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New Trade Showroom & Design Firm at the IDC

The Indiana Design Center is pleased to welcome two new design businesses to the center. Interior Design firm, Open Gate Design is set to open a trade showroom, Open Gate Collective, on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center (IDC) this summer. The firm has a flagship retail and trade showroom in Anderson, IN; this will be its first trade-only location in the greater Indianapolis area. GreyHunt Interiors will also be expanding to the IDC with a design studio space on the second floor in addition to its original Virginia location.

Introducing Open Gate Design

From the design portfolio of Open Gate Design.

Julie Ricker, Open Gate

Open Gate started as an interior design firm based in Anderson, IN with its network of residential clients in 2015 and has grown its offerings and brand through its Open Gate Collective initiative which launched in 2022 to serve the design community. Open Gate Collective assists designers and trade professionals by connecting them to brands and lines, representing 150+ vendor partners, through an interior design showroom model. The Indiana Design Center showroom location will allow Open Gate Collective to broaden its footprint and ability to service designers in central Indiana and beyond.

“The design community can look forward to a high-level resource that is upscale, organized, stocked and feels good to bring their clients into for sourcing and have design meetings around curated vignettes,” says Julie Ricker, Open Gate CEO.

Showroom offerings will include fabric, furniture, wallpaper, accessories, custom upholstery, and rug lines.

Introducing GreyHunt Interiors

From the design portfolio of GreyHunt Interiors.

Sallie Lord, GreyHunt Interiors

GreyHunt Interiors is an award-winning interior design firm owned and led by Sallie Lord, whose passion for transforming interior spaces has driven her 20+ year career in the industry. Having proudly revitalized the homes and lives of countless clients over the years, Sallie recently relocated from the Northern Virginia/DC Metro Area to Indianapolis to extend her services and offerings to the local market.

“I am truly excited for this opportunity to work with clients in the community and to get to know local talent here at the IDC and beyond,” says Sallie Lord, founder of GreyHunt Interiors.

The addition of these two new businesses to the market reinforce the importance of and interest in specialized offerings and services in Indiana’s design and building industry.

“We are pleased to welcome these two new design-focused businesses to the Indianapolis market and to IDC. With these additions, our abilities to offer more design service selection in our area grows even stronger,” says Melissa Averitt, Pedcor Companies senior vice president for sales and marketing.

VIDEO: Preview the 62nd Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

Indianapolis’ premier Show House event runs Saturday, April 29 through Sunday, May 14 as the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild welcomes the public to the 62nd annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens for daily tours. The Indiana Design Center is proud to present this video to you and support this historic design event. Show House proceeds will benefit the Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center’s Behavioral Health Academy.

The Failey House
57 East 57th Street

Check out the video below for a sneak peek of the home and purchase your tickets in advance at

Market Report: Home Building Trends

Recently Indiana Design Center showroom owners and industry professionals attended the annual International Builders Show in Las Vegas, a trade show for the building industry. The expansive show boasts 70 thousand attendees who experience new product launches, education sessions and the latest home builder trends. While there trade professionals gain new ideas, solutions and relationships that bring value back to their clients and projects. This year’s market report expands upon a home design movement seen at both the international and local level.

One of the biggest ongoing movements that is predicted to continue is an interest in nature, and bringing nature into your home in a meaningful way. According to Cori Brown at Glass House Gallery, the best way to do that is with big glass. Windows and doors are a functional part of any home, but with big walls of glass windows and oversized doors, these functional pieces can be customized to fit how a family lives and entertains. With this in mind, some builders are designing the home around the glass, or rather, around the views that a big wall of windows affords. “The windows themselves are a beautiful focal point, with the added bonus of maximizing a view that adds to the overall feeling of the home,” says Brown.

This two-story wall of windows showcases a golf course vista in this home built by Scott Campbell Custom Homes, with windows by Glass House Gallery. Photo: Haven Media + 360 Tour Design.

Expansive views can be accessed through large-format sliding glass panels as well. These types of oversized doors can be designed and installed to recess into the walls, creating a seamless indoor/outdoor living space. Says Brown, “Glass door panels can completely blur the line between inside and outside, creating a thoughtful, all-encompassing living space.” This is especially desirable as the weather warms up, but with well-designed patio areas equipped with screens, fireplaces and other amenities, these open-to-the-outside areas can be enjoyed three seasons of the year.

Glass doors designed to disappear while open creates an indoor/outdoor living space that brings the outdoors in. Home built by AR Homes, with windows and doors from Glass House Gallery. Photo: Haven Media + 360 Tour Design.

Working with a builder or product showroom at the IDC can help you envision the perfect home for you, whether you are building from scratch or doing a home renovation. IDC businesses also collaborate on many projects together which ensures trusted experts are at the table within the convenience of a single design center location.

To learn more about building trends for 2023, visit the showrooms at the Indiana Design Center. Glass House Gallery is located on the first floor in suite 117 and home to Franklin Window & Door and Lorenzo Finestre.

Premier Group Merges with Ovation AV

The Premier Group recently announced their merger with Ovation AV to offer an even broader assortment of superior brands and leading-edge home and commercial technology services to the Greater Indianapolis area.

A state of the art home theatre system designed by The Premier Group.

Combining Premier’s leadership position in residential and commercial integrated systems including lighting, window treatments, security & camera surveillance, audio & video entertainment, conferencing systems and related technology solutions with Ovation’s expertise and long standing reputation for providing the very best brands in high-end audio and Atmos home theater systems, this merger will result in the finest choices the technology industry has to offer the public.

“We’re extremely excited to join with the team of great people at Ovation and to welcome them to the Premier fold.  We’re excited to continue their rich legacy of providing the finest in two-channel home audio systems including from Klipsch, McIntosh, and Sonus Faber to name a few,” said Premier Group CEO Jason Barth.

To learn more about Premier Group and the firm’s offerings visit

KITCHEN DESIGN: Blending Form & Functionality

The pandemic and the economy have both played a major role in how people have navigated their living situation in the past few
years. Many factors have led to homeowners choosing to stay in their homes and invest in upgrades, additions and remodels that bring new style and added functionality to their spaces. Designers at the Indiana Design Center are experts at working with clients looking to remodel and refresh their homes, with kitchens being one of the most popular rooms to update. ey agree that there are important things to consider when planning a kitchen renovation.

In a kitchen, lighting design is crucial. Not only can a designer help select attractive pendants to make the space look great, but they also recommend a variety of types of lighting that can serve different purposes and transform the space. Task lighting above your prep counters, where you do all of your chopping and measuring, should be bright enough to see clearly as you work, and additional lighting under cabinets and even along toe kicks can create extra pathway lighting. Says Adam Gibson, of Adam Gibson Design, “A good designer will assure you have more than adequate lighting, and they can all be dimmed down to almost nothing.” Dimmers also make the feel of the room endlessly customizable to the purpose, whether you are prepping a meal or entertaining friends.

