HGTV’s Urban Oasis home on Broad Ripple is not what most residents of the Indianapolis area would expect.
When you first see the house’s forest green exteriors, you might not guess that it has bright mustard-colored living room walls, contrasted by a crisp white fireplace.
Or as you stroll through the main living areas of the house and soak up the blush tones, you might be surprised at the retro 40 inch disco ball that adorns the dining room.
And then there’s the drama in the guest bathroom, monochrome black, from the tiles and floor to the tub.
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“The idea was to really capture that super carefree, happy and uplifting vibe you see in Broad Ripple,” said Brian Patrick Flynn, the Atlanta-based HGTV interior designer behind the house.
Each year, HGTV’s “Urban Oasis” competition offers a renovated and fully furnished home to one lucky winner, with the aim of showcasing “the beauty and functionality of city life”. and Portland, Maine. HGTV is accepting entries to win this year’s home until November 22.
The house’s rebuilding and remodeling began in December 2020, but Flynn really immersed himself in Broad Ripple over the summer, spending about six weeks exploring the area and playing “Queen’s Gambit.”
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This is how Flynn describes her creative process, akin to Netflix show protagonist Beth Harmon and her imaginative chess strategy – staring at the ceiling and looking at pieces on a chess board. For Flynn, the interior design of a home can be just as three-dimensional and dreamlike.
“You know when all of a sudden his mind goes into that area and you see the animation going into his brain?” This is exactly how it works with me, ”said Flynn. “I walk into a room, I immediately know where the windows should be, where the door (should) be, where the light should enter the room.”
He knew right away when he first walked into the Broad Ripple house last year that it should be more in the “funky world”.
He notes that this past year “wasn’t the best year” so he wanted to do something fun and funky with the house, he says, turning to the “sexy modernism” of the late ’70s. , from the early 80s and 90s.
“I kept thinking about what would be hip, what would be young and what would be fun, which would match Millennials and Gen Xs who live in the neighborhood,” Flynn said. “And also have a little nostalgia for the people of my parent’s generation, the baby boomers, who are like, ‘Oh, I remember that. I loved it. “
And while he’s a fan of risky design choices and intricate color schemes – he uses the analogy of unused colors in his pencil box growing up – these bold creative decisions came with the potential owners and design in mind. neighboring community.
“I try to think of things that would be cohesive to come together but appeal to all types of lives,” said Flynn, noting how the bolder elements of the house are balanced with neutral and calmer aspects, including whitewashed oak flooring. and “very classic and simple” kitchen cabinets.
While the house is showcased nationally, there are Hoosier touches throughout, both in the design elements and in the art.
Bespoke Construction, an Indianapolis-based company, led the home remodel. Flynn commissioned Iron Timbers, a southern Indiana woodworking company, to make a custom cocktail table for the back porch. Carmelite artist Nathasa Rae was hired to do warrior pen drawings near the dining room.
“I just thought of Broad Ripple as being super inclusive and also something that just had a really cool vibe… almost like a sexy street vibe,” Flynn said. “I want people to come into the house and see themselves having friends there, push the boundaries and feel a little bit trendy.”