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A self-taught home rehabber and designer, Nicole Curtis also is a master of salvage picking and a spirited advocate for saving old houses. She harnesses her experience with interior design, contracting and real estate in ''Rehab Addict,'' her show on DIY network. Curtis will be presenting Feb. 1 and 2 at the Indianapolis Home Show.
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A self-taught home rehabber and designer, Nicole Curtis also is a master of salvage picking and a spirited advocate for saving old houses. She harnesses her experience with interior design, contracting and real estate in ''Rehab Addict,'' her show on DIY network. Curtis will be presenting Feb. 1 and 2 at the Indianapolis Home Show. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The centerpiece home at this year's Indianapolis Home Show is a European design based on French country homes. The house, built by Fischer Homes, has been constructed entirely inside the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Visitors to the home show can tour it to get ideas about construction and renovation.
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The centerpiece home at this year's Indianapolis Home Show is a European design based on French country homes. The house, built by Fischer Homes, has been constructed entirely inside the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Visitors to the home show can tour it to get ideas about construction and renovation. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Turning old into new is the focus of this year’s Indianapolis Home Show.

Old furniture can be revived with some paint, a little reshaping and a creative vision. Wood and metal scrap that otherwise would be trash can become chic wall hangings or decorations.

During the show, which opens Friday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, celebrity guests and local presenters will demonstrate how to turn antiques into trendy new decor or how to morph a boring backyard into a landscaped retreat.

For the array of speakers, including Greenwood resident Beckie Farrant, part of the excitement of home decoration is finding an item that no one wanted and repurposing it into something amazing.

Explore the home show

What: Indianapolis Home Show

When: Friday to Feb. 3

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Monday through Feb. 1; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 2; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 3.

Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis; the show will be in the West Pavilion, Exposition Hall and South Pavilion.

Cost: $13 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.

Discount: A $2 discount is available at the show’s website, indianapolishomeshow.com.

Featured guests

Ahmed Hassan

Since 2008 he and his team have surprised families with customized residential landscapes and upgraded homes on DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers.” Appearing at 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 2 and noon and 2 p.m. Feb. 3.

Frank Fritz

Co-star of the History Channel’s American Pickers, Fritz digs for treasure in barns, garage and junkyards throughout the United States. Appearing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Chris Olsen

A lifestyle guru and master designer, Olsen has more than 25 years of landscape architecture and interior design experience. He dares to be different in his distinctive designs, with use of color as a trademark of his talents. Appearing at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday and 2 and 4 p.m. Monday.

Nicole Curtis

A self-taught home rehabber and designer, Curtis also is a master of salvage picking and a spirited advocate for saving old houses. Appearing 1 and 3 p.m. Feb. 1 and noon and 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

Mary Snell

The director of nutrition and wellness marketing for Marsh Supermarkets, she has more than 25 years of experience as a diet and nutrition educator. Appearing at noon Monday.

Beckie Farrant

The Greenwood resident blogs at Infarrantly Creative, where she renovates castoffs into beautiful heirlooms with her signature style. Her talents have resulted in two additional, highly popular blogs: “Knock-Off Decor” and “Roadkill Rescue.” Appearing at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday and 1 and 3 p.m. Monday.

Jeremy Johnson

A founding member of the Indiana-based rock band bleedingkeys. Appearing 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1.

“With the economy still not making a huge bounce back, people are over it, and they want to decorate. They want to do something with their homes but don’t have a huge budget,” Farrant said. “They can still take the plunge.”

Farrant writes the blog Infarrantly Creative. Initially founded as a way to keep friends and family updated on her family, it quickly became an outlet for her crafty projects and home improvement endeavors.

Her specialty is “roadkill rescues” — abandoned items she finds on the side of the road. She puts them to an alternate use and gives them new life.

Projects include an old cabinet-style TV that became a robin egg-blue table for her front hallway. A faded wooden bench became a child’s doll crib. An ugly hutch became a stylish hanging bookshelf.

Those types of ideas will be what she shares at the show.

“I want (show visitors) to have a place at home they feel proud of, a welcoming place, even if they can’t run out to the stores and buy all new decor,” she said.

Frugal and green

Farrant’s blog work has grown into a career in repurposing. She now writes three blogs, including ones devoted entirely to roadkill rescues and knock-off home decor.

She has become a regular do-it-yourself expert for “IndyStyle,” a local television program. Over the summer, she competed on the TLC program “Craft Wars.”

This will be her first time presenting at the home show, though.

“I’m not exactly sure how it goes. But I’m a very hands-on speaker. I want to do a kind of make-and-take sort of thing, where people can experience something and take those ideas home to do themselves,” Farrant said.

Each year, organizers of the Indianapolis Home Show try to find trends, ideas and movements to help revamp their homes and gardens.

Much of the planning is gauged by requests from attendees the previous year, director Brent Keller said.

More and more voices in recent years have called for ways to refurbish their home economically but stylishly. So the home show attempted to put together a lineup that catered to that, he said.

“Repurposing has been a hot topic on the remodeling and home decor side. The TV industry is doing a lot of it, and consumers are saying they want to be more ‘green’ and a little more frugal in their projects,” he said.

Celebrity presenters include Frank Fritz, one of the stars of the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” who travels the country finding cheap antiques or discarded items and turning them into valuable decorations.

Ahmed Hassan, host of the DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers,” helps homeowners turn faded yards and overgrown gardens into outdoor oases. Nicole Curtis, an interior design specialist, has built a career out of rehabbing run-down spaces and flipping them for profit.

“We want people to come down and get ideas, to take some things home from these presenters,” Keller said.

Centerpiece home

In addition to the celebrity guests, the home show will feature a wealth of other displays to help people figure out their own decor.

Every year, a centerpiece home is constructed inside the fairgrounds building. Fischer Homes has built this year’s version, a 5,191-square-feet house styled like a French country home. The structure is fully decorated, allowing people to see how certain decor techniques would look without having to imagine it, Keller said.

Nearly 400 companies will have displays for services such as remodeling, installing solar energy panels and reorganizing cluttered garages.

Many Johnson County companies will be represented, including Greenwood’s Twisted Wick Candle Co. Co-owners Rich and Jodi Scheve have attended the show for the past four years to sell their soy-based candles.

Allowing customers to come up and smell their products in person helps them make a connection that doesn’t come from products in a store, Rich Scheve said.

“It’s a very, very high-end clientele that we normally wouldn’t reach,” he said. “We do a lot of direct sales. Also, it definitely helps us promote ourselves directly and help us get word-of-mouth promotion.”

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