A design professional also considers the ways in which a family uses the space when creating a design. Not only how they cook and entertain, but how big do the appliances need to be, and where should they be placed for maximum utility and ease of use? Amy Kreutz, of Conceptual Kitchens, notes, “So many tend to think that bigger is better and want to allocate too much space towards a refrigerator, for instance. Cubic footage is used as a tool to look at what is expected, but it is important that we design to what is needed in each and every kitchen.” Putting smaller appliances in safer, easy to access locations is also something to consider. A microwave set under a counter is much easier for a child or grandparent to access instead of reaching for hot food high above a range.

Working with a design professional at the IDC can help you maximize the space you currently have, creating the kitchen that
performs best for your household.

Showstopping pendants and sconces that provide task lighting create a functional and beautiful working environment in this kitchen designed by Conceptual Kitchens.

In this kitchen designed by Adam Gibson Design, a microwave located below a countertop and next to the range creates an efficient and safe workstation.

Market Report: High Point Trends

Several Indiana Design Center (IDC) showroom owners and designers attended High Point Market in North Carolina this past fall. The semi-annual furniture and home goods market is a vast and expansive resource, with up to 2,000 brands represented. Not only is High Point Market an opportunity for designers and showroom owners to form brand relationships for product sourcing, it is also an impressive destination for design inspiration. Designers can see what is trending and get inspired to create their own client designs.

Designer and showroom owner, Stephanie Wiott of Stephanie Wiott Designs, attended the event and found a wealth of insight.

“A lot of what we saw was very comfortable and livable with natural elements and small doses of fun colors,” she said.

This is in keeping with the biophilic design concept, which embraces natural materials and textures, organic curves and bringing the outside indoors. Though it could have become a pandemic fad, it has become a style that people have fully embraced, making their homes a healthy, cozy refuge.

Wiott added, “We saw a consistent use of textured whites and creams with pops of jewel tones.”

Natural materials like marble are trending in home design, as with this oval fluted dining table by Four Hands.

The use of saturated colors seems to be an indication that though biophilic principles remain strong, some trends might be steering away from the all-neutral color palettes that have been so popular in recent years.

IDC’s Director of Design Community Relations, Tom Vriesman, also attended High Point. He observed that texture and natural materials were still important, as well as noting the use of jewel tones used on curvy pieces like sofas and chairs.

“I saw lots of streamlined forms inspired by the Roaring 20s, upholstered in ivory boucle and jewel-toned velvets trending everywhere throughout market,” he said.

Rounded shapes are another hallmark of the biophilic design concept, but they also hearken back to, as Vriesman mentioned, the design of the 1920s, which was characterized by stylized shapes, clean lines and bold color accents. The combination of biophilic design concepts with throwback Art Deco inspiration embraces the best of each ideology to create fresh inspiration for your home in 2023.

Soft rounded chairs in jewel tones like this one from Eicholtz USA evoke the 1920s Art Deco era.

 To learn more about styles and trends for 2023, visit the shops and showrooms at the Indiana Design Center.

Holder Mattress Celebrates 75 Years!

Congratulations are in order for Holder Mattress Company which is celebrating 75 years in business this year!

Holder Mattress Company was founded in Kokomo, Indiana, in 1947. The Holder family built a tradition of excellence by using the finest materials to custom build their own mattresses and box springs. To this day, each set is still hand-crafted in Holder’s factory in Kokomo. Because Holder Mattress hand-crafts their own mattresses and box springs, they can make standard and custom-sized mattresses. Attention to detail and craftsmanship assures the Holder Mattress Factory standard of quality that has become notable throughout central Indiana.

Lauren Taylor, president of Holder Mattress

“We build products we believe in and that are 100% American-made, right here in Indiana,” says Lauren Taylor, Holder Mattress president and a third-generation leader in the company.

Founding the business on the ideals of providing excellence in quality and superior customer service has proven to be a winning combination. All mattress sets are non-toxic with a focus on utilizing natural materials whenever possible. Holder Mattress is also a green business, recycling all raw material scrap as well as old mattresses intended for disposal.

You can visit Holder Mattress in suite 119 of the Indiana Design Center Monday through Saturday. In addition to mattresses, the store features an array of home decor, furniture, bedding, gifts, fashion and more.

Learn more about Holder Mattress and its offerings in this recent Indy Now feature.

A Haven for Productivity

At the beginning of the pandemic, many office professionals retreated to their homes and settled into an uncomfortable chair with a laptop on their dining table. As the days passed, people soon realized the need for an actual office at home – a quiet, practical space with a comfortable chair, desk and other necessities that create a good working environment. The design industry has seen increased demand for creating stylish productivity havens in their client’s homes whether it be in new construction or retrofitting existing spaces.

This clean and minimal office, a recent Premier Group design, can be achieved with the right technology foundation concepted and built-in from the beginning. Photo: Jamie Anderson

A well-designed home office starts with a good foundation, which according to Jason Barth, principal of Premier Group, is your network. A fully functional and reliable office includes systems built in that maximize connection while minimizing obtrusiveness. “With a solid network foundation, work will flow uninterrupted and additional automation can be incorporated to maximize comfort,” says Barth. Shades, lighting and audio can all be fully integrated and controlled via app for the ultimate in convenience.

An office with built-in bookcases creates a visually interesting backdrop for video conferencing, as well as a cozy library feeling. Design: Everything Home; Photo: Sarah Shields

A professional designer will work with you to create the best environment for your home office. They help with traditional tasks like paint selection and furniture layout, and also consider angles and lighting that are important in the age of video conferencing. “Uncomfortable glares and messy Zoom backgrounds are common pitfalls that most homeowners overlook. An appropriate video backdrop is essential when working with an important client,” says Wendy Langston of Everything Home. A designer is a valuable resource not only for space planning and sourcing furniture, but they can also help with styling and choosing art and accessories.

Since the boom in home office projects, showrooms and experts at the Indiana Design Center have been helping residents revamp their spaces with the utmost form and functionality. Connect with a professional to best understand the possibilities of your space and seek out inspiration and products within the IDC shops and showrooms.

To enlist the help of a professional, schedule a complimentary 50-minute Designer on Call appointment at the Indiana Design Center.

ON TREND: Color and Pattern

Minimalism has dominated the design industry for some time, but with the changes in the world over the past few years, this popularity is not what it once was. The clean lines and stainless metals with their sterile whites and grays have been replaced by a cozier vibe: saturated colors, rounder furniture profiles, thoughtfully layered artwork and accessories, warm metals and natural stone. Some would call the current trend maximalism, in a pendulum swing from the minimalism of the past, but homeowners are merely eager to make their living spaces more inviting, evoking a welcoming haven that sustains the family living there.

