Selecting a Stair Runner to Compliment Your Home and Lifestyle

24 Jul , 2017  

We have all heard carpet brings warmth into the home, but homeowners are straying from the plush material and sticking to solid surface flooring throughout their home. What better place to install a welcoming, warm material than the stairwell?  As a homeowner with a 50 pound dog and heavy stair traffic, I’m on the search […]

Bar or Counter? Selecting an Island Height

17 Jul , 2017   Gallery

When designing a kitchen, there are many facets to consider: layout, finish, style, countertop, hardware, design, etc. While these elements will influence the overall aesthetics of your kitchen, you can’t forget the need for functionality. Kitchens have many areas where function should be considered, but determining the height of your island is quintessential to creating […]


Unique tile patterns for your home!

10 Jul , 2017   Gallery

Remember the days when tile was installed two ways: grid or diamond pattern? Yes, us too, but the design and creativity with tile is exploding right now! From the shapes to the materials and array of colors, it’s a good time to be alive and sourcing tile for your home! In fact, one of 2017’s […]

The Rise in Renovation

2 Jun , 2017   Gallery

With the economy bouncing back from the 2007-2008 financial crisis, homeowners are finally becoming more comfortable dusting off their pocket books and adding value to their existing homes by renovating rather than buying new. The low inventory of real estate on the market today, combined with the desire to stay in their current neighborhood, close […]

A Fresh Face on a Functional Space

31 May , 2017   Gallery

Although compact and confined, Designer Haley Lohss saw big potential in this antiquated Carmel Kitchen. The small footprint made for a pre-existing functional layout, causing the material selection to be the main focus of the remodel. Without making too many modifications, this traditional kitchen was given a substantial rejuvenation. The two-toned ornate cabinetry was refined […]

Making a Modern Kitchen

22 May , 2017  

Originating just after World War II, modern design transformed the kitchen from a utility space into a featured room in the home. Soft color palettes, clean sleek lines, & man-made materials sparked the interest of many homeowners during this time. With the help of new technology and the advancements of the characteristics mentioned above, modern […]

Light, Bright & Refreshing Kitchen Makeover

16 May , 2017   Gallery

Chunky Bulkheads, wood-trimmed laminate countertops, brass hardware, a kitchen desk & 4”x4” ceramic backsplash tile are just a few of the many features that were eliminated to help bring this dated 1980’s kitchen into this century. The dark stained, solid oak cabinetry was replaced with a soft white tone, giving the room a refreshing update. […]

Hidden Potential – Part 5 Tying the Design Together with the Floors

1 May , 2017   Gallery

We’ve walked you through the kitchen, the bathrooms, and the lower level bars, now let’s take a look at the floors running throughout the entire house, helping to carry the color palette and design style from one room to the next. 7-1/2”W engineered oil-finished oak hardwood floors in a light natural color were installed through […]

Organize & Accessorize

25 Apr , 2017   Gallery

Whether your kitchen is large and spacious or tiny and cozy, organization is the key component in maximizing the functionality of the room. Below is a list of 10 “must-have” accessories to help create a practical workspace. 1. Roll-Outs Shelves: Consider upgrading standard adjustable shelves in base & tall pantry cabinets to roll-out shelves. Oftentimes […]

Hidden Potential – Part 4 Lower Level Entertainment Room

24 Apr , 2017   Gallery

Originally tucked in a tiny little alcove in an otherwise spacious lower level, the basement bar was updated from a meekly kitchenette, into two large bars, ideal for entertaining. In its own separate room, the wine bar is not only beautiful from floor to ceiling, but functional as well. Oversized wine “X”-shaped wine cubbies add […]

Hidden Potential – Part 3 – More Bathrooms

17 Apr , 2017   Gallery

In keeping with the contemporary style displayed throughout the home, the same dark custom cabinetry was designed in the upstairs secondary bathrooms as well. The oversized metallic hardware adds dimension and interest to the vanity, while the simple white Quartz countertops help to avoid from making the space feel busy. Rectilinear porcelain tile to mimic […]

