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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.

DESIGNER SALE ROOM:

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.  

COMPLIMENTARY DESIGNER ON CALL APPOINTMENTS:

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 concierge@indianadesigncenter.com 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 hometour.mkna.org 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.

The Weathervane joins forces with Coats Wright Art & Design

Dianne Wright has provided her clients with fine contemporary and modern art as well as naturally beautiful materials, furniture and unique décor accessories since the early days of the Indiana Design Center in the Coats Wright Art & Design gallery. Recently, her daughter Lauren Wright-Bower, owner of The Weathervane Antiques and Home Market, has joined her in business at the design center. Coats Wright is hosting a grand introduction of The Weathervane on Thursday, May 17 from 4-7 pm.

Dianne Wright and Lauren Wright-Bower.

This inspiring duo brings together two zones of expertise to create an “untouched by a professional decorator” look by effortlessly performing the difficult task of meshing décor, style and elegance.

Edited, thoughtful and unique is their design aesthetic and it is at the heart of everything they do.

Wright-Bower travels to markets regularly to source unique home décor and antiques for her clients which are now showcased in the Coats Wright Art & Design showroom. From dining sets to one-of-a-kind Turkish dough bowls, the inventory changes often and works across multiple design aesthetics.

The Weathervane Antique & Home Market.

Display at Weathervane Antique & Home Market.

Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery and The Weathervane Antiques and Home Market are open Tuesday – Saturday at the Indiana Design Center (IDC).

 

Complimentary design advice on Solutions Saturdays

Make the Carmel Arts and Design District your destination on the second Saturday of every month. The IDC is now hosting Solutions Saturday, the second Saturday of every month, from 11 AM – 2 PM. Talk with designers, shop the showrooms and gain advice on any design dilemmas you may have.

Open to the public, this is a free and convenient way to work with a designer or showroom associate on-site, who can connect you with the right products and design service solutions for your upcoming home project.

Featured May Topics:

Aronstam Jewelers
“Re-design your old and un-worn jewelry”

Coats-Wright Art & Design
“Select art you’ll love for a lifetime”

Drapery Street
“Motorization 101 for Windows”

Ferguson
“New technologies in the kitchen”

Godby Hearth & Home
“Identify your fireplace makeover options”

Holder Mattress
“Using natural materials to create healthier sleep”

Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs
“Pet-friendly flooring with style”

Santarossa
“Selecting the right natural stone for your project”

The Premier Group
“Smart home demonstrations”

Featured Designer: Judy Bates, JB Designs

Enjoy complimentary coffee and a chance to win a prize autographed by IndyCar driver Pippa Mann.

Spring Workshops hosted by Design Pros

 

SPRING DESIGNER ON CALL WORKSHOP SERIES SCHEDULE

Are you thinking about building, remodeling or redecorating your home in 2018? If so, attend these complimentary workshops hosted by design professionals. The spring 2018 Designer On Call (DOC) workshop schedule kicks off the evening of Wednesday, March 21 with outdoor living expert Randy Sorrell.

Click here to RSVP  or call 317-569-5975 to register. Space is limited.

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.

FEATURED PRESENTERS

Randy S-01

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 | 6:30 P.M.
LUXURY LIVING: Professional Tips for Your Outdoor Oasis
presented by Randy Sorrell, Surroundings by Natureworks+

Dianne Wright

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 | 10: 30 A.M
DESIGN DIARIES: An Inside Look at Dianne’s Own Remodeling Project
presented by Dianne Wright, Coats-Wright Art & Design

Mary Ellen

THURSDAY, MAY 17 | 10:30 A.M.
RUNWAY TO HOME: How Fashion Inspires Interior Design
presented by Maryellen Hodapp & Christy Soldatis, Sassy Green Interiors
with special guest Nicole Busch, Nicole Blair Wear

Whittney Parkinson

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 | 10:30 A.M.
PRO TIPS: Creating Your Dream Kitchen & Master Bath
presented by Whittney Parkinson, Whittney Parkinson Design

All workshops are free and Open to the Public and take place at the Indiana Design Center at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel, Indiana. Light refreshments are provided. Free parking is available in surface lots and the underground parking garage.

Ferguson Debuts Mitzi Collection by Hudson Valley Lighting

Dallas Market Center is renowned as the International Home of Lighting, and is billed as the world’s largest wholesale merchandise mart. Buyers from the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom at the Indiana Design Center recently returned from its January lighting trade show, having learned about the trends and technological advances in lighting for 2018. The show is an annual treat for the buyers, being able to see the beauty of the lights and fixtures in person before selecting lines to carry in the showroom.

Carrie chandelier in silver

Their newest line, Mitzi, was one of the highlights at this year’s show. Mitzi, which is a division of Hudson Valley Lighting, is a beautiful new addition to the Ferguson showroom. In keeping with the aesthetic of Ferguson’s other lines, Mitzi is a thoughtful selection of classic-meets-contemporary pieces that expertly blend form and function.

“We love the accessibility of this line,” says Jeremy Konechne, showroom manager at Ferguson. “The incorporation of materials like marble, wire and concrete into their pieces gives a fresh take on classic silhouettes.”

Aira in black and gold.

Zoey in rose gold

The line combines traditional finishes like shiny brass and polished nickel with more modern matte black and white, as well as including aged brass and bronze, polished copper and the aforementioned marble and concrete. The Jasmine pendant, for instance, is a showstopping piece made of finished metal wire that curves around a single Edison bulb. The shape of the fixture combined with the inclusion of the Edison bulb is classic, but the wire is thoroughly modern.

The line includes many different selections in lamps, chandeliers, sconces, pendants and flush mounts, making them ideal to work well in almost any kind of setting–large and small spaces and in any kind of room.

“The clean lines of this lighting represents what we like to carry at Ferguson. It is uncluttered high design, which is what we find many of our customers want. Timeless and streamlined lighting transcends what is in fashion, making it a great choice for your home,” says Konechne.

Jasmine pendant light; photo credit: Alyssa Rosenheck.

Outré Spring Floor Model Sale

Local furniture designer Outré announces a sale on floor models to refresh the showroom for spring. Running now through March, Outre has made significant markdowns to make room for new designs.

Outré is not just another furniture store. Growing out of a family-owned and operated furniture manufacturer in LaGrange, Indiana, Outré has become the source of custom upholstery for commercial design firms and interior designers. Outre also works directly with homeowners to make their vision come to life.

