The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau had the pleasure of sharing a booth with the Indiana Design Center at a recent media marketplace. Not only did I get to drool over a gorgeous piece of drapery, I learned a few more details about this Midwest decorators' destination.

1. The most important thing I learned is you don't have to be an interior designer to walk into the building. There are four retail shops open to the public on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center, and five more will be opening in May and June. Plus, if you want to browse the designer studios upstairs, you can take advantage of the Center's designer-on-call service.

2. Drapery Street is one of the newest retail shops to open on the first floor. Named one of Indy's hippest boutiques by Indianapolis Monthly, the shop moved from Clay Terrace about two weeks ago and is open to the public every day of the week. P.S. They tell me Chevron fabric is a hot trend in drapes right now.

3. You can get a homemade Ding Dong at the Blu Moon Cafe, on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center.

4. Here is a fun fact. Jim Baker, a designer in residence, has participated in the first and the 50th Decorator's Show House. This year he has designed the Library. Designers and their clients can be inspired by his decades-long career at J. Baker Interiors on the first floor.

5. The Trade Connection, also on the second floor, is the exclusive dealer for Ralph Lauren Home Collection in the state of Indiana.

6. There is a preview party on May 14 as part of the Carmel Art & Design District's Second Saturdays Gallery Walk. Check out all the Indiana Design Center has to offer. I definitely will be checking out the Indiana Design Center and writing more about it in the future. If you stop by, let me know what your favorite part of the Center is and who you recommend as a must see.

(Photos courtesy of Indiana Design Center and Drapery Street)