designer Hebner helps
client prepare for new year
Vine Florist owner
sees past projects as future
(January 2012) Now that the Christmas season
is over, it can be hard trying to clean up all those festive decorations.
Only during this time of the year can wreaths, ornaments and old poinsettias
be bothersome. However, finding the right way to make a house look put
together isnt daunting for everyone.
This is where Barry Hebner comes in.
he enjoys the challenge
of decorating a home.
Hebner, 41, is an interior designer and owns Ivy Vine
Florist in Hanover, Ind. He has been especially busy during the these
past months putting up decorations and floral arrangements. Now its
time for him to open up houses with a new look for the new year. This
means preparing for another busy year with new ideas.
One special event that has helped Hebner showcase his work was when
he helped decorate for the Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour
of Homes in Madison, Ind. He decorated two of the five private homes
that were featured on the Tour, organized annually by the local tourism
office, VisitMadison Inc.
He has also teamed up with interior designer Mary Beth Boone to decorate
various locations. One such place was the store Blush on Main St. in
downtown Madison. Hebner used this as another opportunity to show his
unique style. He placed bodices, peacock feathers and chicken wire along
with his floral arrangements to give the store a festive look that stood
out and was ultra modern.
You cant get anything as unique as what he does around here,
said store owner Angela Gore. Hes just very creative.
Hebner started out as a hairdresser by trade in Bloomington, Ind. When
he decided it was time for a change, he enrolled at the Botanical Expression
School of Floral Design, in New Albany, Ind. From here he began to put
to use the art of placement, decorating and design into his work.
In 1994 Hebner opened Ivy Vine Florist, where he mainly focuses on floral
arrangements. Though Hebner designs year-round, he is well known for
his weddings. He takes different ideas, mixes them with his botanical
prowess and creates a masterpiece to please the wedding party. Hebner
explains that his clientele come from all over the country and that
the majority of his brides are out of town. Talk about a good reputation.
While many businesses slow down after the holidays, Hebner says this
is usually when things start to pick up for him.
One of the reasons for this is because of the Tour of Homes. This is
when he can show off his work at its best. He also explains that the
season gives him a chance to go over the top whether for a store, home
or winter wedding.
Hebners experience with the annual Tour of Homes began when his
own house was part of the tour five years ago. Since then he has been
a popular choice for home owners also planning to partake in the tour.
Many clients have requested Hebner simply because of walking through
the festively decorated houses. One client who has hired Hebner in the
past is Michelle Barlow. She, along with her husand, Rob, were among
the families that showcased their house on this past tour.
Hebner has previously done decorating for both of her childrens
weddings and worked with Michelle to prepare the home for the tour.
Hes easy to work with, a great guy and talented, said
Barlow. Hell listen to you and try to implement his creativity
into what you want.
When decorating homes this winter, Hebner wanted to highlight the entryways
and staircases using accessories that go beyond the traditional norm.
The materials he uses can come from anywhere; from suppliers to antique
stores to thrift shops.
It takes about a month for the designing and decorating process. Hebner
works with his clients to get a look they want then lays out a plan.
He likes getting to know his customer base and being able to participate
in different creative jobs with clientele.
All of the designing work is done in his shop which then comes to life
in the homes where the designing is varying depending on the owners
and their home.
One of Hebners favorite aspects of decorating is coming up with
ideas that arent found in other homes. He even has professional
experience from his past university classes with lighting and how it
can best illuminate a room and give it a vividness.
This winter season Hebner used an approach of placing old frames on
the tree of one house; a technique which gives it texture.
When decorating a house Hebner aims to give depth and at times a show
When decorating the Barlows home he wanted to let the architecture
stand out. This meant combining the traditional with a modern city chic
twist. For other homes, he likes to keep a Victorian flare and let the
older pieces stand out.
Hebner enjoys being able to work in Madisons historic homes as
much as he can. He himself has been collecting antiques for more than
Along with Hebners custom design work, he also provides wreaths,
candles and fruit baskets. And his advice for new decorators? Find one
new piece every year and add to it each time. He also suggest using
mixed greens, votive candles and magnolia leaves for an extra statement.
When people see a home Hebner has decorated, he hopes they leave with
ideas to decorate their own homes and a sense that weve
done something different.
In the past, Hebner has received calls from people all over the country
letting him know how much they enjoyed touring the homes he has decorated.
However, its not just being able to decorate homes that makes
this cold season special. Its also the people.
Thats always a pleasure to have people who dont live
here give a call saying how much they like our community, said
Hebner. I have a great sense of accomplishment.
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