Fischer Homes Returns to Build 2015 Indianapolis Home Show Centerpiece Home


Indianapolis Home Show Manager Laura Groninger is pleased to announce that Fischer Homes returns to the Home Show as the 2015 Centerpiece Home builder.


Designed and fully-constructed by the Fischer Homes team, the 2015 Centerpiece Home will be built entirely inside Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Fischer Homes will be showcasing its Paxton design as the Centerpiece Home with a Coastal Classic elevation. The home will have more than 4,000 square feet, excluding the basement. The Paxton being constructed at the Home Show will feature four bedrooms and three and a half baths.


Indianapolis Home Show Logo“Fischer Homes is proud to be the builder of the Centerpiece Home at the Indianapolis Home Show,” said Stephen Whaley, corporate marketing manager for Fischer Homes. “This year we will be building a brand-new design — the Paxton, from our Masterpiece collection of homes. This design has an East Coast feel with its distinctive combination of materials, interesting angles and well-placed windows.”


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, and a recreation room serves as a flexible living space.


“Fischer Homes is proud to be building the Paxton and creating a unique experience this year’s Home Show attendees will truly enjoy,” Whaley added.


Since 1980, Fischer Homes has been building homes and delivering an exceptional customer experience in neighborhoods throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In 2009, Fischer Homes brought a fresh new look to Indianapolis with their designs, streetscapes and stylized exteriors. They are now building in more than 29 locations in Carmel, Geist, Fishers, McCordsville, Zionsville, Westfield, Noblesville, Avon, Center Grove and Greenwood.


“Fischer Homes has been building homes in the Greater Cincinnati area for 35 years,” said Indianapolis Division President for Fischer Homes Brad Kriner. “And Fischer Homes continues its focus on fresh design, dedication to streetscape, and providing the opportunity for homeowners to personalize their dream home. This focus, along with a commitment to quality-built homes for all life stages and creating an exceptional customer experience, has allowed Fisher’s expansion into Indianapolis in 2009 — now one of seven divisions regionally — to be successful. Fischer Homes looks forward to its continued growth in the Indianapolis market by continuing to raise the bar in quality and customer satisfaction.”


“Fischer Homes really highlighted spacious living and elegant styling with the Marshall home design at last year’s Home Show,” Groninger said. “Every year, they continue to excite and impress Home Show attendees with a fresh, new look at the latest home building and decorating trends. We are excited to partner with Fischer Homes once again for the 2015 Indianapolis Home Show and see what new and exciting features the Centerpiece Home has in store.”


Interior designer Joy Perkins from Touch of Class will work with Shari Bove and Christine Robbins of the Fischer Homes team in decorating the Centerpiece Home to showcase a variety of options for customizing the home interior. She plans to use a “Modern Hill-Country” theme throughout the home.


“I will be focusing on the use of clean-lined design elements with an agrarian flavor,” Perkins said. “Home Show attendees will be in for an unexpected visual treat, featuring calming accents of wood, stone and botanicals. With continued advances in technology and the digital age, there is an increasing desire to provide living spaces connected with nature. We want to bring the outdoors in, providing a sense of harmony and balance to the home. The elements used in this year’s home will take attendees’ design experience to the next level.”


Landscaping comes courtesy of Calvin Landscape in Indianapolis.


The 2015 Indianapolis Home Show opens Friday, Jan. 23, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 1. Admission is $14 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.


For more information, call 317-705-8719 or visit the Indianapolis Home Show website at

2015 Indianapolis Home Show Expands to Three Exhibit Buildings

HS_1922_New_SmallThe Indianapolis Home Show has more in store for 2015! The Home Show is expanding to three exhibit buildings — Exposition Hall, West Pavilion and South Pavilion — for the full 10-day run of the show.


The 93rd annual Indianapolis Home Show is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.


“We have continued to see growth reflected by the number of home-related businesses exhibiting at the Indianapolis Home Show,” said Show Manager Laura Groninger. “With that recent growth and interest in the Home Show, we are so excited to add a third exhibit building to the upcoming show. We have used the South Pavilion in past years as a feature for one weekend only. For 2015, all three buildings will highlight everything from building to remodeling and design to decoration for the entire 10 days.”