Hidden Potential – Part 2 – Master Bathroom

11 Apr , 2017   Gallery

The same clean lines that were used in the kitchen of this make-over were carried into the master bathroom. Custom frameless floating deep-stained vanity cabinets with Frost White quartz countertops were strategically designed along an angled wall to maximize storage.  Recessed canned lights & a large medicine cabinet keep the vanity area sleek and minimalistic […]

Hidden Potential – Turning a Moroccan Mansion into a Modern Masterpiece – Part 1

6 Apr , 2017   Gallery

Moroccan Mansion

After several months of planning, designing, & executing (not to mention blood, sweat, & tears) new life was given to a run-down foreclosed Geist Estate. The ornate details, elaborate arches, & dated materials in this Moroccan styled mansion were replaced with clean sleek lines, a neutral color palette, & sophisticated design elements, making the home […]

Soothing Master Bathroom Oasis

20 Mar , 2017  

Master Bathroom Oasis

A large space with huge potential, this once out dated Indianapolis master bathroom fully embodies the common phrase “less is more.” By simplifying the layout and function of the room and updating the materials, this bathroom turned into a clean and sophisticated sanctuary. The existing “cave-like” shower and oversized roman tub were replaced with an […]

Quartz vs. Granite – Which is Better? It’s Debatable

13 Mar , 2017   Gallery

When it comes to shopping for countertops, most homeowners want to know which is better – Quartz or Granite. Unfortunately, there is not a clear-cut answer. Below is a list of considerations to help try and settle this debate. Aesthetics Being that granite is a natural material quarried from the Earth, the assortment of colors […]

Designing a Vanity

6 Mar , 2017   Gallery

Designing a Vanity

When it comes to selecting a vanity for a bathroom there are many features to consider. Style, aesthetics, storage, function, & room size can all play a big factor when designing cabinetry for any bathroom in the house.


Cabinet Lingo 101

27 Feb , 2017   Gallery

Cabinet Lingo

With the numerous options available on today’s market, selecting finishes for any home remodeling project can be difficult. Cabinetry is no exception. Below are a few details to hopefully help narrow down those options when searching for the perfect cabinet for your home. Cabinet Construction Generally speaking, there are two different ways cabinets can be […]

Tastefully Traditional Carmel Kitchen

20 Feb , 2017   Gallery

    Sometimes when it comes to remodeling, the subtle changes can make the biggest impact in a space. This holds true for this once tired kitchen. The original layout proved to be functional, however the island was reconfigured for a better use of storage. The wall that housed the double ovens was replaced with […]

Bathrooms, cabinets, Flooring, Kitchens

Trends in Bathroom Tile Designs

13 Feb , 2017  

With tile being the most used material in a bathroom, it’s no wonder why the design of the room stems from the tile selected for the space. Here are a few tile trends seen in bathrooms being designed today. Shapes, Textures, & Patterns Homeowner’s are stepping outside the box and experimenting with shapes, textures, and […]

Carpet, Flooring, Hardwood, Tile

New Products for the New Year!

6 Feb , 2017  

Textured & Patterned Tiles

The New Year brings new innovations, design trends, flooring options, countertops styles, and much more. Below are a few of our favorite new products on display in our Carmel showroom. SLCC Flooring Our newest hard surface flooring line offers an incredible combination of selection, quality, & pricing. Focusing on beauty, durability, and sustainability, this U.S. […]


Simple, Symmetrical, & Sophisticated Kitchen Remodel

2 Feb , 2017  

Sophisticated Kitchen Remodel

  Between the minor structural changes and the major cosmetic updates, this once dark and dated kitchen is now bright, airy, & beautiful. The simplistic cabinet design combined with the dynamic white and gray pinwheel-tiled floors & shimmery Minera Cambria Countertops makes this white shaker kitchen anything but ordinary. By converting the existing pantry to a […]


