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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. 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.

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