Martz’s draperies get spotlight


Noblesville resident Nancy Martz is getting national exposure once again.

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Nancy Martz’s draperies are in the book that features Jamie Gibbs’ library. (Submitted photo)

Martz’s work was featured in the “Extreme Home Makeover” TV show in 2009. She did the windows in two homes that were filmed in Indiana.

This time, her work is in a book. Martz, who owns Maple Avenue Design, is featured in Charles Randall’s “Designer Window Fashions.” The book is a follow-up to Randall’s original masterworks, “The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions and The Window Decorating Book.”

“I’ve owned my business for 40 years,” Martz said. “I was asked by Jamie Gibbs, who is a pretty well-known interior designer, to help with his house (in Indianapolis). That’s how I get involved.”

Martz said she didn’t know her work was going to be featured in the book. She designed some other rooms in the house and the library was featured in the book. Martz used silks designed by Gibbs for Plumridge Silks in Santa Monica, Calif. Martz said Gibbs designed everything and she just followed his wishes for the rooms. She also did the draperies for the sunroom, part of the kitchen, the media room and one of the bedrooms.

Although most of her work is Indiana, she has done draperies from states as far away as California.

“I mainly do it by photos and conversing back and forth by email and telephone,” she said.

Martz, 80, has lived in Noblesville for about 60 years.

“I’m still doing it pretty much full time,” she said. “I got six different projects I’m working on right now. My husband Dale is retired, but he does help me a lot. When I do cornices, he does all the cutting of the wood and helps out with installations.”

Martz doesn’t have a Facebook page or website.

“I don’t do any advertising. It all comes from word of mouth,” she said.


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