Pictured are some of the pieces on sale which were all made in Indiana; please contact owner Eric Reynolds at the Indiana Design Center showroom for pricing information. 317-504-0307, eric@outrefurniture.com

Sectional sofa and ottoman by Outré.

Modern chairs by Outré.

Houndstooth chair by Outre furniture.

Houndstooth chair by Outré.

Modern chair by Outré.

LUXE 2018: Special Guests Barry Lantz & Thom Filicia

Friday, February 9 – “Setting the Table for Good Design” Celebrating Barry Lantz

The Indiana Design Center presents its annual two-day home design event to celebrate the best in luxury design and benefit the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation on February 9 and 10, 2018. The Friday evening event, “Setting the Table for Good Design”, will kick off the weekend and be a ticketed cocktail party to unveil tabletop displays decorated by the state’s leading interior designers. The special guest speaker is designer and artist, Barry Lantz, who is preparing to launch a 2019 fabric collection for Kravet Inc. As one of the world’s global leaders in the to-the-trade home furnishings industry, Kravet products include fabric, trims, wallcoverings, carpet, furniture and accessories.

Designing a collection for Kravet is a highly-esteemed achievement that places Lantz in company with other Kravet Inc. designers such as Thom Filicia, Kelly Wearstler, Candice Olson, Alexa Hampton, Barclay Butera, Barbara Barry and kate spade new york. Through a moderated conversation, Barry will share his story of creative pursuits which started in small town Indiana and have led to licensing partnerships with prominent design industry manufacturers and a business partnership with his daughter, Amanda Lantz, who purchased A Lantz Design and Consulting in 2015. The audience will also gain insight into the creative process that goes into designing and launching a collection.

Tickets $60 individual / $100 couple

Buy tickets for 2018 Luxe Design Showcase - "Setting the Table for Good Design"

Lantz has been designing luxurious interiors for discerning clients for over thirty years and recently added painting to his repertoire of visual artistry. His original art has been added to private and public art collections and has been shown in Baker Furniture showrooms across the country and currently shows in Roche Bobois in New York City. His fabric collection will be inspired by his artwork and guided by the design principles and expertise that he has mastered throughout his career. An exclusive selection of original works and prints will be available for purchase on CuratedKravet.com, a site where designers can source luxury décor goods for the home.

Left: Interior design by A Lantz Design & Consulting; Right: “Looking Up”, 48×48 in., acrylic on canvas.

Saturday, February 10 – IDC Welcomes Celebrity Designer Thom Filicia

The second half of the LUXE Design Showcase will take place on Saturday, February 10 when the IDC welcomes celebrity designer, TV personality and author Thom Filicia. The program begins at 10:30 am with a kitchen design panel discussion featuring local design talent and will’ be followed by a conversation with Thom Filicia moderated by Beth Greene, Kravet, Inc. V.P. and Director of Strategic Branding & Marketing. Showrooms will be open featuring the latest design resources.

10:30 am – Kitchen Design Panel Discussion
11:30 am – A Conversation with
Thom Filicia

Free & Open to the Public
Seating is limited | Click here for online registration

Since launching New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. in 1998, Filicia has earned widespread acclaim and notable clients, including Tina Fey, Delta Air Lines, Jennifer Lopez, W Hotels, and others in the worlds of finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic that reflects the individuality of his clients.

Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world including being named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers,” House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor regaled him as an “A-List Designer.” Additionally, Filicia has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, People, In Style, Vogue Home, O, and many other national and international publications. Filicia’s recognition expanded beyond the design world when he was cast as the interior design expert in the ratings juggernaut and Emmy-Award winning hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Filicia was assigned the program’s most demanding segment—transforming the home of a design-challenged man. Filicia’s camera-friendly personality and design acumen garnered him a huge following and led to numerous TV appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, Rachael Ray, The Today Show, Ellen, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and many more. Filicia has also hosted several successful shows for the Style Network, including Dress My Nest and Tacky House and has been featured talent on the HGTV Network.

Kips Bay: “A Study in Style” designed by Thom Filicia. Thom Filicia to speak at the IDC Saturday, February 10 at 11:30 am.

COLOR STORY: Introducing Millennial Pink

 For 2018, the color pink will be a popular hue to add sophistication to a room. From palest rose to brightest fuchsias, it may be the most exciting design surprise of late.

Described as a pale red when it was first featured in the 17th century, it was related to men for 200 years. Since the 1920s, however, pink has been associated with women, charm, sensitivity, romance and childhood. Because of this, pink has been relegated to kids’ rooms and flowery, feminine design.

Sherwin-Williams “Charming Pink” shown above.

In its most current iteration, pink has been reintroduced as a modern neutral. As it is now called—“millennial pink”— transcends gender and design rules alike. The name millennial pink comes from the millennial generation, who has adopted the peachy, light salmon shade as a rule-breaking replacement for the “safer” neutrals like the beiges, creams and grays traditionally used.

“Millennial pink is useful in so many applications. It’s taking the concept of what beige was 10 years ago. Now this pinky neutral has snuck in.” A generation known for rejecting labels, both in society and in design, millennials have made pink a hue that can bridge age, gender and style boundaries.” – Sue Wadden, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing

Though millennial pink is now the “it” shade, all shades of pink are having a moment. Whether your style is elegant, casual, chic or bohemian, the right tone of pink could be the exact change you’ve been craving for a while.

Chic pink hues from Sherwin-Williams Company.

Pair pink with violet or black and create a seductive look. Pair it with white for a beach house or children’s room. Pair it with a contemporary color like teal or put it with grey or black for sophistication. Put it with simple furniture or with elegant grand English, French or Italian pieces. Use it in a manor house or cottage, in a bathroom, formal living room or kitchen. Organic collections look softer with pink and bohemian rooms look just dreamy. It’s versatile, uncommon and both dynamic and cozy.

So whether you choose rose quartz, hydrangea pink, shell, bubble gum or the ubiquitous millennial pink—brush, spray and roll a color that will excite you and thrill you for a very long time.

DESIGN NEWS: Top 3 Design Trends for 2018

With a new year comes evolutions in fashion, technology and, our favorite, 2018 design trends. This past fall, design professionals traveled to the annual High Point Fall Market in North Carolina to see the latest introductions in residential interiors. At the same time, the Indiana Design Center hosted a panel discussion featuring leading kitchen and bath professionals and keynote speaker, Judd Lord, senior industrial designer for Brizo and Delta Faucet Co., to celebrate the design industry’s official Kitchen & Bath Month. Amidst the excitement, it is clear that new trends have emerged and we are eager to preview them for you.