Creating a comfortable home in 2022 looks like bringing nature in through natural materials, large windows, and lots of plants, as well as beautiful color, vibrant, patterned wallpaper and a variety of textures, evoking the maximalist feeling in a number of ways.

Designers can help implement this style to suit even the most divergent tastes. Says IDC member designer Mary Kay Kiefer, “Floral patterns are back in a big way, on furniture fabrics, wallpaper and custom window treatments.” To embrace the traditional twist, leaning into florals with garden or tropically-inspired wallpapers, fabrics and rugs, bright colors and tufted, plush furniture is key. Or for a natural, neutral taste, choosing nature-inspired colors in blues and greens, textured fabrics, wood and natural stone finishes creates a fresh look. Says Kiefer, “Maximalist style can be modernized with contemporary accessories in any room of the home.”

Natural light invigorates this colorful sunroom that’s modernized by pops of pink and bold fabrics. From the portfolio of Mary Kay Kiefer, RID.

Vibrant color, florals and tufting make this classic living room on trend yet timeless. From the portfolio of Mary Kay Kiefer, RID.

Everything Home’s Design Nod to Nature & the 1970s

Everything old is new again, which is an old trope, but it proves true year after year, in fashion and in design. As we are seeing with the popularity of bohemian style and biophilic design, the 1970s have become the prevailing inspiration for today’s newest home trends.

Wendy Langston, principal designer and owner of Everything Home at the Indiana Design Center, presented an interesting workshop at the IDC in April and spoke about the trends she has been seeing and how they are implemented by her team in their projects. “We are using warm tones and natural textures and patterns that evoke the bohemian feel of the 1970s,” she says.

Wallpaper and framed abstract art contrast with a soft contoured sofa and assortment of textured throw pillows in this cozy room.

Colors, wood, warm gold fixtures complement leather and natural textiles like raw linens and wools. Large scale wallpapers also add interest with pattern and color. This could be seen as a backlash to the cool, at times sterile, feel of clean lined mid-century design that has been so popular over the past several years, as well as an embrace of color and life after two years of a pandemic.

Vibrant color and natural marble create a striking kitchen that feels full of life.

Biophilic design is another leading style, which pairs well with the bohemian trend. The core principles of biophilic design – plants and living things, large windows, natural finishes, curvy, non-linear furniture – are the things that made 1970s design so great, but also evokes the outside and brings life into the home. Says Langston, “After a tough couple of years, we are seeing that people really want to invest in their homes in a healthy and thoughtful way, and one of the best ways to do that is by bringing nature into the home through interior design.” Soft, curved furniture with varied textures and patterns that evoke natural shapes create a beautiful and healthy environment.

Free-form patterned wallpaper pairs well with the curved, wood coffee table and warm gold lamp in this living room.

The Everything Home showroom at the IDC has many examples of these style trends and more. They have furniture and accent pieces available to shop, as well as the opportunity to make an appointment to meet with one of their designers to discuss your home project.

Innovations in Outdoor Living

Outdoor kitchens and living spaces continue to gain in popularity as we enjoy the benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature during Indiana’s prime seasons. Through design innovations developed over the years, we can experience luxuries that are thought of as indoor amenities like TVs and kitchens in the outdoors. The showrooms at the Indiana Design Center (IDC) are home to experts in this design field and also provide a showcase for what is new in the outdoor living category.

The following products are some of the most popular when it comes to elevating an outdoor entertainment space.

Customizable Outdoor Living Spaces with Godby Hearth & Home

The experts at Godby Hearth & Home offer a host of outdoor living products and solutions that range from fire features to grills, furniture and products like ClifRock that can create a built-in design to your outdoor living area. ClifRock is a state-of-the-art, weather resistant stone panel technology that brings high-end outdoor living features to any backyard. This product mimics the traditional look of stone but with less materials, property disruption and a simplified installation method.

As one of only two authorized ClifRock installers in the state of Indiana, the Godby Hearth & Home team can work with you to select from a variety of designs, colors and stone profiles to create a fully custom, high-performing and weather-resistant feature that complements your home and enhances your outdoor space.

Unique ClifRock stone panel technology simplifies the design and installation process while providing the look of traditional stone. Available through Godby Hearth & Home, suite 113 at the IDC.

Weather-Resistant TVs with The Premier Group

The Premier Group reports that outdoor TVs take center stage for those who want to enjoy a ballgame while grilling out with friends. Available from several brands, TVs designed specifically for outdoor use offer a much brighter picture to offset the sunlight, and feature durability that can withstand harsh winter weather and extreme summer temperatures and humidity. There are multiple outdoor TV styles to choose from, offering a varying degree of contrast depending on whether it will be housed in a covered area of the patio, or completely exposed to the elements.

A SunBriteTV combats the porch sunlight and glare. Available through The Premier Group, suite 118 at the IDC.

Outdoor Shades with Drapery  Street

A beautiful view can make your outdoor living space shine but sometimes protection is needed from sun glare, harmful UV rays, bugs, heat and debris. To maintain your view but offer protection when desired, Drapery Street customizes and installs exterior screens to fit any type of deck, porch, pergola or outdoor structure. Outdoor shades are available in a variety of solar screen fabrics with multiple operating systems to choose from, including motorization which can make raising and lowering shades a breeze.

Outdoor Shades protect a beautiful view while shielding from harsh sun, bugs, debris and wind. Available through Drapery Street, suite 109 at the IDC.

Sleek Sound Systems with The Premier Group

Whether entertaining or relaxing, the perfect playlist and sound system makes all the difference. The Premier Group specializes in selecting and installing the right outdoor audio solution for a home and often recommends the Sonance Garden Series. This series offers a high-quality and evenly distributed sound throughout the entire outdoor space. The speaker designs are discreet and easily blend into the surroundings in the landscaping beds.

The Sonance Garden Series sound system is camouflaged into the landscape while providing excellent sound coverage. Available through The Premier Group, suite 118 at the IDC.

With the spring season upon us, the time is now to begin planning outdoor living improvements to enjoy later in the year. Showrooms at the IDC offer the latest product offerings and design professionals can help you to create an outdoor space that is an inviting extension of your home’s interior. Visit the shops and showrooms at the IDC to learn more or browse designer portfolios on the IDC website.

Living Better Through Multifunctionality

The pandemic has shaped the way that we live in our homes over the past couple of years. Almost immediately everyone needed to figure out how to make their home an office, a gym and everything else that they previously outsourced to alternate locations. The enduring trend of open-concept floorplans was abruptly challenged – because it was impossible to conduct work meetings and online school with no designated rooms for privacy. This quick shift brought into focus how important it is that our homes work hard and perform seamlessly for whatever we need to do.

Because of this need for higher function, homeowners have realized that products designed to do more than one task are favorable, as well as assigning zones for these specific tasks. Both can help save time and space, which leads to living better in your home. To support with this, interior designers are a valuable resource that provide expertise with space planning for these types of enhancements and are essential in guiding selections, ensuring you source the newest and most advanced products available.