Celebrating its 93rd anniversary, the Indianapolis Home Show is the nation’s oldest and the Midwest’s largest home-focused extravaganza at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Since the Home Show was founded in 1922, it has become a tradition within the community, offering generation after generation the best in home products as well as decorating, construction, remodeling and landscaping ideas. It is the largest consumer home event in Indiana, attracting crowds of homeowners primarily interested in home improvements and renovations.


The 2015 Indianapolis Home Show will boast a fully-constructed, decorated and landscaped Centerpiece Home built entirely inside Expo Hall. There will be home and garden celebrities and more than 20 lavish, landscaped gardens, among many other features.


“The Home Show will continue to cater to Indianapolis area residents’ desire to learn, compare and shop for products and services for their homes and gardens,” Groninger said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun as always — now bigger and better than ever.”


The 2015 Indianapolis Home Show is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For more information, visit the Indianapolis Home Show website at

“She Puts the Show in Home Show”

(Photo: Charlie Nye/The Star )

(Photo: Charlie Nye/The Star )

Indianapolis Home Show Manager Laura Groninger was highlighted in The Indianapolis Star, in a feature called “Cool Jobs.”


Here is her interview with the Star’s Jill Phillips:

Laura Groninger spends a lot of time at the State Fairgrounds. Her visit there on Friday wasn’t to see the pigs, horses, or the food vendors at the Indiana State Fair but to checkout the Expo Hall. Groninger is planning the vendor space for the 2015 Indianapolis Home Show, for which she is show manager.


Groninger says one of the coolest parts of her job is watching the construction of the centerpiece home inside the Exposition Hall.


“We also get to work with cool home and garden celebrities like Ty Pennington and Kevin O’Connor,” she said.


Groninger is also working on catching some zzz’s. When the show starts she and her staff can work up to 16-hour days, maybe more depending on any problems that might arise.


“It’s definitely hard work, but it’s fun,” she says.


Prior to joining Marketplace Events, the producer of the Home Show, Groninger was the advertising manager for Indianapolis Monthly.


Question: Describe your job.

Answer: Creating a vibrant marketplace by producing the Indianapolis Home Show, a show to help home-related businesses showcase their products and services to those homeowners looking to remodel, decorate or landscape their homes.


Q: Why did you pursue this career? Did anyone encourage you do to do? If so, who?

A: As the former advertising director for Indianapolis Monthly, I worked with Brent Keller on advertising for the Home Show. He was the Home Show manager at the time, and now he’s vice president of the Midwest Region for Marketplace Events, which produces the Home Show. We have known each other for many years, and once he was promoted to the vice president position, he contacted me about applying for the show manager job for the Indianapolis Home Show. The rest is history!


Q: Are there any special qualifications or traits that help you do this job?

A: Vision, creativity, persistence and patience.


Q: What is your past event planning or large show/conference experience? How did that help you make the most recent Home Show a success?

A: When working at Indianapolis Monthly, we built a Dream Home annually. And that experience has been very helpful to me in my position as show manager.


Q: How has the recent housing situation affected the Home Show? What did you implement to help draw customers to the show?

A: Although the housing market has been down nationally, we have continued to see growth in the Home Show industry in the past few years. That is reflected by the number of builders we have in the show. Actually, with recent growth and interest in the Home Show, we are actually adding a third exhibit building to the upcoming 2015 Indianapolis Home Show. The remodeling side of the business has also remained strong. Our attendees come with their checklists to set appointments with a remodeler or buy the supplies and products they need. And, of course, the Centerpiece Home is always a huge draw for the show. For those customers looking to stay in their homes instead of building, we emphasize recreating space, organization within the home and creating new space that was not being utilized. A perfect example of this is the recent explosion of outdoor living spaces and outdoor kitchens.


Q: What skills do you think someone should have to be successful in this type of career?

A: Strong sales background with the ability to multitask at all levels.


