Column: Home show keeps it REAL



Have you ever walked on a real bluestone patio with thick moss behaving as 2-inch joints, or seen a massive travertine outdoor bistro counter (shout out to Greenleaf for the counter)? What about genuinely custom outdoor furniture skillfully crafted in Hamilton County by Vive using locally sourced maple?

These are just a few of the inspirational use of materials we witnessed at the 2104 Home Show a few weeks ago. Check out our “Best Of” the Home Show video at if you didn’t brave the icy cold trek to the fairgrounds.

There were plenty of opportunities to see more common elements such as concrete paver patios with seat walls and columns. We enjoy those materials, particularly when employed in an extreme, custom or edgy fashion and coupled with REAL. Real limestone. Real travertine. Real boulders.

 Rising star

Jason Watson, the young gun proprietor of Kenneth Watson Design, created a favorite space. Our buddy Zach, owner of Green Stone in Noblesville, introduced us. Zach is another rising star and ambitious supplier of unique boulders, stone and other natural products our luxurious projects command.

Jason’s linear privacy panels take unique advantage of standard cedar materials, built in a modern fashion. The space is enveloping and curiously prompts you to hang. Which is what we did. We gathered around the bar-height bistro table constructed from rescued hand-hewn wood I imagine was sourced from an ailing barn. The massive bluestone supporting column houses a linear fire feature that seamlessly grows out of the counter. All very REAL.

After all … that is what we hope to create for you. Something real. Where you can experience real family moments in a space that speaks to your values and your personality.