A single unit washer/dryer paired with steam closet by LG looks elegant in this closet. Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery at the IDC, suite 101.

One popular improvement is moving the laundry to a closet or upstairs bathroom. Instead of keeping these spaces tucked away in a dark basement, people are bringing their washers and dryers into the spaces that they use daily, making laundry less of a chore. “Stackable units are a luxury in an upstairs closet, where they can be paired with a steam closet, making getting ready in the morning a breeze,” says Natalie Gertiser, with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery at the Indiana Design Center.

Four bottles of wine can be stored and dispensed in this built-in wine fridge by Vinotemp. Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery at the IDC, suite 101.

The kitchen is a logical place to combine function to make cooking and entertaining easier. Upgraded wine fridges store your favorite vintage and can dispense it for you at the exact temperature and amount you choose. Even a simple sink can be upgraded by adding multifunctionality. Sliding washbasins and drying racks can pair with over-the-sink cutting surfaces, making meal prep and cleanup simpler than ever. Says Gertiser, “Entertaining and everyday cooking both can benefit from multifunctional appliances.”

A multifunction sink by Galley can be configured in many different ways, for cleaning, food prep and even entertaining. Available through Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork at the IDC, suite 116.

To learn more and see the latest multifunctional products available, visit the shops and showrooms at the Indiana Design Center. If you wish to enlist the expertise of an interior designer, a portfolio gallery of design professionals affiliated with the Indiana Design Center can be viewed at

IDC Holiday Gift Guide + Events

Holiday festivities have kicked off at the Indiana Design Center and surrounding downtown Carmel area which means there’s plenty to see, do and shop this season. Whether you are searching for the perfect hostess gift or table decor to display for an elegant gathering, the IDC showrooms are chock full of unique items for you to shop locally this holiday season.

In addition to shopping, the IDC is the epicenter of several Carmel community holiday traditions which includes Holiday in the District, Santa Saturdays (bring your kids over to meet Santa) and trolley rides. Enjoy this round-up of holiday gift ideas and outings at the Indiana Design Center.

Rusted Window: Curated Gift Boxes, Candles, Decor + More

The design team at Rusted Window has carefully curated its holiday boutique to feature a gift for everyone on your list from little ones to design lovers and foodies alike. Among the seasonal favorites are Frasier Fir scents, custom-designed centerpieces, Camp Craft Cocktail mixers, TRUFF hot sauce and cheeky tumblers and notebooks.

Rusted Window has the perfect curated gift boxes, giftables and seasonal decor.

Holiday tabletop accessories and decor are featured throughout Rusted Window.

Holder Mattress: Winter Fashion, Christmas Shop + the Gift of Good Sleep

Holder Mattress is the best spot to shop for the perfect night’s rest with everything from a custom, Indiana-made mattress and all of the protectors, pillows, sheets and bedroom furniture to go with it. And when it comes to the holidays, Holder Mattress truly has something for everyone on your list (even furry friends). The annual Christmas Shop features themed Christmas trees with ornaments available for purchase, hostess gifts, unique glassware, decorations and plenty of winter fashion items to don for your holiday events.

Glassware, mugs, candles, ornaments, and seasonal pillows make up the Holder Mattress Christmas Shop.

Scarves, bags, gloves and more are included in the winter fashion boutique at Holder Mattress.

Stephanie Wiott Designs: High-Style and Hand-Picked Furniture, Decor + Gifts

Among the more recent showrooms to open at the Indiana Design Center is Stephanie Wiott Designs. Stephanie’s full-service design firm works out of this gorgeous studio space which also doubles as a retail shoppe featuring furniture, tabletop decor, candles, accessories, photo frames, pillows and so much in between.

Achieve the perfectly-styled built-in or bookcase with offerings from Stephanie Wiott Designs.

The highly stylized showroom hits the mark on items that represent a timeless, warm and inviting aesthetic.

Great GrowIN’s: Go Green with Nature-Inspired Art + Accessories

Great GrowIN’s is a business with dedicated biophilic designers who are committed to building a better quality of life for all. The green group designs, installs and maintains greenery in the form of living walls, moss art, seasonal porch pots, flower gardens, artificial turf and has a showroom full of wonderful gifts and accessories.

Bring the outdoors in with moss art or a charming potted plant.

Whether a true green thumb or seeking low-maintenance greenery, Great GrowIN’s has countless grab and go gift options.

Aronstam Jewelers: Bling, Heirlooms + Geodes

Marc Aronstam from Aronstam Jewelers has been in the custom jewelry business over 50 years and is a master at re-envisioning and re-designing your most precious metals and stones. Whether a special occasion, milestone or just because, he has an array of jewelry on display and boundless creativity to produce something custom.

Custom set of rings designed by Marc Aronstam.

Custom design work from the portfolio of Aronstam Jewelers.

Le Peep: Crowd-pleasing Gift Cards

Who doesn’t love the gift of a great breakfast, brunch or lunch? Stop into Le Peep at the Indiana Design Center to purchase gift cards. The popular spot will have an all-season patio ready to go this winter.

Enjoy Le Peep on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center.

Holiday Events

Holiday in the Arts District

December 4, 2 – 5 p.m.
Carmel Arts & Design District
Location: Santa House in the Indiana Design Center parking lot (200 South Range Line Road)

Experience the wonder of the holidays in the Arts & Design District with elves and reindeer, carolers, trolley rides, a visit from Santa, special activities and more surprises!

Holiday Trolley Rides

November 26, 27; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
Fridays 5 – 9 p.m., Saturdays 2 – 9 p.m.
Location: Trolley Stop in the IDC south Parking Lot (200 South Range Line Road) and other area attractions

Enjoy a spin around our city entertainment districts. The free Holiday Trolley will stop in the Arts & Design District, Carmel City Center, the Indiana Design Center and Carter Green for the Christkindlmarkt and Ice at Carter Green.

Santa Saturdays

Saturdays, November 27 through December 18, 2 – 5 p.m.
Location: Santa House in the Indiana Design Center parking lot (200 South Range Line Road)

Visit Santa’s House in the IDC parking lot to chat with Santa and get your photo taken. Join us for Pet Day with Santa this year on Wednesday, December 15 and Friday, December 17.

2022 Designer Trends Forecast: Wallcovering

The Indiana Design Center has a network of affiliated design professionals with an abundance of experience and expertise. As we look to 2022, we have surveyed the designers to hear what they deem will be popular or continue to be favorable for 2022. Our friends at Sassy Green Interiors and JB Designs report that wallcovering is here to stay, but with a fresh twist.