Q: What advice can you give to someone who wants to get into event planning/managing large shows/conferences?

A: Someone in the event industry will quickly learn they need to know all facets of a business. I would suggest volunteering at local festivals and fairs. Also, ask others to undertake any and all job functions in managing an event, since you will need to have an intimate knowledge of all positions and responsibilities.


Q: What do you have planned for the upcoming 2015 Home Show?

A: We have a few things we can share. … Fischer Homes is building our Centerpiece Home, and Calvin Landscape will be creating the landscape for the Centerpiece Home. Also, more than 20 beautiful gardens will be created, and we have some more surprises we will tell you about closer to the show. It’s going to be a lot of fun as always!


More about Laura Groninger

Job title: Show manager, Indianapolis Home Show.

Prior experience: Advertising director, Indianapolis Monthly.

Favorite quote: “Treat others as you want to be treated.”

Indianapolis Home Show Welcomes Wyatt as Exhibit Sales Consultant

Wyatt_NicoletteIndianapolis Home Show Manager Laura Groninger is pleased to announce Nicolette Wyatt as a new exhibit sales consultant.


Marketplace Events is the producer of the Indianapolis Home Show. The 93rd annual Indianapolis Home Show is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.


In her new position, Wyatt builds and develops long-term relationships with Home Show exhibitors. She contacts both new and existing exhibitors in order to secure their space at the Indianapolis Home Show, guiding them on the best place to display their business or product. Previously, Wyatt worked at CareOne Debt Relief Services as a solutions coach.


“We are thrilled to have Nicolette on our sales team with her strong background in sales and service,” Groninger said. “She is a real asset to the Indianapolis team, and she will help continue to develop and expand the relationships we have with our Home Show exhibitors.”


Originally from Chicago, Ill., Wyatt received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Monmouth College. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and volunteered with DC Central Kitchen when living in Maryland. DC Central Kitchen works to reduce hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.


Wyatt currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Julian, and two children. She enjoys sports and spending time with her family.


The 2015 Indianapolis Home Show is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It will continue its tradition of offering the best in home products, decorating, construction and remodeling ideas for visitors to gather ideas and compare.


For more information, visit the Indianapolis Home Show website at

Marketplace Events Announces Search for Home and Garden Trendsetter of the Year


Marketplace Events, the producer of the Indianapolis Home Show, is pleased to announce its national search for the Home and Garden Trendsetter of the Year.


The title will be presented to one winning blogger who is currently providing interesting and valuable DIY, design and home improvement content. The winner will receive a three-month multi-show stage tour contract, media interviews in several U.S. markets and Marketplace Events show endorsements along with access to thousands of new online followers and subscribers.


“Through this search, we will be creating our own celebrity,” said Marketplace Events Marketing Director Shelly Gepfert. “We are looking for a blogger who has a strong online following, can present onstage in a fun, informative and professional manner and has creative and trendy content to share.”


Are you or someone you know interested in applying? Visit for more information.


The top six finalists will each create a short video with tips or a DIY project. Fans will vote on social media, and the top three finalists will win a trip to Orlando to present onstage at the 2014 Orlando Home Show. Each presentation will be judged by a celebrity expert, Marketplace Events team members and the audience.


At the show, a winner will be selected and named the Home and Garden Trendsetter of the Year. The winner will be presented with a multi-show contract and more worth approximately $30,000.


“This is such an exciting opportunity, and we really want the Indianapolis-area community to get involved,” said Indianapolis Home Show Manager Laura Groninger. “We have so many talented bloggers in this area, and the Trendsetter of the Year will get incredible visibility and exposure. I want to encourage anyone who is interested to apply.”


Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, a legal resident and currently residing in the United States. The deadline for entries is July 21, 2014. For complete details and rules, visit:


The 2015 Indianapolis Home Show is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It will continue its tradition of offering the best in home products, decorating, construction and remodeling ideas for visitors to gather ideas and compare.


