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Plenty to See and Do at the 2014 Indianapolis Home Show

Whether you’re a home improvement junky or just someone who appreciates fine architecture and style, the 92nd annual Indianapolis Home Show is an extravaganza of home-focused information and exhibits, including a fully-constructed, decorated and landscaped home built entirely inside Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgounds.

The show, which opened Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, runs through Sunday, February 2, 2014. It is the nation’s oldest home show and also the largest one in the Midwest.

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The Centerpiece Home

This year’s Centerpiece Home was built by Fischer Homes, a Cincinnati-based builder which came to Indianapolis in 2009, and is now building in 29 locations in the greater Indy area, including Carmel, Geist, Fishers, Zionsville, Westfield, Noblesville, Avon, Center Grove and Greenwood.

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The 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home was built on a French Manor elevation, and measures over 4,100 square feet, not counting the basement. It is a model of Fischer’s French-inspired “Marshall” design and reflects some of the latest trends in both architecture and style, with its “Fresh Urban” theme. Landscaping was provided by a local Indianapolis company, Calvin Landscape.

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An expansive, open kitchen with a gourmet island was designed to be the focal point of the home. The dining room integrates with an outdoor courtyard and bistro that features a brick fireplace and raised hearth.

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There are several nice styling touches in this home. An antique laundry door (above), for example, adds far more character than could be achieved with a typical, factory-made door.

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“The master suite is unbelievable. It’s actually 3 separate rooms. It’s a full-size bathroom with a separate, free-standing tub, which is really unique. It’s got a sitting area with a fireplace, and then a step up into the actual bedroom area,” says Division President/Manager for Fischer Homes Brad Kriner.

Feature Garden

Feature Garden. While the focal point of the show is obviously the Centerpiece Home, around 25,000 square feet of the West Pavilion is dedicated to gardening and landscaping.

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Several local landscaping professionals contributed to this portion of the show, which features all manner of greenery, floral designs, cash-and-carry bulbs, and a dizzying array of gardening tools and products.

Butterfly House

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William H. Brown Landscaping, based in Zionsville, Indiana, has created the Butterfly House, a specially designed landscaped setting in the center of the West Pavilion in which butterflies flutter all around you.

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Opening Weekend Attractions

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy too will make an appearance at the show in the Xfinity exhibit space and on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26.

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The Marketplace Pavilion takes place the opening weekend only, and is a showcase of artisans, painters, potters and several interior designers who can answer questions about any design plans you might have.

Celebrity appearances

Kevin-o-connor Kevin O’Connor, host of PBS’ home improvement series “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House,” as well as the more recent “This New House” series which airs on the DIY Network, will answer questions and offer advice on home improvement projects.
Todd Davis Designer Todd Davis, who seeks out unsuspecting homeowners in need of help with their home improvement projects on HGTV’s “Room Crashers,” will answer audience questions and share design secrets on Sat., Feb. 1 and Sun., Feb. 2.
Kimberly-Lacy Kimberly Lacy, a project manager on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal,” will offer landscaping tricks and painting tips on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26.
Lou-Manfredini Lou Manfredini, host of the nationally-syndicated “HouseSmarts” series will offer useful insights on the latest trends, and answer homeowners’ questions on Friday, Jan. 24.
Todd Wilbur “Food Hacker” Todd Wilbur, whose obsession with cloning some of the most popular recipes in American began in 1987, will share some “Top Secret” recipes on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Thursday, Jan. 30!
Chef-Steve-Schimoler Executive Chef Steve Schimoler, whose restaurant, Crop Bistro & Bar in Cleveland, Ohio, was the named one of America’s top restaurants by Wine Spectator in 2012, and who has appeared on national television with the likes of Bobby Flay, will share his culinary knowledge on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Beckie-Farrant Beckie Farrant is a blogger and designer whose trash-to-treasure approach to projects is showcased on her blog, infarrantlycreative.net. She will share tips and ideas at the Home Show on Saturday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 2.
Joel-Karsten Author Joel Karsten, whose innovative approach to gardening has been received national attention in such publications as the New York Times and the Daily News, will show how to grow a vegetable garden using his ‘straw bale’ method. He appears on Monday, Jan. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Mary-Susan-Buhner Mary Susan Buhner, host of Fox 59’s weekly “Mommy Magic” segment, will offer tips to mothers on how to lessen some of the strains associated with motherhood, and make it more fun and affordable. She appears at the Home Show on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Thursday, Jan. 30.
Autumn Keller Autumn Keller is a local Indianapolis business owner whose business, Isibeal Botanica, focuses on turning natural botanicals into works of art. Everything from buds and berries, to flowers and sculptural branches stripped of their leaves become her medium. She will talk about her approach to botanical styling and show some of her creations at the show on Thursday, Jan. 30.

 

Other Attractions and Special Events

Mary Snell, Marsh Director of Nutrition and Wellness, will offer health and wellness tips from 1-1:30 p.m. as part of Monday Marsh Day. The event takes place at the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28 all seniors over age 65 get into the show for half off.

The Choppin’ Hunger Challenge pits celebrities and local chefs against one another as they attempt to create mouth-watering meals from typical food pantry items.

The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) will show off the latest in energy-efficient, kitchen design with a fully-built kitchen that features such innovations as a low-flow waterless tank, energy-efficient refrigerator and the latest in kitchen design and technology.

Event Info

  • When: Friday, January 24 thru Sunday, February 2, 2014
  • Where: State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, Exposition Hall & South Pavilion, 1202 E. 38th St.
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