Dark & Metallic

The winning combination for 2018 is the marriage of dark finishes with metallics, namely black and gold. The two-tone application is classic but offers a modern edge to a space and can be accomplished through plumbing fixtures, like those in Brizo’s Litze collection, or through accessories, lighting and hardware.

brizo litze 2018 design trends black and gold

Brizo Litze kitchen faucet from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101.

Sustainable Design

Sustainable design is a broad topic and one taking on more and more steam in the design industry. Why? Because the earth’s natural resources are limited and many industry professionals are committed to coming up with innovative and simple ways to eliminate negative impacts on our environment and health, and to make your home function better as a part of that philosophy. Examples of sustainably-designed products include materials made from renewable resources like bamboo flooring or energy- efficient LED light fixtures. Investing in longer-lasting and high performance products also reduces the need to continually replace them and produce new ones.

Think Pink

For 2018, the color pink continues to be a key trend. From palest rose to brightest fuchsias, it may be the most exciting design surprise of late. Whether your style is elegant, casual, chic or bohemian, the right shade of pink could be the change you’ve wanted for a while. Organic collections look softer with pink and bohemian rooms look just dreamy. It’s versatile, uncommon and both dynamic and cozy.

2018 design trends blush pink pillow collective designs

Blush lumbar pillow available from Collective Designs at Holder Mattress, suite 119.

Chic pink hues from Sherwin-Williams Company.

Are you ready to refresh your interiors with the 2018 design trends or build from the ground up? Visit the Indiana Design Center Monday through Saturday, or call the concierge at 317-569-5975 to schedule your personal tour. With 15 design showrooms and more than 20 interior design professionals all under one roof, you can explore and experience the latest design trends firsthand.

DESIGN NEWS: Designer Rebekah Clark Receives Top Design Award

Congratulations are in order for Rebekah Clark, owner of Decorating Den Interiors in Carmel, IN, as she received a top design award in her company’s international design contest for outstanding design work. The award was presented at Decorating Den Interiors’ 48th annual conference held in St. Louis.

Clark was awarded 3rd prize for her dramatic room makeover in the “Miscellaneous” category. She explained that her design featured a sitting room off of the entrance of a home in Zionsville, IN.

Rebekah Perry Clark

Award-winning sitting room design by Rebekah Perry Clark.

This was the company’s 33rd annual International Dream Room awards competition. Judging was done by journalists from across the U.S. and Canada who write about interiors for such publications as Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Design NY, the Canadian magazine Arabella, among others. Winners were selected based on their design excellence, creative problem solving, and overall presentation.

Clark also received a Director’s Award for her 2016 sales, which were in the top 35 percent company-wide, and an engraved clock for her twenty years with Decorating Den.

“I’ve returned from conference with an extensive library of before and after high-resolution digital photographs featuring room makeovers from our company’s latest book, Love Your Home, which was introduced at conference,” said Clark. “It has fabulous designs and the stories behind them, and it makes for an ideal workshop or seminar program for organizations looking for a speaker for their meetings,” she added.

“As North America’s largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company, we represent nearly 130 home furnishings suppliers and offer our customers furniture, case goods, accessories, lighting, floor and wall coverings, draperies and other hard and soft window treatments,” Clark explained. “We bring samples directly to the client’s home or office, provide complimentary design services and personally oversee projects through installation.”

Decorating Den Interiors was founded in 1969 and has interior design professionals and decorators throughout the U.S. and Canada. Clark has owned her franchise since 1996.

DESIGN NEWS: Mont Surfaces Reflective Design Series

Mont Surfaces, one of the largest suppliers of fine surface materials in the Midwest, has launched a five-episode series of videos that takes viewers on a journey to improved well-being by way of thoughtful design decisions.

Based on a shared vision of wellness through nature-based design, the collection of short videos features Cleveland artist and designer Susie Frazier explaining how her Reflective Design principles can inspire personal renewal. Episode 4 in the series was recently released, ‘Texture as a Tool for Contentment’.

 

CLICK HERE to view Episode 1, ‘Wellbeing at Home Starts with Earth Materials’

CLICK HERE to view Episode 2, ‘Find Serenity Through Ambient Spaces’

CLICK HERE to view Episode 3, ‘How Nature’s Patterns Awaken Tranquility’

By combining Susie’s mindful connection to nature and soulful way of living with Mont’s expertise in trends of fine surface materials, the Reflective Design webisode series empowers and inspires consumers to awaken their own individuality through their own home improvements. Each webisode offers a specific design tip for creating a home environment that supports well-being. The series is offered as a way to educate consumers about the importance of creating spaces that revitalize and nurture the spirit.

“Creating wellness isn’t just about the healthy food we eat or the exercise regimen we keep. It’s about providing our minds with a consistent degree of calm, and to do that we need to start with the layout and design elements of our home,” commented Frazier.

“At Mont, we’ve always known the intrinsic value that earth materials bring to a living space, so we’re thrilled how Susie has turned that shared philosophy into easy-to-understand design principles that anyone can implement,” said Dinesh Bafna, President of Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc.

New webisode links will be provided on the Indiana Design Center blog as each are available. For more information on the series and their partnership, please visit MontSurfaces.com and SusieFrazier.com.

About Mont Surfaces

With over 27 years of experience, Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc. is recognized as one of the Midwest’s premier wholesale suppliers of fine surface materials for commercial and residential projects.  Maintaining an extensive inventory of natural stone (granite, marble, soapstone, travertine, quartzite and onyx), porcelain slabs, precious stone and engineered quartz, Mont travels the world to provide architects, designers, developers and homeowners the ability to select the perfect surface material for their projects.

Mont’s knowledgeable and courteous sales associates have the expertise to guide designers and consumers through the exciting material selection process and serve as the liaison between the designer/consumer and their industry professional.

Mont Granite, Inc.
5945 W 84th Street, Suite A
Indianapolis, IN  46278

HGTV vs. REALITY: 5 Tips from an Industry Insider

Home design and improvement are hot topics for reality television and HGTV stars like Chip and Joanna Gaines have influenced trends and created an audience of design fanatics around the world. While the shows can be inspiring and educational, there’s often more than meets the viewer’s eye in how projects are completed. Caryn O’Sullivan, owner of Drapery Street, presented a recent Designer On Call workshop on “HGTV vs. Reality” to help us make sense of it all. While no home project is without some challenges, Caryn shared her 5 key tips to complete a room like the stars on HGTV.