Whether you call it wallpaper or wallcovering, it has been around for forever it seems – ask any owner of an older home if they had to peel layers of old wallpaper off their walls – but over the past few decades it has taken a backseat to paint or effects with paint (pattern, texture, etc.). In the past couple of years however, wallpaper has become more popular and prominent. With technologies improving for application and quality – like improved pastes or even peel and stick – it is easier than ever to add some color and pattern to your home in a fresh way.

Maryellen Hodapp and Christy Soldatis from Sassy Green Interiors observed that their clients are selecting warmer, more inviting colors than the cooler shades of the past few years.

Says Maryellen and Christy, “We continue to see a moving away from the cool gray color palette in favor of warm neutrals including creamy whites and deep taupes. In our practice we are incorporating pops of color in patterned fabrics and wallpapers.”

Sassy Green Interiors used wallcovering in a special application on the floor of this Decorators Show House & Gardens Home for an unexpected pop. Photo: Sarah Shields Photography.

The addition of wallcovering can heighten a warm, lived in feeling to a room by using anything from a moody floral pattern to a natural grasscloth or chic geometric print.

Judy Bates of JB Designs agrees. “Wallpaper can be elegant, it can be textured, it can be used in practically every room of your home.”

She suggests using it in a powder bathroom for a punch of pattern or in a refined dining room. She has even used wallpaper in place of a kitchen backsplash.

A stylized floral wallcovering lends elegance to this dining area, designed by JB Designs.

Beautiful, welcoming interiors are always the objective when working with a design professional. With a designer’s advice, a thoughtful wallpaper selection makes it easy to create visual interest and that collected feeling. To learn more about designers affiliated with the Indiana Design Center and to browse their work, visit the Design Portfolio page.

IDC Welcomes Three New Showrooms

The Indiana Design Center (IDC) is pleased to welcome three new businesses to the first floor of the design center: Christopher Scott Homes, Great GrowIN’s and Stephanie Wiott Designs. These new business developments fill out the fully occupied center, offering more options as a premier destination for the design community and Indiana residents looking to build, remodel or redecorate home and office spaces.

Christopher Scott Homes

Christopher Scott Homes is known for creating one-of-a-kind luxury homes in the Indianapolis area. The company prides itself as hands-on builders, offering meticulous oversight at building projects to maintain excellent quality control. In 2016 the owners, Chris Carnell and Scott Bates, created a second building division, AR Homes by Christopher Scott. In this division, clients start with one of AR Homes’ award-winning plans and customize it for the perfect design, streamlining the build process and making it easier to design a home within budget. This new showroom space will be the AR Homes design studio, where clients are able to make their finish selections in a matter of a few days versus following the traditional path of individual selections from separate showrooms over several months. The showroom will open later this fall/winter.

The AR Homes model home for the 2020 Home-A-Rama at Holliday Farms in Zionsville.

Stephanie Wiott Designs

The Stephanie Wiott Designs showroom showcases a beautiful selection of retail furniture, design accessories and gifts for purchase, and houses a working studio for its full-service design firm. Stephanie works with local builders and clients alike to design, build or remodel the home of their dreams. A Carmel transplant from the Chicago area, she is excited to call the Carmel Arts & Design District home and to showcase her design aesthetic through curated showroom offerings.

The newly opened Stephanie Wiott Designs showroom at the IDC (suite 123).

Furniture, decor and gifts available at Stephanie Wiott Designs.

Great GrowIN’s

Great GrowIN’s is a local business that has become known for designing and installing green walls crafted from living plants and mosses in homes and businesses, but they also do landscape designs and custom planters. Great GrowIN’s has both studio and showroom space at the design center, selling living walls, plants and containers. Stephanie Miller, owner of Great GrowIN’s, takes great pride in the opportunity to bring a new business model to the IDC and to show visitors how to energize their spaces with nature and living things.

The new Great GrowIN’s showroom at the IDC (sutie 122) offers an array of greenery products, decor and design expertise. 

The green group designs, installs and maintains greenery in the form of living walls, moss art, seasonal porch pots, flower gardens, artificial turf and much more.


GUEST POST: The Style Riot’s Picks #2

Please enjoy part 2 of this guest blog post by fashion stylist and owner of Style Riot, LLC, Laura Walters.
Laura has worked with global brands and has been featured in international/US magazines and online publications such as VOGUE, VOLANT, ARCHIVE, PEOPLE, PATTERN and many more. We invited Laura to check out the IDC showrooms and share the parallels she sees between fashion and home design.

Seeking out inspiring destinations in design and fashion, like the Indiana Design Center, is one of my favorite pastimes. So, when I was asked to write a blog post about the similarities between fashion and design, I jumped at the chance. An opportunity to wander through IDC and take in what each showroom has to offer? Yes, please!

Laura Walter, from Style Riot, in Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork

Trends Spotlight: Punk

Studs, faux leather, metal OH MY! Summer has arrived with Punk on the brain. Punk and peonies has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? The revolution that brought us the Clash, the Ramones, the New York Dolls and Joy Division has manifested into the most notable of the fashion trends this year. Click to see punk street style inspiration. If you’re looking to give your morning dress routine a little edge, look no further than The Glass House Gallery for inspiration.

Sleek, luxurious and modern, their collection of hardware, doors, windows and lighting is the ultimate go-to for chic and edgy. Like the brass, studded door handle below, which looks similar to a vintage Yves St. Laurent belt I have coveted for years. Drooling over here.

The mixing of materials in both home and wardrobe is a unique way to create texture and movement. Like adding a new leather jacket with brass and silver studs to your wardrobe.

A perfect way to “punk it up” for your next dinner date. To that I say, “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” (A forever fan of The Ramones right here.)

Gold and black door handle at Glass House Gallery.

Matte black and marble knobs at Glass House Gallery.

But wait, there’s more! Punk in the summer means ditching head to toe black and incorporating a pop of color and print. Add a vibrant skirt, an animal print or a colorful scarf to your black tank and leather pants. Need a pop of color for your home? Check out these fabulous mix and match swatch ideas from the one and only Drapery Street. No one can mix punk, print and peonies like this dynamic textile showroom.

Leopard, fringe and velvet fabrics at Drapery Street.

Black and white florals and animal print at Drapery Street.

Colorful graphics and pink leopard fabric at Drapery Street.

Trend Spotlight: Tie-Dye

Tie-dye is here to stay and with it comes even more innovative ways to wear it. This isn’t your average tie-dye tee of the past. No sir. This famous print is taking it up a notch and receiving a well-deserved makeover. Click here to see modernized tie-dye street style.

Think sophisticated color palettes that include both bright and neutral. Think luxurious fabrics like cashmere, knit and silk. So if you have not jumped on the tie-dye bandwagon in the past, now is your time to buy a ticket.

And where did this elevated inspiration come from? Well our own kitchens and interiors, of course! Look no further than the gorgeous marble backsplashes and natural stone oven hoods at Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

Dramatic veined marble backsplash at Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

Or the modern color block artwork prints from Rusted Window. And nothing beats a tie-dye tip of the hat like upholstery from Drapery Street. Yes, tie-dye is here to stay and with it comes a delightful array of elevated sophistication, gorgeous marble countertops and a closet full of luxury. Groovy.

