The Making of the Centerpiece Home

For the 2016 Indianapolis Home Show, Fischer Homes is again debuting an all-new home design for this year’s Centerpiece Home: the Allerton. It is built entirely inside Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

 

What’s this majestic 4,010-square-foot home look like as its coming together? Check out these photos!

 

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A European Romantic elevation with soaring rooflines and a painted brick exterior, the Allerton boasts four bedrooms and 3½ baths spread across a majestic 4,010 square feet. It features an expansive great room and adjoining kitchen, ground floor study, formal dining room and family gathering room. The second floor master suite, including spa-like bathroom and large walk-in closet with adjoining laundry, is accompanied by two child bedrooms, boy and girl, and a guest room.

 

“With its eye-pleasing mix of form and function, the Allerton is sure to inspire Home Show attendees,” said Indianapolis Market President for Fischer Homes Brad Kriner. “We invite everyone to come to the show and see how Fischer Homes is working to give people the opportunity to create their dream home.”

 

Come check out the Centerpiece Home in Expo Hall at the Indianapolis Home Show, from Jan. 22-Jan. 31 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds! Don’t miss it!

Learn More About Television Personality and Architect John Gidding

John Gidding’s name and face are virtually synonymous with home & garden television. He has appeared on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal,” ABC Family’s “Knock First” and numerous other shows.

 

A former model – as if you couldn’t tell from those killer dimples! – John is also an accomplished architect with degrees from Yale and Harvard. He is just one of many local and national celebrities who will be featured at this year’s Indianapolis Home Show.

 

John took the time for a little Q&A to pull back the curtain on the likeable persona we see on TV to reveal that … he’s just as nice as he seems!

 

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What is your ultimate comfort food? What do you eat if you’re having a bad day?

Mac and Cheese.

 

What’s your least favorite chore?

Mopping.

 

Would you rather watch “Orange is the New Black” or “Game of Thrones?”

“Game of Thrones.”

 

If you had to give up Facebook or Instagram, which would you pick? 

Facebook.

 

What’s your go-to host gift?

Scented candle.

 

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Cat.

 

What is your favorite space to makeover and why?

Facades, because they offer an opportunity to explore precedent and express architecture.

 

Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

Too hot

 

What’s one thing you think people should splurge on?

Their sofa.

 

What’s one simple thing homeowners can do to improve their landscape or garden?

Limb up tree canopies for a more pleasing look and more sunlight on the lawn

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Come to the Indianapolis Home Show Jan. 22-31 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to meet John Gidding and see all sorts of exciting features! Presented by Xfinity when he appears at the Indianapolis Home Show on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30, John shares great ideas for your home’s appearance, from creating a welcoming entryway to foundation planting and much more!

Hoosier Gardener Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp Shares Her Tips and Personal Tastes

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp of HoosierGardener.com is a recognized regional authority on all things green and growing in Indiana. She’s one of many local and national celebrities who will be featured at the Indianapolis Home Show.

 

She took the time for a little Q&A to reveal some of her favorite gardening tips, as well as reveal some of the personality behind the gardening authority!

 

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What is your ultimate comfort food?

Cinnamon toast and cold milk

 

What’s your least favorite chore?

Weeding

 

If you could be gifted with one super power, what would it be?

The ability to fly

 

What was the best party you’ve ever attended and why?

Gatherings with 15 or 20 friends, all playing Jeopardy! with clickers

 

If you had to give up Facebook or Instagram, which would you pick?

Instagram

 

What are your best tips to help homeowners with curb appeal year-round?

Make sure your front door is visible and not shrouded by overgrown shrubs. Use containers with seasonal plantings at the front door, make sure the yard is weed free and mow the lawn regularly. Replace shrubs that are out of proportion to the house. Plant according to the mature height and width of a plant, and in the conditions it needs, such as wet or dry soil, or full sun or shade. These kinds of choices reduce pruning chores and other maintenance.

 

What’s your go-to hostess gift?

A lavender sachet that I make

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“Judge Judy”

 

What should homeowners look for when it comes to working with a contractor or interior designer?

Ask for addresses where a landscape contractor, architecture or designer has completed a project so you can drive by and look at the work. Make sure contractors are insured, licensed and bonded. Ask for references. Only work with certified arborists for trees. Always have a contract that spells out everyone’s expectations, from materials to be used, plants selected and beginning and ending dates for a project and costs.

 

What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you?

I’d really like to write a mystery novel. Michael Connelly and Ron Tierney probably don’t have to worry.

 

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Two dogs, Bisque and Sadie, and one cat, Cowgirl. I was born Year of the Dog, so in my heart, I’m of the canine persuasion, but pretty much love and appreciate all of God’s creatures. Not crazy about hard-shell beetles, though. And then there are those disgusting brown marmorated stink bugs.