1. Map Out Your Budget & Timeline

Arming yourself with a great team and having realistic expectations for the timeline and budget are good starting points for any project. The professionals on TV have years of experience and always hit the design out of the park. In the real world, it can be challenging to find the design professional or contractor who is a good fit for your personality and will meet timeline and budget expectations.

The projects you see on television shows are under very strict production timelines so workers are scheduled and contracted one after the other. In reality, it takes some careful planning and organization to schedule the plumber, electrician, drywall finisher, painter, inspector, etc., and there are often gaps in between each tradesman due to their own work schedules. Understanding that there may be time between each step of a project helps to limit scheduling frustrations. In regards to budgets, the reality show project budget may not account for all room details like blinds, decorative trim, hardware and lighting and create the impression that a project can be completed for less than market rate.

modern bathroom

Clear expectations for your timeline and budget help a project to run smoothly. Don’t forget to account for important details like window treatments and artwork.

2. Follow a Space Plan

TV shows have expert space planners spending hours of time staging a space and determining the right furniture scale and floor plan. Ask yourself how the room feels and how it should function. Furniture retailers and designers can be helpful to you in this process.

A solid space plan and appropriate scale are key to creating a space that feels great.

3. Learn from Experience

The best way to tackle a new project is to complete one room at a time. Go from the planning stage through to the last detail before moving on to a new space. This way, you build experience as you go. Another way to gain valuable experience is to get referrals for professionals that can provide valuable insight. Also, learn how to navigate trends. For example, certain patterns (i.e. Greek key and herringbone) are best incorporated in small ways for longevity.

Functionality can also inform your design decisions. Can’t decide between short or long drapery rods? Let functionality be your guide. If you do not intend to close the drapes, do not spend extra money on longer rods and more fabric. The same logic dictates another popular trend: barn doors. If a barn door provides a necessary function in your space, go for it. If its just for aesthetic, consider whether it still makes sense.

Simple tricks of the trade like raising your drapery height can elevate the lines of the room.

4. Feature One Custom Item in Each Room

Create a unique detail in each room to avoid a generic feel. You want your living space to reflect you, not the vignette from a catalog or showroom. Use details and accessories in ways that represent your style. Examples include accent pillow fabric, artwork, or an impactful stone on a fireplace.

drapery street green draperies

Custom draperies create a beautiful statement in this room.

5. Build Your Team

Get referrals! On HGTV, the homeowners have the best team at their disposal. Ask someone who can help you assemble your team and remember, you get what you pay for. When interviewing contractors and vendors, be wary of contractors who offer an estimate far below other quotes. Get connected with a professional builder or remodeler who has a team, stands behind their work and is consistently in alignment with how you work. Start with the first professional in the process, perhaps the designer or remodeler, and build from there. Often, they have other artisans that can do the subsequent jobs. Here’s a quick list of items to check and important questions to ask when you think you’ve found the right partner:

Hiring Check-List:

Questions to Ask

  1. Do they have experience on your job type?
  2. Will a supervisor be on site if your job is extensive?
  3. How are problems addressed in the process?
  4. Are there warranties, and what is covered under them?

To Do

  • Have an attorney with home improvement experience look over the contract before you sign.
  • Make sure your agreement has a balanced payment schedule.

When in doubt, enlist the help of a professional to help guide your project.

Having the proper expectations and knowing when to utilize the advice and talent of a professional will make your next project successful. It’s not as easy as it looks on TV. Armed with the right information, you’ll be well on our way to a fantastic outcome! Looking for an expert for your next project? Contact the professionals at Drapery Street and browse designer portfolios here.

About Drapery Street

Caryn O’Sullivan, owner

Drapery Street is a design boutique that offers a beautifully curated assortment of one-of-a-kind fabrics and custom design resources.  This creative workshop engages the customer in a personal design process that is organized to deliver beautiful interiors that suit each unique taste and lifestyle.  By focusing on design expertise, friendly and personal creative consultation and curated style inspiration, Drapery Street appeals to shoppers with different tastes, incomes, and styles of living.

Monday – Thursday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM

DESIGN NEWS: Mont Releases Episode 3 in Reflective Design Series

Mont Surfaces, one of the largest suppliers of fine surface materials in the Midwest, has launched a five-episode series of videos that takes viewers on a journey to improved well-being by way of thoughtful design decisions.

Based upon a shared vision of wellness through nature-based design, the collection of short videos features Cleveland artist and designer Susie Frazier explaining how her Reflective Design principles can inspire personal renewal. Episode 3 in the series was recently released, ‘How Nature’s Patterns Awaken Tranquility.’

CLICK HERE to view Episode 1, ‘Wellbeing at Home Starts with Earth Materials’

CLICK HERE to view Episode 2, ‘Find Serenity Through Ambient Spaces’

By combining Susie’s mindful connection to nature and soulful way of living with Mont’s expertise in trends of fine surface materials, the Reflective Design webisode series empowers and inspires consumers to awaken their own individuality through their own home improvements. Each webisode offers a specific design tip for creating a home environment that supports well-being. The series is offered as a way to educate consumers about the importance of creating spaces that revitalize and nurture the spirit.

“Creating wellness isn’t just about the healthy food we eat or the exercise regimen we keep. It’s about providing our minds with a consistent degree of calm, and to do that we need to start with the layout and design elements of our home,” commented Frazier.

“At Mont, we’ve always known the intrinsic value that earth materials bring to a living space, so we’re thrilled how Susie has turned that shared philosophy into easy-to-understand design principles that anyone can implement,” said Dinesh Bafna, President of Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc.

New webisode links will be provided on the Indiana Design Center blog as each are available. For more information on the series and their partnership, please visit MontSurfaces.com and SusieFrazier.com.

About Mont Surfaces

With over 27 years of experience, Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc. is recognized as one of the Midwest’s premier wholesale suppliers of fine surface materials for commercial and residential projects.  Maintaining an extensive inventory of natural stone (granite, marble, soapstone, travertine, quartzite and onyx), porcelain slabs, precious stone and engineered quartz, Mont travels the world to provide architects, designers, developers and homeowners the ability to select the perfect surface material for their projects.