Framed colorblock prints from Rusted Window.

Tie-dye fabric swatch at Drapery Street.

I hope you enjoyed your second dose of fashion and design trends coming together at the Indiana Design Center showrooms. Stay tuned for more! – The Style Riot

Barry Lantz Debuts “Canvas to Cloth” Fabric Line with Kravet

Barry Lantz recently introduced his first collection with Kravet Inc. Inspired by the loose hand of an artist’s brushstroke and ink blotting artwork, Canvas to Cloth is an on-trend collection of prints and complementary solid wovens to suit a myriad of casually elegant interiors.

Each print is named after an important woman in Lantz’s life and captures their unique essence. GOLDIE, Lantz’s grandmother and the stand-out pattern in the collection, is an ikat interpreted into a kaleidoscopic design, and is based on one of Lantz’s paintings. MANDERS is named after Lantz’s daughter and design partner at Lantz Collective, Amanda, who he credits as his biggest inspiration.

“Without Amanda’s design influence, the collection would not be what it has become,” says Lantz.

Barry Lantz and his daughter and design partner Amanda Lantz at the IDC’s 2018 LUXE Design Showcase.

Canvas to Cloth patterns include Sherlee, Goldie and Manders.

The other prints, SHERLEE, TRACY and LEESA, are all reminiscent of Lantz’s style of art.

“Once the patterns were chosen, connecting the pattern to the person was easy,” says Lantz. “Each pattern truly expresses my feeling for each of the women I chose to personally recognize.”

Canvas to Cloth features a soothing range of watercolors, offering the feeling of an artistic airbrush quality on breezy, fresh linens.

“The colors are soft with intention, implied but with deliberation, to make a statement in an interior,” says Lantz.

Coordinating solid and textured fabrics are included in the collection.

Hues are clean, bright and fresh, creating an effervescent ambiance in an interior. Coordinating plains and lustrous textures complement the intriguing prints for a well-rounded collection.

Lantz’s artwork that inspired many of these designs is available at Lantz Collective, in Carmel City Center, in a wide range of color palettes.

A representative selection of Barry Lantz’s artwork, available at Lantz Collective.

In 2018, the Indiana Design Center featured Barry Lantz as the LUXE Design Showcase’s honorary guest along with Thom Filicia. Lantz was introduced by Kravet’s EVP of marketing and director of strategic branding and marketing, Beth Greene, who shared in the excitement about Lantz’s upcoming collection. Lantz then participated in a fun and lively interview with WTHR’s Julie Moffitt. You can watch the event’s highlight video below.

Visit the Kravet website to browse the full collection.

For pricing inquiries or to purchase, connect with the associates at Lantz Collective (317.569.5972) or your design professional.

Christopher Scott Homes Moving to IDC

Custom home builder Christopher Scott Homes plans to move its offices and open a 4,800 square foot retail design center showroom for its AR Homes division on the main floor of the Indiana Design Center.

Christopher Scott Homes has been in business since 2002, creating one-of-a-kind luxury homes in the Indianapolis area. The owners, Chris Carnell and Scott Bates, have partnered to provide unique home design with personalized service and top-of-the-line products and materials. The company prides itself as hands-on builders, offering meticulous oversight at building projects to maintain excellent quality control.

AR Homes built a showstopping model home for the 2020 Home-A-Rama at Holliday Farms in Zionsville.

In 2016 they created a second building division, AR Homes by Christopher Scott. In this division, clients start with one of AR Homes’ award-winning plans and customize it for the perfect design, streamlining the build process and making it easier to design a home within budget. AR Homes offers more than 100 pre-priced and designed plans to choose from, able to be modified to fit the tastes of each client. AR Homes has two model homes in area neighborhoods, one in Chatham Hills in Westfield and one in Holliday Farms in Zionsville, which was featured in the 2020 Home-A-Rama.

A custom home designed and built by Christopher Scott Homes.

Also in this new space will be the AR Homes design studio, where clients are able to make their finish selections in a matter of a few days versus following the traditional path of individual selections from separate showrooms over several months.

Bates and Carnell look forward to moving from their current location at Carmel City Center, a Pedcor development, just up Rangeline Road to the IDC.

“The space at the IDC perfectly fits our expanding company and gives us great proximity to the showroom and designer relationships we have in the center. We are glad to remain with Pedcor as we grow,” Bates says.

This addition brings in another custom builder to the center, capitalizing on the cooperative sensibilities of the industry.

“We are pleased to keep Christopher Scott Homes in the Pedcor family with their move to the IDC. With this addition, our group of designer and builders at the IDC grows even stronger,” says Melissa Averitt, Pedcor Companies senior vice president for sales and marketing.

Learn more about Christopher Scott Homes at

Le Peep Now Open at IDC

Le Peep has opened its most recent dining location at the Indiana Design Center. The restaurant, serving a large selection of sweet and savory breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes, is located on the first floor of the design center and offers both indoor and year-round patio seating.

Le Peep is well known in central Indiana with several locations in the greater Indianapolis area; this is the first in Carmel’s Arts & Design District. The popular brunch spot serves all the breakfast and lunch favorites, with breakfast available all day. This location features new menu offerings, including chai pancakes, a shakshuka skillet and an Asian quinoa bowl. They source the freshest ingredients, often buying from local food purveyors. The space has been redesigned in a clean, bright style, featuring patterned floor tile, sleek wood paneling and modern fixtures.

Chocolate chip pancakes at Le Peep.

Managing partner Ali Hessaraki is happy to be a part of the Arts & Design District and is excited to engage with the Carmel community. “We are thrilled to welcome customers to our updated, modern restaurant and serve them fresh and unique menu items. We are also eager to give back to the community and to officially partner with and support the Carmel Youth Assistance Program (CYAP),” says Hessaraki. CYAP serves as an early intervention advocate for youth ages 3-17 who are facing challenging life circumstances.

Continuing its commitment to the community, the location offers free coffee to Carmel first responders and 50% off their meal order. “They take care of us, and we take care of them,” says Hessaraki.

The opening of Le Peep is a bright spot in a hopeful spring season. “We are excited that Le Peep is open and we look forward to seeing restaurant patrons in the building, adding to the busy and vibrant atmosphere in the center,” says Melissa Averitt, senior vice president for Pedcor Companies.

Le Peep now open at the Indiana Design Center in downtown Carmel.

