make the places we live safer and more convenient, as well as more comfortable and enjoyable.

The technology is streamlined, giving you the ability to personalize voice commands to arm your home alarm and lock doors, change settings on your thermostat and turn lights on and off, among many other things. Make a plan to visit the showroom to learn more about this innovative system and experience a demonstration.

Control4 technology available now at Premier Group in suite 118 of the Indiana Design Center.

Mark your calendar for the annual IDC Sample Sale

Indiana Design Center will host its annual Sample Sale, Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. Designers and showrooms are making room for new inventory, giving them the opportunity to offer furniture, fabrics, remnants and one-of-a-kind finds at a discount.

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

Santarossa welcomes Eric Santarossa as showroom manager

Eric Santarossa

Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. is pleased to introduce Eric Santarossa as the new showroom manager for its Indiana Design Center location. Eric is a fourth generation leader in the company and a great-grandson of Domenic M. Santarossa who founded Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co. in 1924. Prior to the showroom manager role, his experience over the last 14 years includes installation, estimating and project management. A Carmel-native and Indiana University graduate, he brings with him an abundance of industry knowledge–a real estate license, steeped family heritage and the well-honed 94-year-old family art of applying a personal touch to every residential and commercial project. “I’m grateful to work in an industry that I love and carry on a family tradition with those I admire most,” says Eric Santarossa.

Standing inside of the showroom, one finds a wonderment of impossible beauty. Marble, onyx, tile, terrazzo, ceramics, decorative tile, limestone and slate are just a few of the items which dazzle the eye. Showroom associates are available to help and introduce you to an offering of 4,000 slabs of natural material, thousands of tile selections and a plethora of design ideas. The company takes its clients through the product selection process all the way through to quality installation.

Samples on display at the Santarossa showroom in suite 115 of the Indiana Design Center.

IDC Sample Sale

Save the Date for the last weekend in July, Friday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the IDC’s annual Sample Sale. Shop designer brand furniture, accessories, electronics, tile, art and more at discount prices throughout the building in IDC showrooms. Find bargains on a variety of items that must go to make room for fall merchandise. Shop early for the best selection.


In addition to the showroom sales, a space will be dedicated to a Designer Sale Room in suite 120-B on the first floor where individual designers have special sample sale items on sale for purchase.  


Bring your design dilemmas for a mini Designer On Call appointment! A designer will be on staff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for complimentary 15-minute design consultations. Bring photos of your project and design inspiration for on-the-spot advice.

Contact [email protected] to arrange an appointment in advance (walk-ins welcome).

Follow the IDC on Facebook and Instagram (@indianadesign) for a sneak peek of sale items.

Summer Pop Up Shoppe hosted by A Lantz Design & Barry Lantz Art

In anticipation of opening a new location and shoppe at Carmel City Center in fall 2018, A Lantz Design has unveiled a preview of its designer merchandise in a summer pop-up shoppe on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center in suite 107.

The pop-up features furniture, accessories, lighting and antiques sourced by designers Barry Lantz and Amanda Lantz. Original works by Barry will also be on display, many of which will be marked down by 50% or more. The pop-up shoppe hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Follow  @alantz_shop & @alantz_design to see more and enjoy the preview below.

Meridian-Kessler Home & Garden Tour Preview

Make a plan to visit the Meridian-Kessler Home & Garden Tour, the longest running tour of vintage homes in Indiana, this weekend, June 16 & 17.

Homes are open from 11 AM to 5 PM and tickets are available for purchase for $15 in the Ferguson showroom at the IDC, as well as Fresh Market, Sullivan’s Hardware (both locations), the National Bank of Indianapolis and all other Ferguson locations. Tickets are also available the day of the tour, for $20 at the door.

Below is a sampling of the houses featured during the Twilight Tour and weekend tour this year. Visit for full details.

5621 Washington Blvd. photo credit: Leah Trib Productions.

Interior of 2018 tour home. photo credit: Leah Trib Productions.

5744 N. Washington Blvd. photo credit: Leah Trib Productions.

Interior of 2018 tour home. photo credit: Leah Trib Productions.

5259 N. Delaware St. photo credit: Leah Trib Productions.