Mont’s knowledgeable and courteous sales associates have the expertise to guide designers and consumers through the exciting material selection process and serve as the liaison between the designer/consumer and their industry professional.

Mont Granite, Inc.
5945 W 84th Street, Suite A
Indianapolis, IN  46278

REPORT: 2017 Fall Design Trends

Do you find yourself scrolling through magazines for design inspiration and are you glued to HGTV waiting to see the next best room design? Whether you are a design aficionado or novice, look no further than the Indiana Design Center (IDC) for the ultimate design inspiration and resources. With 15 design showrooms and more than 20 interior design professionals all under one roof, you can explore and experience the latest design trends firsthand.

The following design themes are found throughout the showrooms and on point with greater global trends.

1. Boho Chic

A boho – short for bohemian – chic space feels effortlessly put together with the right mix of rustic decor paired with clean elements. Signature items to create this look include natural wood materials, a sheepskin throw, a fiddle-leaf fig tree, cozy pillows and an antique rug. Holder Mattress has an array of key items to pull together the perfect boho chic space, especially its oversized knotty throw pillows paired with a locally-crafted wood bench by Vine & Branch.

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Boho pillows paired with a rustic bench made with wood from Indiana trees by Vine & Branch at Holder Mattress (suite 119).

2. Mixed Metallics

While warm tones have been a popular choice in plumbing fixtures and hardware the past few years, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery has amped it up with the introduction of matte gold, rose gold and copper fixtures to the showroom floor. Brands like Brizo have carefully crafted new finishes that meld beautifully with modern and classic designs. Similar hues are available in lighting fixtures and cabinet pulls.

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Brizo Litze showerhead in Luxe Gold finish from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (suite 101).

3. Locally Sourced

There are many benefits to sourcing your home goods locally. Not only does your money stay within our local economy, there are also environmental benefits such as not having to ship furniture items across the country (or world), which significantly reduces your carbon footprint. Most businesses at the IDC are locally owned, which means you receive top-notch service as you often work directly with the owner. Additionally, several of our showrooms represent Indiana artists, or like Outré Furniture, produce their products right here in Indiana.

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Modern outdoor sofa made in northern Indiana by family-owned Outré Furniture (suite 215).

Ready to fall in love with your home? Visit the Indiana Design Center Monday through Saturday, or call the concierge at 317-569-5975 to set up your personal tour. The IDC also offers complimentary Designer On Call appointments where you can enlist the professional advice from a designer during a 50-minute consultation in the building. The IDC is located at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel (indianadesigncenter-staging.lc453fem-liquidwebsites.com).

Ths article was originally written for Indianapolis’ Active Life Magazine.

RECAP: Fall Design Preview Night @ the IDC!

Modern style maven, Jamie Sangar, is the creator of Mod Abode, an online design haven curated by Jamie’s discerning eye for design. In this blog series, Jamie visits the IDC showrooms to photograph and tell us what inpsired her at the Fall Design Preview Night event on August 24.

Last night was an exciting evening for Central Indiana design enthusiasts and consumers! The Indiana Design Center hosted its Fall Preview Night, which featured many local interior designers and retailers. Guests had an opportunity to mingle and browse table top vignettes displayed by each designer while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Showroom doors were also open to allow guests to explore the latest trends in the design world. It offered the perfect opportunity to speak with design professionals and look through their portfolios. It was a pleasure meeting so many talented professionals, and here are just a handful of experts I got to learn from last evening.

Amy Kreutz, senior designer and partner at Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork, radiates style. Only a few minutes into our conversation about the kitchen and bath design industry, and I could tell that Amy is truly delivering her passion to her clients on a daily basis. With such a broad understanding of design, extending well beyond just kitchen and bath designs and finishes, she has crafted some amazing works of arts in peoples’ homes.

When asked what new things excite Amy in the design world as it pertains to her industry, it boiled down to details; tone on tone fabric on the face of kitchen cabinet doors, black bamboo cabinet pulls decked with gold trim, integrated lighting in shelving, just to name a few.

After learning about a few of her current projects, it leaves me excited to see the final outcome and unique details that Amy adds to the projects.

Image courtesy of Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork.

Tom Vriesman, principal of Design Studio Vriesman, shared a sampling of some simple and texture-driven textiles. It was a true pleasure speaking with Tom and learning about the style that best represents his business. A modern minimalist myself, I flipped slowly through his portfolio, taking in all of the beautifully simple and timeless interiors that he has crafted over his many years of experience. A purist when it comes to mid-century modern design, Tom loves to bring the outdoors in by balancing abundant daylight with modern comforts for the family.

Judy Bates, principal of JB Designs, has fall colors and decor on her mind. Her adorable vignette included warm tones and textures complimenting the gorgeous autumn months we experience here in Indiana. A popular finish she showcased was kiln-dried wooden paneling that is made from the hulls of antique ships. Her clients have enjoyed this unique product on feature walls, and Judy said it can be applied differently on a smaller scale to act as a piece of artwork above a sofa or mantle. Aside from fall trends, Judy shared that Crypton fabrics are a must-have in your custom upholstery selections to avoid dirt and stains.

In today’s modern tech world, it was nice learning from the professionals at One-Touch Automation. Home automation is on fire right now! Brock Ackerman of One-Touch Automation shared that the popular trends include integrating Sonos speakers into home automation systems, such as Savant, as well as using the popular Amazon Echo as another means of controlling the system by voice commands. He shared that people are looking for ways to not only simplify their lives, but also to minimize the number of different control points for televisions, lighting, home security, speakers, etc. Products like Savant become a consumer’s central hub for their home controls.

Ready to fall in love with your home? Visit the Indiana Design Center Monday through Saturday, or call the concierge at 317-569-5975 to set up your personal tour. The IDC also offers complimentary Designer On Call appointments where you can enlist the professional advice from a designer during a 50-minute consultation in the building. The IDC is located at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel

About Mod Abode by Jamie Sangar:



Mod Abode was started out of a passion for three things; photography, architecture and design. A photographer by trade, I figured, what the heck–why 
not combine all of my passions into one. Thus, Mod Abode was born! For as long as I can remember, I have loved design. I’ve always been particularly drawn to modern design. It has always been a favorite pastime to pick up the latest issue of Dwell Magazine and gawk over the stunning modern architecture and clean, minimalist interiors. And every store catalog I receive in the mail containing simple yet bold interior accessories, has a rather long shelf life in my home, because I love to study the featured rooms photographed so beautifully inside the issue. Since starting my photography business in 2006, I’ve had many opportunities to photograph our travels, our home, and lots and lots of happy moments in peoples’ lives. After being a general contractor on the build of our own modern home here in Indianapolis, Indiana, I gained an even stronger appreciation of modern craftsmanship and functional homes built with form in mind. So here you have it, Mod Abode is a broad range of things that interest me, related to modern homes, for modern enthusiasts. 