Bedroom Design Tips for Your Master Retreat

This summer the IDC and Kit magazine called out for nominations of deserving frontline workers, or “healthcare heroes”, for a bedroom refresh. Those nominated were in the running for a custom-designed bedroom retreat, complete with new paint & decor, bed, mattress, chair, original artwork and window treatments. It was gratifying to the designers and showroom representatives to design a true haven for someone who had given so much to help others during the pandemic. The winner was Christa Havel of New Palestine, a nurse who had transitioned to a COVID-19 unit in the beginning of the pandemic, only to be diagnosed herself a few months later with breast cancer. Please read about Christa’s story and see the remarkable makeover in the most recent issue of Kit.

Know a Healthcare Hero? Participating showrooms are extending special offers to them linked here.

As the project was completed, we rounded up a list of bedroom design tips from the trusted experts who created Christa’s retreat. From creating a foundation for healthy sleep to smart home technology, here are expert bedroom design tips to know for your own bedroom refresh.

Healthy Sleep with Holder Mattress

The foundation for Christa’s bedroom revamp was the selection of a brand new mattress, bed, pillows and accessories with the experts at Holder Mattress. Holder Mattress president Lauren Taylor says that “Healthy sleep begins with the materials in your mattress and best matching your mattresses’ support system with your preferred level of cushion and support.” Holder Mattresses are two-sided and custom-made to each client using American-made products and natural ones whenever possible, like wool which helps to regulate body temperature. From there, they have everything you need to outfit your suite from mattress protectors to latex pillows, throw blankets and more.

A new mattress sets the foundation for a great night’s sleep with any bedroom makeover.

Create Your Oasis with Rusted Window

Rusted Window owner and designer Stacy Molander coordinated the overall design of the room with Christa and the participating vendors. Molander explains that “Your bedroom should be a place where you can come and unwind at the end of the day. In Christa’s case, we wanted it to be a place for her to relax, recover and heal.” The Rusted Window team went for a soft, neutral color palette and gave Christa all-new bedding which, paired with a new mattress, created a luxurious upgrade. Christa’s new bedroom is balanced with calming colors, symmetry and plenty of functional and attractive storage space.

Christa and her husband’s new bedroom. Photo by Chris Whonselter for Kit magazine.

Dress Your Windows with Drapery Street

Turn your bedroom into a peaceful sanctuary — a calming space that promotes great sleep. “Room darkening shades can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply. This is essential for nurseries, nap-enthusiasts, and those who work third shift,” says Drapery Street’s Erika Reimer. From blackout lined drapes to roller shades, Drapery Street offers a range of options that can help you achieve the right amount of room darkness and a restful night’s sleep, like those chosen for our Healthcare Hero, Christa Havel’s, bedroom.

Room darkening shades allow for a deeper sleep and block sunlight any time of day.

Paint Tips with Heritage Custom Painting + Sherwin Williams

“When looking for a color to paint your walls it is best if you pick a soothing color that helps you relax,” advises Jason Humrichous of Heritage Custom Painting, whose team painted the bedroom for this project. The color chosen by the design team and Christa was Agreeable Gray from Sherwin-Williams, a light, mid-tone gray that balances the line between warm and cool. They also painted all of the trim, which had been stained, to white for a crisp look.

The Agreeable Gray wall color made for an open and airy space perfect for relaxation. Designed by Stacy Molander, Rusted Window. Photo by Chris Whonselter for Kit magazine.

Elegant Entertainment with The Premier Group

Says Jason Barth of Premier Group, “When you’re planning your home entertainment space, be sure to consult a professional so we can help you think of the things you might not consider on your own. We can help you space plan, make sure to run the right wires discreetly to the right spots so they are hidden, and help recommend the right technology to complement your space and needs. There is a whole world of amazing products to fit every application and budget. Let us help you explore your next system, or update your current system!” For Christa’s room, they installed a Sonos speaker system that the couple can stream music to and control wirelessly from their smartphones.

The Premier Group plans every detail to ensure the technology in your space works seamlessly and looks great with your design.

Start with Art at Coats Wright Art & Design

Gallery director and designer Dianne Wright of Coats Wright & Design abides by a “Start with Art” design philosophy and believes this approach to design works in any room of the home. “When you select art it should be about connecting with a piece that inspires you, whether by the subject matter, color palette or anything in between,” says Wright. “We rotate our showroom vignettes regularly and always start with the artwork that is on the wall for inspiration. In this case, the stark color contrasts of the large black and white bunnies piece by Hunt Slonem drove the design vision for the bed that followed suit,” explains Wright.

This bedding vignette was inspired by the bold artwork on the showroom walls and dressed by Parkside Linen.

With the proper planning from beginning to end, the bedroom can become the most comfortable room in the house. These bedroom design tips from the experts ensure that every detail is covered and maximum restfulness and relaxation can be achieved.

How Form Meets Function

This winter many of us will continue to do things from home that we would not have done just a year ago. Form + function becomes very important when we spend this much time at home; a beautifully designed environment means nothing if it does not meet your needs. The Premier Group integrates the technical with the aesthetic flawlessly and shares ways smart home technology and design work together.

Solid Foundation

The need for a fast, reliable connection is essential when working and schooling from home. The Premier Group considers the network the “foundation” of a home. “You can’t build a functional home without a solid foundation. And likewise, you cannot continue to add devices to your network without a proper system designed for everything your home now needs,” says Jason Barth, The Premier Group principal. They can build systems into place that maximize network connection while minimizing obtrusiveness.

A solid home network sets the foundation for a functional work from home space and to connect multiple systems.

Artistic Application

This concealed technology blends into the design of the home seamlessly, offering high-tech upgrades without the look of traditional tech with its messy wires and connections. They do this by installing systems as part of the new build process but they can also be added in as needed in many different applications.

One way is merely by disguising a television as art, using the right technology for that specific space. “In many living room spaces the fireplace is the focal point of the room, so offsetting it with a Samsung Frame TV that can alternate back and forth as digital art or a traditional television, makes this the most tasteful choice,” says Barth. It hangs flush to the wall like a normal photo frame hangs, but it offers the best of both worlds when you are able to flip your art over to your favorite television program.

A solid home network sets the foundation for a functional work from home space and to connect multiple systems.

Mind + Body

A new trend in home construction, in keeping with the multi-functional theme, is a wellness room in place of a traditional home gym. Not only can you do your favorite workouts here, but adding sensory technologies like multicolored WiFi lighting can help create a mood for a high intensity exercise class to a calming meditation. Add a pair of in-ceiling speakers, as well as automated motorized shades, and the room is transformed, all controlled from your smart device.

The home gym space is being reimagined into a multi-functional wellness room with the use of smart home technologies.

Klein Honored with 2020 Innovator Designation

Congratulations go to Rob Klein, president and principal designer of Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork, for being named a 2020 Innovator by Kitchen and Bath Design News, the kitchen and bath industry’s leading trade magazine. Klein’s firm has been located in suite 116 of the Indiana Design Center for 10 years and counting. The annual list honors a select group of peer-nominated designers that have led the way with original strategies and solutions in kitchen and bath design with a focus on the future. These pioneering innovators have embraced their evolving roles in a particularly challenging year.

