Indiana Design Center - Fall Preview Night


Last night was an exciting evening for Central Indiana design enthusiasts and consumers! The Indiana Design Center hosted their 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

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, an interior designer at the Indiana Design Center, 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 Judy’s design touches on a feature wall using this product, or Judy even 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.


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