A Great Alternative to Hardwood Flooring

24 Jan , 2017   Gallery

Although natural in character, timeless in style, and sophisticated in class, hardwood flooring may not be suitable for every home. It dents and scratches, it requires routine maintenance and climate control, and it can oftentimes be a bit pricey. Great News! Now you can get the look and warmth of a natural hardwood flooring without […]

Define Your Style

19 Jan , 2017  

Smith Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to re-designing a space, the style is typically determined by the homeowner’s tastes and the overall feel of the home. Oftentimes, consumers become intimidated by the overwhelming number of ideas and possibilities available and have a hard time deciding on the look they are wanting in their space. We have developed an […]

The Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring

9 Jan , 2017  

The Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring “What’s the difference between solid hardwood & engineered wood?” – The most common question our clients ask when it comes to selecting new wood floors. It’s simple, solid hardwood consists of one piece of wood, whereas engineered wood is constructed of multiple layers of fiberboard sandwiched between a hardwood […]

Light Layering in Your Kitchen

3 Jan , 2017  

Nowadays the kitchen has become the hub of the home. It’s where meals are prepared (and sometimes eaten), where friends and family tend to gather, & even where children sit and do their homework after school. Being that it has become one of the most used rooms in a home, it is important to properly […]


Luxurious Shower Updates

31 Oct , 2016  

Basil Bathroom Remodel in Carmel, IN

For many of us, our day starts in the shower. The shower is a place to get clean, but it can also be a place for rest, relaxation, and luxury. If you’re going to use your shower every day, shouldn’t it be a place you love? The latest luxurious shower updates combine function and luxury to […]

A Bright and Beautiful Kitchen Remodel

24 Oct , 2016  

Smith Kitchen Remodel

What do you want in a kitchen? We find that many of our clients want a kitchen that is spacious and beautiful, but also warm and inviting. For most families, the kitchen is the area where meals are prepared and shared. We love creating spaces that allow people to enjoy spending time together. In this […]


Unique Luxury Flooring Options

28 Sep , 2016  

Floorte from Shaw | The Affordable Companies

You may or may not realize that The Affordable Companies is a design partner with the Indiana Design Center. Through this partnership they gave us the opportunity to guest blog and educate homeowners on unique luxury flooring options. We know you’re familiar with standard hardwoods and tile flooring, but we are stretching the imagination and […]

Modern Luxury | A Multi-Room Remodel

11 Jul , 2016  

O'sullivan remodel project in Carmel Indiana

On most of our projects, we work at one room at a time for our clients. However, sometimes we get the opportunity to transform many spaces in a home at once, which is always a special treat. In this recent project, we provided cabinetry, flooring, and countertops for a design created by the incredibly talented […]

Bathroom Technology Adds Comfort & Efficiency

23 Jun , 2016  

We’ve previously shared some of our favorite kitchen automation innovations, but the kitchen isn’t the only place where technology is making an influence. New and updated technology is also changing the bathroom, making things easier and more efficient for this room we all use every day. Bathroom technologycan keep this highly used space more sanitary, help […]

Our Most Popular Houzz Posts

20 Apr , 2016  


If you’re looking for home design inspiration, there’s no better place than Houzz. Houzz is a website that allows users to view home and landscaping projects from all over the world, and to curate their favorites. Users can also ask questions directly to those who worked on the project. It’s a great place to find […]

Homebrewing and Wine, Too: An Introduction to Brewing Your Own Beer and Wine

14 Mar , 2016  

Craft beer has become incredibly popular over the last few years, and the Indianapolis is leading the way. But what if craft beer could become even more local…as local as your own home? Brewing your own beer (and wine!) is easier than you might think, and interest in homebrewing continues to grow. We’ll have all […]

Wine and Canvas With The Affordable Companies

3 Feb , 2016  

WIne and Canvas

We all want our home to be a place where we enjoy spending time. Adding art to the walls is one of the easiest ways to make your house feel like home. It’s even more special when you create the art yourself! Wine and Canvas with The Affordable Companies At our Wine and Canvas event, you’ll […]