Klein has an extensive background, not only in design, but also in the building industry, working in many different roles in his father’s custom home building firm. After graduating from college with a degree in fine arts, he brought his discerning eye for proportion and balance to drafting homes and interiors for his father’s firm before forming his own design business. His classical training brings a fresh perspective to kitchen design with a solid practical base.

“Our kitchens are about more than fine hardware and beautifully carved and finished cabinet doors; they are about design,” says Klein.

Klein’s consistent level of excellence and hard work has earned him and CK&M a well-deserved reputation as one of the best in the industry. Enjoy some recent work completed Rob Klein and the Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork team.


Kitchen design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork. Photo credit: Sarah & Rachel.

Kitchen design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork. Photo credit: Ashlee Kindred.

Kitchen design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork. Photo credit: Ashlee Kindred.

The Baer Minimalist’s (Simplified) Holiday Gift Guide

Enjoy this guest blog post by Maria Baer, professional organizer and owner of The Baer Minimalist. Maria shares tips and gift ideas to simplify your gift-giving this holiday season.

Holiday shopping is bound to look different in the year of quarantine, both in the types of gifts you are drawn to purchasing and the way in which you shop. Supporting local and one-stop shopping destinations are top of mind for many of us, and what better location to achieve both of these criteria than the Indiana Design Center.

If you aren’t familiar with this one-stop-shopping destination, there are more than 15 showrooms and 20 affiliated design professionals that call the IDC home. You can find everything you need to build, remodel and redecorate your home in one location.

The entire first floor is open to the public (whereas the upper level showrooms sell direct to designers, with the exception of the gorgeous Aronstam Fine Jewelers showroom on floor two). But with design professionals on hand, you’ll easily be able to pull your space together, whether you are decorating for the holidays or kicking off a large scale remodel. Not to mention, knock out a little holiday gifting while you’re visiting.

With unique gift ideas ranging from stocking stuffers to mattresses you sink right into (the ultimate in self-care gifting, IMO), the IDC is ripe with options for everyone on your list.

So let’s get right down to it:

1. For the Minimalist

For the person on your list who doesn’t need a thing, think about an experience, like a floral arranging class with the talented team at Rusted Window. They are currently booking classes for small groups of friends/family from now through the holidays (priced per person), so grab your pals and get to arranging something gorgeous for your holiday tablescape.

2. For Your Best Friend

Plan a virtual happy hour and grab a tea cup for “wine,” “bourbon” or “vodka” from Holder Mattress ($11.95, Holder Mattress). The only thing that would make this gift even more fun to receive is a handcrafted Camp Craft Cocktail mix ($24, Rusted Window) accompanying it. They are as tasty as they are pretty!

Bonus: Did you know both shops offer curbside pick up and online ordering?

3. For the Homebody

Since we are bound to be indoors a bit more this winter, an anchor weighted blanket ($209.95 – $289.95, Holder Mattress) might crawl to the top of every homebody’s wish list. Ranging in both weight and size, these blankets are just the warm hug you need when you can’t be close to those you love. And bonus, lifting your weighted blanket is practically a workout. Win-win.

4. For Your Employees

If you’ve got a Zoom Holiday Party in the works, Rusted Window has the most thoughtfully curated gift boxes – a perfect pre-party surprise to arrive at your employee’s front door. Whether you run with a cocktail, self-care or Hoosier theme, you can either grab and go or create your own gift box to surprise and delight your valued team.

5. For the Babies in Your Life

Rusted Window knocked it out of the park with their latest collection of baby goods. With shelves organized by color, creating a gift box with sleepers, books (my personal fav is ABC’s of the 80’s, $15.95) and stuffed animals is a breeze. And if you’re short on time, pre-made gift boxes are wrapped and ready to walk out the door.

5. For that Special Someone

It’s no surprise that as The Baer Minimalist I believe wholeheartedly in using what you have and heirloom-quality goods that last. So if you have some family jewelry taking up space in your jewelry box that you may not wear but can also not part with, consider re-setting it into something new. Marc Aronstam from Aronstam Jewelers has been in the custom jewelry business over 50 years and is a master at re-envisioning and re-creating your most precious metals and stones. The necklaces below were created for two sisters using their grandmother’s diamonds (what a special and sentimental surprise!).

6. For the $50 and Under Crowd

Frasier Fir fragrance is back, and if you know, YOU KNOW. If you haven’t hopped on the fir train, there is no better scent around the holidays. With products ranging from candles, to hand wash to room spray, these are worthy of stocking up. Complete your gift with a cozy pair of mittens or adorable ornament from Holder Mattress and check another name (or seven) off your list.

When it comes to shopping in the season of quarantine, the Indiana Design Center makes it easy to WOW your nearest and dearest. – Maria, The Baer Minimalist

An inside look at the all-new PAIR’D Furnishings

PAIR’D Furnishings recently opened its flagship showroom in the Indiana Design Center. It is the first location in the United States for the family-owned, Bangladesh-based furniture maker. The showroom is a beautifully appointed and carefully curated space, featuring one-of-a-kind high-quality furniture pieces, antiques, décor, rugs and original art.

Curated + Custom

PAIR’D prides itself on the level of customization that it offers. Store operations manager Stephanie Riwitis notes, “Everything in our showroom is fully customizable or one-of-a-kind, creating a unique and exclusive shopping experience for designers and retail clients alike.” Everything on display is manufactured, often by hand, specifically for PAIR’D in their factory in Bangladesh. Because it is shipped directly from the maker, any piece can be tailored to a customer’s specification, making each piece of furniture unique to the client. Showroom designer and atelier leader Evan Courter works directly with the client on customization options and guidance.

The furniture pieces are heirloom-quality items, all made of natural materials—soft wool and linen, polished wood, leather, marble and gleaming metal.

Dining vignette in PAIR’D Furnishings.

Global Finds

Included in their initial collection are several one-of-a-kind metal and brass Bangladeshi antique pieces hand-selected by the company’s owner and creative director, Muniza Karim. Mainly accessories and accent pieces, they have a lovely aged patina that adds a touch of depth and originality to any style of décor. It is rare to find a selection of Eastern antiques in a Midwestern retail showroom, making it a valuable designer resource. The textile framed art shows the beautiful fabric line designed and created by Karim.

Comfortable and elegant designs throughout the showroom.

Local Artisans

Hewing closely to its authenticity commitment, the PAIR’D team has made it a priority to feature original artwork in the showroom by central Indiana artists like Angie Brooks and Marco Querin. Sculptures, paintings and fiber art take pride of place, lit tastefully in showroom vignettes. All of the pieces are selected carefully by PAIR’D’s design team to highlight and accentuate the beauty of the furniture.

To learn more, visit or contact [email protected].

Transitional style pieces lend themselves to both traditional and modern interiors.