Exciting Plans for a Luxury Hotel & Carousel in Downtown Carmel

As part of the vision of Carmel, Mayor Brainard has presented plans to bring both a luxury hotel to Carmel City Center and an antique, hand-carved carousel to one of our tourist areas.

Carmel officials are working to bring an Autograph Collection by Marriott hotel to the city’s core City Center that is planned to have 100 to 120 rooms and expected to achieve a 4.5-star rating. The Autograph Collection is desired because it will maintain the character of a boutique hotel while still having the support of a major chain. The luxury hotel would be located just east of the Monon Greenway and west of Veteran’s Way, just south of City Center Drive. The hotel could open in 2020.

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Luxury hotel rendering planned for Carmel City Center.

The planned carousel is a Dentzel Company-built large park carousel with 52 hand-carved animals and really considered a national treasure. Built in 1907, the Dentzel carousel is planned to be housed in its own building, in a central location where families can enjoy taking a ride for year-round enjoyment and could include event space for private functions and public events.

Carmel is working to bring a carousel to downtown Carmel.

The City of Carmel is looking for community input via public meetings and support can be shown at the following petition link.

A new roundabout will be under construction south of the IDC at 4th Street and Rangeline Road.

In addition to changes to Carmel’s City Center, roundabout construction will soon be underway just south of the IDC. Please visit the construction detours page to plan your next visit.

DESIGN NEWS: Mont Releases Episode 2 in Reflective Design Series

Mont Surfaces, one of the largest suppliers of fine surface materials in the Midwest, has launched a five-episode series of videos that takes viewers on a journey to improved well-being by way of thoughtful design decisions.

Based upon a shared vision of wellness through nature-based design, the collection of short videos features Cleveland artist and designer Susie Frazier explaining how her Reflective Design principles can inspire personal renewal. Episode 2 in the series was recently released, ‘Finding Serenity Through Ambient Spaces’.

 

CLICK HERE to view Episode 1, ‘Wellbeing at Home Starts with Earth Materials’

By combining Susie’s mindful connection to nature and soulful way of living with Mont’s expertise in trends of fine surface materials, the Reflective Design webisode series empowers and inspires consumers to awaken their own individuality through their own home improvements. Each webisode offers a specific design tip for creating a home environment that supports well-being. The series is offered as a way to educate consumers about the importance of creating spaces that revitalize and nurture the spirit.

“Creating wellness isn’t just about the healthy food we eat or the exercise regimen we keep. It’s about providing our minds with a consistent degree of calm, and to do that we need to start with the layout and design elements of our home,” commented Frazier.

“At Mont, we’ve always known the intrinsic value that earth materials bring to a living space, so we’re thrilled how Susie has turned that shared philosophy into easy-to-understand design principles that anyone can implement,” said Dinesh Bafna, President of Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc.

New webisode links will be provided on the Indiana Design Center blog as each are available. For more information on the series and their partnership, please visit MontSurfaces.com and SusieFrazier.com.

About Mont Surfaces

With over 27 years of experience, Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc. is recognized as one of the Midwest’s premier wholesale suppliers of fine surface materials for commercial and residential projects.  Maintaining an extensive inventory of natural stone (granite, marble, soapstone, travertine, quartzite and onyx), porcelain slabs, precious stone and engineered quartz, Mont travels the world to provide architects, designers, developers and homeowners the ability to select the perfect surface material for their projects.

Mont’s knowledgeable and courteous sales associates have the expertise to guide designers and consumers through the exciting material selection process and serve as the liaison between the designer/consumer and their industry professional.

Mont Granite, Inc.
5945 W 84th Street, Suite A
Indianapolis, IN  46278

 

How to Design a Healthy Home for the Mind + Body

A well-designed space should be beneficial to your health and wellness and make a positive impact on your life. Adam Gibson, principal of Adam Gibson Design, located at the Indiana Design Center, speaks across the country about how to design a healthy home. Gibson suggests the following design tips to help improve your overall well-being.

Healthy Home Tip #1: Bring Nature Inside

Being outdoors offers a sense of reprieve from our everyday, technologically over-connected lives, so using natural elements in your home helps achieve a calming design scheme. Accessorizing with greenery like a succulent garden or using materials from the earth, like natural stone or a grasscloth wallcovering, will heighten your connection to the outdoors.

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An orchid lends a tranquil feel to this spa-like bathroom. From the portfolio of Adam Gibson Design.

Healthy Home Tip #2: Improve Indoor Air Quality

The industry term “off-gassing” is used to describe the release of chemicals known as VOCs (volatile organic compounds) by household products and is linked to serious health concerns. To reduce your exposure to VOCs and improve indoor air quality, always choose paint that qualifies as zero-VOC and be mindful of flooring selections, because carpet and hardwoods produce the most VOCs in the home. In the construction or remodeling phase of design, you can add air filter systems to provide cleaner “makeup air” which pulls air in your home from outside when using an exhaust fan, rather than pulling it from an attic or crawl space. When in doubt, ask a professional to guide you in making safer product and design selections.

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Make careful product selections with zero or low VOC emissions to promote a healthy home environment. From the portfolio of Adam Gibson Design.

Healthy Home Tip #3: Embrace Natural Light

Nearly 50 percent of people in the U.S. are vitamin D deficient, which can trigger low serotonin levels related to depression and anxiety. Just as athletes achieve the “runners high” that results from serotonin released through exercise, serotonin levels can increase with exposure to natural sunlight. Consider window treatments such as sheers or adjustable shades that allow privacy but do not completely block sunlight. Well-appointed skylights, whether conventional or tubular, are also great options, and the infusion of natural light will cut down on your electricity bill.

Want to learn more? Contact Gibson with questions and visit the Indiana Design Center showrooms to see the products and resources that can help you to achieve a healthy home. The Indiana Design Center is located at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel (indianadesigncenter-staging.lc453fem-liquidwebsites.com) and Adam Gibson Design can be reached at adam@adamgibson.com (www.adamgibson.com).