Bathrooms, Kitchens

Determining Your Remodeling Budget: Cost vs. Value

24 Jan , 2016  

remodeling budget calculator

Skip to The Remodeling Budget Calculator One of the most common topics our clients ask us about when it comes to remodeling is the budget. People want to know what they can expect to spend on a remodel and where that money is going. Understanding how much a project will cost will help determine the scope […]

The Affordable Companies at the Indianapolis Home Show

12 Jan , 2016  

One of our favorite things to do is talk with people about the updates they want to make to their homes, so we can help them find solutions. That’s why we’re so excited about being a part of this year’s Indianapolis Home Show. The Indianapolis Home Show allows local homeowners the opportunity to see all […]

3 Easy Updates to Transform Your Bathroom

1 Dec , 2015  

Kaehler kitchen and bathroom remodel in Carmel Indiana

Sometimes your bathroom is dying for an update, but time or budget keeps you from taking on a full remodeling project. What can you do? Fortunately, in a small space like a bathroom, making just a few easy and affordable updates can really change the look and feel of the room. If you want a quick […]

Renovation TV Shows: Myth or Reality?

23 Oct , 2015  

Hardwood Floors

If you’re like us, you love a good renovation show on HGTV or the DIY network. It’s always fun to see a home transformed from awful to amazing in just under thirty minutes. However, sometimes what you see on television doesn’t exactly reflect reality. We’ve done hundreds of bathroom and kitchen remodels, and installed thousands […]

4 Reasons Fall is a Great Time to Remodel

7 Oct , 2015  

Murphy Remodel

Fall has officially arrived in Indiana! That means cooler weather, changing leaves, and of course, Colts football. But did you know that fall is also a great time to remodel your home? Remodeling is a great way to improve your home any time of year, but we think this fall is an especially good time […]

Everyday Elegance | Master Bathroom Transformation

24 Sep , 2015  

Hanson Vanity

The very best remodeling projects are the ones that perfectly blend beauty and convenience. A recent project we worked on is the ultimate combination of the two. We were able to give our clients the master bathroom and dressing area they always wanted, with every element they needed to make the space perfect. Here’s a […]


Before & After | 3 Kitchen Updates with Major Impact

29 Jul , 2015  

A common misconception about remodeling your kitchen is that you need to tear out and completely change everything to transform the space. Oftentimes, it only takes a few kitchen updates to make a big difference in your kitchen. My team recently completed a project with Nyla Kurtz of MD Dezinz in which three kitchen updates made a […]

cabinets, Kitchens

Complete Kitchen Makeover with Semi-Custom Cabinets

22 Jun , 2015  

Many homeowners are looking for ways to open up space in their home. Instead of a closed-off environment, more and more people are choosing an open floor plan that makes the home feel more spacious. In a recent kitchen remodel, we were able to do this exact thing for our client. We took a closed […]

3 Ways Home Automation Can Simplify Your Life

17 Jun , 2015  

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve left your home and you’re halfway to work when it hits you: did you lock your front door? Then you have to decide, do you drive back home and check it? Do you head to work, but worry about the safety of your home all day? Home automation […]


Frameless Cabinetry Provides Style and Storage Space

25 Feb , 2015  

frameless cabinets

Frameless cabinetry provides many benefits, both structural and aesthetic. These cabinets allow for unique and effective storage solutions that will only continue to grow in popularity. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this style of cabinetry. Storage Because frameless cabinets do not have the face frame that you see on traditional […]

Choosing Carpets | Going Beyond Beige

25 Nov , 2014  

Carpet for your home

With so many options available for flooring these days, it’s easy to overlook carpet when choosing the right surface for your home. Many clients I talk to think of carpet as beige, bland, and boring. There are lots of boring ways to do carpet, but carpet has also come a long way since the shag […]

How to Remodel a Small Bathroom

12 Nov , 2014  

Kitchen, Bathroom Lighting

In many homes, I see people making the mistake of treating the smaller bathrooms as an afterthought. Just because a space is small, it doesn’t mean you can’t make a big impact. Your half-bath may not be where you spend the most time, but it’s the one guests are most likely to see. With some […]

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