 

What is your favorite space to makeover and why?

A tired, overgrown garden bed, because it feels good to work in the dirt and the end result is satisfying when replanted with trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs or annuals.

 

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People who litter

 

What’s one thing you think people should splurge on?

Their soil. Good dirt has billions of microorganisms, which help root development. That yields healthy plants and enhances their disease and insect fighting capabilities. Splurging is buying a high-quality planter’s mix. Or, add organic material to the soil, such as compost or chopped leaves. Consider using organic fertilizers and pesticides. Feed the soil, not the plants.

 

What’s one simple thing homeowners can do to improve their landscape or garden?

Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides (insecticides for bugs, herbicides for weeds, fungicides for fungus disease). Always know what you have before you treat it. That way you won’t be spraying a frost-damaged Japanese maple thinking the problem is an insect. Insecticides are usually non-specific killers, which means they don’t recognize the difference between a bean beetle and a bee or butterfly.  A lot of times, Mother Nature takes care of the problem without any help from us, but we need to give her time. Time allows lady beetles find the population of aphids to dine on, for instance. Why does this matter? No bugs, no birds. No pollination of food and flowers.

 

Who’s your favorite Disney princess and why?

Snow White. To this day, I think of this color-saturated movie as scary, but beautiful. It also had cute dwarfs and a catchy tune for work.

 

What’s the best way for homeowners to incorporate the latest trends into their décor? How can you tell what has staying power and what doesn’t?

Try not to incorporate all trends at once. Start with something simple, such as the Color of the Year, which in 2016 will be Serenity (baby blue) and Rose Quartz (baby pink). You can select flowers or pots those colors. Paint the door, window trim or mailbox with a trendy color. Replace throw pillows with fashion forward colors and patterns. Of course, I don’t do any of these things.

 

Come to the Indianapolis Home Show Jan. 22-31 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to meet Jo Ellen and see all sorts of exciting features! Ask Hoosier Gardener Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp your greenery questions when she appears at the Home Show on Wed., Jan. 27 and Thurs., Jan. 28.

“Diva of DIY” Leanne Lee Opens Up

Leanne Lee is just one of many national and local celebrities appearing at this year’s Indianapolis Home Show.

 

The self-proclaimed “Diva of DIY” – it’s the name of her website, of course! – Leanne is all about taking matters into her own hands and creating beautiful spaces on a budget. Lee was recently named the 2015 Home & Garden Trendsetter of the Year.

 

She kindly took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some of our questions about how she lives, breathes and works!

 

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What’s your least favorite chore?

Cleaning bathrooms. I have three boys … need I say more? LOL!

 

If you had to give up Facebook or Instagram, which would you pick? 

Instagram. I have an amazing Facebook community. They are engaging and supportive. I consider them friends, so I would hate to lose them.

 

What are your best tips to help homeowners with curb appeal year-round?

1) When designing your landscaping, make sure you incorporate a mixture of deciduous trees or shrubs with evergreens for year-round color. 2) Routine landscape cleanup. 3) A well-painted front door. 4) Outdoor lighting. 5) A seasonal wreath.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cowboy boots.

 

What should homeowners look for when it comes to working with a contractor or interior designer?

1) Get references and CHECK THEM! 2) Ask to see samples of their work. 3) Make sure they are insured. 4) Make sure you enjoy working with them. Some projects can take a long time, and it’s miserable working with someone you are not compatible with.

 

What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you?

I’m a tomboy, LOL! I only wear makeup on filming days. I am most comfortable in a worn pair of jeans and my work boots. Oh… and I drive a big red dual-exhaust truck!

 

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Dog for sure.

 

What’s your favorite space to makeover and why?

The kitchen. It is the heart of the home. I love opening up the space to allow the cook in the home to engage with the rest of the family.

 

Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

Too hot. I cannot stand to be cold. Don’t ask me why I live in Kansas City!

 

What’s one thing you think people should splurge on?

Their lighting. Think of your home’s lighting as “jewelry” for your home. Substantial lighting will make all the difference in the look and feel of the home.

 

Who’s your favorite Disney princess and why?

Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” She could see past the beast’s exterior appearance. She saw what he could be. That’s how I see the homes we remodel and the treasures I find at garage sales, estate sales and even from an occasional dumpster!

 

Come to the Indianapolis Home Show Jan. 22-31 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to meet Leanne Lee and see all sorts of exciting features! The “Diva of DIY” will appear at the Home Show on Tues., Jan. 26 and Wed., Jan. 27.