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Allow natural light to infuse your living space for exposure to vitamin D. From the portfolio of Adam Gibson Design.

Ths article was originally written for Indianapolis’ Active Life Magazine.

About Adam Gibson Design: Warmth, Simplicity & Clarity in Design

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

Comprehensive construction documents along with color renderings, contractor-client liaison and construction management are all services available to clients. Adam is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer as designated by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

“Mod Abode” Blogger Designs Rooms with Personality in Drapery Street

Modern style maven, Jamie Sangar, is the creator of Mod Abode, an online design haven curated by Jamie’s discerning eye for design. In this blog series, Jamie visits the IDC showrooms to photograph and tell us what inspires her and why.

A recent visit to Drapery Street in the Indiana Design Center, had me feeling like a kid in a candy store; staring at all the choices and putting my senses to the test, realizing I could never choose just one. There were so many textures, so many colors, so many styles. Ranging in products from wallpaper to textiles and varying trims, your design options are literally endless with the immense selection.

A bird’s-eye view of my room schemes designed at Drapery Street.

What I decided to do once I saw all of the choices available to me, was to really put my imagination to the test by coming up with a make-believe room in a home, one-by-one, and giving it a personality before picking out pieces and pairings that helped define that personality. Talk about tough choices–I was a little confused where to start.

For me, the easiest thing to do is to pick out a favorite piece for a room–a focal point, if you will, that functions as my inspiration for the room that I’m designing. Then based on that focal point or statement piece, add some flare with textures and contrasting patterns and colors.

Take a peek at the rooms I created below by giving each one its own personality.

Kitchen: “Saucy”

Please excuse my sense of humor for calling my make-believe kitchen “saucy!” What I mean by that is I wanted my kitchen to have a soft side to it, but at the same time have a bit of an attitude. This bold floral pattern (below) immediately caught my eye with its gorgeous color palette and graphics. Its sure to be the emphasis of any room that it’s placed in. And while I love the delicacy and the soft lines of the flowers, the tomboy in me added this bold bronze studded trim. And then to add a little dimension, I paired these two pieces with this white sheer that offers a lot of movement with the tiny cuts of fabric.

Kravet and Schumacher textiles from Drapery Street.

Kravet and Schumacher textiles from Drapery Street.

Tiny cuts of fabric add movement and soft detail to the space.

Master Bedroom: “Give and Take”

A good relationship is all about give and take, right? I gave my master bedroom this persona since this space in the home is equally shared by a couple. I wanted it to have both feminine and masculine attributes to it, as to not make one side feel uncomfortable in the room that should feel like a relaxing oasis. I was struck by the floral wallpaper, but what I specifically loved about it was the use of both feminine and masculine colors. It was the perfect focal point to set an even playing field. And then to pull in the hints of “his” side of the equation, I loved this deep, rich leather swatch paired with the grey suit pattern. And since I didn’t want “his” influence in the master bedroom to “one-up” mine, I added in a second slightly feminine touch with this beautiful fabric that adds some shimmer and sparkle to the room when it catches the light just right.

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Grey and leather fabrics add a sense of masculinity to this master retreat.

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The bold floral print wallcovering presents a feminine side to the design scheme.

Living Room: “Softer Side”

Southwestern textiles are smokin’ hot! So naturally, it was the first thing I grabbed when I was imagining what would set the tone for my living room. In my opinion, living rooms are meant for snuggling, and what better way to find that comfort than with this grey southwestern fleece. And since I like to add little surprises when pairing pieces together, I thought these crystal trim pieces were a little unexpected, but at the same time, a beautiful contrast to the bold grey and hard lines of the geometric pattern in the fleece. Topped off with a warm, shimmery fabric and a beige burlap to add some warmth, this room has me ready to sit down and kick-up my feet.

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Cozy Southwestern vibes contrast with soft glamor in this living room.

Unexpected crystal trim adds some sparkle to the decor.

Little Girl’s Bedroom: “Big Imagination”

This was the easiest room for me to dream-up! Perhaps that’s because I’ve always been a sucker for decorating with black and white and pops of color. This black and white bunny textile is the perfect amount of whimsy for a little girl’s room. The abstract nature of the bunny illustration allows any little girl’s mind to run wild. And while the rebel in me wanted to find something other than the cliche color “pink” for a girl’s room, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the grey, white and bright pink wall paper. The icing on the cake was finding two different trim pieces, varying in size and shape to put the final bedazzle on the room.

This edgey and bold little girl’s room finds a hint of whimsy with the Hunt Slonem “Bunnies” wallcovering for GroundWorks.

Home Office: “Confidence”

Lets face it…I work from home, and my husband has an “office job,” so that means I get to put a girly touch on this space. No one starts his or her own business being timid, so this room had to be designed with some confidence. I couldn’t think of a better, bolder option, than this poppy flower pattern. To me, this looks more like artwork than just a fabric. Not being shy, I wanted to add two more black and white patterns, drastically fluctuating in size to show my level of confidence. Since they are all two-dimensional though, I thought the braided black trim paired with a beaded trim and a polka dot accent gave the room the depth it needed.

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An office designed with confidence in mind.

Guest Bedroom: “In-Law Approved”

Since the guest bedroom isn’t used all that much, and the ones most likely to use that space in the home are the in-laws, I decided to come up with a slightly different palette that was a little on the “safer” side, just to keep the mother-in-law happy (ha!). I needed it to still show little signs of quirkiness though so that it flowed with the rest of my home. Blue seems like a safe color to me, so I actually pulled two different room options together below. The first blue option keeps with the floral theme that is sprinkled elsewhere throughout the home, while the second one gave me a more nautical feel. What I loved about the neutrality of all the “secondary” accent pieces that I chose for both options, was that if I ever felt like blue just wasn’t my thing anymore, I could easily swap that pattern out and introduce a new statement piece.

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Blue florals are welcoming and also relate to other rooms in the home.

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Nautical themes always provide a sense of retreat perfect for a guest room.

Goodness! I don’t mean to be so long-winded, but that’s just how amazing Drapery Street is. The team there does and amazing job at listening to your style preferences, and then coming up with a master plan for you and your home. Or if you are in the mood for a little play time like I displayed above, pay them a visit and start putting personalities and touches on your rooms.