For more information, visit the Indianapolis Home Show website at

Expert Designer and Painter Kimberly Lacy Offers “Curb Appeal”

KimberlyLacy_1With her artisan paint and design background, Kimberly Lacy was given the opportunity to give on-camera paint tips and tricks on HGTV. As a result, Kimberly was later cast as the spunky project manager for the HGTV show Curb Appeal,” where she is now responsible for the two neighborhood makeovers that make up the “block” portion on the show.


Kimberly is appearing at the Indianapolis Home Show on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26. She’ll be sharing design tricks of the trade and answer audience questions!


Here’s more of a Q&A to learn more about Kimberly!


1.    What is the most challenging part of your job?

Design conception

2.    Where do you get most of your inspiration for new projects?

Magazines and travel

3.    What design/landscape trend or item are you coveting for the spring?

Black and white with pops of color in pastels! Why? Black and white color schemes are a trend right now but are the most classic combination of all. Black and white works with any design style, and it’s easy to accessorize and switch around to other spaces in the home. The pop of color in pastel is in the Pantone forecast for 2014, and nothing screams “spring” like pastels.

4.    Any embarrassing/favorite on-the-job moments to share?

I was painting shutters black, and I spilled a full gallon of black paint on the front porch of the house. I couldn’t get water, rags or help fast enough! Crisis averted.

 5.    Please offer a design/landscape tip specific to the spring season.

Take out dead plants, trees or shrubs, and refresh all flowerbeds with pine bark mulch.


Come see Kimberly Lacy at the 2014 Indianapolis Home Show on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26!

More “Curb Appeal” at the Home Show with Kimberly Lacy

KimberlyLacy_2Kimberly Lacy is the project manager on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal.” Known for her on-camera charisma and outgoing personality, each week Kimberly shares her practical painting and landscaping tips, techniques and demonstrations with viewers.


Kimberly shows how simple touches can make a dramatic improvement on your home and landscaping.


Kimberly is appearing at the Indianapolis Home Show presented by Xfinity on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26. Make sure you don’t get kicked to the curb!


To get to know a little more about Kimberly, here’s a Q&A!


1.    Name three items you couldn’t live without.

Mascara, pruners, iPhone

2.    How did you get your start in the design business?

An internship with HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” (DC addition). I also started painting at the age of 16.

3.    Describe your design style in five words or less.

Functional eclecticism

4.    What is your most memorable career moment to date?

Two-year relocation to San Francisco to film “Curb Appeal”

5.    What is your personal motto?

A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.

6.    What is something your fans may not know about you?

I have a pretty serious business side.

7.    Explain why you love “Curb Appeal.”

I love being able to assist the neighbors because they have no clue they are being chosen for a makeover. No coincidences, just deserving!


Come see Kimberly Lacy at the 2014 Indianapolis Home Show on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26!

Lush Greenery Meets Modern Outdoor Luxury

Bill Brown and his team from William H. Brown Landscape Inc. in Zionsville will bring their vision to the ambitious exterior design for the 2013 Indianapolis Home Show Centerpiece Home, combining lush greenery with modern outdoor luxury.


They have created an impressive combination of natural adornments, including grass and stone borders, common flowering plants like tulips and daffodils, plus an array of trees such as dogwood, pear and crabapple.Landscape_1_small



But the backyard is where Brown’s creativity really comes to bear with chic contemporary appointments. The Centerpiece Home will feature a pool, but this year’s has a negative edge where it looks like water is spilling over the sides. Perhaps most impressive is a high-tech projection television screen above the pool from Hoosier Home Tech.


The old way for outdoor cooking – Dad’s grill shoved into a corner – gives way to an expansive kitchen and dining area with a built-in grill surrounded by granite countertops brimming with LED lights. A connecting archway and fountain lead to one of the design’s most audacious features: a handsome outdoor fireplace. The seating area gets a great view of the fire. And there’s a flatscreen TV mounted above the fireplace.


“It creates a self-contained outdoor living space using the fireplace and kitchen,” Brown said. “This house is bigger and classier than ever before. So in our exterior design we are going for something more elegant, colorful and modern.”