Dramatic New Design Unveiled for 2016 Centerpiece Home

Fischer Homes is unveiling another all-new home design, the Allerton, for the 2015 Centerpiece Home, and it aims to be a sure crowd-pleaser!

 

Built entirely inside Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the Indianapolis Home Show, the Allerton is a European Romantic elevation with soaring rooflines and a painted brick exterior, boasting four bedrooms and 3½ baths spread across a majestic 4,010 square feet.

 

Oozing relaxed elegance, this Centerpiece Home features an expansive great room and adjoining kitchen, ground floor study, formal dining room and family gathering room. The second floor master suite, including spa-like bathroom and large walk-in closet with adjoining laundry, is accompanied by two child bedrooms, boy and girl, and a guest room.

 

Touch of Class interior designer Joy Perkins partnered with the Fischer Homes team in decorating the Centerpiece Home to create a livable layout that flows easily from space to space. Her amazing interior design is eye-pleasing and utilitarian, easily adapting to genial entertaining or relaxing downtime.

 

Soothing colors and tactile materials are offset with bold splashes of lighting and dramatic furniture centerpieces that float within open spaces rather than being pushed against a wall.

 

This is one Centerpiece Home that you can easily picture yourself enjoying some downtime in!

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Come to the Indianapolis Home Show Jan. 22-31 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to see the Centerpiece Home and all sorts of other exciting features!

More to Explore at the 2015 Indianapolis Home Show

There’s still more to explore at the 2015 Indianapolis Home Show! The 93rd annual Indianapolis Home Show runs through Sunday, Feb. 1 – don’t miss out!

 

The 2015 Indianapolis Home Show boasts a fully-constructed, decorated and landscaped Centerpiece Home built entirely inside Expo Hall by Fischer Homes.

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The Fischer Homes team unveils a brand-new home design, the Paxton, and it has an East Coast feel with its distinctive combination of materials, interesting angles and well-placed windows.

 

The Paxton is the first of its kind to be featured at the Indianapolis Home Show. The home is designed for comfort — each type of living space is on its own floor. The main floor is for entertaining, with an open kitchen and great room, while the owner’s retreat is just a few steps away. The additional bedrooms have their own level allowing for more independent living spaces. The home is also built to include a basement for the first time in Home Show history!

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Presented by Home Pro/Bath Pro of Central Indiana, home-design celebrity Ty Pennington appears for one presentation ONLY on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage in the West Pavilion.

 

“We could not be more thrilled that Ty is coming to Indianapolis for the 2015 Indianapolis Home Show,” said Home Show Manager Laura Groninger. “From TV host and carpenter to his books and charitable work, Ty is certainly a foremost figure in the world of home improvement and design. We hope attendees will come to the Home Show to see Ty and then stay to check out the hundreds of vendors we have to answer all their decorating, construction and remodeling questions.”

 

And there’s more! There will be lifestyle and design experts and more than 20 lavish, landscaped gardens, among many other features. Plus, there’s an amazing tree house feature by Above and Beyond that has Home Show attendees feeling as if they are walking in the woods, complete with all-natural, hand-crafted furniture.

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Come to the Indianapolis Home Show through Sunday, Feb. 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to see the best in home products as well as decorating, construction, remodeling and landscaping ideas!

Q&A with “Bath Crashers” Host Matt Muenster

Licensed contractor Matt Muenster gets an adrenaline rush every time he transforms a boring bathroom into a fantastic one on DIY Network’s “Bath Crashers” and “BATHtastic!” series.

 

Here’s a Q&A with the guy who knows how to transform your bathroom into the most spectacular space in the house!

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  1. What got you interested in interior design?

It was a course I took in college on architectural history — it got me passionate about design and helped me focus. From there I enrolled in the interior design program and never looked back.

 

  1. Okay, why bathrooms? Is the bathroom a particular room in the house that needs the most renovation?

Bathrooms happened because the show happened. I was designing almost every type of space available until this opportunity came along. What this has done though is help me focus on one space and learn all there is to know. What I’ve learned is it’s not only the hardest room to renovate in your home, but the payoff from a successful renovation, both financially and emotionally, is the greatest. It’s an underutilized and underrated room in every home, and my job is to change that.

 

  1. What’s the first thing you look at when updating someone’s bathroom?

Size — and anything we can do during the renovation to make it bigger. After that, every bathroom demo is exactly the same. The challenge is putting it back together. No one bathroom is more challenging than another; it’s all about making it work for those who are using it.

 

  1. What are a couple tips people can use to help renovate their bathroom on their own?

Have a plan before you start. Know everything about the step you’re working and the next two or three down the line before you ever begin. Plan your work, and work your plan. Also, know your limitations. If you’ve never worked with plumbing before, a few YouTube videos or a book probably isn’t going to teach you all you need to know. Bite the bullet, and hire skilled labor where you can make big mistakes yourself. The overall outcome will be that much better.