About Mod Abode by Jamie Sangar:



Mod Abode was started out of a passion for three things; photography, architecture and design. A photographer by trade, I figured, what the heck–why 
not combine all of my passions into one. Thus, Mod Abode was born! For as long as I can remember, I have loved design. I’ve always been particularly drawn to modern design. It has always been a favorite pastime to pick up the latest issue of Dwell Magazine and gawk over the stunning modern architecture and clean, minimalist interiors. And every store catalog I receive in the mail containing simple yet bold interior accessories, has a rather long shelf life in my home, because I love to study the featured rooms photographed so beautifully inside the issue. Since starting my photography business in 2006, I’ve had many opportunities to photograph our travels, our home, and lots and lots of happy moments in peoples’ lives. After being a general contractor on the build of our own modern home here in Indianapolis, Indiana, I gained an even stronger appreciation of modern craftsmanship and functional homes built with form in mind. So here you have it, Mod Abode is a broad range of things that interest me, related to modern homes, for modern enthusiasts. 

DESIGN NEWS: Mont Launches Reflective Design Webisode Series

Mont Surfaces, one of the largest suppliers of fine surface materials in the Midwest, has launched a five-episode series of videos that takes viewers on a journey to improved well-being by way of thoughtful design decisions.

Based upon a shared vision of wellness through nature-based design, the collection of short videos features Cleveland artist and designer Susie Frazier explaining how her Reflective Design principles can inspire personal renewal. The first video of the series is below.

 

By combining Susie’s mindful connection to nature and soulful way of living with Mont’s expertise in trends of fine surface materials, the Reflective Design webisode series empowers and inspires consumers to awaken their own individuality through their own home improvements. Each webisode offers a specific design tip for creating a home environment that supports well-being. The series is offered as a way to educate consumers about the importance of creating spaces that revitalize and nurture the spirit.

“Creating wellness isn’t just about the healthy food we eat or the exercise regimen we keep. It’s about providing our minds with a consistent degree of calm, and to do that we need to start with the layout and design elements of our home,” commented Frazier.

“At Mont, we’ve always known the intrinsic value that earth materials bring to a living space, so we’re thrilled how Susie has turned that shared philosophy into easy-to-understand design principles that anyone can implement,” said Dinesh Bafna, President of Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc.

New webisode links will be provided on the Indiana Design Center blog as each are available. For more information on the series and their partnership, please visit MontSurfaces.com and SusieFrazier.com.

About Mont Surfaces

With over 27 years of experience, Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Inc. is recognized as one of the Midwest’s premier wholesale suppliers of fine surface materials for commercial and residential projects.  Maintaining an extensive inventory of natural stone (granite, marble, soapstone, travertine, quartzite and onyx), porcelain slabs, precious stone and engineered quartz, Mont travels the world to provide architects, designers, developers and homeowners the ability to select the perfect surface material for their projects.

Mont’s knowledgeable and courteous sales associates have the expertise to guide designers and consumers through the exciting material selection process and serve as the liaison between the designer/consumer and their industry professional.

Mont Granite, Inc.
5945 W 84th Street, Suite A
Indianapolis, IN  46278

DOC Wrap-Up: Mastering the Art of Small Space Design

Dianne Wright

Dianne Wright

The 2017 Designer on Call Workshop series continued Tuesday, April 18 with a presentation made by Dianne Wright, gallery director of Coats-Wright Art & Design. With over 20 years of experience in interior design (and 35 in the fine art world), she can speak with authority on all types of home decor and layout design. She spoke about how to design (and live in) a small space in a thoughtful way.

Dianne provided a slide show of her own apartment home, detailing all of the ways she maximizes her limited space with tips for storage, display and design. Her first rule is no clutter. She advises to “edit, edit, edit,” when it comes to living in a smaller-scale home.

“Keep the things you love the most and get rid of anything extraneous, not useful, or not pleasing to the eye. In a small space everything matters, because household items will often be in plain view instead of stored away,” says Dianne Wright.

Because of this, she advises people to use their cherished possessions, for every day, for display and for storage.
For example: Collected platters or trays can display groups of often-used items in the kitchen. Salt, pepper and olive oil bottles look elegant when placed next to the stove in this way. Rustic wooden bowls can hold fruit on a kitchen counter, creating a pragmatic still life. Mixing the practical and functional with the beautiful makes sense in a small area. Using the things we have already solves many problems – the treasured pieces you love get a useful life, and you don’t have to find additional storage for them.

Dianne takes that approach in all aspects of decorating. She offered many other tips to design a modestly-sized home:

1. Use combined storage

Not all of the things you need to store are nice to look at, so for those types of items, use baskets and other pretty containers to keep these things at bay. Vertical shelving and tops of cabinets and refrigerators are key as well, when it comes to keeping things available for use. She also suggested putting wheeled casters on some shelves and storage units to make it easy to move them around when they are serving dual roles.

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Vertical storage is another key element, with room for stacking books and also baskets for closed storage as well.

2. Use double-duty furniture

In a bedroom, you can use an antique armoire to house a TV, while using the drawers below for clothing storage. Or use a small chest next to a bedside for clothing and a nightstand. In a living space, a buffet or credenza can hold a TV on top and store dining items inside, while an ottoman can be additional seating, a comfy place to rest your feet, and an expansive coffee table with the addition of a tray on top.

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An antique buffet is a perfect place for the television, and also for storage.

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A view of the living room from above shows the ottoman, serving as coffee table, but can be pulled apart for additional seating, etc.

3. Hang family photos and art

Scattered picture frames are nice, but only when you have lots of tabletops and surfaces to display them on. Since small spaces are often lacking, hanging frames is more sensible. She also advised to create a gallery wall up a stairwell. It creates a lovely opportunity to display favorite pieces in an often overlooked spot.

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Favorite pieces of framed fine art create a gallery wall up the stairway.

For more design and art expertise, visit Dianne at her showroom in suite 122 of the Indiana Design Center. To view the upcoming Designer On Call workshops click here.

Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery
Indiana Design Center
200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 122
Carmel, IN 46032
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm
PH 317.569.5980
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The Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery is an eclectic mix of paintings and sculpture by regionally and nationally known artists, both traditional and modern, whose works span the 19th century to present. Among those are T.C. Steele, C. W. Mundy, Janet Scudder, Boaz Vaadia and internationally recognized Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. We are very enthused to be introducing to the area two artists who are gleaning much national and international recognition, painter Eric Forstmann and sculptor Michael Kalish. We are also excited to offer and showcase antiques from R. Beauchamp Antiques and provide interior design services.