 

  1. Have you been to Indianapolis before? What advice do you hope to give Indiana residents at the Home Show?

I have. I was there for the Super Bowl a few years ago. I hope people come out to the Home Show and my presentations with questions to ask. I definitely want to impart my knowledge on bathroom design, but I will have a lot more fun if I can interact with everyone and answer their questions. It keeps me on my toes and is infinitely more interesting to me!

 

Matt Muenster will show Home Show attendees how you can upgrade your most-used room with ideas, inspiration and practical remodeling advice when he appears on Friday, Jan. 23-Sunday, Jan. 25!

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The Choppin’ Hunger Challenge is Back!

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Did you ever wonder what happens to the food donated to a food bank? What happens when a family in need takes home those donations and prepares a meal? You will get an inside look with a special event returning to the Indianapolis Home Show — the Choppin’ Hunger Challenge II!

 

A new study by Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and Feeding America shows one in six Hoosiers, or an estimated 1.1 million people in Indiana, turns to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. Of the households served by Indiana’s food banks and programs, 43 percent include a child under 18, and 25 percent include a senior aged 60 or older.

 

So how can you chop hunger and help Hoosier families get a nutritious and filling meal? Donate to your local food bank or food pantry, and make sure you are giving the right type of food.

 

Participate in the Choppin’ Hunger Challenge II at the Indianapolis Home Show! Watch great Indiana chefs — Chef Sam Brown and Chef Nick Mayes — as they battle to win the challenge of creating a unique, delicious meal from chop baskets filled with items from Indiana food banks.

 

Home Show attendees are encouraged to come sample the meals and get the chance to learn about the most desired foods needed by Hoosier families. Then, make a donation, especially spices!

 

Attendees will also receive a packet of recipes developed using foods shoppers can pick up at Gleaners, and you can find those recipes at WinnersDrinkMilk.com.

 

This exciting program was created by the American Dairy Association of Indiana, Gleaners Food Bank, Second Helpings and CICOA — all working to eliminate hunger in Indiana.

 

Watch as Indiana chefs compete for the best meal. Stop by the Choppin’ Hunger Challenge II on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage for your chance to help truly chop hunger and learn how all Hoosiers can enjoy warm and filling meals every day of the year!

 

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Centerpiece Home Brings East Coast Feel to the Midwest

Building is well underway for the 2015 Indianapolis Home Show Centerpiece Home at the Indiana State Fairgrounds! Take a look at these pictures from Fischer Homes, the builder of this year’s Centerpiece Home.

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Fischer Homes is unveiling a brand-new home design, the Paxton, and it has an East Coast feel with its distinctive combination of materials, interesting angles and well-placed windows.

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The Paxton is the first of its kind to be featured at the Indianapolis Home Show. The home is designed for comfort — each type of living space is on its own floor. The main floor is for entertaining, with an open kitchen and great room, while the owner’s retreat is just a few steps away. The additional bedrooms have their own level allowing for more independent living spaces. The home is also built to include a basement for the first time in Home Show history. The basement features a modern rustic home theater room.

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Attendees will want to see the owner’s suite occupying an entire level of the home on its own — a true retreat set apart from the rest of the home. The suite includes a two-sided fireplace between the sitting retreat and the master bathroom tub, which is a striking focal point to enhance the spa-like feel of the space.

 

Come to the Indianapolis Home Show Jan. 23-Feb. 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to see the Centerpiece Home and many more exciting features!

Master Bedroom Reflects Eclectic Vision

The Touch of Class team uses soft colors and timeless pieces to create an eclectic vision in the 2015 Indianapolis Home Show Centerpiece Home master bedroom!

 

For the bed and nightstands, gracefully-shaped architectural forms of Italian, French and Belgian origin are accentuated by a wire-brushed artisan finish with a reclaimed character.

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With an artist’s eye, the over-the-nightstand scones skillfully mix modern with rustic; elegant with casual; and romantic with relaxed. It’s an eclectic vision that resonates with natural style and a modern new look at how we live today.

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Accent chairs next to fireplace feature the timeless feel of a brushed ikat pattern in soft blues and browns with the aged charm of stripped-down finish layers on the carved arms and front posts.

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A wool rug under the bed is a natural undyed handwoven 100% wool rug with mixed tones of cream, taupe and gray throughout the braids. And a shag rug next to the fireplace sitting area is New Zealand wool at its finest in a plush pile of lush super-soft white wool.

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Are you interested in adding any of these items to your own home? You can! They will be available for purchase here! And don’t forget to come see the finished product at the 2015 Indianapolis Home Show!